Inspired by my previous parody, the ZomB and the VampR (based off of the classic fable, The Tortoise and the Hare), I wanted to create another “Nocturnal Fable” This time I thought about The Ugly Duckling but in reverse. I knew I wanted the main character to be cute and adorable, so I invented the Beastlings. From there I created a new world with Beastlings scaring other creatures for food. And since the Adorable Beastling was too cute to scare anything, we wonder if she’ll survive. Just like the original fable, this story is about being yourself and being ok with it.
I had fun creating this new world, with new creatures and plant life. I threw in an homage to the original characters of ducks and swans by adding aquaducks and a swanphibian carrying burger berries.
I also wanted to show the kindness of our Adorable Beastling, so I have interactions with other creatures who accept her for who she is.
I’ve been really enjoying making this story and talking to people about it. I’m hoping we can keep this going and stretch beyond this initial goal. I’ve updated the stretch goal since from the original launch. I’ve found another resource to get a hardcover book. It will be the same size as the softcover (8.5x8.5”). If we hit the $3000 I will be able to automatically upgrade any pledge level that has a book in it to a hardcover version. So keep the pledges coming and share this kickstarter.
No matter how far we go I really appreciate you taking the time to check this out. Thank you.
Risks and challenges
For the main goal, I have worked with the same publisher before and feel comfortable with the process. I will waiting until this kickstarter is complete in case we add some special thanks to the book. This kickstarter will help with the first run costs which will be great. I will get a proof and show it in the updates. From there I will send out to get the printed. Usually reprints are quite fast, but I would estimate that by the end of October the books should get in. If we hit stretch goal 1 ($3000) I will get enamel pins. I have done this in the past and although it takes 3 weeks, I know the quality is great. I’ll know at the beginning of October if we’ve hit that goal, and I can get that process rolling.
The stretch goal I’m really excited about is the $6000 one. I’ve always wanted to deliver a nice hardcover book. The problem is that usually you need to print enough to get costs down. If we can hit that goal, I would love to not only make the book a hardcover, but also increase the size. I’ve been working in a higher resolution, so this shouldn’t be a problem. The only drawback to this is the production time is longer, so if this happens, I would estimate a delivery date for November.
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