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A hardcover art book featuring bird paintings and their singular titles by artist and writer Matt Adrian, aka The Mincing Mockingbird
A hardcover art book featuring bird paintings and their singular titles by artist and writer Matt Adrian, aka The Mincing Mockingbird
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Hey! What’s the big idea?

I’m seeking funds to publish "HAD I BUT HANDS TO PUT ABOUT YOUR THROAT: The Paintings of The Mincing Mockingbird Volume IV"—a beautifully printed, full-color art book containing my recent paintings. This book will be the fourth hardcover collecting my work.

"She Drunkenly Approached Me In A Bar, Asked If I Would 'Do Her A Rudeness'—And Your Mother And I Have Been Together Ever Since"
"She Drunkenly Approached Me In A Bar, Asked If I Would 'Do Her A Rudeness'—And Your Mother And I Have Been Together Ever Since"

An art book? What kind of art are we talking about here?

Since 2007, my work has focused on one subject: birds. My acrylic paintings depict a wide variety of birds—from tiny hummingbirds to powerful cassowaries—against subtle, lush fields of color, creating minimalist avian portraits. That, however, is only half of the artwork! The strange and often humorous non sequitur titles that I write for each painting create an added dimension, resulting in artwork that is gorgeous, haunting, funny and literate—sometimes all at once. The format of a book allows the images and titles to coexist in a way that I feel best displays this unique combination of beauty and humor. I'm asking for your help to make this project a reality.

"Grandpa Used To Whip Quarters At Me And Scream 'Pull Them Out Of Your Ear Yourself!'"
"Grandpa Used To Whip Quarters At Me And Scream 'Pull Them Out Of Your Ear Yourself!'"

You’ve got my attention. What’s this book going to look like? Sell me on it.

The book will be a 9" x 11" hardcover and will clock in at 140 pages. The exterior will be cloth with a full-color dust jacket, and the interior will collect over 100 paintings, with each image spot varnished for rich and faithful reproduction. Hopefully, the campaign will hit stretch goals so I can add extra pages, gold stamping, thicker paper stock and more. As an avid collector of art books, I guarantee care and passion will go into the design and production of a book that I would be proud to have on my shelf. The book will be printed by the Hong Kong-based company that produced my previous books. This printer specializes in printing high-quality art books and graphic novels for leading publishers. My wife, a professional graphic designer, will be weaving her layout magic to make this book a visual knockout.

"An Unexpected And Extremely Heated Argument With Her Amazon Echo Regarding Flushable Wet Wipes Had Left Her Shaken And Unnerved"
"An Unexpected And Extremely Heated Argument With Her Amazon Echo Regarding Flushable Wet Wipes Had Left Her Shaken And Unnerved"

Look, I’m not going to lie. That sounds great. But what’s in it for me besides the book? Maybe a little somethin’ somethin’?

You’re in luck. A variety of incentives for supporting the project will be available, including postcards, limited edition prints, out-of-print books and original paintings that were created specifically for this Kickstarter campaign. That’s right—you can back this project, get a beautiful book and own an original piece of artwork that might be in the book itself!

If everything goes smoothly, books and rewards will start shipping in September 2018.

To see what's included in each level, keep scrolling!

UPDATE #1

Funded fast! Thank you to everyone that has helped this project reach its funding goal. Because of the great response, the book will now be 160 pages, have gold foil on the front and spine and upgraded paper stock!

APPRECIATION REWARD #1

Once the Kickstarter hits $40,000, everyone who funded at level #3 and up will receive a Dope Rhymes journal made by The Mincing Mockingbird + The Frantic Meerkat! This faux-vintage 5" x 7" journal has a dotted grid pattern interior, gold foil stamped cover and 120 pages. Yours free once it hits $40,000! UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: We hit $40,000! Everyone at level #3 and above gets a journal!

REWARD #1: KICK IN A FIVER

A toast to you.
A toast to you.

REWARD #2: 10 POSTCARDS

 

REWARD #3: THE BOOK—EARLY BIRD

 

REWARD #4: THE BOOK

 

REWARD #5: 2 BOOKS

 

REWARD #6: THE RARE LEVEL

 

REWARD #7: LIMITED EDITION PRINT + THE BOOK

 

REWARD #8: 8" ORIGINAL PAINTING + THE BOOK

 

REWARD #9: 6" x 8" ORIGINAL PAINTING + THE BOOK

 
 

REWARD #10: 7" x 11" ORIGINAL PAINTING + THE BOOK

 

REWARD #11: 8" x 10" ORIGINAL PAINTING + THE BOOK

 
 

REWARD #12: 14" x 14" ORIGINAL PAINTING + THE BOOK

 

REWARD #13: 10" x 20" ORIGINAL PAINTING + THE BOOK

 

REWARD #14: 18" x 18" ORIGINAL PAINTING + THE BOOK

 

REWARD #15: 16" x 20" ORIGINAL PAINTING + THE BOOK

 
 

REWARD #16: 16" x 20" ORIGINAL PAINTING + THE BOOK

REWARD #17: 24 x 24 LIMITED EDITION PRINT + THE BOOK

REWARD #18: 18 x 24 LIMITED EDITION PRINT + THE BOOK

REWARD #19: 11 x 14 LIMITED EDITION PRINT + THE BOOK

REWARD #20: 4" x 6" ORIGINAL PAINTING + BOOK 

REWARD #21: 6" x 8" ORIGINAL PAINTING + BOOK

REWARD #22: 6" x 8" ORIGINAL PAINTING + BOOK

 

REWARD #23: 12" x 12" ORIGINAL PAINTING + BOOK

 

REWARD #24: 12" x 24" ORIGINAL PAINTING + BOOK

 

REWARD #25: ORIGINAL PAINTING + BOOK

Risks and challenges

Every project has its own unique risks and challenges, and I'm confident I will be able to handle anything that comes up. Two of my other books were Kickstarter projects, and they were successfully funded. I have a great relationship with a trusted printer who has consistently delivered for me in the past. I also have full storage and shipping capability in place to handle fulfillment promptly. I’m excited to get this new book into your hands and will do everything in my power to make sure it happens as quickly as possible. My previous art books have sold out and are now out of print, and when they do come up for sale the cheapest copy can go for hundreds of dollars online. That tells me that these books are treasured by those that own them. I hope you’ll treasure this one.

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    #1: KICK IN A FIVER

    I will hold up a glass of strong brown liquor and perform a slow, meaningful nod of appreciation in the direction of where I imagine you live. You may suddenly experience a tingle, or the hair on the back of your neck may stand up on end. No guarantee of tingles.

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    An unsigned copy of "The Paintings of The Mincing Mockingbird: Volume IV" and 10 postcards.

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    11" x 14" limited edition print of "An Unexpected And Extremely Heated Argument With Her Amazon Echo Regarding Flushable Wet Wipes Had Left Her Shaken And Unnerved". Numbered, dated and signed. Also included: a signed copy of the book, the 8 x 10 print and 10 postcards.

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    A copy of the book, plus a copy of Volume III "Prolonging Revenge Through Reincarnation", which is out of print. Also: 8 x 10 exclusive print and 10 postcards.

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    24" x 24" limited edition print of "Starting To Rethink My Well-Intentioned Effort To Strike Up A Cultural Conversation With The Caps Lock Crowd". Numbered, dated and signed. Also included: a signed copy of the book, the 8 x 10 print and 10 postcards.

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    Original painting "My Mouth Said Yes, But My Heart Said YAS", 4" x 6" (8.5" x 10.625" framed). Plus a signed copy of the book, 8 x 10 print, and 10 postcards.

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    Original painting "Enraged By An Inability To Post A One Star Review At The End Of A Sucky Staycation", 8" in diameter, acrylic on wood panel. Plus a signed copy of the book, 8 x 10 print and 10 postcards.

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    Original painting "Every Amateur Tattoo Artist Has Their 'Tweety Bird Smoking A Spliff' Story, And Here's Mine", 6" x 8", acrylic on wood panel. Plus a signed copy of the book, 8 x 10 print, and 10 postcards.

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    Original painting "Meticulous In My Buffoonery," 6" x 8", acrylic on wood panel. Plus a signed copy of the book, 8 x 10 print, and 10 postcards.

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    Original painting "Wednesday Night Is Furry Night At The Local Assisted Living Facility," 6" x 8", acrylic on wood panel. Plus a signed copy of the book, 8 x 10 print, and 10 postcards.

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    Original painting "It Takes More Than An Abrupt Gastrointestinal Calamity For Me To Bail On A Bar Crawl", 7" x 11", acrylic on wood panel. Plus a signed copy of the book, 8 x 10 print, and 10 postcards.

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    Original painting "The Eulogy Seemed To Lean Heavily On The Deceased's Skill At Loading A Dishwasher", 8" x 10", acrylic on wood panel. Plus a signed copy of the book, 8 x 10 print, and 10 postcards.

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    Original painting "The Eyes Of The Antiques Roadshow Appraiser Lit Up When He Saw My 18th Century Collection Of Crocheted Genitalia", 12" x 12", acrylic on wood panel. Plus a signed copy of the book, 8 x 10 print, and 10 postcards.

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    Original painting "A Lot—Including My Father's Love And Respect—Is Riding On The Success Of My Mall Kiosk Stocked With Knock-Off Minion Merch", 14" x 14", acrylic on wood panel. Plus a signed copy of the book, 8 x 10 print, and 10 postcards.

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    Original painting "Every Thanksgiving Since Her Death, Nana Has Haunted Our Plates With Ghostly Garnishes", 10" x 20", acrylic on wood panel. Plus a signed copy of the book, 8 x 10 print, and 10 postcards.

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    Original painting "Top Ten Comical Mishaps That Quickly Escalated Into Monumental Cock-Ups," 12" x 24", acrylic on canvas. Plus a signed copy of the book, 8 x 10 print, and 10 postcards.

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    Original painting "My Shrink Thinks My Snake Phobia Stems From When Momma Used To Whoop Me With Live Rattlers", 18" x 18", acrylic on wood panel. Plus a signed copy of the book, 8 x 10 print, and 10 postcards.

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    Original painting of an owl (currently untitled, but will arrive with a title), 16 x 20", acrylic on wood panel. Plus a signed copy of the book, 8 x 10 print, journal and 10 postcards.

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    Original painting "I May Have Run Roughshod Over His Pride And Feelings—But I Got My 10,000 Steps", 16" x 20", acrylic on wood panel (19.5" x 24" framed). Plus a signed copy of the book, 8 x 10 print, and 10 postcards.

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    Original painting "Abhorrent Behavior In Service Of Insatiable Appetites," 16" x 20", acrylic on panel (22" x 26" framed). Plus a signed copy of the book, 8 x 10 print, and 10 postcards.

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