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WILDRZ Pledge Prizes make awesome HOLIDAY GIFTS! See below for details.

Kickstarter is a ALL OR NOTHING funding site which means you will only be charged IF WE MEET our full FUNDING GOAL. If we don't reach it NO MONEY WILL BE CHARGED TO YOUR CREDITCARD - This is a no risk proposition!

WHAT IS IT?

WILDRZ is a Graphic Novel+ app for your ipad. It's perfect for boys and girls ages 7 to 12. WILDRZ is a series of stories (in graphic novel+ format) featuring three squabbling siblings who help scientists save threatened North American wild life. The WILDRZ stories are based on real-life biologists, like Mark Grgurovic. Mark is a Turtle Biologist who studies the threatened, Parker River turtle population.

"The WILDRZ Graphic Novel+ app lets you experience the adventure of saving wild life from the safety of your iPad."

Biologist, Mark Grgurovic studies a hatchling turtle.

THE STORY LINE

Cleats, soccer balls and hatchling turtles don't mix. 

Each spring, dozens of female turtles race to safely bury their eggs in the soft ground of the Parker River soccer fields. The WILDRZ are called in to avert disaster by a biologist who needs help finding and protecting dozens of nests before the impending kickoff of a regional soccer tournament. But our three kid comic-heros discover that someone or something is digging up the protected nests and stealing turtle eggs! 

They have to find and stop the culprit in time to save the turtles!

FEATURES


  • 60 Pages of Graphic Novel+ story
  • 230 Individual Comic Panels
  • 10 Mini Games based on the story
  • 20+ Minutes of Video featuring Mark and the Turtle Study
  • 230+ Speech Balloons in which you can record your voice and play back like a movie
  • 10 Pages of Activities; Mash-ups, Bugology, Natural History & more
  • Biologist Mark Grgurovic's Parker River Turtle Blog

WHAT IS "GRAPHIC NOVEL+?"

Graphic Novel+ technology is what makes WILDRZ stand out from all the other comic and graphic novel Apps on tablet computers. It allows us to enhance the reading experience by adding mini-games, videos, photos, speech balloons in which you can record you own voice and access to the biologists' blogs. This is just the begining of the technology roadmap for Graphic Novel+, so watch out for many great new features that will be added in the future. To learn more about Graphic Novel+ technology, be sure to check out the webpage; www.graphicnovelpl.us.

WHO IS INVOLVED?

Paul Michaels - Paul Michaels has been a professional photographer since his teens, shooting; fashion, beauty, wild life, travel and portraits. Paul is also a filmmaker creating short movies, corporate work and TV spots. He worked as a software producer for the Tonka line of kids software at Hasbro Interactive. Paul has another iPhone app in the iTunes store; Photo Shootout, please check it out. A husband and father of three kids, Paul and his family are all very connected with animals - domestic and wild. WILDRZ brings all Paul's passions together into one glorious project.

Mark Grgurovic - Mark Grgurovic is a wildlife conservation biologist with a masters of science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Currently he is the president and founder of Swampwalkers, a private conservation consulting organization, that helps provide biological and conservation measures to local and state environmental groups. His main passion and expertise is with researching and protecting endangered turtles. Mark has been working with the Parker River turtle population for 10 years, and his study is what the WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble story is based on.

Dirk Tiede - Dirk Tiede is an extraordinary comic artist who created the look and feel of the series and will be the lead artist on WILDRZ. Dirk is the creator and artist of the long running graphic novel series; Paradigm Shift.

WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT...

This project is raring to go, everyone is in place - we know what to do and how to do it - we just need YOU... we need YOU to support the WILDRZ kickstarter project. Your support can be as simple as clicking on the Facebook, twitter icons, or emailing this kickstarter project to your fiends and family. We encourage you to do that - it costs nothing and it helps us get the word out. But what we really need is your pledge!

WILDRZ is the product of passionate people. We want to share our love of story telling, comics and animals and really light up your kids' eyes every time they play WILDRZ.

WILDRZ is expensive to produce because it’s a new way to tell stories using the latest technology your kids love. It’s really three projects in one; we have to create the graphic novel art, shoot and edit video and write code for the iPad app. But that’s also what makes WILDRZ three times as good!

WHAT WE WILL DO WITH THE EXTRA FUNDS?

To get the green light we have to reach our funding goal. If  you can help us exceed our goal we will pass on the value to you; more games, video,  and content. To that end, we have dreamed up some fabulous prizes to help motivate you to fund us, here goes...

PRIZES - ALL OF WHICH WILL MAKE EXCELLENT HOLIDAY GIFTS!

Special Note: As an extra incentive, if we make our goal before the holidays, we will send out a WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble prize certificate. Each prize level will have it’s own prize certificate. This will be something you can PRINT UP and wrap as a gift - then you can watch your kids eyes light up as they learn about the WILDRZ.

$10 Pledge

A WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble poster but with your face(s) in it! That way you can be a WILDRZ saving wild life too! We will send you a high resolution JPG file you can print or use as a background on your computer, iPad and iPhone.

$25 or More Pledge

The WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble app for your iPad. It's going to be packed full of content; over 60 graphic novel pages - that's about 230 individual comic panels, over 10 mini-games to play, 20 minutes of video to watch, 10 pages of activities and info, Mark's blog and over 350 speech bubbles in which you can record in your own voice. Your kids are sure to enjoy replaying this app for dozens and dozens of hours. Also you get the poster with your face(s) in it.

$45 or More Pledge

This level gets you a code to download the WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble App for your iPad for free and your name (or whomever you choose) in "lights" on the supporters page within the App. Also you get the poster with your face(s) in it.

$120 or More Pledge

The WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble App, credit within the App and a really cool looking vinyl skin for your iPad. Also you get the poster with your face(s) in it.

$250 Pledge (50 available)

This level gets you the WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble App, credit within the App and the awesome WILDRZ vinyl skin for your iPad. Send us a couple of pictures of someone special (at any age) and our artists will draw that person into the Graphic Novel+ comic art as (the equivalent of) an “extras” character. Also you get the poster with your face(s) in it.

$1,250 Pledge (10 Available)

Your pledge donates to Mark Grgurovic (the Turtle Biologist) a radio transmitter and in the spring of 2012 he will humanely adhere it to a female turtle’s shell (Carapace). He will then be able to track her and more easily find her nest. We will send you a framed photo of your Momma turtle (along with a JPG file). You can even name her! You will also receive news flashes from the field updating you on her progress. You get the app, credit, skinz and poster.

$1,500 Pledge (10 Available)

Send us a couple of pictures of someone special (at any age) and our artists will draw that person into the Graphic Novel+ comic art as (the equivalent of) a “secondary” character. Their character will appear on at least one page (often times multiple pages) and in multiple comic panels plus have at least one line of dialogue within the App. Also you get the App, the credit, the skinz, a framed character sheet and JPG files of all the instances of your character. Also you get the poster with your face(s) in it.

$8,500 Pledge

Send us a couple of pictures of someone special (at any age) and our artists will draw that person into the Graphic Novel+ comic art as the VILLAN character (in the end he/she comes over to the "light-side"). Their character will appear on many pages and have lots of lines of dialogue within the App. We will send you a framed character sheet, and your favorite comic page and JPG files of all the pages so you can print it or display it any way you see fit. Also you get the App, the credit and a skinz. Also you get the poster with your face(s) in it.

$9,999 Pledge

A weekend ECO-ADVENTURE trip for four to the Parker River Turtle Study. Work with biologist Mark Grgurovic to study and care for the actual turtle population featured in the WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble App. This is a chance of a lifetime; to get down and dirty, to be a WILDRZ in real life and have an adventure saving wild life! Also you get the App, the credit, and a skinz. Also you get the poster with your face(s) in it.

$9,999 Pledge

Send us a couple of pictures of someone special (in the photos somewhere between the ages of 30-50 years old) and our artists will draw that person into the Graphic Novel+ comic art as the Wilder kids' MOTHER or FATHER character. Both characters will appear throughout the WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble App and all future episodes. Both characters have lots of lines of dialogue within the App. We will send you a framed character sheet, and your favorite comic page and JPG files of all the pages so you can print it or display them any way you see fit. Also you get the App, the credit, and a skinz. Also you get the poster with your face(s) in it.

HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS

Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing model; if we don’t reach our goal by the end of the fundraiser, your account will not be charged.

To pledge to a project, just click the green “Back This Project” button on this page. You will be asked to input your pledge amount and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process. Note that you must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded.

THANK YOU!

We thank you in advance for your donation. Please spread the word to your friends, family, or colleagues even if you can’t make a pledge! Please visit our blog to see the latest news on what is happening with our project. If you have any questions at all, please send us an email (paul[at]wildrz.com) or find out more on our website.

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    TIP JAR - Just a little push to help us get towards our goal. If you like the sound of our project but just can't afford anything else... We appreciate your help!

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    WILDRZ POSTER WITH YOUR FACE (NO iPAD REQUIRED!) - Choose this pledge and I will send you a photo instruction sheet. Take photos of one, two or three of your kids, siblings, friends or family and we will replace the WILDRZ characters [faces] with your faces! That way you can be a WILDRZ saving wild life too!
    The final image (The WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble cover with your faces) will be sent to you via email and will be of high resolution so you can print it or just use as a background on your computer, iPad or iPhone. Thanks for your support!

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    APP - (POSTER) This level gets you a code to download the WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble App for your iPad, free! As soon as the App is available in the iTunes App store we'll send you the code. Also you get the poster with your face(s) in it. Thanks for supporting us and enjoy!

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    CREDIT (APP, POSTER) - This level gets you a code to download the WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble App for your iPad, free and your name (or whomever you choose) in "lights" on the supporters page within the App. As soon as the App is available in the iTunes App store we'll send you the code. Also you get the poster with your face(s) in it. Thanks for supporting us and enjoy!

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    SKIN (APP, POSTER & CREDIT) - This level gets you the WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble App, credit within the App and a really cool looking vinyl skin for your iPad. The skin adheres (without adhesive & can be taken off) to the back-side & front bezel of your iPad. It’s light weight and protects your iPad from everyday bumps, scuffs and scratches. The WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble cover will be reproduced on the skin. Protect your iPad and show WILDRZ the love. The skin will be sent to you within 4 weeks of the Kickstarter campaign reaching it's goal & ending. Also you get the poster with your face(s) in it. Thanks for your support!

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    EXTRAS CHARACTER (APP, POSTER, CREDIT, SKIN) - This level gets you the WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble App, credit within the App and the awesome WILDRZ vinyl skin for your iPad. Send us a couple of pictures of someone special (at any age) and our artists will draw that person into the Graphic Novel+ comic art as (the equivalent of) an “extras” character. Their character will appear on at least one page within the App. We will send you a JPG file of the page so you can print it or display it any way you see fit. The skin will be sent to you within 4 weeks of the Kickstarter campaign reaching it's goal & ending. Also you get the poster with your face(s) in it. Thanks for your support!

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    ADOPT A MOMMA TURTLE (APP, POSTER, CREDIT, SKIN) Your pledge donates to Mark Grgurovic (the Turtle Biologist) a radio transmitter and in the spring of 2012 he will humanely adhere it to a female turtle’s shell (Carapace). He will then be able to track her and more easily find her nest. We will send you a framed photo of your Momma turtle (along with a JPG file). You can even name her! You will also receive news flashes from the field updating you on her progress. This is nature at work, so there is no guarantee that she will lay eggs - regardless it’s bound to be interesting. This level also gets you the WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble App, credit within the App and the awesome WILDRZ vinyl skin for your iPad. The skin will be sent to you within 4 weeks of the Kickstarter campaign reaching it's goal & ending. Also you get the poster with your face(s) in it. A huge thanks from Paul & Mark!

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    SECONDARY CHARACTER (APP, POSTER, CREDIT, SKIN) - Send us a couple of pictures of someone special (at any age) and our artists will draw that person into the Graphic Novel+ comic art as (the equivalent of) a “secondary” character. Their character will appear on at least one page (often times multiple pages) and multiple comic panels plus have at least one line of dialogue within the App. We will send you a framed comic page and JPG files of all the page(s) so you can print it or display it any way you see fit. This level also gets you the WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble App, credit within the App and the awesome WILDRZ vinyl skin for your iPad. The skin will be sent to you within 4 weeks of the Kickstarter campaign reaching it's goal & ending. Also you get the poster with your face(s) in it. Wow! You guys are great - Thanks for your support!

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    VILLAN CHARACTER (APP, POSTER, CREDIT, SKIN) - Send us a couple of pictures of someone special (at any age) and our artists will draw that person into the Graphic Novel+ comic art as the VILLAN character (in the end he/she comes over to the "light-side"). Their character will appear on many pages and have lots of lines of dialogue within the App. We will send you a framed character sheet, and your favorite comic page and JPG files of all the pages so you can print it or display it any way you see fit. This level also gets you the WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble App, credit within the App and the awesome WILDRZ vinyl skin for your iPad. The skin will be sent to you within 4 weeks of the Kickstarter campaign reaching it's goal & ending. Also you get the poster with your face(s) in it. You are the best bad guy/gal - thanks for supporting us!

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    ECO-ADVENTURE WEEKEND (APP, POSTER, CREDIT, SKIN) - A weekend trip for four to the Parker River Turtle Study. Work with biologist Mark Grgurovic to study and care for the actual turtle population featured in the WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble App. This is a chance of a lifetime; to get down and dirty, to be a WILDRZ in real life and have an adventure saving wild life! This prize includes ground transportation (to and from the study site) and accommodations. This level also gets you the WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble App, credit within the App and the awesome WILDRZ vinyl skin for your iPad. The skin will be sent to you within 4 weeks of the Kickstarter campaign reaching it's goal & ending. Also you get the poster with your face(s) in it. It's going to be an awesome adventure and we really appreciate your support!

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    MAIN CHARACTERS - 1 Male, 1 Female (APP, POSTER, CREDIT, SKIN) - Send us a couple of pictures of someone special (in the photos somewhere between the ages of 30-50 years old) and our artists will draw that person into the Graphic Novel+ comic art as the Wilder kid’s MOTHER or FATHER character. Both characters will appear throughout the WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble App and all future episodes. Both characters have lots of lines of dialogue within the App. We will send you a framed character sheet, and your favorite comic page and JPG files of all the pages so you can print it or display them any way you see fit. This level also gets you the WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble App, credit within the App and the awesome WILDRZ vinyl skin for your iPad. The skin will be sent to you within 4 weeks of the Kickstarter campaign reaching it's goal & ending. Also you get the poster with your face(s) in it. Thanks! Thanks! Thanks for your generous support!

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    OPPORTUNITY for BUSINESS BRAND and LOGO.
    If you have a brand that you think would mirror the WILDRZ values, we would like to explore the possibility of including it within the comic pages of WILDRZ: Turtle Trouble. Placements that could work; RV brand, clothing, gas station, photo/video equipment, bikes, food, beverages and many more. Please contact me so that we can discuss the possibility of a symbiotic relationship.
    What an awesome company - Thanks so much for your support!

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