300 drawings that capture campaign life at its most inspiring. And grueling.
Project Mission Statement:
"While working as a field organizer for Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign it struck me that there was a side of campaigning that is never known until you live it. Our staff was often lauded for our close-knitted-ness, our tenacity, and our dedication. The behind-the-scenes story only reinforces this perception.
Days seemed like weeks and if someone had a desk next to yours then there was a 90% chance that they would become your best friend before the first coffee break was over. And there were moments that illustrated all of this. I began capturing these - just for posterity's sake in my sketchbook. As the moments added up and interest in how this collection of young kids with (largely) no prior experience pulled off an amazing electoral victory began building, I began to see these moments coalescing to tell a greater story.
A collection of 300 drawings that illustrate what it was really like.
The heartache, the unbelievable stress, and the moments when despite everything you laugh for half an hour because someone screwed up and a sex hotline number was printed on a state-wide absentee mailer. This is what campaign life is about: the moments.
The specifics are my own, yet my story is everyone's story on this campaign. The incredibly inspiring call to service that prompted me to hop a bus to New Hampshire, driving from Ohio to Mississippi with just a backpack to my name, and working with the smartest people I'll ever know.
Many books will be written that tell the story of the candidate, or the candidate's top advisors. But we were the foot soldiers right on the frontline. And in many states, we were the margin of victory."
The book consists of 300 pen and ink drawings, as well as a running commentary throughout. 150 from the primaries (8 states) and 150 from the general. I am about 160 drawings into it.
Each individual drawing takes about 6 hours to do, from conception to completion. You can imagine, with a day job as a campaign organizer, this time is hard to come by. And of course, in order for this book to be relevant, it needs to be completed as soon as possible. On a day off I can crank out 3 in a day. On a work day, I'm lucky to get a single one done.
Without a job, I could finish this in 2 months.
The goal of using Kickstarter as a funding platform is simple: Raise enough money to support myself for 2 months, sans day-job, get this thing done during those 2 months, and self-publish the first print.
It seems very fitting to use a grassroots fundraising model for a project of this nature. In 2008 we used grassroots to get a man elected president. Surely in 2010, we can get a book published. :)
I hope you'll consider donating to this project! There are some great items for each donation level to the side here, and I really can't do it without you!! Thanks!
Also- please visit http://www.jennwhitcomb.com for a fun flash-filled glimpse into the making of this project, as well as more samples.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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