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A full-color book of my best robot themed sketches from recent Inktober and March of Robots daily drawing events.
A 96 page, full-color book of my best robot themed sketches from recent Inktober and March of Robots daily drawing events.
A 96 page, full-color book of my best robot themed sketches from recent Inktober and March of Robots daily drawing events.
100 backers pledged $3,838 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE 3: Only 60 hours left! We just passed a new stretch goal so the book will now be 96 pages. Woo hoo, maximum mechage!!! We also passed the 75 backers goal so I'll be adding another print to the perks package. I'll reveal the new print soon.

UPDATE 2: Mecha Zone Sketches is now 88 pages and perfect bound thanks to your support! We're really close to the next stretch goal and 96 pages! Also, I just lowered the costs for the original art rewards by $10 to $20 depending on the piece. Did you know you can edit your pledge amount and reward level until the campaign ends?

UPDATE 1: Thank you for your support! The project is funded but we still have 29 days to meet some of the stretch goals. We're already very close to stretch goal 1, which is 8 additional pages in the book. Keep sharing and supporting because it will only make the book better for everyone.

Hey there! I’m David White aka Mecha Zone and I love drawing robots. I'm a freelance illustrator who has worked on dozens of books and video games. I also produce my own line of 3D printed action figures called Mechanauts. Thousands of fans join me each year for Inktober and March of Robots as I post a new sketch every day. Mecha Zone Sketches will compile my best and most popular sketches from the last several events into a 80 page book (was 64).

Cover Mockup
Cover Mockup

My sketches for this project all feature robots, spaceships, and cyborgs. Many of the sketches are nods to my favorite retro video games and anime characters. Sounds like fun, right? I guess there are people who don’t like robots and spaceships??? Luckily, I don’t know anyone like that ;)

Sketch Samples
Sketch Samples

How many sketches will be in the book? Good question! The printer I'm using includes the covers (outside and inside) as pages so the actual interior page count will be 60. There will be an introduction and I have a fun idea for the last page... so there should be around 55-58 sketches.

 

Sketch Samples
Sketch Samples

Why a printed book? The images shared on Instagram and Twitter are low resolution and compressed photos from my iPhone. Many of the 2014-2015 images are cropped due to Instagram’s old square format restrictions. The sketches are also scattered haphazardly across the internet so it’s difficult to enjoy them as a body of related works. This book will use high resolution, color corrected scans for crisp and vivid images.

Layout Sample
Layout Sample

  Book specs

  • 6” x 9” portrait orientation
  • 88 full-color pages (started at 64 may be more with the stretch goals!)
  • Cover paper: 100# gloss softcover
  • Inside paper: 80# gloss
  • Binding: Perfect (square bind with glue)
Layout Samples
Layout Samples

Why Kickstarter? I cannot afford the printing fees. It's that simple and this book won’t happen without your support. Please share this project like crazy with the hashtag #MZ_Sketches and tag @mechazone if you can. THANK YOU!

Want to see the new images for this year’s Inktober? Join me on Instagram and Twitter to catch them as I post each day. You’ll also see photos of my 3D printed toys, which is my other passion.

 @mechazone on Instagram   @mechazone on Twitter

Sketch Samples
Sketch Samples

Stretch goals will be revealed when the project is funded.

This is all about the book so I’m avoiding the clutter of extra prints and random nick-nacks. My stretch goals are meant to improve the book in various ways. The more supporters I get, the more everyone benefits so share the project with your friends or buy some extra copies to give as gifts. Anything you can do to get the word out is a huge help.

 Rewards and perks

All reward levels will include a digital PDF version of the book. A download link will be provided once the book is finished.

Reward level R0 (PDF only) will not receive any perks to avoid shipping costs. Reward levels R1 and on will receive the following perks in addition to their selected reward:

  • One 3" Mecha Zone legion sticker
  • Three 5.5" x 8.5" prints featuring art NOT in the book
Every Backer Gets These Perks
Every Backer Gets These Perks

You can add an extra book to your reward by adding $12 to any pledge except for R0 PDF Digital Copy.

 

 

 

 

Shipping - International orders PLEASE READ

These rates will be IN ADDITION to your pledge for the product. Shipping rates have skyrocketed over the last few years to the point where it's ridiculously expensive to send anything overseas from the USA. I calculated all of these rates based on estimated weights of 10-12 oz for the sketchbook plus weight for the shipping box. The R2 reward tier with all 3 books weights almost 5 lbs. I compared USPS to UPS and Fedex. USPS was the least expensive in all cases. Media mail is not an option because of the prints and sticker.

R0 - PDF Digital Copy

  • No shipping cost. A download link will be provided when the book is completed. 

R1 - The Book

  • USA - $5 (USPS first class)
  • Canada - $15 (USPS intl first class)
  • Everywhere else - $23 (USPS intl first class)

R2 - Mecha Zone Library

  • USA - $12 (USPS priority)
  • Canada - $40 (USPS intl priority)
  • Everywhere else - $60 (USPS intl priority)

R3 to R13 - Original Art

  • USA - $12 (USPS priority)
  • Canada - $15 (USPS intl first class)
  • Everywhere else - $23 (USPS intl first class)

About Mecha Zone 1.5 and 2 books from reward R2

Mecha Zone books vol 1 (96p) and vol 2 (112p) are both 8.5" x 11" hardcovers. They feature my more finished work which includes mecha designs for comics, games, and personal commissions. Here's a publicity video I made for the books.

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

This project is a dream because the principle art is already done! I’ve made and printed several books over the years and I’ve worked with the printer for this project on a past publication so I’m confident the print quality will be very good. The only other risky areas are layout, which isn’t completed yet, and shipping. Layout could take longer than expected or my computer could explode… both would be bad ☹ but I have a strong work ethic and I backup my work daily. Shipping/fulfillment is often a wild ride with Kickstarter so I have already confirmed that the shipping service I regularly use will work with Kickstarter by importing a CSV file ☺

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    R3 - Mecha Head Original Art

    March of Robots 2016 #3
    Original design
    8” x 8” On RENDR Paper

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    R4 - Metal Warriors Original Art

    Inktober 2015 #28
    Metal Warriors Fanart
    8” x 8” On RENDR Paper

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    R5 - Cyberbots Gaits Original Art

    March of Robots 2016 #28
    Cyberbots Fanart “Gaits”
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    R6 - Cyberbots Blodia Original Art

    March of Robots 2016 #28
    Cyberbots Fanart “Blodia”
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    R7 - Robot Jox Achilles Original Art

    Inktober 2015 #18
    Robot Jox Fanart “Achilles”
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    R8 - Robot Jox Kobalevsky Original Art

    Inktober 2015 #30
    Robot Jox Fanart “Kobalevsky 42”
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    R10- Gundam Dwadge Original Art

    Inktober 2015 #19
    Gundam Dwadge Fanart
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    March of Robots 2016 #4
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    R11- Metal Slug Mecha Original Art

    Inktober 2015 #4
    Metal Slug Inspired Mecha
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    R12- Sark Mecha Original Art

    March of Robots 2016 #16
    Tron Sark Inspired Mecha
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    R13 - Commission Sketch

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