100% Funded: Second Stretch Goal Unlocked!
I'm delighted to announce that, after reaching the initial funding target in less than 30 hours, we have now passed the £10,000 threshold, unlocking the second stretch-goal!
This means that everyone who pledges at the £15 "Novosaurs" tier and above will receive these additional rewards, which are exclusive to this Kickstarter.
Novosaurs: What Are They?
Hi, my name is Andy and in my new book "Novosaurs" I'll be inviting you to join me on a speculative trip fifty years into the future: a future where genetically engineered dinosaurs are a reality.
Forget what you've seen in the movies: these dinosaurs aren't the giant, deadly monsters that you might be expecting. In this possible future Novosaurs are chicken-sized, Novosaurs are domesticated and most importantly Novosaurs are available for everyone to buy.
The dinosaurs of our future won't live in theme parks: they'll live in your backyard, your garden, your house, your apartment.
Novosaurs are imaginary, but the science is real. By intervening at specific stages of embryonic development, scientists believe that the ancient genes which control the growth of tail, teeth, hands and other non-avian dinosaur characteristics can be 'switched' back on.
The result will be a 'chicken' with the tail, hands, teeth and other physical characteristics of a bipedal theropod dinosaur. Researchers have already made significant progress and it is possible that the so-called 'chickenosaurus' will be a reality within a decade. In fifty years time the techniques required to create such a creature will have become refined and quite possibly commercialised.
The precisely controlled and engineered nature of these new dinosaurs will enable scientists to generate numerous, diverse breeds in a very short time. Each Novosaur (the proprietory name for these new creatures) will be designed both for its outward appearance and also for specific behavioural and temperamental characteristics.
Of course Novosaurs may be designed and engineered, but they are also living, breathing, intelligent creatures. The ethical arguments that surround the science are complex and controversial today. Fifty years in the future, with Novosaurs walking among us, sharing our homes and our lives, these debates continue to rage.
Novosaurs: The Book.
The Novosaurs book will be a visual guide to these many and varied breeds of future-dinosaurs, comprising a mixture of digital paintings, illustrations, sketches and notes.
The completed book will be A5 sized, with approximately 80 full-colour pages, perfect-bound using the highest quality papers.
Some of you may have backed my previous Kickstarters for the Dragons of Wales books. Those projects were successful not just because of your financial support - as appreciated as that is - but also because of the ideas, inspiration and feedback that you provided. The finished books were shaped as much by you as by me. This is something that I would like to continue with this new project.
So, the backers of the two highest tiers will not only receive copies of the book (plus any additional stretch-rewards) - I will also be creating an original Novosaur, to their specifications, for inclusion in the book. They will be able to describe the appearance and characteristics of their little dinosaur, and also to name it.
If you've ever wanted your own, domesticated (?) dinosaur, this could be for you!
Novosaurs: The Rewards.
The full list of reward tiers is as follows:
I also have an exciting range of stretch goals ready to go if this project exceeds its funding target. These include exclusive art prints, enamel pin badges and more. Details will be revealed as the Kickstarter progresses.
The following Add-On rewards are available:
An additional signed copy of the Novosaurs book (+£12)
Copies of my previous Dragons of Wales Books are also available as Add-On rewards:
A signed copy of Dragons of Wales, Volume One, South Wales (+£12)
A signed copy of Drawings of Dragons - A Dragons of Wales Sketchbook (+£12)
A signed copy of Dragons of Wales, Volume Two, North Wales (+£12)
You can learn more about my Dragons of Wales project at www.dragonsofwales.com
To receive an Add-On, please add the additional cost of the item(s) above to your pledge. Once the campaign has ended, you’ll receive a survey where you can specify the Add-On(s) you have chosen.
I hope you'll like what you have seen here and will consider backing this project. I'm hoping to create a truly unique visual guide to the possible dinosaurs of our future. It's going to be an exciting journey and I'd love you to join me!
Risks and challenges
This will be the fourth book I have funded and created through Kickstarter. All of my previous books have been delivered on-schedule and have received an amazing response from my backers. So, although every project faces challenges and unexpected problems can arise, you can be confident in my professionalism and in my ability to deliver this book in a timely manner, and to the highest possible standards.
A note about timescales: The delivery date for this project is estmated to be March 2020. This is a few weeks longer than I would normally allow for such a project: In late January/early February I will be taking part in an exhibition and artist's residency in Virginia, USA. The plan is to complete work on the book prior to my departure. The book will be printed whilst I am away, ready to be shipped out to you when I return.
As backers of my previous books will know, I post frequent updates throughout the project, keeping you fully informed of progress.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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