Goblin Squad. Fairy Force. Gnome Patrol. Elf Troop. Ogre Brigade. Troll Army.
About The Patch Designs
For this campaign, I used the fantastical nature of these creatures as a launchpad to explore character design, vibrant color palettes and custom hand-lettering in a manner and to a degree far beyond anything I've created for any of my previous 9 Kickstarter patch campaigns.
For past campaigns, my creativity was employed in service to the concepts. For this set, I went with a more open-ended approach to the patch design process. With no overriding concept to fulfill, instead I devoted all my creative energies to explore the character design in extended depth, and with the most dynamic and novel color palettes I could devise.
The design of these patches was initially inspired by the color palettes of the sword and sorcery paintings of Frank Frazetta, my deepening interest in both minimalist design and effective patch design (two mutual aims), and a growing enjoyment in hand-lettering.
As I more deeply explored color palettes, I eventually became inspired by blacklight poster design, which aligned well with the theme and inspired the custom psychedelic hand-lettering used in all the patch designs.
The core patches will not be blacklight-active. There is a limited selection of embroidery thread colors that are UV light reactive (meaning they will glow in backlight). Unfortunately, they do not work well with my designs. However, the campaign-exclusive patch (see below) has been designed to take advantage of these UV-reactive threads, and that patch will indeed glow in blacklight!
The core reward is the 6-patch set of all the Legendary Legion patches. This set includes the following patches: Goblin Squad. Fairy Force. Gnome Patrol. Ogre Brigade. Troll Army. Elf Troop. This pledge and all higher pledges also qualify for all bonus stretch goal items.
There is also a limited edition patch set reward which includes a campaign-exclusive patch — Golem Gang — in addition to the main 6-patch set.
The campaign-exclusive Golem Gang patch will feature UV light reactive thread — in other words, the Golem Gang patch will glow in blacklight!
The final reward includes the main 6-patch set, the campaign-exclusive patch, and a 10-pack of 1.5" pin-back buttons, themed to the campaign art (buttons also available with magnet backing).
The remaining rewards are quantity-based rewards, to allow backers to pick up one or more of the individual patches, or multiples of a single design. Backers at these rewards will be able to choose their patches as part of the backer fulfillment survey after the campaign ends. These rewards do not qualify for stretch goal items.
Stretch goal items are free bonus items added to qualifying reward pledges as the campaign exceeds the core funding goal.
The first stretch goal reward, "Dwarf Division", will be added to qualifying pledges when the campaign funding reaches $5500.
Previous Patches & Multiple Rewards
I will be using a fulfillment service for this campaign which will allow you to pick up patches and other items from previous campaigns. You'll be able to add them to your reward when you fill out your backer survey. You'll also be able to upgrade your patches to custom Velcro backing as part of the closing backer survey, as well as pick up multiple reward sets and items.
If you know you are going to pick up some additional items or multiple rewards, please edit your pledge to include those funds during the campaign! That ensures we reach the funding goal, as well as unlock any stretch goals and bonus items.
Your additional pledge funds will then be credited to your backer survey so you can "spend" them for the additional items.
If you have any questions at all about any of this, please drop me a line via the campaign, or ask in the campaign's comments section. I do my best to reply within the hour if not sooner.
Custom Patch Backing (Velcro etc.)
All patches are available with optional Velcro backing upgrades. You will need to manually add $1.00 per embroidered patch to your pledge amount total to upgrade to Velcro.
*Note that you may need to adjust your pledge to cover the custom backing upgrades for stretch goal patches as they are unlocked.
Who's Behind This Campaign?
This is another artist merchandise project by George Coghill as part of an ongoing wearable art patch and merchandise series featuring creatures, cryptids, legendary beings and mysterious monsters.
All aspects of the campaign — from the concepts, development, art, the Kickstarter campaign, and merchandise production and fulfillment — are all done by me (with a bit of help from friends when it comes to packing & shipping).
Your support of the campaign is directly supporting me as an independent artist. These campaigns not only make these patch sets possible, but give me the inspiration to keep on devoting the extensive time it takes to develop future sets.
I've been a life-long artist of monsters and these campaigns are personal art projects where I aim to fulfill the dream of the 8-year-old monster-fan me who got me started down this path of being an artist in the first place.
My previous patch campaigns featured paranormal and alternative topics such as ghosts, Halloween, Krampus, Ancient Astronauts, Bigfoot, Yeti, Sasquatch, Nessie, UFOs and aliens, Mothman, Chupacabra, and the Kraken -- among many more.
Why Do I Need Your Support?
As with any manufactured items, embroidered patches get more affordable when they are purchased in quantities of 100 or more (and the best price breaks are at quantities of 200 and 500). This campaign allows me to offer you a great deal on some original, artist-designed patches in exchange for your help in ordering these at a quantity that makes them affordable.
As an independent artist, funds are always in much shorter supply than creativity. By supporting this project, you get a set of original embroidered patches at a great price, and I get a small stash of patches to add to my portfolio, my online store and my vendor table artist's merchandise offerings.
This in turn helps me to be able to continue to create more art, and do more of these merchandise campaigns. Your campaign pledges are more than just a pre-order for some merchandise — you're directly supporting me as an independent artist in my quest to be able to devote all my time and energy into creating more artwork and developing more merchandise like this.
The funds go to manufacturing the items, any necessary art supplies, the banking and service fees for the campaign, the packing and shipping materials, as well as the postage.
Below are examples of the embroidered patches from previous campaigns to give you an idea of the quality. I always source the best for every reward item and personally oversee every step of the production.
These are 100% embroidered, top-quality, professionally manufactured patches. I work closely with the manufacturing team and the art department to ensure the colors and designs are translated as ideally as possible from the original art.
And see further below for backer testimonials from previous patch campaigns to hear what backers thought of the patches.
Check out these backer testimonials for the previous "Bigfoot Patrol", "Yeti Squad" and "Sasquatch Brigade" and "Cryptid Command" embroidered patch and membership kit rewards from my earlier Kickstarter campaigns:
"Your attention to detail in the design, manufacturing, and packaging has exceeded any of the 70+ Kickstarter projects that I have backed over the years. My goal for your next project is to be Backer #1 (well at least in the top 20). I can't wait to share my abundance of patches/stickers with family and friends." — Mark K.
"This is one of the most awesome projects I've backed on Kickstarter. The various items are exceptionally well designed and all are very well made. I can't wait to frame the prints and get the patch seen on my backpack!" — John F.
"I received my package 10 minutes ago and it looks AMAZING! The patches are beautiful, magnets also, everything is really good made and beautiful. Thank you for excellent campaign and really really quality products. You really rock big time :)" — Iztok S.
"…I gotta say I'm very impressed by the quality and attention to detail, I posted by loot on Instagram and I had a few DM's from people asking where i got them and how can they get their own? Its pretty cool having something exclusive for the backers. Stoked for your next leg of your journey, George. Congratulations thus far." — Mike F.
"I backed the Yeti Squad patch as well as the Bigfoot Patrol patch. Both high quality items! George was quick to answer questions and was extremely helpful when I wanted to get extra patches for my hiking backpack as well as my friend's pack. Great quality and wonderfully unique items, I'm looking forward to hopefully more mythical creature patches by the same artist (Nessie, sirens, unicorn, phoenix, etc. )" — Danielle P.
YOU'RE THE MAN!!! THESE CAME OUT AMAZING. I have been burned by about 3 of the 5 kickstarters I have backed. NOT THIS ONE. Great turnaround time, price, and responsiveness. George over-delivered on this project to everyone's benefit. Great Kickstarter, I will be waiting on the next set. — Tyler C.
"Man those Bigfoot packages are really great. So exciting to get this today. I can't wait to give one to my buddy. He's gonna really like it. He's a huge Bigfoot buff. The patch looks even better than I thought it would. The detail is awesome." — John W.
"Received the Bigfoot Patrol kits today! Very awesome results. I'm pumped to show off my membership. Thanks!!" — Tony P.
"Hey I got the stuff! Super cool. Nice quality too. Very nice. Great work George. Just great man. Outstanding." — Scott L.
"Got mine today. Wow, they're sweet! Great job, George!" — JT
"Awesome stuff. As I thought the kids love the kit. Everything turned out awesome. Thanks!" — Todd H.
"The quality of the kit is top notch, George. The embroidered patch detail is impressive." — Jenna R.
"Just wanted to tell you I got my reward yesterday. The artwork is awesome and the patches look amazing." — Ted B.
"Fantastic art and quality. I backed the two previous kickstarters and have been extremely happy with them." — Diane S.
"I had no idea what to expect from the Yeti Squad patches, but man did they turn out sharp!! Crisp details and great quality! The thread was even above expectations. Normally you wouldn't care about some of these small details in patches purchased at a retail level. This just shows the effort and care George put into his product." — Michael M.
"Everything was top quality. Really happy and looking forward to the Sasquatch Brigade. Shipping to the UK was fast too! Great job George!" — Stewart C.
"Highly detailed, quality patch. Very satisfied!" —Brad B.
"MY REWARDS ARE HERE!! They are great! The patches are fantastic. The membership cards & window clings are of much higher quality that I anticipated. I'm like a little kid on Christmas!" — Cameron J.
"...my care package from George arrived today, too! Everything is as high quality (or higher!) as you posted in the updates. Awesome! Thank you! — Stephen A.
"Awesome!!!! Just arrived today, they look fantastic!" — Mike C.
"George is an absolutely stellar creator, the product is amazing. George has been really quick in responding and incredibly friendly. I really appreciate all your work man." — Stuart D.
"You came through huge and came through in amazing time... great work!!!" — Mike G.
"Wow! Best Kickstarter project yet. Love your work here!! My nieces in Australia will love them. You've got me hooked on the next Kickstarter already! Thanks very much!!! Love it." — Jeremy P.
"The patches are even more stunning in person than I had imagined - top tier quality, George! Can't wait to put them on the backpack!" — David W.
"I can't believe how gorgeous the patches are! The silhouette ones are incredible as well...it would have been so easy to just colour-fill them, but I love that the fine embroidery is done within the patches to make it resemble a more realistic fur. I can't wait for the next release!" — Angel H.
Future Patches, Kits & Campaigns
You better believe I've got more paranormal patch campaigns in the works: Dragons. Cthulhu. Conspiracy theories. Secret societies. Mythological monsters. Paranormal places. More Halloween and horror.
Become a patron over at my Patreon campaign and help me devote more time to these sorts of creative projects, get access to exclusive development and process sketches as well as early first looks at all upcoming projects, campaigns and merchandise.
Ongoing supporter of Kicking It Forward.
Risks and challenges
The only real risks here are possible delays in manufacturing because those are out of my control. But with nine production runs of patches for previous campaigns already having been produced by the same manufacturer and shipped successfully, I do not envision any major challenges.
There is always the potential for slight delays in the production, and therefore in delivery. At the worst, this would mean a few extra weeks to deliver the rewards.
All the manufacturers did an excellent job for prior production runs with quick turnaround, so I expect the same for this one.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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