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Tristan & the Cuddly Defenders - a Teddy Bear's unconditional quest to protect children from the Bogeyman & his Monsters under the bed
Tristan & the Cuddly Defenders - a Teddy Bear's unconditional quest to protect children from the Bogeyman & his Monsters under the bed
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Tristan & the Cuddly Defenders a Teddy Bear Adventure Comic

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How this started...

The Quick Sketch that started it all - Tristan the Teddy Bear by Dan Nokes
The Quick Sketch that started it all - Tristan the Teddy Bear by Dan Nokes

“Teddy Bears have been protecting innocent children from
Monsters under the bed since 1902…”

It all started with one little Teddy Bear sitting on shelf collecting dust, laying to one side forlorn and abandoned by his owner. Always the faithful friend and confidant the Teddy Bear stands watch faithfully protecting his child, and children everywhere from the Monsters under the bed...

This is the story of one such faithful Teddy Bear named Tristan... A story that started with a collection of lines written on a moment of whimsy inspiration and one quick sketch by an unsuspecting Artist.

With the pencil illustration by Dan Nokes and the magic of those first few words by Nick Davis A Teddy Bear Tale was born...

Over the last two years crowd sourcing has helped bring A Teddy Bear Tale, the story of Tristan the Teddy Bear who defends his child from the Monsters under the bed, come alive in a beautiful fully illustrated traditional story book detailing his adventures against the Bogeyman. With your help a collection of words and one pencil sketch became an enchanting fully color illustrated story for all ages and lovers of Teddy Bears.

When we released the first book that left Tristan enjoying one last hug with his child I was asked would there be a second? I knew I could not leave a wonderful character like Tristan waiting and we continued Tristan's adventures in A Teddy Bear Tale II. Which saw our furry hero under take a new quest when he took on the Green Headed Monster to defend a Train stuffed full of toys, and discovering the World within a World - the secret place that exists just out of our sight, in the corner of our eye and is rarely glimpsed upon.

At the end of the second book Tristan was left stranded in the World within a World with his new companion Wilma Bunny overlooking a strange landscape. And a chance for Tristan the Teddy Bear to have many new adventures!

What we want to do now...

Tristan & the Cuddly Defenders concept by Dan Nokes
Tristan & the Cuddly Defenders concept by Dan Nokes

I want to tell these adventures to come to life in comic book form and help bring them to a whole new audience that would not pick up one of the more traditional A Teddy Bear Tales illustrated books, and it is my hope that with your backing this Kickstarter will make this happen.

The book is called Tristan and the Cuddly Defenders and will feature Tristan, Wilma and a new character called Archer as they take on and thwart the plans of the Evil Bogeyman and his Monsters under the Bed. 

The comic would be broken up into short 8 -10 pages comic strip stories and will also have an interwoven illustrated prose story to bridge events between the comic strips. The entire book is one huge illustrated story book from beginning to end, each part dependent on the other to tell the tale of the Cuddly Defenders as we expand Tristan's world, meet new characters, new enemies and discover new Defenders.

Page One of Archer's Tale from Tristan & the Cuddly Defenders
Page One of Archer's Tale from Tristan & the Cuddly Defenders
Moorlock Concept Art by Nick Davis - Friend or Enemy? Who he is will be revealed in the first prose story in the Cuddly Defenders
Moorlock Concept Art by Nick Davis - Friend or Enemy? Who he is will be revealed in the first prose story in the Cuddly Defenders
Fernando - Concept Art by Dan Nokes
Fernando - Concept Art by Dan Nokes

How we will do it...

It is a very ambitious project, but this comic is the essential next step in Tristan's Adventures that will lead eventual to the third and final book in Tristan Teddy Bear tale.

The Comic will be 6"x9" book and is planned to be approx 48 page and will be printed in full color. The book will retail around $14.99 and as a first adopter you can pick it up the book and an eBook version at a $10 Reward level. This is not a lifestyle changer or a padded Kickstarter project, every cent... Every cent!!! If we make full funding will go to the art, production and printing of this book. This is a lean labor of love comic book to tell the story of a quietly heroic Teddy Bear.

The stories will be written by Nick Davis in the glorious gleefully prose style of the Teddy Bear Tale books.

Dan Nokes the Teddy Bear Tale Artist returns to illustrate the stories and is a master at sequential (comic book) story telling.

This all promises to be a very special Graphic Novel and I hope you pledge to help this unique project happen. Thank you for your time, please help Tristan live!

You can make this happen...

Please watch the video below, this is just one Teddy Bear protecting his child from the Monsters under the Bed. Imagine what Tristan & the Cuddly Defenders comic could do to help your child sleep at night! Please pitch in and back this project to keep children safe from the Bogeyman and the Monsters under the bed!

The Rewards...

You can get posters, original art prints and a credit in the titles as a book Producer (your child is automatically bumped to Executive Producer) just to name a few of the cool rewards if you pledge... Check out the pictures of some of the other exclusive rewards below.

Teddy Bear Pop - a $25 Limited Edition Reward
Teddy Bear Pop - a $25 Limited Edition Reward
And just a few of the other exclusive rewards
And just a few of the other exclusive rewards
7" Tristan the Pocket Companion - $35 Who is Tristan set with Tristan the Pocket Companion
7" Tristan the Pocket Companion - $35 Who is Tristan set with Tristan the Pocket Companion

Risks and challenges

The stories for this comic are already written. The combination of comic art and laying it into a prose story gives an amazing dynamic to Tristan's story as he explores the World within a World

Dan Nokes will be handling the comic art and I am confident based on past performances by Dan and myself this can be done.

This is not a life changer or padded Kickstarter. All the pledges will be going to paying the Artist, production and printing of the book; admin, layout, postage and my artwork for this story will be handled with no additional costs to keep this project lean and affordable.

This is a very unique project that will lead to an amazing little book for you to read and share with friends and family.

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    Go Make it Happen!!! - A hearty thank you for helping to make Tristan & the Cuddly Defenders happen and access to buy the comic at the Kickstarter rate at a future time.

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    Tristan the Defender Miniature - Cast in child friendly resin and standing just over one inch in height. Tristan the Defender Miniature is a unique miniature for any collection. This reward is level is just for Tristan the Defender Miniature.

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    Yummy Cake Pop Special - Get an eBook and print version of The Cuddly Defenders Comic. Plus a casting of Tristan the Defender Teddy Bear and one dozen dozen handmade Teddy Bear Themed cake pops

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    Who is Tristan? - Get an eBook and print version of The Cuddly Defenders Comic. Plus a signed copy of the illustrated A Teddy Bear Tale I & II books by Author & Artist.

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    The Fan Package - Get an eBook and print version of The Cuddly Defenders Comic. Plus a casting of Tristan the Defender Teddy Bear and a poster of the books cover.

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    Get an eBook & Print version of The Cuddly Defenders Comic. Plus a casting of Tristan the Defender Teddy Bear in resin. Also a Teddy Bear Tales 'Protecting Children from Monsters under the Bed since 1902' T-shirt (Sizes S-XXL Men & Women)

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    Join the Grand Teddy Bear Army - Get an eBook & Print version of The Cuddly Defenders Comic. Plus a casting of Tristan the Defender Teddy Bear in resin. Also a Teddy Bear Tales 'Join the Grand Teddy Bear Army' Black T-shirt (Sizes S-XXL)

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    Get an eBook and print version of The Cuddly Defenders Comic. Plus a casting of Tristan the Defender Teddy Bear and a posters of the books cover. In addition you will be named as Producer in the Credits of the book (any minors dedicated in the Comic will be named as Executive Producers).

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    The Postcard Package - Get an eBook and print version of The Cuddly Defenders Comic and a poster of the books cover. In addition you will be named as Producer in the Credits of the book (any minors dedicated in the Comic will be named as Executive Producers). Plus Eight 6"x4" Postcard prints of the Characters from The Teddy Bear Tales.

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    Group Reader - 6 copies of the Tristan & the Cuddly Defender Comic.

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    Super Group Reader - 6 copies of the Tristan & the Cuddly Defenders Comic, 4 Resin Tristan the Defender Bear miniatures and a poster of the book cover.

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    Original Book Art - Get an eBook and print version of The Cuddly Defenders Comic. Plus a casting of Tristan the Defender Teddy Bear and a poster of the books cover. In addition you will be named as Producer in the Credits of the book (any minors dedicated in the Comic will be named as Executive Producers). Plus a handmade Tristan 22" Cuddly Defender Teddy Bear and an original art page from The Cuddly Defenders Comic Book

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    Tristan's World Reader Group - 6 copies of Tristan & the Cuddly Defenders Comic,
    4 Resin Miniatures of Tristan the Defender Bear,
    3 Copies of A Teddy Bear Tale,
    3 Copies of A Teddy Bear Tale II,
    1 pack of 54 Teddy Bear Playing cards,
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    1 Tristan the Cuddly Defender Plushy Bear

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    Exclusive Art - Get an eBook and print version of The Cuddly Defenders Comic. Plus a casting of Tristan the Defender Teddy Bear and a poster of the books cover. In addition you will be named as Producer in the Credits of the book (any minors dedicated in the Comic will be named as Executive Producers). A handmade Tristan 22" Cuddly Defender Teddy Bear and an original art page from The Cuddly Defenders Comic Book. Plus an original and exclusive to you Tristan & the Cuddly Defenders illustration.

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    Total Awesome Reader Group - 6 copies of Tristan & the Cuddly Defenders Comic, 4 Resin Miniatures of Tristan the Defender Bear, 5 Group Exclusive Covers to the Tristan & the Cuddly Defenders Comic, 2 pack of 54 Teddy Bear Playing cards, 1 poster of the book cover, 1 Tristan the Cuddly Defender Plushy Bear and 1 Wilma Bunny Plushy Bunny

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    Who is Tristan set with Tristan the Pocket Companion - Get a print version of The Cuddly Defenders Comic. Plus a signed copy of the illustrated A Teddy Bear Tale I & II books by Author & Artist and a 7" Fluffy & Cuddly Tristan the Teddy Bear in your pocket companion.

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    Get an eBook and print version of The Cuddly Defenders Comic.

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