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Salt Shaker Claw Man!

Salt Shaker Claw Man isn't just a hermit crab with salt shaker armor, he's the unlikeliest of heroes, on a captivating journey into dangerous territory, in search of a magnificent legend. The townsfolk are against him, but he's not alone. He's got his trusty sidekick, Radish Bat, to help him along. He's going to need it. The Broccoli Wilds are home to many fantastic creatures, some even bite.

Defy the townsfolk! Grab your sword, raise your battle cry, and join Salt Shaker Claw Man in his search for the legendary Cheddar Falls.

Salt Shaker Claw Man and the Broccoli Wilds is a children's picture book about believing in yourself and following your ambitions.  It is written and illustrated by D. Antoine Ravenberg. The book is 100% written, illustrated, and ready for printing and distribution. The hardcover book will be 32 pages at 8" by 8" (16" when open) and each illustration spans across two pages.

Book Preview

Click Here to see a preview of the first 10 pages of the book.

Book Preview
Book Preview

Why Kickstarter?

The concept of Salt Shaker Claw Man was developed nearly seven years ago.  It has been a long journey bringing him and his world to life.  We have spent the last two years writing and illustrating the first book and establishing our publishing/media company so that we can introduce the world of Salt Shaker Claw Man in a large way.  Scroll to the bottom to read more about a few of the challenges we overcame to get this far. We have spent a great amount of time and money to develop this first book.  With your help we can delight children of all ages with the adventures and antics of our quirky hero.

We are inspiring children!

Salt Shaker Claw Man is much more than a goofy character.  Through his adventures he teaches kids how to be brave and to believe in themselves.  He teaches us how to be ourselves and to enjoy the quirks that make us unique. Oh, and he likes to eat broccoli and cheese!

We have kids and we want Salt Shaker Claw Man to encourage independence and self-worth in a fun and adventurous way.  He can be silly, but he inspires courage along the way.

Printing is Expensive!

The cost of printing a full color hardcover book is not a small amount, but it is the last hurdle we must overcome to get our book into the hands of readers everywhere.  The project amount will help us raise the last amount of money needed to print the first production run of Salt Shaker Claw Man and the Broccoli Wilds.  We have invested over $10,000 ourselves, and we only need a small amount more to reach our goal.  Of course the more we raise the more we can print.

When will the books be printed? When will I receive my reward?

We have already found a printing company and received a printed proof of the book. Once the project reaches our goal we will give the green light to the printer.  You should have your books and most of the rewards within 4 weeks after the close of the project.  E-books and other email friendly rewards will be delivered soon after the end of the funded project. In some cases, when the reward includes an additional item, each item may be shipped separately as they become available and/or finished.

Bumper Sticker

Here is an example of what the bumper sticker will look like.  It will be printed on 3m vinyl that is easily removable, durable and safe for vehicle paint.

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Bumper Sticker

What is next?

We have big plans for Salt Shaker Claw Man, but it all starts with this book; it is the gateway to everything we have planned.

We are working on the next book, but our next big project is an animated show.  The video for this project shows our first steps into animation and the song at the beginning is the theme for the show.  We will be providing edutainment to grade schools via an interactive show that teaches how music and sound can affect emotional responses.  

You, our first supporters, are paving the way for many great things to come, and we appreciate all your help.

Additional Insight into Dave and Jesse

Be sure to read our bio (found just above the first reward). We made this video of us to give more insight into why we are doing this and what we see in the future for Salt Shaker Claw Man.  Plus you can meet the geeks behind the hero.

One more thing.

Here is the video wet put together at the beginning of this year. We really hoped to have our book available in July 2012.  Now we need your help to make our dreams become a reality.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is money. Without your help, printing will be delayed until we can save enough money to finish the process. But that is what Kickstarter is all about. With your support we can jumpstart our dreams, and you can feel proud that you helped bring something special into existence.

A few of the challenges we have overcome include: finding a printer that would meet our standards of quality and setting up a formal business entity that meets the compliance standards of the trade publishing industry.

We really wanted to find a printer in the United States. This way we could ensure the inks, glues, and paper products that go into our books are safe and of a quality we can stand behind. It was also important that we support domestic businesses and help keep jobs in America.

It has also been challenging to establish a business that would allow us to be viewed favorably in the rapidly changing publishing industry. Our dreams are big and we wanted to eliminate as many barriers to success as possible. Bupbup Media, LLC, is listed with wholesalers and distributors to allow our book to be available globally.

All the pieces are in place to present our books and animated show to children everywhere and of all ages. But a little kickstart from you will help us soar.

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    SSCM Theme Song: Receive an mp3 of the Salt Shaker Claw Man theme song (the one at the beginning of the video).

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    Sticker Sheet + Bumper Sticker: Receive a Sticker sheet with six Character poses of Salt Shaker Claw Man, Radish Bat, and the Crunchbunnies and a Salt Shaker Claw Man bumper sticker.

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    E-Book: Receive the Electronic version of Salt Shaker Claw Man and the Broccoli Wilds.

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    Limited Edition Poster: Receive a 2' x 3' poster of Salt Shaker Claw Man exclusive to kickstarter backers. (shipping is included)

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    Library Donation: We will send ONE hardcover copy of the book to any library of your choice. You will be contacted for the name and address at the end of the project

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    One Hardcover: Receive ONE hardcover copy of Salt Shaker Claw Man and the Broccoli Wilds (shipping is included).

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    ONE Signed Hardcover + E-book: Receive a signed hardcover copy of Salt Shaker Claw Man and the Broccoli Wilds (shipping is included), and the e-book version.

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    TWO Signed Hardcover + E-Book: Receive TWO signed hardcover copies of Salt Shaker Claw Man and the Broccoli Wilds (shipping is included), and the e-book version.

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    THREE Signed Hardcovers + E-Book: Receive THREE signed hardcover copies of Salt Shaker Claw Man and the Broccoli Wilds (shipping is included), and the e-book version.

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    Full Size Cut Out of SSCM + One Signed Hardcover: Receive a Signed copy of the book and a full size posable 4' cutout of Salt Shaker Claw Man. (shipping is included)

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    Two Hardcovers + Personal Illustrated Poster + E-Book: Receive two signed Hardcover books, the E-Book, and a personalized, illustrated 2' x 3' poster of a PERSON OF YOUR CHOICE with Salt Shaker Claw Man. (shipping is included)

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    The authors will read the book at a school of your choice (within the continental United States) and teach kids about the importance of following their dreams. The presentation will include a video conference with Salt Shaker Claw Man and books will be available for 33% below retail price.

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- (30 days)