Zoe and the Amazocalypse
The story of a young girl searching for the Space Needle, missing amidst Seattle's tech boom, and her newfound monster friend.
Zoe returns to Seattle to find the Space Needle's gone missing amidst the city's high tech growth boom. As she begins her search, she meets the Amazocalypse who befriends her and offers to help.
Zoe and the Amazocalypse is a playful, fun, semi-political e-book for all ages about one girl's search for an iconic city landmark with her new monster buddy. Along the way, they meet a lot of other Seattle residents trying to find their way without the landmark and the city they are used to.
The idea for the Amazocalypse arose from my coverage of Seattle's technology boom. For awhile I'd thought it might be fun to recruit an artist to create a caricature of Amazon's partly monstrous impacts.
I discovered Megan Marie Myer's artwork at a show in Portland and it inspired me to think of Amazocalypse as a lovable, kid-friendly character, like the Wheedle on the Needle. I first learned about Seattle and its Space Needle by reading the Wheedle as a child.
Megan's an incredible illustrator. Here are a few other examples of her work, all of which is currently on display at Portland's JoLa Cafe.
If successfully funded, Zoe and Amazocalypse will be available as an e-book of 32 pages with primarily black and white imagery. However, we'll use additional funding to create more color illustrations.
Please join us. We'd both greatly appreciate your pledged support in completing the book in its entirety. Thank you for your consideration.
We also hope to continue to be able to tell the story of Zoe and the Amazocalypse as their adventures continue beyond Seattle.
- Jeff & Megan
Risks and challenges
We have most of the work ahead well defined and under control.
Certainly, there's always a risk of a lawsuit when you use art and humor to provide commentary on a corporation — that could require us to hire lawyers with funds we don't have to fulfill the project. I'm inspired by what Jeff Bezos recently said to Walt Mossberg, "'Seek revenge and you should dig two graves — one for yourself.' You have to ask yourself how you want to spend your time." (http://www.recode.net/2016/5/31/11826118/jeff-bezos-gawker-peter-thiel)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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