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The crazed personal diary of a mythical adventurer, rumless and marooned on a baffling island.
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WE ARE NOW TRYING TO RAISE £3500!

We have hit our £2000 Kickstarter target, which means we can print our first run of books! This is AWESOME! 

With our remaining time, we are trying desperately to raise enough money to print a larger run of books, so it remains widely available once this Kickstarter is finished.  

If we can raise £3500, we can print lots more books - and distribute them through Apple, Waterstones, Barnes & Noble, Amazon. BlinkBox, Kobo, OverDrive, Google and Scrib’d.

Only you can make it happen for us! Thank you so much yet again!

Mythical adventurer, Alexander McCuba, is a burly, bearded, simple-minded man of the Guild of Adventurers. Whilst on a prestigious quest to harvest the rum of the Great Extravaganza (whatever that is), he attempts to fight the sea - and ends up marooned on a mysterious island.

We have come into possession of his private diary from the island. Entry by baffling entry, it documents his experiences with the curious inhabitants, their bizarre customs and his own struggles with homesickness, madness and lack-of-rum…ness. 

A Rum Run Awry takes McCuba's journal in its purest form (complete with all the original rantings, ravings, scribblings and sketches) and enhances it with 100 pages of glorious illustrations, rumoured to have been painted on the island itself by McCuba’s comrade, Le Yeti.

The result is stupefying.

It looks like Disney on acid!

It reads like the ramblings of a madman!

IT IS the ramblings of a madman!

It's 300+ painstakingly crafted pages of utter madness, beautifully hand-illustrated and entirely unique in the world of print media.

The only way to get a copy of A Rum Run Awry at its special launch price is by pledging money here and now. By doing so, you'll also be helping us get it into bookshops by increasing the number of books we can print. 

This book documents Ed Gamester’s journey through the mind of Darrell Thorpe. 

Darrell has always drawn bizarre creatures and characters. Nobody has ever understood what they are, let alone how they relate to each other. Having worked with Darrell for years, Ed eventually took it upon himself to try and learn about Darrell’s characters, and explain them to the world.

In the Autumn of 2013, finding himself penniless and in dire need of an adventure, Ed quit his job and dived straight into Darrell’s brain.

A year later, he emerged. This book documents his findings.

Your contributions have already made our book a reality, so please - take a peek inside and see what's coming your way:

Along with copies of the book and unique prints, we have managed to persuade Darrell to part with some of his much-loved hand-painted pieces, as rewards for your kind contributions to our Kickstarter. They're all one-off, entirely unique pieces - and this is the first time they have ever been available to the outside world.

We also got Ed to agree to wrestle for your entertainment, and even teach you how to create your own fight scenes

Here are just some of the rewards on offer:

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The content of the book is finished. It's done. It's written, illustrated and annotated.

What we desperately need from you kind people is the funding to send it to the printer. Without that, it will forever exist as a pile o' crumpled pages behind Darrell's desk.

Once we have submitted the files, the printing and cataloguing process should take about a month. If the proof isn't as awesome as it should be, we might have to tweak and resubmit the files - but that should only add a few weeks onto the overall project.

Other than that, the only potential delay would be caused by thousands of you backing the project, at which point we would have to take some holiday and buy an awful lot of stamps.

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    THANKS!

    You are like a stream. Small and steady, but by flowing together with your fellow pounds you shall gather into a mighty volume! (Called Rum Run Awry).

    You will receive our heartfelt thanks. And perhaps blessings, from the Nine Big Faces of the Guild of Adventurers.

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    Limited Edition Kickstarter Poster

    For pledging this kind amount, you shall receive a special, limited edition A4 Kickstarter print on glorious premium paper: paper so hardcore, it hangs out in Card-Only Bars and dares the locals to spill its drink.

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    Signed Kickstarter Triple Print

    Get the Limited Edition Kickstarter print, plus two more superawesome prints, all signed by us with our sincere thanks.

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    A Rum Run Awry

    For your kind support of our book, we'll send you your very own copy: 300 pages of chaotic adventure diary, hand-annotated, gloriously illustrated and bound in hardback - all for a fraction of the RRP.

    It's great for reading, and even better for cudgelling your enemies.

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    FANTASTIC PACK

    This is a sensible investment for your future. For being extra-generous, we will sign your copy of A Rum Run Awry and send it to you with a limited-edition Kickstarter print.

    If one or both of us comes into a degree of infamy, you can re-sell your book for vast, vast profits.

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    UPGRADE TO HERO STATUS!

    Become a heroic supporter of our great adventure, and help us create more works of reassuring chaos.

    For such generosity, ye shall receive a hardback copy of A Rum Run Awry, plus the glorious Kickstarter Triple Print Pack (including the limited edition Kickstarter image).

    Everything will be signed (and probably kissed) by us, with a personal thanks for your kindness in making our book a reality.

    You will also receive our eternal thanks, and know that McCuba himself smiles upon you (not that you can see if behind the beard).

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    The Deuce

    Bad at sharing? Us too. Belay the arguments and get your hands on TWO signed copies of A Rum Run Awry and a Kickstarter Triple Print Pack.

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    Join the Ranks

    Creative Warfare: 1 of 1 artwork, loving handpainted directly onto wood with high quality graffiti inks.

    You'll also get a signed hardback copy of A Rum Run Awry and the limited-edition Kickstarter print.

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    Double Trouble

    Hemisphere: 1 of 1 artwork, loving handpainted directly onto wood with high quality graffiti inks.

    You'll also get a signed hardback copy of A Rum Run Awry and the limited-edition Kickstarter print.

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    Flying Skull: Artist Study

    A Flying Bonehead: 1 of 1 artwork, lovingly handpainted onto A3 recycled card with high quality graffiti inks.

    You'll also get a signed hardback copy of A Rum Run Awry and the limited-edition Kickstarter print.

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    Marv-O: Artist Study

    The Shyest Beastie: 1x1 artwork lovingly handpainted onto recycled card with high quality graffiti inks

    You'll also get a signed hardback copy of A Rum Run Awry and the limited-edition Kickstarter print.

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    Le Yeti: Artist Study

    A Merry Yeti: 1x1 artwork lovingly handpainted onto recycled card with high quality graffiti inks.

    You'll also get a signed hardback copy of A Rum Run Awry and the limited-edition Kickstarter print.

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    Double Header : Artist Study

    Hemisphere in happy mode: 1x1 artwork lovingly handpainted onto recycled card with high quality graffiti inks.

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    Bonehead Krew Skate Deck

    1 of 4 handmade skate decks, hand-painted with your name added or slogan!

    You'll also get a signed hardback copy of A Rum Run Awry and the limited-edition Kickstarter print.

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    Fight Club

    Two tickets to see Ed wrestle at the incomparable Lucha Britannia underground cabaret in Bethnal Green, London.

    Expect insane wrestling and photo opportunities galore! Plus you'll also get a signed copy of the book and a limited edition Kickstarter poster.

    Please note, this is an 18+ event and you'll have to get yourself there and back again. You can choose the exact date from a set list of shows, which will be sent to you.

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    Valley of the Beasts Set

    All 4 Valley of the Beast paintings, each of which is one of one, and loving hand-painted onto wooden boards with high quality graffiti inks.

    You'll also get a signed hardback copy of A Rum Run Awry and the limited-edition Kickstarter print.

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    ACTION!

    A day-long workshop in stage and screen combat for up to 10 people, taught by Ed.

    When he isn't writing, Ed spends most his time pretending to fight and teaching other people how to pretend to fight.

    This workshop will teach you how to make violence look real on stage and on camera. Then you'll use your new skills to create your own fights.

    You'll get the book and poster too, of course.

    Ed will travel to you, so you'll need your own location within a couple of hours of London.

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    A Death By Heroism Original

    What can we offer you in return for such a contribution - not just to our book, but our creative existence?

    We're not sure. But we'll do our best.

    For you, we shall create a completely unique piece of artwork. Choose your subject matter (yourself, a friend, your kid, your pet - whatever you like) and a material (card, canvas or reclaimed wood).

    Based on your subject, Ed will write a piece and Darrell will paint a unique, personalised piece of artwork onto the material.

    Of course, you'll also get a signed copy of A Rum Run Awry, plus the limited-edition Kickstarter print and our awestruck thanks.

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    Death by Heroism

    This pretty much makes you part of the family. As long as you live somewhere in the UK, Ed and Darrell will come and meet you (at your house, workplace, local pub, or random field) and deliver a copy of the book and poster right into the palms of your hands (or hooves, if you are a horse).

    They will then be at your disposal for the day, to help with your own project, go for a nice walk, or just hang out and swap war stories. It's up to you, really.

    Please note: they are tidy, but terrible at cleaning. They have good taste in beer and smell clean and fresh. They can carry heavy loads, but prefer not to.

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