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Facebook: Facebook.com/WeAreFartacus 
Twitter:  @WeAreFartacus

Okay, yeah. I’ll say it. I’ll address the big pink elephant in the room:

 There are fart jokes here. 

Deal with it. But this book is SOOOOO much more than that. Yes, there are fart jokes. I don’t want to make any misunderstanding about that. Because not everyone’s into fart jokes, I get it, sure, sure, but trust me — this book’s got everything — 

 (OK, start your best Stefon from SNL impersonation… and GO!) — 

It’s got superheroes, and badguys who fart really badly, and clowns — evil clowns, who invent robot jack-in-the-boxes that throw poison pies at kids! (note: make big face and gasp!) — And there’s a special farting device that can make your eyes pop open and see like an eagle!  And gaseous aliens who reaaallly need a bath, and there’s the Rubber Band Man... you know, that thing that happens when a piano falls on your head, and in the hospital your whole body gets wrapped in bandages, only they get rubberized by a radioactive fart, so you zip out your loose bandages like whips so you can snatch things, and when you do, it makes the sound of a guitar... like a rubber BANDMAN… 

Whew. Yeah. OK, end the Stefon bit. See? This is what happens when you work with a 9-yr-old. These are the ideas that go around your head. Eesh. 

But really, when it comes down to it — Fartacus really does have everything. All of the above is not in this first book, but it is in the series that we’re planning. Plus a whole lot more. 

And at the heart of it all, despite all the fart jokes, superhero action, and good times, this whole Fartacus saga is the story of a boy whose greatest strength is his innocence. And in this weird and frequently bad world, it is one’s innocence that will prove to be the greatest strength of all.

That's the message I’d like to put in the world with Fartacus. My son, though? All he wants to do is give some very sound advice: 

We will be self-publishing this first book, and probably all of them as we write them. But we’d like to do more than just print books. We’d like to create a whole transmedia experience — (sorry, I threw in a technical term there. What I meant was…) 

We’d like to be able to experience the fantasy world of Fartacus in a bunch of different ways across a bunch of different media. Apps, board games, animated series, cosplay (costume role-playing), and web-based communities geared towards the playful collaboration between parents and their kids. 

But first things first – We’ll start with the books. Your funds and support will help us get the ball rolling! So if you like what you see here, we hope you can support our project and our future plans. If you can donate, awesome. And if you want to spread the word, that's awesome, too.  :) 

OK — all along with this project there has been a great idea that we could never quite get a handle on: we wanted to promote a kid’s creativity, as well as the parent-child collaboration that so many people enjoy — but how could we do that on our own small scale? But then, after we made our video and launched it — it hit us. And the answer is amazingly simple:

Why not also PUBLISH THE WORK OF OTHER KIDS??

There’s no reason to limit this book just to Fartacus, after all. We could invite other parents to submit their kids’ stories as well — and we’ll include all submissions as a collection of stories to be part of our special Kickstarter edition of Fartacus.

What better thrill for a kid than the pride and recognition of seeing their own stories in print, especially if these stories are alongside other kids. I know when I was a young teen, I had a short story published in a student magazine and I still remember that thrill vividly. You can do the same for your kid. And I’d love to help.

And note — These stories do not have to be related to Fartacus, or even superheroes. They can be about anything: Princesses, rainbows, unicorns, monsters, ninjas, pirates, fairies, flying frogs, happy dirt puppets — or anything! The sky’s the limit. We’ll come up with more specific guidelines later — and certainly contact me if you have any questions.

Utmost gracias to Phillip Briggs, our friend Walker and his awesome parents Mandy & Andrew, Kee Heywood, and all the other fine folks and friends who have helped out and given their two cents and support.    You complete me. 

MUSIC CREDITS:
- SJ Mellia - "The idiot savants a chance of happiness inst 2001"  
Thank you to Black Lantern Music for the use.
- C-Doc - "Me Nots (TSPMental)" 
Produced by The Silent Partner
www.blocsonic.com/releases/show/me-nots-tspremix
- Lee Rosevere - "No Pants Remix"
Thanks, Lee.  You the man.  

Now, if any of you out there in KickstarterLand have ANY questions… or thoughts or salutations… or fart jokes… please contact us!! We consider this whole thing to be part of a community of fun and friendly fart lovers — and we’d love for you to take part, or just say hi! 

More news to come!! Until then —check out our self-portraits!

Oh — and lest I forget – 

There's more to this project than just this project.  There are other great crowdfunding campaigns as well.  And I believe we're all part of a larger community that believes in supporting each other creatively, financially, spiritually and promotionally (is that a word??).  Anyway, to that end — here are some links to awesome crowdfunding support services.  Check them out!

Crowd Crux
Kicking it Forward
Kicktraq
Ayudos

And there are others, too.  Have any links/projects you'd like to share?  Let me know.  There's room for all of us!  :) 

Thanks for watching our project, and have fun finding great collaborative campaigns!

Philip Chidel
Father of Fartacus

Risks and challenges

Pending successful funding, I'm planning to finalize the text by early summer, and put all the bells and whistles on it through mid-late summer. I expect by the end of August, maybe September, everything should be good to go, with printing and the creation of all the other rewards.

BUT — 

Real life does interfere. I do have a job, and I am hoping that won't unduly dig into the things I like to do... such as this project here. Also, I am working with a 9-yr-old. That can be unpredictable.

But we'll do our best for a timely delivery!! Just wanted to keep you updated.

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    THE SILENT BUT DEADLY: It's a token donation — and we appreciate it! You'll get Priority Membership in the We Are Fartacus fan club, and a snazzy bookmark, too.

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    THE SQUEAKER: Above, plus a PDF EBOOK of I AM FARTACUS, the first fun-filled adventure of our gas-filled superhero.

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    THE TOOTER:
    Above, but instead of the PDF you'll get a PAPERBACK VERSION of the book — signed by the authors. And we’ll give you a FARTFELT THANKS acknowledgment within the book!

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    THE ESCAPEE: Above — but we'll also send an EBOOK with an EDUCATIONAL PRINT RELEASE TO THE SCHOOL OF YOUR CHOICE. And no — this isn't educating kids about flatulence. They know enough about that already. It's about educating them on storytelling. So that's a good thing. :)

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    THE RUMBLER: Above — but INCLUDE YOUR OWN CHILD'S WORK along with Fartacus! Send us a 1-5 page story with illustrations by June 30, and we'll include them in a collection of other kids stories in the book itself! A great gift, and a great way to help your kid feel proud of their own creativity. See details lower on the page.

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    THE STINK BOMB:
    Above, plus your choice: For the KID: a special edition of the FARTACUS ENCYCLOPEDIA — a guide to the heroes and villains of the Fartacus world, written and illustrated by Gibson Chidel. Perfect to fuel a kid's superhero fantasy! Or... for the ADULT: THE FARTACUS COOKBOOK OF AWESOMENESS: BEAN AND CHILI EDITION. Them's good eating, yum yum! (Or you can add $25 and have both.)

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    THE RIPPER: For the writer in you! Whether you're 8 or 80. You'll get the above, plus a PERSONALIZED 1-HR TUTOR SESSION WITH ME ON WRITING (via Skype). If you write prose, plays, screenplays, web series or anything else — and need feedback, analysis, or advice — I'll coach you on story mechanics, character development, marketplace concerns, or anything you like! All ages, all interests. (I'm a filmmaker and teacher by trade, so I'm good at this coaching thing. I can help you!) :)

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    THE STINK BOMB DELUXE: Above, but it will be a signed SPECIAL EDITION HARDCOVER VERSION of the book. You'll also get a T-SHIRT and THE FARTACUS WRITER'S KIT — a specially prepared package to inspire the imaginative writer in us all. (Pen, journal, coffee mug, and other goodies inside).

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    THE PHFFFFTTT-ER:
    Above, plus the opportunity to NAME A CHARACTER in I AM FARTACUS. Name it after your kid! Or your pet! Or yourself! Names have to be family-friendly and legally cool, but if there’s an issue we can work it out. Also, your credit in the book will be elevated to the FRIENDLY FARTERS CLUB, marking you as a key supporter and contributing partner to our world.

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    THE BLAME THE DOG: Above, but also — not only can you NAME A CHARACTER in the book after someone you love, but we’ll INCLUDE A LIKENESS as well! (we mean their face). Keep in mind, a 9-year-old is drawing this likeness so we can’t promise a resemblance — but we’ll do our best! Not only will this character be included as a drawing within the book, but it will also be listed next to your name in the Friendly Farters Club. (unless you don’t want that, and then we won’t). ☺

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    THE WHO DENIED IT: Above — but this one’s extra special. After I am Fartacus is completed, we’ll make a PERSONALIZED FARTACUS MINI-ADVENTURE all your own. You can name a significant character (villain, henchman, or sidekick) with powers of YOUR OWN CHOOSING in this new story, and we’ll write it up and send you a published copy. Or throw in an extra $100 per person, and we’ll make you and your friends all characters in the same story!

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    THE ATOMIC BLAST: Above — but in addition to the written version of your personalized Fartacus mini-adventure — you’ll get a VIDEO VERSION of your story, made specifically for you! It’s YOUR image on YOUR character in a 2-3 minute short to share with your friends. This one might take some time to complete — but it will be AWESOME!!! And you’ll be the envy of all your friends. (But if your friends want their image included as well, add $100 per person and we’ll make it happen!)

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