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GALUNKER!  Epic! Heroic! Ridiculous. (A children's picture book about a gloriously silly pit bull.)
GALUNKER! Epic! Heroic! Ridiculous. (A children's picture book about a gloriously silly pit bull.)
1,179 backers pledged CA$ 62,016 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE - JULY 1ST

Galunker's Kickstarter campaign is now over. Please visit our website; stroll around, join the mailing list in order to receive future updates. (you  can click the image bellow)

UPDATE - JUNE 29

Galunker has now achieved TWICE its initial funding goal – which is just stunning – and we have two days to take this campaign into the stratosphere. As we've said, our real fantasy is to see Galunker find his way into every children's library in the nation.

For this, we would need to raise as much as we can - mainly in order to have a decent publicity budget for the book. These things *really* make a difference! 

THANKS SO MUCH for what you've done to take us this far! 

Let's keep pushing, for the sake of Galunker and his non-fictional friends :-)

So here’s how it’s going to work: 

You'll get BONUSES as we raise more!

(In Kickstarter-speak, these are known as "stretch goals.")

EVERYONE who’s pledged $29 or more – now or in the future – will receive the following wonderful stuff, on top of the rewards they are already getting!  Which they will then brag about to all of their friends. 

$40,000: UNLOCKED!! :)

If our funding reaches this glorious height – which looks pretty likely – then everyone who’s pledged $29 or more – now or in the future - is going to receive (on top of what you’re already getting) a glorious Galunker  bumper sticker, so that the car behind you will know just how cool you are. These stickers say, of course "Don't judge a dog by its cover." You’ll also get two stickers for people who are much too young to drive cars. 

$50,000: UNLOCKED!! :)

If our funding reaches this stunning height, then our team of gorgeous pledgeniks ($29 or more, now or in the future) will each receive two Galunker greeting cards, illustrated by Dula, so that people you send greeting cards to will know just how cool you are.

$65,000: 

When our funding climbs to this dizzying height, everyone who has pledged $29 or more, now or in the future, will receive a lavish digital version of the book.  (In other words: A Galunker E-book!) Cool, right?

$80,000: 

When we reach this magnificent sum, those of you who’ve pledged $29 or more, now or in the future, will see your already wonderful reward made significantly more wonderful when you receive a signed 8x10 limited edition print by Dula.  This print will be of something that is now, to everyone except Dula, a mystery.

Well, that was fun. 

Meanwhile:

Galunker is a pit bull.  

Galunker looks really mean,
 but is about as threatening as a marshmallow.  He is rescued from an evil dogfighting ring, but now the dogcatcher is determined to take him back to an evil shelter.  And Galunker? All he wants is a nice home.   

(NOTE: we're not suggesting that all shelters are evil, by any means.  Only the ones that kill perfectly healthy pit bulls, just for being pit bulls.  And these are unfortunately far from rare.)

Galunker is above all an entertaining story:  a rhyming book in the spirit of Dr. Seuss, with beautiful illustrations. It is a tale about a friendship between two underdogs, and their flight from injustice.   

It is also, however, an effort to address Breed Specific Legislation:  the “aggressive breed” bias against dogs like Rottweilers, Dobermans, and Pit Bulls.
 

Nobody is suggesting, irresponsibly, that children be in any way exposed to dangerous animals. The book includes an essay at the end, aimed at parents:  we refer to the latest studies, in order to separate science from superstition. This essay will help parents make informed decisions before introducing ANY dog into the family home.

(This is a mock-up version of the book)
(This is a mock-up version of the book)

We are a guy, a gal, and a fictional pit bull.

Galunker is written by Douglas Anthony Cooper, a bestselling novelist.

Galunker is illustrated by Dula Yavne, an artist whose work has been published and displayed around the world. 

Galunker himself is a pit bull.  He is an illustration.  But he is inspired by Rain, a fabulous dog who is not an illustration.

Galunker was hated by all of mankind.
And it bothered Galunk. And I'll bet that you'd mind.

Because nobody likes to be hated, I deem,
No matter how hateful they happen to seem.

You would hate to be hated if you were a worm
Or a spider or lizard or rodent or germ.

You'd find this forlornsome if you were a snake
Who snuck through the forest and lurked in the lake.

(It is hardly your fault if you sneak and you lurk
If sneaking and lurking are just how you work.)

You'd resent this if you were a freak or a frog
And Galunker was none of these things.

Just a dog.

***

No, Galunker was not even hateful at all.
He bolted and bounced; he did not even crawl.

(And crawling is not such a rotten thing, too
If crawling is what you were brought up to do.)

But hated he was, and he always had been
For Galunker, though never his fault,

Looked real mean.

His name was tattooed on the back of his ear
Which helped him look fierce (didn't help him to hear).

It was never his fault that the people he met
Upon meeting Galunker became so upset,

That they flinched or they frowned
or they scrammed or they screamed; 
He was not even slightly the way that he seemed.

And today poor Galunker was really a mess
So it's time that we started this story, I guess....

(THE REST IS IN THE BOOK, OF COURSE :) )

Excellent question.  

Galunker will be a hardcover, printed on the finest paper. The funds will cover the production, design and printing of the book, as well as the creation of various other rewards.  It will also cover some publicity, and (sigh) taxes.

These are some of the rewards you will get with the book, based on the amount you decide to pledge (see the reward tiers chart further down the page):

A Galunker tote bag!
A Galunker tote bag!
THROW PILLOW (16" X 16"), made from 100% spun polyester poplin fabric, a stylish statement that will liven up any room. Individually cut and sewn by hand.
THROW PILLOW (16" X 16"), made from 100% spun polyester poplin fabric, a stylish statement that will liven up any room. Individually cut and sewn by hand.
The print which will appear on the shirts/ tank tops.
The print which will appear on the shirts/ tank tops.

Galunker T-shirts and tank tops (American Apparel Tri-Blend: 50% Polyester, 25% Cotton and 25% Rayon)

MORE ABOUT THE KICKSTARTER PROCESS:


Kickstarter is a unique experience, differing from the usual online buying process. It is not simply a matter of choosing an item and buying a speedy arrival--you are joining us in the adventure of creating and completing this project. The result, in this case: a book that can be enjoyed, shared, or gifted, and would hopefully help replace misinformation and fear, with knowledge and LOVE.

How to get started:

Step 1. Decide which Pledge description you like (we ship internationally. no additional fees required!) 

Step 2. Create a Kickstarter account determine payment method.(it's super simple).

Step 3. Wait and see what happens! If our campaign is successful, in 30 days, your account will be charged and your reward is secured. If our campaign is unsuccessful, then you will NOT be charged. (a belated addition: Thankfully, we did meet our initial funding goal - so everyone who pledge from now on can be rest assured: they will definitely get the book and the other rewards they've pledged for).
However, * we still need every dollar we can raise *, As specified at the top of this page, :) 

Step 4. If you would like to join in helping this project succeed, then feel free to spread the word! Tweets, Facebook shares, blog posts, going door to door (joking) -- any and all efforts will help reach more and more people, and potentially ( fingers crossed) help find many loving homes to these lovely creatures. 


Risks and challenges

We've spent the last months learning everything we can about publishing and printing.

We know it's not fun to wait more than 6 months for a book, but in the normal publishing industry, printed books take even longer.

Here's our plan:

1. Completing the book

The hard part is basically over. The story is almost finished. The visual language has been decided upon: all of the main characters have been designed, along with a number of pages. The rest requires tons of effort, but Dula will be working on this full-time. (If we feed her and give her a few hours to sleep.)

2. Printing the book

We have done all our homework in advance. We know exactly where we'll be printing, so production problems shouldn't be an issue. We expect there won't be delays. (If there are any, we will let you know, of course. You'll be updated throughout this process.)

3) Shipping the book and the other rewards

You'll receive the T-shirts and totes earlier than the book. So that's something, right?

We are overwhelmingly committed to this project. It has consumed our lives, and will continue to do so until Galunker arrives, barking, on your doorstep.

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    THE RIDICULOUS TONGUE: Thank you for your support! You'll receive a limited-edition email, saying "Thank You," and will be able to follow our journey.

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    Pledge CA$ 29 or more About $22

    THE WET NOSE: You'll get a limited first edition of Galunker. It will be a lovely hardcover, and our signatures will be on a lovely bookplate inside. No additional shipping fees required.

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    THE SLOBBERING KISS: You'll get a limited first edition of Galunker. It will be a lovely hardcover, and our signatures will be on a lovely bookplate inside.

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    Pledge CA$ 49 or more About $37

    THE ELOQUENT TAIL: You'll get a limited first edition of Galunker. It will be a lovely hardcover, and our signatures will be on a lovely bookplate inside. On top of this you'll get a gorgeous fitted T-shirt or tank top (your choice), illustrated with the glorious Galunker.
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    Pledge CA$ 55 or more About $41

    THE BARKING ANGEL: You'll get TWO limited first editions of Galunker. They will be lovely hardcovers, and our signatures will be on lovely bookplates inside. No additional shipping fees required.

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    Pledge CA$ 79 or more About $59

    THE ELEGANT EARS: You'll get THREE limited first editions of Galunker. They will be lovely hardcovers, and our signatures will be on lovely bookplates inside. No additional shipping fees required.

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    Pledge CA$ 85 or more About $64

    THE BOUNCING HERO: You'll get a limited first edition of Galunker. It will be a lovely hardcover, and our signatures will be on a lovely bookplate inside. On top of this you'll get a gorgeous fitted T-shirt or tank top (your choice), and a gorgeous tote bag, both illustrated with the glorious Galunker. MOREOVER: in the inner cover you'll get a dedication (10 words or so, of your choice) and a little pen-and-ink sketch made by Dula. No additional shipping fees required.

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    Pledge CA$ 99 or more About $74

    THE MAGNIFICENT COUCH
    POTATO: You'll get a limited first edition of Galunker. It will be a lovely hardcover, and our signatures will be on a lovely bookplate inside. On top of this you'll get one gorgeous, colorful GALUNKER THROW PILLOW (you can choose which design you prefer) MOREOVER: in the inner cover you'll get a dedication (10 words or so, of your choice) and a little pen-and-ink sketch made by Dula. No additional shipping fees required.

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    Pledge CA$ 155 or more About $116

    THE ENERGIZER BUNNY/DOG HYBRID: You'll get TWO limited first editions of Galunker. They will be lovely hardcovers, and our signatures will be on lovely bookplates inside. On top of this you'll get TWO gorgeous fitted T-shirts or tank tops (your choice), and TWO gorgeous tote bags, all illustrated with the glorious Galunker. MOREOVER: in the inner cover of each book you'll get a dedication (10 words or so, of your choice) and a little pen-and-ink sketch made by Dula. No additional shipping fees required.

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    Pledge CA$ 160 or more About $120

    THE RESPLENDENT COUCH POTATO: You'll get a limited first edition of Galunker. It will be a lovely hardcover, and our signatures will be on a lovely bookplate inside. MOREOVER: in the inner cover you'll get a dedication (10 words or so, of your choice) and a little pen-and-ink sketch made by Dula. ON TOP OF THIS you'll get *TWO* gorgeous, colorful GALUNKER THROW PILLOWS. No additional shipping fees required.

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    Pledge CA$ 205 or more About $153

    THE COMPLETE PIBBLE KIT: You'll get a limited first edition of Galunker. It will be a lovely hardcover, and our signatures will be on a lovely bookplate inside. MOREOVER: in the inner cover you'll get a dedication (10 words or so, of your choice) and a little pen-and-ink sketch made by Dula. ON TOP OF THIS you'll get a gorgeous fitted T-shirt or tank top (your choice), and a stunning tote bag, both illustrated with the glorious Galunker. AND TO MAKE THE KIT COMPLETE: you'll get *TWO* gorgeous, colorful GALUNKER THROW PILLOWS. No additional shipping fees required.

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    Pledge CA$ 350 or more About $262

    THE HANDSOME SNOOZING BEAST: You'll get FIVE limited first editions of Galunker. They will be lovely hardcovers, and our signatures will be on lovely bookplates inside. On top of this you'll get FIVE gorgeous fitted T-shirts or tank tops (your choice), and FIVE gorgeous tote bags, all illustrated with the glorious Galunker. MOREOVER: in the inner cover of each book you'll get a dedication (10 words or so, of your choice) and a little pen-and-ink sketch made by Dula. No additional shipping fees required.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,200 or more About $897

    THE BFFFL (Bestest Fursome Friend For Life):
    You'll get a limited first edition of Galunker. It will be a lovely hardcover, and our signatures will be on a lovely bookplate inside. On top of this you'll get a gorgeous fitted T-shirt or tank top (your choice), and a gorgeous tote bag, both illustrated with the glorious Galunker. Moreover: in the inner cover you'll get a dedication (10 words or so, of your choice) and a little pen-and-ink sketch made by Dula. AND DULA WILL MAKE A FULL-COLOR DRAWING OF YOUR PET! (Based on a few pictures you'll send us. Doesn't have to be a pit bull. Doesn't even have to be a dog.) No additional shipping fees required.

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    Pledge CA$ 2,500 or more About $1,868

    THE MOST WONDERFUL CREATURE ON EARTH, EVER: <drumroll> DULA WILL INCLUDE ONE SPECIAL APPEARANCE OF YOUR PET, AS AN ILLUSTRATION SOMEWHERE IN THE BOOK! we're talking about eternal fame here! :)
    (Based on a few pictures you'll send us. Doesn't have to be a pit bull. Doesn't even have to be a dog.)
    On top of this you will also get a limited first edition of Galunker. It will be a lovely hardcover, and our signatures will be on a lovely bookplate inside. On top of this you'll get a gorgeous fitted T-shirt or tank top (your choice), and a gorgeous tote bag, both illustrated with the glorious Galunker. ON TOP OF THIS you'll get *TWO* gorgeous, colorful GALUNKER THROW PILLOWS. Moreover: in the inner cover you'll get a dedication (10 words or so, of your choice) and a little pen-and-ink sketch made by Dula.
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