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Raising funds to produce a 100-pg volume of comics, 2 children's books (one about science) and Lars The Awkward Yeti plushes.
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"Gall Bladder's Last Day" is just one of nearly 100 comics in Complete Lack of Focus Volume 2
"Gall Bladder's Last Day" is just one of nearly 100 comics in Complete Lack of Focus Volume 2

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!

the Projects:

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.

Working cover for Volume 2
Working cover for Volume 2
Example comic from the webcomic section of the book, which will have around 20, including several from the Heart/Brain series!
Example comic from the webcomic section of the book, which will have around 20, including several from the Heart/Brain series!

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.

Working cover
Working cover

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.

Page from The Yeti and the Narwhal
Page from The Yeti and the Narwhal

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!

sketches for prototype stuffed toy
sketches for prototype stuffed toy

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.

Bonuses

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).

Stretch Goals

$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!

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    EXCLUSIVE CONTENT: You'll get to see exclusive content only available to kickstarter backers! This may include sketches, illustrations, comics or photos that you won't see anywhere else. (ALL BACKERS will receive these via Backer-only updates)

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    PDF of any book. Simple, inexpensive - choose any of the three books and you'll receive a PDF as soon as it's ready.

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    PDF & GOODIES: Digital copy of one new book of your choice and 2-3 random goodies, like stickers, art cards or buttons.

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    SKETCH & GOODIES: You get a mini hand-drawn, signed sketch! Plus 5 random "goodies" (this may include small art cards, stickers, buttons, pens, etc)

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    Multiple PDFs! This reward includes 2 PDFs of your choice. Choose from Complete Lack of Focus: Volume 1 OR 2, The Awkward Yeti (first children's book), The Yeti and the Narwhal, and The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal. Add $10 for each additional PDF. Great option for international backers to save on shipping!

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    CHOICE OF CHILDREN'S BOOK: After the kickstarter, you'll choose one of the children's books. You get a few stickers, too. You'll also get a mini signed sketch. Includes US shipping. (add $20 to this reward for each additional copy of the SAME book)

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    COPY OF VOLUME 2: Paperback copy of The Awkward Yeti's Complete Lack of Focus: Volume 2. You'll get some goodies like art cards and/or stickers, too. You'll also get a mini signed sketch. Includes US Shipping. (add $20 to this reward for each additional copy of the same book)

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    PLUSH: You get The Awkward Yeti 12" Plush / Stuffed Toy! Please allow 4-6 months for the toys to be produced and shipped. You'll also get a mini signed sketch. Includes US Shipping. (add $30 to this reward for each additional plush)

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    TEXT LINK on TheAwkwardYeti.com: You'll get a text link on a "links" page at theAwkwardYeti.com. Content of ad must be family friendly. USA: Add $30 to this reward to add one of any book; add $40 to add a plush. International: Add $45 to add any book; add $55 to add a plush.

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    BOTH CHILDREN'S BOOKS: You get one copy of each children's book. A few small bonuses like stickers and a signed mini sketch. (add $20 for each additional children's book)

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    Complete Lack of Focus: Volume 2, and your choice of ONE Children's Book. Includes a mini sketch. Add $10 for a pdf of the second children's book.

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    PLUSH AND ONE BOOK: You get The Awkward Yeti 12" Plush, plus one book of your choice. I'll throw in a few goodies like art cards and/or stickers and a mini signed sketch. Includes US Shipping. (add $20 for an additional copy of the same book; $30 for an additional plush)

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    ALL THREE BOOKS - One copy of each paperback book, a few goodies, and a mini sketch. Add $20 for each additional book.

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    KIDS PACK: You get BOTH children's books, the Awkward Yeti 12" plush, and a few stickers too. You'll also get a mini signed sketch.
    Includes US Shipping. (add $20 to your pledge to add another children's book; $30 to add another plush)

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    EVERYTHING! Both children's books, Complete Lack of Focus: Volume 2, The Awkward Yeti Plush, and even a few extra goodies just for fun. You'll also get a mini signed sketch. Price includes US Shipping. (add $20 for each additional book or $30 per additional plush).

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    EVERYTHING EVER! BOTH Volumes of The Awkward Yeti's Complete Lack of Focus, both new children's books, a copy of the original children's book titled "The Awkward Yeti", 12" Lars Plush, an 8.5"x11" signed sketch of Lars, and a bunch of goodies like stickers, buttons and art cards. Includes US Shipping and a bunch of love. (add $20 for each additional copy of any book, or $30 for an additional plush)

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    CARICATURE WITH AN AWKWARD YETI CHARACTER: You, or someone you choose will be drawn your favorite Awkward Yeti character, in the subject of your choosing. You'll get a signed print of the drawing as well as one book of your choice, AND the 12" Awkward Yeti plush. For every $25 additional you can add another person to the drawing. (add $20 for each additional book or $30 per additional plush)

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    PREMIUM AD SPACE! Option 1: You get the better of 1 month or 300,000 impressions on theawkwardyeti.com in a 300x250 Ad on the right sidebar or a banner above the header. Option 2 (for comic artists): you get four shares of your best comics on FB, linked to your page or website. You can reserve a month within the next year and the deal will stand, even if traffic increases significantly. Awkward Yeti fans are worldwide, but primarily US-based, and have an interest in science and humor. Ads must be all ages appropriate. I'll also send you a book of your choice along with a plush as thanks! (add $15 per additional book or plush)

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    GUEST SPOT IN AN AWKWARD YETI COMIC: You'll be a side character in the comic strip and get a signed print of that comic. You get to choose the subject or theme of the comic and even help me write it (if you want). It can involve your company or be just for fun. One book of your choice comes with the reward. (add $20 to your pledge to add another book; $30 to add a plush)

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    LET ME PAINT YOU A PICTURE. You get an original 11"x14" acrylic painting of the Awkward Yeti character of your choice. It will be delivered with all three books, the plush, and extra goodies including an 8.5"x11" sketch. You'll get a special "thank you" in all three books. You also get the option of a personal Skype session or online chat to discuss anything you want.

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    SHOW OFF HOW RICH YOU ARE! Pledging this amount gets you every reward listed (including the painting, caricatures), a personal hangout day (in the US) where we can watch movies or run a 5k or talk about nothing, a prominent "thank you" in all three books, and most importantly - proves to me that you are pretty rich. This is a great reward for a publisher or movie studio that wants to tell me they have an offer I can't refuse. Not like the Godfather, though, I mean like a legitimate business opportunity. Is anyone even reading this reward?

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    I'LL ILLUSTRATE YOUR CHILDREN'S BOOK. Is your book full of unique and simple characters like monsters or bees or vegetables? The Awkward Yeti might just be the illustrator you need. Choose this reward to get your book illustrated, while helping out a great project.
    If you don't have a children's book, this reward may be used for up to 30 comics/cartoons for your book, educational publication, magazine, or business instead.
    Reward includes a prototype copy of the book. You are responsible for production/distribution, this is for illustration only.

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