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Wild Lives

A series of all-ages short comics inspired by the native wild animals of the UK

Wild Lives

A series of all-ages short comics inspired by the native wild animals of the UK

£867
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67
backers
19hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, October 15 2019 9:30 PM UTC +00:00.

About


The Book

Wild Lives is a collection of comics inspired by wild animals and the interesting ways they live their lives!

Suitable for all ages, each short comic blends fact and fiction together, giving the reader a glimpse into the diet, habitat, lifecycle or conservation status of these animals. Some, I’ll admit, are heavily embellished (unless an otter-hosted cooking show has been broadcast since the time of writing), buuuut that’s all part of the fun.

As well as educating and entertaining, the book encourages empathy towards our furry, feathered, scaled, and exoskeleton-ed friends, and endorses the conservation of our natural spaces, for the benefit of all species for years to come.

So what animals should you hope to meet along the way? Well, let me introduce you to...

The Otter starring in Ottercooked

Learn some new and, let's say "interesting" cooking techniques from this celebrity otter chef!

 The Mole starring in Burrow For Sale

Join our velvety seller as she conducts viewings of her burrow. Will you put in an offer?

The Golden Eagles starring in On a Wing

 Follow this airborne couple's foray into parenthood. It surely can't be that difficult, can it?

The Pipistrelle Bat starring in MoonlightSonar-ta

If you're "as blind as a bat", how do you find food in the dark of night?

The Scottish Wildcat starring in Stripeout

Like most cats, this one's pretty selfish. Can a nature documentarian reason with her?

The Wolf starring in The Highland Horror

Now extinct in the UK, the grey wolf's legendary story is passed down from one pine marten to another...

Each comic is accompanied by a semi-scientific profile for each animal, with additional facts and of course, even more cute illustrations.

The book will be printed as a full-colour A5 size paperback, comprising of 32 pages including covers.

Get the lowdown on every critter before you read their story

Rewards

There are a whole bunch of rewards to choose from, including my previous comic and a carefully curated range of animal patterned stationery, accessories and homeware from my collections on www.emseeitch.com, each with special Kickstarter-only discounts!

Wild Lives - just the book!

Includes a physical copy of Wild Lives, pure n' simple!

The Comics Bundle

Includes a copy of Wild Lives AND my debut fiction comic The Cats That Stared, which is also suitable for all ages.

One day, hundreds of very strange cats invade a town and begin to stalk the locals. Nobody knows where they came from or what they want, and nothing seems to frighten the cats away. All they do is stare…

More info and photos here.

The Otter Bundle - RESTOCKED!

Includes a copy of Wild Lives and a Fotters (Fat Otters) A5 notebook, with lovely thick paper perfect for sketching or taking notes while wildlife spotting! More info and photos here.

The Bat Notebook Bundle - NEW!

Includes a copy of Wild Lives and a Pipistrelle & Honduran Bats A5 notebook, with lovely thick paper perfect for sketching or taking notes while wildlife spotting! More info and photos here.

The Squirrel Bundle

Includes a copy of Wild Lives and a Red Squirrels patterned tea towel, made in the UK and printed on 100% cotton. The perfect kitchen accessory for any animal lover! More info and photos here.

The Fox Tea Towel Bundle - NEW!

Includes a copy of Wild Lives and a Fox Forest patterned tea towel, made in the UK and printed on 100% cotton. The perfect kitchen accessory for any animal lover! More info and photos here

The Bat Bundle

Includes a copy of Wild Lives and a Pipistrelle & Honduran Bats patterned zip case, measuring 200 x 125mm (8 x 5"), suitable for gadgets, art supplies or cosmetics. More info and photos here.


The Squirrel Zip Case Bundle - NEW!

Includes a copy of Wild Lives and a Red Squirrels patterned zip case, measuring 200 x 125mm (8 x 5"), suitable for gadgets, art supplies or cosmetics. More info and photos here.

The Fox Bundle

Includes a copy of Wild Lives and a sturdy, high-quality Fox Forest patterned tote bag, made in the UK with 100% heavyweight cotton. Measures 360 x 400mm (14.1 x 15.7"). Perfect for carrying books or heavy groceries! More info and photos here

 The Complete Woodland Bundle

Includes a copy of Wild Lives and absolutely everything else: a copy of The Cats That Stared, a Fotters (Fat Otters) notebook, a Red Squirrels tea towel, a Pipistrelle & Honduran Bats zip case, and a Fox Forest tote bag!


The Complete Riverside Bundle - NEW!

Includes a copy of Wild Lives and these fabulous extras: a copy of The Cats That Stared, a Fotters (Fat Otters) notebook, a Pipistrelle & Honduran Bats notebook, a Fox Forest tea towel, a Red Squirrels zip case, and exclusive to this bundle only; an Ottering About Cotton Tote Bag!

The Inspiration

Perhaps you're wondering, "How did Wild Lives come to be?"

In March 2019 I whisked myself away from the bright lights of Edinburgh and headed west for a month-long artists’ residency in the peninsula of Morvern. Arranged by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Ardtornish Estate, the residency offered access to the Rahoy Hills Wildlife Reserve, a large and rugged patch of wilderness encompassing ancient woodland, moorland, mountains and lochs as well as the chance to study all the beasties that thrive within. 

View of Rahoy Hills, from Aoineadh Mor

Already a zoology and conservation enthusiast, I was keen to learn as much as possible about my country’s native species, and that I did. I was surrounded by fascinating creatures who lived their lives in both wildly different and sometimes surprisingly similar ways to your average human. The way bats detects their prey using echolocation is a totally alien concept, but striking similarities; the single-purpose “rooms” that a mole constructs in its burrow are much more familiar.

I also wanted to tell entertaining stories and educate others on the importance of wildlife conservation. By giving people a brief insight into these animals’ lives on an individual level; I believe I could deliver a greater understanding of our country’s native animals and encourage a desire to help protect them.

With that in mind, I began designing animal characters, sketched out some thumbnails and typing up scripts...

...And the rest, you'll find out, if you back Wild Lives today!

Forgive me.

Risks and challenges

Most of the work is already done, and during the course of this Kickstarter I'll be finishing up the covers, intro pages and overall design of the book. All going to plan, this will be off to the printers around mid-October. Thought Bubble (the biggest UK comic convention) is just around the corner, so I am aware of the possibility of delays at the printers due to this busy time of year for them. I have stated my expected reward delivery later than expected to account for this.

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