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At long last, the charming, rhyming picture book inspired by my son's fear of my zombie caricature artwork is becoming a reality.
At long last, the charming, rhyming picture book inspired by my son's fear of my zombie caricature artwork is becoming a reality.
At long last, the charming, rhyming picture book inspired by my son's fear of my zombie caricature artwork is becoming a reality.
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Just a few days ago, I didn't think I would need to talk to you about stretch run goals, but happily, it appears that my project has taken on a bit of momentum thanks to all of the folks sharing my project! So, here we are:

Yes! In my video, I foolishly read you the whole story! But, I have enough faith and trust that you liked it enough to want to find out how to get a copy.

About me and this project: 

I've been doing zombie caricatures for 9 years at comic book conventions and events. About a year and a half ago, my then 3-year-old son wouldn't come down to my basement studio. When my wife asked him why not, he said he was scared. And, when she asked what he was scared of, he pointed at all of my zombie artwork hanging from the walls.

With this inspiration, I wrote the manuscript for this story over the next hour, and I've been working on tweaking the rhyme and meter, the art, learning about the picture book industry, and publisher and agent submissions ever since.

With some very encouraging rejection letters under my belt, I'm happy to announce the self-publication of this book with your help!

Rewards:

$5 digital copy of the book AND a thank you on my website!

$10, I'll also send you a signed, limited-edition postcard 

Reward #3: Everything in Reward #2 PLUS this limited-edition, signed postcard
Reward #3: Everything in Reward #2 PLUS this limited-edition, signed postcard

$25 you will receive everything in reward #3 PLUS the signed, limited-edition hardcover of the book (if you want more than one book, add $25 to your pledge for each book. See "add-on rewards" below). NEW: I will be giving all backers at the $25 reward level a downloadable companion video of the story narrated by the voice talents of me, my wife AND Milo, my son!

$45 you will receive everything in reward #4 PLUS a zombie girl t-shirt (available in men's, women's, youth, or toddler cuts, add $5 for XXL adult sizes or larger) 

Men's t-shirt
Men's t-shirt
Women's t-shirt
Women's t-shirt

$60 you will receive everything in reward #4 PLUS a zombie girl doll from Bitten Designs (this reward is limited to 20, including it's inclusion in other rewards).

Zombie Girl Doll
Zombie Girl Doll

$55 BASIC SKETCH: you will receive everything in reward #4, PLUS a B&W zombie caricature, a color My Little Pony-style pony caricature, or other b&w illustration hand-drawn into the endsheets of your book (1 subject only. Additional subjects can be added for only $25 each - see "add-on rewards" below.)

$75 COLOR SKETCH: you will receive everything in reward #4, PLUS a Color zombie caricature or other color illustration hand-drawn into the endsheets of your book (1 subject only. Additional subjects can be added for only $25 each - see "add-on rewards" below.)

$65 PHILANTHROPIST: you will receive everything in reward #4, PLUS I donate two additional books on your behalf to your favorite library, school, preschool, or shelter, where you're listed in the book's Donor Bookplate or anonymously.

This will appear on the inside front cover of Philanthropist and Hero level backers' donated books
This will appear on the inside front cover of Philanthropist and Hero level backers' donated books

$75 RETAILER OR LIBRARY: 10 signed or unsigned books. 

REDUCED: $600 HERO: You will receive everything in COLOR SKETCH (Reward #9), a t-shirt (add $5 for XXL or larger), zombie girl doll; PLUS 25 copies of the book donated to your favorite library, school, daycare, or shelter of your choice with a bookplate with your name as the donor (or anonymously), signed by me personally at a scheduled signing, where I will also do a dramatic reading and a monster drawing workshop. (Does not include travel costs outside of the Denver-metro area. I can alternately arrange to do a video conference).

$1000 I can make your pet a star! I will make your favorite pet a character and draw your pet into the book as many as 14 times, including possibly on the cover! You will receive everything in reward #4, PLUS you will receive all study sketches, finished artwork, and a custom color sketch of your pet in the endsheets of your signed book. Comes with a t-shirt and a doll.

Your pet could be here!
Your pet could be here!
Your pet could be here!
Your pet could be here!
Your pet could be here!
Your pet could be here!
Your pet could be here!
Your pet could be here!

ADD-ON REWARDS (add additional funds to your pledge (only for initial pledges of $25 or more)):

  • $20 for each additional shirt (+$5 for adult or women's sizes XXL or larger) 
  • $35 for zombie girl doll from Bitten Designs (only 20 dolls will be made available, including dolls included in other reward levels) 
  • $30 for a B&W zombicature, color ponicature, or b&w sketch (single subject) 
  • $50 for a zombicature, or color sketch (single subject) 
  • $25 for the ADDITION of each additional subject for your sketches
  • $15 for each additional book
  • NEW: $5 a DVD of the companion video of the story narrated by the voice talents of me, my wife AND Milo, my son, and the book PDF!

BUDGET:

My low initial goal is just $3000, which goes to cover the printing of the first 250 copies of this book, rewards, and estimated campaign and transaction fees.

For those of you who backed my first campaign, as you know if we exceed our goal, you know I will have some great incentives planned for each stretch goal we pass not to mention all of the campaign updates which may again include some FREE art tutorials, so make sure to spread the word: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Share this on Facebook, Reddit, Twitter or wherever you socialize. I will make it worth your while!

Sincerely,

Stan Yan

Risks and challenges

I hope to have the remainder of the book drawn, printed and ready to delivery months earlier so long as I don't have delays related to required backer photos being e-mailed to me promptly; unforseen technology difficulties; intervening freelance work deadlines; and/or unexpected illnesses or other unforeseen family issues.

At that point, I will send the page files to the printer, so it'll depend on the turnaround with them. So, I don't plan on this being one of those campaigns you forgot you contributed to and years have passed before you receive anything. Delivery estimates are longer for rewards which included a commissioned a sketch.

I will keep everyone posted on the progress of completion and reward deliveries along the way.

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    DIGITAL COPY - You will receive a digital (PDF) copy of the book to read to your kids or parents from your computer or mobile device.

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    SIGNED POSTCARD - You will receive everything in DIGITAL COPY (Reward #2), AND receive a signed There's a Zombie in the Basement postcard.

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    SIGNED HARDCOVER - You will receive everything in SIGNED POSTCARD (REWARD #3), AND receive a signed, hardcover edition of There's a Zombie in the Basement.

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    ZOMBIE GIRL T-SHIRT - You will receive everything in SIGNED HARDCOVER (Reward #4), AND receive a zombie girl t-shirt in your size (add $5 for adult and ladies sizes XXL and above)

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    BASIC SKETCH - You will receive everything in SIGNED HARDCOVER (Reward #4), AND I will do an original custom hand-drawn, b&w zombie caricature, color My Little Pony-style pony caricature, or other b&w sketch of you or whomever you wish on the endsheets of your book.

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    ZOMBIE GIRL DOLL - You will receive everything in SIGNED HARDCOVER (Reward #4), AND receive a zombie girl by Bitten Designs.

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    PHILANTHROPIST - You will receive everything in SIGNED HARDCOVER (Reward #4), AND TWO extra signed books will be mailed to the library, school, daycare, or shelter of your choice with a bookplate with your name as the donor (or anonymously).

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    COLOR SKETCH - You will receive everything in SIGNED HARDCOVER (Reward #4), AND I will do an original custom, hand-drawn color zombie caricature, or other color sketch of you or whomever you wish on the endsheets of your book.

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    RETAILER, LIBRARY, SCHOOL - You will receive 10 signed (or unsigned) hardcover copies of There's a Zombie in the Basement. (US Only)

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    HERO! - You will receive everything in COLOR SKETCH (Reward #9), a t-shirt (add $5 for XXL or larger), zombie girl doll; PLUS 25 copies of the book donated to your favorite library, school, daycare, or shelter of your choice with a bookplate with your name as the donor (or anonymously), signed by me personally at a scheduled signing, where I will also do a dramatic reading and a monster drawing workshop. (Does not include travel costs outside of the Denver-metro area. I can alternately arrange to do a video conference).

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    MAKE YOUR PET A STAR! - You will receive everything in SIGNED HARDCOVER (Reward #4), a t-shirt (add $5 for XXL or larger), zombie girl doll; AND I will draw your favorite pet into the story as Milo's pet (as many as 14 times, and maybe the cover), you will get all of the original illustrations and study sketches, and I will do a full-color illustration of your pet in the endsheets of your book. Standard shipping included

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