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An Original Steampunk Art and Coloring book for Airship Enthusiasts of all ages!
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UPDATE: (3/17/16): 

Two new perks added to the slab! Meet the "FRAMED FACILITATOR" Perks! 

Two of my all-time favorite pieces drawn from 2015 are on the table to be taken home with a book order! Check the pledge bar and see what the new additions are! 

UPDATE: (3/14/16): 

"The Tactful Tourist" Level has been UNLOCKED!

The next Stretch Goal is as follows: 

$3,000.00 - "Clockworktropolis Citizenship"

All physical backing tiers will receive a specially crafted "Welcome to Clockworktropolis" visitor's package! - Five more pages of hidden written works added to the book! (They will be printed on the back of the pages).

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$2,500.00 - "The Ancillary Addition" Level UNLOCKED! 

"Tales of Clockworktropolis" will now be 55 pages in length, and will have five "secret" hidden written works in it! Also, the following upgrades have been made to the following tiers: 

- "Patriotic Patrons" will get two digital pages instead of one! 

- "Bully Backpacks" will get five digital pages instead of three!

- "Appreciative Artisans" will get two prints instead of one! 

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$2750.00 - "The Tactful Tourist" Level UNLOCKED!

- All book-related tiers will receive a Clockworktropolis Map and Page Key! This will be a Kickstarter Exclusive! 

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$3,000.00 - "Clockworktropolis Citizenship" 

- All physical backing tiers will receive a specially crafted "Welcome to Clockworktropolis" visitor's package! 

- Five more pages of hidden written works added to the book! (They will be printed on the back of the pages). 

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Hello Internet, and welcome to my Kickstarter Project! 

My name is Brett Kelley, an independent artist living in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. Since 2007, I've become involved in the New England Steampunk scene, as well as other organizations dealing in the creative, visual and performing arts pertaining to this science-fiction sub-genre. 

The "FRAMED FACILITATOR TWO" Perk artwork that can accompany your ordered copy of the book! Check the backing tiers!
The "FRAMED FACILITATOR TWO" Perk artwork that can accompany your ordered copy of the book! Check the backing tiers!

I have been inspired to create my own unique take on what I love about Steampunk, and that inspiration has culminated into this project: 

"Tales of Clockworktropolis' - A Steampunk Coloring and Adventure Book"

"Tales of Clockworktropolis" is the first installment in a series of illustrated projects designed to flesh out my own original Steampunk Universe. In this coloring book guide, will be touring the city of Clockworktropolis via illustration and story while being introduced to the locations, gadgets and people that exist in this new, Steam-Powered reality! 

But....why?

This book project is designed to serve three distinct purposes: 

- One, to provide a great physical showcase of my Steampunk artwork, writing and style in a non-portfolio setting. 

- Two, to share my ideas and concepts on Steampunk with others in an engaging and family-friendly way. 

- Three: Because it's fun!

If you want to hear me speak more about the book, you can listen to Episode 205 of Opinions May Vary's Nerd Podcast here: 

http://omvpodcast.com/episode-205-with-brett-kelley-the-announcement

The Specifics:  

All pages sketched and blocked!
All pages sketched and blocked!

The book will exist in the following dimensions and mathematical representations: 

- 45 pages in length (40 Scenes and 5 credential / note pages)

- Pages will be 8.5" x 11" in size. 

 - Printed on 80 lb. paper.(ideal for color pencil, marker, ink, etc.) 

Funds: What's going where? 

The funds raised by this campaign will go directly to the printing of the book, as well as the shipping and handling of all orders and perks. 

As it currently stands, $2,000.00 will cover everything. I mean, EVERYTHING. Art Supplies, Printing and Production costs, Perk materials, Shipping and handling... This is what I need just to break even on this project. 

I do have stretch goals in mind if the goal is broken and substantially over-funded. Additional pages, more stories, more fun! The more I get, the more creative the stretch goals and perks become! The first stretch goal will be announced if we break $3,000.00, with progressive goals added for every $500.00 increase. This can include additional pages, extra swag, and even some unique surprise items for backers. 

Perks abound! What can you get?

Please peruse the various rewards being offered to see which perk best suits your wanton desires! There are tiers for every kind of backing preference. 

Just want to donate a little? We have three non-book oriented perks you can get.

Just want one or two copies of the book? You got it!

Big spender? We have a three "large perk" selections that can get you original commissioned work, exclusive content, the original page art from the book, and much more! 

"Steampunk Assassin" Developmental Sketch
"Steampunk Assassin" Developmental Sketch

This is a project that has only existed in sketchbooks and notepads for many years, and with your help it can become one step closer to reality. 

Development Sketch
Development Sketch

I give you my heartfelt thanks for taking the time to view my Kickstarter, and hope you are just as excited about it as I am. I look forward to having you aboard for the ride! 

With regards, 

Brett Kelley, Artist 

Risks and challenges

While this is my first foray into the Kickstarter world, the challenges and risks are ultimately minimal.The major factor is, of course, timing of delivery.

The printing of these books should be quick and clean, as I have been scouting printing companies to work with on this for several months. As of this announcement, I have been working with a local printer in Northampton, MA (Paradise Copies, an award-winning print shop) to create the books, which will be of the highest quality in both material and binding.

The only challenge will be time. However, I have created a production table that should limit any excess time and thus lead to a more punctual mailing of physical perks.

The digital rewards for this project will be shipped out IMMEDIATELY, and, to ensure proper time, the book will begin shipping in May of this year (hopefully sooner).

I will be making routine updates on the project as it nears completion, and I'll be uploading and linking posts to not just here, but my other online facets to communicate with everyone on how things are progressing. I plan on documenting the development process, and sharing it with everyone as things progress.

This is an exciting project that I have been working tirelessly on for close to two years, and to see it culminate in this capacity is truly a dream come true!

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    The "PATRIOTIC PATRON" Perk!

    STRETCH GOAL UPGRADE!

    Hey, every bit helps! As a hearty thanks, you will receive an e-mail with with a special thank you message from the artist containing two Clockworktropolis Concept Art / Promo Images.

    Huzzah to you!

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    The "BULLY BACKPACK" Perk!

    STRETCH GOAL UPGRADE!

    - Five exclusive printable coloring book pages delivered in e-mail form

    - "Patriotic Patron" Perk included

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    The "APPRECIATIVE ARTISAN" Perk!

    This perk gets you an Exclusive Brett Kelley Artwork Package (shipping and handling included), containing:

    - One signed/numbered exclusive coloring book print
    - One sketch page/production sketch from the book
    - A special Brett Kelley: Art Mercenary promo pack

    - "Patriotic Patron" Perk included
    - "Bully Backpack" Perk included

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    The "MECHANICAL MASTER" Perk!

    - One copy of "Tales of Clockworktropolis: Vol. 1", shipping and handling included

    - "Patriotic Patron" Perk Included
    - "Bully Backpack" Perk Included

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    The "PERSONALIZED POSSESSION" Perk!

    -One copy of "Tales of Clockworktropolis", signed and numbered

    - A custom-drawn, unique interior illustration

    - A written thank you from the artist

    - "Patriotic Patron" Perk included
    - "Bully Backpack" Perk included

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    The "DAPPER DOPPELGANGER" Perk!

    - Two signed and numbered copies of "Tales of Clockworktropolis"

    - "Patriotic Patron" Perk included
    - "Bully Backpack" Perk included
    - "Appreciative Artisan" Perk included

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    The "COMMAND COMMISSIONER" Perk!

    - One copy of "Tales of Clockworktropolis", signed and numbered

    - One 7" x 10" custom pen and ink illustration (protective sleeve and backing) of your choosing

    Portrait? Steampunk airship? Favorite comic book / movie / video game / cartoon / anime character? Weapon design? Prop Design? You name it, I'll draw it! Or, if you just want me to make something up, I can do that, too.

    - "Patriotic Patron" Perk included
    - "Bully Backpack" Perk included

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    The "FRAMED FACILITATOR TWO" Perk!

    - One signed and numbered copy of "Tales of Clockworktropolis"

    - The last print of "Wizard", from Brett's "Inktober 2015" illustration series in a customized frame.

    - "Patriotic Patron" Perk is included
    - "Bully Backpack" Perk is included
    - "Appreciative Artisan" Perk is inlcuded

    This is regarded as the most popular of the "Inktober2015" illustrations, and is the LAST of it's kind in a fully customized frame!

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    The "FRAMED FACILITATOR ONE" Perk!

    - One signed and numbered copy of "Tales of Clockworktropolis"

    - A framed original drawing of "Skeletons", from Brett Kelley's "Inktober 2015" series!

    - "Patriotic Patron" Perk is included
    - "Bully Backpack" Perk is inlcuded
    - "Appreciative Artisan" Perk is included

    This is one-of-a-kind piece of artwork that has been sought after by many! This drawing had a sold out print run, and the original can be yours!

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    The "CURIOSITY COLLECTOR" Perk!

    - One copy of "Tales of Clockworktropolis", signed and numbered

    - One custom book interior illustration

    - One framed original art page from the book. Your choice (40 possibles). These will be filled on a "first-come first served" basis.

    - "Patriotic Patronage" Perk included
    - "Bully Backpack" Perk included
    - "Appreciative Artisan" Perk included

    - Custom letter of thanks from Brett!

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    The "BENEVOLENT BENEFACTOR" Perk!

    - Five copies of "Tales of Clockworktropolis", signed/numbered for your use.

    - One Custom 7X10, full color illustration (in sleeve and backing)

    - One custom 8"x16" Steampunk-themed painting from Brett Kelley, who will work with you to make sure that your painting is something that you will truly enjoy!

    - Your name will also be listed prominently in the book credits section as "Benevolent Benefactor" with any information about yourself you would like displayed (Business name, Character, etc.).

    - Brett will also shout praises to you from every mountain top (in this case, Mountain tops mean social media outlets).

    - "Patriotic Patron" Perk is included
    - "Bully Backpack" Perk is included
    - "Appreciative Artisan" Perk is included

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