We made it! We are 100% funded thanks to all of you!!!
We are beyond thankful to those that have already pledged to our Kickstarter project and helped us reach 100% of our funding goal. And we still have 20 days left in our campaign, leaving plenty of time for others to pledge to our project :-) We've included some stretch goals further down this page.
This Kickstarter campaign is to publish the young adult novel God Awful Loser by Silvia Acevedo and exclusive, limited edition prints featuring the art of Jeff Miracola. Jeff and Silvia are a husband and wife team.
If you'd like a good laugh, below is our Kickstarter pitch video with bloopers on the end (go to the 2:20 mark to skip right to the bloopers).
Life’s good at the top.
Until you’re not.
Cupid has it all, and the smooth-talking, jet-setting master knows it. The once chubby cherub now has adoring fans, a shiny red limousine, and a mansion nearly, almost, not quite big enough to hold his enormous and ever-growing ego.
But everything changes for the sloppy, ill-aiming love god when a meddling stranger challenges him for his crown. Not even the advice of his war-mongering father, Mars, and embarrassingly underdressed mother, Venus, can save Cupid from the skids. Facing enraged immortals, epic battles against hell’s most vile creatures, and the dread of becoming mortal himself, Cupid teams up with an unlikely band of misfit fallen angels in the hopes of saving himself, the Olympic kingdom, and humans the world over. But can such an inept team of losers finally win when it counts?
Funny, rude, and planted smack in modern times, God Awful Loser is a new chapter on the ancient gods’ bad — and hugely entertaining — choices. May we never follow in their footsteps.
God Awful Loser will be a 360-page urban mythological fantasy for ages 12 and up. It will be hardcover, 5.5" x 8.5", and professionally printed using industry standard offset printing with full color dust jacket and snazzy-looking spot varnish just like any other hardcover book you would find at a bookstore but better because that's how we roll :-) An e-book version is also available.
Download and read the first two chapters of God Awful Loser here:
Four limited edition art prints will be available exclusively to backers of this Kickstarter and will feature characters from Silvia's book including:
Pluto - The God of the Underworld
Venus - The Goddess of Love
Mars - The God of War
Cupid - The God of Love
Each print is 8.5 x 11 and printed on 100% cotton fiber, acid-free, fine art paper using archival inks, providing the ultimate in longevity. Each print will also be signed and numbered by Jeff.
The artwork for Pluto is complete and can be seen below. The remaining three prints are being drawn by Jeff and will be added to this page as he completes them. Backers will be informed in the updates when new art prints are added.
Here's a video of Jeff creating the Pluto artwork:
Below is a rough sketch that Jeff has made for the "Mars - God of War" art print. Next he will be inking and coloring this piece.
Below is a rough sketch that Jeff has made for the "Cupid - God of Love" art print. Next he will be inking and coloring this piece.
And for those that might be interested in pledging for the original brush & ink drawings, here are a few photos of Jeff holding the Venus and Pluto art so you can see how large they are.
Silvia Acevedo is a television personality and former news reporter who’s spent many years reporting objective fact. She's interviewed presidential candidates, covered national and international stories, and given breaking news reports for CNN and local television and radio stations around the country. She also occasionally guest hosts a television morning talk show for the Milwaukee NBC affiliate.
Roman gods, however, have been curiously absent during this time, so Ms. Acevedo decided to bring fiction — particularly mythology — back into her life. As soon as she did, the gods of old pestered her until she relented to write about one in particular. The result is the revenge you will soon hold in your hands. God Awful Loser is Silvia’s debut novel.
Visit her website at www.silviaacevedo.com
Jeff Miracola has been creating fantasy art for more than 20 years. He has illustrated for properties such as Dungeons & Dragons, World of Warcraft, Mars Attacks, Star Wars, Planescape, Earthdawn, Shadowrun, and Magic: the Gathering, for which he has created 110 paintings.
He's done conceptual toy and video game design, editorial illustrations, and picture books, as well as various activity books for Klutz/Scholastic.
Visit his website at www.jeffmiracola.com
Add-on instructions: To add an add-on to your pledge, follow these steps:
1. Press the ‘Manage Your Pledge’ button above. If you have not pledged yet, it will say ‘Back this Project’.
2. Increase your pledge in the ‘Pledge Amount’ box by the total of the add-ons you want to add.
3. After the end of this Kickstarter campaign you will receive a survey that will ask you questions so that you can explain how you would like the add-on money assigned.
Stretch Goal #1
We will enhance God Awful Loser with foil-stamping on the cover of the book. You know, that really shiny stuff on books that makes you say ‘Oooh, aaaah, so shiny and prrrrreetty.
Stretch Goal #2
We will enhance God Awful Loser with embossing on the dust jacket. We just love the textural feel of a physical book. And running our fingers across those bumpy, embossed letters makes us as happy as Neptune taking a saltwater bubble bath.
Stretch Goal #3
Jeff will do a small, original drawing for every backer that pledges at the $55 reward level and up. All those years of drawing at conventions has prepared Jeff for just this moment. The drawing will be about 3”x4”, but on 8.5”x11” paper (same quality paper as the art prints). Jeff is not taking requests for drawings, but each drawing will be influenced by characters, creatures, or settings in God Awful Loser.
If you’ve already pledged at the $55 reward level and up, then you need do nothing (Well, you could encourage your friends to pledge so we meet this goal.). If you’ve already pledged at a reward level lower than $55, then you are always free to increase your reward level at any time.
Risks and challenges
While there’s always the risk that Jupiter will zap the Internet from up on high or that Neptune will send a tidal wave racing through the Three Points Publishing offices, we’ll just have to trust that the gods are pleased enough with this book to not slow down our production time. Acts of gods will happen occasionally, but other than that, we will work tirelessly to deliver the goods on time and as expected.
With that being said, God Awful Loser is already written and edited, and press-ready files are complete. We are proud to say that the printer we've chosen to manufacture the books is right in our own little corner of Olympus — er Wisconsin ;-) This will make the process of proofing, printing, and shipping so much easier. Unforeseen circumstances happen, but we’ve tried to prevent any possible delays. As of right now, we expect to deliver the rewards to backers in May of 2015. If anything changes, Mercury, the messenger god, will let you know in the updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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