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Cary Gray has drawn an entire children's book with his feet.  Luno! empowers kids to get out & be sustainably adventurous!
Cary Gray has drawn an entire children's book with his feet.  Luno! empowers kids to get out & be sustainably adventurous!
Cary Gray has drawn an entire children's book with his feet. Luno! empowers kids to get out & be sustainably adventurous!
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Luno! A Foot-Drawn Kids' Book about Sustainable Adventuring

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My mission:

To empower kids to lead healthy, sustainable, and adventurous lives.

     For the past few years, I have been traveling through the U.S., Canada, and Central America on a unicycle.  I broke the world record for longest unicycle trip in Panama in 2014, and after returning the U.S. that year, began giving talks at elementary schools, as well as universities, about my adventures and the importance of healthful living.

Classroom Visit in Chelan, WA
Classroom Visit in Chelan, WA

Profits from Luno! will be invested into my journey, and will help get me to more schools along the way!

Why a Children's Book?

     After having given a number of talks at elementary schools and seeing firsthand how excited kids get about my adventures, I decided to put it into illustrated book form.   I'm also going to be an uncle (!!!!) some short weeks after this fundraiser ends, so I wanted to create a legacy and combine my talents into story form!

    Yes, I illustrated the entire book with my feet, and have some very cool videos to prove it! Go to the Updates sections to see!

Drawing with my feet at the South Whidbey Commons Coffeehouse
Drawing with my feet at the South Whidbey Commons Coffeehouse

     This just goes to show that anything is possible, and I believe that message will resonate strongly with kids both able and disabled.

What is Luno! About?

    This illustrated children's book follows a young boy named Luno, who has decided he wants to ride to South America on one wheel.   He's the sustainable adventurer, choosing to unicycle instead of drive or fly.  He faces worry-warts and nay-sayers, who question him about his mode of transport, but continues undeterred.  He rides through the snow and rain, and even crosses a swamp, all the while voicing his motto: "Onward!"  He also reminds kids (and adults!) that "Anything is possible!"

My personal favorite page, "Bear King."
My personal favorite page, "Bear King."

   The moral of his story is that adventure can be as far as South America or as close as your own backyard, and that it's essential for kids (and adults) to get outside and discover the world for themselves, and in the end, the importance of returning home to family!

The Project Budget:

Illustrations: $400

Graphic Design: $400

Marketing: $200

Printing cost (for a minimum of 300 hardbacks): $3,500

Shipping Costs: $500

Kickstarter fees: $450

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Total: $5,450

   Any rewards that include the book itself will be happy to know that this will be an exclusive kickstarter edition.  That means that when I take this book to print for a second run, you will be proud to own the first, and you will be able to proudly say you got this story off the ground!

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  As this campaign gets underway, I will be updating my audiences with "making of" video for each of the book's pages, and donors will get to see exclusive footage in addition to that!

Risks and challenges

I have run a few successful fundraising campaigns in the past for charity, and gear for my journey (on IndieGoGo.) I also have the expertise of having graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011 and having organized multiple shows during and afterward. This project will be a new and humbling challenge on a greater scale.
One challenge will be working with a certain publisher, printer, or even artist's printshop, depending on the final number of books needed.
Another challenge, that I am exited to tackle, is to make this whole process as sustainable as possible. I hope to source the book within North America, and have it printed on paper sourced from sustainable forests.
Yet another challenge is budget. While I am hoping to recover the costs of my own labor and creative process in the form of profit, my ultimate goal is creating a product people are happy with and proud of.

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    The Postman Special

    Thank you for being a part of the action!
    Get a sweet postcard of one of the pages of Luno! in full color with a thank you, and the Luno! ebook.

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    Coloring Book Package

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    Get a sweet Luno! postcard + the Luno! ebook + the black & white Luno! coloring book.

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    Super Early Bird Special!

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    Not-So-Early Bird Special!

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    The Luno! Package

    Thanks for supporting Luno! You've just landed a copy of the book! You get a sweet Luno! postcard + the Luno! ebook + the black & white Luno! coloring book + the kickstarter edition of Luno! the book.

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    The Luno! Package

    Thanks for supporting Luno! You've just landed a signed copy of the book!
    You get a sweet Luno! postcard + the Luno! ebook + the black & white Luno! coloring book + the kickstarter edition of Luno! the book, and 3 full-color prints to hang or give to friends! For this level, your book will be signed and your name will make it into the credits!

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    The Big Wheel! Package

    A massive thank you for your support of this project! Luno himself is jumping up and down!

    You get a sweet Luno! postcard + the Luno! ebook + the black & white Luno! coloring book + the kickstarter edition of Luno! the book, and 5 full-color prints to hang or give to friends! At this level, your book will be signed, your name or the name of your business will make it into the credits, and I will create a totally original full-color foot-sketch portrait of you, your child, or your pet!

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    The Friend Package: 4 Luno! Books plus goodies

    You get a sweet Luno! postcard + the Luno! ebook + 4 copies of the black & white Luno! coloring book + 4 copies of the kickstarter edition of Luno! the book, + 20 full-color prints to hang or give to friends! At this level, your book will be signed, your name or the name of your business will make it into the credits.
    This level also earns you one of the original drawings from the book!

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    The Sponsor! Package

    A humongous thank you for your support of this project! Luno has lost his marbles after having heard about you!

    You get a sweet Luno! postcard + the Luno! ebook + the black & white Luno! coloring book + the kickstarter edition of Luno! the book, + 10 full-color prints to hang or give to friends! At this level, your book will be signed, your name or the name of your business will make it into the credits, and I will create a totally original full-color foot-sketch portrait of you, your child, or your pet!
    For this level, you will also receive one of the original watercolor pages from the book, signed and framed!

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