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56
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, April 16 2014 7:17 AM UTC +00:00

About

My name is Thom Buchanan. I'm an artist with a lifetime passion for pictorial images. I've collected and archived images my whole life. I'm in the process of developing an online periodical with a mission to share these images and explore intriguing ideas. 

I'm seeking your support to fully develop this journal/magazine, with the intent of sharing an opportunity to experience the rarified excitement of journalism from an artist's point of view, whether the articles and essays are about the arts, or utilize the arts to tell stories about our world. It's called Pictorial Arts Journal (or PĀJ, pronounced 'page', for short).

For several years I have blogged profusely about pictorial arts (gallery arts, illustrative arts, photographic arts, cartooning arts, graphic arts, design arts, cinema arts, video arts, etc), with tons of beautiful images. The blog has attracted over 1200 registered followers who also value the pictorial arts. That was and is fun—but limited in scope. I treasure all kinds of pictorial material and have loved sharing it, but now's the time for a bigger and better way to show the work. That blog can be seen at http://mydelineatedlife.blogspot.com.

I’ve always been intrigued by the artful juxtaposition of text and images, as in books and magazines. When I saw contemporary illustrator Larry MacDougall’s enchanting artwork on his blog, I was inspired to put together a pictorial essay of his work in the form of an online journal. I then went on to create several more about Frank Frazetta, Avard Fairbanks, and Eric Papé.

 Last year, I also published, online, a loving tribute to the celebrated cartoonist Walt Kelly on what would have been his 100th birthday:

And then I was hooked! I enjoyed producing those pieces so much and others enjoyed the results so much, that I decided to create a journal to  promote images, both contemporary and golden age, and use images to promote ideas. The online version will be free, with hard copies available for purchase.

"Flight of imagination across time and space" is not just poetic rhetoric—it's a literal plan. We will have creative people from the past and present partnering to create something new from the old — such as a modern artist illustrating a Walt Whitman poem. Or a graphic novelist interpreting a biography of Lewis Carroll. Or a photographer bringing life to an ancient philosopher's musings. Or a fiction writer's short story based on an Alphonse Mucha painting, or a cartoonist deconstructing the Kinsey Sex Report. Creative people collaborating across time and space.

And of course we'll have contemporary creative collaboration. We might have a quirky scientist collaborating with a quirky artist to investigate quirky developments in technology.

Last summer I published a full-sized online prototype of PĀJ as a themed issue called 'Spirit of the Renaissance'. Much of the content of the prototype was mine, to test the waters before asking anyone else to jump in. It afforded me the opportunity to work out the kinks in developing an online journal and now I'm ready to create the first official issue. Be sure to link to the prototype to get an idea of the editorial style and page-turning format: 

www.PictorialArtsJournal.com

In the premiere issue and beyond, I plan to have an entire spectrum of image-makers as collaborators showcasing their pictorial art, as well as making it a venue for my portrait-type illustration. I'm also lining up writers to share imaginative fiction, non-fiction and poetry. And that art and those words will be brought together in a way that blends modern journalistic design with golden age aesthetics.  I have enough ideas on the docket to fill a dozen more issues. There are no boundaries to prevent the journal from where it might wander.

And now, ta da ta daa and voilá! I can show you the cover, the actual cover, of the premiere issue, with the gracious permission of Craft Partners, a gorgeous painting by Kinuko Craft! The issue will have a pictorial essay examining the enchantment of Kinuko Craft's art.

Premiere issue cover—artwork by Kinuko Craft  used with permission. Artwork © Kinuko Y. Craft, all rights reserved. Publication or distribution in any form is prohibited without written permission.
Premiere issue cover—artwork by Kinuko Craft used with permission. Artwork © Kinuko Y. Craft, all rights reserved. Publication or distribution in any form is prohibited without written permission.

Also on the agenda for this issue, we have a heavily illustrated article on the "Mad King of Bavaria"; an essay detailing a collaborative mission for 21st century artists and scientists; a gallery of graphics from the wildly imaginative artist Hermann Vogel; and other gemstones that I'll share with you as they develop. I'll also create a pictorial account of the KickStarter experience, complete with art from some of the earned rewards.

Hermann Vogel (1854-1921) Jousting Frogs
Hermann Vogel (1854-1921) Jousting Frogs
Possible opening spread for the Vogel article
Possible opening spread for the Vogel article

 PĀJ will also promote books and blogs and websites that celebrate and showcase the pictorial arts, as well as professional and student portfolio sites, and sites that arts enthusiasts would be, well, enthusiastic about — such as book publishers, art auctions, art tutorials, art travel excursions, art galleries and other art related stuff.

These are a few mock-ups that have been worked up to demonstrate the potential of some of our graphics that will blend old aesthetics with new. Artwork © Haller-Buchanan, all rights reserved.
These are a few mock-ups that have been worked up to demonstrate the potential of some of our graphics that will blend old aesthetics with new. Artwork © Haller-Buchanan, all rights reserved.

The backing that we receive will pay for the first issue's editorial content (art, photography, writing, graphic design and layout); the tools and technology to make it state of the art—with an online digital page-turning interactive version viewable on any device; and the special rewards we want to share with you!

What else is planned? Lots. And lots! But PĀJ really needs you and your friends and associates to make this happen! All levels of support are appreciated, but it has to be raised in just 28 days! If you know someone who shares the passion for pictorial art and could help support this project, please tell them. Please spread the word via the social media or word of mouth. To succeed, we will need to reach friends of friends of friends and their friends and maybe a few more friends. As they say here at Kickstarter: The funding goal is all, or nothing at all. 

Just so you know, all images in this presentation are used either with permission of the copyright holders, or are public domain.

You can keep up to date on developments, and see new graphic rewards that become available by linking to my blog that is dedicated just to the Journal:

http://pictorialartsjournal.blogspot.com

My limited edition print, visualizing the Muse of Imagination (from an article in the premiere issue), signed, numbered and personalized to you, is available at the $750 support level:

Artwork © Haller-Buchanan, all rights reserved. Reproduction of this image is prohibited without written permission. This may look like a certain young actress, but it's NOT! Coincidence! Really!
Artwork © Haller-Buchanan, all rights reserved. Reproduction of this image is prohibited without written permission. This may look like a certain young actress, but it's NOT! Coincidence! Really!

This is the line-up of posters available as rewards for the $250 level (close-ups available upon request):

Another poster/print choice added to the $250 fulfilled pledge level
Another poster/print choice added to the $250 fulfilled pledge level

The 3 prints shown below are from a spread in the Journal and are the reward for the $150 level.

For a $135 fulfilled pledge is a print of this amazing photo of a dolphin 'flying' through water—another flight of imagination.

This is the signed print for the $100 level:

Artwork © Haller-Buchanan, all rights reserved. Publication or distribution in any form is prohibited without written permission.
Artwork © Haller-Buchanan, all rights reserved. Publication or distribution in any form is prohibited without written permission.

And a t-shirt for the $75 pledge level. I know, t-shirts shouldn't cost this much, but we're not selling them, we're rewarding them for your generous and virtuous support:

Please join with me in documenting the flight of imagination across time and space! THANK YOU for ANY involvement!!!

Risks and challenges

The challenge is to generate and design editorial content in a timely and pleasing manner. With 40 years of meeting hundreds of successful deadlines, I feel more than confident that I can meet that challenge, though now it could get complicated dealing with other contributor deadlines, My plan is to always have backup content developed and ready to fill any voids.

I created a prototype journal last summer that was more than a hundred pages of content and learned the ins and outs of my tools and tasks, though I do plan to have a learning curve on new software that will need to be utilized.

Another challenge is the competition of a myriad of enthusiasts posting millions of similar images on their blogs. My use of the images will be in high resolution, lovingly edited, and placed into contexts of beautiful layouts and words, to be a permanent source of contemplation.

Risks are technological failures (aaaugh! my computer!), society failures (the night the lights went out in Georgia!) and acts of God (I once worked at a printing plant that suffered under 5 feet of water). I face risks with every project I've ever had and have always come out on top (especially when I had to climb up to the top of that flooded press to escape out the skylight).

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    A high resolution PDF of the premiere issue (the free online version will have to be lower-res in order to be accessible). And a postcard and a shout-out!

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    An inscribed 8.5x11 b&w print of a drawing, suitable for framing, portraying the flight of imagination. Plus a pictorial postcard confirming your reward.

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    By request, a reward of 5 pictorial postcards with 5 separate cool depictions of imaginative flight, as a set, for you to send out or tape to your computer or make a little house with. Plus a high res pdf, plus previews, plus shout-outs, plus a postcard sent to you confirming all this stuff.

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    At this level, you score a t-shirt with a portrait of Confucius (as shown elsewhere on this site), with a great quotation. Details yet to come. Plus the high-res PDF, plus the shout-out, plus your name listed, plus the postcard confirming all this. Yeah, that seems like a lot of money for a t-shirt, but we're not selling t-shirts, we need to have your generosity of the up-charge to publish the darn Journal.

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    An 11x17" signed sepia print of the preliminary sketch of my vision of the Muse of Imagination—(shown elsewhere on this project), a high resolution PDF of the premiere issue and your name in the Journal, along with previews of the Journal articles in progress. Plus a pictorial postcard confirming your reward.

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    A full color 19"x13" print of the amazing photo of a dolphin flying through water, as shown elsewhere on this project, plus all the lower tier rewards.

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    3 signed 11x17 b&w portrait prints, 1 each of serial characters Flash, Dale, and Ming, as shown elsewhere on this project.

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    Your pick of one 13"x19" color print of several choices available. You can see the choices at
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    A beautiful 18x24" poster print of your choice from a selection of 20 beautiful choices, as shown in the description of this project. Plus a high-res PDF of the premiere issue, your name in the Journal and previews of the Journal articles in progress. Plus a pictorial postcard confirming your reward.

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    Limited edition full color print, 18x24", signed and numbered, of my vision of the Muse of Imagination, shown elsewhere on this project. Plus previews of Journal articles in progress and a high-res PDF of the premiere issue. Plus a pictorial postcard confirming your reward.

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    An original black & white charcoal portrait of any person of your choice to also be reproduced in the premiere issue as part of a KickStarter acknowledgement article. Plus a high-res PDF of the premiere issue.Your name in the Journal and previews of Journal articles in progress. Plus a pictorial postcard confirming your reward.

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    An original full color pastel portrait drawing of any person of your choice to also be reproduced as a full page in the premiere issue. Plus a high-res PDF of the premiere issue. Your name and a promotional paragraph in the Journal. Previews of Journal articles in progress. Plus a pictorial postcard confirming your reward.

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    A full-blown pictorial essay about you, your company or any subject of your choice (no porn, hatred or violence, please) to be used in the premiere issue. Plus ALL of the lower level rewards.

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