Greenville, NC

The Adventures of Melvin and Me

Project Creator

About this project

 

A story about adventure! Imagination! Fun! and most importantly, FRIENDSHIP!!!

This is the first book in the series about Melvin and his little boy Jacob.  To everyone else in the world Melvin is Jacob’s stuffed monster made by his aunt Candice.  But for Jacob, Melvin is his best friend!  Melvin and Jacob are constantly going on adventures together.  They play hide and seek, go to the grocery store, save the world from alien invaders – you name it and they have probably done it!  This first book will focus on the biggest adventure Jacob will ever have: HIS FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!!!! 

Jacob and Stuffed Melvin!
Jacob and Stuffed Melvin!

Melvin and Jacob will spend the weekend getting prepared for the big journey.  They will need to gather supplies, practice their skills, and (especially) have fun and cause mischief!  I hope you will want to join in on all the fun and help me create this book that will help relieve all of the stress for kids going to school for the first time.

Melvin and Me: Jacob’s First Day of School will be a  36 page, 9″x 9″ Hardcover Book in full color. I think this is the perfect size to sit with your little monsters and children so you can read about their adventures together.

36 Pages of Adventures and Mischief!
36 Pages of Adventures and Mischief!

 

Example of interior art
Example of interior art

 

 

The Story of Melvin:

The Adventures of Melvin and Me started coming to life about 2 years ago while I was teaching sewing at summer camp.  See, I love making monsters!  It is one of the most fun things I get to do and children love creating their own, as well.  For one of my class examples, I came up with this little fellow that was blue with a big pink nose and big yellow horns.  My campers absolutely loved him and so did my wife.

The Original Stuffed Melvin
The Original Stuffed Melvin

She named him Melvin one night and we started joking about all the trouble he could get in if he was real.  He could be eating cereal while watching cartoons, going skating, and oh, the mischief he could cause if he went shopping!  This was the beginning of the adventure for me; I had no clue where it was going to lead.  Later that fall I started exhibiting artwork at comic conventions.  I met a lot of great people and we began to have an idea about turning this idea into a children’s book.

The first drawing of Melvin and Jacob
The first drawing of Melvin and Jacob

I decided I would transform Melvin into an illustration and I began taking him to shows.  People kept coming up and asking who he was. I explained that his name was Melvin and that is his little boy Jacob.  (Wanna take a wild guess who Jacob is created after?  Surprise! It’s me!  I know who would have guessed?)  Not to long after I created the illustration, I was surprised at a show by another exhibitor who created me my very own stuffed Melvin.

Melvin and Me!
Melvin and Me!

My wife and I loved him so much I started actually going around and having adventures with him.  We went to museums, petting zoos, conventions; we even started meeting celebrities!  But most importantly, we met our favorite people: fans!

 

 

The whole thing began to take on a life of its own. I have so many people ask how can they help get the book out.  Well, that is why I am here: I have the story written for our first book.  Jacob’s First Day of School has been written and most of the artwork is ready, but I need help getting a book physically published.

So if you want to help, select your reward right over there to the right and pledge.  Melvin and me will be forever thankful.

 

Link to the Project:
 
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1669207697/the-adventures-of-melvin-and-me/


$6,500

funding goal

Project Rewards
Pledge $1 or more
Thank You Monster! Digital Thank You and a Digital Print 5x7.
Pledge $5 or more
E-Book Monster! E-book Copy of The Adventures of Melvin and Me: Jacob's First Day of School PDF. Digital Thank You and a Digital Print 5x7.
Pledge $15 or more
Lil' Monster! Physical hardcover book + E-Book Copy of The Adventures of Melvin and Me: Jacob's First Day of School PDF + 5x7 Thank you print + all stretch goals. Shipping Included In Pledge.
Pledge $25 or more
Melvin's Little Monster! - Early Bird You are a fan of Melvin and have known about him for a while now. Signed and Sketched Physical hardcover book + E-Book Copy of The Adventures of Melvin and Me: Jacob's First Day of School PDF + 8x8 print + all stretch goals. Shipping Included In Pledge.
Pledge $30 or more
Melvin's Little Monster! You are a fan of Melvin and have known about him for a while now. Signed and Sketched Physical hardcover book + E-Book Copy of The Adventures of Melvin and Me: Jacob's First Day of School PDF + 8x8 print + all stretch goals. Shipping Included In Pledge.
Pledge $40 or more
Monsterous Adventure Collector! You are a collector of adventures! Signed and Sketched Physical hardcover book + E-Book Copy of The Adventures of Melvin and Me: Jacob's First Day of School PDF + (4) 8x8 prints + all stretch goals. Shipping Included In Pledge.
Pledge $50 or more
Educator's Lil' Monsters! You really love Melvin and want to share him with the little monsters in your life and their friends! This is a great gift for teachers and libraries! You will get 1 Signed and Sketched Physical hardcover book + 30 copies of the E-Book The Adventures of Melvin and Me: Jacob's First Day of School PDF + I will talk with your classroom over Video Chat, read the book to them, and teach a lesson on how to draw and create their own little monsters. Shipping Included In Pledge.
Pledge $50 or more
Lil' Monster Seller! For smaller retailers who would like to help get Melvin and Jacob's Adventures out before his official release! Get 5 Copies of The Adventures of Melvin and Me + A Promotion Poster.
Pledge $75 or more
Choose Your Own Adventures with Melvin! You really love Melvin and you want your own adventures with him! Get your very own Melvin Cuddle, crocheted by Candice Davis of Cuddly Curiosities + Signed and Sketched Physical hardcover book + E-Book Copy of The Adventures of Melvin and Me: Jacob's First Day of School PDF + all stretch goals. Shipping Included In Pledge.
Pledge $85 or more
Big Monster Seller! You're a retailer who would like to help get Melvin and Jacob's Adventures out before his official release. Get 10 Copies of The Adventures of Melvin and Me + A Promotion Poster.
Pledge $150 or more
True Monster Supporter Want a unique way to support Melvin and Shawn? Get your own Monster in color! Get a commission for 1 character of your choice on a 9x12 Tan Toned Paper (with Shawn's approval to make sure it is still family-friendly). Signed and Sketched Physical hardcover book + E-Book Copy of The Adventures of Melvin and Me: Jacob's First Day of School PDF + 4 8x8 Prints + all stretch goals.
Pledge $150 or more
MEGA! Monster Seller! For a large-volume retailer who would like to help get Melvin and Jacob's Adventures out before his official release Get 20 Copies of The Adventures of Melvin and Me + A Promotion Poster. Local bonus! If you are with in 100 miles of Greenville, NC, Shawn will do his best to appear in your store for a signing and reading event.
Pledge $300 or more
Supersized Radioactive Monster! For the super-fan who really loves everything Melvin! You not only want your own adventures with him, you want everything you can get your hands on! You're the kid monster in a candy store! You manage to snag the Original Painting of the Adventures of Melvin and Me Cover, painted on canvas. It is the only one ever made. You will also get your very own Melvin Cuddle crocheted by Candice Davis of Cuddly Curiosities + Signed and Sketched Physical hardcover book + E-Book Copy of The Adventures of Melvin and Me: Jacob's First Day of School PDF + 4 8x8 Prints + all stretch goals.

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