Yooka-Laylee and the Kracklestone

Created by Dreamprism Press

A brand new graphic novel based on the characters and world of Yooka-Laylee! NOTE: All prices are in US dollars.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

FEEDBACK NEEDED! Enamel Pin Set?!
about 1 year ago – Sat, Mar 09, 2019 at 10:55:32 PM

Hello there, Backers!

We're in the final stretch before the BackerKit Surveys and Add-On Store are released to your likely already-jammed email inboxes. BUT, I've had a last-minute idea based on some requests I've been getting. I'm considering adding a brand new item to the store: an enamel pin character set featuring five Yooka-Laylee characters! (SEE POLL LINK BELOW)

I'm told enamel pins are the bees knees these days (not THAT bee--nobody wants his knees or any other part of him). Yup, we already have the Yooka and Laylee combo pin ready for you. But, Yooka-Laylee has so many awesome characters! Just think how amazing you'll look covered in pins! You'll simultaneously represent your fandom as well as ward off bullies who will be intimidated by your excellent fashion skills.

Here's the issue... if we can't interest enough buyers, the process will end up costing more than it makes. So, I'm reaching out to the backer community to ask if this would be something you would consider adding to your growing chameleon and bat collection.

Here's a look at the proposed set (I haven't yet decided how they'll be packaged, but they'll likely be posted to their own backing cards):

Disappointed in your wardrobe options lately? It's because your clothes are lacking these pins.
Disappointed in your wardrobe options lately? It's because your clothes are lacking these pins.

After talking to vendors, I believe I can price the collector's set around $40 but that amount may need to move up or down. Yes, Target sells pin sets like this for 15-20 bucks but those sell in the tens or even hundreds of thousands. Trowzer's popular, but not quite THAT popular. Also, these are TWO-INCH PINS! Assuming that price point, I would need to sell 85 sets to break even. I believe we can surpass that number since the item will be available to backers as well as new preorder customers.

Through the store, you'd have the option to order just the Yooka-Laylee hero pin or you could spring for the full set. I considered offering the pins individually, but this will inevitably result in some pins selling more units than others. That imbalance causes production and cost issues. To keep things manageable, I'd like to limit the options to those two.

Okay, so when you're done salivating over the concept render above, click here to head on over to a poll question that will help me make a decision!

Thanks for taking the time to offer your feedback! If you have other specific thoughts, add them below or send me a direct message.

~D.M. Cumbo

BackerKit Store Preview
about 1 year ago – Tue, Jan 08, 2019 at 09:37:59 PM

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Art Milestone Reached!
over 1 year ago – Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 10:35:43 PM

Hello Backers!

I've been busily focusing on developing the book as well as getting the BackerKit Add-on store/Backer Surveys up and running. We're not quite there yet but I'll have a very detailed update coming your way soon to explain what you can expect.

New Art Time!

This new work-in-progress page (text left off to avoid spoilers) is very special as it represents a critical milestone for the project.

Insert pipe pun here.
Insert pipe pun here.
When I started this book, I tried to figure out how to convey in comic form the very heart of my own love for games like Yooka-Laylee, Banjo-Kazooie, and Donkey Kong Country. Often projects start with a spark of inspiration and a visual image of the end product. But, inevitably, things evolve and change. It's extremely rare to have the end product exactly match that initial spark's intangible vibe. Hopefully it becomes better in the process of evolving.

A playful and mysterious adventure in a beautiful toy-like playground.

We play the same game, but add our own personal experiences to the mix. For me, the description above succinctly describes what I love most about these games. I remember hunting around Grunty's lair looking for secrets... and the joy of discovery when I found them! The worlds and characters always seem to have a not-so-subtle toy-like feel, as though the whole thing is a fantastical play-set come to life.

It's hard to turn these intangible feelings into tangible results. Finally, after many months of hard work, I feel this page accomplishes this to my satisfaction. It feels like it "fits" with my own impressions of what I love most about the game(s). I'm confident going forward the project will not only be a great book, but it will also capture that elusive initial spark of inspiration in its pages.. excuse me, pagies.

I truly hope it resonates with those of you who had similar experiences. I don't think it's a coincidence that I produced this page post campaign--your faith in this project has helped me create it! I promise to ensure that every single page has the this same level of polish. I want to make sure the book captures the same spirit as the games... a playful and mysterious adventure in a beautiful toy-like playground.

~D.M. Cumbo

BackerKit Store Launching Soon and Errored Pledges
over 1 year ago – Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 03:43:15 PM

Hi Backers:

Two quick updates...

BackerKit Coming Soon!

As promised on Friday, I'm diligently working toward getting the BackerKit system up and running. I'm being held up a bit because it's not clear yet how to add location-based custom shipping expenses for add-ons that will increase postage cost. I hope/expect to have it sorted soon.

Via BackerKit, you'll be able to add items to your pledges as well as clarify shipping details and other necessary info (such as Completionist Tier original art character choice, etc.). We'll also be opening the pre-order store. By bringing new backers into the project, we can continue working toward our stretch goals! Please note, new pre-orders at this point no longer have access to the Backer Edition book.

Since several people have asked, you can always upgrade to the Backer Edition book as long as you are a Kickstarter backer but no non-backers will be able to get that book. It's now locked in as a one-time-only variant edition so congrats to backers for having sole access to the first exclusive product made by Dreamprism Press!

Credit Card Woes

As it turns out, we unfortunately had quite a fair number of declined card charges. This is common to Kickstarter campaigns but our percentage is a bit higher than the average. As of now, the total amount we actually drew in is less than 60k... but don't worry! I'm still moving forward with the stretch goal regardless. A promise is a promise!

I've sent messages to "errored" backers (Kickstarter's term, not mine) and several have already fixed the issue--thank you! It's possible that some of the remaining declined charges may still come through. Hopefully, more of these declined charges will resolve by Friday--otherwise Kickstarter (without any control on my part) will drop the backers completely from the project :(

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I'll be in touch very soon to let you know when the BackerKit page is up and running. It might be a bit before you hear from me. If you have any questions in the meantime, don't hesitate to send a direct message.

~D.M. Cumbo

STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED!
over 1 year ago – Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 09:23:43 PM

WOOOO! Grab some rainbow-colored champagne and celebrate with me! We hit the first stretch goal and unlocked holographic foil and sculptural-embossing on EVERY copy of the book!

Why use one color when you can use them all?!
Why use one color when you can use them all?!

Thanks so much for everyone's support making this possible!

Only four hours left--lots to do! I'll be in touch shortly!

~D.M. Cumbo