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Two lovable aliens come to life and set off on an amazing adventure. They learn it takes courage, trust and friendship to return home.
Two lovable aliens come to life and set off on an amazing adventure. They learn it takes courage, trust and friendship to return home.
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In 2009 I built a sculpture of two little aliens in a spaceship that I constructed from 1940s hubcap, Zildjian cymbals, antique camera parts and other collectibles. I titled it Joyride. The two occupants of the ship had such an expression of fun and mischief that it made me wonder who they were and what they were up to. I started playfully drawing them and imagining the wonderful far away places they must have visited. I made sketches of creatures they might encounter as they explored the universe. And I decided to name them  - Marty and Otto.

Otto is the younger of the two, adventurous and fearless. His antenna is bent because he keeps hitting his head against the ship's dome always trying to see all the wonders around him. Marty is is equally adventurous but more cautious. I think of him as an older brother. Otto is ready for adventure and more often than not, getting them into mischief. Marty is always quick to find a solution and get them out of Otto's messes. Well almost always.

The Story
In Joyride we get to go on Marty and Otto's first adventure. We meet Ellie, the little girl who's father built the sculpture. Ellie makes them a wonderful gift named Comet, that adds to the fun.

Curious to see everything around them, they take off in their spaceship and roar into space. They visit never before seen planets and encounter astonishing creatures.

When they decide it is time return home, their adventure becomes even bigger. A most incredible thing happens and they discover that it takes courage, teamwork, and friendship to bring them back safely.

Marty and Otto's Joyride sculpture has appeared at several venues including Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA., Maker Faire, Miami, FL. and the Boca Raton Library, Boca Raton, FL.

Funding The Book
This book cannot happen without you. I am very grateful that you believe in this project as I do and are willing to make an investment in it. Together we are going to make an amazing adventure.
This 1st edition hardcover 11" x 9" book will be 36 full colorful pages, high quality offset printed instead of digital printing. Each will come with a dust jacket for protection. Printed in the U.S.A. We are planning to print 1,000 books. Funding will cover cost of printing and shipping, purchasing ISBN and barcode and fulfillment of books and other rewards.
The book will go to press in January 2015. Once the final book is received I will start fulfillment which I believe will begin February 2st. I will post updates to all backers of the progress.

Every backer who supports this project by December 10 will receive a special personal gift from Marty, Otto and Mike by December 20th. Our thanks to you for the Holidays.

Illustrations from the Book
The book will be richly illustrated with paintings by Mike Rivamonte. Below are a few examples of the work you will find in the book:

About the Artist

 Mike Rivamonte is an sculptor and illustrator. His sculpture is collected throughout the world by art collectors and corporations. His work has been published in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art and other books. Mike's first kickstarter project, Rex, is Florida's tallest wooden robot and is on display at Macy's Dec.4 - 7th during Art Basel, Miami, FL.  Mike collects rare and antique objects from all over the globe. He assembles them into whimsical creatures that delight people of all ages.

Your own Marty and Otto! A must have reward. Sculpted, cast and hand painted by the artist. The black and white are only available during the kickstarter project. They are 6" tall.

 Here are some examples of the concept art that make up the collector postcard sets.


Rewards:

Pledge $5 or more
Thank You!
Receive a postcard from Marty, Otto and Mike personally thanking you for supporting this project.

Pledge $15 or more
Collector's Concept Art Postcard Set!

With this reward you will receive 5 select postcards of concept art that inspired the book. Frame these colorful cards or give them as gifts to your friends. A heartfelt thank you for your support.

Pledge $15 or more
Collector's Book Art Postcard Set!
With this reward you receive 5 select postcards of the illustrations from the book. Frame these colorful cards or give them as gifts to your friends. A heartfelt thank you for your support.

Pledge $25 or more
Early Bird Book Special!
For your early support receive one hardcover book with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto and Mike.

Pledge $35 or more
One Book! 

Receive one hardcover book with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto and Mike. A special bookmark and our deepest thanks for your support.

Pledge $50 or more
One Book + Both Postcard sets!
Receive one hardcover book with dust jacket signed by Marty, Otto and Mike. Both collector's concept and illustration postcards(10). A special bookmark and our deepest thanks for your support.

Pledge $65 or more
Two Books!
One for you and one to donate to a friend, school or library. Receive two hardcover books with dust jacket signed by Marty, Otto and Mike. A pair of special bookmarks and a personal thank you drawing by Mike.

Pledge $65 or more
Pencil Drawing + One Book!
With this reward Mike will create a 8"x10" pencil drawing of Marty and Otto just for you. Plus one hardcover book with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto, and Mike. Also a special bookmark and our deepest thanks for your support.

Pledge $75 or more
Early Bird Marty and Otto 6" Figurine + One Book!
Your very own Marty and Otto. These adorable characters are sculptured and cast and hand painted. Choose green or red. You also receive one hardcover book with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto and Mike. Plus a special bookmark and our deepest thanks for your support.

Pledge $85 or more
Painting of Marty & Otto + One Book!
Your very own original painting of Marty and Otto. This gouache masterpiece is 6"x 8" and signed by the artist. You will also receive one hardcover book with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto, and Mike. Also a special bookmark and our deepest thanks for your support.

Pledge $100 or more
Marty and Otto 6" Figurine + One Book!
Your very own Marty and Otto. These adorable characters are sculptured and cast and hand painted. Choose green or red. You will also receive one hardcover book with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto and Mike. And both collector's postcard sets(10). A personal thank you drawing by Mike plus a special bookmark.

Pledge $125 or more
Limited Edition Marty and Otto 6" figurine 
Inspired by the opening animation.
These adorable sculptures will only be offered during the kickstarter campaign. Each set are signed and numbered. You will also receive one hardcover book with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto and Mike. Plus both collector's postcard sets10). And a personal thank you drawing by Mike plus a special bookmark.

Pledge $125 or more
Marty and Otto 6" figurine + Painting!
Your very own Marty and Otto. These adorable characters are sculptured, cast and hand painted. Choose green or red. You will also receive one hardcover book with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto and Mike. Plus both collector's postcard sets(10). And a gouache 6"x8" original painting of Marty and Otto signed by the artist. Plus a personal thank you drawing by Mike and a special bookmark.

Pledge $150 or more
Bragging rights!
With this reward we will print your name, or child or family or friend's name in our friends section in the book. Also you will receive one hardcover book with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto and Mike. Plus both collector's postcard sets(10). And a personal thank you drawing by Mike plus a special bookmark.

Pledge $200 or more
Painting of you with Marty and Otto! 
An 6"x8" gouache painting of you with Marty and Otto. We will also print your name, or child's name or family or friend's name in our friends section in the book. You will receive one hardcover book with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto and Mike. Plus both collector's postcard sets(10). And a personal thank you drawing by Mike plus a special bookmark.

Pledge $300 or more
Producer Credit! Whoo Hoo!

Congratulations you're part of the team! You will receive two hardcover books with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto, and Mike. Plus both collector's postcard sets(10). And one 6" x 8" original gouache painting of Marty and Otto, signed by the artist. Plus a drawing of Marty and Otto also signed. And one pair of Marty and Otto 6" figurines( your choice of green or red). Also your name, or child's name or family or friend's name printed in a special producer section in the front part of the book. A portfolio of five 8"x10" archival prints from the original concept drawings. And a thank you drawing from Mike plus a special bookmark.

Pledge $500 or more
Executive Producer Credit!
Thank you for going all the way to the top! You will receive four hardcover books with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto, and Mike. Plus both collector's postcard sets(10). And one 6" x 8" original gouache painting of Marty and Otto, signed by the artist. Plus a drawing of Marty and Otto also signed. A pair of Marty and Otto 6" figurines( your choice of green or red or limited edition). Also your name, or child's name or family or friend's name printed in a special Executive Producer section in the front part of the book. Also a portfolio of five 8"x10" archival prints from the original concept drawings. And a thank you drawing from Mike plus a special bookmark.

Pledge $6,000 or more
Mercury Sculpture!
Mercury is my favorite and most mischievous robot. I am offering him for sale to fund this project. His head, hands and "ears" are movable. He stand 24" tall. He is constructed from vintage drive in speakers, bicycle headlights and other collectibles. 
You will receive two hardcover books with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto, and Mike. Plus both collector's postcard sets(10). And one 6" x 8" original gouache painting of Marty and Otto, signed by the artist. Plus a drawing of Marty and Otto also signed. One pair of Marty and Otto 6" figurines( your choice of green or red or limited edition). Also your name, or child's name or family or friend's name printed in a special Executive Producer section in the front part of the book. Plus a portfolio of five 8"x10" archival prints from the original concept drawings. And a thank you drawing from Mike plus a special bookmark. 
I will package and ship to you. U.S. sales only.

Pledge $7,000 or more
Marty and Otto Joyride Sculpture!

For a very special person:
This is the original sculpture of Marty and Otto I built in Dec 2010. I am offering them for sale to fund this project. I am also including several of the original concept sketches I made before I began the piece. The sculpture is a mixture of antiques and modern electronics. You will be owning a wonderful piece of art.  Dimension are 22" diameter and 18" tall.

You will also receive 2 hardcover books with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto, and Mike. Plus both collector's postcard sets(10). And one 6" x 8" original gouache painting of Marty and Otto, signed by the artist. Plus a drawing of Marty and Otto also signed. One pair of Marty and Otto 6" figurines( your choice of green or red or limited edition). Also your name, or child's name or family or friend's name printed in a special Executive Producer section in the front part of the book. Plus a portfolio of five 8"x10" archival prints from the original concept drawings. And a thank you drawing from Mike plus a special bookmark.

I will package and ship to you. U.S. sales only.

Pledge $7,000 or more
America Series Robot Sculpture!

I have completed #11,#12 and #13. They are about 28 inches tall and covered with vintage matchbooks from the 1930s to early 1950s. Each one is a wonderful example of American history and iconic robot. The matchbooks are an amazing window into our past. They are one of our first forms of mass communication with color. Long before you saw color in magazines on a large scale. You choose which one you like - I will post pictures tomorrow afternoon of them. you will also receive:

2 hardcover books with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto, and Mike. Plus both collector's postcard sets(10). And one 6" x 8" original gouache painting of Marty and Otto, signed by the artist. Plus a drawing of Marty and Otto also signed. One pair of Marty and Otto 6" figurines( your choice of green or red or limited edition). Also your name, or child's name or family or friend's name printed in a special Executive Producer section in the front part of the book. Plus a portfolio of five 8"x10" archival prints from the original concept drawings. And a thank you drawing from Mike plus a special bookmark.

Risks and challenges

I was very successful with my first kickstarter project Rex. We had no problem with fulfillment of rewards. I have over 25 years experience in advertising and print. I have a very strong work ethic. I will clearly communicate with all backers and my team will do everything to make this project a wonderful success.

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    One Book + Both Postcard sets!
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    Two Books!
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    Pencil Drawing + One Book!
    With this reward Mike will create a 8"x10" pencil drawing of Marty and Otto just for you. Plus one hardcover book with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto, and Mike. Also a special bookmark and our deepest thanks for your support.

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    Early Bird Marty and Otto 6" Figurine + One Book!
    Your very own Marty and Otto. These adorable characters are sculptured and cast and hand painted. Choose green or red. You also receive one hardcover book with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto and Mike. Plus a special bookmark and our deepest thanks for your support.

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    Painting of Marty & Otto + One Book!
    Your very own original painting of Marty and Otto. This gouache masterpiece is 6"x 8" and signed by the artist. You will also receive one hardcover book with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto, and Mike. Also a special bookmark and our deepest thanks for your support.

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    Marty and Otto 6" Figurine + One Book!
    Your very own Marty and Otto. These adorable characters are sculptured and cast and hand painted. Choose green or red. You will also receive one hardcover book with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto and Mike. And both collector's postcard sets(10). A personal thank you drawing by Mike plus a special bookmark.

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    Limited Edition Marty and Otto 6" figurine
    Inspired by the opening animation. These adorable sculptures will only be offered during the kickstarter campaign. Each set are signed and numbered. You will also receive one hardcover book with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto and Mike. Plus both collector's postcard sets10). And a personal thank you drawing by Mike plus a special bookmark.

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    Marty and Otto 6" figurine + Painting!
    Your very own Marty and Otto. These adorable characters are sculptured, cast and hand painted. Choose green or red. You will also receive one hardcover book with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto and Mike. Plus both collector's postcard sets(10). And a gouache 6"x8" original painting of Marty and Otto signed by the artist. Plus a personal thank you drawing by Mike and a special bookmark.

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    Bragging rights!
    With this reward we will print your name, or child or family or friend's name in our friends section in the book. Also you will receive one hardcover book with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto and Mike. Plus both collector's postcard sets(10). And a personal thank you drawing by Mike plus a special bookmark.

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    Painting of you with Marty and Otto!
    An 6"x8" gouache painting of you with Marty and Otto. We will also print your name, or child's name or family or friend's name in our friends section in the book. You will receive one hardcover book with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto and Mike. Plus both collector's postcard sets(10). And a personal thank you drawing by Mike plus a special bookmark.

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    Producer Credit! Whoo Hoo!
    Congratulations you're part of the team! You will receive two hardcover books with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto, and Mike. Plus both collector's postcard sets(10). And one 6" x 8" original gouache painting of Marty and Otto, signed by the artist. Plus a drawing of Marty and Otto also signed. And one pair of Marty and Otto 6" figurines( your choice of green or red). Also your name, or child's name or family or friend's name printed in a special producer section in the front part of the book. A portfolio of five 8"x10" archival prints from the original concept drawings. And a thank you drawing from Mike plus a special bookmark.

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    Executive Producer Credit!
    Thank you for going all the way to the top! You will receive two hardcover books with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto, and Mike. Plus both collector's postcard sets(10). And one 6" x 8" original gouache painting of Marty and Otto, signed by the artist. Plus a drawing of Marty and Otto also signed. Two pair of Marty and Otto 6" figurines( your choice of green or red or limited edition). Also your name, or child's name or family or friend's name printed in a special Executive Producer section in the front part of the book. Also a portfolio of five 8"x10" archival prints from the original concept drawings. And a thank you drawing from Mike plus a special bookmark.

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    Matchbook Robot:
    48 hours New Reward Added Matchbook Robot!
    December 25th is the last day!

    Hi Everyone, There is only 48 hours left and I have not reached my goal. So I am offering one of my next three American Series Robots. Each year I set aside time to collect and build these sculpture throughout the year. I have completed #11,#12 and #13. They are about 28 inches tall and covered with vintage matchbooks from the 1930s to early 1950s. Each one is a wonderful example of American history and iconic robot. The matchbooks are an amazing window into our past. They are one of our first forms of mass communication with color. Long before you saw color in magazines on a large scale. You choose which one you like - I will post pictures tomorrow afternoon of them. you will also receive:

    2 hardcover books with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto, and Mike. Plus both collector's postcard sets(10). And one 6" x 8" original gouache painting of Marty and Otto, signed by the artist. Plus a drawing of Marty and Otto also signed. One pair of Marty and Otto 6" figurines( your choice of green or red or limited edition). Also your name, or child's name or family or friend's name printed in a special Executive Producer section in the front part of the book. Plus a portfolio of five 8"x10" archival prints from the original concept drawings. And a thank you drawing from Mike plus a special bookmark.

    I will package and ship to you. U.S. sales only.

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    Mercury Sculpture!
    Mercury is my favorite and most mischievous robot. I am offering him for sale to fund this project. His head, hands and "ears" are movable. He stand 24" tall. He is constructed from vintage drive in speakers, bicycle headlights and other collectibles.
    You will receive two hardcover books with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto, and Mike. Plus both collector's postcard sets(10). And one 6" x 8" original gouache painting of Marty and Otto, signed by the artist. Plus a drawing of Marty and Otto also signed. One pair of Marty and Otto 6" figurines( your choice of green or red or limited edition). Also your name, or child's name or family or friend's name printed in a special Executive Producer section in the front part of the book. Plus a portfolio of five 8"x10" archival prints from the original concept drawings. And a thank you drawing from Mike plus a special bookmark.
    I will package and ship to you. U.S. sales only.

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    For a very special person:
    This is the original sculpture of Marty and Otto I built in Dec 2010. I am offering them for sale to fund this project. I am also including several of the original concept sketches I made before I began the piece. The sculpture is a mixture of antiques and modern electronics. You will be owning a wonderful piece of art. Dimension are 22" diameter and 18" tall.

    You will also receive 2 hardcover books with dust jacket, signed by Marty, Otto, and Mike. Plus both collector's postcard sets(10). And one 6" x 8" original gouache painting of Marty and Otto, signed by the artist. Plus a drawing of Marty and Otto also signed. One pair of Marty and Otto 6" figurines( your choice of green or red or limited edition). Also your name, or child's name or family or friend's name printed in a special Executive Producer section in the front part of the book. Plus a portfolio of five 8"x10" archival prints from the original concept drawings. And a thank you drawing from Mike plus a special bookmark.

    I will package and ship to you. U.S. sales only.

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