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An Epic Adventure Across Time and Space. Unique Book Featuring Where's Waldo Games & Puzzles. Fun and Educational for All-Ages! Read more

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An Epic Adventure Across Time and Space. Unique Book Featuring Where's Waldo Games & Puzzles. Fun and Educational for All-Ages!

About this project

My name is Ken Lamug, I am an artist and I love to tell stories with a twist.

In 2012, I released my award-winning children’s picture book, A Box Story. In mid-2013 I was part of an artist collaborative Kickstarter-funded, all-ages adventure comic, Tales from Lost Vegas. I’m also a contributing artist for Underneath the Juniper Tree, a macabre literature and art magazine for children. And I'm also part of HitRecord’s Tiny Book of Tiny Stories 3.

I’m excited to bring to Kickstarter The Tall Tales Of Talbot Toluca - Quest For The Ore Crystals. This is an adventure comic book, which encourages readers to participate, featuring interactive hidden-object games and puzzles. If you enjoy the colorful treasure hunt adventures of Where’s Waldo and mind-melding puzzles of Professor Layton, or Puzzle Agent then you will surely enjoy this book.

Book Concept Design
Book Concept Design

Awhile back, Talbot and his friends discovered a secret military lab hidden right under the school. This caused a series of troubling events and awoke all the experiments that lay dormant for many years. Now, with the help of science teacher Professor Boz, Talbot and his friends must protect the lab from those who would use its hidden secrets for their own plans of world domination.

Panel Preview: Quest For The Ore Crystals
Panel Preview: Quest For The Ore Crystals

In this latest adventure, Dr. Kadoom zaps Professor Boz, teleporting his atoms throughout time and space.With the help of Joe-Bot, Talbot and Damien must travel to new worlds, gather the atoms while collecting enough ore crystals to power the machine that will bring back the Professor. 

Learn more about the characters? Visit the The Tall Tales of Talbot Toluca web site.

  • Comic book dimensions with spine: 6.75" x 10.25"
    High-quality, soft-bound, thick cardstock cover with book spine.
    Est. 48-52 pages plus cover. 

  • 7 hidden-object full spreads, 6 puzzles which include logic puzzles, mazes, etc…

  • Remaining pages are dedicated to the meat of the story (i.e., story panels). Bonus pages are allocated for credits, title page,and bonus hidden-object games

  • FREE SHIPPING within USA unless specified.

The images below are screen captures from the actual puzzle page spreads.

Art Print / Poster
Art Print / Poster

BONUS UPDATE FOR BACKERS
Everyone getting a book, will also receive an 8.5x11 print of the Professor Layton Cos-play by Talbot and Damien.

I've tried to keep the rewards tier simple and sweet. Let's get right to it.

  • All art prints are signed
  • Free shipping within USA unless specified
  • Postcard designs will be based off of the hidden-object scenes from the book. I will select a random postcard with your pledge. (This may change depending on available time to create new art).
  • Any custom art request or custom characters have to be approved first.
Joe-Bot, Robot Defense System or Over-Sized Vacuum Cleaner?
Joe-Bot, Robot Defense System or Over-Sized Vacuum Cleaner?

WEB CREDITS vs BOOK CREDITS

Everyone who pledges YELLOW ORE or higher gets credited on the official Talbot Toluca web site. You will be famous! (not guaranteed).

Everyone who pledges PURPLE ORE or higher will get their name inked in the credits section of the book for all eternity. You can show it to mom and dad!

MONSTER PACK
If you're a bit more adventurous, I've created the MONSTER PACK. You get to pick from either an alien/monster, human or robot, and I'll illustrate the character and incorporate it as part of a hidden-object scene in the book. You can name this creature and even give me one concept you'd like to integrate in the character design. This could be a color, multiple heads, tentacles, armor etc. Please be aware that the characters will be small in the book so we can't be very detailed with the illustration. I'll also design this creature in detail, print it out, sign it and send you a copy! This will be in addition to the other giveaways included with this pack (see details). Please note that kids will be reading this book, so make sure nothing offending when naming or coming up with ideas.

RED ORE PACK
For those who want to be champions of awesomeness—the RED ORE PACK is available. On top of all the amazing stuff you'll receive, you will also get an 20x30 signed poster and an 11x14 original art work and a Talbot Resin Statue.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
You'll be an executive producer for the inaugural Talbot Toluca book. A long with the goodies you'll receive, your name will appear in the title page, right under the author.

Boom! That just happened. And I love you for it.

ORIGINAL ART vs ART PRINTS
Original art will be an illustration based on one of the Talbot Toluca characters or group of characters. I can also draw an Edward Gorey style illustration in place of your original art but it will be in a smaller size 6x9 piece. I will use high-quality paper, pen and elbow grease. You will have to provide me with a concept or character you'd like me to create.

Example of a colored Edward Gorey style illustration in 6x9
Example of a colored Edward Gorey style illustration in 6x9

If you'd prefer digital art over original art, I can do that as well and provide you with a signed high-quality print. Here's an example of a digital art I've done in a Mignola style (he is awesome).

*** Switching to other art styles and custom illustrations are only available for RED ORE pack tier.

*** All artwork will be uncolored. Any changes to tier options must be approved first. :)

You can see more examples at my Society6 page

POSTERS

Posters and art prints can be based out of the book cover or any other posters that come out during this entire kickstarter. You can pick from the designs and I'll send that to you.

BOOKMARKS

Here are sample bookmark design ideas. More to come as we progress through the kickstarter campaign. I've got some fun and cool ideas that I think you will enjoy!

CHARACTER SKETCHES

Here's a couple of original inked b/w character sketches on 8.5x11.

RESIN MODELS

The models will be around 4-5 inches tall. Photos will be added as soon as we get some.

While I am in charge of all the behind-the-scenes design and art, I will work closely with a great team for the rest of the production. Printing and fulfillment will be handled by POP! Goes the Icon, a local publishing house who has years of experience in print and distribution. Selecting a local publisher saves time and shipping costs. I've already met with them to do test prints, and they look great!

I will work with PGTI to get the best possible quality and on-time delivery. Miscellaneous rewards that do not involve printing of the book or original art prints will be personally handled by me.

Resin models will be designed and produced by Nocturnal Combustion FX in Bellingham, WA. They specialize in visual effects, prop design, practical effects for films, etc.

If you have any questions related to this project, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks, Gang!

All your contributions and pledges will go right to the printing of the book as well as creation of the rewards. In addition, there will be fees and taxes that should also be considered. This project comes straight from my heart and my only wish is that Talbot Toluca reaches the hands of fans like yourselves. I hope that you share this with your friends so that more people can experience the Talbot Tales!

Check out this early character concept for Talbot.
Check out this early character concept for Talbot.

Risks and challenges

I've been working for over six months on the book and majority of the content is complete. I've allowed for enough buffer time for production and am confident this will be met.

The priority is completing the book, then the rewards will follow. Keep in mind that adding more content (i.e., the popularity of monster pack) may add time as well. International orders may take longer for shipment, so please consider that factor as well.

Once the Kickstarter campaign successfully ends, I will post updates on this page for everyone. Thank you!

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    NUGGET PACK: Thanks for supporting us! We'll send you a Talbot Toluca postcard & Bookmark. Let's rock this!

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    EARLY BIRD - ORE SHARD PACK: You get a copy of the book and a bookmark!

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    LIMITED CRAZY PACK: Get a book and an 8.5x11 Art Print. Free shipping with USA.

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    21 backers

    ORE SHARD PACK: You get a copy of the book, bookmark and a postcard!

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    22 backers

    YELLOW ORE PACK: A signed copy of the book w/ small sketch on the first interior page, bookmark, postcard. Everyone on this tier and higher will be credited on the official Talbot Toluca web site. Awesome!

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    6 backers

    GREEN ORE PACK: A signed copy of the book w/ small sketch on the first interior page, 2 bookmarks, 2 postcards, and an 8.5x11 Signed Art Print.

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    2 backers

    BLUE ORE PACK: Two books, signed w/ small sketch on the first interior page, 2 bookmarks, 2 postcards, and an 8.5x11 Art Print.

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    4 backers Limited (36 left of 40)

    PURPLE ORE PACK: Same as blue ore pack AND you also get a 8.5x11 original character inked sketch! Your name credited in the book!

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    8 backers Limited (10 left of 18)

    MONSTER PACK: Everything from the BLUE ORE PACK plus you get to be part of the story! I'll create a character for you (Human, Robot, Alien) to be found in one of the hidden-object scenes in the book. A special "locate these backers" section will be added at the end of the book. I will also send you a signed 8.5x11 art print of your character. Your name will appear in the credits section of the book.

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    2 backers Limited (2 left of 4)

    RED ORE: 20x30 Signed Poster! Custom limited edition Talbot Toluca Resin statue which you can put on your desk. 11x14 Original Art Illustration, Create your own monster (See Monster Pack) + 3 personalized books + 3 bookmarks, 3 postcards. A big thank you in the credits section of the book and web site (screaming to the entire universe how awesome you are!). I'll cover your shipping.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Woah! you love us that much? Well we love you back. We're going to put your name right on the title page of the book, right under the author. You will be making Talbot Toluca history. You also receive a 20x30 Signed Poster, 11x14 Premium Original Art Illustration, a limited edition Talbot Toluca Resin statue, 5 personalized books, 5 bookmarks, 5 postcards.

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