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A humorous take on the challenges of meeting new people and dealing with loneliness after moving to a big city
160 backers pledged £5,521 to help bring this project to life.
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FULLY FUNDED WE JUST HIT 100% - but it ain't over yet! 

cause we've got stretch goals! 

Stretch Goal £4.5 k - distance until it's reached £574 left!

(KICKSTARTER ONLY REWARDS!) Everyone who backs one of our product rewards gets a FREE 'GOOD MORNING' PATCH (KS ONLY),these are going to be epic and we're super excited by this design plus in addition to reaching this target and getting the patch there will be anA5 risograph mini print(KS ONLY)added to every backer who backs a product reward too also so grab yours while the kickstarter is live less than two days left!

NO.2 

A Tip for Tess!

As backers and people who know a bit about our kickstarters already know, we set out these campaign with the sole purpose, to fund the production of book titles by artists we admire and want to see succeed. We try and make our campaigns simple with realistic goals because as relative new comers to kickstarter and being a newly founded, one man publishing house we want to do what is best for the books and artists and not ask for outrageous amounts and do our best to bring the books to life and to people who want them!

However.. this does mean that neither our artists or myself receive any fees personally to contribute to our work and time. 

This stretch goal, if we reach it is to give 'a Tip to Tess' to say thank you and contribute a small form of advance for the work she has done in completing the book and all the bloody hard work and artwork for the rewards in this kickstarter. This stretch goal doesn't begin to cover the work she's completed to make the book but it will go along way to help her onto the next step of her creative journey. So buy a book, magic box or print and help us ..Tip Tess! 

Update - Missed Connection - graphic novel,  gets first place Gold at the Creative Conscience Awards!

Playtime proudly presents Missed Connection the premier graphic novel by Tess Smith-Roberts. After gaining popularity with her playful style, distinctive gestures and colourful images -and language, Smith-Roberts art is full of life embodying the cuteness, wit, fun and normal and making that interesting to the audience. 

Through her book Missed Connection Smith-Roberts use of colour, composition, space and flow populates this book with a smooth and easily read aesthetic, tackling with humour the irony and challenges of making new friends as well as dealing with loneliness in a big city.

Missed connection brings together over a years worth of work in the singular graphic novel spanning 84 pages in this perfect bound book and has been nominated and shortlisted for Hamburg Picturebook Prize 2019.

Here’s a look at some of the books pages!




To help us raise the cash needed to bring this book to the you we have dropped a new collection of must have art goodie, solving the important question of what to get you friends, loved ones and yourself this Summer/Fall! We love comics but we know that’s not everyone’s thing so we have seized the opportunity to make some groovy products! There is something for everyone giving you the option to buy the rewards individual (like the pictured below) or grab bargain bundles including our Magic Box which boasts a massive 55/50% off buying rewards individually.

Tiger enamel pin 1.5 inch square
Tiger enamel pin 1.5 inch square
Sticker Pack £8
Sticker Pack £8
Custom made screen printed tote
Custom made screen printed tote
Missed connection print book + digital copy
Missed connection print book + digital copy
Beep Beep shirt design
Beep Beep shirt design
Flower Pot A3 Risograph print
Flower Pot A3 Risograph print
Magic box! - £50 (worth £110)
Magic box! - £50 (worth £110)
Retail Reward get 10 copie sof he book at 60% off RRP for £64
Retail Reward get 10 copie sof he book at 60% off RRP for £64
Party A1 wall print lithograph + free copy of book
Party A1 wall print lithograph + free copy of book
Feature in the book as a character cameo and get a free copy of the book sent over to you!
Feature in the book as a character cameo and get a free copy of the book sent over to you!

£3000 to production costs

£800 to packaging and shipping costs

This is the second kickstarter we’ve ran running, and after the success of the first raising £12,000 we’re confident of having a everything as planned as possible. Challenges such as delays  are possible and problems can arise but we have minimised these and made sure all the artwork is ready to go to print now so when we reach our target we can send everything to be printed and made immediately.

We will do everything In our power to communicate transparently about any issues should they arise.

Risks and challenges

We've done a few of these before and we're confident in our ability to delivery the project.
That being said we have also made sure our manufacturing quotes are sound with back up fabricators in place so that I the event of sudden changes any delays can be averted.

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    CROWD FUNDING HERO LOYALTY CARD 20% OFF

    [For people who have backed our kickstarters in the past]

    This special rewards is for the hero’s that breath life into our humble little projects. If you have backed any of our kickstarters in the past you can use this reward to get further discount for backing this kickstarter!

    Simply look at the total price of any of the rewards you want whether single rewards or multiple, add up the total and deduct 20%! Then input the new total INTO THIS REWARD, select postage and after you check out add a note detailing the rewards you want!

    Example Magic Boxes at £50 would be £40 - that’s £10 saved on our loyalty card! And to redeem you would back this reward for £40, select postage and add a note saying they want a magic box - That simple!

    NOTES: if your new order total comes to less than £30/ €34 / $37 select CHRISTMAS ISLAND for UK delivery and international select TURKS and CAICOS for cheaper delivery option - if value more than £30/ €34 / $37 select UK or REST OF WORLD

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    Tiger Pin

    Who doesn’t love Tigers?! This fierce yet cute design can now be yours for the wearing 1.5 inch size 4 colour enamel pin.

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    Missed Connection Sticker Pack

    Stickers are the game and here we have a pack of 5 of characters from Tess’s new book getting their groove on in sticker form, die cut and water proof, so the can dance on your fridge, laptop and phone case for years to come :)

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    Missed Connection: the e-book

    A DRM-free pdf edition of the artbook

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    Party tote bag

    Bespoke made 5 colour screen printed tote with artwork from Tess’s book with yellow handles, edge to edge print and woven label

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    Missed Connection [PRINT BOOK + E-BOOK]

    Receive the actual book, signed, plus you will receive:

    + A DRM-free pdf edition of the artbook

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    Beep Beep Shirt

    Do you go ‘SKRRT SKRRT’ every time you go round corners when you drive? Or maybe you don’t know how to drive but like make car noises anyway! Well whether you do or not this shirt is for you! One colour screen printed with love.

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    Book + Sticker Pack

    Receive a signed copy of the book plus you will receive:

    + A DRM-free pdf edition of the artbook
    + sticker pack

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    Book + pin + sticker pack

    Receive a signed copy of the book plus you will receive:

    + A DRM-free pdf edition of the artbook
    + sticker pack
    + Enamel tiger pin

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    Flower Pot

    Whether your breathing life into that living room wall that looks a bit lonely or helping to spruce up your friends office which has always looked a bit dingy and sad, this special edition of signed A3 Risograph print, printed onto 300gsm paper will make the perfect gift for you home or a gift for a friend.

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    Car Sculpture

    Tess’s car sculptures are the perfect take home perfectly combing humour and colour with hand crafted personality. Become the proud owner of some original sculpture lovingly crafted by the artists own hands.

    Dimensions:

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    Magic Box [50% off]

    For the early backer we have a whole lotta love in this box of treats and at more than 50% off! [Box valued at £104! ]
    including:

    Includes:
    • Signed copy of the book
    • E-book emailed to you
    • Sticker Pack
    • Enamel pin
    • T Shirt
    • Tote Bag
    • Flower Pot A3 Risograph Print
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    Retailer pack 60% OFF (value £160 RRP)

    Get ten signed copies of the book for your customers to enjoy, that’s a huge discount and great value for your store and customers

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    My Party - A1 Lithograph Print + Book

    Bring the party home with this attention grabbing limited edition wall art print from Tess’s book and at a kickstarter special 22% off retail price

    Plus signed copy of book

    Includes:
    • Print A1 300gsm
    • Signed copy of the book
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    Cameo - star in the book!+ Free book

    Always wanted to see your face in print? Star as an extra in the backdrop of a cinema, bar, pottery class or disco? Or maybe you want to immortalise a friend or loved one!

    With this reward you get to be drawn into the book to star as a character your own or some one you nominates own image drawn in Tess’s style and be immortalised in print and e-book

    You will also get a free copy of the book

    Single cameo £150
    Two people £225 + two free copies of book

    [no speaking part]

    Includes:
    • Drawn into the book
    • Signed copy of the book
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Funding period

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