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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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