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Get in the Halloween spirit and help me illustrate the spooky and fantastical world of the Magician's best friend, his feline!

Happy Halloween! And thanks for checking out my project!

With October fast approaching, I've been itching to work on something spooky and fun… which got me to thinking about a very Halloween-ish book I did a while back, The Magician's Cat.

Original flyleaf page
Original flyleaf page

The Magician's Cat is an illustrated children's book I created in high school. Written in verse, it tells the story of a bashful black cat that uses all the different things he does for the magician as a way of hiding his shyness from the other cats he'd like to hang out with:

"The magician's cat
is a busy cat;
He has no time
for his fireside mat.
He smoothes the cushions
where his master sat,
And a thousand other things
like that!"

The original book is 15 pages and includes 7 black and white ink illustrations and 8 full color illustrations. It was one of the winners of the Hubbard Foundation's 1990 "Written and Illustrated By…" scholarship contest. (Yah!)

Since high school, my style of drawing and painting has evolved quite a bit. I've included some of my more recent work to give you an idea of the changes. With this Kickstarter campaign, I would like to update and expand the illustrations for the Magician's Cat and give it new life online as public media: a free ebook for everyone.

Witch Learning to Tat illustration - print reward! Original Art Reward SOLD OUT!
Witch Learning to Tat illustration - print reward! Original Art Reward SOLD OUT!

To update the color and black and white illustrations, I'd like to really play with the spooky details and creatures you might find in a magician's home… And for the expansion, I'd like to bring the total number of illustrations up to at least 20, so at least ten of each black and white and color with the text incorporated into all of the illustrations.

The final product would be a fully formatted ebook available free online.

So what are some of the perks of pledging to this project?

  • You help add to quality free media available to kids, schools and libraries and everyone.
  • You employ an artist!!
  • There are a number of unique Halloween-ish rewards from prints, to having your own monster illustrated -- be sure to check them out!
  • 2 original illustrations will be donated to the Central Texas SPCA for them to employ in promotion and fundraising!

But Monica, I want a physical copy of the book!
No problem! I will be making the completed book available on one of the print on demand sites, such as Lulu, at cost. I'm still researching what's available, and if you have a favorite service, I'd love recommendations!

What will the campaign funds cover?

  • Art supplies like illustration board, watercolors, etc
  • Printing, parts and postage to fullfil rewards
  • Any fees associated with ISBN registration, or for formatting for compatibility for different eReaders like Kindle, iPad, etc
  • A percentage goes back to Kickstarter and Amazon as service fees.
  • Upkeep of Jilly and Yoyo, my two black cats who are needed for research and modeling.

What is Kickstarter?

If you are new to Kickstarter, Kickstarter is an all or nothing funding platform for creative projects. You can pledge money at different reward levels, or at any amount you choose. If the funding goal is reached, as a supporter, you’ll receive a unique personalized piece of art as a thank you from me. If the funding goal isn’t met, the project ends and no money changes hands.

When will you be done?

Because I want to produce the best quality work for this project, and because I need to be able to work it around those pesky things that pay the bills like shows and commissions, I'd like this to be a Halloween to Halloween project. Most of the physical rewards will be able to go out this October (trick or treat!) and updates on art completed will post throughout the year with a goal of the finished book being ready for you by Oct 2013. It's like Now and Laters in your trick or treat bag - a little something this Halloween and even more next year!
Readin' Poe pendant reward
Readin' Poe pendant reward

So that's the plan!  Jilly, Yoyo and I hope you'll get in the Halloween spirit and help make the Magician's Cat a reality!  

Pencils for the color illustration "...and watch the goblins in the yard,"
Pencils for the color illustration "...and watch the goblins in the yard,"

Thanks so much for viewing my project and for helping spread the word!  

And now for some more pledge reward artwork...

Beginning of the artwork for the Ghost Mice pendant pledge reward!
Beginning of the artwork for the Ghost Mice pendant pledge reward!
Kampai! 5x5 print pledge reward option 1
Kampai! 5x5 print pledge reward option 1
Winged Monkey, 5x5 print pledge reward option 2
Winged Monkey, 5x5 print pledge reward option 2
Ghost Mice pendant art now in color!  The original piece is now available as a reward!  As you can see from the image, it runs to the edge of the page -- um, sometimes you end up working a sketch into a finished piece. :)  I will oval mat it.
Ghost Mice pendant art now in color! The original piece is now available as a reward! As you can see from the image, it runs to the edge of the page -- um, sometimes you end up working a sketch into a finished piece. :) I will oval mat it.
Tip Monkey original art reward!
Tip Monkey original art reward!
Banner Monkey original art reward
Banner Monkey original art reward
Grim and Grimalkin original art reward *SOLD OUT*
Grim and Grimalkin original art reward *SOLD OUT*
Catnip Cocoa print reward
Catnip Cocoa print reward
Bump in the Night print reward
Bump in the Night print reward
Ghost Mice pendant reward!
Ghost Mice pendant reward!
Bleeding Heart Zombie - an original art reward!
Bleeding Heart Zombie - an original art reward!
Quoth the Raven - an original art reward!
Quoth the Raven - an original art reward!
Quoth the Raven - an original art reward in his snazzy gold mat!
Quoth the Raven - an original art reward in his snazzy gold mat!

Did I miss something? Drop me a line and I'll add it on here :)

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    Paws up! Exclusive access to backer reports, including 'First Look' access to the ebook, and a heartfelt thanks by including YOUR NAME on the backer list in the completed book!

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    Welcome Kitty Print Level! A signed limited edition 5 x 5 fantasy print by the artist. Each signed and numbered print is professional 4 color process on heavy acid-free felt cover. There are two to choose from -- see the campaign description for images! Also includes exclusive access to backer reports, including 'First Look' access to the ebook, and a heartfelt thanks by including YOUR NAME on the backer list in the completed book! Print rewards for this level will go out Oct 2012 with completion of the ebook set for Oct 2013!

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    Happy Halloween! A signed 7 x 9 black and white print of the Witch learning to Tat illustration! Also includes exclusive access to backer reports, including 'First Look' access to the ebook, and a heartfelt thanks by including YOUR NAME on the backer list in the completed book! Print rewards for this level will go out Oct 2012 with completion of the ebook set for Oct 2013! (Please add $2 for shipping outside the US.)

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    Little Black Cat Portfolio! A set of 3 signed prints! You get a signed 7 x 9 black and white print of the Witch learning to Tat illustration, PLUS two letter size prints on felt cover: Catnip Cocoa and Bump in the Night! See the campaign description for images. Also includes exclusive access to backer reports, including 'First Look' access to the ebook, and a heartfelt thanks by including YOUR NAME on the backer list in the completed book! Print rewards for this level will go out Oct 2012 with completion of the ebook set for Oct 2013! (Please add $2 for shipping outside the US.)

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    Bleeding Heart Zombie Level! Original 5 x 5 inch ink and watercolor painting of my poor lovelorn zombie! Won't you be his Halloween sweetheart? This art reward will come unmatted and also includes a signed 7 x 9 black and white print of the Witch learning to Tat illustration, exclusive access to backer reports, including 'First Look' access to the ebook, and a heartfelt thanks by including YOUR NAME on the backer list in the completed book! Print and art rewards for this level will go out Oct 2012 with completion of the ebook set for Oct 2013! (Please add $2 for shipping outside the US.)

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    Magical Locket Level! Your choice of one of two exclusive art pendants! Choose either "Readin' Poe", featuring the magician's cat enjoying some Catnip Cocoa while reading a little Edgar Allen, or "Ghost Mice" featuring the magician's cat with two of his spectral mouse pals. Check out the campaign description to see the completed Readin' Poe design and the beginning of the Ghost Mice art! Each antique bronze pendant with 24 inch chain is assembled by the artist and features a print of the artwork sealed under glass. For those of you who know I do locket pendants for art shows -- These illustrations and pendants will be exclusive to Kickstarter pledgers! Also includes exclusive access to backer reports, including 'First Look' access to the ebook, and a heartfelt thanks by including YOUR NAME on the backer list in the completed book! Pendant rewards for this level will go out Oct/Nov 2012 with completion of the ebook set for Oct 2013! (Please add $3 for shipping if outside the US)

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    Magician's Librarian Level! "Your Book" included in the magician's library! Always thought you'd write "The Migratory Patterns of the North American Sasquatch"? Haven't gotten around to it yet? Well, immortalize it anyway! Yep, the magician's library is huge and includes many volumes of quaint and curious lore -- one of them could be yours! For you I will tuck the title and author you submit onto one of the spines of a book in the magician's library. Finding it can be your very own Where's Waldo game! Also includes a signed 7 x 9 black and white print of the Witch learning to Tat illustration, exclusive access to backer reports, including 'First Look' access to the ebook, and a heartfelt thanks by including YOUR NAME on the backer list in the completed book! Print rewards for this level will go out Oct 2012 with completion of the ebook set for Oct 2013! (Please add $2 for shipping outside the US.)

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    Quoth the Raven "Nevermore" Level! The original miniature watercolor painting for my current raven pendants I sell at shows/etsy. Very detailed, this dapper guy is about an inch and half tall and is matted in a gold 3.5 x 5 inch mat. See the campaign description for images! Also includes a signed 7 x 9 black and white print of the Witch learning to Tat illustration, exclusive access to backer reports, including 'First Look' access to the ebook, and a heartfelt thanks by including YOUR NAME on the backer list in the completed book! Print and art rewards for this level will go out Oct 2012 with completion of the ebook set for Oct 2013! (Please add $2 for shipping outside the US.)

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    My Monster Level! It's alive! It's ALIVE!!! Okay, well, it's in print! The magician has a lot of strange creatures in and around his house... At this level, YOU get to decide one of them! Harpies? Hinkypunks? Banshees or bogarts? The monster of your choice will be included in one of the illustrations! Also includes a signed 7 x 9 black and white print of the Witch learning to Tat illustration, exclusive access to backer reports, including 'First Look' access to the ebook, and a heartfelt thanks by including YOUR NAME on the backer list in the completed book! Print rewards for this level will go out Oct 2012 with completion of the ebook set for Oct 2013! (Please add $2 for shipping outside the US.)

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    Original Art - Tip Monkey! Original pen and ink and water color - see campaign description to view the image. Artwork is aprox 5 x 4 inches and will arrive matted. A one of a kind work! Also includes a signed 7 x 9 black and white print of the Witch learning to Tat illustration, exclusive access to backer reports, including 'First Look' access to the ebook, and a heartfelt thanks by including YOUR NAME on the backer list in the completed book! Rewards for this level will go out Nov 2012 with completion of the ebook set for Oct 2013! (Please add $2 for shipping outside the US.)

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    Original Art - Banner Monkey! Original pen and ink and water color - see campaign description to view the image. Artwork is aprox 6 x 4 inches and will arrive matted. A one of a kind work! Also includes a signed 7 x 9 black and white print of the Witch learning to Tat illustration, exclusive access to backer reports, including 'First Look' access to the ebook, and a heartfelt thanks by including YOUR NAME on the backer list in the completed book! Rewards for this level will go out Nov 2012 with completion of the ebook set for Oct 2013! (Please add $2 for shipping outside the US.)

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    The Real Deal Ghost Mice Level! Original artwork for the Ghost Mice locket design! This pen and ink watercolor piece measures aprox 4 x 3. Work will be oval matted. A one of a kind work! Also includes a signed 7 x 9 black and white print of the Witch learning to Tat illustration, exclusive access to backer reports, including 'First Look' access to the ebook, and a heartfelt thanks by including YOUR NAME on the backer list in the completed book! Rewards for this level will go out Nov 2012 with completion of the ebook set for Oct 2013! (Please add $2 for shipping outside the US.)

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    The Real Deal Locket Level! A locket featuring the original watercolor painting of the magician's cat enjoying some Catnip Cocoa while reading a little Poe. This antique bronze pendant with 24 inch chain is assembled by the artist and features the original watercolor artwork sealed under glass. A one of a kind work! Also includes a signed 7 x 9 black and white print of the Witch learning to Tat illustration, exclusive access to backer reports, including 'First Look' access to the ebook, and a heartfelt thanks by including YOUR NAME on the backer list in the completed book! Rewards for this level will go out Oct 2012 with completion of the ebook set for Oct 2013! (Please add $2 for shipping outside the US.)

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    I Love My Cat Level ! A whole gang of cats features into the story -- one of them could be yours! Based on photos you submit, your kitty will be included in one of the color illustrations! Also includes a signed 7 x 9 black and white print of the Witch learning to Tat illustration, exclusive access to backer reports, including 'First Look' access to the ebook, and a heartfelt thanks by including YOUR NAME on the backer list in the completed book! Print rewards for this level will go out Oct 2012 with completion of the ebook set for Oct 2013! (Please add $2 for shipping outside the US.)

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    Original Art Level 1 You will receive one of the original 7 x 9 black and white illustrations. Pledgers will be allowed to select their piece when all artwork is complete on a first to pledge, first to pick basis. Also includes a signed 7 x 9 black and white print of the Witch learning to Tat illustration, exclusive access to backer reports, including 'First Look' access to the ebook, and a heartfelt thanks by including YOUR NAME on the backer list in the completed book! Print rewards for this level will go out Oct 2012 with completion of the ebook set for Oct 2013! (Please add $2 for shipping outside the US.)

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    Original Art Level 2 You will receive one of the original 7 x 9 color illustrations! Pledgers will be allowed to select their piece when all artwork is complete on a first to pledge, first to pick basis. (If the "Love my Cat" pledge reward is claimed, the art for that level will not be reserved to fill that reward.) Also includes a signed 7 x 9 black and white print of the Witch learning to Tat illustration, exclusive access to backer reports, including 'First Look' access to the ebook, and a heartfelt thanks by including YOUR NAME on the backer list in the completed book! Print rewards for this level will go out Oct 2012 with completion of the ebook set for Oct 2013! (Please add $2 for shipping outside the US.)

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    I REALLY Love My Cat Level A whole gang of cats features into the story -- one of them could be yours! Based on photos you submit, your kitty will be included in one of the color illustrations AND you will receive that piece of original art! Also includes a signed 7 x 9 black and white print of the Witch learning to Tat illustration, exclusive access to backer reports, including 'First Look' access to the ebook, and a heartfelt thanks by including YOUR NAME on the backer list in the completed book! Print rewards for this level will go out Oct 2012 with completion of the ebook set for Oct 2013! (Please add $2 for shipping outside the US.)

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