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$2,890
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
33
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, May 3 2018 6:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

Football has an important place in many people’s hearts, but the love for football may not be any stronger than in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, home of the Crimson Tide.

This historic football program has built a dynasty that produces championship-caliber teams year in and year out. We want to pay homage to Alabama football by publishing a creative and engaging illustrated children’s book that can be enjoyed by kids, parents and Bama fans of all ages. 

There are several reasons we want to write and illustrate a children’s book about the history and traditions of the Alabama dynasty. 

1. Kids love sports and look up to collegiate athletes as role models, yet there are no great children’s sports books that use sports history to engage with kids. We want to use sports as a vehicle to get kids excited about reading!

2. Parents and families often bond with their children through sports. We want to create a book that helps parents build more memories with their kids!

3. Lifelong Alabama fans have a passion and love for their team that is unmatched. We want to give die-hard Alabama fans an incredible souvenir to commemorate Bama’s remarkable history!

4. Some people are on the fence about Alabama; maybe they’re a high school student weighing their collegiate future or another college fan who considering changing their favorite team. We want these potential Bama fans to have a glimpse of what life is like rooting for a championship program. Including the rich history of the team, the football traditions and culture, and the incredible atmosphere of the greatest college town in the country, Tuscaloosa!

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Roll, Bama, Roll: The Story of College Football’s Greatest Dynasty is a fun way to retell some of the most iconic moments in Alabama football history. We cover some of the greatest memories from Bear Bryant to Nick Saban, including the 1979 Sugar Bowl goal-line stand and the 2018 overtime victory with freshman Tua Tagovailoa at the helm. 

This incredible children’s book blends creative rhymes and beautiful illustrations with Alabama sports history. Children, parents, and Bama fans of all ages will have a hard time putting this book down.

Roll, Bama, Roll is roughly 700 words long and is written in a traditional rhyming scheme, much like that of Dr. Seuss. The book will be hardcover with page dimensions of 8.5" x 11".

Our script and illustration board sketches are finished. We’ve even shared them with some Bama legends and media personalities!

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There aren’t just illustrations in Roll, Bama, Roll, there are AMAZING ILLUSTRATIONS! The illustrator for “Roll, Bama, Roll” is the incredibly talented Steve Madden, a professional illustrator for the Tampa Bay Times.  

 Steve’s hand-drawn sketches for “Roll, Bama, Roll” are well underway and you can see some below. Once we hit our goal, he’ll get the finishing touches down and begin finalizing the illustrations for print.

Roll, Bama, Roll - The Cover
Roll, Bama, Roll - The Cover
initial sketches of pages 1, 2 and 3
initial sketches of pages 1, 2 and 3

 Below is the digitally illustrated version of the above sketch board. 

The digitally illustrated versions of the above sketch board.
The digitally illustrated versions of the above sketch board.
initial sketches of pages 4, 5 and 6
initial sketches of pages 4, 5 and 6
The digitally illustrated versions of the above sketch board.
The digitally illustrated versions of the above sketch board.
Roll, Bama, Roll - page 7
Roll, Bama, Roll - page 7

Steve spent several hours hand-drawing the cover page for this Kickstarter launch. He then transferred the sketch to digital form and began coloring on his desktop. You can see a quick time lapse below of Steve coloring in the cover page.

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Below is a breakdown of how your pledge will help turn this story into a beautiful hardcover book about the history of the greatest college football dynasty ever.

 Jeff Attinella (Writer)

Jeff grew up playing all kinds of sports and has been a lifelong Tampa Bay Bucs, Rays and Lightning fan.  He came up with the idea for these stories shortly after his daughter, Remy, was born.  He currently plays professional soccer and lives in Portland, OR with his wife, daughter, and black lab, Lylah. 


Wayne Curtiss (Writer)

Wayne is a huge sports fan and a serial entrepreneur. He loved the idea of blending sports and storytelling, and jumped at the idea of creating these stories. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, playing basketball and taking weekly dance lessons with his wife of 29 years, Rosemary. They currently reside in Tampa, FL with their chocolate lab, Nala.


Steve Madden (Illustrator)

Steve currently lives in St. Petersburg, FL and is an artist for the local newspaper. Living in St. Pete, he loves being able to leave work, meet his kids, Colin and Tess, downtown and walk to a Tampa Bay Rays game. Steve is a University of Florida graduate. The first Gator football game he attended was against #1 ranked Alabama, a home loss. The score: 40-0 and yes, Alabama went on to win the 1979 National Championship. 

If this is your first time using KickStarter, check out this FAQ for new backers!

You can learn more about It Had to Be Told on our website or by emailing us at info@ithadtobetold.com.

*This project and its creators are not affiliated with the University of Alabama.*

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges for our project are relatively low. We have written the script and it’s been read and reviewed by editors, Alabama pundits and fans. The illustrations are currently in production and will be finished within the next few weeks.

The printer is on stand-by so that as soon as we hit our goal, we’ll move these beautiful books into production and get them to our backers’ hands as quickly as possible!

With that said, there is always the potential for unforeseen circumstances to arise and cause delays. If any issues come up, we will be transparent and quick to relay that to you. We have a tight-knit team of professionals who all believe wholeheartedly in the awesomeness of this project and are working our tails off to make sure it’s perfect.

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    FIRST DOWN!

    You will receive an eBook copy of “Roll, Bama, Roll”! Your choice of Mobi or ePub format, and of course, no DRM attached because we believe that sharing is caring! :)

    You will also receive exclusive behind-the-scenes updates as artwork is finished and pages are finalized!

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    EARLY BIRD AWARD! "PRE-GAME HYPE"

    To thank you for your early bird support, we're offering a limited time award! For $15, you will receive everything in the "TOUCHDOWN" award. That includes the eBook plus a beautifully illustrated, first edition, hardcover copy of “Roll, Bama, Roll”!

    You will also receive exclusive behind-the-scenes updates as artwork is finished and pages are finalized!

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    TOUCHDOWN!

    You will receive the eBook plus a beautifully illustrated, first edition, hardcover copy of “Roll, Bama, Roll”!

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    TWO-POINT CONVERSION!

    You will receive the eBook plus TWO beautifully illustrated, first edition, hardcover copies of “Roll, Bama, Roll”!

    You will also receive exclusive behind-the-scenes updates as artwork is finished and pages are finalized!

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    GOAL LINE STAND!

    You will receive the eBook plus THREE beautifully illustrated, first edition, hardcover copies of “Roll, Bama, Roll”, each complete with a Kickstarter exclusive bookplate signed by both the author and the illustrator!

    You will also receive exclusive behind-the-scenes updates as artwork is finished and pages are finalized!

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    BIG TIME BOOSTER!

    As a BTB, you can directly support the children of Alabama by providing them with much needed books. On your behalf, we will send TEN books to a less advantaged public elementary school in the state of Alabama (based on the 2017 school grade reports), or you may choose the school of your choice.

    That’s not all, though! For your generosity, you will receive the eBook plus THREE beautifully illustrated, first edition, hardcover copies of “Roll, Bama, Roll”, each complete with a Kickstarter exclusive bookplate signed by both the author and the illustrator.

    *The selected school will be confirmed with backer prior to shipment.
    *The ten book package will include: six copies “Roll, Bama, Roll” and four copies of our book “The Great Space Race”

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    MEET THE TEAM!

    Bring the author to you! This award will bring one of the authors of “Roll, Bama, Roll” to your classroom! You will have the opportunity to select a class of your choice for our author to visit and do a live reading!

    In addition, he will bring a beautifully illustrated, signed, first edition, hardcover copy of “Roll, Bama, Roll” for each student Each student will receive the eBook version, as well. (Up to 32 students)

    For your personal collection, you will receive the eBook plus THREE beautifully illustrated, first edition, hardcover copies of “Roll, Bama, Roll”, each complete with a Kickstarter exclusive bookplate signed by both the author and the illustrator.

    *Classroom visits require prior approval from the school and teacher of your choice.

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    WALK OF FAME!

    The Walk of Fame is an honorable place to be! Especially on this project, where you will directly help children across the state of Alabama. However, this reward is a bit “different”... This reward lets you have a little fun with your neighbors over in Auburn, AL!

    For your generosity, on your behalf, we will send 17 books to the elementary school or public library of your choice, PLUS we’ll send 17 books to each of the 12 public elementary schools in the city of Auburn. (Perhaps you’ll help persuade some young minds to join the good side and find the crimson light!)

    To show our gratitude for your support of both our project and students in Alabama, we will feature a personalized “Thank You!” message in the back of all the first edition, Kickstarter exclusive copies of “Roll, Bama, Roll” so that your generosity may live on for decades to come!

    You will also receive the eBook plus FIVE beautifully illustrated, first edition, hardcover copies of “Roll, Bama, Roll” for your personal collection, each complete with a Kickstarter exclusive bookplate signed by both the author and the illustrator.

    (Each package of 17 books will be made up of nine copies of “Roll, Bama, Roll”, and two copies each of our four other titles: “The Curse Ends: The story of the 2016 Chicago Cubs”, Cleveland Wins a Championship: The story of the 2016 Cavaliers”, “Greatest Ever: The story of a coach, a quarterback and a comeback” and “The Great Space Race: The story of how America put a man on the moon!”.)

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