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Fictional vampires teach facts about bats and encourage scientific curiosity in this fun picture book for all ages.
Fictional vampires teach facts about bats and encourage scientific curiosity in this fun picture book for all ages.
Fictional vampires teach facts about bats and encourage scientific curiosity in this fun picture book for all ages.
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The Little Vampires Are Confused About Bats

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The Little Vampires are a group of tiny monsters. How tiny? This tiny:

They try very hard to be fierce, scary creatures of the night. But they fail spectacularly at it. 

The Little Vampires have a lot of wrong ideas about a lot of things, like blood oranges, toaster ovens, and party planning. They are confused about bats because they have some of the same misconceptions about them that we humans do. They think bats are nothing more than spooky creatures of the night that terrorize people, which is what the Little Vampires want to be. 

Bats aren't as scary as the Little Vampires think! This book explains to them, and the reader, that bats are a wonderfully diverse group of mammals. Scientific observations over many decades have shown that bats serve vital functions in nature, and are no more threatening to humans than any other wild animal.

Why did I feel the need to write and illustrate this book? Because I love vampires and bats when they're together in scary movies or on Halloween decorations. But it saddens me how the association of bats and vampires has caused so many prejudices about bats. I decided to use my fictional vampires to address some of these prejudices by presenting the scientific facts about bats in a humorous and entertaining way. 

The Little Vampires Are Confused About Bats will be a 6-inch by 9-inch hardcover, perfectly sized for young readers' hands. Here's a mockup of the final product:

The page count is approximately 56 pages. The book will be printed on high-quality matte paper with a hardcover binding by PrintNinja.

The book is near completion. I just need to complete the art for a few pages, and make any revisions suggested by bat experts that are editing the text. It will be sent to the printer a week after the Kickstarter campaign ends, should the campaign be fully funded. It will ship within two weeks after it arrives at my studio. If all goes according to plan, backers should have the book by late summer. 

That's me! And I have been writing and illustrating the (mis)adventures of the Little Vampires and their monster friends for ten years. Little Vampires, the hardcover book, premiered at San Diego Comic-Con in 2007. I published the sequel, Little Vampires and Friends, in 2009. The Little Vampires webcomic premiered in October of 2009, and has entertained readers with 900+ comics since then. I've collected the comics into three printed volumes, and also wrote and published The Metaphysical Ponderings of Dogs, which was illustrated by Canadian artist Marie McNeill.

For this book, I did extensive research about bats to make sure the text is educational as well as entertaining. The book is written so that readers at a high third-grade level and up can enjoy it independently. But it will also make a great book to read aloud to younger readers. 

You can follow me and learn more about my work on:

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/megableh/

BOOK: The book is described above. If you happened to scroll this far without reading, go back and check it out. I'll wait.

PDF EDITION: I'm also offering a digital edition of the book. It's great for reading on the go, or for avoiding expensive international shipping if you live outside the United States.

These backer rewards feature adapted art from the book!

POSTCARD: Everybody who backs this project at any level gets a postcard with exclusive art from me expressing my heartfelt thanks. It really means a lot to me that you're willing to put up your money to see this project realized!

STICKERS: The stickers on offer are high-quality, die-cut vinyl stickers from Sticker Mule. There are eight different designs, sure to bring joy to any surface.

Stickers
Stickers

MAGNET: It's a 2-inch by 3-inch metal magnet that … sticks to magnetic surfaces! Backers that prefer tea to coffee can choose to have a magnet that replaces "coffee" with "tea."

Flippable Magnet - Can be customized to read "tea"
Flippable Magnet - Can be customized to read "tea"

ART PRINT: A motivational 8-inch by 10-inch print on high-quality photo paper, signed by me. Because I believe that you got this. Whatever this may be. You got it. 

Art Print
Art Print

PENDANT: A beautiful pendant made by the exclusive jewelers of the Little Vampires, Optimystical Studios

 

To get an add-on reward, just pledge for a backer level that's eligible for the add-on you want, then increase your pledge by the amount of the add-on. For example, if you are in the US, and want three extra copies of the book, you would pledge at least the $20 level, then add $63 ($54 for the books, plus $9 extra shipping) for a total of $83. Make a note of what add-ons you would like so when the surveys go out after the campaign is funded, you'll be able to specify what add-ons you have pledged for. 

 

  

For shipping within the US, we will use USPS Priority Mail. This will allow us to track your package. We will also use USPS Priority Mail to ship all international orders.

Risks and challenges

The main risks with any publishing project are unforeseen printing and shipping delays. While unlikely, this can happen, and could delay delivery to you.

The art and writing are very near completion, and I don't foresee any problems getting the book to the printer on time once the project is funded. Printing books is something I have done a half-dozen times before, so I know what to expect from the process.

If any issues should come up, you can count on me to keep you up-to-date. This project would not be possible without your backing, and I intend to honor that by keeping you informed!

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