About this project
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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