About this project
WHO IS SARAH FAIRE?
Sarah Faire and the House at the End of the World is a fully illustrated hardcover children's book, written by Alex Giannini and with stunning art by Abigail Larson.
Originally published in 2012, Sarah Faire tells the story of a brave little girl who, on a Halloween night long ago, goes off into the dark in search of her missing friend.
Sarah Faire had a first print run of 500 copies. This printing was funded completely by the book's creators. While sales were slow early on, things started to pick up...a lot! Now, Abigail and I have COMPLETELY SOLD THROUGH that initial print run, and we are still getting requests from readers looking to buy a copy.
This, as you might imagine, is both incredibly gratifying and incredibly heartbreaking, as the answer lately has been, "I'm so sorry, no." Saying no to readers is pretty much the worst thing we can do.
The point of this Kickstarter is to do a second printing of Sarah Faire and the House at the End of the World. There is no better feeling than handing off something you've created to a new reader. Abigail and I want to share the world of Sarah Faire with as many readers as possible!
Sarah Faire is a 100% self-published labor of love that is now ready to reach a whole new readership.
The following are the first four pages of the book. As you'll see, every page features fully painted, gorgeous art by Abigail.
Even though our first printing was modest, Sarah Faire received some very nice praise from some very talented folks.
“Sarah Faire manages to achieve the tricky atmospheric balance of being both inviting and foreboding at the same time. It’s a feeling only childhood can inspire, and Giannini and Larson re-envision that age where nighttime and shadows held imaginary friends and foes alike.”
--Jamie S. Rich, writer of Lady Killer, It Girl and the Atomics and Spell Checkers
"Alex Giannini’s story is nicely complimented by Abigail Larson’s appropriately Gothic illustrations; spiky and elegant, they remind me of the Beetlejuice cartoon I loved growing up. Indeed, this would have been a favourite book if I had had it as a child. Spooky, but not too scary to be read to children."
-- V.L. Craven, The Autodidact in the Attic
Sarah Faire and the House at the End of the World was named Runner-Up in the 2013 Halloween Book Festival.
Over the course of the book's life, we've been very lucky to meet some amazingly talented people as we go. The video at the top of this page, for example, was created by Austin Hillebrecht, an animator and filmmaker who stopped by Abigail's table at a convention.
Friends we've made along the way have been very generous, and we are so happy and proud to present the following rewards.
In addition to original artwork by Abigail (and, really, who could pass that up??), we'll be offering hand-stitched Thomas the Bear dolls, made by Amber--or, as she's known on Etsy, Southern Gothica. Take a look at Amber's incredible work, below, which we are offering at the $100 level:
In addition to the mini Thomas, Amber will also create a FULL SIZE Thomas (at the $135 level) and a mini Thomas, mini Sarah combination (at the $200 level)! Check them out:
Another friend we've met is Chris Crowe, an up-and-coming sculptor who has accompanied Alex at various book signings. Chris will be offering hand-sculpted versions of Thomas the Bear at the $75 level:
Chris will also create busts of Sarah Faire herself for pledges at the $125 level!
Additionally, at various levels, we're also throwing in copies of The Well-Dressed Man one-shot comic book prequel that tells the origin story of the villain from Sarah Faire. This was written by Alex, and features illustrations by Nick Palazzo.
Risks and challenges
Well, luckily, we've done this before, so we're hoping that there won't be many risks involved this time around. We took our book through all stages of production a few years ago, and we have the new print run already priced, with the same U.S.-based printer.
Additionally, all of the artists offering rewards have blocked out plenty of time in their schedules to get things out as soon as possible if we're fortunate enough to reach our goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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