Introductions to each of the Marvelous Menagerie animals are happening every few days in the Kickstarter Updates. Come by and meet Bud's buddies!
Bud the Bunny is an alliterative children's picture book written by me (Heidi Berthiaume) and illustrated by Eisner-nominated Travis Hanson (The Bean, Tanner Jones and the Quest for the Monkey Stone).
Bud is the first in the Marvelous Menagerie series: our plan is to create a total of 26 books using one alliterative animal for each volume to teach each letter of the English alphabet.
In order to let people see all the animals early, this Kickstarter was launched to create coloring postcards for the entire Marvelous Menagerie.
A coloring postcard is a 5" x 7" postcard (90 lb. [235 gsm] card stock) that has a full color front with a glossy finish ... and black-and-white line art back with a matte finish for coloring.
Each member of the Marvelous Menagerie has their own postcard featuring the animal, an accessory (or two), and their related letter of the alphabet!
Since 5" x 7" is a standard greeting card size (A7), it's easy to find A7 envelopes (5 1/4" x 7 1/4") if you want to safely mail your postcard. If you want to show off your coloring skills, 5" x 7" frames in all kinds of styles can be readily found both online and offline.
All artwork was commissioned from Trav, so the same wonderful imagination, style, and quality that is found in the Bud the Bunny book are here on the postcards, as you can see ...
In order to keep the pledge levels as simple and flexible as possible, there are basically only two:
For $3, you get one of any postcard - your choice.
There will be a survey after the campaign ends where you let me know which animal you want.
Free shipping in the US; Canada is +$2; Rest of the World is +$3.
For $35-50, you get a complete set of 26 postcards - one of each animal.
There are 10 full sets available for $35 each [EARLY BIRD! Pledge Level], 10 full sets for $40 each [MIDDAY BIRD! Pledge Level], and 10 full sets for $45 each [LATE BIRD! Pledge Level].
After the quantities listed above have sold out, an unlimited number of full sets are available for $50 each.
Free shipping in the US; Canada is +$5; Rest of the World is +$10.
This is the fun part. :)
No matter which pledge level you select, you can add on as many additional postcards for $2 each as you want - your choice.
Love the tiger with the teddy bear and the yaffle with the yo-yo? Click on the $3 A LA CARTE pledge (1 postcard) then add $2 (1 more postcard) and you're all set (2 postcards total).
Going to spell out a name? I'll use mine as an example: Heidi is 5 letters so 5 postcards, dubbling up on the inchworm art. Click on the $3 A LA CARTE pledge (1 postcard) then add $8 (4 more postcards) and you're all set (5 postcards total).
Decided you're pledging for the whole set and want to hand-pick a few extras? Click on the $50 FULL SET pledge (26 postcards) then add $2 for each additional postcard, and you're all set.
Want to have multiple copies of the same postcard so you can experiment with different color schemes or different kinds of coloring tools? Click on the $3 A LA CARTE pledge (1 postcard) then add $2 for each additional copy, and you're all set.
Additional full sets can be added for $50 each.
PLEASE NOTE: During the Kickstarter campaign, you are just ordering however many postcards you want.
After the Kickstarter ends, there will be a website* for you to choose which letter you want for each of your add on postcards.
* I'm using BackerKit to help me with the add ons, so about 2 weeks after the Kickstarter ends and your money is collected for your pledge (assuming we reach the funding goal - if we don't, no money will be taken), I'll send you a personalized, secure link in an email that will take you to the BackerKit website where you can let me know specifically which letters you want for your add on postcards.
Stretch Goals are funding amounts over and above the initial funding goal that have their own rewards. For this Kickstarter, there are two Stretch Goals:
You can get additional copies of the sketch postcard for $2 each until the end of the campaign - after that, it will not be available as it is a backer exclusive.
At $3000, all backers who have pledged at $3 or more will receive 3 random postcards from the new, lower-case coloring postcard set. As with the original upper-case set, each postcard will have a full color, glossy front and a matte back with black and white line art to color. This new set will feature the same animals but in all new poses for even more coloring fun!
You can get additional copies of any lower-case postcard (your choice) $2 each - and I'll make sure the 3 postcards you get for free are not duplicates. Full lower-case sets can be added for $45 each.
Risks and challenges
All of the artwork for the upper-case set has been delivered and I'll be setting up the files for the printer while this project is running. I've been talking with Trav about the lower-case set and as we get closer to that Stretch Goal, I'll share what we've come up with.
I have run three successful Kickstarter projects (and written a book about it), and will keep all backers informed of what's going on with the project both during the campaign through fulfillment.
The Estimated Delivery Date is December, and while I hope to deliver earlier, packages may arrive in late December ... therefore delivery-in-time-for-Christmas is NOT guaranteed. Thank you for your understanding.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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