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Fetch is the story of where dogs come from. Hollywood VFX Artist and Theme Park Designer team up to bring you one amazing book.
Fetch is the story of where dogs come from. Hollywood VFX Artist and Theme Park Designer team up to bring you one amazing book.
302 backers pledged $23,783 to help bring this project to life.

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THANK YOU  EVERYONE! I am very grateful to the Kickstarter community, to all my generous friends and family who backed, as well as all the trusting people that I've never met (but I hope to some day) who had enough faith in this project (and fell in love with the artwork) to believe it could happen. THANK YOU! I won't let you down. We'll make an awesome book!

I'll keep you updated frequently as the book progresses with backer updates. In the meantime, if you missed the funding period, you can still pre-order FETCH here:

WE DID IT! 

We did it! Come see what else I'm up to on Facebook!
We did it! Come see what else I'm up to on Facebook!

If you've backed already, you can check out some of the add-on rewards you can get. At the $26 reward level, you can get your choice of an Evertaster or Fetch T-Shirt (just add $26 to any backing amount). Add $23 to any reward level to get a signed copy of Evertaster + The Buttersmiths' Gold mailed to you in time for Christmas. For more info see rewards section below or the rewards on the right.

THE BOOK

I've written what I think is a marvelous story book adventure about a far off place where dogs roam wild and free, and where one special dog goes above and beyond the rest. It's called Fetch. It's the story of where dogs come from. The words are written, the thumbnail sketches are drawn, the printer has been found, and artwork is underway.

No jumping!
No jumping!
Dog birthday parties happen every 7 years.
Dog birthday parties happen every 7 years.
Dogs put the pedal to the metal.
Dogs put the pedal to the metal.

Below is just one of the two page spreads. It's going to look so cool with beautiful illustrations printed on every page!

Dogs know how to live the good life.
Dogs know how to live the good life.

WHO AM I?

By day, I'm a Visual Effects Artist for films like Pacific Rim, Pirates of the Caribbean,Tron, I Am Legend, Thor, I,Robot, Transformers II, Ender's Game and King Kong. But I always had a need to tell my own stories. Last year, I launched my first novel for kids to astonishing success on Amazon. Evertaster claimed the Overall Top 100 Best Seller List on the day of its launch. 

The Best Selling Evertaster
The Best Selling Evertaster

Since then, the Evertaster series has grown in popularity, with children and adults alike giving rave reviews. Evertaster has gotten so popular it's been picked up by Barnes & Noble, Indy Bookstores, and Costco, to name a few. 

I've got 5 books planned for the series. One of those is a novella that just came out in May. 

The next book in the Evertaster Series -- The Buttersmiths' Gold.
The next book in the Evertaster Series -- The Buttersmiths' Gold.

The Project

Now I'd like to try something new. In the tradition of great books like Where the Wild Things Are, I want to tell  a story in pictures. I'm not a big publisher, with all the backing of a giant business. I just like to think big and make great books. 

In order to make Fetch a reality, I hired artist Edwin Rhemrev to illustrate this faraway canine adventure. You can see his work here:

Edwin's artwork went viral when he made some imaginary concept art for the Incredibles 2. He doesn't work for Pixar, but his work was featured in the Pixar Times, and Slashfilm, just to name a few. 

Edwin's hypothetical concept art for Incredibles 2.
Edwin's hypothetical concept art for Incredibles 2.

In order to get good art, it's expensive. Edwin is busy designing theme parks and concepts for other clients, but since he loves this project so much, he's excited to work on it! A portion of the funds will be used to complete the rest of the sketches and turn them into beautiful, full-color illustrations. 

Some of the setting designs.
Some of the setting designs.
Awesome character concept art for the story. This is just the beginning!
Awesome character concept art for the story. This is just the beginning!
Vehicle designs.
Vehicle designs.

The rest of the funds will be used to pay for printing the book. Fetch will be standard length for a picture book -- about 32-38 pages. It will be printed in stunning color with a squareback hardcase. Which is printer talk for high-quality picture book. We're using the same high-quality, professional printer that I used for my Evertaster books. In fact, these guys are the same ones who print Where the Wild Things Are and Polar Express! They are extremely economical (cheaper than printing overseas!) and very reliable. 

The more money we raise past our goal, the more books we can print and make available.

THE STORY

Fetch describes a far off place where dogs live wild and free. If dogs could do what they want, who would they be? 

Sometimes a dog just has to catch some shade in the cool pool.
Sometimes a dog just has to catch some shade in the cool pool.

When one intrepid dog finds the courage to leave the pack and do something truly courageous, he learns something about himself he never expected. He decides that the noblest thing a dog can do is fly.

Dogs burn rubber whenever they can.
Dogs burn rubber whenever they can.

So he fixes up an airplane and flies beyond the tenth horizon. What he finds there is something neither he nor any other dog ever expected. 

Music in the video: Fastest Man on Earth by Jahzzar. Video Filmed by the talented Matt Stumphy. Thank you!

REWARDS:

For backing FETCH at certain levels, I want you to be able to select from a number of awesome rewards, including of course, the finished hard cover book itself. 

Take for example these high quality T Shirts. Never be refused from a restaurant again! Select "The T SHIRT" reward level. Can be grouped with any other reward level by adding $26. We'll let you specify which shirt (FETCH or EVERTASTER), size and cut (men's or women's) in our backer reward survey. 

Choose from FETCH or EVERTASTER Tees!
Choose from FETCH or EVERTASTER Tees!

Also now available: THE BOOK LOVER Reward Tier! Get your own autographed set of the first two Evertaster books: the Bestselling Evertaster and the delicious Buttersmiths' Gold. Both will be signed by the Author (that's me)! In the survey, we'll put a space to specify who you'd like the books dedicated to, so it's personalized to you or a friend! Books are a $23 reward level, and can be grouped with any other reward by adding $23. Delivers before Christmas! A perfect present!

Get Autographed copies of EVERTASTER and THE BUTTERSMITHS' GOLD!
Get Autographed copies of EVERTASTER and THE BUTTERSMITHS' GOLD!

I just added some more cool rewards as well. There is now a reward tier where you can order one of Edwin's signed, limited edition sketchbooks. They even include an original pen sketch by Edwin! See the SKETCH LOVER reward tier over to the right. ----- update: 9/10/13 ALL GONE!

Signed, limited edition sketchbook by Edwin!
Signed, limited edition sketchbook by Edwin!

The Funds

Putting together a book like this is a big endeavor. I've been working on this project for a long time now, and I'm passionate about finishing this book.  I won't be able to do it without your help. Without you, Fetch couldn't happen. Your contributions will be used for the following:

  • Finishing the Illustrations (in Edwin's capable hands!)
  • Formatting, laying out, and prepping the book
  • Printing the Books (it's going to be top-notch quality!)
  • Rewards (very cool ones - for you!)
  • Kickstarter fees.

STRETCH GOAL!  

I just added a fun stretch goal. I have been working on a novel called CHUM for some time now. Only about 15 people in the world have read it, or even know what it's about. It's an upper Middle Grade/YA novel. The book still needs some revision, but it's about hi-tech pirates, the internet, and there might even be some friendship thrown in there. And sharks. If we hit $25,000 by the end of the funding period (early Saturday morning), I'll send the first two chapters of CHUM to all the backers via an exclusive update. It won't be the final revision, but it will be the work-in-progress for your eyes only. You can read the synopsis here.

Thanks Kickstarter Friends! Come see what else I'm up to on Facebook!
Thanks Kickstarter Friends! Come see what else I'm up to on Facebook!

Risks and challenges

The main risk we are facing after funding is TIME. Edwin is already working on the artwork. He estimates that it will take 4-6 weeks to complete. After that, there will be formatting, final layout and title design, then print preparation. Luckily, once the printing is funded (by you), the artwork is complete, and the book is sent off to the printer, it will take only take about 4-5 weeks to get the books printed and shipped to us so we can get your copy mailed out to you. If we're lucky, there is the possibility of the books getting the same distribution as the Evertaster books -- which means some Indy Stores, Amazon, B&N. How cool would that be? Something all of us put together -- but only if we reach our goal.

Luckily, I've completed books already, so I know the process and know what it takes to get them finished.

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    A digital copy of FETCH! (pdf). This is a medium resolution version of the story that you'll get in your email inbox! You can read it first!

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    THE TSHIRT: get your choice of a unique FETCH or EVERTASTER T shirt. (See Rewards section on the left). These cool tees feature art from the books -- something you won't be able to get anywhere else! Shirts are a $26 reward level, and can be grouped with any other reward by adding $26. At the end of this campaign we'll send a survey, where you'll let us know if you added a shirt to your pledge. On that survey you'll also choose between men's and women's cut, any size (S~XXXL), and the FETCH or EVERTASTER design. Add $52 for both shirts. Don't go out in public without one!

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    SKETCH LOVER: Get "The Art of Edwin Rhemrev" sketchbook by Edwin Rhemrev + FETCH. The sketchbook is limited edition, numbered and signed, and includes an original pen sketch by Edwin himself! PLUS you get copy of FETCH signed by me. Hurry! There aren't many sketchbooks left! We'll try to deliver the sketchbook by Christmas. FETCH to come later (after it's printed).

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    Get a fantastic, limited edition 18" X 24" print from one of the pages in the book. It will be signed just for you by Edwin Rhemrev! Pages will be chosen by me after they're completed. Get it delivered before Christmas! An awesome gift to hang on your wall! (this reward does not include the book, so that we can ship the print sooner. See the next reward for the book+print)

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    Get the fantastic, limited edition 18" X 24" PRINT + book. The print will be signed just for you by Edwin Rhemrev! The book will be signed by me. We will try to deliver the prints by Christmas!

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    Take part in a google hangout with me and 5 of your fellow backers. We'll do small groups (5 at a time) so that we'll get a chance to talk about the process of putting the book together, book marketing, the publishing industry, working on movies, the best kind of dog in the world, or anything you want to talk about! I'll even read you a never-before-heard chapter from one of my forthcoming books. PLUS you get an autographed copy of FETCH itself.

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    Double Double: 2 autographed copies of FETCH (signed by me) + 2 prints (signed by Edwin)! I will try to get the prints shipped to you by Christmas. The books will come later.

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    A personal one-on-one 15 minute google video chat or skype chat with the author. I'll provide you with insights and glimpses of the artwork before it's printed, answer questions about the publishing process, read you a secret chapter from my forthcoming book, critique your picture book, chat about VFX movies, or even let you win at rock, paper, scissors if you want. PLUS you get an autographed copy of FETCH itself.

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    Get your name printed in the acknowledgements section of the book. PLUS you get the book itself (AUTOGRAPHED by the author). Imagine, right there on the cover page! When your friends open the book, they'll see you there as a contributor. Your name will be immortalized on every copy.

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    Get YOUR dog painted into the story! Make your Fido, Rex, or Fluffy a star! You send us a picture, and Edwin will paint your dog into FETCH as a background character. PLUS you get an AUTOGRAPHED copy of FETCH itself. Limit 8.

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    Appear as a background character in FETCH! Have your picture painted into the story as a character. I will choose where you will show up and what size you will be. Imagine being able to show everyone you know that you're in a picture book! Think of the awe it will inspire when you walk by your bookshelf, pull out the book, and nonchalantly flip to the page that features YOU in the background. They will be astounded. PLUS you get an AUTOGRAPHED copy of the completed book itself.

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    I will FLY YOU to Los Angeles for a unique day of FUN! I'll pick you and 2 other backers up at the airport, take you on a helicopter tour of the city, show you the Hollywood Walk of Fame, buy you lunch at the famous Pink's Hot Dogs, then personally hand you your signed copy of FETCH. High Fives will be exchanged. You can show me your vacation photos. I'll bring my rock collection. It will be awesome.

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