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$2,572
pledged of $9,900pledged of $9,900 goal
51
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, November 17 2013 3:51 AM UTC +00:00

About

Visit Steampunkmonsters.com for more!

Hello! My name is Tyson Vick. I am a photographer, costumer and writer and I am co-writing "A Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters" with costumer and lead-author, Alisa Kester.

We will give all Backers who donate over $20 a digital copy of our finished book!

 This digital copy should be available by 2015, fingers crossed!

We will also keep everyone updated on our publication process for the print version!

The Book

Bloggers Alisa Kester and Tyson Vick decided to combine their passions and talents for Fashion, Literature and Photography to create a fun Steampunk adventure guide for Hunting Monsters!

In 2012, Alisa and Tyson worked together on a steampunk photoshoot for Dark Beauty Magazine. They enjoyed themselves, and decided to work together again the following year using Alisa’s new Steampunk Monster costumes. But the more they talked about it, the more they thought it would make a fun to create a Steampunk book instead.

A shot from Alisa and Tyson's Steampunk shoot for Dark Beauty Magazine.
A shot from Alisa and Tyson's Steampunk shoot for Dark Beauty Magazine.

This book will feature a lady adventurer, Philomena Dashwood, who is invited on a Monster Hunting Tour which travels the entire globe. During her trip she keeps a diary about her exploits as she encounters Vampires, Zombies, Mummies, Werewolves, Ghosts, etc.. as well as numerous handsome young suitors! Imagine Jane Austen meets Scooby Doo – but with real monsters, of course!

Alisa's Steampunk Ottoman costume. Photo by Tyson.
Alisa's Steampunk Ottoman costume. Photo by Tyson.

“The Steampunk Ladies’ Guide to Hunting Monsters” will be half fashion spread, half narrative fiction. Each chapter will be divided by monster and will feature both a full photographic illustration of a scene from the chapter as well as numerous tin-type/daguerreotype photos of the people and monsters the heroine meets. Accompanying these pictures will be journal entries, news clippings, telegrams, love notes etc.

Costume fitting for one of our hunters, Brunhilde Bamfield.
Costume fitting for one of our hunters, Brunhilde Bamfield.

Alisa and Tyson will be creating 80 costumes for this project — as well as using some of Alisa’s already-finished wonderful Steampunk creations!

Werewolf Sketch
Werewolf Sketch
Werewolf mask, work-in-progress.
Werewolf mask, work-in-progress.
Alisa in her Victorian Ghost Costume.
Alisa in her Victorian Ghost Costume.

The Authors

Alisa is a Washington native and librarian who designs and creates dozens of multi-culturally influenced Steampunk outfits. She enjoys traveling to steampunk and Dr. Who conventions where she wears her award winning costumes. Her popular blog chronicles the building of her costumes from the earliest sketches and mood board to the final product and first wearing.

Alisa wearing her Zombie costume!
Alisa wearing her Zombie costume!

Tyson Vick is a Montanan fashion and art photographer who creates period and fantastical costumes for many of his photography projects. He is always creating something for an upcoming shoot or publication. He sells many of his once-used costumes to fund his upcoming projects. He has been illustrating the operas of Mozart through photography for a decade, and he keeps a blog about these exploits.

Both Alisa and Tyson are combining all of their passions into one project.

Write What You Know!

Alisa and I both love monsters, costuming and History! They say to write what you know, and apparently both of us are completely in tune with how Victorian Ladies would dress and hunt Monsters. We will create a book that is thrilling, hilarious and visually stunning for the enjoyment of our audience.

A steampunk gentleman, photo by Tyson Vick.
A steampunk gentleman, photo by Tyson Vick.

The Photos

Alisa and I are looking to photograph photos for the Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters in Montana, Washington and British Columbia.

We are planning on shooting at the end of Summer in 2014 if all the costumes are finished and lead models are available.

Our lead models have been partially cast and actor Blaise Embry (Weeds, Hawaii 5-O, CSI:NY) has agreed to portray the heroine’s bookish sidekick. We are still looking for our lead Heroine.

Blaise Embry will portray Percy Longville.
Blaise Embry will portray Percy Longville.

The photoshoots will also include hair and make-up by Lizzie Hatfield who has worked with Tyson Vick Photography for over a decade, creating wild hairstyles and fantastic make-up designs for hundreds of his photos.

We are also looking for steampunk aficionados in the Washington and Montana areas to help with creature FX, extras modeling, props, locations, graphics and many other things!

Prizes

We will give all Backers who donate over $20 a digital copy of our finished book!

Our fundraiser is focused on the production costs of making the book, rather than publishing it. Publishing is a separate step. Because of this, we are unaware of when a physical copy of the book will be produced. However, all Kickstarter backers who donate over $20 will receive an Kickstarter exclusive pre-production digital copy of the finished book. This digital copy should be available by 2015, fingers crossed!

We will also keep everyone updated on our publication process for the print version!

Pledge $5 or more and receive a Monster Tour Postcard:

Monster Hunting Tour Postcard
Monster Hunting Tour Postcard

Pledge $10 or more and receive a Steampunk Postcard Set:

Our Steampunk Postcard set of 4 will feature four images from our previous Steampunk Shoot!
Our Steampunk Postcard set of 4 will feature four images from our previous Steampunk Shoot!

Pledge $20 or more and receive "Steampunk Vol. 1" a paperback photobook which will feature all of our previous work together in one paperback!

Steampunk!
Steampunk!

Pledge $50 or more and Receive a Kickstarter Exclusive Photo-book focusing entirely on Philomena Dashwood, heroine of our Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters.

Pledge $100 or more and receive a one-of-a-kind prop from our project.

Example of our props:

Steampunk Cowboy Gun.
Steampunk Cowboy Gun.

Pledge $300 or more and receive one of Tyson's Limited Edition Altered Books which partially inspired the Steampunk Guide to Hunting Monsters, and will be used in the photos as well!

Mad Doctor Kit.
Mad Doctor Kit.
Ladies Adventure Kit.
Ladies Adventure Kit.

Pledge $500 or more and you will receive one of our steampunk costume pieces. Alisa and I will put together a list of available costumes for you to choose from!

Example of a Costume Piece:

Tyson wearing a ghost hat that could be yours!
Tyson wearing a ghost hat that could be yours!

Pledge $1,000 or more and we will put you in our book!

Pledge $2,000 or more and we will give you one of our full steampunk costumes!


Risks and challenges

Here are the steps involved in our project:

1. Writing the Book Text
2. Making 80 Steampunk Costumes and props
3. Illustrating the Book with Daguerreotypes/Tin Types as if they were taken by the characters in the book.
4. Illustrating scenes from the Book with Fashion Spreads/Editorial style photos
5. Creating illustrations, advertisements, cartoons, journal entries, paintings, etc. for the guide's clippings
6. Preparing the Layout of the Book.

With a large photography project there are quite a few minor risks. Tyson Vick has been working on large scale art projects like this for many years and has the necessary experience in dealing with problems as they arise. Some potential issues include Models/Actors dropping out of the project, weather turning bad, schedule conflicts, etc. These are all stressful but can be fixed by hiring new models and rescheduling things.

We will allocate our funding appropriately and frugally.

The writing portion of the book is already well underway, and outside of a bout of writer's block it shouldn't cause any setbacks.

Our Kickstarter Goals are to complete the writing, costuming and photography portions of our book and prepare the monster guide for the next step, publication.

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    You will get a Kickstarter Exclusive, A paperback photo book pre-release about Philomena Dashwood, our Heroine, and her many costumes.

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    You will receive a one-of-a-kind Steampunk prop from our shoot! Alisa and I will put together a list of props available for you to choose from!

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    You will receive one of Tyson's incredibly unique altered books. "A Ladies Adventure Kit" or "The Mad Doctor's Kit". Only one of each available!

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    You will receive one of our steampunk costume pieces. Alisa and I will put together a list of available costumes for you to choose from! You will also get a fancy steampunk prop (unless we run out!) and all of our previous photo-books (Steampunk Vol. 1 & Kickstarter Exclusive) and post-cards! You will receive special thanks in our finished book!

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    We will put you in our book! If you can get yourself to one of our shooting locations, we will put you in a photo. If you cannot make it in person, we will gladly name one of our characters after you!

    You will also get a fancy steampunk costume piece and prop (unless we run out!) and all of our previous photo-books (Steampunk Vol. 1 & Kickstarter Exclusive) and post-cards! You will receive special thanks in our finished book!

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    You will receive our unique, one-of-a-kind Geisha Ghost costume made exclusively for this project! (size small)

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    We will put you in our book, give you a full costume and a prop! If you can get yourself to one of our shooting locations, we will put you in a photo. If you cannot make it in person, we will gladly name one of our characters after you!

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