Cat and Meringue, the daft duo of comic-strip characters that I have been drawing for nearly 10 years are about to make the leap from the page to the real world! But they need your help!
EDIT - OVERPLEDGING:
If you want rewards from more than one tier or simply want multiple copies of a reward then when selecting your reward simply pledge for the equivalent amount more on top of the tier you are selecting. For example, if you want to pledge at the £20 tier, but also want a £10 artwork, pledge £30 at the £20 tier. If you want two sets of plushies pledge £40 at the £20 tier. At the end of the campaign when the surveys go out, you will be able say what additional rewards you would like for your pledge!
I created Cat and Meringue way back in 2010, as a way to challenge myself as an artist to draw something every day. What started out as a silly daily comic side project became one of the best-loved things I have ever created and spawned a fan base larger and more awesome than I could have ever imagined!
Cat and Meringue sail a never ending ocean of silliness and adventure meeting weird characters, discovering strange lands and along the way working out that they are in a comic and that I, the artist, have it in for them! In the time that I have drawn them they have grown from a couple of silly squiggles on paper, to 2 of my best friends.
I have always loved toys, and the idea of bringing 2-dimensional cartoon characters into the real world, but the main reason I want to make plushies of these two is because of demand from you guys! So many awesome people that I have met both online and at comic conventions have demanded that I make the daft duo into cute plush characters!
Standing just under 15cm tall, the plushies are quite cute, small and immensely squishy. Made from stuffed super soft velboa with machine embroidered facial features they are incredibly well-made with the finish you would expect from a shop-bought cuddly toy. I am personally stunned by how nice they are to hold and admire!
They will also come in a special foil-branded box which I will share with you all when I get an image through from the printer!
These plushies mark the first big step into making the daft duo into a character brand. My dream as an artist has always been to create characters and stories that people love and connect with, and of all the characters I have created everyone seems to connect to these two little shapes the most!
Getting your comic or story out there for people to read is tough, but when the characters from these books pop out into real life in physical form it adds something special and raises everything up along with it. I really believe that these plushie dudes could be the beginning of an awesome future of stories and fun for the daft duo!
I wanted to keep the rewards simple and cost-effective for you guys so to that end I have made them all about the plushies themselves and their book, '1000 Days of Adventure' that contains all of their biggest adventures and is the best introduction to the characters if this is the first time you have met them!
Every reward tier gets you the book whether it be in digital or physical printed form so no matter what you can afford to pledge you can come away with something of the daft duo to enjoy! There are original sketches from myself, the artist, to get a hold of too!
The sketches are 100% original, drawn in pen and ink and coloured with pro markers, and you receive the actual artwork, not just a copy! They come in two forms, gag sketches (like the one above) and personalised sketches (like the one below!)
I have big hopes and dreams for Cat and Meringue and I really believe that a product like this could be their big break into the world. By pledging to this campaign you will be there at the beginning of their rise to stardom, one of the first to hold a piece of their history!
The money raised will almost entirely go to the production costs for the plushies themselves, with a little bit for their special packaging and a little bit more for Kickstarter fees. That's it!
I have a couple of ideas for stretch goals but rather than sharing them now, I will update the page and send out updates if it looks like the campaign is going to stretch. Don't worry though, I have some cool stuff planned!
I love these two guys like they are my own pets! And I hope you have fallen in love with them too. There's a whole world of theirs to explore over at catandmeringue.com and on their facebook page so even if you don't pledge you can always keep up with the duo there. But if you do decide to pledge then I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting and believing in them!
I really think that with your help we can make Cat and Meringue into a pair of characters that the whole world can fall in love with!
-Nich (The Artist)
Risks and challenges
I won’t lie to you, I’ve never made plushies before, only books. But I’ve made a lot of books and done a lot of kickstarters, both on this account and my personal NichAngell one. I know what it takes to fulfill large orders, maintain communications with backers and how to manage time and funds.
The company producing the toys have proven themselves to be reliable and fast and very good at what they do. The main risks and challenges will be packaging and sending a large quantity of toys out myself and also maintaining quality control. I will take special care and focus on these points to ensure it is a success. If the delivery is delayed for any reason (i'm sure it won't be, but you never know with factories) then I will be sure to keep you updated.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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