You may have been wondering why there’s been such a lack of posts over the past year…aside from my full time job, I have been hard at work on a 64 page full color children’s book called Gwendolyn and the Underworld. It was written by the incredibly talented Ian Samuels, long time friend and author of M is for Mutt.
Gwendolyn and the Underworld is an illustrated storybook about a young Pet Reaper (think Grim Reaper + dead pets) who ventures to solve the mystery behind her Overworld roots. She uncovers a rotten conspiracy with her corpulent corpse aunt, a sidekick Peacodgehog, an army of Skellies, and slew of part-this and part-that creatures.
Work on the book actually started about four years ago, and was an incredible learning experience. (In the span of those four years I also illustrated two other children’s books on the side.) From the outset we knew that we were going to self-publish the book, possibly in just a small run for our friends and family. As the project grew and grew, we started to think a little bit bigger. When Kickstarter came on the scene, we saw an opportunity to raise money for a larger print run of 1000 copies.
We were blown away when we reached our goal of $8,000 in the first week! We’ve now entered the final week of funding, which is really just pre-orders for the final book. If you want to be one of the first to get your hands on a copy of Gwendolyn, head over to our Kickstarter right now! If you visit this page, you can see a full preview of the final book. Here are some images from the book:
Thanks for supporting our project! We look forward to sharing the book with everyone soon.