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A decadent and beautiful postcard book featuring strange and wonderful creatures from unknown parts.
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Hi. I’m Shing Yin Khor, and for the past several years, I’ve been painting strange and wonderful creature friends. They appear in my webcomic, Otherworld Science, in gallery shows across the United States, and at several conventions and events annually. I’ve often been asked to compile them into an art book, and I finally have!

finished paintings on my workbench(technically a work floor, in this case).
finished paintings on my workbench(technically a work floor, in this case).

Strange Friends is a postcard book featuring 20 paintings of odd creatures, furry, scaled, blerpy, and/or horned. It will be offset printed on a lush felted paper, and each postcard will be a art-print quality piece of art. The cover will be a lovely thick cardstock, with foil printing! I make beautiful objects, and I intend to make this one as fancy as I can!

Of course, I am a very practical person, so they are also nice postcards that should be sent to people you like. 

Here are some of the creatures that will be in the Strange Friends postcard book.

Good friends. Much friends.
Good friends. Much friends.

This is a very straightforward Kickstarter - you can buy the postcard book, or buy multiple copies of the book. That's because I just want to make this book, and I want to make it a beautiful and special object! There is a one fancier option, where I'll hand-wrap the book for you so you can give it as a very thoughtful gift. For Kickstarter's Make 100 program, I am also making a care package edition, which allows me to indulge in telling weird little narratives through ephemera and other objects.

Here is a draft of what the cover will look like! I'll be hand painting it, and updating you on its progress in Kickstarter updates. The pink bits will be rendered on the cover in shiny foil! 

Digital First Draft - Strange Friends cover.
Digital First Draft - Strange Friends cover.

The Make 100 Care Package edition

I love making care packages, as my long-time Patreon subscribers can attest to, and this is a lovingly hand curated care-package of the Strange Friends postcard book, limited edition prints, heartfelt letters from fictional girls, and other delightful handmade ephemera and found objects. I don't want to spoil the arc of the tiny-story-in-a-package, but the keywords are: mysterious disappearances, summer camp, and special beasts. 

I’m using this as a platform to experiment with new found object narratives that won’t be available anywhere else!

Combining pledge levels

Please pledge at the highest pledge reward level listed that you would like, and add the additional cost of other reward levels you want to your pledge. 

Costs, and other details.

Printing costs for this book, including proofing, fancy foil printing, felted paper, and shipping from Malaysia, will cost approximately $11,500.00. I'll be printing an initial run of 2000 copies, and have budgeted an additional $4000 for shipping costs, print consulting fees, and production of the care package items. I'm requesting a little bit under this as my goal, as I will be funding approximately 1/3rd of the project myself.

The print consultant for this project is Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein and music used in the video is Lobo Loco's Glueworm Evening Blues, from the Free Music Project.

Risks and challenges

I've successfully run and fulfilled multiple Kickstarters! This will be my first time working with an international vendor, but I have a great print consultant, and have a lot of padding with my promised ship dates.

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    ONE, but giftwrapped

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    Keep one copy and actually mail postcards from the other copy!

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    A copy of Strange Friends, in a magical and customized care package containing limited edition prints, a zine, and other delightful treasures. Expect at least one cool rock, and charming handmade ephemera.

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    This level is for retailers only! 10 copies of Strange Friends for your fine retail establishment, at the wholesale cost. I will ask for proof(i.e. your reseller’s license) as part of your questionnaire. This level ships without any extras.

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