Who are you?
What does Sushi Tomodachi mean?
Sushi is a Japanese dish of prepared vinegared rice (鮨飯, sushi-meshi), usually with some sugar and salt, accompanying a variety of ingredients.
Tomodachi (友達; ともだち; or トモダチ) is a Japanese word meaning "friend(s)".
So what is Sushi Tomodachi then?
Sushi Tomodachi is an art collection I have been dreaming to expand upon for a few years now, and the fact that you're here reading this campaign means I am so close to realizing this dream.
My goal is to build up a line of artwork that is not only cute to look at, but also that has deeper meaning, both to myself and hopefully, you. You can read more about the deeper meaning I have behind the project at Cat-Bird.com - I'll be focusing on the campaign itself here!
With this campaign, my goal is to raise $1,800 to create the first three pins in this set as well as the button packs.
Will you help me?
You will be able to order any of the Sushi Tomodachi products unlocked after the campaign - but pledging gets you a deal! You'll be able to snag your Sushi Tomodachi pins for $12 during this campaign, as opposed to the $15 sale price after.
You can get multiples of any item in your selected tier by just adding to your pledge amount - See each tier for multiple item pricing!
Unlocking the Kabuki Roll also means an additional FREE STICKER OF YOUR CHOICE added for ALL backers with a physical pledge tier!
Unlocking Wasabi and Ginger also means a FREE ADDITIONAL STICKER SHEET added for ALL backers with a physical pledge tier!
Unlocking the Monster Roll also means A FREE LANYARD added for ALL backers with a physical pledge tier!
How will everything be made?
They will be 'gold' plated zinc, with two posts. Some, such as the Tiger Roll, will have screen printed features for small details. My manufacturer is including a backstamp (This is my project logo in raised metal on the back of the pins, for super professional finishing!) and rubber postholders with my order, so it's a sweet free upgrade. I have opted to purchase packaging, so they will arrive to me complete on a matching custom backer.
My enamel pins will be a variety of sizes, approximately 2"-2.25" depending on the designs. Except for one... If this campaign does well, we can unlock the Monster Roll, which will be a larger 4" wide pin!
My manufacturer, Fandomoid.com, is handling everything pin and sticker related for this production. The pins and stickers will arrive to me complete with packaging and ready for me to ship to you!
I own my own button maker and will enlist help to produce the buttons. If this campaign goes well enough, I will be able to have Fandomoid take over button production as well. They will either provide me with matching packaging for the buttons if the production is small, or they will provide me completed buttons inside packaging to my specifications if the run is too large for me to do on my own.
I have a supplier I know and trust for artwork prints, as I have been selling the 11x17 posters and my 8x10 matted prints of other artworks to happy customers for the last 10+ years.
Where does the money go?
Now that we know what what we're aiming to achieve, let's take a look at the menu!
Please note that following images are mockups only and the final artwork may be modified as needed for production.
More designs are on the way! Please note that the artwork is subject to minor adjustments if needed for best results during production.
Wow! That's a lot of options! So many delicious choices. Below are the currently available designs to choose from!
Please note that all artwork may be subject to minor adjustments at the end of the campaign, if needed for production purposes.
How long will this take?
My timeline is as follows:
- Sept: Kickstarter Campaign
- 2nd Week of Oct: Receive funds, place orders for products. Begin producing prints and buttons to be ready when pins arrive.
- Dec: Recieve pins and start packing backer orders and start shipping!
- Jan: Leftover stock will be posted online for sale and I will begin taking this stock to sell at cons and shows in 2020 and Sushi Tomodachi will grow from there!
Thanks for reading! The Sushi Tomodachi are eager to meet you!
Are you ready to order?
Risks and challenges
Enamel pin production does come with risks of delays in production and shipment, but I have done my best to give myself ample time in case of delays. The pin production is being overseen by a company called Fandomoid, which takes care of making sure my files are good, production, packaging and delivery.
I own my own button press and printing supplies and will be enlisting help to fulfill these orders. Fandomoid also has additional production options available to me in case this campaign becomes too large for me to produce on my own.
I plan on preparing the prints on my own as well, but I have the option to ask Fandomoid to take over production of everything if I need the help.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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