How this started...
“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...
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.
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!
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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