Special Note: Your credit card will not be charged until April 17th, and will be charged ONLY IF the Kickstarter successfully meets the $18,000 goal.
My first kickstarter campaign was successful, and allowed me to do three major things: produce Complete Lack of Focus: Volume 1, get equipment I needed (including a printer), and purchase supplies that have allowed me to attend small Comic Conventions. I can't thank everyone enough for the kindness and support to make those things happen.
This kickstarter project is not a means for me to make money, it's a means for me to be able to produce more work. You aren't here to buy anything, you're not here to pre-order anything, you're here because without your help these projects simply would not happen at all!
That said, you will be rewarded very well for your generosity, with copies of books, plushes, stickers, even signed sketches for most backers!
I need your help to make it happen!
Please note: ALL books given as kickstarter rewards will be signed!
The Awkward Yeti's Complete Lack of Focus: Volume 2 is the second installment of cartoons, comics and illustrations by The Awkward Yeti. It doesn't include everything, just 100 pages of the BEST, in one paperback book. Tons of comics about science, life, and Lars, The Awkward Yeti including viral favorites like "the popcorn kernel," "gall bladder's last day," comics from the Heart and Brain series, and even a couple longer comics like "the Box." This book is currently 90% complete.
The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal is a children's book (7.5" x 7.5" paperback, 36 pgs) about the Sun and the role it plays in the solar system, and some of the great things it does for Earth. It's fun, it's simple, and it's educational. Great for ages 3-8. The book is currently written and partially illustrated.
The Yeti and the Narwhal is a book about being different, and finding a friend who loves you for who you are. It features Lars The Awkward Yeti as he goes in search of a friend who will understand him. He meets Pokey the narwhal, a happy-go-lucky dude who has no problem with Lars' MANY quirks. The book is written, and about 40% illustrated. It is expected to be approximately 10"x 8", 36+ pages, paperback.
Lars, The Awkward Yeti Plush Toy is approximately 12"h and pretty darn lovable. Using money from past book sales, I reinvested into a plush design and prototype, which is now in progress. I wanted to get a head start because it will speed up production if the prototype is already approved. As soon as the goal is met, I will give the factory the go-ahead to produce the minimum quantity of 900. After that, it will take approximately 4-6 months to produce, which means you should be able to get your plushes well before the winter holidays!
As you can see, there's a LOT of work to be done, but I am up for the challenge. During the kickstarter, I'll be spending every available hour after work (and between time with my own kids) completing the books so they can go to print in a timely manner.
In addition to the rewards above, I'll also be throwing in some extra goodies, depending on the reward you select. I have some great sources for high quality art cards, buttons and stickers, and I'm excited to include them with many rewards. A lot of you will also be getting some little sketches with your reward, each hand-drawn and signed. Books will all be signed. I hope the extras will serve as a nice incentive to support the kickstarter!
Production & Shipping
Books will take 1-2 months after the end of the Kickstarter campaign to complete, print and proof. They will start shipping as soon as they are finished. The plushes should be ready 4-6 months after the end of the Kickstarter, and therefore will ship separately so that you can still have your other rewards. US shipping costs are included. Books are shipped via media mail in the US. If you have any questions about production time, don't hesitate to ask, but I will also try to keep everyone updated on the progress.
The Big Goal
The initial goal of the kickstarter is $18,000. That's a lot. I know it's going to be a very tough road to meet the goal, which is the minimum I need to cover the project costs (don't forget, it's four projects!), bonus rewards, Kickstarter and Amazon fees, and the huge shipping costs involved. There is NO profit factored into this goal, in fact, it is likely to cost me money as well. What I get out of this is the extra copies of books and plushes that I can then try to sell. The big goal is to sell the books and plushes at conventions and online, and use the money to fund the next project myself - in other words, I hope to be able to make a plush or a book without needing a kickstarter.
I also want to note that part of my goal is to have some books to bring with me to Motor City Comic Con in late May. In that case I would hope to have rewards in the mail by then (except plushes).
$25,000: Gallbladder Plushes! See Update #4 for details on how you can add to your pledge to get one if this goal is met. (backers contributing $250+ would get them for free)
Risks and challenges
1. Completing books - there are always potential setbacks when trying to complete and review a book, and reviewing proofs of the printed book. This could cause some delays, but I have proven myself as a very hard worker and don't expect much of an issue. I will be uses printing sources that I've used in the past, so I'm familiar with the process and the amount of time it takes. If there are any delays, I will be sure to communicate them via Kickstarter updates.
2. Plush production - the production will take place in China, which means there is room for error and delays that would be out of my control. I'm working with a great US-based team to ensure that the product is absolutely safe for children (very important), and that communication is smooth and deadlines are met.
3. International shipping - with this comes some level of risk as with any shipping. I didn't experience many issues during the previous kickstarter, but please be prepared for potential shipping delays. There have been cases where shipments were delayed for weeks in Customs - while it usually doesn't happen, please be prepared.
4. Confusion - there is often confusion about the point of a Kickstarter and I hope I made it clear. I want to make sure everyone is happy with their rewards, knowing that the actual prices of the items may be less (or more) than the reward level. If you have ANY questions please don't hestitate to ask!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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