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$15,272
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
374
backers
8days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, August 28 2019 3:12 PM UTC +00:00.

About

The book is finally here!! It's been a long time coming, but after 2 years, Dani and Ramen: A Nomad's Tale VOL.1 is finally complete!

Many of you have been waiting with baited breath for this moment. A full 12 chapters, and 280 pages of pure cartoony goodness. 

This is the first of a thrilling saga, telling the story of two young heroes- a frog and a red panda on a quest to avenge their home, and eventually, save the world!

It begins the way any story should, with gathering some yams. But as they return home to cook those delicious sweet potatoes up, they discover their home is completely in shambles, and their trees have been taken!!

In an impulsive decision, Dani (our main hero) decides they must find who's responsible for this devastation. How can they just rebuild knowing there's a lunatic out there taking trees that don't belong to them!? But along they way, they'll run into monsters, bandits, wizards, helpful allies, friends and mentors.

Our characters are determined, unwavering, hungry and emotional. But most importantly, they're total and complete dorks. But that won't stop them from becoming the strongest and most fearsome dorks they can be.

Volume one establishes and gives you a taste of the quest, but doesn't even touch on the severity of who they're up against. This tale is a long one, but it's worth being told.

A great number of you have read much of this story online (up to chapter 7), and if you've enjoyed my work on the story so far, you'll love seeing it in print.

It's 280 fully-colored pages, 12 and a half chapters, and only the beginning.

Here's the breakdown of all of the rewards. Every reward after the digital PDF copy will include the physical book.

 How will your money be spent?

Printing the books is far and away the most expensive part of the process. But in addition to that, it costs money to ship the books here from China, as well as order all of the postcards, posters and stickers. Not to mention the 10% that Kickstarter scoops up.

Any additional money will go towards future issues of the Dani and Ramen series. Here's a sort of breakdown on roughly where the dollars will be utilized.

As for the timeline, I've estimated all of the rewards should be in your mailboxes by September of this year. I've already gotten a head start on ordering the copies of the books, so all that would be left is getting together the rest of the rewards, packing them up, and shipping them off!

Disclaimer: I began the process of ordering the books over two months ago, so that they'll be on my doorstep by the time the kickstarter is over, and out to the backers as quickly as possible. The purpose of this campaign is to make back the money I've already spent ordering the books, as well as get started on the production of volume 2 :)

And for packaging, this time I've decided to go with small ULINE boxes, as they provide more support and protection for the books and prints.

I'm not going to talk in the third person, it weirds me out. But I've been working very hard the last few years on this book, and even started my own publishing studio (FishDog Studios LLC) in order to publish it. I'm so elated and excited to be at this stage of the process I can hardly contain myself.

As for credentials, I've worked for a bit as a character designer on TV studios, board game companies, card games, and even video games. I love cartoons and if you'd like to see more or learn more, feel free to check out my website:

www.jakemorrisonart.com

Incidentally, this also isn't my first kickstarter campaign, earlier this year I successfully funded my first two zines Cohabitate and What Really Matters.

Why Dani and Ramen?

As you may have guessed, the story of Dani and Ramen has an environmental message, which is something I have strong feelings about. I wanted to tell a story that has real meaning, in addition to being goofy and fun. There's a gravity to it that lies beneath the facade of cute characters and bubbly personalities.

This book is not only for kids, but for anyone who craves a narrative that's backed by earth-conscious ideals and values.

Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing system meaning if I don't meet the goal, I don't get any of the money to help bring this project to life. So please show your support if this is something that you're interested in. And help spread the word if you can!

If you've made it this far, thank you so much for reading! This project means a lot to me and I hope it can bring meaning to others as well. 

THANK YOU!

Risks and challenges

This is my second kickstarter, and while that doesn't make me a pro quite yet, it certainly qualifies me to know my own challenges and shortcomings. I will be handling the fulfillment myself, which proved to be a challenge before, but that was only because I was unfamiliar with shipping bulk orders. If any challenges should arise, I'll be sure to post an update and let everyone know as soon as possible what the hangup is.

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    THE ETHEREAL

    Everything listed in THE WARRIOR tier, plus you will be turned into a bystanding character in the next volume of Dani and Ramen: A Nomad's Tale. You will be contacted by the Author/ Artist and drawn as an animal character of your choice when this campaign is over. LIMITED TO THE FIRST 10.

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