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A collection of short stories by Jake Parker, beautifully printed with a hard cover binding.

I'm Jake Parker and I want to publish a collection of short comic stories I've been writing and drawing over the past 8 years. I'll need $6,000 to make a nice hardcover full color book, so I'm coming to Kickstarter to get the funds to pay for this. Thanks for your time and please consider pledging to help fund this project. If you'd like to keep up with this project and my work I'll be posting updates here:

Twitter: @mrjakeparker
Blog: www.mrjakeparker.com

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For the last 13 years I’ve been working as an artist on everything from toy commercials to feature films. For 5 years I worked in feature animation on the films Horton Hears a Who, Ice Age III, and Rio. I've also written and drawn my own graphic novel series, Missile Mouse, published by Scholastic imprint, Graphix. In between all that I've drawn several short stories which I want to collect in a book.

My book is called The Antler Boy and Other Stories and all of the stories were previously published in other comic anthologies like Flight or Out of Picture. Some are out of print and it'd be hard to track them all down so I thought it’d be great to collect them all in one book.

Here are the 9 stories in the book:

Hugo Earhart - One of the first comic stories I did. It's about a boy taking on responsibilities that are a bit over his head and his rising to the task and proving himself worthy. It’s got a flying whale and cool airships; what more could you want?

The Robot and the Sparrow - A tale about the unlikely friendship of a sparrow and a robot. At its core though, it’s about losing someone you love and dealing with that.

Lucy Nova Space Explorer - Lucy gets herself in and out of trouble in two (two!) stories on strange alien worlds. These stories are also peppered with some impressive cutaway drawings of the creatures she encounters and technology she uses.

Missile Mouse: The Guardian Prophecy - Missile Mouse crash lands on a planet to find he's just the guy to help save a small village from a monster...or is he?

The Star Thrower - My irreverent take on the inspirational story of the same name.

The Antler Boy - The title story about a boy who finds out his curse might actually be more of a blessing.

Checkers - A story about a girl who just wants to play a game of checkers.

Secret of the Space Cave - Lastly I’m doing a brand new 18 page comic just for this book about a curious space explorer and a pilot-for-hire who discover a space cave that holds nothing less than the answers to life. Oh, and those answers are nothing like what our explorers expect.

Sketchbook Section - The book will also have a healthy section of sketches and notes about the stories in the back. You'll see the ideas that didn't make the cut and ideas that evolved into the finished stories.

All new color - A handful of these stories have never seen color so I’ll be giving them the proper coloring treatment for the book. It’s been a lot of fun to breathe some new life into them this way.

Size - All of the stories, plus the sketchbook section, plus all the miscellaneous other pages should bring this book to the 140-150 page range. It will be 10.2 inches tall by 6.6 inches wide, roughly your average graphic novel dimensions.

Let's talk money - I need $6,000. I want this to be a nice, full color, hardcover book. I found a reasonably priced printer who does some beautifully printed books. That amount will cover all printing expenses, proofs, shipping overseas, and miscellaneous expenses like software to build the book, shipping it out to buyers, and the fees associated with Kickstarter.

EDIT: As of Tuesday April 24, I added the Antler Boy eBook to every pledge of $25 and up. I talk about that here.

Here's what you get:

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More info about the SPACECAVE ONE sketchbook here.

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They look nice, here's one framed for my daughter's room.

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Thanks for taking a moment to check out my Kickstarter project. You can follow updates here and also follow me on twitter and my blog where I’ll be sharing my progress on putting the book together. 

Twitter: @mrjakeparker
Blog: www.mrjakeparker.com

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