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Kickstarter Ending VERY SOON!

A line art sketch of a three-headed hydra lounging in a Greek-style kylix, with grapes hanging over the edge. One had is open-eyed and smiling, one laughing, the last closed-eyed and smiling.

So our Mythical Creature Pride-Themed Enamel Pins and Stickers Kickstarter campaign ends in about 5 hours (at 2:20 p.m. Eastern on April 2nd). Last night, we hit our second stretch goal, and so of course Pip immediately went to work on a sketch for who our eighth design would be. May I introduce: this precious, happy hydra? They’ll be in the colors of the genderqueer pride flag (purple, white and green).

It’s not too late to back our campaign! Check it out now!

(the other seven designs? but of course…there’s our six base designs…)

A banner graphic with a blue background dotted with white flowers and stars. Text reads "Mythical Creature Pride Pins." Images overlaying the background show six pin designs, The six designs are: a pegasus lying on a puff of cotton candy, in trans pride flag colors; a Nessie plesiosaur lounging in an open can, in mlm pride flag colors; a phoenix taking flight in front of a cloudy sky, in wlw pride flag colors; a dragon with their hoard inside a bottle, in nb pride flag colors; a cerberus frolicking in a pond, in bisexual pride flag colors; and a cerberus standing in front of a stained glass window, in asexual pride flag colors.
A banner graphic with a blue background dotted with white flowers and stars. Text reads "+ stickers." The six images on the graphic are the same as in the previous graphic on this page, except this time the lineart is black and the shading is more extensive, showing how the six designs will be different as stickers compared to as enamel pins.

…and the cutie kelpie for our first stretch goal…

Artwork for an enamel pin. It depicts a smiling kelpie horse with a fish tail, in shades of green, standing on a gray island, before a backdrop of white water and a leafless forest at night.
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Last Day to Back Our Current Kickstarter!

A banner graphic with a blue background dotted with white flowers and stars. Text reads "Mythical Creature Pride Pins." Images overlaying the background show six pin designs, The six designs are: a pegasus lying on a puff of cotton candy, in trans pride flag colors; a Nessie plesiosaur lounging in an open can, in mlm pride flag colors; a phoenix taking flight in front of a cloudy sky, in wlw pride flag colors; a dragon with their hoard inside a bottle, in nb pride flag colors; a cerberus frolicking in a pond, in bisexual pride flag colors; and a cerberus standing in front of a stained glass window, in asexual pride flag colors.
A banner graphic with a blue background dotted with white flowers and stars. Text reads "+ stickers." The six images on the graphic are the same as in the previous graphic on this page, except this time the lineart is black and the shading is more extensive, showing how the six designs will be different as stickers compared to as enamel pins.

Just a reminder that our Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of these adorable mythical creature enamel pins and die-cut stickers ends at 2:20 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow, April 2nd! So if you want to make sure you get your pins and stickers, make sure you become a backer now! We’re only $180 away from unlocking another beast…

Become a backer!

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Mythical Creature Pride Merch Campaign Updates!

Our Mythical Creature Pride Merch Campaign featuring (currently) six designs of mythical creatures (pegasus, nessie, phoenix, dragon, chimera, and cerberus) in the colors of six pride flags (trans, mlm, wlw, non-binary, bisexual, and asexual flags) has now been running for ten days, and it’s been going awesome – so well that we’re about to add our seventh design, also featuring the artwork of the amazing Pippin Peacock! We crossed our initial funding goal of $3,000 in under 12 hours, and we’re now only $70 from our first stretch goal, which will enable us to create pins and stickers in the colors shared by the agender pride flag and aromantic pride flag: green, white, black, and gray! And the creature for this stretch goal is…

Artwork for an enamel pin. It depicts a smiling kelpie horse with a fish tail, in shades of green, standing on a gray island, before a backdrop of white water and a leafless forest at night.

…a Kelpie!! This cutie pie loves to hang out in marshes and swamps but don’t worry, it’s only there to get some alone time in between making friends. Lovely greens help them blend in with the local flora and fauna! (Note: final design pending – this may get tweaked, and we haven’t finished the sticker version yet – this is the enamel pin design)

Also, at the risk of putting our cart before our horse, we’re also only about $1,000 from our second stretch goal, and we’ll start planning it once we’re within about $500 of it (so, once we cross $5,000 in total funding). This to-be-determined critter will be in the colors of the genderqueer pride flag (purple, white and green). I’m really excited what Pippin will come up with when I give them the green light to start designing the next beast.

And, in case you missed it, here are the other six designs…

A banner graphic with a blue background dotted with white flowers and stars. Text reads "Mythical Creature Pride Pins + Stickers. Unlock more Designs!" Images overlaying the background show six pin designs, and six sticker designs that are the same except for having black line art and more shading. The six designs are: a pegasus lying on a puff of cotton candy, in trans pride flag colors; a Nessie plesiosaur lounging in an open can, in mlm pride flag colors; a phoenix taking flight in front of a cloudy sky, in wlw pride flag colors; a dragon with their hoard inside a bottle, in nb pride flag colors; a cerberus frolicking in a pond, in bisexual pride flag colors; and a cerberus standing in front of a stained glass window, in asexual pride flag colors.

We’ve also got two of our name-a-beast bundles left, so you haven’t yet missed your chance to name one of these lovelies. Meet Jack Rose the Pegasus and Asha the Phoenix; the Dragon is claimed but remains unnamed, and our fourth beast namer hasn’t picked a beast yet. Nessie, Chimera and Cerberus are left!

So help us spread the word by sharing this post, and even better…

Become a backer and get your mythical creature pride merch now!

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Mythical Creature Pride Enamel Pins and Stickers!

A banner graphic with a blue background dotted with white flowers and stars. Text reads "Mythical Creature Pride Pins + Stickers. Unlock more Designs!" Images overlaying the background show six pin designs, and six sticker designs that are the same except for having black line art and more shading. The six designs are: a pegasus lying on a puff of cotton candy, in trans pride flag colors; a Nessie plesiosaur lounging in an open can, in mlm pride flag colors; a phoenix taking flight in front of a cloudy sky, in wlw pride flag colors; a dragon with their hoard inside a bottle, in nb pride flag colors; a cerberus frolicking in a pond, in bisexual pride flag colors; and a cerberus standing in front of a stained glass window, in asexual pride flag colors.

The Kickstarter campaign to create enamel pins and stickers of these six absolutely precious mythical creature designs is now live! Love Pride? Love cute creatures? Longing to fly your Pride colors high with some cute-but-subtle Pride beasties? You have come to the right place! We’ve taken our excitement for Pride 2024 and turned it into six precious, adorable, gorgeous designs featuring playful mythical creatures in Pride flag colors that you’re not gonna want to miss! 

Each design is available as a die-cut sticker and as an enamel pin. You can get whichever stickers and pins you want: mix-and-match; get duplicates; or even back at our highest, premium backer level and get to anoint one of these cuties with a name that we’ll use for them forever after this campaign!

All the artwork is by Pippin Peacock, who brought 110% of their inspiration, creativity, and dedication to this project, and logistics are being handled by Nina Waters at Duck Prints Press.

The designs are:

  • Pegasus, in transgender pride flag colors.
  • Loch Ness, in mlm/gay pride flag colors.
  • Phoenix, in wlw/lesbian pride flag colors.
  • Dragon, in non-binary pride flag colors.
  • Chimera, in bisexual pride flag colors.
  • Cerberus, in asexual pride flag colors (these are also the colors of the demisexual pride flag).

This campaign is running through April 2nd 2024, and we are aiming for fulfillment before or during Pride month in June.

Even better – if we can hit our stretch goals, we can offer more creatures in more flag colors!

So help us reach our goals – check out the campaign and become a backer now!

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Coming Soon: Mythical Creature Pride Pins and Stickers!

Artwork of an orange phoenix flying over a pink, white, and orange sky. The colors match those of the wlw pride flag. Above this, the words "Work in Progress!" are written.

Have you been wondering what Duck Prints Press has coming next? Well, wonder no longer, because here we have it – an official announcement!

Our next crowdfunding campaign will be to produce enamel pins and die-cut stickers featuring six mythical creatures in the colors of six Pride flags!

For this project, we are working with the artist Pippin Peacock (personal page | Instagram | Tiktok), who is designing all the artwork and deciding which creatures to pair with which flags. Not all the pairings are settled yet, but they will be within the next week. Our six flags are: wlw flag, mlm flag, asexual flag, bisexual flag, trans flag, and non-binary flag (we’ve got more as stretch goals!). Our creatures include the pictured phoenix, dragons, nessie, pegasus, and more!

We expect to launch this project in mid-March, and it will run for under three weeks; we’ll strive to complete fulfillment so you’ll have your lovely, awesome Pride stickers and pins during Pride month, 2024!

Want to be among the first to know when this project goes live later this month? Make sure you follow our pre-launch page on Kickstarter!

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Aether Beyond the Binary: Final 48 Hours

The Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for our anthology Aether Beyond the Binary, featuring 17 stories of non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, agender, bigender, and other outside-the-binary characters living in modern aetherpunk settings, has entered our final two days of funding! And we’ve crossed our funding goal (after a scare with a fake pledge that has made things…uh…interesting)!!

It’s not too late to get your copy of this awesome collection made by our very queer press by our very queer contributors. We wrap on January 25th at 9:35 a.m. Eastern time.

Learn more about Aether Beyond the Binary now by visiting the Kickstarter campaign, or read on for more info…

A graphic entitled "Aether Beyond the Binary." It shows the cover of the anthology (two people of indeterminate gender doing science, one with a flower hovering over their hand, the other holding a tablet), the sky whale enamel pin (a green whale flying through a cloudy purple night sky, the non-binary symbol balancing from its mouth), the aether dux sticker (a duck with a blue mohawk, choker necklace and a harness securing crystal wings to their torso), the plant-watering robot holographic sticker (a cute flying robot watering a tropical potted plant), and the aether musician bookmark (a young white person playing the guitar, magical swirls in the non-binary pride colors dancing around them).

What would the Earth look like if the very atoms that compose the planet were suffused with magical aether? How would our lives in the modern world be different if this aether was discovered last year, or last decade, or last century, or last millennia? How might the people who inhabit this oh-so-different but still modern Earth explore their gender identities? These are the questions we posed to the 17 authors chosen to contribute to Duck Prints Press’s newest anthology Aether Beyond the Binary. Their diverse answers are bound together in this must-not-miss collection of stories about magical worlds, adventures and mysteries, new chances and well-earned endings, and characters as gender-diverse as the worlds they inhabit. 

Aether Beyond the Binary features 17 stories, each up to 7,500 words. We aim to publish it as an e-book (ePub and PDF), and to print it digest size, 5.5 in x 8.5 in (14 cm x 21.5 cm) in both trade paperback and hardcover formats. Aether Beyond the Binary also features a spectacular wrap-around cover by non-binary artist Mar Spragge; this will be printed as a lovely gloss dust jacket for the hardcover edition. 

Curious about the project? You can learn way more by visiting the campaign page or by checking out our other blog posts about it to learn more about our merch and contributors and read excerpts, creator interviews, and more:

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Aether Beyond the Binary Merch Spotlight: Bookmark

For our final Aether Beyond the Binary spotlight, we’re taking a peek at the campaign bookmark! This will be produced by UPrinting on sturdy paper with a gloss finish, and completed with a golden tassel. We’ve produced six past bookmarks with them, and they’ve all turned out gorgeous (you can see them all here).

A bookmark front showing a young white person playing a guitar. Magical swirls emanate from where they play. The colors resemble those on the non-binary flag.

The gorgeous campaign bookmark features art by non-binary artist Pippin Peacock, who has also done bookmark art to accompany our anthologies She Wears the Midnight Crown and He Bears the Cape of Stars. The color palette is inspired by the non-binary pride flag (yellow, white, purple, black) and the genderqueer pride flag (purple, white, green). The back will include the signatures of the anthology contributors: we can’t gather everyone together to get all 17 people to sign the book, but we CAN compile reproductions somewhere at least!

Close up on the aether musician:

A young white person of indeterminate gender playing a guitar. Magical swirls emanate from where their hand strums the strings.

For backers at the “+ Merch” backer levels of the Aether Beyond the Binary Kickstarter, this bookmark is included in what they’ll receive! It can also be added to any backer level that includes a physical item, so if you’re interested in ordering the book but don’t want all the merch, you can get just the book plus picking and choosing what you’d like!

In case you missed them, here are the other merchandise spotlights we’ve done for this campaign:

Become a Kickstarter backer today, and get an amazing book of stories starring outside-the-binary characters and a bunch of gorgeous merch! Win-win!

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Aether Beyond the Binary Merch Spotlight: Plant-Watering Bot

I’m now back from four days of con vending, and will be resuming our regular Aether Beyond the Binary crowdfunding campaign updates, highlighting the authors we’ve not yet spotlighted and the remaining merchandise. I’m thrilled with the progress of the campaign over the past few days; we’re now at 69% of our final goal, with 8 days to go – a promising position to be in.

Today we’re spending a little time with our adorable plant-watering bot. We love the entire cover created by Mar Spragge; it’s full of lovely details and magical vibes. The characters are vibrant and lively, and we couldn’t be happier with the entire cover.

But, from the moment we saw their sketches, we grew especially attached to one aspect in particular: this little guy.

Lineart of a cute robot, dome-shaped with little legs and a long spigot sticking out.

This lil plant-watering bot is just so cute, we were enchanted! So, of course we decided to feature it in the campaign merchandise. Specifically, you can get up to two options that incorporate this robot.

Holographic Sticker

A square from the back cover of the anthology Aether Beyond the Binary, showing a cute floating robot watering an array of potted tropical plants.

We’ll be producing a 4 in x 4 in/10.25 cm x 10.25 cm square sticker featuring the plants and the bot from the back. The materials for this will include a holographic rainbow shimmer, and it’s gonna make for a truly lovely effect. We can’t wait to see it in production.

You can get this lovely sticker by backing at Level 4 (TPB + Merch) or Level 5 (HC + Merch), or you can add one or more sticker to any order that includes any physical merch. So, make sure you get yours!

Patreon-Exclusive Key Chain

For our Patreon backers at level $10/month and $25/month who also support this campaign, we’ll also be producing this sweet little transparent key chain!

Lineart of a cute robot, dome-shaped with little legs and a long spigot sticking out. Shown with a silver key chain.

It’s not too late to get one of these key chains for yourselves – you can become a Duck Prints Press Patreon supporter anytime before the end of the campaign, and we’ll add the key chain to your order!

Come on over to Kickstarter and become a backer today to get yours! This campaign ends on January 25th, 2024.

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Aether Beyond the Binary Merchandise Spotlight: Sky-Whale Enamel Pin

Our most premium general merchandise offering for the crowdfunding campaign for Aether Beyond the Binary? None other than our lovely sky-whale enamel pin! Because the stories all feature outside-the-binary, non-binary, and genderqueer characters, we encouraged the artists we commissioned to look to the related Pride flags for color inspiration, and this is one of the results…

Artwork of a green whale flying among scattered clouds with a starry night sky behind. From the whales mouth dangles a chain connected to the non-binary gender symbol. This is the design for an enamel pin.

This awesome piece, which will have glitter in the sky in the background and the non-binary symbol attached as a free-dangling charm, was designed for Duck Prints Press by Atomic Pixies and continues our tradition of making absolutely awesome enamel work merchandise to accompany our anthologies.

Alchemy is our preferred enamelware manufacturer and we’ve had a strong relationship with them for three years, so we really trust them to make this pin awesome. 

The main body of the pin will be 2 in by 2 in (5 cm x 5 cm), the purple will be glittery, the chain will be a smidge shorter than depicted, the metal will be dark gold, and the color sections will be hard enamel.

Truly, honestly, we cannot WAIT to see this merch actually produced.

Want your own? All backers at Level 4 (Trade Paperback + Merch) and Level 5 (Hardcover + Merch) will receive this pin as part of their order. If you backed at a book-only level (2 or 3) you can also get your own as an add-on. Want one for a friend? You can add that on, too!

This campaign ends January 25th, 2024. Become a backer TODAY!

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Aether Beyond the Binary Merch Spotlight: All About Dux

Dux, also known as Darcy Paige Paddlesworth III (as named by our Patrons), is the non-binary Duck Prints Press mascot who uses they/them pronouns. All our ducks are called Dux – no matter what they wear or where they go, they’re still our darling Dux! You can learn more about Dux and see Dux’s many incarnations by visiting the Get to Know Dux page on our website.

Aether Dux

For the Aether Beyond the Binary campaign, Dux designer Alessa Riel has pulled out all the stops, equipping Dux with an awesome Mohawk and amazing crystalline wings. Are they cybernetic? Are they an assistive device? Are they just for the aesthetique ™? Dux hasn’t told us – so you can draw your own conclusions!

A drawing of a duck with a blue mohawk, blue eyeliner, and crystalline wings instead of feathers.

Aether Dux die-cut stickers, 3 in x 3 in (7.5 cm x 7.5 cm), are one of the core merchandise items for this crowdfunding campaign – everyone who backs at a level that includes merchandise will get this Dux sticker, and everyone who gets only the book can add an Aether Dux sticker to their order as an add-on.

But – this isn’t the only Dux merch being offered as add-ons! We’ve also got…

Dux Keychain

An acrylic key chain with metal hardware, featuring a picture of a white duck with an orange beak and orange feet. The duck faces the viewer, and their beak curves in a slight smile.

A sturdy acrylic key chain with metal hardware, 3 in x 1.5 in (7.5 cm x 4 cm). (also available on our website)

The Basic Dux Sticker Set

A graphic depicting four stickers. One is a white duck with orange beak and feet, shown from the front, wearing a red bow tie. The second is the neck and head of a duck, with the eyes replaced by large rainbow hearts. The third is the Duck Prints Press logo, with rainbow duck prints on the left and below the company name and the white and orange duck mascot (sans bowtie) standing on the right. The last is a circle made of duck prints, each print a different color of the rainbow from yellow to green, plus white and brown.

This set of 4 die-cut stickers includes our logo with Dux standing proudly beside it, a rainbow circle of Dux prints, are cute heart-eyes Dux, and our most popular Dux sticker, bowtie Dux! All four of these stickers are available individually through our website, but as part of the Kickstarter, you can get the four as an add-on bundle for only $10, instead of the usual $12 if you bought them individually!

The Costumed Dux Sticker Set

A graphic depicting four stickers. Top left: a duck wearing an apron and carrying a teacup with saucer and a cupcake. Top right: a duck wearing a feathered hat and tabard and wielding a rapier. Bottom left: a duck, green instead of the usual white, wearing a witch hat, carrying a broom and pumpkin, and standing before a crescent moon. Bottom right: a duck wearing a feathered cap and a neck ruff, carrying a book in one wing and a feather pin dripping rainbow ink in the other.

This set includes our two most recent costumed Dux – musketeer Dux, from our recent anthology Aim For The Heart: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s “The Three Musketeers” and witch Dux, created as a Patreon reward last Halloween (our largest Dux sticker ever, nearly 4 in by 4 in/10.25 cm x 10.25 cm). It also includes our two most popular costumed Dux, barista Dux (debuted with our anthology Add Magic to Taste) and bard Dux (who accompanied our first Queer Fanworks Anthology, And Seek (Not) to Alter Me, with stories and art inspired by “Much Ado About Nothing.”) Again, all these are available from our webstore, but the bundle is discounted for Kickstarter add-on purposes!

Other Merch

Dux is also featured on our tote bag, a common sight in our seconds grab bags, and of course they are the inspiration behind the absolutely adorable Dux plushies made by EmpowerFantasy Plush (we had five for this campaign, and we’re already down to only two left, so if you want one you should grab it now – and these are NOT currently available from our website!). And of course…

The Ultimate: YOUR OWN DUX

If you love dux even a fraction as much as we do, you can also still claim our ultimate add-on: a custom Dux designed by Alessa Riel to YOUR specifications. We only have this opportunity on offer once for the Aether Beyond the Binary campaign, and this is only the second time we’ve ever offered this! There are a few restrictions (for example, Dux most remain non-binary), but this is a great chance to get your very own lovable duck! Make sure you review the add-on text for all the details. 😀

Long story short: we love Dux, and we hope now that you’ve gotten to know them, you do too!

So back our Kickstarter, and don’t forget to add-on ALL THE DUX!