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Last updated July 13, 2016

Zoe and the Amazocalypse: Daddy, Where's the Space Needle?

Zoe goes searching for the Space Needle after it disappears amidst Seattle's massive growth. Then, she meets the Amazocalypse...

Zoe and the Amazocalypse: Daddy, Where's the Space Needle?

Zoe goes searching for the Space Needle after it disappears amidst Seattle's massive growth. Then, she meets the Amazocalypse...

$1,058
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 8 2016 3:46 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 13, 2016

About

An illustrated book for children (and adults) about one girl's search for an iconic city landmark with her new monster buddy. Approximately 32 pages.

"Daddy, Where's the Space Needle?"

Zoe returns from summer camp to discover the Space Needle's gone missing. Scanning from the familiar perch of her apartment balcony, all she sees is tall, homogenous new office buildings and luxury apartments. She asks her dad, "where's the Space Needle?" He tells her, "somewhere along the way, we kinda lost it."

Thus begins Zoe's search for the city's iconic landmark. Along the way she meets Amazocalypse (and his dog Prime)! 

The monster is shocked to learn its existence has contributed to the Space Needle's disappearance and harmed the city. Determinedly, Amazocalypse vows to help Zoe find it.

Amazocalypse Begins Helping Zoe Search for the Space Needle
Amazocalypse Begins Helping Zoe Search for the Space Needle

This is the story of their hunt for the Space Needle and their friendship. Along the way, they meet a lot of other Seattle residents trying to find their way without the landmark they are used to.

A Children's Book in the Making

I'm Jeff Reifman and I've written popular essays about challenges from Seattle's unprecedented technology and construction boom. Crises in affordability, traffic, diversity (even dating!) — you can't avoid these unless you're likely male and earning more than $100,000 annually, and even that won't protect you from it all.

I've recruited the talented Northwest artist Megan Marie Myers to create illustrations for the story.

Megan Marie Myers at Work
Megan Marie Myers at Work

Megan's work is beautiful and playful. All her images for this book are hand painted (some people mistake her work as digital, it's not!)

Work of Megan Marie Myers
Work of Megan Marie Myers

The story is mostly complete but only one of the images has been finished. With your support, we're going to knock this out of the park and help Zoe and Amazocalypse use their charm to raise consciousness and drive discussion of all kinds of important issues. This will just be episode one.

The project requires a lot of work — illustration, layout, logistics and fulfillment. Since we're each the kind of people who like to deliver and not disappoint, we will commit to complete reward fulfillment by the end of January 2017, however, we will try our best to get things done sooner if possible (maybe, just maybe in time for holiday gift giving.) 

We both greatly appreciate your support (and so do Zoe, Amazocalypse and Prime!)

A Look at Megan's Work on the Story

During the initial phase of their work together, Myers sketched several versions of the Amazocalypse concept. We both quickly agreed that the first was best. If you want to see other Amazocalypse concept sketches, they're included in the $70 pledge level.

Here are some early sketches of several scenes from the book. These were just for us to discuss concepts and choose a scene for the first full color illustration.

Below, Zoe takes a break near the emerging biodomes pulling out her tablet to review her search strategy. Curious about this young heroine, Amazocalypse wanders up and peers over her shoulder.

Amazocalypse asks Zoe, "What are you doing?"
Amazocalypse asks Zoe, "What are you doing?"

The color image at very top of this page is the moment in which he realizes he's been a big part of Seattle's unprecedented growth — growth so fast that no one knows where the Space Needle is anymore. He's eager to help Zoe find it, which you can see at the first sketch near the top of the page.

Amazocalypse has a sidekick, his pet dog, Prime:

Amazocalypse's dog Prime
Amazocalypse's dog Prime

 The Creative Process

Megan emailed me sketched concepts of four Amazocalypse "monster" ideas. We each fell in love with the first:

The First Sketch of Amazocalypse
The First Sketch of Amazocalypse

Megan excels at illustrating children and their landscape and Zoe embodies this:

Amazocalypse's Hand with Zoe for Scale
Amazocalypse's Hand with Zoe for Scale

 My primary feedback for Megan was, more buildings! more drones!

A Sketch of the Initial Image
A Sketch of the Initial Image

Megan's Painting Process

Here's how the sketch above turned into the beautiful color image at the top of your page.

Megan's Workshop Setup
Megan's Workshop Setup

 

Painting Begins
Painting Begins

 

Amazocalypse Appears
Amazocalypse Appears

 

 

We debated whether the badge should be pinned or a lanyard. Visually, this works best but mostly in the real world I've seen guys with lanyards around their neck:

 

The final image with details for all the buildings is at the top of your page.

Please Join Us

We'd both greatly appreciate your pledged support in completing the book entirely. Thank you for your consideration.

- Jeff & Megan

Risks and challenges

There's a lot of artwork and detail that will go into the storybook. It will require a lot of time to get right. Book layout and production are new to each of us. But, we're confident we can do this with your support.

Ordering the books and e-books will also require time and up front financial resources. Fulfillment of all the rewards will take time and require logistical effort.

Certainly, there's always a risk of a lawsuit when you use art and humor to critique 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)

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