NEW TIER ALERT! The EXPANDED GRAND TOME COLLECTOR'S PACK and COMPLETIONIST PACK are unlocked! (see the Rewards Section below)
A Quest For Legendary Treasure
Hi, I'm D.M. Cumbo and I'm excited to introduce Yooka-Laylee and the Kracklestone, an officially-licensed 120–page graphic novel based on the characters and worlds from the video game Yooka-Laylee.
- Did you enjoy Yooka-Laylee and other games like Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country? What about great adventure movies like The Dark Crystal, The Neverending Story, and Indiana Jones? How about playful Miyazaki films like My Neighbor Totoro? If so, this book’s for you!
- 101% top-notch quality... inside and out! Each book will feature hand-sewn bindings and premium paper inside. Totally collectable!
- The book has been written and drawn by myself in close partnership with Playtonic Games to ensure that it fits into, and expands, the Yooka-Laylee universe.
- I expect to finish the book by May 2019 and will print and ship to backers the following month. International orders ship from the U.K., so they may take longer. You can expect to receive your book in June if you're in the U.S. and Canada, and July for all other regions.
One Heroic Chameleon's Journey Toward Humility
The story sees Yooka and Laylee plunged into a brand new secret tome world in a race against the evil Capital B to reach the legendary "Kracklestone," an ancient artifact fabled to grant its holder invincibility. To reach the treasure, they’ll run, swim, trip, tumble, and fly through nine distinct, character-filled landscapes. They will encounter friends, foes, and some in-between... including plenty of fan favorites from the game!
But the path to Mount Zapkrackle will not be an easy one. Normally an asset, Yooka’s confidence proves hazardous when his decision-making repeatedly leads into trouble. Dr. Quack's troops await around every twist and turn, anxious to thwart the heroic duo.
In order to prevent unlimited power from landing in the hands of Capital B and his top hench-duck Dr. Quack, Yooka will need to accept the help of some (very) unusual allies! Only by working together with his quirky friends... and most of all with Laylee... does Yooka stand a chance of saving the day this time....
I'm offering some awesome rewards! Read on for some pictures and descriptions of each tier.
NOTE: Backers will be able to add items using BackerKit following the campaign. So if you want to order, say... a billion copies of the book, choose a pledge, wait for the campaign to conclude successfully, and then you'll have the option to purchase more books using BackerKit!
Pledge $15 or more and get a Digital Book to read on your fancy retina-burning tablet-y screen things! Also included is the Digital Wallpaper Pack.
But why get this when you can get the Grand Tome Collector's Pack?! Read on to find out why you want that tier instead!
Ooh, now we're talking! In addition to the digital tier items (a Digital Wallpaper Pack and a Digital Book) $30 will get you the Hardcover Book. This is not your everyday standard grade book--we're talking a smyth sewn spine (so no tight bindings that are hard to open flat), premium heavyweight internal paper stock (great for inflicting paper cuts on your enemies), and a sturdy matte laminate cover with a reinforced binding. You're very impressed--I can tell!
Checking out the Backer Edition, eh?! Did I mention this colorful collectible is totally limited to this campaign?! NO? Wait... yes I did. *Ahem...*
So what makes this edition so special? It includes three premium features over the standard edition. Stamped onto the back cover of each book is a gloriously shiny Backer Edition Seal. The pages will receive stunning Edge Gilding for that high class look. Finally, you'll get a Signed Bookplate you can affix into your copy. I'd recommend using it to cover up some of the Rupert the Pantless scenes--they get pretty visually descriptive.
So, if you want this book, get it now because I will never EVER print this edition again.
Oh, and it also includes the digital rewards (a Digital Wallpaper Pack and a Digital Book).
TWO NEW TIERS COMING OCTOBER 31st!!!
Well, hey there Big Spender!! Try to contain yourself as you drool over this collector's dream package. The Grand Tome Collector's Pack includes both digital tier items (a Digital Wallpaper Pack and a Digital Book), a copy of the Kickstarter-Exclusive Backer Edition with Backer Seal and Gilded Edges, a Character Art Print Set, a Signed Bookplate, a Bookmark, and a double-sided Metal Kracklecoin!
See? Didn't I say you'd prefer this awesome tier?! Just make sure you have enough shelf space to display all this quality swag!
THE BACKERS HAVE SPOKEN!
Introducing the brand new EXPANDED Grand Tome Collector's Pack! This new reward tier includes all the goodies from the Grand Tome Collector's Pack (Digital Wallpaper, a Digital Book, a Kickstarter-Exclusive Backer Edition Book with Backer Seal and Gilded Edges, a Character Art Print Set, a Signed Bookplate, a Bookmark, and a double-sided Metal Kracklecoin). On top of that, you'll snag...
...a Large Enamel Pin with Art Print Backing:
...a Full-Color Cloth Map of the Secret Tome:
...AND a Ribbon Book Marker!
This is truly the ultimate collector's pack for serious Yooka-Laylee fans! And you're a serious fan, aren't you?!
PLEASE NOTE: This tier is LIMITED to 250 sets!
Ah! I knew I spotted an original art aficionado! Here's your chance to own an original drawing from the very first Dreamprism book!
In addition to all the swag from the Expanded Grand Tome Collector's Pack (a Digital Wallpaper Pack, a Digital Book, a Kickstarter-Exclusive Backer Edition Book with Backer Seal and Gilded Edges, a Character Art Print Set, a Signed Bookplate, a Bookmark, a double-sided Metal Kracklecoin, a Large Enamel Pin with Art Print Backing, a Hand-Sewn Cloth Map of the Secret Tome, and a Ribbon Book Marker), I will draw a character of your choice from the book (you'll pick the character in your post campaign survey from a list of options).
PLEASE NOTE: THE COMPLETIONIST PACK tier is EXTREMELY limited to only 50 due to the extensive time needed to produce original art. Backers at this level may receive their packages slightly later to accommodate time to create and ship the drawing.
Stretch goals--you know how they work (unless you don't). If we break past the main campaign goal of 40k, I'll be hounding you for more cash to reach some extra goals at higher amounts. See the chart below to review the amount we have to hit to unlock that feature. Then, check out the pics and descriptions below for more info on each!
Hey... is that a question mark in the last row? I wonder what it could be? Perhaps it'll unlock if we hit the other goals? Whatever it is, it must be pretty special!!
Ooh, shiny! If we hit this stretch goal, this ridiculously cool effect will be stamped into every hardcover copy. The colors will be so bright you'll be able to use the book as a flashlight. That's a concept render above, but the final effect should look pretty similar.
Wanna know more about the comic development process for this unique book? Need to know how many fruit fly crispies Laylee can eat in one sitting? (Hint: it's a LOT) Perhaps you can't live without knowing the exact quantity of grey hairs added to my head during this production?
If we reach this goal, those details along with an expansive project history, loads of concept art, test pages, and more will be printed into each copy following the main story!
Oh boy... this is a seriously awesome addition. Who knows what mysterious tale will be featured in the special added comic story?! The only way any of us will find out is if we unlock this stretch goal...
I've set the goal at 40k. While many graphic novel Kickstarter campaigns have lower goals, mine is the minimum amount I need to finish this book in full color and print these gorgeous premium physical editions.
Roughly half the cost will go into production, with the other half split between printing, shipping, and Kickstarter/BackerKit fees.
International shipping is very expensive, but I've done everything I can to lower the costs. Shipping everything from the US would be prohibitively expensive as even the most cost-effective method (First Class) is still very high with prices ranging all the way up to $45! To combat these costs, I'll be shipping most international packages from a shipping partner in the UK, which offers lower shipping costs.
There’s always the chance we will exceed our goal. If that happens, my budget calculations will scale up proportionately, ensuring no runaway expenses. My partners are all prepared for this possibility and have provided a range of costs based on different levels of backer demand.
The really boring pie chart below shows our cost breakdown:
- November: Run Kickstarter Campaign
Running a crowdfunding campaign is very time-consuming. Reaching the goal means dedicating a lot of time to Kickstarter updates, social media posts, outreach to press, website/blog updates, and answering messages from backers.
- December-May: Book Production/Finish Color Work and Finalize Book Design.
Since the book story and line art is completed, the project is well past the middle point. However, finishing the book with the sort of polished color work I've planned could take up to six months. I'll make my best effort to finish earlier, but it's important to me I meet my deadline so I'm leaving ample time.
- June-July: Print the Book and Reward and Ship to Backers
Since I'm planning to print in the U.S., the turnaround time for book/collector's pack printing/production is only about two weeks. I'm working with the printer to fulfill orders directly from their warehouse (international orders other than Canada will ship from a fulfillment warehouse in England to reduce shipping fees). Assuming all goes smoothly, the printing/shipping process should not exceed a month. International orders will take slightly longer as they must first be transported to England. I expect all orders to be fulfilled by July at the latest.
And here are some of the games I've worked on as an artist:
Risks and challenges
Though this is my first Kickstarter, I've had the benefit of learning from the experiences of many other creators, most specifically Playtonic Games. Unforeseeable problems could arise both in and out of my control. There can always be production delays, malfunctions/problems with the printing press, or really any number of setbacks that might affect the delivery date of your rewards.
However, besides my own experience in production environments, I've partnered with highly capable companies to ensure production runs smoothly. The books will be printed in the USA at API Print Productions which is a subsidiary of Jostens Commercial Printing. Jostens is a highly-respected book printing facility known for high-quality yearbook production in addition to commercial projects like this--so they have lots of experience making durable/premium editions. Once printed, the books will ship directly from Josten's warehouse to your door so we will avoid potential problems with expensive shipping.
I've also partnered with Fanfare in England, who have almost 40 years’ experience, to assist with order fulfillment for territories other than the U.S. and Canada to cut back on shipping expense and complexity.
I'm confident that any potential obstacles will be dealt with swiftly and professionally.
I understand the faith that backers have in me and my project so I'll be very transparent with everything that goes into the production of this book. I'll post frequent updates and be quick to notify backers of any setbacks. Ideally, I'll be able to update backers on a weekly basis at least, most likely with a video.
In summary, I deeply value the faith backers have in me. I will do everything in my power to run this campaign properly and deliver rewards on time and beyond expectations. See you in the updates!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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