Innovative line of comic books and website for tweens that promote the lost art of being a kid! Read more
This project was successfully funded on January 15, 2014.
About this project
Our goal with our Kickstarter campaign? Promote a kid-friendly adventure through innovative, colorful, action-packed comic books with educational elements, not to mention an interactive website that helps to teach our youth the lost of art of being a kid!
A few years ago, we got the seemingly simple idea that sticks are cool. They can be anything: swords, wands - gateways to magical worlds kids know and love...
Or do they?
Statistics show that nowadays, kids are more likely to be staring at a screen than using their imaginations.
Shouldn't it be more like this....
(Now don't get us wrong - we love technology! But we also know how much a child's imagination needs to be unplugged and ready to roam.)
The People Behind Keepers
You've met our comic book writer and Kickstarter video spokesperson, the talented Sasha Van Wie. Now meet our comic book illustrator, the equally talented Davide Susini. For information on the other members of our team, please check out our bio section.
Kid-Friendly Adventures - Comic Book Style!
Growing up, wouldn't you have wanted a group of friends to go on memorable adventures with? That's what the Keepers of the Lost Art is all about!
Our comic books not only bring facts to life, they encourage kids to form friendships and create imaginary worlds they're free to explore.
With your help, we'll be able to market and distribute our line of comic books. Our goal is to distribute 5,000 comic books to children, including some who don't have access to positive and encouraging reading material. Helping children develop confidence in themselves and become the people they were meant to be are what our goals are all about at Keepers of the Lost Art, and we'd love for you to be a part of that journey!
Meet the Keepers of the Lost Art!
Come join the fun with our crew of courageous kiddos:
Characters from the first edition of the comic book:
Comic Book Storyline
The Keepers of the Lost Art comic book series features a secret society of tweens that have kept the spirit of childhood fun alive through the ages from their secret headquarters in the misty jungles of Mexico. But when that spirit begins to wane and the Fountain of Youth is no bigger than a bathtub, the ancient society reaches out for help.
Plucked from the grasp of contented inertia, an unlikely new leader of the secret society is put to the test by braving a new frontier for kiddom, going toe to toe with the pirate Captain Mogul with his dreaded corporate hammer.
After meeting the ancients and being imparted with the knowledge that ties them to the Fountain of Youth, the leader comes back and the new Keepers of the Lost Art are born. This ragtag team is abound with adventure, innovation, and silliness. Kids won’t even notice that they are reading and learning something along the way that resonates with mind, body, and soul.
The rest of the Keeper team - Jagman's regular comrades - will be introduced in the second comic book.
Note: When the kids enter their teen years, they pass on their title to the next generation of Keepers. Each position is filled with the kind of person who is best fit for the role, but personality types and genders may change over the generations.
Online and Ready for Adventure!
Not only can kids have a blast reading about fun and adventure in our comic books, they can make their own interactive online experience with the help of our site from home experiments to classic games to crafts and other offline activities! The goal of the website is not to keep kids online, but to give them ideas and a framework to explore, experiment, and imagine on their own or with friends. The Keepers of the Lost Art site is for kids. Grown-ups can get more information by visiting our social media sites or our site just for grown-ups at www.LostArtKeepers.com
Our Keepers of The Lost Art website is a virtual sanctuary for kids who are ready to take their imaginations to the next level! Check out each super fun section:
The best part about our website? It's a kids only space that offers the best in online safety so your little adventurer can explore worry free!
We have the basics and with your help, we'll be able to make the website even better! Our initial goal is to present 100 fun and educational activities and to produce 20 instructional videos with kids as the instructors. How cool is that?
So what do you say? Are you ready to join the Keepers of the Lost Art crew so kids can be kids again?
A few images of our rewards:
(Based on photos and personality description provided by you. Each Keeper has a super hero alter-ego/costume.)
Thank you from all of us at Keepers of the Lost Art!
All of us at Keepers of the Lost Art would like to personally thank for taking the time to read about our campaign. We hope you'll join us in our efforts to change the way kids interact and learn so that they can independently develop the tools they need to successfully lead us into the future.
Risks and challenges
No venture is without risks or challenges. Our major challenge is to create awareness and effectively communicate our mission to both tweens and adults. While we believe we have something unique to offer, the tween market is dominated by well-financed, well-known, and well-established companies such as Disney and Nickelodeon. We are not attempting to compete with products and services already on the market, but fill an unoccupied niche in the market. There are many indications that kids are developing a greater interest in comic books, a market primarily consisting of comic books targeted to adults, not kids. Also, adults (teachers, parents, relatives, etc.) continually express interest in entertaining and educational material for their children. Tweens in particular do not have as many options as other age groups.
However, since we are not as well-financed or well-known, it will be challenging to generate the awareness we want with both tween and adults. While the internet is a very accessible and valuable tool to reach a large audience, there is a lot of competition from a variety of sources. Many of those sources are unrelated to our endeavors, but serve as competition for people’s attention. Yet, it is a vehicle we rely on in addition to other marketing efforts. Those other efforts include, and will include, the use of press releases, reaching out to the media, and hosting events.
In regard to distribution, we will pursue the more traditional outlets, such as comic book distributors, but we will also pursue direct distribution channels through schools, children’s organizations, retailers, restaurants, and other businesses. We have had some success in developing some of those relationships and a successful Kickstarter campaign will allow us to act upon them.
Our primary website, KeepersOfTheLostArt.com, is for kids only. We will not integrate our social media sites, which is typically used for promotion on the kids' sites. However, we are using our social media site Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr, to communicate with adults. We are aware that this division may lengthen the time to create significant awareness of Keepers of the Lost Art, but taking this course stays in line with our mission to help kids be kids.
We're realistic and know there will be unforeseen obstacles along the way, but Keepers of the Lost Art is committed to our mission and we will evaluate and overcome these obstacles with our experience, skills, wherewithal, and passion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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We will send you a thank you e-card.Estimated delivery:
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We will cry out your name in gratitude on the sands of the Pacific and provide photographic evidence electronically.Estimated delivery:
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A personalized, signed thank you note mailed to you.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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A signed copy of the first edition of the comic book mailed to you with a personalized inscription of your choice.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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A Super Jagman 3/4 sleeve baseball t-shirt. Youth sizes only - S, M, L, or XL (runs small). A signed comic book will also be included. Shipping within the USA with be sent via USPS Priority mail.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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A Temple Guardian capped-sleeve t-shirt. Youth sizes only - S, M, L, or XL. A signed comic book will also be included. Shipping within the USA with be sent via USPS Priority mail.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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A Keeper (Olmec) short-sleeve t-shirt. Youth sizes only - S, M, L, or XL (runs big). A signed comic book will also be included. Shipping within the USA with be sent via USPS Priority mail.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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One classroom pack, shrink-wrapped, containing 30 comic books. Shipped USPS Priority mail.
Want to provide a class of group with a pack, but do not know who to send it to? We know teachers who would love to receive a pack from you.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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4 backers Limited (6 left of 10)
A custom Keepers-style character drawn by our illustrator based on a photo and description of the person's personality provided by you and delivered in a high-resolution pdf via email.Estimated delivery:
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2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)
An original painting, collage, or combination painting and collage of the character of your choice from the first edition of the comic book.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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