The books have arrived and they look great.
2500 books, to be precise. They showed up at my storage space on Friday and today Operation: Mail Seven Hundred Goddamn Books is currently underway in my living room. Every copy should be in the mail by Thursday. Digital editions will be made available later this week. Other rewards for higher levels will be fulfilled soon. I am a tired man. But I will say the book is going out before the initially advertised delivery date of next month. Take that Kickstarter campaigns that drummed up a million dollars and never sent out your dumb water bottle that measures your breathing even though it's been a year now and people are still waiting.
While you're waiting for your copy of this fine publication, if you would like to point anyone to where they too can purchase this exciting new book, it is available right here on my website and will soon be able to get got at Powells, Amazon, and Comixology. Whispers trailing through teetering pillars of padded mailers throughout my apartment speak of wider distribution in the future.
Oh, and I have a stamp.
Hello gorgeous FIST Backers!
I hope you're all well!
I'm working hard towards the launch of FIST OF AWESOME, and have now sort-of quit my day job (still doing freelance work 2 days a week) to dedicate even more time to it. It's terrifying and exciting and terrifying and OH GOD WHAT AM I DOING.
If you happen to be milling around London this Thursday (25th April) then you could do a lot worse than popping into Loading Soho @ 53 Rupert Street.
I'll be there doing the first "indie residency" at the venue. I'll be hanging out all day (2PM till LATE) showing off FIST OF AWESOME on the big screen via the power of OUYA, meeting lovely people like yourself, answering questions, giving away PRIZES and getting slowly drunk.
It'll be a great day and it would be super-awesome if you could make it along!
Lots of love,
P.S. I may have forgotten to mention this before but you can now buy FIST OF AWESOME t-shirts (as professional modelled by myself above) from http://www.ifightbears.co.uk HUZZAH!
First, if you ordered a poster and haven't gotten it yet, send me a personal message with your address and the poster you want. Thank you!
We wanted to let you know that you will have several occasions to see the Inman Park Squirrel Census team this week! It's like we're a band and we're on tour. On Thursday, we'll be at Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta as part of this thing called Atlanta Studies. We'll be presenting about our Census and how we did it and why we did it. Also presenting: The Religious Sounds Map Project, which sounds amazing. 7p THU, Manuel's. Then! Inman Park Festival! Saturday and Sunday! We'll set up outside Authentique, selling infographic posters, t-shirts, postcards, Alvin Diec posters, maybe some patches, maybe some acorns, maybe some lemonade and iced tea. You should swing by and say hullo. We'll be wearing sun hats, except for those of us in PAPER MACHE SQUIRREL MASKS. Looking forward to seeing each and every one of you.
Thanks for everything-
Hey guys, every reward for every tier is finished, done, kaput. There's still a scant few of you who haven't responded to the survey I sent about the gathering your address. If you donated enough to get a physical reward ($10 and above), and you haven't responded to the survey about your address, please do so, as it will ensure you get your rewards as soon as possible.
I've received a few messages about people inquiring into my previous comics, and if you're interested in picking those up (or some decorative prints for your wall), you can check that out here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/cheshirecatart . Since shipping will be combined on the comics, you can use the coupon code "NSHIPNGDS" to negate the initial shipping fee. If you see anything you want a print of at http://www.cheshirecatart.com/gallery12.html or http://www.cheshirecatart.com/gallery13.html , I can custom print anything on the site up at 8.5x11" ($15) or 13x19" ($25) and send that along as well. Everything will be signed as well.
I plan to do the first wave of shipping early next week, so if you plan on taking advantage of combined shipping, act sooner rather than later!
I'll be spending tomorrow signing and numbering and drawing on stuff, so you guys can begin camping out at your mailboxes:)
The Sierra Art Trails Sorensen Public Art Project is almost complete. The sculpture was installed at Gallery Row in Oakhurst today!
It was an exciting, energetic and emotional day. It has been a year since our project was conceived. It is clear to me now how it “takes a village” to complete any important task. While the job may seem simple at first, there are many concerns involved in the creation of any public art project.
At the end of the day, watching the moon rise over the Sierra Foothills, I am very pleased to simply view the piece in place. There is too much to tell at the moment, but... An outdoor work of art should integrate with its environment... and ours seems to be settling in nicely!
Many folks stopped by during the installation. Photographers Ann and Jeff Grandy, Norma Rogers, Gloria Garland, Brian Wilkinson, and many others were on site. I am sure there are some great images to share.
Look for a comprehensive article in the Sierra Star next week!
The final step in the process is the casting and installation of the commemorative plaque at the base of the sculpture. The Dedication Ceremony will be announced soon. If you are a contributor, an art advocate, or just care about the arts, please join us!
Thank you everyone. It has been a long, hard, and enjoyable ride!
Jon Bock, Sierra Art Trails, www.sierraarttrails.org
We are running around like chickens with their butts cut off to get your Big Feminist BUT copies out to you by early next week! That means you should be receiving your copy, (digital and/or print) of The Big Feminist BUT the week of April 29 at the latest (International backers, please tack on an additional week or two to that).
Look! The BUT is literally in the mail
If that action shot of the post office does not properly convey the excitement we feel in finally getting this book out to you - our number one fans and total BFF's - then maybe these pictures of our Big Feminist BUT stuffing party will!
Check out this action shot of us stuffing envelopes full of BUTS!
Or this one of Big Feminist BUT contributor, Sarah Oleksyk, and BFB super bro, Tom Neely, sketching in the copies of Pet Noir: An Illustrated Anthology of True Pet Crime Stories (Manic D Press, 2007) featured at the $30 Reward Level.
Does that comics anthology feature their work? NO! But they have illustration and cartooning superpowers that enable them to draw SUPER FRICKIN' FAST! And we are on a mission to get these books into your hands TOUT SUITE so you can enjoy it in the comforts of your home just like this:
THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST AND HIS MONKEY LOOKS LIKE
We can't wait for you to get your hands on our BUTS!
AND we have more exciting news to share with you next week!
Till then, we'd like to thank Sarah and Tom for the hours of manual labor they generously donated to the BUT stuffing cause. You dudes ROCK!
And the rest of you dudas and dudes rock too. Again, we can't thank you enough. Although it might not seem like fun to stuff hundreds of envelopes, it's been very rewarding to personally fulfill our backer orders.
So be on the lookout in both your inbox and mailbox - The Big Feminist BUT is coming for you!
Big Backer Group Hug,
Joan & Shannon
Three fourths of the way through production with more than 4TB worth of raw footage and an amazing story continuing to unfold in the present as well as the past, I really needed to put some reins on this film. Good thing I had Shirley Thompson (editor of the online fundraising teaser) scheduled for four weeks of preliminary editing (funded in part by all the generous contributions of our Kickstarter backers and Indigo party attendees).
In the past four weeks here are some of the major things I’ve learned:
1)We have an INCREDIBLE three act story that reads like a major Hollywood movie script
2)We still have a long way to go and lots of fundraising to do to have a final film that can do justice to the incredible story.
3)So many of the things I’ve learned and experiences I’ve had and great people I’ve met will not make it into the final film.
4)It’s all part of the process
As a response to #3, and inspired by the recent blog posts of fellow history detective Durian Dave, I have made a pledge to blog about FINDING KUKAN encounters and adventures as often as I can in the next few months.It may only be to assist my aging memory cells, but if you’re interested in sharing a little of the journey I’ve been on, you can subscribe to the blog posts by going to http://www.nestedeggproductions.com/blog.
If you know anyone who might be interested in supporting the project, please steer them to our donate page here: http://www.nestedeggproductions.com/donate.
Thanks for being a part of this filmmaking adventure with me! Stay tuned for more....including news about the amazing stash of 1937 Nanking lantern slides we just found.
Photo of Shirley Thompson in action below and the beginnings of the FINDING KUKAN Post It Plot Boards.
As promised, CG Co-Publisher Bart Leib has gotten his hair dyed rainbow!
We highly recommend going to read his post and see all the pics, but here's a couple:
Next up for Bart: An appearance in Anthony Cardno's Britney Spears music video! (Seriously, go read Bart's post!)
As promised, here are some interior shots of some of our models. A few caveats: We generally make our prototypes without taking trouble to build the interiors - and we often use "B-grade" parts - which we'd never ship to customers, but which are good enough for exterior photography.
Here is the inside of one of the upper floors of the pagoda - note the spiral staircase. The floor that's level with the balcony will ship with a doorway on one of the walls, but we didn't bother with that for the prototype...we didn't etch the 1" grid on the floor on this version. Also, we think the balcony rail is a bit over-scale, we'll make it a little smaller in the shipping kit:
This shot (from the floor above) shows where the spiral staircase appears - the shipping kit will have another spiral staircase leading up. This floor does have the 1" grid, so you can see what that'll look like:
Here's a longer shot of the same thing:
This is what the ground floor looks like - we'll design some interior walls to (optionally) slot in between the pillars:
Here we see what the underside of the roof sections look like:
This is an example of the Shōji house - the Tea House looks pretty much the same inside:
Hopefully that gives you a better idea of what you'll be getting.
-- Renee & Steve