The ABC's of Consequence is a series of postcard art. Each panel examines an issue related to the American "War on Terror".
The ABC's of Consequence is a series of 28 images created to examine our detachment from the "War on Terror". I created the set to relieve my soul of the angst, and that worked for a time. But time has passed and very little has changed...so I want to try again. Bigger. In short, I want to reprint lots of these and get them in front of many more people. People like you.
This project began in response to the way candidates for president avoid discussing the consequences of the "War on Terror". In 2008 only Dennis Kucinich was making any noise that was not a soundbite. In 2012 there was only Ron Paul. Both parties...very little in the way of grappling with reality.
I designed the series as postcard art and sent two each week to my elected representatives (and some friends). I dreamed some staffer or volunteer would start noticing them over the weeks, and might start collecting them as they came in. Seeds might be planted...
This started in 2008. Its 2012! Look at these images...what has changed? I became complacent because I thought I was part of electing change, but now I see that change is not so easily had.
Check out of the art...
This depresses me. But I am getting fired up too. I want to try again.
I want the ABC's of Consequence in congressional mailboxes; I want them on coffee tables and in coffee shops; I want them on message boards at universities; I want them on the water-cooler at your office. I want them on T-Shirts worn by solid people who want to be asked what they are about.
If there is a single underlying message I want this project to aim for, it is this: Using military force requires us to care. About the goals; about the troops; about the consequences.
At the absolute least, we are required to pay attention.
I need your help to get people's attention. Will you help me?
All support will go to creating postcards, t-shirts or postage.
If you can support this project financially, awesome. But please support this project with more than a few bucks: Commit to being public. The idea is not to challenge people to debates, but to provide a different angle into the issues in the art. I don't think the true problem is not enough knowledge; it has become not enough give-a-crap.
Take that comfy seat at Cup O' Joe and set some cards over there on the end table. Wear a shirt while walkin' the cat and smile at the folks staring at your chest. Be a rebel and post a card on the bulletin board at work.
This is the reworked U.
This is the U as it looked in the original series. I'm torn. Which do you prefer? I would like to add conversations about these choices to the project too.
This is an example of the reverse (of U for Unmanned) in the original set. See the name up there? Reg Marsoon is an anagram of Morgan Rose (as is my psuedonym Sam Grooner). Craw & Spitoli is an anagram as well. Many of the postcard backs had anagram messages on them. The 2012 backs will not. While the anagram work pleased me then, my focus now is communication, not puzzlement. I am still working up the 2012 backs.
SUCCESS! We have reached the funding goal...art will be made!
And AGAIN! The stretch goal of $1100 was hit with 8 days to go. Everyone in the POSTCARDS! and T-SHIRTS! levels will also get the original 2008 set of cards with their rewards. Awesome!
And Again? The next stretch goal is $1860. If we can beat this number, I will create a hardcover book of the art and add it to the rewards for T-SHIRTS! level and above.
Most likely candidates are: Bomblet, Danger, Quest and YouTube. In each of these a mix of changing circumstances and my desire to tighten the focus of the project makes the current word/image less than ideal. I am also excited to incorporate ideas from backers.
There is one of the original backs displayed. In the original set each back was a unique mix of illustration and text related to the art. In the set being worked up now, the backs will all have the same layout but with a unique bit of text in the bottom left corner. More space is left open for the backer to write in the message they want to pass on with the card.
Airstrike, Bomblet, Courage, Danger, Empathy, Freedom, Gasoline, Hubris, Informant, Jihad, Kevlar, Language, Mission, Nuance, Optimism, Predictable, Quest, Resource, Strength, Tarnish, Uncertain, Vanish, Weep, Xenophobia, YouTube, Zeitgeist. Several of these will be updated for this kickstarter release. I will be working with backers to create the new ones.
I would like a set of the original art and the kickstarter set, but I am not particularly interested in t-shirts. Can we work something out?
Absolutely. Support at the postcard level, and when the backer survey comes out state this preference in the "comments" section. (maybe write, "1 original & 1 new". But I warn you, once you have the two and start comparing, you won't want to mail either. You better get extras.
Yes. Add $4 per set to whichever level of support and write in your preference for "original" or "new" in the comments section of the backer survey after the project is funded.
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INTERESTED! The project is about spreading the conversation, and this level allows that on a budget. This level of support will receive one set of the 2012 Postcards. This art has no meaning unless shared. I need you to have it!Estimated delivery:
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POSTCARDS! This level of support will receive 2 full sets of the 2012 Postcard art (28 cards per set)...one to send and one to share with friends.Estimated delivery:
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ANAGRAMS! This level of support receives 3 sets of the 2012 Postcard art PLUS 2 provocative T-Shirts PLUS a full set of the original versions as sent to my elected representatives. The original set had 7 alternate artworks and different backs involving anagram puzzles. Aren't you curious?Estimated delivery:
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GENIUS! This level of support receives 3 sets of the 2012 Postcard art PLUS 2 provocative T-Shirts PLUS a full set of the original versions as sent to my elected representatives PLUS one of the artist originals! That's right, the original pen and ink drawing on 9 x 14 acid-free paper with assorted artist sketches, scribbles and alternate text ideas in the margins.Estimated delivery:
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POWER! This level of support receives everything in the GENIUS level (yes, original artwork) PLUS the power to decide which art will be featured on the T-Shirts to be produced. Have a favorite? Wear it with pride.Estimated delivery:
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PATRON. This level of support receives everything in the ANAGRAMS level PLUS the patron will collaborate with the artist to design 2 alternate cards. Patron cards will be printed and sent to every supporter level Genius and above and the Patron will be credited in all future endeavors involving this series. The PATRON will receive the original artworks of this effort signed and matted.Estimated delivery:
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