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By Mal Jones
$5,425 pledged of $3,500 goal
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About this project

See our July 19 update to learn about our stretch goals.

Nomencreatures is an alphabet book with bright animal illustrations and fun facts that focus on the silly parts of science!

Everyone has heard of a "school of fish." Or maybe a "pride of lions." But how about a "wisdom of wombats?" Or a "bevy of quails"?

The animal kingdom is a fun and occasionally very goofy place, and Nomencreatures shows that off.

Artist's rendering! The book, an interior spread with flamingos, and some glasses. (Glasses not included in rewards.)
Artist's rendering! The book, an interior spread with flamingos, and some glasses. (Glasses not included in rewards.)

A Little Background

After hearing that a group of armadillos could be called a fez, and a group of flamingos could be a flamboyance, I started putting together a list of all these silly animal group names. And boy howdy, were there a ton. Over the course of a year, I drew 26 of them.

Three illustrations from the Nomencreatures project. From left to right: a fez of armadillos, a parade of elephants, and a raft of otters.
Three illustrations from the Nomencreatures project. From left to right: a fez of armadillos, a parade of elephants, and a raft of otters.

I made a website to show them off. Folks said "That's great! I want a print!"

I released a series of prints on inPRNT. Folks said "That's great! I want a book!" 

And that's where you come in!

Book details

Nomencreatures is a 62-page, full-color, hardcover book with illustrations of the animal groups. In addition to being alphabet-based, I've also included various facts of the fun variety about each animal.

A sample of our facts: Elephants walk in a line for protection and so that the group knows where to go. They are booked up for appearances until Thanksgiving of 2027.
A sample of our facts: Elephants walk in a line for protection and so that the group knows where to go. They are booked up for appearances until Thanksgiving of 2027.

Nomencreatures isn't a textbook - it's here to make you chuckle and to show that the natural world is a fun, amazing, and weird place. You can check out more about the facts, though, as we're including our sources!

Highly Detailed Details

  • The book is 7.75 inches x 12 inches!
  • It is a hardcover book with a printed cover!
  • 62 pages!
  • Full-color!
  • Designed and ready to go to the printers!
  • Printed and distributed by Bookmobile!

Who is Bookmobile?

Bookmobile is a print services shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They have branched out to provide Kickstarter fulfillment and distribution services. You can read more about them here.

We've seen samples of their print quality, and it is top-notch. By combining our printer with our distributor, we also eliminate a step in the supply chain. That means you get your books even faster.

When will the books arrive?

The current timeline has them in your hands in early-to-mid November - just in time for holiday gift-giving if you're so inclined.

  • Kickstarter kickoff: July 10th
  • Kickstarter ends: August 9th
  • Files off the printer: August 21st (it gives us time to double check everything)
  • Digital rewards: August 21st
  • Print time: 6 to 8 weeks
  • Shipping begins: Early-to-mid November (shipping starts 3 to 5 days after printing is complete)
  • You get books and physical rewards: early-to-mid November
  • Please Note: The In Book Drawing reward level may take an additional 2 weeks to ship out.

Easy peasy!

Speaking of shipping: Domestic shipping in the U.S. is included in all reward levels!

What's the money for, anyway?

Your hard-earned dollars go to getting the books printed. We kept this Kickstarter very straight-forward in terms of rewards and logistics in order to ensure that you get your rewards.

Working with a US-based printer does raise the cost of the book compared to other books of a similar size and type printed overseas. 

As a designer and illustrator, though, I don't want to skimp on quality. When Bookmobile says they print full color, they mean it!

A Dazzle of Zebras: Zebras have black skin with white stripes making up their coats. And they look good.
A Dazzle of Zebras: Zebras have black skin with white stripes making up their coats. And they look good.

The rewards

$7 reward: Digital PDF of the book. iPad not included.
$7 reward: Digital PDF of the book. iPad not included.

The Nomencreatures PDF is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license, but it has an additional provision (legal language for an addition to the license) for no making or distributing books made from the PDF.

But you can share the PDF with friends, print out pages from it, use it the PDF or pages from it in classrooms, whatever!

$7 reward level: PDF of Nomencreatures Coloring Sheets. iPad still not included.
$7 reward level: PDF of Nomencreatures Coloring Sheets. iPad still not included.

We also put together a 26 page printable Nomencreatures Coloring Sheets PDF with the black and white line art tailored for prime coloring action.

The Coloring Sheets PDF is also licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license, but it also has an additional provision (legal language for an addition to the license) for no making or distributing books made from the PDF. But you can share the PDF with friends, print out pages form it, use pages from it in classrooms, whatever!

$12 reward level: Both pdfs! And seriously, you aren't getting iPads with any of these rewards.
$12 reward level: Both pdfs! And seriously, you aren't getting iPads with any of these rewards.

 

$30 reward level: The book and both pdfs!
$30 reward level: The book and both pdfs!

The $30 reward level, and all reward levels beyond it, include domestic shipping via media mail.

$55 reward level: Two books and both pdfs!
$55 reward level: Two books and both pdfs!

  

$125 reward level: Both pdfs and FIVE books! A great level for holiday gift-giving.
$125 reward level: Both pdfs and FIVE books! A great level for holiday gift-giving.

 

$175 reward level: One book, both pdfs, and a piece of original art from the book!
$175 reward level: One book, both pdfs, and a piece of original art from the book!

There are 26 pieces of the original art used for the book (on various sizes of paper but around 11"x17") available at this reward level. These are the original red pencil and ink drawings that were scanned in, edited, and colored for the final product, so they won't completely match up with the final art.

Currently Available: A, B, C, D, H, I, M, P, Q, R, T, U, X, Y, Z

You can see all the available art here: http://nomencreatures-art.smvi.co/

I need to keep this list up to date as often as possible so that it is fair to all backers.

If you pledge at this level, message me afterwards letting me know your top three preferred letters. Additionally, please message within 24 hours of your pledge! If I don't hear from shortly after your initial pledge, I'll message you twice in the 24 hour period. If I don't hear from you after those messages, your choices can't be guaranteed.

They are first come, first served, so the earlier you pledge and the earlier you message me, the more likely you are to get your preferred piece. 

The Stretch Goals

$5,000: A sticker sheet!

If we hit $5,000 all backers that are getting books will get one 5.125" x 10.75" sticker sheet! 

A kiss-cut sticker sheet with an armadillo, an elephant, a zebra, a lemur, a wombat wizard, an embarrassed panda, a flamingo, a quail, and an array of hedgehogs.
A kiss-cut sticker sheet with an armadillo, an elephant, a zebra, a lemur, a wombat wizard, an embarrassed panda, a flamingo, a quail, and an array of hedgehogs.

$7,500: A coloring book!

If we hit $7,500 all backers that are getting books will get a coloring book made up of the line art that was used in Nomencreatures! We're taking the PDF we made and getting it printed, along with a full color cover.

Thank you for your time!

The project is as streamlined as possible, to maximize success and minimize risk. I just need your help getting this book on your bookshelf!

If you have any questions, be sure to ask! And thank you again for helping us spread a little silliness and science out in the world. 

Tower of Giraffes: Giraffes can have necks up to six feet long and legs up to six feet long. They can clean second story windows without having to form a tower, but they just like stacking themselves up anyway.
Tower of Giraffes: Giraffes can have necks up to six feet long and legs up to six feet long. They can clean second story windows without having to form a tower, but they just like stacking themselves up anyway.

 

Risks and challenges

While this is my first Kickstarter, we have the art finished, the design complete, facts gathered and sources cited, and our printer chosen. Additionally, I've conferred with many peers that have run successful Kickstarter campaigns to avoid common pitfalls. I've also been an artist on several successful Kickstarter campaigns.

I'll be in close communication with Bookmobile and checking out digital and physical proofs along the way. Additionally, with Bookmobile handling distribution as well as printing, there is a really straightforward supply chain from me to you!

Funders will be kept up-to-date regularly, so if there are any delays because of rhinos crashing across the interstate as books are being delivered, you'll know ASAP.

All this is to say, that we've minimized as many risks as possible beforehand, so we don't end up embarrassed like pandas.

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