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Final J.A.W. Cooper Cover!
Cooper's thunderous artwork of Melanie Gaydos is also available as a single origin art reward!
One of the quickest pieces of original art to sell early on, Skin Diamond by David Mack of Kabuki is available again!
Final David Mack LTD edition Covers!
David's stellar artwork is also available as a single origin art reward!
SERAPH is an 8.5x11, 160 page hardcover photography book by Allan Amato, with art and type by the ineffably fecund David Mack. Three LTD books feature art by J.A.W. Cooper, Bill Sienkiewicz and David Mack.
The pre-orders generated by this campaign go towards funding a small but healthy run of 1500 copies with legendary art publisher Baby Tattoo, in order to create a singularly stunning book at an ethereal price. We believe its crucial to make these ideas accessible, and as such have done everything in our power to keep the cost of SERAPH as low as possible. These first edition copies will be signed by Allan and as many wily subjects as he can lasso, with your name listed as a supporter in the book's acknowledgements.
"You know how people talk about a wolf in sheep's clothing? What would a phoenix be if they were all wrapped up in some kind of mammal suit?" - Stoya
SERAPH Ltd Edition - Melanie Gaydos/Aspen Rae and JAW Cooper
This edition will feature a variant unabashedly nude cover of Melanie Gaydos with embossed title art, signed and numbered. There will be an interior vellum insert of JAW's Heart Scarab, and a ltd print by JAW Cooper of Melanie. And finally, an exclusive 8x10 metallic print of either Melanie or Aspen. Only 200 of these will be made.
SERAPH Ltd Edition - Amanda Palmer/Sash Suicide and Bill Sienkiewicz
Rockstar + mom Amanda Palmer, in collaboration with comics legend Bill Sienkiewicz. Bill is hand painting my portrait of Amanda, so the final cover with be an amalgam of all of us. Each of the 200 books will be signed and numbered, and will also include a separate hand embellished archival print! Bill will be doing the embellishing, so each print will be an utterly unique piece. The back cover will feature the thoroughly epic Sash.
SERAPH Ltd Edition - Dominique/Jiz Lee and David Mack
Transgendered supermodel Dominique, together with the unassailable David Mack. David is bringing his own definitive style to my portrait of Dominique, so the final cover with be an amalgam of all of us. Each of the 200 books will be signed and numbered, and will also include an original sketch by David! The back cover will feature the incomparable Jiz Lee.
ORIGINAL ART REWARDS
SERAPH 11X14 ARCHIVAL PRINTS
JAW COOPER ORIGINAL ART
DAVID MACK ORIGINAL ART
Every facet of the SERAPH stretch goals is designed with improvement in mind. The evolution of the book itself, reflected in increased content, quality and scope.
SERAPH Documentary Short
This little film will be gifted for free to all tiers! I've been conducting interviews along the lines of the Kickstarter video, which resulted in a molehill of untapped wisdom. Building a 30 minute Kickstarter video erred on the silly side, so I've begun the process of editing everything into a new film piece. I hope to include footage from the stretch goal trips and upcoming models as well.
A huge thank you to Landon Donoho for DPing the Behind the Scenes footage in the video, Xine Trevino for assisting and being an all round epic sounding board, and Jason Seigler for the music.
“Allan Amato’s cosmic camera sees through mortal skin to reveal the lambent ideal self beneath. Where Amato aims his lens, gods and superheroes, angels and demons are conjured; vinyl mythologies are summoned; mere flesh becomes dreamscape and deluxe collage where everything, especially the grotesque, is beautiful. Alchemist of light and composition, distiller of Platonic gold from leaden flesh, Renaissance futurist and musclebound death machine to boot; Allan Amato is easily my favorite photographer.” — Grant Morrison
“Amato creates faces like Donald Westlake creates prose: raw, biting and stark, with a sheen of cool.” — Thomas Jane
“Allan Amato is a lot like a wizard: his photos take us places we’ve never been. This is particularly unsettling when you were the one in the photograph.” — Neil Gaiman
“I can’t stand to look at myself unless I’ve been photographed by Allan Amato. His dazzling compositions and naked artistry are breathtaking. Plus, he makes me look thin. All right: thinner.” — Kevin Smith
Risks and challenges
Much of SERAPH has already been photographed and rendered into the final layout. Thus the book will be off to the printer for proofing the moment we get funded, and will be in your hands soon after. No lengthy pre-production, no delays. And far cheaper than self-published works, thanks to Baby Tattoo's involvement. We are committed to creating something visually timeless, but that doesn't mean you'll be waiting forever to hold it, or building your own Wall Street ponzi scheme to buy it!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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