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Steve McMackinBy Steve McMackin
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Steve McMackinBy Steve McMackin
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About

Before we talk about the book, let's talk about what's in it: According to no less an expert than Ida Tapper, co-founder of Don't Blink Burlesque, burlesque is the art of the tease and the celebration of the body. Performers of all kinds and types participate - all kinds of people, big and little, loud and quiet, sweet and menacing, feminine and masculine. It's a little bit dance, a little bit comedy, a little bit vaudeville, a little bit striptease, and a whole lot of entertaining. This book showcases where we see burlesque performances at their finest – on stage! 

In October 2010, Black Cherry Burlesque asked me to photograph their 2010 Halloween show. It was a ton of fun, and a real technical challenge to photograph the performers. So I came back for their next show... and the next... and the next… after 5 years, 150,000 photos, 1,100+ acts, 150+ performers and 50+ shows it's time to bring these photos off of Facebook and into the real world. This is the best of the best: about one photo per one thousand taken is being selected for inclusion in the book.

This project is being held to VERY high standards - this going to be put through a CMYK press, with foil stamping and a gorgeous cover, deep blacks, heavy paper, and detailed layout. This is going to feel amazing in your hands, look fantastic to your eyes, and excite your imagination. This is tasteful book with no nudity and is intended to be left out on your coffee table for guests to pick up, admire, and smile.

If the Kickstarter campaign just barely succeeds (which happens at about 300 book sales), the book will be 12" x 9" and 160 pages. If we sell more than about 500 books, we can make much bigger (12"+ x 12"+ and 200+ pages) books for the exact same price, and I will make the most amazing book the campaign will allow! See Risks & Rewards for more info.

DESKTOP AND DEVICE WALLPAPERS

60 different images to bring a little Tucson Burlesque with you to your computer, cell phone, or tablet's background! Each image will be sized to the most common computer monitor sizes, as well as images for cell phones, so you'll get TWO HUNDRED images in total, cropped and chosen for your screen. There will be a images for dual-monitor setups, and will include some images that aren't in the book! I'll be providing the highest common resolution at each aspect ratio. So if you have a widescreen monitor (16:9 ratio), you'll use the 2560x1440 image, even if your monitor is only 1920 x 1080.

We'll have the following sizes: Desktop (40 pictures in 16:9, 8:5, 4:3, and 3:2 ratios), Dual Desktop (10 pictures, 32:9, 16:5, and 8:3 ratios), and Vertical Tablet/Phone (10 pictures, 9:16, 10:16, and 3:4 ratios)

POSTCARDS

These high-quality prints postcards will be made to Post Office Specifications (4” x 6”) and include some awesome photos to send to a person in your life who NEEDS MORE BURLESQUE in their lives.

(Which is everyone. Everyone needs more burlesque in their lives.)

PHOTO PRINTS

Just as with the book, the quality of these prints is very important to me. As such, I’ll have a professional local printer put them on museum-quality 300g Velvet Fine Art paper, and have them delivered from the printer. These aren’t just something knocked off of my inkjet; they’re really meant to be framed.

T-SHIRTS

We have two t-shirts: One will be the title in huge font on the front of a black t-shirt in purple foil. The other one I'd like to be a bit cheaper (black print on white cloth). Once the Kickstarter is over, and I know how many of each we need to make, I’ll contact an appropriate local vendor and find out what options we have for sizing and ask you which size you’d like. 

PASTIES

Pisa Cake has graciously joined the project and will be creating pasties of two types for the Kickstarter: Rhinestoned and with tassels!

Here's a set of pasties she made for Angie Pontani! When the Kickstarter is funded, Pisa will work with you to figure out your color and other options!

Here she is explaining it: 

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THE BOOK

You've seen some of the photos on the Facebook page, or in the video, so I'm hoping you already know that the photos are great.

What I want to talk about in this space is how fantastic the book itself is going to be. I've been a graphic designer for 15 years and also work in print design as the art director of Edible Baja Arizona magazine, so I'm going to put everything I know into making this book's photos look incredible. My photos have until now only been seen on Facebook, whose compression algorithms do awful things to photos. Even in print, most people do digital printing for short-run books, which doesn't have the sharpness or deep blacks that will really make these photos shine. 

So we are going for the gold and are getting the book printed at an offset press, with CMYK plates, with careful color checking, in a nice thick hard-bound book. If we get funded, we'll start with a 9" x 12" book at 160 pages, but if we meet a few stretch goals, we can get a larger, 12" x 12" book with 200 pages for the same price. 

This is going to be a really nice book that you can leave on the living room table. I've picked out a few thousand of my favorite photos, and as soon as the kickstarter funds I'll start designing it. I'm also planning on writing a little about some of the photos and telling some interesting stories, but the focus is burlesque performances.

Now, the book isn't an encyclopedia - there's some performers I photographed more than others and naturally got more good ones of them. But after talking to various people in the scene, I feel totally comfortable saying that a reader in Albuquerque, New York, or Europe will have a pretty good sense of the Tucson burlesque scene and truly enjoy the variety of photos.

SIGNED COPIES

Signed copies of the book come in two flavors: Signed and Super Signed.

Signed copies will have two signatures: One from me, and one from another performer. You’ll request a few (2-4) of your top options for performers, and whoever I can find first will sign it. I’ll make all reasonable efforts to get their signature, and if none of your top choices are available, I'll still have a performer autograph the book.

Super Signed copies will have as many signatures as I can get! Based on early discussions, that should be at least 6, probably a dozen, and maybe more signatures.

In order to make sure I have time to give it a proper effort, I’ve set the delivery time of signed copies one month after the other books’ delivery.

THE WHOLE SHEBANG

This is for someone who really wants to get the full Tucson Burlesque experience. It includes a class, tickets to the Arizona Burlesque festival, and all the other rewards. There are only three available! 

This reward is really meant to be a Tucson Burlesque Experience around the Arizona Burlesque Festival (AZBF) in Fall, 2016. It includes tickets to the Arizona Burlesque Festival for all three nights (date of the festival is TBA). You’ll also join me for the festival’s after-parties. Additionally, I’m really excited to have Fanny Galore offer a class that is ONLY for people who sign up for this reward, and on a separate evening we’ll go out to one of Tucson’s many top-notch restaurants, such as Downtown Kitchen. We’ll work out the logistics when we have a AZBF date and know how many people signed up for the reward. If you can’t be in Tucson for the AZBF, or don’t want to go for whatever reason, you’ll still be able to have the dinner, the class, and a show of your choosing, naturally with concessions for everyone’s availability.

Risks and challenges

To examine our risks and challenges, let’s break down the stages to creating this book:

1. Taking, sorting, and polishing the photos. This is complete. I have no particular intention of taking on any burlesque photography gigs before creating this book. I've already gone through the vast majority of the 150,000+ photos - thousands of hours of work, deleting bad photos, and polishing the good ones. I've created a shortlist of a few thousand photos for the book. Once it funds I'll make the final list. The biggest risk here is data loss, which I counter with two local and two remote backups.

2. Writing about the photos. I'll be writing anecdotes, explanations, and notes about some photos. Although these will be well-written (including editing by a professional), they will comprise a relatively small portion of the work, because the point of the book is to showcase Tucson-based burlesque performers on stage.

3. Designing the pages. I’ll be drawing on my vast experience as a designer to create layouts that are interesting and beautiful without getting in the way of the photography. Not too worried here, either.

4. Printing the books. Print quality is my highest priority for this project. I could handle fewer stories than planned, fewer pages, delays, and even having to pay out-of-pocket because I messed up the budget. But if the book looks amazing, it will have been worth it. I've worked in print design for years, and I know how to work with printers to get great results.

5. Delivery. I’ve given myself a pretty generous deadline of March. Considering I put together the very complex Edible Baja Arizona magazine, which is a similar length, every 60 days, that should be plenty of time. To pad my deadline a even more, though, I’ve assigned an April delivery date for signed book, so that I can have a few more weeks to try to get as many requested signatures as I can.

I feel that I've prepared as much as one can for each challenges and risk for the project, and that I have the skills to handle whatever unplanned challenges pop up.

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    Get a pair of your very own rhinestone-encrusted pasties WITH tassels, made by Pisa Cake! Twirl them all over the place and get a little burlesque in your life!

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    LOWER PRICING for the first 100 people on this bandwagon! The main event. The big enchilada. A beautifully-made, lovingly created ode to the incredible performers of Tucson's burlesque scene in their natural environment: On Stage.

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    A great big book of great photos of Tucson's burlesque scene and a t-shirt of your choice (either the black & white or the foil shirt).

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    THE WHOLE SHEBANG

    In addition to the stuff from the Mega Combo Pack, you'll get:
    • Burlesque classes with the incredible Fanny Galore, including ONLY the people who get this reward
    • A book signed by as many performers as possible ("Super Signed Book")
    • VIP Tickets to the entire 2016 Arizona Burlesque Festival (or any other Tucson burlesque show) and join me for the after-party/parties
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