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Learn more about the beloved characters of the Panda Chronicles (Pinky: especially Pinky!!!) Welcome to the Pandasphere!
Learn more about the beloved characters of the Panda Chronicles (Pinky: especially Pinky!!!) Welcome to the Pandasphere!
86 backers pledged $2,549 to help bring this project to life.

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S-T-T-T-R-R-E-E-E-E-E-C-C-H GOALS!! Huzzah!!! 

Here are my stretch goals, which I hope will get us to a full 100 backers! We want Pinky pins in the hands of as many people as we can convince that they need a liddle Pinky in their lives!

Stretch goal 1 Huzzah!!!! Stretch goal 1 achieved!

reach $1500 (You did it!!!)

Have pins carded by the pin maker, with a commemorative printed card. This will get the pins to you in a more stable package and look pretty cool too!

Pinky sez support her pin project today!
Pinky sez support her pin project today!

Stretch goal 2

Reach $2000 (We did this too!!!!)

Have a custom made embossing die for stamping the back of each pin with “Your Brain on Pandas” 

The great thing about this is it can be saved and used for future pins!

Pinky would love for you to have a Pinky Pin!
Pinky would love for you to have a Pinky Pin!

Stretch goal 3 - you can do it!

Reach $2500

Switch the backing closure to the deluxe model, which is pretty cool, and less likely to snag your clothing than either the standard rubber backers or the butterfly backers.

Don't make Pinky mad! Order a pin today!
Don't make Pinky mad! Order a pin today!

What pandas and the Panda Chronicles mean to me...

In the 10 years or so that I've been drawing the Panda Chronicles, the characters that inhabit the panda universe have become real to me. Everyone needs imaginary friends, am I right? Drawing pandas brings me great happiness, especially in hard times. What has brought me even more happiness is that you, my beloved readers and friends find comfort and fun in my panda world too.

Enameled Pins Designed by Artists (including me!)

I've seen a number of artist designed pins lately, and I have also collected pins produced by the DC Hard Rock Cafe depicting the DC pandas (Designed by panda friend extraordinaire, Cyndi Anderson). So, of course, I started thinking about designing my own pins, and of course I thought about all of the fans of the Panda Chronicles wearing them and getting that burst of happiness from thinking about (and wearing) pandas.

(Pinky: you mean the happiness they get from thinking about ME!)

Clap Louder! Proposed pin image; size 1.25" x 1"
Clap Louder! Proposed pin image; size 1.25" x 1"

Ahem...as I was saying...

While the first pin features Princess Pinky, (Pinky: why do you need any other pandas on  pins? dey could all be pins wif da many faces of pinky on dem) my plan is to do pins for all the major characters of the Panda Chronicles: Bubba, Mr. Wu, The Meihems, Six and Sebben, the mobile Fezbook car with the panda kindergarten, Inspector Panda, and of course the Notorious BdP: Babette de Panda.  Mehitabel's fans tell me that I shouldn't forget her, even if she's not a panda. There will be NO Mittens pin.

Mobile Fezbook App
Mobile Fezbook App

Make 100

Kickstarter started their January: Make 100 project a couple of years ago, and this is the first year that I've been ready to do this project. The idea is that you create a simple project with a reward limit of 100 items, specially produced for this campaign. This seemed like the perfect place to see if people would really like to have a collection of Panda Chronicles pins, so that they can wear their love for pandas (Pinky: you mean for PINKY!) everywhere they go.

For those of you who might not know how Kickstarter works, here are Mehitabel, Bob T and the panda kindergarten to tell you:

Will there be cuppycakes? Only if we make our goal!
Will there be cuppycakes? Only if we make our goal!

Risks and challenges

Creating something that I won't be physically producing myself is always challenging. Fortunately, the artist and writer community on Twitter is generous in sharing their sources for fabricating these pins, and so I found Pin Game Strong (http://www.pingamestrong.com) that makes many pins for many people.

Since the minimum financially feasible order is 100, this seemed like the perfect place to offer this. Like all Kickstarter projects, if the goal amount is not reached, no one gets charged for their pledge. I'm keeping the pledging period very short because I think lots of people will want these. (Pinky: duh. i don' know 'bout pins wif OTHER pandas on dem)

If more than 100 people want pins, I can work out an order form through my PayPal portal after the campaign, as long as I order all the pins at the same time.

How to deal with the difficulty of Pinky breaking into my project note, well, I have no idea how to deal with that!

Several people have asked about other products with my pandas on them, and while that is definitely on the "to do" pile, researching different products and suppliers takes time. I've been interested in making pins for a while, so have already done the research on where to get them. The other things will take more time to research, but don't give up, and certainly don't quit asking!

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    Buy a Panda a Cuppycake

    Just want to send me a few bucks without getting a reward? This is the place. But really, don't you WANT a pin? You'll still get my undying gratitude even if you don't want a pin.

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    The Princess Pinky Pin!

    First in a series of colorful enameled metal pins depicting all your favorite pandas from The Panda Chronicles! Naturally, Pinky demanded to have the honor of being on the first pin, but if these prove to be popular, more are sure to follow. Undying gratitude is a given!

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