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Bedtime Tales Based on the Worst Movies Ever. Written and illustrated by Sugar Ray Dodge.
Bedtime Tales Based on the Worst Movies Ever. Written and illustrated by Sugar Ray Dodge.
75 backers pledged $2,837 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello. My name is Dave Chadwick, "popularly" known throughout the internet as SUGAR RAY DODGE! I am a graphic designer, novelist, and a few other things we won't get into here. I am also the editor-in-chief of RiffWiki.net, a fan wiki based on RiffTrax (the guys who brought you Mystery Science Theater 3000,) and I have just a bit of an obsession with bad movies and those who make fun of them. Don't judge me. Anyway, my latest project is something I'm very excited to share with you. I call it "Mystery Science Storybook: Bedtime Tales Based on the Worst Movies Ever." What I will be doing is selecting both well-known and obscure bad movies and turning them into parody children's stories. And it will be 100% illustrated.

You can read the entire first chapter by clicking here.
You can read the entire first chapter by clicking here.

Now, the goal here is to raise enough money to pay for the time it takes to write and draw the book as a whole, publication costs, advertising, reviews and other stuff like that. Here's a breakdown of what we're going to be doing (creatively) based on how much money we raise.

As you can see, the number of stories that will be contained in the project is a fluid one. The more money we raise, the more stories I will be able to take time with and include. So take a look at our reward levels and see if there's anything that catches your fancy. I want to invite as many people as possible to share this incredible journey with, and applications are readily available.

So take a look at our reward levels and see if anything catches your fancy, and if so, drop a dime or two in the bucket to help make this dream a reality. In the meantime, check out what can expect the finished book to look like. There's also some pictures of my art in real life, which I think are pretty nifty.

With filmmaker Richard Dutcher, director of God's Army and Falling, with a poster for his upcoming film, The Boys at the Bar.
With filmmaker Richard Dutcher, director of God's Army and Falling, with a poster for his upcoming film, The Boys at the Bar.
My work being paraded at DragonCon 2014
My work being paraded at DragonCon 2014

Risks and challenges

If we reach our maximum funding goal, which is $25,000 for 24 complete stories, there's a chance the project could be delayed past November 2015 to ensure the best possible quality of work. If this happens, we will let you know and set a deadline of no later than December 2015 for the finished project to be delivered.

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    You will receive an exclusive digital grab bag of all kinds of goodies related to the book, such as avatars, desktop backgrounds, etc. Your name will also be printed in the book on the "Made Possible By" pages.

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    You will receive everything in the previous rewards package as well as an exclusive set of collectors cards with special promotional art of each parody on them. Your name will also be featured in large print on the "Very Special Thanks" to page of the book, which is different than the "Made Possible By" page.

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    You will receive everything in the previous rewards package, and you will have the option of choosing one of six variant covers for your trade paperback. Variants include "A Trip to Valley Lodge," "When Harry Met Bella," "Attack of the Birds," "Mystery on Metaluna," "ROWSDOWER!", and "The Groom."

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    You will receive everything in the previous rewards package as well as a Mystery Science Storybook T-shirt, designed by me and only made available to supporters of this campaign.

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    You will receive everything in the previous rewards package as well an AUTOGRAPHED, FULL COLOR HARDCOVER SPECIAL EDITION of the completed book before it is made publicly available. This edition is exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign.

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    You will receive everything in the previous rewards package as well a full sized poster for the project made exclusively for this campaign, suitable for framing. All parodies in the final book will be represented on the poster.

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    You will receive everything in the previous rewards package, you will also BE ILLUSTRATED INTO THE BOOK ITSELF on the illustrated "Made Possible By" pages.
    You will also receive A PERSONAL PIECE OF POP ART. Choose any pop culture property to make a 8x10" drawing of and it will be available ONLY TO YOU PERSONALLY! Selections do not have to be MST3K or RiffTrax related.

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    You will receive everything in the previous rewards package as well as HAVING YOUR OWN PERSONAL ILLUSTRATED "MADE POSSIBLE BY" PAGE! You will also have the option of having a small speaking role in the story section of the book. You will also be invited to attend a planning meeting for the project via Skype along with the rest of the members of this reward level which will take place sometime before July 2015.

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    You will receive everything in the previous rewards package, and will receive your own personal planning session with me to discuss the project as a whole. This can be done on Skype, or if you ever find yourself in Northern Utah before the book is published, I will treat you to dinner at a very nice restaurant.

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