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Josh Kirby's long-lost whimsical, unfinished children's book: Marmaduke Mousington. Rediscovered, with illustrations by Ray Friesen
Josh Kirby's long-lost whimsical, unfinished children's book: Marmaduke Mousington. Rediscovered, with illustrations by Ray Friesen
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Although you might not instantly recognize Josh Kirby by name, his art was groundbreaking. Not only is he the illustrator who’s unmistakable style was hand selected to attract readers to Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, but he was also an award winning science fiction, horror and fantasy artist.

Josh's prolific career spanned over six decades and his illustrations adorned film posters, puzzles, games, album art and hundreds of book covers for literary greats, including Ray Bradbury, Ian Fleming, Isaac Asimov, Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Sangster, Richard Matheson, Ursula Le Guin, Jack Kerouac, Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert Heinlein. And of course, his epic film poster for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Josh's work on the ‘Return of the Jedi’ film poster (UK), Alfred Hitchcock's novel 'Murders I Fell in Love With' and Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel ‘The Light Fantastic’
Josh's work on the ‘Return of the Jedi’ film poster (UK), Alfred Hitchcock's novel 'Murders I Fell in Love With' and Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel ‘The Light Fantastic’

 But that's not where the story ends...

 Josh Kirby left the world a surprise in his vast art archives: an unfinished  children's book about a time traveling mouse named Marmaduke.

Josh Kirby, painter of other dimensions
Josh Kirby, painter of other dimensions

The manuscript remained buried amongst papers for fifteen years, just waiting for the right moment. That turned out to be at the 2016 UK Discworld Convention.  Now, the Josh Kirby Estate has proudly teamed up with cartoonist Ray Friesen to finish the story and bring it to you! 

With your generosity and support, if we meet our funding goal of $7,500 over the next month, we will be able to print and ship the finished full colour children's book and lots of other bits and bobs, with your help!

Amy and Rob, (the estate) meet Ray last year. Goofballs the lot of 'em.
Amy and Rob, (the estate) meet Ray last year. Goofballs the lot of 'em.

 The children's book is 48 pages, including full colour illustrations that  accompany this whimsical, funny, and time-travel-tastic story!

Marmaduke Mousington and the Million Year Picnic
Marmaduke Mousington and the Million Year Picnic

Your copy can include a hand sketched illustration by Ray, and all sorts of other lovely goodies, by pre-ordering through our Kickstarter campaign, at the pledge level you prefer.

Everyone who backs our campaign will have their name in the back of the book as a huge thanks from us, AND if you're one of the first 50 people to order the EarlyBird special (available the first week only), you will receive a copy of the book, autographed and hand sketched in by Ray, with a bonus 8"x8" fine art print! (SOLD OUT)

Our first and second tier rewards, the book itself, and various extra goodies are available!
Our first and second tier rewards, the book itself, and various extra goodies are available!
So much exciting items you can get!
So much exciting items you can get!

Some of our wonderful additional tchotchkes include: 

Stickers, Buttons, and Enamel Pins, oh my! .... The pin is only included in the 'Bric-a-Brac' reward level, but you can add a pin to any pledge level for $11!

Sticker, Button, and Pin (not final designs, but close!)
Sticker, Button, and Pin (not final designs, but close!)

A Marmaduke T-shirt, in the size of your choice! Nearly 42 people voted and helped us choose the 'Cuppa-Tea-Shirt' design!

UPDATED T-SHIRT ART!

Cuppa Tea Shirt
Cuppa Tea Shirt

 

A vintage edition of the book featuring original never-before-seen Josh Kirby artwork, stamped with the official embossed Kirby seal.

Vintage Cover embossed with Official Kirby Stamp - $65
Vintage Cover embossed with Official Kirby Stamp - $65

Marmaduke Mug! NEW! LIMITED! You can pledge to have a special skype hangout with Amy, Rob, and Ray, to discuss the book, Uncle Josh, art, marketing, whatever you like! And everybody can sip from a very special mousey mug! Limited to 5 people! We maaaaay make the mug more available than that, we'll see!

Have a cuppa tea with Amy and the team, with a very special cup!
Have a cuppa tea with Amy and the team, with a very special cup!

And for the true collector, we're offering this Deluxe Limited Edition: The Folio Strombolio. With extra pages, never-before-seen art, and an oversized hardcover presentation. This version screams luxuriousness, and is limited to 25 copies.

Folio Strombolio - $250 and worth every shilling.
Folio Strombolio - $250 and worth every shilling.

ALSO! If we reach our first stretch goal ($15,000) everyone wins! We want you to have a very special bonus treat: we will record an audio book version of the story, narrated by voice-over artist extraordinaire Stephen Briggs! 

Stretch Goal! Stephen Briggs Reads The Audio Book!
Stretch Goal! Stephen Briggs Reads The Audio Book!

That audio book would then be given as a free bonus download to EVERYBODY who has pledged at book level or higher!  

We will not be charging extra for the audiobook, we will be providing it FREE to book level backers as a big old THANK YOU if our project is doubly successful. So please tell your friends, enemies, and anyone who loves time traveling mice!

Spinning through time!
Spinning through time!

Thank you for your support! We've visited the future, and the book turned out brilliantly, we can't wait to share it with you.

Josh Kirby's story, rediscovered and finished! With your help!
Josh Kirby's story, rediscovered and finished! With your help!

 

Risks and challenges

We've done sprawling illustration projects before, and published books with the help of a solid Kickstarter campaign, so we are confident that if we meet our funding goal, we will be able to do everything we say that we're going to. The biggest risk is to the space time continuum, as surely it will go spinning out of control without the publication of this book.

There are numerous challenges associated with the project, and we look forward to tackling them with gusto. Recording an audiobook is a new experience for the team! Putting together the book, and all the rewards and goodies will take a lot of effort, that we are only to happy to spend our time on, because we enjoy that sort of thing.

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    Bob's Your Uncle (We're kinda British)

    Every little bit helps! To thank you for your support you'll receive our appreciation, email updates about the project, and your name listed in the back of the book as a supporter. Cheers!

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    Marmaduke Prize Pack

    Show the world that you helped bring a long lost children's book to fruition.

    Proudly wear this badge of honour while placing the sticker on an unsuspecting friend's laptop, guitar case or car bumper.

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    Marmaduke, Digital Edition

    The finished book, in PDF format, will time travel through the digital realm so that you can download it onto the device of your choice!

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    Marmaduke, Softcover Book Edition

    It's all 'bout the book, 'bout the book . . .

    This is why we started a Kickstarter campaign, so that with your help, we can bring the long lost Josh Kirby book to children of all ages!

    Pledge now to get the paperback edition PLUS the digital edition.

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    ✪ Early Bird LIMITED - ONE WEEK ONLY! ✪

    The early bird gets this UNBELIEVABLE, VERY LIMITED PACKAGE OF AWESOME STUFF!

    Not only will you receive an autographed copy of the book for the same cost as the non-autographed edition, but we’re adding an exclusive NEVER BEFORE SEEN Marmaduke Josh Kirby vintage 8"x8" fine art print, numbered certified by the Josh Kirby estate!

    This is limited to the first 50 people, and available for the first week only!

    Includes:
    • Marmaduke Book AUTOGRAPHED!
    • 8"x8" Josh Kirby Art on Archival Matte Paper
    • Digital Marmaduke Mousington Book (PDF format)
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    Marmaduke, Artist Sketch Edition

    If you like to stand out from the crowd, this is a good pledge level for you.

    Finishing illustrator Ray Friesen will draw a customized time traveling mouse into your copy plus sweeten the deal by adding his autograph.

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    • Marmaduke Book AUTOGRAPHED!
    • Digital Marmaduke Mousington Book (PDF format)
    • Custom sketch by Ray in the book
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    ✪ One week only! The Colouring Book! ✪

    EEK!! Colour your world!

    Okay, make that, colour Marmaduke Mousington's world.

    We decided to produce a limited edition package featuring a colouring book that includes black and white illustrations to be coloured in as you see fit.

    This Limited reward package includes the soft cover copy edition of Marmaduke, and a copy of the limited edition colouring book.

    Limited to the first 100 people who pledge. get it now, 100 isn't a lot, seriously, think of what 100 pennies equals, right? : )

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    Marmaduke, Tee Shirt Edition

    Be loud and proud. Well, as loud as a mouse can be. Get this high quality tee shirt in the size of your choice along with a copy of the book and the PDF so you'll never be lost in time without it.

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    • Marmaduke T-Shirt
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    ✪ LIMITED Marmaduke Mug Edition ✪

    The absolutely, positively, astonishingly and epictastically brilliant Marmaduke Mug! Featuring everybody's favourite gentleman mouse adventurer swinging from a teabag string! On a white mug with green handle and interior. Available THIS WEEK ONLY as a special limited item!

    (If you want the mug in addition to the other nifty items you've already pledged for, increase your existing pledge by $23 and we'll add a mug on! You'll get a message from us confirming everything and making sure nobody is confused!)

    You'll also receive the softcover book with a lovely drawing by Ray inside. And the digital pdf version. You can enjoy it while you sip tea from your mousey mug.

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    • Marmaduke Book AUTOGRAPHED!
    • Custom sketch by Ray in the book
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    Marmaduke, Tee Shirt+Autograph Edition

    Be loud and even more proud with an autographed (by Ray) copy of the book, to go with the tee shirt (your choice of size) and the digital book copy.

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    • Marmaduke Book AUTOGRAPHED!
    • Marmaduke T-Shirt
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    Marmaduke Josh Kirby Vintage Edition

    What's old is new! Since this book was never released to the public, this vintage copy marks the first time ANYONE can get their hands on it.

    AND it also includes a Limited Edition fine art print, certified by the estate of Josh Kirby.

    Includes:
    • Marmaduke Book "Vintage" cover with certified seal
    • Digital Marmaduke Mousington Book (PDF format)
    • 'Vintage' Josh Kirby cover art, with the famous 'Kirby' seal
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    Marmaduke Bonus Bric-a-Brac Edition

    If you love fun stuff, this is the package for you. A multitude of Marmaduke Mousington prizes! Including an exclusive 8"x8" fine art print on archival matte paper.

    Includes:
    • Marmaduke Book AUTOGRAPHED!
    • Marmaduke button/badge
    • Marmaduke sticker
    • Marmaduke T-Shirt
    • Marmaduke Enamel Pin
    • 8 X 8 Marmaduke Mousington Fine Art Print
    • Digital Marmaduke Mousington Book (PDF format)
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    LIMITED (10) Marmaduke Sculpture Edition

    Be the first to grab this Ultra Limited Edition sculpture of Marmaduke by sculptor, illustrator, (and rider of trains) who most recently won Best in Show at the British Disc World Convention, Lyn Marie Neuenfeldt.

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    • Marmaduke Book AUTOGRAPHED!
    • 3"- 6" Three Dimensional Marmaduke Sculpture
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    Marmaduke Bonus Bric-a-Brac Deluxe!

    If you love fun stuff, this is the package for you. A multitude of Marmaduke Mousington prizes above and beyond the Bric-a-Brac edition, with new Marmaduke Colouring book, and Marmaduke Mug!

    Includes:
    • Marmaduke Colouring Book
    • Marmaduke Mug
    • 8 X 8 Marmaduke Mousington Fine Art Print
    • Digital Marmaduke Mousington Book (PDF format)
    • Marmaduke Book AUTOGRAPHED!
    • Marmaduke Enamel Pin
    • Marmaduke sticker
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    Tea with Amy, Rob, and Ray

    Sit down over Skype and a nice cuppa with Amy and Ray, and discuss the project! Ask any questions about Josh Kirby directly to his estate, Amy will probably share all kindsa special stories, Rob can give suit wearing/marketing advice and play the drums, and you can have the book illustrator draw pictures while you watch! All while sipping from your special Marmaduke Mug!

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    • Marmaduke Book AUTOGRAPHED!
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    LIMITED Collector's Folio Strombolio

    This is the one that will stand the test of time.

    The oversized, hardcover, deluxe collector's Limited Edition of the Marmaduke novel.

    This edition screams luxuriousness and is loaded with exclusives.

    Includes:
    • Marmaduke Collector's Folio Strombolio Edition
    • 12"x12" Exclusive Josh Kirby Art Giclée
    • Digital Marmaduke Mousington Book (PDF format)
    • Extra pages illustrated by Ray Freisen
    • Never Before Seen Josh Kirby Marma-Doodles
    • Excerpts from the Original Hand-Typed Manuscript
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    LIMITED Be in the Book Bragging Rights

    Be immortalized as a cartoon!

    YOU, (or a person you prefer) will be drawn into the finished story and appear in a scene in the book!

    Imagine the excitement when you discover the page you’re on, and get to point to it and tell everyone . . . THERE I AM!

    You also get two T-shirts, so keep one for yourself and give the other to the person that gets the most excited to see you in the book!

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