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An illustrated storybook about two kids inheriting an odd old house with generations of accumulated wonder - A Cabinet of Curiosities.

We're Mike & Vicky, a husband and wife art duo - together we illustrate, tell stories & teach.

Our writer is Vicky's Brother Jonathan, he is a graduate of Sarah Lawrance College and has done many comic and children's book projects. 

Our project is an illustrated storybook about two kids inheriting an odd old house with generations of accumulated wonder - A Cabinet of Curiosities.

Our new goal is $35,000. We want to give something special back to our backers and want to make a New Prequel book for all our backers that have contributed more than $50.

We have some great back stories we want to explore about the eccentric relatives touched upon in Curiosities. We just need the excuse to be able to tackle that project. Again it would be a mix of writing, comics and storybook and the perfect companion piece to our larger book. So how do we get there? If each of you can get someone - a friend, a neighbor, a coworker, your local comic shop, or even your library, to get a book then we'll achieve this goal no problem, and you'll get yourself an addition book full of all new stories.

This thing is gonna be fantastic, but it can't exist without YOU.
Thanks for your time! Let's make this happen!

If you’d like to keep tabs on our project and our work, we’ll be posting updates here -

Twitter : 
@michaelyamada

@victoriaying
Blog :
http://mikeyamada.blogspot.com
http://victoriaying.blogspot.com
Facebook:
ECA-LA


Curious? Read On!

The Cabinet of Curiosities is our fully illustrated 88-page hardcover storybook. It tells the story of a pair of kids who inherit a spooky old house from a long lost uncle. The house is full to bursting with mysterious doo-dads and trinkets. Each room being a strange, personally-curated monument to a crazy ancestor. A Cabinet of Curiosities!

The inspiration for this project came about after we went hunting for household decorations at flea markets and the like. Once you see enough weird little objects, you inevitably start to wonder what on earth could have led to their creation, what kinds of stories do these little things had to tell?

Eventually we came upon the idea of a pair of siblings exploring their family history through the weird and fascinating remnants of long-gone relatives. Pirate Queens, Wizards, Overly skilled Lion Tamers, and at least one eccentric taxidermist.


Who are we?
We’re married and we both attended Art Center College of Design and work as Visual Development Artists in Feature Animation. We’ve contributed to a lot of your favorite animated movies of the last few years - Tangled, How to Train your Dragon, & Kung Fu Panda 2. And now we'd like to try and share something fun and personal with this project.

Jonathan is a writer who is currently on a cross country trip gathering inspiration for his next project. He's worked on many of his own personal comic book projects as well as YA novels. 


The Book
We’re aiming for 88 full color pages chock full of poems and stories, and even a few comic bits. The book’s dimensions will be 12 inches tall by 9 inches wide. We want this to be a beautiful cloth bound book, with bright offset printing and high quality paper. We're hoping to make this book feel like a great old heirloom tome, the kind of book you'd find on a shelf in the Cabinet of Curiosities.


So about the money
Printing a book is no easy feat, but we don't want to compromise any little details on our passion project. This book is the most ambitious project either of us have ever attempted and we'll need your support to help with the printing costs. We believe in this thing, and we really want to share it with you guys. We've been saving for a while but what we've got will only cover part of the printing costs. If we can raise 4000 dollars then we'll be in business. And that's where you guys come in.

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Here's what you get -

NEW : We've been getting a lot of questions and message regarding adding rewards from different tiers to your orders. So to simplify the process for both you and us, we have created this nifty chart that allows you to determine how much to add to your pledge if you want to include an item from another tier. Don't forget to send us a message to note the change in your order & also note the change in the survey we send out at the end of the Kickstarter campaign.

EDIT : There has been a little confusion about how this works. The listed amount is per reward at each level. Not for both rewards. EX. At $10 you can pick between a print, a sketch OR the e-book

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More Information on the workshop coming shortly! It is going to be held at Gallery Nucleus located in Alhambra,CA on October 20th in the morning.

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An example commission from Victoria. See more examples on her blog at - http://victoriaying.blogspot.com

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An example commission from Victoria. See more examples on her blog at - http://victoriaying.blogspot.com

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Thanks for your time! Let's make this happen!

If you’d like to keep up to date on our project and our work, we’ll be posting updates here -

Twitter:
@michaelyamada
@victoriaying
Blog:
http://mikeyamada.blogspot.com
http://victoriaying.blogspot.comFacebook:ECA-LA

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FAQ

  • All orders of 50 dollars or over will qualify for the prequel book! If you are international you will have to pledge 50 not including shipping. So if you choose the 45 dollar tier, and add 15 for shipping, which will be 60 dollars, it will not qualify for the prequel book unless you add another 5 dollars to you pledge.

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  • Check out our a la carte menu! http://www.extracurricular-activities.net/KS/alacarte.jpg If you would like any of the items listed, please send us a message that you have upped your pledge and we will make sure to make a note on your backer page. When we send out the survey at the end of the campaign that will ask for your shipping address and other details and you can remind us of the a la carte items you have added

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  • Nope! These are for anyone that wants a look into how we think & work. They're great for students & anyone interested in the process of making art & a book.

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    A Signed Copy of Curiosities: An Illustrated History of Ancestral Oddity. 96 pages, hardcover with a cloth spine. MSRP $30 International Orders please add $15

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    FOR STUDENTS 2 - A Signed Copy of Curiosities + An Educational E-Book documenting our process + A Video Photoshop Tutorial + A Set of Photoshop Brushes. International Orders please add $15

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    SHARING IS CARING - Two signed Copies of Curiosities - One for you and one for a friend! + 8.5x11 Kickstarter Exclusive Print. MSRP $70 International Orders please add $20.

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    FOR STUDENTS 3 - A Signed Bookplate Edition of Curiosites + the Educational E-Book documenting our process + Video Photoshop Tutorial + A Set of Photoshop Brushes + A Ticket to our Workshop at Gallery Nucleus on October 20, 2012. International Orders please add $15

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    A Signed Bookplate Edition of Curiosities + A 5x5 Shadow Box Original - A curious kind of insect. International Orders please add $20

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    A Signed Booked Plate Edition Curiosities + Book Dedication - A dedication to you printed in the hardcover art book. International Orders please add $15

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    A Signed Bookplate Edition of Curiosities + An original 9x12 painting on the subject of your choosing + 8.5x11 Kickstarter Exclusive Print. International Orders please add $15

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