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A 2012 calendar featuring drawings of what some of San Francisco's landmarks might look like if they were people. Help me print this!
A 2012 calendar featuring drawings of what some of San Francisco's landmarks might look like if they were people. Help me print this!
62 backers pledged $3,090 to help bring this project to life.

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Update, 12 October: OH WOW, people! I can't believe this hit the goal with six days to spare! Thank you all so much! For anyone who comes by and was thinking of pledging, the option is still there until 5:04 PM on 17 October. If you want the lower calendar price and no shipping charges, or if any of the rewards tickle your fancy, they're still available through Kickstarter until Monday afternoon. Any money raised over the $3000 will go toward expediting printing/shipping turnaround time, so you can get your stuff faster, and toward making the print run larger (if there is demand).

"San Franthropomorphism"?

I can hope this odd portmanteau caught a few of your eyes and caused you to click through! The gist of this project is San Francisco and anthropomorphism. These are my interpretations of what many of San Francisco's major landmarks would look like (and act like) if they were humans. Anthropomorphism as an artistic and literary device goes waaay back, so why not extend it to some of the structures and icons whose personalities contribute so much to the character of the larger City?

Thanks to Burrito Justice for coining the term and then letting me run with it.

Why San Francisco, then?

Because I'm madly and hopelessly in love with the place, and I know I'm not the only one. Even those who are not so infatuated as I am have to admit it's a pretty darn picturesque city.

Ok, wording aside, what is this project?

It's a 2012 calendar featuring drawings of personified landmarks in their setting within the cityscape. It's kind of a send-up of those calendars of pretty pictures of famous landmarks that you see in every gift shop in any city: that kind of scenery, but replacing the actual landmark with a human character based on that landmark. Since this is a San Francisco calendar specifically, in addition to including all the standard US holidays, it will also have key dates in the City's history included in the day grid itself.

The final print size will be 8.5x11 inch pages - 11x17 once it's unfolded. The prints will be in full color on glossy paper, with a glossy cardstock cover. They'll be bound with a staple and have a hole punched in the top for ease in hanging. They will not be individually shrink-wrapped, because that's not green at all, and this is San Francisco.

If I pledge to this project, where does the money go?

The vast majority of the money I'm asking for goes to printing fees. I'm going for a professional-looking calendar, not the template-with-home-photos look. My initial plan is to do a print run of 500 copies. If funding is wildly successful and demand looks higher than I anticipate, any money over the initial $3000 will go to printing more copies.

As for the rest of the money, some will go to shipping calendars and incentives to backers, or shipping calendars to brick-and-mortar stores for distribution. Some will go to production of the pledge incentives. Some will also go toward art supplies, since full-color marker drawings can burn through a lot of ink. The last bit will go toward fees charged by Kickstarter and Amazon for successful projects.

If the project does not reach the funding goal, you will not pay a cent, no matter how much you may have pledged.

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    Access to a backers-only blog with updates on the project, work-in-progress scans, and previews of the finished images before they're printed.

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    Access to the backers-only blog, and an emailed thank you doodle featuring one of the landmarks.

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    Access to the backers-only blog, and you'll get a thank you card featuring one of the landmarks in the mail. The real paper mail!

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    Access to the backers-only blog, plus a copy of the calendar! This is a bit cheaper than the calendar will be once it's printed, and you don't have to pay shipping here, unless you're outside of the United States. (If you are outside the US, please add $1 for shipping.)

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    Access to the backers-only blog, a copy of the calendar, and a thank you note featuring one of the landmarks. (Please add $1 for shipping outside of the United States.)

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    Access to the backers-only blog, a copy of the calendar, and ALL of the different landmark thank you note designs. There are several! (Please add $1 for shipping outside of the United States.)

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    Access to the backers-only blog, plus two copies of the calendar. (Please add $2 for shipping outside of the United States.)

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    Access to the backers-only blog, TWO copies of the calendar, and all of the landmark thank you notes. (Please add $2 for shipping outside of the United States.)

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    Access to the backers-only blog, two signed copies of the calendar, all of the thank you notes, and a Sutro Tower keychain. (Please add $2 for shipping outside of the United States.)

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    Your name listed on the credits page at the back of the calendar, telling everyone that you are awesome for contributing to odd little projects like this one. Plus access to the backers-only blog, three signed copies of the calendar, all of the thank you notes, and a Sutro Tower keychain. (Please add $3 for shipping outside of the United States.)

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    In addition to all the rewards at the $75 level, I'll do an original pencil drawing for you! The drawing may arrive later than the other rewards. (Please add $3 for shipping outside of the United States.)

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    Pledge $105 or more About $105

    10 copies of the calendar, plus your name in the credits. For each additional $10, add another copy. This reward has people who may wish to sell the calendar in their stores in mind, but it could also work for finishing all your holiday shopping in one fell swoop. (Please add $5 for shipping outside of the United States.)

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    All of the rewards from the $100 level, plus a full-color poster print of all of the artwork from the calendar. (Please add $5 for shipping outside of the United States.)

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    At this level, I'll do an original full color drawing for you. You also get access to the backers-only blog, four copies of the calendar, all of the thank you notes, a Sutro Tower keychain, your name on the credits page (in a bigger font), and a poster print of all the calendar artwork. Keep in mind that the original drawing will ship later than the other rewards. (Please add $5 for shipping outside of the United States.)

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