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:

WOAH! One Week Left!
over 1 year ago – Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 08:42:57 PM

Hi Backers:

That's right, we're down to the last week of the campaign! To celebrate, here's a full look at the page I teased the other day:

What is a "convenience fee" anyway?!
What is a "convenience fee" anyway?!

Thanks for your feedback regarding backer updates post campaign. It's clear to me that people want to avoid spoilers so I'm going to try and keep you updated on progress without revealing too much. Take the work-in-progress page above, for example. I had planned to show a page from a later section of the book, but instead chose this one since it's close to the beginning of the book.

It's a hard balance to strike. It's important to show off the work to bring in more backers... but I don't want the whole story spoiled!

I think this is one of those times I'm supposed to ask you to really get the word out. Time is short for new backers and we have a fair ways to go to reach the first stretch goal. I'm still confident we can hit it!

Once again, thanks for your continued support. It means the world to me!

~D.M. Cumbo

Foiled Embossing and Dreamprism Books... A Perfect Match!
over 1 year ago – Sun, Nov 04, 2018 at 10:49:06 AM

Hi Backers:

The campaign continues! We've blown past the main goal and we are well on our way to the first stretch goal. If reached, each copy of the book will receive sculptural de-embossing and transparent holographic foil stamping. It's hard to convey just how awesome this effect is in person. But there's another reason behind my desire to add these unique processes...

Branding

It's important! Little Golden Books distinct golden tape binding helps them stand out clearly from every other book on the shelf. I don't want to limit Dreamprism books to only one size/shape, but I'd like them to include some form of shared design element. This is where embossing/foiling comes into play.

I visit bookstores frequently, carefully noting how books are displayed. I've yet to see even a single book that shares my intended design. Should Dreamprism books ever be available in stores, I want to ensure they will stand out.

For those interested in learning more about embossing/foiling, the following will offer a deeper look into how its done.

The Process

Embossing typically involves pressing a male and female brass die together with paper between them. This causes indentations to appear in the paper. It is far simpler (and cheaper) to do a "single-level emboss." As I understand it, a laser carves into the brass die creating a single flat layer based on a digital reference file. The file simply uses black and white to indicate regions to be raised. This can be used for basic embossing purposes, such as text:

Cool... but we can do better!
Cool... but we can do better!

Hardly a Relief!

Far more complicated is a relief-style sculptured embossing. This requires a digital artist to create a 3D reference file that will be used to cut an actual relief sculpture out of a piece of brass. The results can be stunning, giving the appearance each copy has been hand-sculpted:

If Michelangelo made each book...
If Michelangelo made each book...
NOW we're cookin'!!
NOW we're cookin'!!

Foiled Again!

The effect of transparent holographic foil is hard to demonstrate because it's really only clearly noticeable in motion as light passes through the material. The idea is to retain and amplify the artwork beneath with a sort of rainbow/iridescent quality. I did my best to indicate this effect on the campaign page and video with a 3D render. Here's another example of it applied to a video game manual:

Great game, by the way!
Great game, by the way!

A Magical Combination

I wasn't able to find a single example anywhere clearly demonstrating the combined effect. This blu-ray cover design for Disney's Through the Looking-Glass was the closest I could locate. Our effect will be sharper and way more impressive :)

We're through the look-- ah forget it.
We're through the look-- ah forget it.

Our process will involve overlaying holo foil over the regions that will be embossed. BUT... here's the coolest part: this will be done directly onto the hardcover itself instead of a dust-jacket.

I explained that a male and female die press the paper to create the embossing, but how can be this be done on a thick cover stock? In order to accomplish this, the books use a thick spongy stock that is compressed by the brass die... creating the sculptural indent in the process! So cool!

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I know that was wordy, but it's only scratching the surface of these awesome processes. Should we hit this first stretch goal, I'll be sure to record the production process for you to see!

Hopefully you now have an idea of the importance of this goal. It's not just about appearance (though it is gorgeous!!), it's also about creating a unique branding method. Kickstarter is aptly named. This project is not singular in nature--it's the start of something big...

Please continue to help spread the word so we can get the funding up to that 60k goal! I know we can reach it together!!

~D.M. Cumbo

FUNDED!!!!!
over 1 year ago – Sat, Nov 03, 2018 at 04:57:14 PM

Backers:

What an amazing Halloween surprise!

Thanks to your overwhelming support, the project has reached its main goal! Because of you, Yooka-Laylee and the Kracklestone will be made into a beautiful physical edition!!!

With that... it's time to get to work on finishing this book, huh?! ;)

Thank you again for allowing my first campaign to be a success! I'm absolutely thrilled and humbled.

~D.M. Cumbo

NEW TIERS ARE LIVE!!
over 1 year ago – Thu, Nov 01, 2018 at 01:49:47 AM

Hello Backers and Yooka-Laylee fans!

Today, I introduced two new tiers to the campaign. The EXPANDED GRAND TOME Tier and COMPLETIONIST Tier are now live!

Please see the REWARDS section of the campaign page for more information about the tiers!

If you want to adjust your pledge to one of the new tiers, you can now do so using the "Manage My Pledge" option! If you have any issues or questions, please comment below or send me a direct message.

~D.M. Cumbo

REMINDER--Two New Limited Tiers Launching Today!
over 1 year ago – Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 11:40:41 PM

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