Pop Culture in Cat Canyon

If our children’s book is funded on Kickstarter by May 4th, production for Cat Canyon will begin right away. One of the fun aspects of this project will be to incorporate not only well known cats (from the analog and digital world), but notable figures as well. Russell Brand and RuPaul are real leaders whose philosophies about life we can get behind.

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The Huffington Post supports Cat Canyon

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We are happy to report that contributor James Nichols wrote about Cat Canyon for The Huffington Post!

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A groundbreaking new children’s book is currently engaged in a Kickstarter campaign and hopes to showcase a diverse range of relationships, as well as gender and racial identities — within a futuristic cat society (yes, you read that correctly).

In Cat Canyon a young girl gets separated from her family while playing with her tablet. She stumbles across Cat Canyon, a futuristic society built by cats who have figured out how to use the Internet and embody different forms of identity. According to the authors, Bronwyn Lundberg and Sarah Zucker, it showcases “diversity without preachiness and encourages an openness to all types of people without being overtly political.”

In order to better understand Cat Canyon and the motivation behind this project, The Huffington Post chatted with Lundberg about the project.

The Huffington Post: What inspired you to create this book?
Bronwyn Lundberg: Sarah and I were first inspired to create this book when we were on a road trip and passed a sign for Cat Canyon. We had fun imagining what that might look like, and the idea of cats figuring out how to use the Internet and forming a society soon followed. We’re both big fans of Dr. Seuss, and love his particular way of conveying important philosophies to children through wordplay and colorful imagery.

The Huffington Post: How does this book explore a diverse range of gender identities?
The cats of Cat Canyon are every color of the rainbow, and express an array of gender identities. Our main character Nat isn’t overtly feminine, and is instead a gender neutral child spirit with purple skin and blue hair: she’s someone any kid could identify with.

The Huffington Post: Why is work like this important?
We see it as the specific task of Millennial artists to bring worthy analog traditions into the Digital Age before they disappear for good. We want to create a rhyming illustrated children’s book in the vein of Dr. Seuss that specifically addresses modern concerns. We’re using cats because it speaks directly to the language of the Internet: this is a book BY Internet people FOR Internet people.

For more information about Cat Canyon head here to check out the Kickstarter.

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/16/cat-canyon-book_n_5159958.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices

 

CAT CANYON is now on Kickstarter!

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CAT CANYON is about a little girl, Nat, who gets lost on a tour with her family when she’s playing with her screen tablet, and discovers Cat Canyon, a futuristic society built by cats who figured out how to use the Internet. As she learns about all the advancements the cats have made, she sees that they too have become too distracted by their screens to pay attention to the world around them. 

Designs for my new Kickstarter project CAT CANYON.


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In April, me and my creative partner, Sarah Zucker will release our 30 day marathon on Kickstarter. Here is a sneak peak as to the concept behind our creation…

It’s about a little girl, Nat, who gets lost on a tour with her family when she’s playing with her screen tablet, and discovers Cat Canyon, a futuristic society built by cats who figured out how to use the Internet. As she learns about all the advancements the cats have made, she sees that they too have become too distracted by their screens to pay attention to the world around them.

I have always wanted to illustrate a children’s book, but had to wait until I found the right subject matter. It’s our aim to create a fun and colorful world, all while teaching a simple crucial lesson: our technology should lift us up, not hold us back. Don’t get so lost in your screen you forget to live your life!

I will be illustrating and designing the book, and my girlfriend Sarah will be writing all the words (in rhyming verse, no less!). She is wildly talented (Jeopardy champion with a master in writing from Tisch), and I think we are just the team to tackle this project.

If the book is successfully funded, we will be able to release it in a limited printing AND as an e-book in time for the 2014 Holiday Season.