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Zombabiez: The disgustingly adorable torso-only-zombie Halloween costume for babies.
Zombabiez: The disgustingly adorable torso-only-zombie Halloween costume for babies.
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WELCOME TO THE ZOMBABIEZ KICKSTARTER PAGE! 

WHAT IS ZOMBABIEZ?

It was November, 2011. I was someone's date to a wedding and awkwardly sitting on the back porch making conversation with strangers. From behind me, a baby crawled out onto the porch and the guy chatting with me gave a start, cutting out mid-sentence. He then exclaimed, "PHEW, I thought it was a torso-only zombie." It was gold, and that night, the idea for Zombabiez, the torso-only zombie baby Halloween costume, was born. 

I began to search the internet for something that looked like what I had in mind, only to find that the baby Halloween costume industry was seriously lacking in anything that even came close. If you want cute, that is readily available, but babies are cute EVERY DAY. I wanted to shoot for something MORE than cute: DISGUSTINGLY CUTE. 

Next came the design and development phase of Zombabiez. Here are some photos of the process I went through. 

From just a few pencil sketches, we were able to create the prototype.

THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN!

All of the money that we get from Kickstarter will go into the manufacturing, distribution, marketing and development of the Zombabiez costume. 

INCENTIVES:

We have some great rewards to offer our Kickstarter backers. Here are just a few of them, starting with the "2x4 and Nail" kit, complete with illustrated instructions, drawn by the creator of Zombabiez. Note: Kit does not come with 2x4. We are also going to be giving away a 6x8" Limited Edition Print of an original Zombabiez themed illustration done by illustrator Dadu Shin! Lastly, pictured below, is the small paperback Book containing the original art work that inspired the Zombabiez video, also drawn by the creator, Stephanie Davidson.

SIZING AND MORE ABOUT THE ZOMBABIEZ COSTUME:

The Zombabiez costume only comes in one size and should fit most 0-9 month olds. It measures 23" from neck to bottom, and will fit waists up to 26". It is worn through an opening in the back that has two small velcro closures. Everything is made with child safe materials and smaller parts are tacked down to avoid choking hazards. 

Your baby will be happy, safe, and comfortable wearing the Zombabiez costume, and will likely want to nom on the organs like little Steven did.

ABOUT THE DESIGNER:

Since graduating from the illustration department at the Rhode Island School of Design three years ago, I've been working in the motion graphics industry in NYC. While I really love my day job, I have come to the conclusion that in the long-term, I get a much more profound sense of fulfillment from executing projects and ideas that I initiate myself. This is my first foray into being an entrepreneur, and it won't be the last. 

So, I want to thank you, REALLY thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Not only are you supporting the Zombabiez costume itself, but you are supporting me in this most transitional period of my life and giving me the courage to continue with my zany endeavors. 

Lastly, I would like thank all the people that have helped me so far, with the video and much more: Darian Brenner, Dennis Moran, Avi Saban, Erin Fritts, Gerard Gilgeours, Wes Scanlon, Mike Downes, Lisa and Erica Moran, Steven the baby, Dadu Shin, Edda Thors, and Steve Daniels. And a special shout out to my two main men, Dan Salazar and Tyler Dibiasio. I couldn't have done any of it without you. 

Risks and challenges

Throughout the process of manufacturing and distributing Zombabiez, we'll be keeping a close eye on all factors that might cause complications and delays. These include setting up agreements with manufacturers and distributors, sourcing and producing the fabric, testing dimensions and ergonomics, maintaining inventory, and maintaining rigorous craft and quality control throughout the process. Our mentors with significant experience across textile design, apparel manufacturing, and consumer products distribution are guiding us through our first experience producing at this scale. These factors may cause delays, but we are committed to our mission of delivering a high-quality costume with plenty of time to dress your baby for Halloween 2013. While we expect to deliver the additional rewards with the costumes, we will delay them until after Halloween if it helps ensure on-time delivery of the costumes.

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    SCREWDRIVER: You will recieve a digital download of some behind the scenes material! Videos, pictures, and process work from the designing of Zombabiez! You might need something better than that screwdriver after the infection hits though...

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    TWO BY FOUR: You will be receiving one "2x4 and Nail" kit with illustrated instructions drawn by the creator, Stephanie Davidson, along with the download. With this kit, you will be semi-prepared to fight off the oncoming hordes. NOTE: Kit does not come with 2x4.

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    MACHETE: You will receive a 6x8" limited edition print of an original zombie-themed illustration, (done specially for the Zombabiez Kickstarter) by illustrator Dadu Shin, AND the "2x4 and Nail" kit, as well as the behind-the-scenes material in the download.

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    CROWBAR: We will be sending you a small limited edition perfect bound book made up of the original art work that inspired the video (drawn by creator, Stephanie Davidson), the download, AND the "2x4 and Nail" kit.

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    KATANA: Congratulations! You will be the first to own your very own Zombabiez costume! Note: Zombabiez costume does not include baby.

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    CROSSBOW: Think you can shoot like Darrel? You will be receiving ALL of the following rewards: the digital download + "2x4 and Nail" kit + the book + the Dadu Shin limited edition print.

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    FLAME THROWER: Wow, thanks! You are going to be receiving ALL of the rewards listed below: the digital download + "2x4 and Nail" kit + the book + the Dadu Shin print + the Zombabiez costume! You're a zombie killing machine!

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    CHAINSAW: Mass destruction! Thank you so much. You will not only be receiving all of the above gifts (download + nail + book + print + costume), you will ALSO be the lucky new owner of the ORIGINAL two-by-four-with-nail from the Kickstarter video!

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    SHOTGUN: You will receive all of the rewards in Flamethrower, (download + nail + book + print + costume), AND one original hand made artist print by the creator, Stephanie Davidson. BOOM!

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    M60: AWESOME. You will be receiving all rewards in Flamethrower (download + nail + book + print + costume) AND our special effects makeup artist will be making YOU INTO A ZOMBIE for the NYC ZOMBIE CRAWL. Note: This option is limited to those living in or around NYYC. Date of 2013 zombie crawl not yet released.

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    GRENADE LAUNCHER: I'm stickin' by you when this all goes down. In addition to all the rewards in Flamethrower (download + nail + book + print + costume), you will be enjoying one dinner with the creator, Stephanie Davidson, AND two zombies at a restaurant of our choosing (someplace zombie friendly of course). Bring a friend. This option is limited to those living in or around NYC.

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