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Notes Vol. 1: An Undersea Expedition Travelogue

An illustrated travel journal about surviving the high seas aboard a research vessel! Comical stories, tips, STEM facts and more!

Notes Vol. 1: An Undersea Expedition Travelogue

An illustrated travel journal about surviving the high seas aboard a research vessel! Comical stories, tips, STEM facts and more!

$1,773
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9days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, October 1 2019 6:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

This past Spring, I had the honor of sailing with the Schmidt Ocean Institute aboard the R/V Falkor, as their Artist-in-Residence. The cruise (FK190529) was Seeking Space Rocks; the mission, to look for and retrieve meteorites that had landed a year previous, near the Quinault Canyon. 

Working on the Observation Deck
Working on the Observation Deck

My task was to create an illustrated map, highlighting features of the bathymetry (the study of the beds of ocean, lakes, etc.) and things we encountered along the way. 

Needless to say, I had so many experiences, and took so many notes, that I couldn’t decide how I wanted to share it all with you. So I decided to lay out some tips based on what I learned on the high seas! 

Don't worry, this never actually happened.
Don't worry, this never actually happened.

 In this non-fiction travel journal, I cover: packing, combating seasickness, learning names, finding your way around a ship (with maps!), getting into a top berth (bunk bed), sleeping (or not, in some cases), how to haul food aboard, eating abroad with food allergies... and much more!

Now that we've funded, it's time to stretch to new heights! Here's what we can unlock:

9/10 - Livestream #1!

9/16 - Livestream #2! 

Learning to use the sextant
Learning to use the sextant

 I am Abrian Curington, an illustrator and fantasy cartographer. I specialize in light-hearted stories that blend science and fantastical fun. Through my independent publishing company, Blue Cat Co., I  have successfully launched two graphic novels on Kickstarter (Woolmancy and Bellmage), even having the honor of being selected as a Kickstarter "Project We Love." Outside of Kickstarter, I have also created and printed several zines and ebooks.

 Aside from my work with Blue Cat Co., I am a tai chi instructor, and I go on real-life journeys in nature reserves and on the deep blue sea!

I personally feel that we humans benefit from staying curious and engaging with our surroundings. But not everyone can get out and see all that the world has to offer, so I try to bring exploration to your fingertips!

Besides, there are so many things that I learn and encounter... well what good is it to just learn about things? If I don't share, then I will have learned how to properly shimmy out of a top bunk, for no good reason! I must share these hard-won lessons.

I also want to broaden the broadcast that science communication and visual storytelling go hand-in-hand, and invite more nerdy artists to express their interests with their art.

I run my pre-orders on Kickstarter, because my readership spans across a wide variety of people with a variety of backgrounds: Sailors, scientists, kids, seniors, comic artists, writers, nerds, mathematicians... The list goes on. So I gather everyone up in order to bring a project to life together, as a community. 

As usual, the books and all the merchandise are 100% complete and ready to go. The printer has been selected and contacted. Therefore, the funds for this project will go toward printing the book, and shipping it out to you (with a bit of wiggle room for fees and unexpected charges). 

Any extra funds will help me print commemorative maps to give to the R/V Falkor crew and science team as a thank you. If we get enough extra funds... well maybe I'll be able to make those maps a little less exclusive? We shall see!

Like to try before you buy? Me too! Here's a few singles:

Need a bit more? No problem! Click here to download a few spreads from the book: Notes Vol. 1 Preview

There are four pages full of food in this journal. You have been warned!
There are four pages full of food in this journal. You have been warned!

Here's what's included in each pledge level:

Needing to pack light? I've got you covered. You can add a sticker, patch, or extra book to any physical reward level. Here's how:

I've given myself plenty of time to get the rewards printed and back out to you. Here's a visualization of the timeline:

Though the turnaround will be quick in reality, I never make any promises for Christmas. I have no control over the mail carriers! 

Thank you for coming along on this adventure with me, even if it was just the length of this Kickstarter page. If you're ready to climb aboard, scroll on up and pick the pledge level that makes you want to set sail! 

Risks and challenges

I have everything ready to rock and roll with all the merchandise files. I am working with a printer that has never failed me yet, for the books, and a local printer for the stickers. Even so, I have given myself more than enough time to deliver the rewards, even with complications.

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