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29 April 2014 @ 11:11 am
More about Starflyer John Jackson  
A couple nights ago, I dropped a bit of info about an upcoming illustration project I'm hopefully going to embark on this summer. It's a children's book called "Starflyer John Jackson" - a picture book about a very special pilot (special, because he's five years old) and his adventures around the universe with his crew as they travel to distant planets and escape from the Zeeps (read: space pirates!).

It's being written by an old friend of mine from high school, Steve Shaw. The last time he and I worked on something together, we were tap dancing in 1950s garb as Mabel and Heinzie in "The Pajama Game", so it's kinda crazy how we reconnected after a gajillion years and decided to dust off this story to get it published.

And having spent time with the manuscript, I can confirm that it's as fun to read as it is to draw. Here's the "Cast" picture:


So I used the word "hopefully" because it's not funded yet. As you can imagine, I'm trying to make a living wage as an illustrator, Steve supports a family in his corner of the Bronx, NY, and really the only way to make this project happen is through the interest and contributions of our families, friends, and of course, the Kickstarter community.

If you think you might like to donate, there's an extra incentive for folks who donate by way of my LiveJournal flist. Just drop me a link in the comments saying you helped, and you'll receive one of the following "Old School Mudblood428" prints:

1) Seeker No More

2) Entwined

3) Something Useful

Here's where to go: Starflyer John Jackson Kickstarter Campaign

Thank you SO MUCH for any small way you can contribute. As you can seen from the incentives list, there are loads of rewards for those of you who are willing to put your faith in this project. I hope you'll consider supporting Steve and me, and I look forward to sending loads of HP prints to the post office! :D
Why be normal?: rhr - the momentlunalovepotter on April 29th, 2014 03:32 pm (UTC)
I don't have a link, but I did make a small donation today. I still have the autographed copy of the Quidditch Kiss from when we first met at Lumos (8 years ago!!), but I'd love the Ron/Hermione print.

Congratulations on all of your success. :)

ETA: By the time the book is released, I will have moved back to California. So I will need to give a new mailing address by then. Let me know. Thanks!

Edited at 2014-04-29 03:34 pm (UTC)
Venessamudblood428 on April 29th, 2014 03:38 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo! Thank you, Megan! When you get a chance, message me whichever address will be active at the end of May and I'll send your print out as soon as the campaign is closed on May 15th!
elka78elka78 on April 29th, 2014 03:35 pm (UTC)
I trust your judgement on this! Done.
Oi, I need to choose a print now, eh? Definitely Seeker No More! It's my absolute favorite scene in the whole book series. and you pictured it perfectly :)
Venessamudblood428 on April 29th, 2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
You are awesome! Message me with your mailing address, and i'll get your print out as soon as the campaign is over on May 15th! :) Thanks so much!!
LewlinX: WeasleyLXlewlinx on April 29th, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
Well, I got to this after your previous post so you already know I've donated :) If you still have the Quidditch Kiss one I would love one of those! The one you signed at Lumos was the victim of a severe reducto charm by my mum. The argument when I realised she'd done away with some of my praised fan art was Weasley worthy.
Venessamudblood428 on April 29th, 2014 04:09 pm (UTC)
Holy moly. I would have gone ape. lol You can bet you will receive another shiny Quidditch kiss for your collection, with my absolute gratitude! Thank you so much for donating!
hedwig5221hedwig5221 on April 29th, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
V...thank you so much for putting this out there so that we can help. It sounds like a great project and will be a fabulous Christmas gift for my grandsons as well.

I believe the last print is the only one I don't already have! Leighanne has them all, framed and hanging at her house so I'll probably give this one to her as well.

I look forward to seeing the final product of this project!

Good luck!

Venessamudblood428 on April 30th, 2014 03:36 pm (UTC)
I know I've said this on Facebook already, but let me just say here that you are awesomesauce for donating. Thank you so much for supporting this project!
star54kar: Ron/Hermione- Autumnstar54kar on April 30th, 2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
Super excited to help support your artwork V! I contributed my pledge last night. The book seems charming and I hope you make your goal. :)

Btw: I'm pretty sure Entwined was the first piece of your artwork that I encountered and it has long remained as one of my favorites of your work. I'd be thrilled to get a print of it if it's on offer. :D
Nate the Great: Cylonmajor_dallas on May 3rd, 2014 02:43 pm (UTC)
Well I hope it all works out kiddo :)