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$2,354
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, October 19 2015 1:00 AM UTC +00:00
$2,354
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
60
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, October 19 2015 1:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

See You Over at DarwinSurplus.com

Friends and Supporters,  While our campaign has ended, Darwin Surplus continues to voyage onward!  If you'd like to know what we're up to, simply go to www.DarwinSurplus.com 

Thank you one and all!

~•°•.  Editor’s Note Part 1  .•°•~

My name is Karen-Meredith and I’d like to tell you the amazing story about why I’m founding Darwin Surplus. A year and a half ago, I was visiting a friend of mine in Northumberland, England. I was walking along the coast when, among the rocks I found this beautiful, old silver box with lots of knobs and buttons. I carried it back to my friend’s house and we figured out how to open it.  (continued near the bottom of this page)

Vote!

After backing, please vote for a creature by clicking "Comments" and typing in the creature name.

Each backer can vote for one creature (at any level, even $1). The pledge amount determines the number of votes for that creature ($1 = 1 Vote). For an example and more details, see "Vote for Creatures!" further down this page.

The Fantastical Creatures of Lunasea Island

These creatures were coaxed into creation by the editor from vintage engravings.  Visit DarwinSurplus.com to see larger images.

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Shirt Style & Color Chart

Shirts are available with any creature that has been voted in. Mix and match your shirt style, color and creature.

Friends and Family in Darwin Surplus Prototypes
Friends and Family in Darwin Surplus Prototypes

Vote!

After backing, please vote for a creature by clicking "Comments" and typing in the creature name.

Freebie Stretch Goals

With each $1,000 over the base $10,000 goal, we'll add an item to the Freebie Pack, which is included with all reward levels over $15.

  • $11,000   Creature Sheet for shirt orders 
  • $12,000   1 random Trade Card 
  • $13,000   Luggage Tag Bookmark (random creature)
  • $14,000   1 random Trade Card 
  • $15,000   All backer names on DS website 
  • $16,000   1 random Trade Card 
  • $17,000   Dracwyn Sweet Potato Fritters Recipe 
  • $18,000   1 random Trade Card 
  • $19,000   Audio download - Readings from FG 
  • $20,000   1 random Trade Card 
  • $21,000   Luggage Tag Bookmark (random creature) 
  • $22,000   1 random Trade Card 
  • $23,000   Multi-Creature Postcard 
  • $24,000   1 random Trade Card 
  • $25,000   Audio download - Lunasea Shanty

The Adventures of the Dracwyn & Her Noble Crew  Field Guide

The 52-page, 8" square, full-color book catalogues the 20 fantastical creatures of the mysterious Lunasea Island, in addition to chronicling the travels and discoveries of the crew as they made their new home upon Lunasea. On Kickstarter, I'm presenting brief selections from their creature discovery stories, as well as the stunning zoological sketches of all 20 of the creatures, as documented by their team naturalist, Marigold Bewick.

Field Guide cover
Field Guide cover
Example Field Guide page spread
Example Field Guide page spread

Vote!

After backing, please vote for a creature by clicking "Comments" and typing in the creature name.

Reward Levels & Add-Ons

Choose one reward level:  If you are outside the United States, add the noted shipping amount. (U.S. shipping is included.) 

Add-Ons:  If you select a reward level over $15, you can add extra items, such as a second shirt. Simply increase your pledge by the reward level amount. For each add-on, add $2 for Canada and $4 elsewhere.  After the campaign closes, there will be a survey where you can let us know which add-ons you would like.

Example Pledge with Add-Ons Shipping to Japan:  $24 Field Guide reward level ($9 shipping) + add on $17 Calendar ($4 shipping) and $33 Hoodie Shirt ($4 shipping) = $91 total.

Vote: regardless of reward level, every $1 of your pledge counts as 1 vote.  See "Vote for Creatures!" below.

Dracwyn Patron Reward Level

Your generous pledge of $250 features a signed, original silk-screen frame of the creature of your choice a unique art piece which will look amazing on your wall or in a window. Frames are rigid aluminum and weigh only 2.25 pounds. They measure 20” wide, 24” tall and 1.5” thick. Plus a Field Guide, Post Card Set, T-Shirt with your screen’s creature (or any available creature), Freebies and Vote!

Silk-Screen Frames for Dracwyn Patron Level
Silk-Screen Frames for Dracwyn Patron Level

Post Cards

The Post Card Set includes 5 initial designs on 4" x 6" heavy matte stock.  The set will grow as more creatures are voted in, and the additional cards are included automatically.

Calendar

The 2016 Lunasea Island Calendar features 12 months of fantastical creatures.  Specific dates commemorate global historic milestones and people in science (no country-specific holidays).  The calendar is 11" wide and 17" tall (when open).

Vote for Creatures!

Our base campaign includes five initial Lunasea creatures available on shirts, post cards and trade cards. Backers vote to determine which of the other fifteen creatures will be added. You, our backers, will make a meaningful and real contribution to the look and feel of our first line of Dracwyn T-Shirts, whose designs should and will be based on what our backers like.  Voting is easy: backers simply leave a comment with the word “VOTE” and the name of the creature they’d like to see become available on shirts, etc. (To leave a comment, choose "Comments" below the video.) We’ll post a vote tally daily. When a creature reaches 1,000 votes, it’s added to the collection of creatures available on shirts and cards.

Does 1,000 votes sound high? It’s not really, because every dollar of a pledge is one vote. Let’s say, for example, you pledged $24 for a Field Guide plus $9 international shipping and then left “VOTE Penguinea Pig” in the campaign’s Comments area. Well, the adorable little Pig just moved 33 votes up the ladder. Any subsequent changes to a backer's pledge amount will be reflected in the next vote tally. 

The fine print: vote carefully, because backers cannot change their vote (this would be logistically unmanageable for us). The only way to vote for multiple creatures is to invite a friend with their own Kickstarter account. Finally, those ordering shirts are not obligated to select a shirt design of the creature they voted for (which may not be possible anyway if the creature does not reach 1,000 votes).

Why else does this campaign have voting? One reason is that it’s expensive to gear up production for shirts, etc. for 20 creatures, and we wanted a reasonable base Kickstarter goal. We also feel that voting will make for a livelier campaign, as well as, help keep backers engaged and encourage people to spread the word. 

About This Campaign

Not only will we be able to launch a line of Darwin Surplus shirts, but I will also be able to reproduce the field guide itself, which is quite an interesting read. Each drawing is accompanied by an excerpt of the account of our zeppelineers' first encounter with each species.  We are looking forward to producing more product lines in the future including throw pillows, plushies, and even a novelization of the field guide.  (I found Rexana's diary!)

Okay. You know those people who like, uh, roosters and kangaroos, but you can never find those two things in one place. Well, this is that place! So, Happy Holidays in September. If you like what you see, pass it on. If you know someone who would like what you see, pass it on. Get out on that social media and be social…and be media. Spread the word about Darwin Surplus. We would surely appreciate it.

If you want to know more, you can go to Wattpad where I have begun publishing the unabridged version of the field guide of the Noble Crew of the Dracwyn.

~•°•.  Editor’s Note Continued  .•°•~

Inside, it turns out, is the answer to a mystery. So, about a hundred years ago, a small band of adventurers piled into their self-crafted zeppelin, called The Dracwyn and took off from Bamburgh Castle out over the North Sea…and were promptly never seen or heard from again. Now, most people assumed that they had perished. However the field guide that I found inside the box on the beach that day proves otherwise. They merely traveled into another world.

When they arrived there, they landed just off the coast of what they named Lunasea Island, which was populated with the most curious and endearing creatures you can imagine. Of course, these adventurers were also explorers and naturalists, so they documented what they had found; not only with exquisite drawings, but also with detailed descriptions about the circumstances under which the animals had been discovered.

Now, I thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful if these creatures could somehow inhabit our world. So I decided to make available for the first time anywhere, lovingly restored portraits rendered on T-shirts. Since we cannot go to Lunasea, I'm bringing a little Lunasea here. In this way, I hope to pass along the beauty of the beasts themselves and the talent and intelligence of their chroniclers.

For your further reading pleasure, read the unabridged Field Guide on Wattpad.

All The Creatures

Bovine Constrictor, Butterflion, Chimpanzeebra, Crowbra, Elephanteater, Flamingorilla, Gazellephant, Gorillamander, Hippony, Kangarooster, Koallarus, Komodo Dragonfly, Llamadillo, Lobstrich, MamMoth, Octopuss, Peacroc, Penguinea Pig, Shrimpala, Unicornish Game Hen.

FAQ

What's that amazing music in your video?
It's from the album Orphaned Anthems by Emmy-winning composer Dan Cantrell.  

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge for us is one we would love to encounter…a veritable plethora of backers! In that case, we would call in more hands to get the rewards delivered on time. We have experience with a family business creating artwork for and delivering T-shirts with hard deadlines for the past 10 years.
We've done our homework. The artwork is 95% finished, the prototypes have been tested, printing houses are on alert, and we've accurately calculated postage so we don’t run into any surprises. And, of course, we've allowed some wiggle room in our delivery timeline to ensure you get your creatures by the promised dates.
Ordering blank shirts for printing can be a tricky business. Shirt availability is in constant flux, and few suppliers let you know what they actually have IN stock when you order. Because of this, we may have to come back to you after the survey to let you know if we couldn't find your style/color/size choice. But please be assured that, even if we have to pay a little more, we will do EVERYTHING we can to find your preferred choice, using multiple suppliers, so that we can deliver the item you desire in a timely manner.
Members of our team have delivered four successful Kickstarters. As this is personally my first venture on Kickstarter, I am determined to make it a rousing success. I have the energy, skill, and even the time to devote to this launch so that backers and creator alike will be proudly wearing Darwin Surplus Tees over their PJ's this December.

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    FIELD GUIDE = Receive 8" square 52-page book illustrated with 20 fantastical creatures and annotated field notes by the Dracwyn adventurers. Plus FREEBIES and VOTE!

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    T-SHIRT = Receive one t-shirt with the creature, style and size you select from the shirt chart. Plus FREEBIES and VOTE!

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    LONG SLEEVE HOODIE SHIRT = Receive one hooded long sleeve shirt with the creature, style and size you select from the shirt chart. Plus FREEBIES and VOTE!

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    ADVENTURER PACK = Receive items from these THREE reward levels (above): POST CARDS, T-SHIRT, FIELD GUIDE (signed and numbered). Plus FREEBIES and VOTE!

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    DRACWYN PATRON = Receive a signed, original silk-screen frame of the creature of your choice; a unique art piece which will look amazing on your wall or in a window. Plus the ADVENTURER PACK (your shirt can match your screen’s creature or any available creature), FREEBIES and VOTE!

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Funding period

- (36 days)