We think everyone can agree, space is pretty cool. We’ve all heard the amazing stories of the first men in space, the men who landed on the moon and the men who’ve lived the longest off the planet. But none of these brave men would have gotten there without the leadership and expertise of some of the most brilliant women most of us have never even heard of.
That’s why we're making “Launch Ladies.” A beautifully illustrated board book for children, introducing them to all the brave, bold women of the space program’s past, present and future. And, for those of us with kids, we're excited to share all the space stories we’ve grown up loving, through a slightly different frame.
We've got an unbelievable list of women spanning from the inception of NASA all the way up to those leading programs that will take us to Mars and beyond.
To us, this is the important story of women’s courage and brilliance that kids so often don’t hear when we they learn about space. We want to change that.
So this is where we need your help! We’ve gotten a great start. Leila has pulled together an amazing list of women we want to share, Jamey is finalizing the story and layout as we speak, and Lydia has a solid start on a handful of the book’s spreads, but we’ve still got to finish the book AND get it produced.
We have an American manufacturer lined up to print the books for us, but their minimum order is in the thousands, so it’s going to take a hefty amount of time and money to get this project… launched.
We know we can’t be the only ones out there who want to see this book take off. So we’re counting on all you space nerds out there to help us make this happen.
You can check out a few sample pages and other additional information below.
Together, we can make this happen.
Thank you SO MUCH for your support!
This will look spectacular on your jumpsuit.
A die cut embroidered patch to iron on your backpack!
Limited Edition Print
A framable 12x18 high quality print.
We're working with our friends at Angel Bomb Press to get a beautiful letterpressed version of the poster artwork, at an 8x10 sizing. We're working out the details now, so a preview will be coming soon.
Personalized, Signed Book
We'll send you a copy of the book signed by Jamey, Leila & Lydia. Send us your kiddo's name(s) and we'll make sure we leave them a special little note on the inside.
STRETCH GOAL #1 - $11,000
So this thing is really taking off. We're well over 100% funded, so why not keep the party going. If we hit the $11,000 mark, anyone who's backed above the $5 mark will get this fancy little 1" Moon Enamel Pin, made from the artwork on the Margaret Hamilton spread of the book. How lovely!
Risks and challenges
The hardest part of the project is mostly done. We've got the story, we've got most of the illustrations, heck, we're even getting a digital print prototype with the production house we're planning to use. That being said, we have NOT seen what the books will look like offset print. Proofs won't come until after we place our order. Our assumptions are that they will look better than the digital one-off prototype we have, but we won't know that until well see a proof.
Also timing. We're aiming to get these done by late spring, early summer at the latest, but getting them in our hands, packed and shipped on to you will take between 6-7 weeks from the time we place the order. We're hoping to place the order as soon as funds clear at the end of the campaign, so end of April/beginning of May.
All things considered, having done a digital printed prototype with this production house once before, we're confident it will all go smoothly and we'll have an amazing product in your hands by summer.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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