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AND TOTAL SUCCESS!!! I WILL REST FOR A QUICK BREATH, THEN THE REAL
WORK BEGINS! LLALLALALALLLALLALLLLAAAAALLALA LOVE TO YOU ALLL!
RAINDANCES, CARTWHEELS, TEARS, KISSES & HUGS!!!!!!! THEN THE REAL MY WORK BEGINS!
10/10/10 was the due date for the art.
Last Saturday night, I came home to a large piece of mail from Finland. Mandy Yau, one of the artists, was the first to turn in her arted-up zine – internationally too! I was slightly inebriated, and I love getting snail mail, so that was quite an event.
But it's past the due date, and only two artists have turned stuff in. I expected that. That's why I give them a deadline and not some non-committal hippie "Turn it in when YOU feel it's right" response. I'm sure they'll start flowing into my mailbox in the coming week. One guy, Mika Tarkela, said he'll have his copy to me by tonight (after he completely restructured his idea). But this massive storm outside is making me think he might wait until tomorrow...I sure would.
Well, that's about it, I guess. I'm updating you folks on this fact because I didn't want you to think that I had forgotten about the project. It's just been a waiting game for a few weeks, while the artists were at work. (I've also been really busy with three new jobs. Crazy days!)
Oh yeah, um, one more thing: the T-shirts arrived! Soon, I'm going to have a rad silk-screening party. I ordered five XL shirts since there were some requests for them. If you prefer an XL instead of L, then please let me know. The first five to respond get the XL ones. (They're American Apparel, if that helps.)
Photo One – The outside of the envelope from Mandy Yau. See the panda?!?
Photo Two – A sample of some of the art by Olivia Murphy. Get excited!
P.S. To those who pledged enough for the third tier of rewards (a story written by yours truly), please email your prompt to me!
musterzine (at) gmail (dot) com
Well, things sure seem to be going well so far! Thanks again to those early supporters of our kickstarter drive. Mike has mentioned a few names in his first post, but we're aware not everyone might want a thank you note. Cool. If your interested in keeping your pledge more private here at ULYSSES "SEEN" then just drop us a line. Discretion is a powerful force amongst the people who recognize how the power works.
Fact is we're all a bit jazzed by the early and largely unsolicited support. We were prepping for a bunch of meetings at the NYC ComiCon over the past weekend so the kickstarter outreach was in a bit of a holding pattern. Great to see such a tremendous response from so many names I'd never heard of before?
We just got back from a fun lecture at NYC's Irish Arts Center during which Josh, Mike and I, along with the brilliant and effervescent Karen Green from NYC's Columbia University talked about Joyce, the shape of the web-page-to-come and, of course, Ernie Bushmiller's NANCY.
We may've talked about NANCY as much as we did about Joyce. This is what happens when you get comics-people together. NANCY is most always invoked. Here's where we were for those of you who didn't make it;
So now we're back and ready to turn our full attention to kickstarter and the things coming up for ULYSSES "SEEN". As Mike posted in his earlier update, I've got a sketch rolling out every day for the fund raising drive. Quite a few of them can be seen here:
but that will grow. New sketch everyday of the pledge drive with, you guessed it, some obvious conclusions to watch for.
So we'll be updating soon, but I just wanted to make sure everyone knew how surprised and happy I am by the early response.
Damn but you guys are sweetness in my daily drawing bitters. Thank you thank you thank you.
(oh, and here's a little drawing to end the post)
The last few days getting things together have been intense, but I've also made sure to appreciate it all--I love the thrill of seeing a big idea come together and it's only a few weeks a year that I allow myself to be completely immersed in an art installation without any other distractions. On Saturday, my friend Junko Iijima came to help out for the morning and together we put all of the pin findings in the finished pieces. Junko is a great artist herself--click here to see some of her work. Checking this off my big list gave me one last task--to finish all of the one of a kind work for the wild sections, which I have been slowly chipping away at as I did the repeat parts, but one last push Sunday made me feel like it was time to start putting the pieces up on site.
And so it began....I started with the section in the middle so that all parts could build out from that section. This will help me maintain the ideal density of the overall pattern and account for the subtle differences in size of the 32 pieces in these sections. I taped up my diagram right next to the rectangle and started placing the pieces in their corresponding spots. We only had about 3-4 hours to start filling the wall today, so tomorrow will hopefully allow us to completely finish the mammoth task. We seem to be figuring out how to be more efficient as we go along. I cannot wait to see it done--so far I'm pleased with the density because it feels as lush as William Morris' Strawberry Thief pattern.
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I am so excited as I write this. We have just come back from rehearsal. I checked my email to see if there are any urgent matters to attend to (yes, we have urgent matters at 1:45 AM!) and lo and behold, one of our friends has sent us a message saying--congratulations on meeting your goal! ! ! !
We are officially "funded," which means we have led a successful Kickstarter project! ! !
Thank you so much for your donations. This has been an incredible, wonderful experience for us. We've been amazed at how many people have pledged, from all over the world!
We can still accept donations for the next couple of days. Please share this with friends, as we can use all the help we can get. We are naturally experiencing a lot of last-minute costs as we get ready for our upcoming run in NYC.
Thank you again. Your support means so much to us, and this has given us a huge boost on our way to the New Victory Theater!
We can't wait to see you in New York!
Kisses and Candy,
Just a reminder that the blog is LIVE and we'll be continually posting pages from the scrapbook as it gets mailed from one end of the Earth to the next. You can see the pages and track the books here:
And don't forget to check your email, we send out a heads up before the book comes to you. Thanks everyone!
Where is the "2nd Ave" sign that once graced Abe Lebewohl's original deli on, well, 2nd Avenue? Here's a hint: it's in the back room of a place in Williamsburg with a Statue of Liberty orgy going on in the front.
I'll let you mull that over for a moment and will share some more photos of the hullabaloo on Second Avenue on Sunday. That's Bina M., a longtime resident of the Lower East Side who catered her son's 1950's bar mitzvah at Town and Village Synagogue from, where else? The 2nd Avenue Deli.
The photos were taken post-processional at Abe Lebewohl Park, the .155 acre expanse in front of St. Mark's Church, where the Knish Alley Processional began. Read about the place and its namesake on the NYC Parks Department's historical sign.
"2ND AVE" on Metropolitan
And that 2nd Ave Deli sign (minus the "Deli")? It's at the City Reliquary. I met City Reliquary founder Dave Herman at the institution's Collector's Night last evening and he explained how the sumptuous storefront museum got its hands on the lettering. Some guy was driving by when the sign was being dismantled. The chap rescued the letters before they hit the dumpster, but could only fit 2, N, D and A, V and E into his car. The Reliquary convinced him to display it by them and they haven't heard from the guy in a few years.
So, yep, they're still with us. As are strains of the Yiddish Theater and, of course, the knish.
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Thank you all so much for your support!!! I'm so grateful and I can't wait to continue with my work.
Check out the new video update of me talking about Reverence.
I met with the architect, Shigeru Ban, yesterday and he's fully on board. He's very excited to create something new and I'm honored to be working with him. Taschen just published a gorgeous book of his work to date, so check it out:
And when I have the concept design in hand I can approach the city for permissions. Or maybe I'll start to do that now because it may take a while...do you think the mayor likes bugs?
There are also plans to take Reverence to London, Kyoto and Berlin.
Just a quick note to let everyone know that I've posted nine new pieces of Project Springfield on our website, http://www.midnight-buffet.com !
The pieces include the Power Plant, Retirement Castle, Observatory, Stonecutter's Lodge, a new city block, The Hospital, KBBL Radio Station, the Tire Fire and more!
As for Project Springfield, I'm currently waiting on my supplier to send me the last shipment of materials I need to finish every piece (not to mention all of the requested characters!). This project started over a year ago and it feels good to be so near the finish line!
In regards to the unveiling party, I would have loved to have it before everyone's schedule gets crazy for the holidays, but due to a slight delay with my supplier and my preference to take my time and get it right instead of rushing to finish, it seems unlikely that the event will take place before the end of the year. I also feel that everyone, especially my backers, deserve to know the time/place well in advance as many of you have e-mailed me that you'll be making a special trip to NYC for it (that's awesome, by the way).
As of now, I'm planning on hosting the unveiling in early 2011, just a few months away. I suspect I should be able to start sending out your characters well before that.
Thanks once again for the overwhelming amount of support!