About this project
STRETCH GOAL #2: We have passed $3,000! Thanks to all of you, I will be creating a stop-motion short complete with narration, sound effects, and music!
FOUR ARMS is written in the style of old-school fables, where there may not always be a happy ending and brutality seeks to teach a lesson.
A girl is driven away from the family farm into the dark woods where her inner demons literally sprout from her ribcage. Lost in the forest with horrors at her side, the girl begins to lose hope as the arms mislead and poison her. But she finds that she is not completely alone and help arrives in the shape of a guiding wolf. A battle of influence begins between the manifested limbs and the wolves of the forest. The girl must learn that often it is more painful to stay the same, than it is to change. But she can only be shown the way, and if the girl does not choose wisely, she risks becoming lost in the forest forever, a prisoner to her demons or worse... Only through sacrifice, trust, and perseverance can the girl escape from the woods and her demons.
Funds raised will go toward initial start-up costs such as paying the illustrator, publication fees, and raw materials for publishing. Once these are squared up, additional money will be used for advertising to promote Four Arms online and in the real world. If we can generate enough interest and see that people enjoy art and stories that don't fit into neat categories, we hope to start work on another graphic fable.
ONE ARM ($1): This level comes with karma points from the great beyond!
TWO ARMS ($5): This level comes with a tweet praising you in all your glory and honor as well as a high resolution wallpaper featuring an illustration from 'Four Arms.'
THREE ARMS ($10): This level comes with a digital copy of Four Arms plus two wallpapers!
FOUR ARMS ($15): This level comes with a digital copy of Four Arms plus two buttons featuring characters plus three wallpapers!
FIVE ARMS ($20): This level comes with a full color copy of Four Arms (illustrations are 17x11 when open) plus four high-resolution wallpapers, plus two character buttons!
SIX ARMS ($35): This level comes with a high-resolution 17x11 poster featuring a 'Four Arms' illustration, plus a copy of the book, plus five wallpapers, and two character buttons!
SEVEN ARMS ($50): This level comes with a signed copy of Four Arms plus a sneak peek digital copy of my next fable, The Crane Wife, plus all previous rewards.
EIGHT ARMS ($100): This level comes with a signed copy of Four Arms plus a sneak peek of The Crane Wife, PLUS a 17x11 poster featuring a sneak peak illustration from The Crane Wife (and all previous rewards)!
NINE ARMS ($165): This level is for the merchant looking to add ten copies of Four Arms to his/her store! Or loyal fans wishing to share the gift of multiple arms with others!
Risks and challenges
I'm very confident in this project not just because I stand behind the story and visuals, but because we've done most of the prep work. The files are already formatted and ready to print. We have paired with a printer/publisher and corrected all the proofs. We have reformatted the images for poster sizes to avoid any delays and have found an affordable company to print them. Mostly, we are just waiting to see what the public response and demand to Four Arms is.
If they are any set-backs for some reason, they will be handled with care and communication. The only challenge I can see is if we have hundreds of orders and I have to take a day off work to pack and ship boxes :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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