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The Nitch is a 62 pg. illustrated "tail", and we need your help to finish the hand-binding... did I mention the buried treasure?
The Nitch is a 62 pg. illustrated "tail", and we need your help to finish the hand-binding... did I mention the buried treasure?
The Nitch is a 62 pg. illustrated "tail", and we need your help to finish the hand-binding... did I mention the buried treasure?
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It started with a tail...

 The Nitch is a 62 page, illustrated prose (28 illustrated panels), hand-bound in a leather journal style. Mr. Jeering's prose style, is similar to the works of Dr. Seuss and Lewis Carroll, and the tail (and I do mean "tail"), takes readers on a transformational journey in search of the most elusive creature in all the realms; The Nitch!

 This guidepost adventure is intended to develop critical thinking skills through the practice of imagination and the discovery of the creative process. A puzzle, hidden within the book, allows for the journey to continue through the online portal site; www.thenitch.co, and beyond. 

Each book comes with a unique ID code, found on the Keeper's Card attached inside the back of the book. (Seen below) Using this code, in conjunction with the secret phrase, hidden in the book, allows you access to the Rook of Biddles, which is a game of riddles that leads to real hidden artifacts.

The Author

  Who is Satyrus Jeering?  (visit his site @http://www.satyrusjeering.com)

After a terrible shipwreck off the coast of the South Sandwich Islands, a sole survivor washed up on the shore of a white sand beach. That survivor was the infant child, Satyrus Jeering. He was soon sniffed out by wild dogs, who took him as one of their own, raising him in the highlands. Several years later; he was discovered by an island shaman, who captured and trained the young savage in the ways of ceremonial mask making, (or Facemaking as Jeering likes to call it). From the time of his curious beginning, he has traveled the world, creating masks for some of the most recognizable faces in history, including; King Tutankhamen, Leonardo da Vinci and Elisabeth I. Now, with the help of an eager young apprentice, Mr. Jeering is binding his tails, one at a time, for the enjoyment of all who seek the mysteries of life.

 Ages ago, I went out walking. That walk became a journey, and the journey a lifetime. What I eventually found, I bound here for you. This is the tail of The Nitch. - Satyrus Jeering ca.1357

The Pudding

The Nitch received project support for the first edition run of 1,000 copies in 2014, by the Iowa Arts Council, an organization that fully supports and promotes the current efforts of Satyrus Jeering. These initial funds helped us to prepare the project and bring the first edition binding to THIS critical stage.

At the beginning of the 2014/15 school year, the Satyrus Jeering team began development of a new K-5 focused, in-school program called Finding The Nitch, at Walnut Hills Elementary School in Waukee, Iowa. This program is based on the academic infrastructure of The Nitch, and the lesson therein, of identification of the creative process. The program features a brand new format of interruption based storytelling which is proving to heighten educational engagement.

The Rewards

This Kickstarter is the best way to get your hands on a 1st Edition (Green tongue edition) copy of The Nitch. The editions get their color names from the velvet bookmarkers in the books. Here are some of our pledge reward levels...

111 early supporters will receive a copy at the $24 pledge level! 
(Pledge now at the right column of this page)

Multiple copy pledges...  (Pledge now at the right column of this page)

 Only 21 of the original 111 Author's Edition copies remain! 
(Pledge now at the right column of this page)

 If your school is looking for a cutting edge, arts program; we have an option
(Pledge now at the right column of this page)

The Nitch is just the beginning. Being as old as he is, Mr. Jeering has a plethora of stories and artifacts which we anticipate manifesting; but we have to finish The Nitch first...

If we can reach our initial goal, Stretch goals will help us to venture further into the project with additional elements (Below the map are the details of each stretch goal level):

  • @ $5,111 We have reached our Kickstarter goal! Yes! Rewards are guaranteed.
  • @ $11,111 A fancy, audio version of The Nitch; read by Satyrus Jeering (All Pledges will receive a download code!)
  •  @ $15,111 An e-reader version of The Nitch (All Pledges will receive a download of the audio version + the e-reader version and a limited edition print of The Itch)
  • @ $31,111 Satyrus Jeering's podcast; The Ship of Wander! (All Pledges will receive an additional download of each version + a limited edition print of The Twitch + a signed transcript of the first episode!)   
  • @ $51,111 An interactive, digital version of The Nitch, incorporating sounds and animations. (All Pledges will receive a download + a limited edition print of The Snitch)
  • @ $77,111 An interactive expansion of www.thenitch.co (All Pledges will receive an additional download of each version + a limited edition print of The Glitch)
  • @ $111,111 A physical, 2nd edition of The Nitch, the Gold tongue edition. (All Pledges will receive an additional download of each version + a limited edition print of The Nitch)

@ $5,111

Whats up with 111?

As you have probably noticed, the number 111 can be found throughout the project work. This is Satyrus Jeering's favorite number, and it has coincided with several key parts of the project in various forms, including the number of copies in the Author's Edition of The Nitch. It is a bit of real magic that we like to consciously recognize. Our Kickstarter has also been aligned to end on 4/11 at 11:11 pm. Let's make some magic together!

The Bookplate!

Here it is my fine-feathered fiends... while most other bookmakers provide a boring rectangular plate for naming; Mr. Jeering is releasing the first of his series of Book "Plates" right here for your eading...errr, rather, Reading pleasure! Available as a special Add-On 

Hairbrain's Journal: entry 1

Hairbrain is Satyrus Jeering's right hand furball, this is his latest video entry... If you like what you see, please subscribe to our channel :)

 Thank you my fine feathered fiends! We are looking forward to making magic with all of you.

Sincerely,

Satyrus Jeering

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is to keep the lights on, and to provide proper wages for the book-masters apprentices throughout the 1st Edition binding process. The Satyrus Jeering workshop, called The Shoppe, is located in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa at 107 12th St, and is already stocked with most of the supplies needed and all the necessary tools for the binding of the 1st Edition of The Nitch. We also have all the necessary shipping materials on hand and ready to label. Now we just need your help to reach the funding goal, and once we do, the rewards will begin to flow!

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    The Oath

    Satyrus Jeering will profess his undying gratitude for you, on his blog.

    And if we reach the podcast stretch goal, he will thank you on the first episode!

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    The Itch

    5 postcards; featuring the notorious little bugger The Itch.

    Send an Itch to your friends!

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    The Portal

    A limited edition, 11" x 14" poster, featuring Figura 1 from The Nitch.

    The "Ear Canal" portal image as seen to the left.

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    The Nitch

    ::EARLY SUPPORTER REWARD::
    LIMITED TO 111

    1- 1st Edition, Green tongue copy of The Nitch. Hand-bound in a leather journal style. (There are only 1,111 copies in the first edition)

    The editions get their color names from the color of velvet book markers in the books.

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    The Nitch

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    LIMITED TO 111

    1- 1st Edition, Green tongue copy of The Nitch. Hand-bound in a leather journal style. (There are only 1,111 copies in the first edition)

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    The Nitch

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    (No shipping applied)
    LIMITED TO 111

    1- 1st Edition, Green tongue copy of The Nitch. Hand-bound in a leather journal style. (There are only 1,111 copies in the first edition)

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    The Nitch

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    The Nitch x 2

    *2 COPIES*

    of The Nitch 1st Edition, Green tongue. As pictured in a Hand-bound, leather journal style.
    (There are only 1,111 copies in the first edition)

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    The Nitch x 3

    *3 COPIES*

    of The Nitch 1st Edition, Green tongue. As pictured in a Hand-bound, leather journal style. + 5 postcards featuring The Itch.
    (There are only 1,111 copies in the first edition)

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    The Nitch x 4

    *4 COPIES*

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    *6 COPIES*

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    The Nitch A.E.

    Author's Edition copy, Red tongue edition.

    Only 111 were ever made. Only 21 remain, and are offered here.

    These copies are printed on rare Italian parchment vellum, and come in their own wooden box for safe shelving.
    Each copy is Signed & Numbered by Satyrus Jeering.

    The editions get their color names from the color of velvet book markers in the books.

    Ready for immediate shipment at the point of successful funding.

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    The Nitch A.E. + 4 Copies of the 1st Edition

    Author's Edition copy

    Only 111 were ever made. Only 21 remain, and are offered here.

    These copies are printed on rare Italian parchment vellum, and come in their own wooden box for safe shelving.
    Each copy is Signed & Numbered by Satyrus Jeering.

    + 4 copies of the 1st Edition

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    Hairbrain

    10 Copies of The Nitch 1st Edition, hand-delivered by Hairbrain to your bookshop, party, school etc. of choice, where he will give a reading of The Nitch.

    (Hairbrain delivery only available within 50 mile radius of Des Moines, Iowa)

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    Hairbrain Deluxe

    1- Author's Edition of The Nitch
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    Hairbrain to your bookshop, party, school etc. of choice, where he will give a reading of The Nitch.

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    Finding The Nitch

    Help us develop our in-school program, in YOUR child's school!

    (Includes 10 copies of The Nitch; 24 1st Edition copies and 1 Author's Edition copy.)

    This Satyrus Jeering program features the characters; Ian the Miller, Hairbrain, Vulpus, Taxus and of course Satyrus Jeering.

    The program includes 7 days of in-school theatrical interruptions and activities, based on the creative learning principles featured in The Nitch.

    This program is in active development at Walnut Hills Elementary School in Waukee, Iowa.

    Seriously interested educators; please contact Ian Miler at yak@satyrusjeering.com for a full program outline and professional references.

    ::AVAILABLE TO SCHOOLS WITHIN 50 MILES OF DES MOINES::

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