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By Tabi Joy
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About this project

What?

Napoleon Bonaparte was an average-sized person who, at the turn of the eighteenth century, decided to create an empire across Western Europe and North Africa, as was the fashion in those days.

He was a highly skilled tactician who fought a number of successful military campaigns, and changed the face of geopolitical relations for ever. He could be a real jerk, and over-dramatic as well sometimes.

But there came this thing that unexpectedly happened to him where he was horrifyingly attacked by a horde of raging bunnies. Bunnies. Little big-eared fluffy things. Rabbits.

For real, you guys. He seems to have made some effort to really cover it up so nobody found out about it. I mean, wouldn't you if you were him?

Napoleon under imminent bunny attack
Napoleon under imminent bunny attack

Why?

Emma and Tabi are here to present a beautifully illustrated book depicting these (possibly sliiiiightly embellished) events within 38 pages. It's aimed at curious people of all ages who love the theme of bunnies gone a bit vengeful, and unusual historical events, and also possessing lovely little books. 

Put another way, this project is about artistically capitalising on Napoleon’s petite faux pas (probably not good French at all).

In a sense such a story couldn’t be more timely. Many of us these days can relate to modern-day situations featuring terrifyingly bombastic and imperialistic personalities threatening ambitious and destructive international schemes.

In addition, of course, when such people suffer ironical twists of fate, it tends to be pretty enjoyable reading for the rest of us. Vive la révolution!

How?

We’re using the money raised from this Kickstarter to create a print run of our book in landscape A5 size. Kickstarter is useful to gauge interest prior to creating the product, as we're working on kind of a shoestring and we want to make all the right decisions with producing our lovely book.

In addition to the fact, while Emma’s working on illustrations for this project right now, she's not able to focus on it full-time, due to a social phenomenon known generally as “needing to earn money to buy food”. This Kickstarter campaign is to give her the life, liberty and fraternity (I think) to do this!

We've also got a fab range of rewards available :) we've got stickers, sets of mini prints, necklaces, special commission spaces and original artwork!

Here's a handy breakdown and analysis of costs:

Money to Help Keep Emma Alive - £570 - 31% of goal  

Printing - £475 - 26% of goal

Extra Rewards - £100 - 5% of goal

Emergency Funds (to iron out unexpected problems with delays or extra postage costs in case shipping prices rise, which honestly happens way more often than I'm strictly ok with) - £150 - 8% of goal

Tax - £370 - 20% of goal

Kickstarter fees - £185 - 10% of goal

£1850 total !

Also! We've planned some preliminary stretch goals in case we exceed our target!

If we reach £1950, our awesome friend Tom is making a pair of amazing limited edition badges for every physical order! Thanks, Tom!

If we reach £2050, we're creating special signed bookplates to go in every physical copy of the book!

If we reach £2200, we'll record an audio book version of the story and distribute digital files to every backer!

When?

We've got solid product quotes, and we've got resources, and we're aiming for a really quick turnaround. With some money for rent, creating rewards and printing books, we've got a schedule for printing 'Bunaparte' by early January, and sending all rewards out to our backers by mid-February. 

Plus, we've asked some of our amazing friends to help us with project rewards created right here in our home town! So if you love bunnies as much as we do, please take a look at some of the neat stuff you can pick up along our way to our funding target :)

A4 Bun Portrait Example!
A4 Bun Portrait Example!

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Please do sign up for our newsletter if you’re intrigued but don’t have the money to back our project right now (I certainly know how that feels), or shoot us a message with any questions. Your interest in our project is very greatly appreciated!

Our residential rabbit Falafel: patron saint of bunnies going rogue
Our residential rabbit Falafel: patron saint of bunnies going rogue

Note: Something really interesting is that Napoleon Bonaparte was known as Bonaparte when he was a revolutionary leader; he became known as Napoleon only after he became Emperor of France. 

We thought Bunaparte was a really catchy name for our project, but the story in our book actually takes place three years after he became widely known as Emperor Napoleon.

In short, our working title, while a hilariousl play on words, isn't strictly correct from a historical perspective. Hence it might change if we can think of something just as pun-tastic...

Another note: If we have over estimated the postage cost to you we shall get the difference back to you never fear!

Risks and challenges

This is a relatively straightforward project for us, as not only have we already done similar projects before, and we’ve got preliminary designs for rewards as well, but we’re producing nearly all rewards ourselves in-house.

This gives us tremendous capacity for rapid and cost-effective fulfilment.

So once we’ve got capital for those things, we can go get the materials and get to work immediately!

This gives us way more control and flexibility, and we can also get things turned around a lot faster, so you get your rewards a lot sooner. At present, we’re on track to getting all tiers shipped by the end of February 2017.

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    Soldat

    An utterly stoked, personalised thank you email from Emma and Tabi. Plus your name listed on the Page Of Legends at the back of the book!
    You’re making the dream happen, dude!

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    Caporal

    PDF copy of THE BOOK!! for those futuristic e-reading devices
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    Sergent

    A fun selection of stickers and mini-prints, plus a PDF of THE BOOK!! sent to whatever email address you fancy
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    Adjutant-Chef

    THE BOOK!! in person and in full colour. Witness the incredible adventure for yourself!
    Don't forget to look for your name listed in the thankyous at the back!

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    Sous Lieutenant

    A set of stickers, mini-prints, and a hard copy of THE BOOK!! with yourself being named on the back page

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    Lieutenant

    Two copies of THE BOOK!! Explosively good value! One for you and one for someone who loves bunnies like you do!
    plus a set of stickers and mini-prints!
    also they can admire you strenuously for being named in the back page credits

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    Capitaine

    Ok, here we go – stickers, mini-prints, a copy of THE BOOK!! your name listed in the thank you page
    and! a super rad wooden bunny pendant. Want some bun for your personal style? Yes please

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    Chef de Bataillon

    Super amazing BUNNY BUNTING. I am really excited by this. Festoon your living quarters in high-quality, 300gsm paperstock, benign bunny faces!
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    Lieutenant Colonel

    BUN PORTRAITS. Emma will draw an A5 size realistic portrait of your own pet bunny! (there's a certain amount of flexibility here. We can do a full range of pets: dogs, cats, monkey butlers, porcupines, axolotls, the bat living in your porch, goats, etc) In full colour on heavy stock cartridge paper in watercolour and coloured pencils!
    With the original sent to you by post! Limited Availability!
    Also including stickers, mini-prints and THE BOOK!! with your name on the thank you page, you awesome bunny fan

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    General de Brigade

    FEATURE IN THE BOOK!! Yes, your majestic image (or that of a friend) can be held forever within the pages of our beautiful book. Only three spaces?!
    plus you also get a copy of THE BOOK!! so you can admire yourself (or your friend) endlessly
    (also with your name listed in the credits page so the world knows your name as well as your face. Hope that doesn't make you feel uncomfortable!)

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    General de Division

    BUN PORTRAITS. Emma will draw a flattering A4 size portrait of your own pet bunny (or otherwise! please see Lieutenant Colonel tier) in elegant Napoleonic style. In full colour on heavy stock cartridge paper (see example in the main text!). Painted in watercolour and coloured pencils, and with the original artwork sent to you by post!
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    General de Corps d'Ármee

    ORIGINAL ART. Own a page of original art from the book! selected at random and sent to you by post
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- (30 days)