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2 Aliens, Disguised as Dogs, in Adorable Plush form? GREAT NEPTUNE YES! Help us immortalize the Zorphbert & Fred comic characters!
2 Aliens, Disguised as Dogs, in Adorable Plush form? GREAT NEPTUNE YES! Help us immortalize the Zorphbert & Fred comic characters!
75 backers pledged $4,280 to help bring this project to life.

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I have been exhibiting at comic conventions for 6 years now, and in doing so I meet a lot of talented artists & crafters. It was with great fortune that I met Gina D'Angelo, a seamstress under the name of "Super Sox Shop" who specializes in plushies, hoodies, and her infamous geeky holiday stockings. It only took a few conversations to get the ball rolling on this project!

There are just SO MANY wonderful aspects to these bean bag plusihes, and regarding this project as a whole, I shall now machine-gun-fire a bullet-point list of awesomeness for you to digest:

  • First and FOREMOST: with this Kickstarter you are not just supporting one independent entrepreneur, but TWO! At the same time! Your money goes towards Gina's expenses and labor, AND towards having extra plushies made for Dawn to sell at conventions and online!
  • These are NOT mass produced toys made in China. They are handmade with care, by Gina herself, individually signed and numbered. These are collectible items, not kids toys, they are truly one of a kind!
  • Again, NOT made in China... but Made in the U.S.A.!
  • These adorable plushies, at approximately 8" tall, are created with high end polyester fleece, embroidered features, hand knit antennae, stuffed fiber fill, beans and wuuuuuv. Even Fred's striped "kitty sock tail" is hand sewn and attached "properly" with a safety pin! Quality is in the details, for sure.
  • If you are a reader of Dawn's comic, what a way to pay tribute to 9 years of insightful laughs with Zorphbert & Fred! Be apart of the Grand Finale!
  • There's Reward Levels for anyone! Be it a couple bucks for a cool wallpaper, a best-of ebook, rare original art, or the plushies themselves, there's plenty of choices for anyone who wants to support us!

  • Have you LOOKED at these plushies???! Gina cute-ified them so much it should be illegal! You will not be able to stop squeezing them, even when your heartless boss begs you to get back to work.

"Zorphbert & Fred" is a 9-year-old all-ages comic strip written and drawn by Dawn Griffin (myself!). It follows 2 aliens in dog costumes on their mission to research humanity-- obviously resulting in awkward hilarity. We are pretty weird, after all. "Z&F" is published online and in printed collections.

I made the decision to bring the comic to a close at the beginning of 2015. The last comic will post on July 31st (also marking the end of this Kickstarter), wrapping up their adventure on Earth. To celebrate with a "Grand Finale", I wanted to find a way to produce the item my readers ask for the most: Z&F Plushies! So, here we are!

Rather than stump you with endless reward levels, shipping costs, add-ons or anything that will complicate things and make heads hurt... we decided to keep things simple for you. FREE shipping. 7 main reward levels to start. A few more to be revealed through July. Pretty easy, huh?

Pick your poison, Earthlings!

Z&F Plush Wallpaper and A Big Fat Thank-You sent via some form of alien technology.
Z&F Plush Wallpaper and A Big Fat Thank-You sent via some form of alien technology.
3-Pack of awesome Z&F and Super Sox Shop wallpapers, and an EXCLUSIVE Best-Of Z&F ebook for that piece of archaic technology you humans call a "Tablet".
3-Pack of awesome Z&F and Super Sox Shop wallpapers, and an EXCLUSIVE Best-Of Z&F ebook for that piece of archaic technology you humans call a "Tablet".
The Bean-Bag Plush version of cynical grump Zorphbert. 8" tall & filled with 200% more disgruntled sarcasm, but somehow we still adore him. One of the great Earthly mysteries!
The Bean-Bag Plush version of cynical grump Zorphbert. 8" tall & filled with 200% more disgruntled sarcasm, but somehow we still adore him. One of the great Earthly mysteries!
The Bean-Bag Plush version of dear ol' Fred. Approximately 8" tall with a full tummy of beans; just as squishy and lovable as the real Fred! Includes his "kitty sock tail", to accessorize his feline side.
The Bean-Bag Plush version of dear ol' Fred. Approximately 8" tall with a full tummy of beans; just as squishy and lovable as the real Fred! Includes his "kitty sock tail", to accessorize his feline side.
Please, you know these guys work best as a PAIR! Adopt BOTH Zorphbert & Fred for optimal levels of adorable fuzzy fun! Comes with all the "SUPER SPACE CADET" goodies too!
Please, you know these guys work best as a PAIR! Adopt BOTH Zorphbert & Fred for optimal levels of adorable fuzzy fun! Comes with all the "SUPER SPACE CADET" goodies too!
For the dedicated comic reader, adopt BOTH Zorphbert & Fred, and read about their adventures on Earth in all 3 comic collections! Fred likes it if you read aloud with silly voices.
For the dedicated comic reader, adopt BOTH Zorphbert & Fred, and read about their adventures on Earth in all 3 comic collections! Fred likes it if you read aloud with silly voices.

 LIMITED EDITION SUPER PLUSHIES!

*************ONLY FIVE sets available! Snag these QUICK!****************

BE A SPACE COMMANDER! Super-size your prize, with these limited-edition DOUBLE-sized plushies! Complete with bendable antennae, real zippers and tentacles! Only FIVE sets available! Comes with all the "SUPER SPACE CADET" goodies too!
BE A SPACE COMMANDER! Super-size your prize, with these limited-edition DOUBLE-sized plushies! Complete with bendable antennae, real zippers and tentacles! Only FIVE sets available! Comes with all the "SUPER SPACE CADET" goodies too!
One tiny picture cannot express the AWESOMENESS of these 18" super plushies! Thus, this animated GIF was born.
One tiny picture cannot express the AWESOMENESS of these 18" super plushies! Thus, this animated GIF was born.
BE A COMIC COLONEL! If what you're after is the Z&F COMICS themselves, this reward level is for you. Pre-Order the final Z&F collection; an artist edition of Volume 4 signed by Dawn! Comes with all the "SUPER SPACE CADET" goodies too!
BE A COMIC COLONEL! If what you're after is the Z&F COMICS themselves, this reward level is for you. Pre-Order the final Z&F collection; an artist edition of Volume 4 signed by Dawn! Comes with all the "SUPER SPACE CADET" goodies too!
Original art lovers, set your phasers to STUNNING!  Be an Art Admiral and receive a RARE original pen & ink matted comic signed by Dawn-- 1 of the 50 in existence, before Dawn "went digital".
Original art lovers, set your phasers to STUNNING! Be an Art Admiral and receive a RARE original pen & ink matted comic signed by Dawn-- 1 of the 50 in existence, before Dawn "went digital".
BE A SUPER ART ADMIRAL! Original art lovers, set your phasers to STUNNING! Receive not only the Z&F plushies, but a matted comic signed by Dawn, & an original fanart piece by the Fraim Brothers! Comes with all the "SUPER SPACE CADET" goodies too!
BE A SUPER ART ADMIRAL! Original art lovers, set your phasers to STUNNING! Receive not only the Z&F plushies, but a matted comic signed by Dawn, & an original fanart piece by the Fraim Brothers! Comes with all the "SUPER SPACE CADET" goodies too!

Take a gander at Brendon and Brian Fraim's fantastic pen & ink rendering of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia HERE!

********ONLY THREE slots available! ********

BE A WEBCOMIC CAPTAIN! Are you a fellow webcomic creator? Snag this reward level and reserve a spot on the Webcomic Alliance chat podcast! Get geeky with us! Comes with all the "SUPER SPACE CADET" goodies too!
BE A WEBCOMIC CAPTAIN! Are you a fellow webcomic creator? Snag this reward level and reserve a spot on the Webcomic Alliance chat podcast! Get geeky with us! Comes with all the "SUPER SPACE CADET" goodies too!

As excited as we would be to see this project funded at $3,000, we are also offering a couple Stretch Goals, to really spruce up your plushie packages in the mail!

 No proper adoption of adorable dogs (even if they are really aliens inside) should take place without a certificate! Thanks to you wonderful backers, we have now hit $4,000, and can UPGRADE all plush orders to include a personalized adoption certificate, signed by Gina and Dawn, and including an original sketch of the characters thanking you PERSONALLY! Why not make it official, right?!

If we hit $5,000, along with the certificate, all the plush pledges will ALSO include the newest and FINAL book in the Z&F series! Signed by Dawn with sketch! Now THAT'S how you go out with a BANG!

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The 9 years working with 2 characters as insightful, funny, and unique as these aliens in dog costumes, have been 9 of the best years of my life. I will continue making all-ages comics in the future, but there would be no better way to salute Zorphbert & Fred as they hover off into the horizon, than to see this project succeed. I sincerely love and appreciate all my readers, and if we can pull together to get this Kickstarter project funded, it would be quite an accomplishment we can ALL share in. Gina and I are so excited to team up, we hope you are just as excited to share in the process with us!

Risks and challenges

While Gina is an accomplished self-employed seamstress with many years of experience, she is indeed one person and is handling the labor involved with creating these plushies. Please be patient as she cranks out each of these hand-made collectibles! We will do our best to fulfill those who backed the highest reward levels first, and work down the line, sharing our steps as we go! Any unforeseen delays will be addressed to the best of our ability. To date, we have the materials selected and the prototypes finalized, we just need YOUR help to finance the labor, materials and other fees! We CAN do this, together!

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    SPACE SERGEANT FRED!
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