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Robot and Fox is the story of Roland and his epic journey with his buddy, Fox, as they search to find Roland's ship and get him home.
Robot and Fox is the story of Roland and his epic journey with his buddy, Fox, as they search to find Roland's ship and get him home.
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Robot and Fox: The Amazing Journey is a children's book about a robot named Roland Botemus and his journey across the galaxy to find the perfect gift for his fiancée, Rosie. But, when Roland accidentally becomes separated from his ship on a distant planet, his mission plans change, and instead, he must scour the planet to find his ship and return home. Luckily for him, one of the planet's furry inhabitants is ready and rarin' to help!

Meanwhile, Rosie receives a distress signal from Roland's lost ship. When she tries to contact Roland and doesn't get a response, she decides to venture across the galaxy and rescue the one she loves. Little does she know, she's going to have to face her own set of perils as she encounters dangerous space anomalies and cunning, crazy pirates!

Robot and Fox: The Amazing Journey Book Cover
Robot and Fox: The Amazing Journey Book Cover

My goal is to release Robot and Fox: The Amazing Journey as an eBook and online. As a first-time self-publisher, this is the best way for me to make the book widely available for everyone to read quickly and inexpensively.

Robot and Fox will be available for purchase online to read on your tablet, e-reader, phone, or computer!
Robot and Fox will be available for purchase online to read on your tablet, e-reader, phone, or computer!

The world of Robot and Fox is full of robots, snow whompuses, pirates and more! Click the picture of the whole crew below to find out more about all the characters Roland and Rosie come across in their journey!

Click the image above to see detailed character bios on the website!

The funds from this campaign will be going toward the costs of finishing the Robot and Fox: The Amazing Journey eBook and getting it ready to release online.

These costs include the final editing and formatting of the manuscript, final touch-up and preparation of the cover and inside illustrations, and the legal costs associated with releasing the book (which includes purchasing the copyright, and ISBN numbers). The cost of all of these things would be covered by the $1500 raised and get the book ready for release.

I love the characters and world of the book, and there's so much more I want to do with it! I'd be thrilled to raise the initial goal and release the book, but if we can raise more than that, there are more things I want to make the book even better!

If we can reach the $1500 goal, I have some other things planned for Robot and Fox and would love to do them!

My first goal beyond releasing the book would be to finish an animated trailer I'm working on to help promote and bring attention to the book. The trailer will be a 90-second, 2-D animated venture into the world of Robot and Fox. The goal would be to give potential readers a stunning and beautiful peek at the world of the story. 

Trailer Preview

I'm currently working on animating and creating the backgrounds. There's a long way to go, but here's a few pictures of from the trailer in progress:

Backgrounds

Roughing in and creating a series of mountain ranges to fly over.
Roughing in and creating a series of mountain ranges to fly over.
Creating the inside of a volcano.
Creating the inside of a volcano.
Roughing in a shot in the desert with a stand-in image of Roland.
Roughing in a shot in the desert with a stand-in image of Roland.

Animation

Fox smiling up at Roland, waiting to be animated and colored!
Fox smiling up at Roland, waiting to be animated and colored!
Animating in Toon Boom Studio
Animating in Toon Boom Studio
Going from storyboard to key pose drawing.
Going from storyboard to key pose drawing.

Additional funding beyond the main Kickstarter Goal would go toward the costs of finishing this trailer. These costs include hardware for rendering the complex visuals, animation and compositing assistance, and software needed for integrating some 3D set elements into various shots.

With the right equipment, and the help of some friends, I would love to release the trailer shortly after the book launches! 

Additionally, I thought it would be a really cool add-on to have a soundtrack to accompany the book. The soundtrack would have 20 songs, one for each chapter, that would tie in with the story as you read along. I will commission my friend Steve Blumenthal to create a Robot and Fox: The Amazing Journey soundtrack! I really enjoy working with Steve and he has scored several short films for me in the past. I know he'd make something that would be a joy to listen to and add to the reading experience!

To thank you for your help, I tried thinking of as many cool and fun things to make to give back to my awesome Kickstarter contributors. Listed below are the prizes at their levels with images of the final product (note; I'm still making some of the prizes as I type! Images of those prizes will be uploaded in updates before the end of the campaign!) 

Warning: May contain puns.
Warning: May contain puns.

$3 Level: Thank-Yoodle

Thank you so much for your contribution! Every little bit helps! I will email you to personally thank you for your help and attach a unique Robot and Fox doodle just for you!

$5 Level: Robot and Fox Sticker Pack

Thank you! For your contribution you'll receive a set of 5 Robot and Fox stickers in the mail with a hand-written thank you letter from me!

$10 Level: Robot and Fox: The Amazing Journey eBook

Thank you! At the $10 level you'll receive a digital copy of the Robot and Fox: The Amazing Journey eBook when it is released! (End of July 2013). 

$25 Level (Option 1): Robot and Fox eBook Friends Pack

Get a copy of the Robot and Fox eBook for yourself, and two more copies that you can give to friends and family when the book is released!

$25 Level (Option 2): Robot and Fox T-Shirt Bundle

You'll receive a cool Robot and Fox T-shirt, as well as a copy of the eBook once it's released! Choose your size, and get this neat T-shirt printed on a nice American Apparel Tee!

$25 Level (Option 3): Roland and Rosie Papercraft Build Kit

If you enjoy fun arts and crafts projects, this is for you! You'll receive a kit to make your own Roland and Rosie papercraft figures! Each sheet comes pre-scored for easy folding, and the tough parts (arm holes, leg holes, etc) already cut out for you to make this fun and easy! It's still a bit of a challenge though, and should take a few hours to finish, but there will be an instructional video online in case you get stuck! Comes with a sheet for each character, and glue!

And when you're finished, you'll have your own little papercraft Roland and Rosie!

$25 Level (Option 4): Robot and Fox Framed Chapter Art

Each chapter of Robot and Fox begins with a unique, full-page illustration. Choose your favorite and receive a framed print in the mail, as well as a copy of the book upon its release! (Ask about chapters 16-20, which aren't visible online to keep from spoiling the ending!)

For example: A burly lumberjack who loves dogs and cheesy hats!
For example: A burly lumberjack who loves dogs and cheesy hats!

$50 Level (Option 1): Custom Robot and Fox Character Art

Ever wonder what you'd look like as a robot? With this reward, send me a description of you (or a friend) and based on your description I'll draw you in the style of Robot and Fox!

Or, if you're an avid golfer who also has a love for cheesy hats! (Don't worry, yours doesn't necessarily have to have a cheesy hat! It was kind of a phase I was in at the time of drawing these!)
Or, if you're an avid golfer who also has a love for cheesy hats! (Don't worry, yours doesn't necessarily have to have a cheesy hat! It was kind of a phase I was in at the time of drawing these!)

Your custom character image will be framed and shipped to you! You'll also get a copy of the eBook when it's released!

$50 Level (Option 2): Robot and Fox Zip-Hoodie

Thank you!! For your contribution you'll get a Robot and Fox zip hoodie! The hoodie will display the Robot and Fox Logo on the front, and feature the whole Robot and Fox cast of characters on the back! You'll also receive a copy of the book when it's released!

$75 Level (Option 1): Fox Poseable Plush Toy

Thank you so much! For your contribution you'll receive a hand-sewn Fox plush toy! There's a wire armature inside, so you can pose him however you like! Comes with varnished wood stand, and a copy of the eBook when it's released! You'll also receive your choice of any $25 reward, plus a digital copy of the book upon its release date!

Fox Poseable Plush and Wood Display Stand!
Fox Poseable Plush and Wood Display Stand!

$75 Level (Option 2): Giant Snow Whompus Plushie Toy

Yawwwwwwwwwwwww.... Thank you! For your contribution you'll receive a giant Snow Whompus plush toy! Made of super-soft faux fur, and stuff to be super-squishy and ultra-huggable! Be careful! Hugging him too much might cause you to.... yawwwww.... catch a case of the sleepies. You'll also receive your choice of any $25 reward, plus a digital copy of the book upon its release date!

Tiny eyes buried beneath his deep fur!
Tiny eyes buried beneath his deep fur!
I'm just gonna take a lil' nap......
I'm just gonna take a lil' nap......

$100 Level: Roland and Rosie Figurine Set

Thank you so much! For your contribution you'll receive an awesome pair of Roland and Rosie figurines! These figurines are designed, cast, and painted by me, and come with a special galactic Robot and Fox display stand! You'll also receive a copy of the eBook when it's released plus a Robot and Fox T-Shirt!

Special, sparkly, starry display stand!
Special, sparkly, starry display stand!

Your figures will come in a special Robot and Fox wooden case, carefully packaged in charcoal gray pick 'n' pluck foam to keep them safe!

$200 Level (Only One): Robot and Fox Trailer Original Storyboards

THANK YOU!!! :D This is one of a kind! These are my original hand drawn storyboards from planning out the Robot and Fox trailer! 80 hand-drawn panels mounted and placed inside a binder. I will include special notes inside about the making-of the trailer, and write a personal thank you letter with a unique drawing to thank you for your generous contribution! You'll also receive a copy of the eBook once it's released!

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Thank you all so much for your contributions! You will make this project possible!

Risks and challenges

The main risk or challenge I see the book and trailer having on its way to completion is the huge task of completing them both on time. My goal is to complete the book and the trailer and release them by the end of July. The main obstacle is the sheer amount of work it's going to take to reach that goal, but I feel with the funds from the campaign, I'll be able to get the right equipment, the necessary resources, and the right people to help me out and finish this project right and on time!

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    [] FRAMED CHAPTER ART [] Each of the twenty chapters in Robot and Fox starts with a full page illustration by me. With this reward, you'll receive a high-quality print of any chapter of your choice, signed and framed. You'll also receive a digital copy of the book upon its release date! // (signature optional) (ask about Chapters 16-20, which are not posted online because of story spoilers)

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    [] ROLAND AND ROSIE PAPERCRAFT PROJECT [] A fun Do-It-Yourself craft project! You'll get one sheet of parts to cut out and assemble for both Roland and Rosie! Each sheet will have the parts printed with guidelines for cutting and folding, and the fold lines will be pre-scored to make it fun and easy! The tough small cuts and holes will also be prepared for you! Just cut it out and glue them together for your own little paper robots!

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    [] CUSTOM CHARACTER []

    Send me a short description or idea, and I will draw you a character in the style of Robot and Fox based on your description! It could be you, a friend, a family member, or just a cool robot you'd like to see! You'll receive a framed copy in the mail, as well as a digital copy via email. You'll also receive a digital copy of the book upon its release date!

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    [] ZIP HOODIE [] You'll receive a comfy Robot and Fox Zip Hoodie! You'll also receive a digital copy of the book upon its release date!

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    [] SNOW WHOMPUS PLUSH [] Yaaawwwwwwww! You'll receive a big, fluffy, yawny Snow Whompus Plush! Hand sewn and super soft! Just don't konk him on the head! You'll also receive your choice of any $25 reward, plus a digital copy of the book upon its release date!

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    [] FOX PLUSH [] You'll receive a soft, fluffy Fox plush toy! You can toss him around all you want, but, as always, he'll come to a soft landing! You'll also receive your choice of any $25 reward, plus a digital copy of the book upon its release date!

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    [] ROLAND AND ROSIE FIGURES [] You'll get both Roland and Rosie as awesome, hand-cast and painted 5" figurines! They come with a custom stand to display them anywhere you like!

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    [] STORYBOARDS [] These are my original hand sketched storyboards I drew for planning out the Robot and Fox book trailer! All the panels of the storyboard mounted inside a binder with sticky notes explaining some behind the scenes details and changes that were made during the making of the trailer! Only one available! You'll also receive a Robot and Fox Zip Hoodie and a digital copy of the book upon its release date!

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