The worlds of Michael Whelan are varied, with a myriad of different twists and turns. And...we’ve got a new one for you.
You probably didn’t expect a buddy road trip comedy to be part of your book-backing experience, but here we are!
At this point, the freshly printed books have traveled from the far east to the west coast, but they have to complete one more trip before they make their final journey home to you.
In an effort to get the books signed as soon as possible, Ringmaster Bob Self loaded his red minivan to the brim as soon as the international shipment cleared customs. He then shanghaied world-renowned magician Rudy Coby to be his co-piolt for a cross-country road trip to Michael Whelan’s studio.
This morning, Michael began signing books for Kickstarter backers, and as of this very minute, he's autographed them all! As soon as the red van is loaded, Bob and Rudy will high-tail it back to Los Angeles. The books should arrive at Baby Tattoo HQ by the weekend, and will begin to ship to backers on Monday!
But wait, there’s more!
If you can’t wait any longer (and seriously, thank you for your patience thus far), we invite you to meet up with Bob and Rudy along the way and pick up your book the old-fashioned way... in person by the side of the road (coordinating via text message, just like the pioneers did).
If you are a backer who pledged for a physical book, and if you can get yourself to any point along Bob & Rudy's planned route (see the map below), you are invited to meet up and get your book in person. Send Bob a text message at 818-416-5314 to make arrangements for a roadside rendezvous. Once you've coordinated a pickup, voila... your book will be in-hand via a very special delivery.
Plus any backer who meets us on the road will receive a bonus Michael Whelan grab bag item as a thank you gift for making the effort to be part of our cross-country adventure. Michael and his wife Audrey are signing and assembling the goodies right now.
The journey starts late this afternoon in Middletown, NY (Rudy's hometown growing up), and ends in Las Vegas (Rudy's hometown now) as quickly as road conditions allow.
Some areas the Baby Tattoo Bookmobile will be rolling through in the next several dozen hours:
Chicago suburbs (Tinley Park, Joliet)
Des Moines, IA
Las Vegas, NV
SOME SERIOUS NOTES ON THIS WACKINESS:
- The main purpose of this adventure is to get the books back to Los Angeles to start shipping right away, so detours can’t be accommodated.
- Bob and Rudy are tag-team driving nonstop. They may cruise through your town anytime during the day or night, so if you’re looking to meet up with them you’ll need to be prepared to arrange a pickup at whatever time destiny happens to place them geographically near you. Again, text Bob at 818-416-5314 if you want to meet somewhere along the route indicated on the map above.
- If you arrange a pick up, please be there early so you’re ready and waiting when the Baby Tattoo van arrives.
With the road trip underway we kind of glossed over this in the text above, but OH MAN BOOKS START SHIPPING MONDAY!!!! WOOHOO!!!!
This means that is is vital that you double and triple check your shipping address in BackerKit. We will be locking down addresses Thursday June 28th. Please log in to BackerKit and confirm that your address is correct and up to date, especially if you’re an international backer. If you can't locate your survey link, go to this page and type in "Beyond Science Fiction" as the project name.
As always, don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!