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Edie Ellen Poe, Future Dark Queen of the World.

Edie and Raven will be taking over the world, using reanimated corpses, an overdue spellbook, teddy bears, and a ring of cat-burglars.

Edie Ellen Poe, Future Dark Queen of the World.

Edie and Raven will be taking over the world, using reanimated corpses, an overdue spellbook, teddy bears, and a ring of cat-burglars.

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Funding Unsuccessful
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Last updated April 25, 2015

About

Edie Ellen Poe lives here with Raven, her vampire cat.

Edie and Raven's hobbies include:

  • teddy bear head transplants
  • running a ring of cat-burglars
  • not returning library books
  • taking over the world

Edie hopes to star in her own moving storybook series. 

Stories! That talk! And move! 

Wanna know something interesting? This pilot episode was filmed and sound-recorded largely on cell phones. (Therefore, it is but a taste of the glorious world domination that is to come!)

Here's the Pilot Episode!

Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It: Season 1

So. This moving (and talking) storybook series is created by Martha Hull. That's me. I'm totally responsible for this whole thang. You love it; you hate it - either way, you can blame me.

If we fund this thing, I'm gonna finish writing, make the art for, and do the sound and video editing for Season 1 of of Edie Ellen Poe, consisting of six episodes MINIMUM. Plus, a Kickstarter-exclusive PIxar-esque bloopers mini-episode. That's right! A special super-secret mini-episode just for you, because that's how much I love you. 

These Might Be Episodes:

  • The Little Girl Who Lives in the Cemetery  
  • The Pied Kitten of Hamlin  
  • The Wormhole Ate My Sandwich: an overdue spellbook, a closet, and peanut butter sandwich.
  • A Very Edie Ellen Poe Halloween Birthday Special  
  • Home Sweet World Domination Center
  • Catburglars ‘R Us
  • The Bat Cave (No, not THAT Bat Cave.)
  • Poe to Poe; a young Eddie Allan Poe pays a visit.
  • FrankenEdie
  • The Dolls on Dead Hill
  • A Dress with Flowers on It. Origin story. Involves a funeral parlor and a heist.

Here's a Map.

Some More Awesome Things This Series Will Contain:  

Stuff on this map. Stuff NOT on this map (imagination stuff!) Maybe some cows. Also, a skeleton who jumps rope.

Anyone else grow up in dairy country?
Anyone else grow up in dairy country?

WTF is a "moving storybook?"

It's part read-aloud picture book, part voice-acted animation, part stick puppet theater. Everything is better on a stick. You know it's true.

Oh, look! Splatters! The images are hand-painted?! Cool.

Tell me about the Rewards Goodies!

New reward level! Check it out! For a $50 pledge, you will get a special 7" x 9" softcover commemorative book of Teddy Bears, the pilot episode of Edie Ellen Poe. This will be a special edition available through Kickstarter only. All pledge levels $55 and up will get the book automatically!

Necklace: There's gonna be a necklace. In STEEL. Yep.

Prints: Then, there's the Kittens of the Apocalypse!

Just like the one hanging above Edie's bed!
Just like the one hanging above Edie's bed!

Tell me another reason this is cool.  

I'm a girl (well, I was one when I was really short.) Tim Burton. Edward Gorey. Charles Addams. Neil Gaiman. Not girls. You get it.

Who is this appropriate for?

Do you know this phrase? "They're creepy and they’re kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They’re all together ooky..." It's appropriate for you.

Books What I Made

I have self-published two books. (These are made of good old fashioned "paper.")

Death's Daughter and the Basket of Kittens is a coming of age tale about the Grim Reaper's daughter, Belladonna, and her four death-absorbing kittens: Strife, Pestilence, Famine, and Fluffy. I made this with the help of 190 cool apocalyptic cats who funded my first Kickstarter!  

No kittens are harmed in this book. Everyone else is fair game.
No kittens are harmed in this book. Everyone else is fair game.
This looks like trouble.
This looks like trouble.
Death. Kittens. Basket. The trifecta.
Death. Kittens. Basket. The trifecta.

Untimely Death Alphabet, published in September 2011, is a collection of cautionary tales of small children about to meet their untimely demises, told in pictures in the shapes of letters of the alphabet.

My, what a big cover you have, my dear!
My, what a big cover you have, my dear!
This picture brought to you by the letters Y and F. (They're the shy ones.)
This picture brought to you by the letters Y and F. (They're the shy ones.)

I love print books. But I wanted to see some stories moving around! So - MOVING picture books! Science!

The Money. Really?

Really. 

I put off figuring out how much this was going to cost until the last minute because I knew it was going to scare the sh*t out of me. (My least favorite kind of horror!) It still does. It's a lot for someone's first foray into a new medium. But I thought a season should have at least six and a half episodes. You deserve no less. So here we are.

Labor Costs

These Kickstarter funds would make the it possible for me to make a full season of Edie Ellen Poe. Basically, you are hiring an extremely small production company. Named Martha. My salaried rates are fantastic. I love eating beans and working weekends.

Supplies

I need a non-shitty video camera for the puppetry sequences. My phone kinda worked for this pilot, but... let's face it, this pilot episode is not going to make it onto an iMax screen. 

I also need microphones for Edie (whose voice lives in a different time zone from me) plus Raven t (whose Transylvanian accent is slaughtered by yours truly.) Plus more pixel real estate (AKA hard drives).

Prizes! I mean, rewards!

Gotta make 'em. Gotta ship 'em. You deserve no less.

Uncle Sam.

Auntie Oregon.

Kickstarter. They take a cut. You knew that, right? It's substantial (8.5-ish% of it all) but without them, you and I would be meeting in that back alley behind the pizza shop. The one that smells like dog poo? 

Let the diabolical fun begin!

Apocalyptic, maniacal love to you!
Apocalyptic, maniacal love to you!

Risks and challenges

I have some experience doing sound and video editing and animation. I have worked through most of the learning curves using newer versions of the software, so I believe this presents no major obstacles.

I have art making and story telling skills. And a vision. And tenacity, and a knack making things work. And making them attractive and funny.

The biggest challenge is that things could take longer than I think. I'm no fool to think I've learned everything there is to learn, but I'm trying to be realistic.

About the goodies: I have administered one Kickstarter's rewards (for Death's Daughter and the Basket of Kittens) successfully (and learned a few things about envelopes and shipping along the way) so I think that part isn't likely to have too many snags.

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    JUMP INTO THE SWAMP OF DESPAIR

    Your name will be read live in a thank you Google Hangouts broadcast.

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    PIXELS OF NO RETURN (lots of digital goodies)

    A digital copy of the the jelly spell from Edie Ellen's overdue spellbook, 3 HD computer wallpapers + a ringtone!

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    A STICKY SITUATION - (bloopers & stickers)

    Access to Kickstarter-backers only EXCLUSIVE "bloopers" mini-episode! PLUS - Real live sticker multi-pack (in the MAIL!)

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    WALLS OF DOOM (2 prints!)

    8" x 10" print of Edie's "Kittens of the Apocalypse" poster PLUS - map of Edie's boundless world on 8.5" x 11" parchment-style paper.

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    YOU LOOK GREAT IN BLACK (t-shirt)

    T-shirt. Black, of course. In masculine or feminine-cut. Printed by women in glasses and men with beards in Portland, OR.

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    MMM... SHINY (spooky bling)

    Replica Edie Ellen bat-wing death's head necklace. Chunky 'n appropriate for dudes who wear necklaces as well as the ladies. Matte-finish nickel-free steel with adjustable black leather strap. Crafted in Portland, OR.

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    SPELLBOUND

    Original art! Hand-decorated and signed Jelly Spell from Edie's overdue spellbook.

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    YOUR OWN PERSONAL VAMPIRE

    Raven and Edie will do the outgoing message on your phone.

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    DR. FRANKENSTEIN, I PRESUME

    A one-of-a-kind original upcycled Teddy "bear," saved via head transplant by Martha Hull, with assistance from Lenore and Annabel Lee.

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    GRAVEYARD SINGALONG

    You, immortalized, on a gravestone in the intro sequence for the entirety of Season 1.

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    WHAT A DOLL

    A hand-made one-of-a-kind Lenore/Annabel Lee doll, made by Martha Hull.

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    YOU COMPLETE ME

    A walk-on voice role in a Season 1 episode!

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