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An alphabet book for girls and boys in the glorious Victorian Era that could have been.

WELCOME to the fusion of the Victorian era and futuristic technology presented as a children's book. Each letter of the alphabet will depict a steampunk, historical aspect and/or archetype of the future past - the perfect picture book for steampunk enthusiasts and curious children!

The hardback book will have a color cover with spot gloss, 32 full color pages on heavy finish paper, color end papers and include a glossary for each letter of the alphabet. It will be approximately 7 by 9 inches.

New Update: Coloring Books Added!

A black/white coloring book to go with the original Steampunk ABC is the perfect addition! A hard copy of it and/or PDF version have been added to certain reward tiers and you have the option of adding it (or multiple copies) to your previous pledge. Check out Update 5 for the full details! Don't forget - everyone who pledges at the $21 Huckster level or higher will receive the bookmark below.

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BE a PATRON of the ARTS

REWARDS range from a wallpaper of the book's end papers to imagining yourself as Dorian Gray, where I will paint your portrait befitting the steampunk aesthetic. You can get a print of your favorite letter illustration and your copy of the book signed. Extra bonuses like the Early ABCs black/white sketches and original 4 by 6 inch watercolor postcard sketches are only available during this campaign.Check out the details on the right!

FROM the CREATOR, Karen Luk

I AM a freelance illustrator and art instructor. I've previously self-published comics and this will be my first children's book endeavor. My art work has been exhibited at Google and featured at the Cartoon Art Museum as the Small Press Spotlight. At the Charles M. Schulz Museum, I was a Cartoonist-in-Residence.

I was inspired to make the Steampunk ABC book to share my vision of the steampunk aesthetic. Creating this book is a challenge of my digital skills and imagination and I hope you can be part of it!

Seventy percent of $9000 will be used to print the book in hardcover and cover shipping freight. The remaining money will cover production costs for Kickstarter rewards, Kickstarter and payment fees, taxes and shipping to you. The listed reward tiers include shipping for USA pledges. For international supporters, please add the requested amount to cover shipping.

THANK YOU for YOUR SUPPORT!

Video animation and editing: Brian Kolm, Atomic Bear Press

Video music: Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech

FAQ

  • Yes, you can! Just increase your pledge with the reward tier amount and then send me a message with the new total and the extra reward tier name. Exceptions for adding tiers are if the reward level is sold out and the Shop Owner level. Kickstarter has a 10 single item limit for rewards. For the coloring book add on, please indicate the PDF and/or how many copies you want along with your increased pledge. Thanks!

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  • Possibly! Right now, I'm focusing on completing the work for the print version. At this time, the PDF version will only be offered through this campaign.

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    BROWSER. Wallpaper of the end papers from the book for your computer.

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    CLERK. PDF of the finished book with your name in it as a supporter and wallpaper of the end papers from the book.

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    TUTOR. To properly educate, 3 hard copies of the coloring book are available. Add $15 for international orders. This reward is excluded from the reward tiers stating, "all rewards from previous tiers" because is it a later reward addition. **Already pledged and interested in getting the coloring book or want more info? Check out Update #5 for more details and to add a PDF or hard copy of the coloring book to your reward level.**

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    HUCKSTER. Autographed hard copy of the book for early backers! Includes the wallpaper end papers and the PDF. Add $15 for international orders.

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    STEWARD. Autographed hard copy of the book and an Ex Libris book plate exclusive to Kickstarter supporters. Includes the wallpaper end papers and the PDF. Add $15 for international orders.

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    EARLY ABCs. Bonus black and white sketch in the book for early backers! Includes the wallpaper end papers, the PDF, autograph and book plate. Add $15 for international orders.

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    SOLICITOR. Three copies of the book - one for you and two to share amongst your friends, acquaintances, enemies, visiting dignitaries, etc. Add $20 for international orders.

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    QUEEN VICTORIA'S REIGN. You will select a signed 11x14 inch archival print of your choice from the illustrations in the book. Includes the wallpaper end papers, the PDF, exclusive book plate and an autographed book. Add $25 for international orders.

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    SHOP OWNER. 10 copies of the finished book. Proof of brick-and-mortar business required prior to shipping. US retailers only!

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    ARTIST EDITION. An original 4x6 watercolor painting inspired by the book will be created for you. Also includes the wallpaper end papers, the PDF, exclusive book plate, an autographed book and a signed 11x14 inch archival print of your choice from the illustrations in the book. Add $25 for international orders.

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    DORIAN GRAY. I will watercolor your portrait (and your significant other, if desired) in a steampunk outfit. The final painting will be 9x12 inches. I make no guarantees of the portrait not changing once completed. We'll work out photo reference. If you're local to the Bay Area, CA, we can see about arranging a photo shoot. Also includes the wallpaper end papers, the PDF, exclusive book plate, an autographed book and a signed 11x14 inch archival print of your choice from the illustrations in the book. For this reward level, international shipping and insurance for the painting is included.

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