About this project
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.
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.
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!
The children's book is 48 pages, including full colour illustrations that accompany this whimsical, funny, and time-travel-tastic story!
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)
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!
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!
A vintage edition of the book featuring original never-before-seen Josh Kirby artwork, stamped with the official embossed Kirby seal.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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