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This is a kids' book, about imagination and music...based around some very unique critters and the wonderful music they play...
This is a kids' book, about imagination and music...based around some very unique critters and the wonderful music they play...
99 backers pledged $8,677 to help bring this project to life.

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      My name is Damon Robinson. I am an LA based artist, graphic designer and musician. I created these musical animals and have been printing, playing and exploring with them for a while now. They were originally a series of vignettes made to stand alone, the more I listened to them the more I realized ...they were meant to play together. So I wrote a "kids' book, for the kid in all of us"...                        

I chose to illustrate these creatures in the victorian era style of "scientific nature drawings", because for me it makes them real...they are "specimens and not characters." There is something compelling and exciting about a world where these creatures can actually exist, and to imagine if you will a scientist on exploration, studying the indigenous "wild life" and then sketching these fabulous specimens in his journal. The writing style uses Iambic Pentameter referencing classic childrens literature, and serving as a tool for connecting us to a time when story telling was a way to learn, teach and communicate and was not simply entertainment.

This book is about music and imagination. I believe that kids are sophisticated beyond video game hypergraphics and digital illustration, and it is my hope that this "imagined history" can be an inspiration for discovering more "new worlds", with even more fantastical creatures, that do even more amazing things....

For more about myself, and my studio NOMAD, check out the documentary directed by Dan Gillan and Orange County Films.

*Here are the prints and pieces I am offering as rewards for helping this project come to life. I print everything by hand. They are all signed and numbered (and housebroken!) and looking for good homes. 

Thank You

Big Hugs!

Damon Robinson

Thanks to all the backers for getting this project funded! 

We are fired up to be able to offer the book by itself, or as an add on to any pledge amount! Details below!  Tee Shirts and "Gold Record" prints are available as $25.00 add-ons too! 

We've also added a $500.00 reward level! Check it out. Thanks

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If we reach our funding goals we will have enough funds to run the first edition of books with a print on demand option for additional copies. The biggest obstacle that we can foresee is timing, for example if press time or printing is longer than we anticipate. Since the book layout is complete our issues are dependent on the 3rd party printer and UPS/USPS (basically aspects which are beyond our control).

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    Reward #1: "Thank You"
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    Reward #2: One - black & white hand silkscreened print (choose either Rhinoccordian, Tuba Squid or Vampire Mandolin), signed and numbered [16 X 20 on archival paper]
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    Reward #3: One - copy of the 1st edition BOOK, signed [32 pages full color, hard cover] + thanks and coloring sheets.

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    Reward #4: One - 2 color hand silkscreened print (choose either Sea Jam, Vampire Mandolin or Bass Finch), signed and numbered [18 X 24 on archival paper]
    + (1) copy of the 1st edition BOOK, signed [32 pages full color, hard cover]
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    Reward #5: Set of 3 - 2 color hand silkscreened prints (Sea Jam, Vampire Mandolin & Bass Finch), signed and numbered [18 X 24 on archival paper] + (1) copy of the 1st edition BOOK, signed [32 pages full color, hard cover] + thanks and coloring sheets

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    Reward #6: One - "One of a Kind" Framed Music Animal Hand Printed Album Cover (your choice of animals), signed and numbered + (1) copy of the 1st edition BOOK, signed [32 pages full color, hard cover] + thanks and coloring sheets

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    Reward #7: Three - "One of a Kind" Unframed Hand Silkscreened Album Prints (your choice of animals), signed and numbered
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    Reward #8: Custom wall assemblage of album cover prints and record prints. (your choice of up to 9 animals), signed and numbered + (1) copy of the first edition book, signed [32 pages full color, hardcover] +1 tee shirt,thanks and coloring sheets

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