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This project was successfully funded on November 15, 2012.

A little girl who dreams of being an astronaut goes on an amazing adventure. An iPad book illustrated in high quality CGI.

About this project

Hi guys, and welcome to our Kickstarter page for our digitally illustrated children's graphic novel! We are Angela (the writer) and Alex (the artist).

This is the story of a lonely young girl who dreams of being an astronaut, who makes a wish on a shooting star to go to the moon. 

Click to see the whole image!
Click to see the whole image!

Luckily for her the star is actually a star pixie who is having re-entry problems and crash lands in her bedroom. 

In return for helping him, the pixie decides to take Vicki to see his home on the moon - but first they will need to pick up a few things along the way...

Click to see in HD! We're still working hard on the art, everything you see here is work in progress. For instance, I'm not too keen on this crab.
Click to see in HD! We're still working hard on the art, everything you see here is work in progress. For instance, I'm not too keen on this crab.

Alex's Story: I was an IT guy who really wanted to be a computer graphics artist. I'd fix computer networks by day then go home and do computer graphics until I dropped. 

Eventually I landed my first gig as a junior artist on a science fiction TV series. It. Was. Awesome.  I'd go to work and spend my days blowing up spaceships and animating asteroids and laser beams. 

I went on to work on movies and commercials for the next decade and a half. It was challenging and fun but it was always for someone else, always some other person's idea which I'd work to make real. 

And that wasn't really why I wanted to do this stuff in the first place.

Angela is a writer and musician and together we found we spent so much time bouncing ideas off each other that we decided to start our own production company and start making them real.

And here we are!

Click to make bigger
Click to make bigger

The idea for the story came about back in July of this year when we were brainstorming ideas for something to work on together. I had a dream when I was a kid that I never forgot - an image of a little kid meeting a glowing star in his bedroom one night. The idea caught with Angela who came up with the story and by the end of the day we bought a corkboard and filled it with index cards detailing the basic narrative. 

The Story!
The Story!

Then we set to work and the result, still in progress but becoming more realized every day, is here :)

THE PLAN

This Kickstarter project is up for 30 days, and during this time we hope to collect $5,000 for the ipad edition of the book.

We will be working hard to finish the story’s art by the end of December, so that the e-book can be completed by the start of the new year and printing production of the exclusive hardcover edition for backers of the $50 tier and up can be completed by springtime. 

Your pledge money will be used for: purchasing necessary software, registration fees, software and hardware upgrades, buying tools, renting render machines, paying the app developer. We are doing the best we can with the one computer we have, but we need help. 

We cannot complete this project without you.  We will love you for it. Please support us so we can make this beautiful story and beautiful artwork become a reality. This story has real potential to go in so many directions, this first comic and beyond. Please help us make our first wish come true.

THE ART & ARTIST

Richly and uniquely illustrated, each panel is a full screen HD frame fully realized using the same CGI techniques and tools as in major feature films. Alex Scollay, the illustrator, has worked for 15 years in film, television, and commercials, including projects such as FarscapeSuperman Returns, 2012, and Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland

These pictures will fully display in high-res HD on your ipad or Android screen. If we are successful with this launch, we plan to eventually Kickstart an interactive edition with animated panels, sound effects and narrator-mode.

For now though, we are keeping our goal modest and we will be producing a fully digital simple static-image ebook version (exclusive limited edition printed hardcover edition available for backers starting at the $50 level!)

Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis

ALL OR NOTHING

Kickstarter utilizes an all-or-nothing approach to project funding. Our goal of $5,000 must be met within 30 days in order for us to receive any money. You can pledge any amount (even just $1) at any time during those 30 days. Only when our goal is reached will your credit card be charged and incentive rewards will be fulfilled. 

Building the island - wireframe view
Building the island - wireframe view
Island image draft - CG render
Island image draft - CG render

To donate, please click on the “Back This Project” button at the top of the page.

Thank you very much for your support!

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Risks and challenges

We do not have many risks, but we do face many challenges in our weeks ahead. The greatest concerns and challenges are ensuring the highest quality artwork, highest quality of the print books, and timeliness of release, for both the e-book and print.

It is very important to us that our backers receive their rewards as soon as we are able to produce a finished product. We are obliged to keep up with ever-changing digital tablet technology for future iterations of the e-book and (hopefully) interactive app and sequels. We have big plans for where these characters and this story can go, and it is our responsibility to keep up with ever-evolving tablet technology and our fans' demands.

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    2 backers

    Receive a HD digital wallpaper of art from the book. In addition, anybody that shares this KS page on Facebook or Twitter (tag @CleverMammals) will get a bonus HD digital wallpaper. So...if you donate $1 or more AND share us, you get 2 different wallpapers! We also thank ALL of our backers on Facebook or Twitter.

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    Pledge $5 or more

    8 backers

    Facebook or Twitter "Thank you" plus a PDF copy of Vicki's Wish as soon as it is available.

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    Pledge $10 or more

    17 backers

    Vicki’s Wish e-book and digital HD "Vicki's Wish" artwork wallpaper (image of your choice). if you donate and share us on FB or Twitter, you get 2 wallpapers plus the e-book!

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    Pledge $25 or more

    16 backers

    The above PLUS: Vicki’s Wish artwork postcard in the mail, with a handwritten letter of thanks from the creators, Angela and Alex.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $50 or more

    19 backers

    All of the above (Facebook thank you, e-book, digital wallpaper, handwritten card) PLUS: Hardcover, printed version of "Vicki's Wish", as soon as it is available - 30 glossy pages of HD illustrations.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $75 or more

    0 backers

    All of the above (Facebook thank you, e-book, digital wallpaper, handwritten card) PLUS: 2 hardcover, printed edition books of "Vicki's Wish", as soon as it is available - 30 glossy pages of HD illustrations.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $100 or more

    7 backers

    All of the above (Facebook thank you, e-book, digital wallpaper, handwritten thank you, hardcover book) PLUS: puzzle created from artwork

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  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    2 backers

    All of the above PLUS: Large (11"x17") glossy poster of artwork of your choice

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  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    0 backers

    All of the above PLUS: Your printed version of the book will be signed by the creators. PLUS: We will customize your book, dedicating your copy to your child's name or a name of your choice.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    0 backers

    All of the above PLUS: Executive Producer Credit - your name listed as such in credits of the book (e-book and special edition print), personal Skype or phone call of thanks from the creators, Angela and Alex.

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Funding period

- (30 days)