The first episode of our graphic adaptation of James Joyce's *Ulysses* won a big battle for free artistic expression -- help us make the next one!
Who's afraid of James Joyce? How did a book that was supposed to celebrate the heroism of ordinary people end up cloistered in the hands of ascot-bedecked pedants? Why is the most famous novel of the twentieth century the least read? We dunno. But we aims to fix it.
We're making a web-based comic book of Ulysses. We'd love your help.
Ulysses Seen, www.ulyssesseen.com, is a web-based project that is part comic book, part reader's guide, part blog spot, and part community forum, all revolving around Joyce's Ulysses. The project began in the bar rooms of Philadelphia, where local artist Rob Berry met up with Joyce scholar Mike Barsanti during the city's annual Bloomsday festival. The result was a new company, Throwaway Horse LLC, devoted to a new way of appreciating and experiencing old books.
We launched the first episode, "Telemachus" on the web in June of 2009, but its appearance as an iPad application in June of 2010 made some electronic publishing history. Before it could be released into the iTunes store, Apple asked us to make some changes to the first installment... and almost immediately the story of "Apple censoring Ulysses" blew up in the media. Here a link to some of the bigger stories in the New York Times, Boing Boing, Slate & elsewhwere: http://ulyssesseen.com/landing/2010/06/press-june-10/#more-3138 . Within hours, Apple allowed us to publish our work unexpurgated, and shortly thereafter changed their policy on restricting content in the iTunes store.
With your support, Rob Berry can draw the comic full time over the next several months rather than interrupt his drawing with waiting tables; we can defray the basic costs of production; and we can devote more resources to developing the site as web-based community. We've figured out how much we need to pay rent on the studio and keep the web site up for another year: $6,300. We've created a great set of rewards for you--but the best one is being a part of a project that is making history.
As of October 30, we have added a new EXCLUSIVE reward for contributors at the $35 level and above. Robert Berry has been creating new character sketches of random Dubliners to be used in crowd scenes going forward. We don't want to alter our existing rewards structure, but we feel strongly about these new sketches that we want to offer the original pieces as rewards. The order in which the contributions have been received will directly determine the order in which contributors are able to choose. These sketches can be found on the ulyssesseen.com blog (at the first link below) and on the ULYSSES "SEEN" Facebook page (at the second link below). There will be at least 69 sketches at the end of the process, so look for new images to be added to these galleries every day or two.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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- your name on the website & 12 printed postcards of Ulysses Seen images
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- an etched pint glass & a one-of-a-kind bookmark with an original character sketch from Ulysses. & all the rewards for lower levels, too
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- EXCLUSIVE REWARD (updated Oct. 30) -- One of Robert Berry's 69 original character sketches of random Dubliners (based on availability). Rob has been making character sketches for crowd scenes, and while we don't want to alter our existing rewards structure, we feel strongly enough about these new sketches that we want to add them. So, we're making them exclusive to $35 contributors. You can find galleries of these sketches on ulyssesseen.com's blog and on the ULYSSES "SEEN" Facebook page. Look for new images to be added to these galleries every day or two as Rob produces more of them. The first contributor will get the first opportunity to choose a sketch, and so on.
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- a high quality two-sided t-shirt with an image from "Calypso." T-shirts will be limited to the run of a specific chapter and not printed in the same fashion afterwards. & a signed limited edition poster of the "Calypso" chapter & all the rewards for lower levels, too
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-disc or pdf file of Mike Barsanti's "Ulysses in Five Minutes" which recounts the events of the novel and just why it's 700 plus pages are so damn important in (approximately) five minutes. The program also features a b-side with "twenty important questions about this chapter". Perfect for reading groups and people trying to explain the importance of Joyce to disbelieving friends & all the rewards for the lower levels, too.
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- a page of original art (according to availability) from the comic on a first-come-first-served basis & all the rewards for the lower levels, too.
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-the chance to appear in a scene in the upcoming chapter and to own the piece of original art from that page with your likeness. Again, subject to first-come-first served and artist's discretion & yes, all the other stuff from the lower levels, too.
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- A commissioned work by Rob Berry of any scene in *Ulysses* or any other work by James Joyce ("Dubliners", for example, would be quite nice).
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- We here at Throwaway Horse will come to you and do a presentation, an extremely amusing and clever presentation, about Joyce's novel to your classroom or reading group (travel expenses not included).
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