Welcome To “A BOBLIN’s Tale” KICKSTARTER!
Boblin the Goblin is a character based on a running joke in the Dungeons and Dragons ™ outer community. Boblin was created on April 28th (his Birthday!) in this year 2019. His first appearance was in “Improvised NPCs” a short comic that was inspired by the joke that players or PCs in D&D always will gravitate to the cuter, sillier, improvised, goofier and especially unplanned of the non-playable characters also known as NPCs. Boblin was originally meant to be a throw away joke in that comic as that was the plan for the design of the future Goblins in Bun Boi’s recurring comic series. It was a cute, quirky and fun design for a creature and it had captured Bun Boi’s art style very well… even though the character was originally planned to die in a bonus panel to show that PCs will also become overly attached to the concept of loveable NPCs. Not only did Boblin become very popular that day on Instagram and /r/DnD, Boblin began appearing rapidly in memes, and even gained his own subreddit which had no involvement from Bun Boi whatsoever. He went from being a silly throw away gag to being the character that Dungeons and Dragons players magnetized to because he was cute, silly, improvised, goofy and above all he was unplanned. Boblin then became the main “Easter Egg” of all my comics, not a single comic went without an appearance of Boblin hiding. But more than that, a story began to brew for Boblin… a Boblin’s Tale if you will. In the Easter Eggs hidden were hints of Boblin having a family, a prophecy about Boblin and other small Easter eggs that didn’t match the usual references to pop culture, memes and even things in Bun Boi’s personal life because the goal was to invite readers who were deeply interested to start putting the puzzle pieces together…
A Boblin’s Tale centers around Boblin, a small Goblin whose village is but a memory to anyone who could bring it up. His story is going to begin from the very depths of how his life began, what Goblin living looks like for such a small and hated creature among a world who has dealt with Goblins as a pest and a menace. No one can fully explain where Goblin’s came from but many will agree that Goblin’s are a nuisance, they’re cruel thieves who value nothing but whatever is in front of them… but Boblin is different. Boblin doesn’t see the point in hurting anyone, in fact Boblin would sooner share what little he has than take from anyone even if they have an abundant amount. A Boblin’s Tale unfolds a prophecy, that Boblin’s much older brother Hoblin brings to him. Goblins are expecting a king to triumph over everyone, while tall folk (as Goblins know them) are hoping for a ruler to unite all people no matter who they are, or where they are from. Boblin caught in a tangled web of expectations is faced with the question… “Can a Goblin be the one to bring anyone together?”
The final copy is going to be over softcover book with 150 pages, containing roughly 4-5 panels per page (aside from large title cards, and chapter pages). The book itself is in early stages with many panels done and prepared, but the entire storyboard is outlined as this is an early stages works but things are prepared to take off. The project itself is to not only cover distribution of the book, rewards and of course the flex goals that come but it is also to pay Bun Boi for the many hours it will take to write, draw and edit and additionally the cost behind hiring anyone to assist in promotion, and final revisions (Grammar, readability, editing, etc).
Futhermore… Bun Boi’s comics are known for being full of Easter Eggs, but how many Easter Eggs are planned? Over 500 Easter Eggs, will make it into the entire Graphic Novel (Some in panels, hidden on the covers, in between panels, and extra from the HIDDEN EASTER EGG tier of supporter!). At the end of the book and the PDF a checklist will be provided of all Easter Eggs that make it into the book (in a random order for extra fun), to see who can truly master spotting ALL the Easter Eggs.
The artist, writer, designer, and promoter of these comics is a Canadian Freelance Artist named Jacob Rempel. He’s a self taught artist known primarily for his caricature and cartoon style and for creating most of the pieces he works on in short time frames. Bun Boi Arts is a digital arts paged created January 21st, a day after Jacob’s birthday as a turning of a new chapter in life. Jacob’s background is primarily in Dramatic and Comedic Theatre, Contemporary Movement and Pantomime, Clowning, Improvisation and Voice Acting which is what inspired his love for Dungeons and Dragons ™. It started as a fun hobby which spiraled into several games a week, then a dice collection of over fifty sets that keeps growing rapidly, a collection of physical books and then into an Art business that involved making commissions of other players, game masters and their characters.
Who doesn’t love awesome rewards behind an awesome Kickstarter? Behind each tier is an amazing set of rewards such as Digital Wallpapers, Digital Stickers, a Digital Artbook and more. But you’ll notice the primary tag for these is ‘Digital’. For the most part, the tiers are Digital due A) Shipping is going to be an additional cost later when things are being distributed B) Physical things can get lost or damaged. We live in a technological era, and to provide accessible content such as PDFs to enjoy a read, Wallpapers for Mobile and Computer devices to have a reminder of Boblin and his wonderfulness is something that is extremely accessible for many. With all of these Digital Tiers, as well it makes distribution much easier for those who may live far away and have great shipping cost so it’s an inclusive project.
But fear not, of course there is also fun merchandise such as a Boblin Family poster, a poster that will have all of the Goblins featured in the comic, Goblins that didn’t make it into the final copy and all of the supporters of the Kickstarter that received the “Goblinized” tier! And of course an adorable T-shirt with Boblin sitting in a pocket that will be entirely Kickstarter exclusive in design. So for those avid collectors, you’ll have exclusive merchandise and of course a digital bundle so Boblin is right at your fingertips… or on your massive PC rig, whichever style you prefer.
Additionally the GOBLINIZED goals and HIDDEN EASTER EGG goals are chances for you to get into the Graphic Novel, on Boblin’s Family Poster, or to have your own custom Easter Egg in the final copy! The Easter Eggs could be a message for your D&D group, your own name, or a trinket you’d love to spy in the background! The sky's the limit!
$14’900 is the minimum to get the project on its feet… but what if that goal gets surpassed? Well fear not, every tier gets better as the campaign goes further! There will be a meter of how “Boblin-y” the characters are, that will indicate the upcoming flex goals. But to get you excited about them there is….
UNLOCKED! AVAILABLE AT ALL TIERS $15 AND ABOVE!
At $15’000 (Only $100 above the main goal!)
A Boblin Digital RPG Bundle that features A custom Character sheet for RPG usage, Digital Creature Cards of the stats of Boblin and his family for table top usage, and Game Master printables to use as a screen with entirely Goblin-y of course! Available for all tiers $15 and above.
Boblin’s Brawl’n’Beatdown, a One shot adventure where Boblin will gather a party of adventurers to trek into the depths of an intricate dungeon full of puzzles and oddities to silence a beast that has been luring Goblins to a cruel fate… Available for all tiers $35 and above.
Enamel Pins of Boblin, Hoblin and Buglin will be added to the physical merchandise and these specific pins will be kickstarter exclusive! There will be 2 of each of the Goblins (6 total pins), of silly expressions and quizzical looks to bring with you anywhere you go! Available for all tiers $100 and above.
A Boblin 3D Printed Miniature will be added to the physical merchandise. This will include a small box for Boblin to sit it and will be sized for as a small creature for any RPG game setting or as a paintable collectable. Available for all tiers $150 and above.
A Kickstarter Exclusive “I would Die for Boblin” Hoodie will be added to the physical merchandise, this green hoodie will have a zoomed in picture of Boblin’s adorable face with the text “I WOULD DIE FOR BOBLIN.” Across the stomach, because reallly… who wouldn’t? Available for all tiers $150 and above.
A 10 Minute Animation of Boblin This animation will be hand drawn by Bun Boi himself, featuring fully painted backgrounds and landscapes. It will be a brief adventure Boblin goes on shortly after the party who finds Boblin in the tavern in the original comic, thus this will be AFTER the book has taken place. This will be available on youtube March 2021, as distributing the book is the first priority.
A Boblin Beanie will be produced, and added to the physical merchandise. This beanie will be a zoom in of Boblin’s face, and Boblin’s signature green. It will say #BOBLIN Along the side on the brim. It’s worthy to note Bun Boi has a big head, and the Beanie will be sized to be a bit bigger so that it’ll be an adult sized and not too tight. One size fits all. Available for all tiers $100 and above.
A plush of Boblin will be produced and distributed as part of the physical merchandise. Prototypes of designs will be sent in and finalized once this goal is met, as creating the initial design will be very time consuming. This is a loftier goal for this reason, but is more than feasible. This will be available to all Tiers $200 and above.
A livestream will be played on the release of the Graphic Novel, featuring Bun Boi and a crew he selects of players to do a run through of “Boblin’s Brawl’n’Beatdown” live. This will take place in a professional setting and also posted on the Bun Boi youtube channel for future viewing. This will be accessible to all tiers, and open to the public to enjoy!
A Boblin Dice Set will be created and added to the physical merchandise. There are several distributors in contact, but this is the highest goal as it’s one of the more difficult to produce as the goal is to have the highest roll on each of the die be Boblin’s head. This is a niche purchase and the mould itself is pricy, hence the high space on the shelf. But if the goal is met, these die will be created and sent along with a small pouch with Boblin’s face on it! Available for all tiers $200 and above.
AND. MORE. If all flex goals are passed there are extra hidden goals, such as behind the scenes videos, animation goals and more if these goals are surpassed.
Without incredible people such as yourself to read all this information but to consider supporting an endeavor that began as a cute meme about a tabletop RPG character is incredible. Without such a substantial following, and demand for Boblin content this would not have been possible or even an idea. So again, thank you. Thank you for taking time to surf comics for easter eggs, taking time to read this and to thoughtfully consider supporting this kickstarter, and for loving Boblin.
This project currently is mostly a solo project that is Bun Boi working with some volunteer assistance currently. The goal would be to recruit more that can work alongside Bun Boi when it comes to production, distribution and promotion of the kickstarter, and graphic novel release itself so that things can run smoothly. This is the first Kickstarter produced by Bun Boi Arts and it’s a massive undertaking but something that is thrilling and exciting that could be a future career.
A MESSAGE FROM BUN BOI!
While I can’t thank everyone enough for things getting here, I wanted to shed some light on why this is so meaningful to me. This project is the first stepping stone into what could be a lifelong career of creativity within the Arts and RPG community. I began Bun Boi Arts on the day after my birthday after a difficult year, to take a risk and set a one year goal of 1000 followers across all platforms including Reddit, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Not only was that goal destroyed within a short frame the positivity and support that followed was mind boggling.
Boblin is a character that is near and dear to my heart, and I hope that he is well received as we take this massive leap into the unknown. So thank you for every meme, comment, share, and contribution to this community that is constantly growing. Boblin isn’t just a regular Goblin but he stands for every character that has distracted us in our own journey, where we have taken a moment to just laugh and adore the spontaneity of life. I hope this project flourishes and is the first of many to come. Thank you.
Additionally any questions or comments about the kickstarter, Bun Boi Arts, or any information can be emailed to BunBoiArts@gmail.com and responses you can expect within 1-3 business days.
Risks and challenges
This is my first ever Kickstarter, I have several experienced colleagues assisting me and giving me feedback on the process but for the most part I am currently working on this solo. Depending on the size of the project I will bring on others to assist in the best possible success of this project.
All items that need to be physically shipped will be an additional cost later when things are being distributed. Items will be coming from Canada so look into the shipping cost of your location incase it is a steep fee. The goal is to have everything sent digitally and physically by December 1st 2020. The only risk that is foreseen is customs holding anything delivered which may just cause delay.
All information about any delays, updates and etc will be via Kickstarter, email and twitter. The goal is to keep communication on very open streams as transparency is key when producing any crowd-funded project.
Terms for Goblinized, Hidden Easter Eggs etc, all creations must be approved by Bun Boi and can not infringe anyone else's copyright or creations. Any imagery must be owned by the sender, and all messages must be 1-2 sentences (or 30 characters max) that cannot contain profanity or explicit images. Bun Boi has the right to refuse any offensive, or acceptable imagery for Easter Eggs. All appearances and Easter Egg placement will be decided by Bun Boi in the final copy.
Additionally, A survey will be sent to all Goblinized, Hidden Easter egg and etc, recipients so they may attach pictures, describe their Goblin, etc. A second survey will be sent out before distribution to all recipients regarding sizing, shipping specifications, etc. Failure to fill out this survey within 6 months of its distribution forfeits the ability to collect any rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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