Please keep in mind that the illustration you see atop is not complete. We're still adding elves and changing the tigers up a bit. Thank you.
Any funding that exceeds the 100% mark will go towards books printed for the children at St. Jude Children's Hospital. Every copy will be personally signed by the author with a note of thanks to each contributor that pledged $100.00 or more.
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About: The Jolly Shop
Mr. Cringe grew up with a scientist of a father who was always debunking
anything that could not be proven through science (like Santa), which meant he never really knew what Christmas was. Year after year it was always the same, a nice shiny lump of coal. Kerplunk! Kerplunk!
After growing old and getting more and more bitter by the day, he decided to get even and share his deprived childhood with the rest of the world. Using the ingenuity he inherited from his father, evil Mr. Cringe devised a way to replace Christmas with a little something of his own. He worked and schemed to create a device that could deliver his madness and frustration all in one night, on Christmas eve. Now, all that was left was a touch of the button then mayhem and revenge would be his.
Santa and his team of elves had caught wind of this. With some tricks of their own, a hopeful and jolly Santa, elves, and crew prepped for what could be a catastrophe. But would the reindeer be fast enough? Could his powerful and majestic Saber Tooth Snow Tiger's get there in time to deliver some Christmas spirit and share with Cringe the true meaning of Christmas?
In the end all we can do is hope that Cringe was able to learn that Christmas is not about receiving, but about the gift of giving. Perhaps he even made some friends along the way.
Believe it or not, the idea for The Jolly Shop was conceived while deployed in the Middle east area during OIF and OEF. It may seem odd to some folks how I would get such an idea at a time like that, especially when even 'sleep' was out of my vocabulary. The best way I can explain that is no matter how big a role I may have had, I never felt like it was enough. I always looked at the bigger picture, the grand scheme of things and came to the conclusion that I had much more to share than just serving my country and supporting the freedom of others. I hope I can have a bigger overall impact now by bringing smiles to our youths and our families by sharing the creative abilities I've been blessed with. After ten years of service, a few years later I was able to put those ideas to paper where I came out with a product that both my editors, friends, and family have really been able to enjoy.
Though I have contract offers through several publishing companies, the biggest obstacle I face now is the illustration costs. Though most publishers have their own illustrators, this is my baby. I have a strong vision for this and very few with the 'Disney' style I seek can help me bring this to full fruition. That's correct, Disney! I have it narrowed down to two illustrators that can do this and both have extensive Disney experience.
Children are captivated by images and I want them to feel as much a part of the story as possible. With your help I can commission said illustrator(s) and be able to spread a little extra cheer this Christmas season while teaching children true meaning of Christmas, the gift of giving.
This is an ongoing project as I'm working on the screenplay that I want to have pixel animated, but this book is my near term goal that I first plan to achieve with your help. Thank you for any and all consideration.
You can read a little more about me here where I have two articles published on Ezine Articles.
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