Feather Bubble is creating interactive kids' stories
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patron

It's a book! It's a game! It's a read and play series for kids.

Join Feather Bubble, Paw Paw, and friends on this illustrated and interactive journey as they explore the natural world in all it's mystery, magic, and adventure. Each episode in the series is an original, naturalist fairy tale, written, illustrated, and animated by me.

If you haven't already, check out the pilot episode at featherbubble.com. The fully featured app will be available soon on iOS, Android and Amazon app stores.

Why?

Scientists recently discovered a new kind of flight. Dandelion seeds create a bubble of air as wind flows through their bristles, keeping the seeds afloat for great distances.

This simple discovery of an extraordinary form of flight is the inspiration behind Feather Bubble. I aim to create stories of both science and magic, told with both the interactive ease of an app and the cherished warmth of books.

My goals:

  • Introduce kids to a positive, healthy relationship with technology - Technology is what we make it. When optimized for ‘engagement’, you end up with addictive games, dark patterns, and compromised privacy. It doesn’t have to be that way. I'm building a safe digital experience—no ads, no 3rd-party tracking, no gamified in-app purchases.

  • Give space to the imagination - I believe in magic of the mundane. Feather Bubble is made with simple, hand-drawn illustrations, gentle interactivity, and stories inspired by the wonders of the natural world.

  • Show the playful power of the scientific method - Curiosity, observation, exploration. This is how the characters of Feather Bubble solve problems, learn and play... in a world where the rules are slightly different or even unknown.

Who am I?

I am Peter Maffey ( pcmaffey.com ), author, illustrator, and engineer... and creator of Feather Bubble. They say, do the thing that only you can do. Well, with my background in design, my engineering skills, and my love of stories & fairy tales, this interactive series is that thing.

Every episode involves hundreds of hours of work. Like a film production, I start by writing the script. I then storyboard the illustrations and interactions for each scene. The bulk of the work comes in illustration, especially since I'm still learning how to draw ;). To build each page, I created an engine—similar to a game—that enables me to plug in the illustrations and text. But I still then need to custom build all the animations, and each episode has different interactions. For the app, I will add voice narration and sound effects. There may even be a theme song...

What happens when you join?

The way Patreon works is that you pledge whatever you want per month and then the donation is recurring each month after that. So anything at all is super helpful to making each new episode of Feather Bubble happen.

Becoming a member gives you access to the Feather Bubble & Friends community here. That means—early beta previews, making suggestions, behind the scenes looks into the creative process, random rewards for everyone, and so on. It will take time to see what this becomes, to learn and refine as we go. Your voice can be instrumental in that.

Thanks for any support you can offer, if you decide to, and thanks for reading!

~Peter
Tiers
Friends
$2 or more per month

Good things come in two's. Nothing better than friends. When you pledge your support—at any level—you'll get access to Feather Bubble & Friends. That's our little community behind the scenes. Enjoy early access, help with feedback and suggestions, and watch the stories come to life. May occasionally include random gifts of merch and mirth.

Honey Bees
$6 or more per month

Pure sweetness. A feeling of raw honey encased in interlocking cells, ready to flow. Sixes are foundational. They fit together perfectly. Like hexagons, like honey bees.

Leprechaun
$13 or more per month

They say you find them at the end of rainbows. But where do rainbows end? Or is that the trick? Lucky you are to have seen such a rare and solitary creature. You know to look for treasures in places others don't even bother.

Moons
$28 or more per month

Every moon has a story. In the span of 28 days, the moon has a beginning, a middle, an end. The oceans listen. The hummingbirds’ unhatched eggs listen. In the quiet, we all listen together.

Goals
1 of 50 patrons

The seed pod breaks open.

Help Feather Bubble & Friends get to 50 patrons. Become a founding member. And when we reach our goal, I'll send everyone a thank you reward for making Feather Bubble possible.
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It's a book! It's a game! It's a read and play series for kids.

Join Feather Bubble, Paw Paw, and friends on this illustrated and interactive journey as they explore the natural world in all it's mystery, magic, and adventure. Each episode in the series is an original, naturalist fairy tale, written, illustrated, and animated by me.

If you haven't already, check out the pilot episode at featherbubble.com. The fully featured app will be available soon on iOS, Android and Amazon app stores.

Why?

Scientists recently discovered a new kind of flight. Dandelion seeds create a bubble of air as wind flows through their bristles, keeping the seeds afloat for great distances.

This simple discovery of an extraordinary form of flight is the inspiration behind Feather Bubble. I aim to create stories of both science and magic, told with both the interactive ease of an app and the cherished warmth of books.

My goals:

  • Introduce kids to a positive, healthy relationship with technology - Technology is what we make it. When optimized for ‘engagement’, you end up with addictive games, dark patterns, and compromised privacy. It doesn’t have to be that way. I'm building a safe digital experience—no ads, no 3rd-party tracking, no gamified in-app purchases.

  • Give space to the imagination - I believe in magic of the mundane. Feather Bubble is made with simple, hand-drawn illustrations, gentle interactivity, and stories inspired by the wonders of the natural world.

  • Show the playful power of the scientific method - Curiosity, observation, exploration. This is how the characters of Feather Bubble solve problems, learn and play... in a world where the rules are slightly different or even unknown.

Who am I?

I am Peter Maffey ( pcmaffey.com ), author, illustrator, and engineer... and creator of Feather Bubble. They say, do the thing that only you can do. Well, with my background in design, my engineering skills, and my love of stories & fairy tales, this interactive series is that thing.

Every episode involves hundreds of hours of work. Like a film production, I start by writing the script. I then storyboard the illustrations and interactions for each scene. The bulk of the work comes in illustration, especially since I'm still learning how to draw ;). To build each page, I created an engine—similar to a game—that enables me to plug in the illustrations and text. But I still then need to custom build all the animations, and each episode has different interactions. For the app, I will add voice narration and sound effects. There may even be a theme song...

What happens when you join?

The way Patreon works is that you pledge whatever you want per month and then the donation is recurring each month after that. So anything at all is super helpful to making each new episode of Feather Bubble happen.

Becoming a member gives you access to the Feather Bubble & Friends community here. That means—early beta previews, making suggestions, behind the scenes looks into the creative process, random rewards for everyone, and so on. It will take time to see what this becomes, to learn and refine as we go. Your voice can be instrumental in that.

Thanks for any support you can offer, if you decide to, and thanks for reading!

~Peter

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Tiers
Friends
$2 or more per month

Good things come in two's. Nothing better than friends. When you pledge your support—at any level—you'll get access to Feather Bubble & Friends. That's our little community behind the scenes. Enjoy early access, help with feedback and suggestions, and watch the stories come to life. May occasionally include random gifts of merch and mirth.

Honey Bees
$6 or more per month

Pure sweetness. A feeling of raw honey encased in interlocking cells, ready to flow. Sixes are foundational. They fit together perfectly. Like hexagons, like honey bees.

Leprechaun
$13 or more per month

They say you find them at the end of rainbows. But where do rainbows end? Or is that the trick? Lucky you are to have seen such a rare and solitary creature. You know to look for treasures in places others don't even bother.

Moons
$28 or more per month

Every moon has a story. In the span of 28 days, the moon has a beginning, a middle, an end. The oceans listen. The hummingbirds’ unhatched eggs listen. In the quiet, we all listen together.