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The Journey of Teddy and Marla is a fully illustrated children's book. A lost girl befriends a kitten on her search to get back home.
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A little info about me and the book...

My name is Jon and I go by the pseudonym GODSTEETH Illustration when sharing my artwork online. I work mainly as a freelance Illustrator and Print Maker.

The Journey of Teddy and Marla is a fully illustrated children's book. It follows a lost girl, Marla, as she searches for a way back home. The book will also feature my childhood kitten, Teddy, who accompanies Marla throughout her journey.

The book will include 60 fully illustrated pages, with the possibility of more pages to be added later in the campaign. It will explore themes of loss and grief with a subtle approach, whilst maintaining an uplifting narrative. 

A mock up of the front and back covers of the book
A mock up of the front and back covers of the book

A little info about Teddy...

In many ways this is a very personal project for me. Teddy was my favourite childhood kitten and he sadly died whilst he was still a little baby. On the evening of his demise, my mother had called me downstairs so I could spend time with my him in what were to be his final hours. He passed away peacefully in my hands. I buried him in my front garden, dressing him inside his favourite red sock as if he was in a sleeping bag. 

Although my story may be considered a sad one, I wanted to use that energy to channel something positive from it whilst honouring Teddy's memory and immortalising him within my book. 

My only photo of Teddy. Look at how fluffy he was! Swooooon
My only photo of Teddy. Look at how fluffy he was! Swooooon

 

  • 60 pages
  • Hardcover
  • A family friendly story
  • Each page is illustrated
  • Black and white illustrations 
  • Square in shape
  • 8.26'' x 8.26'' in size
  • Professionally printed by a reputable printing company
  • Shipped worldwide from the United Kingdom
  • Estimated date for dispatch is around June-July 2018
An overview of the various tiers available
An overview of the various tiers available

 

 The Journey of Teddy and Marla will contain at least 60 hand drawn pen and ink illustrations. Original pages from the book will be available to purchase in certain reward bundles. The pages you receive will be selected at random. All pages are drawn with brush pens on bristol board.

An original illustration from the book
An original illustration from the book

 A Limited Edition hand printed T-shirt will be available for purchase through certain bundles in the campaign. I'm a self-taught screen printer and have been successfully producing and selling t-shirts for over 3 years. The t-shirt is available in many sizes and will be printed using a black water-based ink. I only ever print on ethically produced t-shirts supplied by Continental. They're made from 100% cotton and are fair trade t-shirts. The final t-shirt colour may vary slightly from the image shown, depending on my supplier's stock levels. I do have fairly large amounts of blank stock already, but I will keep people posted on this as the campaign progresses.

Mock up design of the T-shirt. The final t-shirt colour may vary slightly depending on my suppliers stock
Mock up design of the T-shirt. The final t-shirt colour may vary slightly depending on my suppliers stock

Where I'm at with the project so far...  

I'm roughly 50% in to completing the book which is why I've chosen to have the campaign open for 28 days. This should give me ample time to finish drawing the remaining pages and compile them all so I can send the final version to my printers. I ask for your help with the printing costs. 

For transparency, I aim to get 500 copies of this book made. I will need to raise the funds quoted in order to achieve this. Any support is appreciated. Shares on social media, good old fashioned word of mouth... the more support I receive, the bigger the chance I can get this project launched.

Previously related projects...  

I've self-published two smaller books in the past year. Furthermore, I screen printed and sold over 300 Ltd Edition T-shirts and Sweaters featuring Teddy in January this year. Some photos of the past related projects are shown below.

Previously related projects including hand printed sweatshirts, t-shirts and an illustrated book
Previously related projects including hand printed sweatshirts, t-shirts and an illustrated book

When will payment be taken?   

Please remember that payment will be taken at the end of the campaign, so please keep this in mind! Please make sure you account for this in your monthly budget otherwise your payment will decline. I wouldn't want you to miss out.

Will there be stretch goals?  

Indeed! I have a few planned but let's see if we can get this off the ground first.

Acknowledgements and further links to my work

The song used in the project video is called 'Snowdonia' and is performed by Mechanical Owl. Permission for use was kindly given and I can't thank Mike enough! Lovely track.

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STRETCH GOAL ADDED - THANK YOU, EVERBODY!
STRETCH GOAL ADDED - THANK YOU, EVERBODY!

 

Risks and challenges

Although this is my first Kickstarter project, I have been successfully producing and selling artwork and bespoke merchandise to a growing customer base for over 6 years.

I have full confidence in my abilities since I have been working within these fields for many years now. I usually screen print t-shirts and other products on a weekly basis and I draw almost every day. I have been planning this particular project for at least 6 months. Full communication will be upheld throughout and following the duration of this project.

Projections are as follows (estimated)
- Campaign ends early April 2018
- Completion of book by mid-late April 2018
- Postcards/Prints/Book/ sent to printers in late April 2018
- Production of T-shirts completed by early-mid May 2018
- Books/postcards/prints received mid-late May 2018
- Books and lower tiers begin shipping late May to Early June 2018
- Books and T-shirt related bundles begin shipping Early June 2018
- Private commissions completed throughout remainder of June and possibly in to early July 2018
- Final high tier bundles shipped late July to early August 2018

Please be aware that the shipping time is estimated to be begin within the months of June and July 2018. Some of the more bespoke bundles I'm aiming to ship throughout late July to early August 2018 as extra time will be needed to complete things like the private commissions.

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    Pledge £5 or more About US$ 6

    Postcard Set

    - One Set of 3 double-sided A6 postcards
    Each card measures 4.13 x 5.83 inches
    330gsm card with small print on reverse

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    A4 Print

    - One A4 print of Teddy and Marla which is exclusive to the campaign.
    High quality print on heavy weight matte paper
    Each print is A4 in size (8.3" x 11.7")

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    ''I got there first'' earlybird books

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    - One copy of the book.
    Please note that these are NOT signed.

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    Signed copy of the book

    - One signed copy of the book.

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    Just the T-shirt

    A hand printed unisex T-shirt

    These t-shirts will be individually hand printed by me using water based inks. The t-shirts are ethically manufactured (Continental brand)

    Available in the following sizes:
    XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL

    I will contact you via a survey to determine your required size once the campaign is finished.

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    Dream Team - 2 signed copies of the book

    - 2 Signed copies of the book.
    One for you, one for your cat. Both signed.

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    More than just a book Bundle

    - One signed copy of the book
    - The postcard set
    - A4 print exclusive to the campaign
    - Hand drawn doodle inside the book

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    Hand Printed T-shirt and the book

    - One signed copy of the book
    - Hand printed Unisex T-shirt

    These t-shirts will be individually hand printed by me using water based inks. The t-shirts are ethically manufactured (Continental brand)

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    XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL

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    Pledge £75 or more About US$ 94

    Teddy's Limited Collection

    - One signed copy of the book
    - The postcard set
    - A4 print exclusive to the campaign
    - Hand drawn doodle inside the book
    - Hand printed Unisex T-shirt

    These t-shirts will be individually hand printed by me using water based inks. The t-shirts are ethically manufactured (Continental brand)

    Available in the following sizes:
    XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL

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    Limited to 100!
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    Original Illustration Package

    - One signed copy of the book
    - The postcard set
    - A4 print exclusive to the campaign
    - Hand drawn doodle inside the book
    - Hand printed Unisex T-shirt
    - Original illustration from the book! The page you receive will be randomly selected.

    These t-shirts will be individually hand printed by me using water based inks. The t-shirts are ethically manufactured (Continental brand)

    Available in the following sizes:
    XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL

    I will contact you via a survey to determine your required size once the campaign is finished.

    Limited to 50!
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    Immortalise My Cat Package

    - One signed copy of the book
    - The postcard set
    - A4 print exclusive to the campaign
    - Hand drawn doodle inside the book
    - Hand printed Unisex T-shirt
    - Original illustration from the book! The page you receive will be randomly selected.
    - Private Commission. I will draw your cat in a scene with Teddy & Marla from the book. An original ink drawing on bristol board (black & white only). This will be A4 in size (8.3 x 11.7 inches). If you have any questions about the commission process, please don't hesitate to contact me.

    I rarely do private commission work, so this is a perfect time to take advantage of that.

    These t-shirts will be individually hand printed by me using water based inks. The t-shirts are ethically manufactured (Continental brand)

    Available in the following sizes:
    XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL

    I will contact you via a survey to determine your required size once the campaign is finished.

    Limited to 10 slots!
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Funding period

- (28 days)