Join us again this year to celebrate MOTHER, the Nintendo cult classic video game series, for a full 366 (it's a leap year) days with Batter’s Almanac, a beautifully illustrated 2020 wall calendar. Front, back, inside, and out! This calendar follows last year's successful edition of Batter's Almanac, only with new dates, and art, and stuff! This calendar was created through a collaboration of small, independent artists and fans from all around the globe, inspired by one little game series that came out over 30 years ago.
This MOTHER (or EarthBound, as the series is known in the west)-inspired calendar comes complete with original art, a snazzy logo, and everything you need to stay organized in a fun, humorous, and heartfelt style. Follow along with project development at @battersalmanac on Twitter and help spread the word about this incredible project, designed by fans for fans.
Batter’s Almanac is a yearlong celebration of the cult series, MOTHER. If you haven’t heard of the series, that’s ok! A lot of people slept on it. Originally released in 1989 in Japan, MOTHER was a massive success but failed to launch outside Japan until the sequel, MOTHER 2, was localized and released stateside under the title EarthBound in 1995. The game flopped in the US but a third, and final, game in the series, MOTHER 3, was released in Japan only in 2006. Since then it has grown a real hidden gem status, especially in recent years, as calls to rerelease and localize the entire trilogy have been growing the point where fans can be seen holding up "LOCALIZE MOTHER 3" signs in the crowds at professional wrestling events.
With Batter's Almanac, you'll find twelve months, complete with additional front and back illustrated covers, of lovingly crafted illustrations by diehard fans of the series to inspire your own adventures.
Also help you keep track of when certain holidays are... wait... where are all our goofy holidays!? WHO TOOK OUR HOLIDAYS! Without holidays, how will we exist! That means...
2020 is coming! The Batter’s Almanac 2020 Calendar comes from the future, where nothing has been decided and everything is destruction! We need YOUR help and to do it, we will need to Break Kickstarter.
The fate of the new year lies in your hands, what will 2020 hold?
(Note: Our page has EVOLVED now that we're funded! This is a part of the unique Break Kickstarter Campaign that encourages boundaries to be pushed with the goal of making a more engaging and artistic campaign--giving backers more than just a product. Stay tuned as we build the Batter’s Almanac 2020 with the help of our backers! This page will evolve over time as the lines between creator and backer break down and holidays are restored to our calendar and your future!)
The MOTHER series inspired calendar, Batter’s Almanac 2020 is from the bleak future where all calendars are boring and there are no holidays to be heard of. Last year's 2019 edition of the calendar was packed to the brim with fun artwork by fans and wacky holidays picked by our crew for the adventurous calendar connoisseur. Now things have changed...
This year, our crew from the future (they’re in charge of picking out fun holidays, the only way to know for sure when holidays fall in the new year is time travel!) saw something terrible… there are no holidays to be found in 2020! How will we survive without holidays! In order to stop this, we need backers’ help bring 2020 to life with their creativity. Restore color to our future! We need a reason to celebrate!
The Batter’s Almanac 2020 is a twelve month calendar that has… NO HOLIDAYS! Backers, it is up to you to decide what the new year will look like. Unlike last year's, Batter’s Almanac 2020 draws inspiration from not just EarthBound, but the entire MOTHER series, and the imagination of all our backers.
What does this mean?
Every backer can create their own holiday!
All backers are able to pick both the date and the name of their holiday, which will be featured in Batter’s Almanac 2020! Once the campaign is complete and the future has been decided by our backers, we will reach out with a survey to get everything we need include your very own special day.
We encourage you to be silly and fun when picking a holiday! What’s a reason to celebrate in your life? Is your hobby horticulture? Try out Gardening Day! Are you a super socialite? Call a Friend Day is fun any time of the year. As there are only so many days in 2020, we recommend picking a date that has not been popularized as a holiday already.
Keep in mind, these days should be a reason for all to celebrate--all submitted holidays are subject to approval and the Batter’s Almanac has a strict zero tolerance policy for hateful and/or hurtful rhetoric. If you're unsure about your holiday idea, email us at email@example.com.
Thankfully, while the future may not yet have holidays, 2020 has a lot of awesome artwork! Fourteen amazing artists and avid MOTHER fans packed the Batter's Almanac 2020 to the brim with breathtaking illustrations. This year features styles from crisp vector work to mesmerizing 3D renders.
For the technical calendar connoisseur, the Batter’s Almanac 2020 has sixteen 10” x 8” (or 10” x 16” when hung) full color pages, with 135# glossy covers, and 85# matte pages. This means that every page is protected with a shiny finish, while sturdier covers keep the artwork inside secure. Each calendar will be bound with saddle stitching—a fancy term for strong staples—which will hold everything in place.
Printing will be completed by our partner PrintNinja, a company our team has worked with before and trusts.
The majority of backer rewards will be fulfilled and produced by our beautiful friends at The Yetee.
The Batter's Almanac 2020 is brought to you by a cast of both new and returning artists! Meet our incredible team bringing fresh art for the new year:
JBONE - Director - Coming on to direct this year's calendar is the wonderful JBONE. Bringing loads of talent in storytelling, video production, and visual arts, this year's product is going to be more beautiful than ever. 💀
Joe Aquiare - March Illustration - Powerful graphic designer, musician, 3D modeler, and wizard. He’s also available for hire. 🧙
Michael Furler - January Illustration - Swiss illustrator, cartoonist and Risograph user. Creator of an incredible art series of all the EarthBound enemy sprites. 🇨🇭
Kelly Kirsch - April Illustration - Recent graduate from SVA and looking for work. Favorite food is peaches. 🍑
Robin Wilde - Front Cover Illustration & Logo - UK-based graphic designer and writer. 🍔
Aylea Burkes - May Illustration - Character designer and illustrator who loves cats, and art! 🐈
Rachel Harder - July Illustration, Stickers, and Shirts - Illustrator, animator and storyboard artist. Looking for more art jobs! 🖍️
Celena Thompson - June Illustration - Passionate about art, video games, and birds. Voice actress hopeful! 🍁
Lyssa - September Illustration - SSB player and tournament organizer. Best Louisiana Lucas 😭
Matt Espiritu - February Illustration - Artist/Graphic Designer/Thing Maker, trapped in 1999 and retro game trivia addict. 🌀
Margeaux McClelland - October Illustration - Joyful Designer, Typographer & Illustrator. Background & 3D Texture Artist for the Emmy Award Winning TV show Archer. Also, foodie. 🍲
Al/Pok - August Illustration - Likes: Drawing ✏️
Honour Harry - November Illustration - Enjoys all forms of art, and for hire. ⛺
I_So_Onett - December Illustration & Posters - Loves drawing, most of it is EarthBound fan art. 🛹
ケLV - Back Cover Illustration - Monster designer and comic artist. 👃
Patrick Deasy - Videographer - Camera grunt who’s great at editing, funny content, and getting things done. 🎥
Casey Corrigan - Social Media - Loves to schmooze, and coffee, and jean jackets. ☕
$5 Digital Copy - Is your wallspace already covered? Get a high quality PDF download of the Batter’s Almanac 2020 in your inbox and our eternal gratitude!
$20 Calendar - Move aside 2019, get a shiny new Batter’s Almanac 2020 Calendar for the new year that you’ll be proud to hang on your wall.
$27 Stickers - Just a calendar not enough for you? Brighten your day with stickers! This tier includes two (2) vinyl sticker sheets of your favorite protagonists and a selection of adorable MOTHER series enemies!
$35 Prints - More art? More art! Get two (2) 8"x10" prints of illustrations by the talented I So Onett that are not included in the Batter’s Almanac 2020 to complete your collection of obscure video game artwork. Also includes the Batter’s Almanac 2020 calendar and two (2) sticker sheets.
$52 One Shirt - Your future in 2020 is up to you to decide, so choose one (1) of two t-shirt designs by artist Rachel Harder (@balloonpuppy) to rock in the new year! What? You want more choices? Okay! Help bring back color to the year of 2020 by choosing the color of your shirt as well! Options include black, white, pink, and green. You'll also get the Batter's Almanac 2020 calendar, two (2) sticker sheets, and two (2) 8"x10" prints!
$72 Two Shirts - Why stop at just one? Equip your wardrobe for the new year and Get two (2) t-shirts, one of each design, and choose the color of each! This tier also includes the Batter's Almanac 2020 Calendar, two (2) sticker sheets, and two (2) 8"x10" prints!
$125 Sprite & Illustration - Want to leave your mark on the future? We'll include a custom illustration on your selected holiday to make the occasion extra special. Why stop there? You'll also get a custom MOTHER, MOTHER 3, or EarthBound-inspired sprite of yourself, someone of your choice, or even a persona lovingly created by our team and a sticker sheet of your one-of-a-kind sprite. You'll also get the Batter's Almanac 2020 calendar, two (2) sticker sheets, two (2) 8"x10" prints, and two (2) t-shirts with color options.
$155 Crocheted Enemy - This is for the superfans out there. You get custom handmade plushie inspired by some of our favorite enemies from the EarthBound-series. Pick between a UFO, a smiling orb, a weird orange ball, a pile of slime, or some protoplasm. We might be even be able to add a few special customizations! We will work with you within our limitations! You get something special as well as a custom illustration on Your Holiday, a sticker sheet of your one-of-a-kind sprite, the Batter's Almanac 2020 calendar, two (2) sticker sheets, two (2) 8"x10" prints, and two (2) t-shirts with color options.
This year, we’ve developed some shiny new stretch goals guaranteed to spiff up your walls in 2020.
$10,000 - Diamondize it! Each calendar will now come with sparkly foil detailing on the cover! Does your 2020 need some extra pizazz? Look no further.
$12,000 - Artsy Calendar! Does something feel missing? Let's fix that and add four additional pages of full color artwork to every copy of the Batter's Almanac 2020! Includes digital download for our $5 tier backers.
Let's work together to unveil the
future just a little moreeeee
Wait, just who stole our holidays?
Risks and challenges
The Batter's Almanac team already has one successful calendar under our belt already. At every step we consider our previous campaign's strengths and weaknesses to make sure you receive the best product possible. This year, we started our campaign earlier this year to allow wiggle room for any hangups on production and printing to fulfill orders on time. Along with changes to our timeline, we are confident in our partners for printing and fulfillment on this project, both are companies we have worked with and trust.
If you follow us on Twitter, you may have heard about the enamel pin saga from the 2019 calendar! Enamel pin rewards were cut in the interest of timeliness and reward quality. In their place, we are experimenting with new rewards to keep the Batter's Almanac a unique experience each year.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Batter's Almanac 2020, please reach out to us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter (@BattersAlmanac).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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