Baby Bestiary 2023 Calendar

Baby Bestiary 2023 Calendar

Explore the adorable in the next adorable annual calendar! This year, featuring Catbat art and your favorite coffee roasters FoundFamiliar.

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About

Gold Foil Art Print, Coffee and an curious Owlbear

Since the inception of the Baby Bestiary Handbook, we've been creating an annual calendar that gives you cute monsters for every month of the year. And for each year, we feature a different artist who gets to depict these adorable beasts in their chosen art style. This year, makes it our 9th annual calendar!

This year, we're excited to be showcasing the work of CatBat Art!


Past Calendars

As our 9th year of doing calendars, we've got the process down to a near science, below you can see all the calendars and the crazy different art styles showcased in prior years.

The Art

CatBat Art


Cat has been playing TTRPGs ever since she unofficially 'inherited' (absconded with) her dad's AD&D books 20 years ago. This met with mixed results as the illustration of the Night Hag from the Monster Manual proceeded to give her nightmares for years. 

Notably, it heavily influenced her more grown-up path in life, as now she draws people's RPG Characters and goes to conventions for a living and draws RPG Monsters and Maps for fun. 

She is the proud parent of three little phase cats (Phoebus, Stormageddon, and Obi-Wan) and one incredibly cranky blue-tongue pseudo dragon (Sobek.) In her free time (which her amazing and supportive spouse FORCES her to have,) she plays and DMs games at the table, paints miniatures, makes dice, hikes, and dabbles in skirmish gaming.

It is important to note that she's owned the first Baby Bestiary book for years, so getting to work on this calendar in her own style is something of a dream come true!


The Coffee

Because we were making coffee-stained art, we knew we had to have coffee to accompany our calendar! So to make coffee possible for our calendars, we looked to our friends in the coffee roasting business, Found Familiar!



If you're not familiar with Found Familiar, they are a local roaster that was founded in 2019. Their being to foster creativity and support others within the tabletop RPG community, and they've definitely made their mark. They've agreed to join us in offering one of their favorite brews, Regular Gnoll!

This is a blended Italian-style espresso roast that features a seasonally changing blend of beans, making it ideal for both espresso and pour-over coffee! What makes this coffee even better is that it is freshly roasted, literally days before shipping, to ensure the best coffee flavor possible!

Each bag of coffee is 12oz and whole bean.


Pledge Levels

Digital Brewer ($10)

  • Calendar PDF



Calendar Lover ($18)

  • Calendar PDF
  • 1x Calendar



Share the Year ($30)

  • Calendar PDF
  • 2x Calendars



Coffee Lover ($35)

  • Calendar PDF
  • 1x Calendar
  • 1x 12oz bag of coffee





Coffee for a Friend ($65)

  • Calendar PDF
  • 2x Calendars
  • 2x 12oz bags of coffee




A Round on the House ($150)

  • Calendar PDF
  • 5x Calendars
  • 5x 12oz bags of coffee




Black Apron ($200) (LIMITED TO 13 Backers)

  • Calendar PDF
  • 3x Calendars
  • 3x 12oz bags of coffee
  • 1x Original Painting (8.5x11in) of the interior art, signed by CatBat (selections will be made by backer #).

Addons

If you need to obtain more than one calendar (or coffee), addons will be available after the campaign.  

You can :
  • Increase your pledge by the add-on amount (on the pledge confirmation screen) or,
  • You can wait until the campaign is over to add additional items to your pledge. 

Shipping is not included with the addons

Addons:

+1 calendar  (+$15)

Add an extra calendar to your order


art print
Art Print 16x20 (+$20)
Get an art print (you get to pick which)



Shipping

Shipping will be collected in the pledge manager once the campaign ends. Costs will vary based on your location and how many coffees and calendars you end up getting. 

As a rough estimate shipping costs will be as such:

Just Calendars

  • USA  +$6-7
  • Everywhere Else +$16

Calendars + Coffee

  • USA  +$8-11
  • Everywhere Else +$20


Achievements


Achievements are Backerkits version of stretch goals. And what we like to do with our extended rewards is to enhance the rewards that every backer will be getting. In past years, this has been stickers and magnets that get included with each calendar. This year, given the nature of the art, I would also like to see an art print or postcard, but we have to get there first. 

Our flagship reward will be to make each and every calendar printed with gold foil (which we'll be revealing after we reach the funding goal). 

ALL UNLOCKED!!

  • $8,500 - Fully Funded
  • $12,000 - +1 Magnet in every calendar (total 1)
  • $16,000 - +1 Magnet in every calendar (total 2)
  • $20,000 - +1 Magnet in every calendar (total 3)
  • $25,000 - +1 Small art print with every calendar (total 1)
  • 1000 backers - Gold Foil printing on all pages!!

Magnets

Gold Foil Printing On All Pages




Calendar Dates/Layout

Calendar Dates

Of course, one of the most important things about calendars is the dates! 
What we aimed to do is include a broad breadth of dates, that are not only useful to know as a fellow geek, but also international events to keep you informed. 

  • Birthdays: JRR Tolkein, Hayao Miyazaki, Stephen Hawking's Birthday, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Martin Luther King Jr, Douglas Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Nancy Roman, Kathleen Booth, Robin Williams, Ed Greenwood, Margret Heafield Hamilton, Marie Curie, Hedy Lamarr, Shigeru Miyamoto, Ada Lovelace, Stan Lee, Nichelle Nichols, Vera Rubin, Rosalind Franklin, Mary Shelley, 
  • Conventions: Awesome Games Done Quick, Read an RPG Book in public, GDC, EGX Rezzed Expo, GenCon, UK Games Expo, GamesCom, Dragon Con, Essen Spiel, 
  • TTRPG: International GMs Day, International Tabletop Day, Free RPG Day, 
  • Gaming: Legend of Zelda release, Star Wars Day, Geek Pride Day, International Tabletop Day, Free RPG Day, Dark Souls Release, D&D Edition Releases
  • Cultural/Regional/Religious: Coming of Age Day, Makar Sankranti, Lantern Festival, Valentine's Day, Isra and Mi’raj, St. Davids Day, White Day, Cherry Blossom Festival, Chinese New Year, Mothering Day (UK), Qingming Festival, Black Day, Juneteenth, Constitution Day (Japan), Ramadan, Cinco de Mayo, Vesak, Lailat al-Qadr, Dragon Boat Festival, Midsummer’s Eve, Canada Day. Bastille Day, Qixi Festival, Respect for the Aged Day (JP), Oktoberfest (DE), Dussehra, Leif Erikson Day, Sukkot, Double Ninth Festival, Diwali, Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos, Guy Fawkes Night, Australia Day, , Passover, Easter Sunday, Feast of Sacrifice, Muharram, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Hanukkah, Orthodox Good Friday, Laylat Al-Qadr, President's Day, Memorial Day (US), Tax Day, Fathers Day, Labor Day (US) Independence Day (US), Indigenous Peoples Day/Columbus Day (US), Thanksgiving Day (CA/US), Hoshana Rabbah, All Saint's Day, All Soul's Day, Black Friday, 
  • Other Dates of Note: New Year's Day, Lunar New Year, International Women's Day, International Trans Day of Visibility, International Worker's Day, Summer Solstice, Autumnal Equinox, Winter Solstice, New Year's Eve
  • Monthly Events: African American History Month, National Women's History Month, LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Transgender Dayof Remembrance 

Sample Layout (from 2022)