I LOVE COLORING!
Who doesn't love coloring? It's fun! It's silly! It's cathartic! For a short while, you get to switch your brain off and fill the page. The crisp white paper, the sharp black lines, the smell of a freshly-sharpened crayola, markers that smell like oranges and cherry… They bring us back to a time when living was easy.
But as an adult, we long for more mature content. Who wants to color in books full of cartoon characters? That stuff is for little kids! We need coloring books made just for us. "99 Ways To Die" is just that. It's a coloring book about death. Somebody dies on every page!
The book is about DEATH?
Yes, it's about death. I know, death is a scary thing. It's unpleasant and terrifying and sad. But when I am put in a situation that is unpleasant or scary or sad, I resort to humor. It's how I deal with misery. Sometimes, it gets me in trouble. Sometimes, it keeps me from completely falling apart. So I have taken one of the most serious and unpleasant things i can think of, and combined it with one of the most fun and silly things I can come up with.
Some pages are serious. Some pages are silly. But EVERY page is deadly! You'll find page after page showing death in all its glory. And fun activities, too! There's a word search of human parasites, a crossword of sexually transmitted diseases, and a maze that leads to the electric chair. Make no mistake, though. This book is all about death. It is NOT for sensitive people or children. Please please PLEASE don't give this book to kids.
Some of the pages in this book are sick. They'll make your kids cry. You might even find a page that makes YOU cry. But don't worry. There will be 98 other pages that might make you laugh.
This book may end up being the best-quality coloring book you've ever bought. If you know my previous book (The Heartless Machine Guide To Drawing), you know I pride myself on producing quality products. You can expect quality printing, thick paper, excellent binding, and beautiful drawings. For this book, I want to use a "Half Canadian" style of binding. It's a style that uses a spiral to hold everything together, but then has a cardstock cover that wraps around the spiral to keep things looking neat. That means we get all the convenience of a spiral binding, but the spine can be printed, which looks nicer on a shelf. Having the spiral covered also helps keep it from snagging on the zipper of your backpack every time you pull it out to show to your friends. Details like this are very important to me. (See the first update for a sample from the printer and more details.)
I hand-drew every page on standard 8.5" x 11" paper prior to scanning. The full-size book will be printed nice and big, so you can spend hours and hours filling it in. Spiral binding will make it easy for you to open the book up all the way and lay it flat on a copier or scanner, so you can make copies of your favorite pages and try out different colors.
Where does the money go?
As with my previous Kickstarter, most of the money will go toward making the highest-quality product possible, and shipping it out to the backers. I'm making this book because it's fun and exciting, not to maximize profit. My previous book, I promised 80-pound paper. But I sold so many copies of the book, I was able to upgrade to 100-pound paper!
Your pledge will go toward helping me produce the absolute best book I possibly can, and get it shipped out quickly.
What's in the book?
In 99 Ways To Die: a Coloring Book for ADULTS, you'll find page after page of hilarity and tragedy, laid out in beautiful black and white. Some pages include:
- Crushed Beneath a Car
- Eaten by Wolves
- Falling From a Ladder
- Lung Cancer
- Stranded on the Moon
- Buried Alive
- Dipped in Acid
- Parachute Malfunction
- Drive-By Shooting
AND 80 MORE!!!
That's a whole lot of death!
You can spend countless hours flipping through these pages, coloring in your favorites. Think about the incredible colors you can come up with… What shade of blue is best for a choking man's face? What's the perfect combination of orange and brown for the woman tanning herself to death? Blend a little black and blue… More blue for a bruise, more black for gun metal. The deep, rich red of pooling blood. The orange flames creeping in. Is it gangrene, or gang-green? You decide!
The last time I put a book on Kickstarter, I offered two versions. I'll be offering this book in two different versions as well.
The FULL SIZE VERSION will be 8.5" x 11" PLUS the binding, so the coloring area will be large and open. You'll have lots of room to explore with your crayons, color pencils, and markers. If you decide to copy pages from the book so you can try out different things, the page is already the perfect size for your scanner or copier. This large format will also look great when you hang your favorite finished page on your fridge! See the first update for a photo of the mockup from the printer, and more details.
The POCKET SIZE VERSION will be about half the size of the original, and is much more portable. It will fit easily into a backpack, big purse, carry-on luggage, between the sofa cushions, or on the shelf next to your copy of the Heartless Machine Guide To Drawing! The pages will still be made from extra thick paper, the cover will still be in full glossy color, and the spiral binding will open all the way around, allowing you the maximum flexibility in your coloring methods. These pages will fit on half a standard sheet, in case you want to copy, scan, or print for experimenting.
Whichever version you choose, you can look forward to hours of fun! What are you waiting for? Back my project, and help bring this book to life! Check my Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr for more sample pages. Print them out and get busy dying! Tell your friends and family. This is going to be incredible!
What about stretch goals?
I'm glad you asked.
At $16,000 I will be able to have a custom die made for the cover of the full-size version of the book. The custom die can include a pocket for the inside back cover, that could hold extra papers, your airplane boarding pass, etc. And I will then have an extra sheet of chipboard included with each book. The chipboard will store in the pocket when you don't need it. But you can use it between pages to stiffen what you are working on, and protect each page behind whichever one you are coloring. I've been considering other options as well, such as a flap instead of the pocket. Whatever I go with, it will be for optimum quality of finished project.
At $25,000 I will be able to make the pocket-sized version of the book printed only on one side of each page, instead of printing on both sides. This means you could aggressively color with marker and not worry about bleeding through to the image on the back of each page.
As with my previous book, there may be unofficial stretch goals, such as thicker paper. If funding gets crazy, I may include other unofficial stretch goals like bookmarks, stickers, or other wacky prizes.
Risks and challenges
My biggest fear is not meeting the goal. In that case, it's not really a risk or challenge. That's the worst case scenario.
The biggest challenge I could face is having the project overwhelmingly overfunded. But I feared this would happen with my last Kickstarter campaign, and my fear turned to reality. I raised well over 500% of my goal, and had no problem stepping up to the demand. Packing and shipping that many packages is truly a huge undertaking! I'm prepared, because I've already done this.
I'll be working with a local printer (the same company that printed the last book) and I know they can deliver the quality I need in a timely manner.
I've got almost all of the drawings done and ready to scan.
I don't think there will be any problems.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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