Funded! This project was successfully funded on June 1, 2012.

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A whimsical tale about a little boy who wins a million gumballs which begins an unbelievable day of fun and adventure.

What's the book about?

Bobby's Biggest Bubble is a funny and whimsical story about a little boy who wins one million gumballs. With the help of his best friend, they use the gumballs in the most imaginative ways, like: playing marbles, making gum statues, creating a giant gumball mountain and walking up the side of a tree in a pair of gumshoes. 
Then Bobby decides to create . . . "The Biggest Bubble in the World!"


Little Bit of My History

Long ago, I made several attempts to break into the children's book market. But as anyone who has tried to enter the publishing market knows - it takes time, persistence and a lot of luck. Pursuing a career as a children's book writer/illustrator wasn't paying the bills. So my dream to draw and tell my own stories had to be put aside . . . 
Fast Forward to today: KickStarter changes everything.
Basically this project is like pre-ordering the book; I plan to do a small run, limited 1st printing. If this project succeeds, it will allow me to create the book as I envision it.

Just a few examples of some crazy gumball fun . . .
Just a few examples of some crazy gumball fun . . .


Little Bit of the Story's History

I don't remember how my idea for this story came about - but I do know it was shortly after my uncle, Bob Dunzelman, passed away after his bout with Leukemia. To understand this connection - you'd need to know how much he influenced me as a kid. He was funny. He was creative. Most important, he proved to me that anyone can keep the heart and soul of a child no matter what age. 
Shortly after his passing, I doodled this little character:

The character didn't exactly resemble my uncle - but he looked like a kid named "Bobby" to me. Very quickly, it all came together . . . the doodle, the bubblegum bubble and my uncle's fun-loving spirit. I had my story.

I dedicate this book to my uncle; I think its the kind of fun, playful and creative story he would have loved. 

The Book Details

First I do pencil sketches on paper.  The pencil sketches are then scanned into ArtRage Pro 3.5 for outline inking. Then the images are brought into Photoshop + Painter to be finalized in color.

As the story progresses, Bobby's bubble becomes larger and larger . . . finding more space to continue making the bubble becomes a problem. This all leads to a VERY big surprise (and a full circle ending!)
As the story progresses, Bobby's bubble becomes larger and larger . . . finding more space to continue making the bubble becomes a problem. This all leads to a VERY big surprise (and a full circle ending!)


Hopefully, with your help, my goal of $5,500 can be reached. I want to produce a high quality, case bound, hard cover children's book. 

I'm currently ahead of schedule and I plan to have the book ready to go to print in June. With that schedule, that should allow the books to be printed, shipped and delivered by the middle of September 2012.


Here's what I can get done with $5,500 . . .

  • Book Size: 11' by 8.5"
  • Pages: 36 full color pages inside (40 total including cover)
  • Cover: Case Bound Hard Cover (gloss UV varnish)
  • Paper: 105 lb stock (coated gloss text)
  • Registered ISBN/UPC
  • Bookmarks and Buttons
  • Bubble Wrap Protected Envelopes + Mailing Tubes
  • Postage (for anywhere in the continental US) 

(Please Note: International postage must add additional cost to their pledge as noted in each reward.)

Bobby opening up the giant crate of gumballs.
Bobby opening up the giant crate of gumballs.


Beyond the $5,500 Goal?

If this project is successful and surpasses the intended goal, I plan to make the book even better by:

  • adding dust jacket 
  • upping the overall printing quality
  • using thicker paper stock
  • embossing the cover  
  • increasing the the book size
  • bonus sketch + material pages added in the back of the book

The higher this goes -- the more I can add and improve on the book.

Finally, I want to personally thank you all for taking the time to read about my project. Either way this project goes, it has already made a strong impact in my life and future. 

Please feel free to visit  http://www.arrrggghhh.com/ for some of my character and product designs of the past. 

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    THANK YOU PLEDGE: A special "Thank You" image (size: 1920 x 1080) will be sent to you via email.

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    SOME STUFF PLEDGE: The reward above + a Bobby's Biggest Bubble 2" x 7.5" bookmark + a 2.25" button [International orders:+$5]

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    THE BOOK + STUFF PLEDGE: All of the rewards above + a signed, hard cover book of Bobby's Biggest Bubble [International orders:+$10]

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    BOBBY SKETCH IN THE BOOK + STUFF PLEDGE: All of the rewards above + a pencil sketch of Bobby making a bubble, inside the book [International orders:+$10]

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    CHARACTER DRAWING ON BRISTOL, THE BOOK + STUFF PLEDGE: An original pencil drawing of one of my characters on separate sheet of 100lb bristol paper (suitable for framing) + the signed hard cover book, bookmark, button and the emailed thank you image. [International orders:+$20]

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