Harmony Boom Island is a giant humongous ancient creature who lives in the ocean. It is so big that its back is an entire island, complete with trees and houses and castles and stuff. It swims around the world and nobody knows where it came from or what it’s doing. It has been swimming around for at least thousands of years, and probably much longer.
Several years ago, renowned mad scientist Dr. Lara Jagwit disappeared along with all of her research into creating monsters, plus a bunch of self-aware robots, called Robubs. It turns out that she and the Robubs had moved to Harmony Boom Island, where she continued her research and eventually created different species of creatures to live on the island. Those species are Klugs, Mormoes, Gooliebirds, and Mazzlebugs. Sometimes they have adventures.
History of Harmony Boom
Created by Olympia artists P. Calavara and Christine Malek, Harmony Boom is a rich world that currently includes several small chapbooks, a comic strip published thrice weekly, and more handmade stuffed animals than we can possibly count. Now we're looking to expand that world even more with our first novel.
The Adventure of the Mysterious Adventure
The book follows the adventures of Skipper the Klug and his crew as they putter off on Klugboat the Tugboat to seek adventure. Though written and intended for older children (think Roald Dahl or the Moomins), the book is intended as an ageless romp in the manner of classic adventure books. Or something.
Projected Completion and so Forth
The book is already written, the illustrations (all 65 of them!) are completed and the proof has been ordered from the printer. We have a release date of April 25th, when we'll be presenting not only this book, but a whole medley of Harmony Boom artwork at the Washington Center in Olympia. This artwork is slated to include an actual giant plush Klugboat the Tugboat! Yowza!
We're so excited to begin this next chapter of Harmony Boom that we really wanted to up our game and switch to printing a hardcover edition of the book, and so we're using Kickstarter to help finance the difference in capital that it will take to make that happen.
Rather than put together a project with dozens of possible tiers and reward levels, we decided to skin this down to the bare minimum in order to let us keep our focus on getting it all done in time for our show in April. For those who want more, you can come find us in Olympia or contact us directly about our other books, stuffed animals, prints, original artwork and so forth. That said, we have every intention of putting together a much larger Kickstarter project later in the year that will include stuffed animals, posters, our other books, and the next even huger project we've got coming down the pipeline.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest risk is getting it back from the printers in time. Though we've produced several books in the past, this is our first foray into hardcover books and though it *should* be back by our release date in April, you never know how these things will shake out.
Our next biggest risk is simply getting the giant stuffed Klugboat the Tugboat done in time for the release in April, but Christine not only has extensive experience with creating stuffed animals, but has created large installation sized pieces before. It's just a matter of having enough hours in the new month and a half to get it done.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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