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   The Adventures of Gnome Chomsky the Garden Noam is a rather unique and in-depth Coloring Book based upon the popular Gnome Chomsky the Garden Noam sculpture as featured in

The two versions of Gnome Chomsky the Garden Noam - and the Real Noam with a Noam Gnome (Garden Noam statues and real Noam not included in coloring book. Sorry.)
The two versions of Gnome Chomsky the Garden Noam - and the Real Noam with a Noam Gnome (Garden Noam statues and real Noam not included in coloring book. Sorry.)

A Uniquely Educational Coloring Adventure
 

   You are Invited on an Entertaining and Interactive Journey  of learning about cutting (h)edge Progressive Political, Social and  Environmental Ideas, History and Activism disguised as a Coloring Book about Garden Gnomes.  

Gnome Chomsky at the MIT Campus with Pinko Flamingo Friends - Che FlaminGoervara, Flamingo del Castro, etc - part colored-in example.
Gnome Chomsky at the MIT Campus with Pinko Flamingo Friends - Che FlaminGoervara, Flamingo del Castro, etc - part colored-in example.

  Join internationally respected linguistics professor and socio-political activist Noam Chomsky in his Garden Gnome form as he visits with other 'gnomified' Progressive activists such as Gnoami Klein, Amy Goodgnome, Gnumia Abul Jamal, Senator BerGnome Sanders and Permaculture Garden(ing) Gnomes among many others! 

 * For a full listing of the current planned Table of Contents - click here!

Garden Noam on his Adventures - Book Cover image
Garden Noam on his Adventures - Book Cover image
Garden Noam interviewing with broadcast journalist Amy Goodgnome
Garden Noam interviewing with broadcast journalist Amy Goodgnome

     It can be difficult to find a lighthearted and entertaining way to  share Progressive ideas with friends and family   - but . . .   that's  where The Adventures of Gnome Chomsky the Garden Noam Coloring Book  comes in. It 's designed to be a fun (and subversive) way to introduce  children as well as adults to new perspectives on subjects ranging from  the downsides of capitalism and US imperialism to critical environmental  issues, gender equality and progressive technology among  many other  significant topics.

Anarchist-Feminist Emma Goldgnome dancing the Revolution with Noam Gnome and Howard Zinn
Anarchist-Feminist Emma Goldgnome dancing the Revolution with Noam Gnome and Howard Zinn
Emma Goldgnome picture - Simpler Kid's Version & a Colored In example
Emma Goldgnome picture - Simpler Kid's Version & a Colored In example
Practicing progressive gardening methods with the Vertical Gardening Gnomes together with Dickson Desgnommier and Vertical Farming strategies (sample image colored in with colored pencils)
Practicing progressive gardening methods with the Vertical Gardening Gnomes together with Dickson Desgnommier and Vertical Farming strategies (sample image colored in with colored pencils)
 Garden Noam meditating on history with his friend Howard the Zinn Monk (half-colored in example image)
Garden Noam meditating on history with his friend Howard the Zinn Monk (half-colored in example image)
Noam encounters Gnomeland Security (colored example) & Donald Gnomesfeld goes on about Unknown Ungnomes. ?
Noam encounters Gnomeland Security (colored example) & Donald Gnomesfeld goes on about Unknown Ungnomes. ?

    From those on the other side of the gnome political spectrum - like  Gnomeland Security troops and Donald Gnomesfeld and his Unknown UnGnomes  - to gnomish activists residing nearer Chomsky on the left - such as Gnumia Abu Jamal and A-Gnonymous hackers - the more than 80 pages of The Adventures of Gnome Chomsky Coloring Book explores a wide range of socio-political issues and ideas.

 Noam Gnome in solidarity with his friend Gnumia Abu Jamal / Agnonymous Hackers at work (half in color)
Noam Gnome in solidarity with his friend Gnumia Abu Jamal / Agnonymous Hackers at work (half in color)

- as well as a variety of other less political but significant 'gnomified' cultural figures including Buckgnomster Fuller the Geodesic Gnome, Gnoman Rockwell and of course the classic interview between Noam and the Ali G-Gnome.

Buckgnomester Fuller the Geodesic Gnome - / - with close up on some of his details
Buckgnomester Fuller the Geodesic Gnome - / - with close up on some of his details
Garden Noam checks out the work of Gnoman Rockwell and Klaus Gnomi (half-colored in sample) / Ali G-Gnome learns about Words!
Garden Noam checks out the work of Gnoman Rockwell and Klaus Gnomi (half-colored in sample) / Ali G-Gnome learns about Words!

Despite being based around coloring pictures the Adventures of Gnome Chomsky Coloring Book will also include a page of explanatory text for each of the individual activists or topics depicted - as in the example below:

  Each text page will have one or two sentences describing the story  of Garden Noam's adventure but most of the page will describe the key  aspects of the activists and socio-political topics involved.  

  Also, just to make sure it's totally clear all of the pictures in the book will be uncolored in black and white  (except for the cover image).  They're just shown in color here to make this Kickstarter more  entertaining and to offer some coloring ideas too - but it'll be up to  the reader to bring them to life!

  In addition to Garden Gnome  personalities and topics related to Professor Chomsky's ideas and  activism the book will also feature a few gnomes based on other other  gnome puns.  But I have tried to restrain the content to meaningful  gnome puns that are at least generally in line with Progressive  socio-political ideas - such as the Vertical Gardening gnomes Gnoman  Rockwell and 'Geodesic Gnome' shown above and GNU, GNOME, the Software Freedom movement, the 'Garden Gnomes of Zurich' and Permaculture Gardening Gnomes shown below.

Richard Stallgnome, and the GNU Gnome and friends. Based on key figures and programs in the Sofware Freedom Movement
Richard Stallgnome, and the GNU Gnome and friends. Based on key figures and programs in the Sofware Freedom Movement
Permaculture Garden Gnomes - Bill Gnomison, David Gnolmgren and Masagnomu Fukuoka
Permaculture Garden Gnomes - Bill Gnomison, David Gnolmgren and Masagnomu Fukuoka
 Colored In examples of the Permaculture Garden Gnomes and meditating Garden Oms
Colored In examples of the Permaculture Garden Gnomes and meditating Garden Oms

   There's also a couple pages tied to other garden gnome statues from Just Say Gnome such as the Garden Om meditating gnomes above and the Greenman Gnome as shown below.

 Gnome Gnome on the Range with the GreenMan Gnome - discussing Sustainable Grazing & Reforestation Strategies - with a colored-in example version too
Gnome Gnome on the Range with the GreenMan Gnome - discussing Sustainable Grazing & Reforestation Strategies - with a colored-in example version too

Gnome Chomsky, Linguistics and Politics


  Of course there will also be several pages that go a bit more in  depth into specific aspects of Professor Chomsky's work in linguistics  as well as some of his insights into international politics and related  topics.

  By no means am I any kind of expert on Noam's vast range  of thought - unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any osmosis effect  triggered by making sculptures based on him - But I'll do my best to  provide some basic introductory ideas - as much as possible in a  coloring book anyway.  And again I'd very much appreciate any expert  insight and helpful criticism that anyone better versed than I is up for  offering.  Thanks! 

'Vitruvian Chomsky' image from the book's Introduction'
'Vitruvian Chomsky' image from the book's Introduction'
Garden Noam with his friend Gnim Chimsky (pic almost done but still in development)
Garden Noam with his friend Gnim Chimsky (pic almost done but still in development)

    Though they never met in person, Nim Chimsky, a chimp involved in  the study/testing of key aspects of Professor Chomsky's linguistic  theory was named after him and the coloring book text page about Gnim Chimsky will look into some of the research he was key to as well as the tragic path of his life.

Is the Gnome Who is Small Happy follows the film 'Is the Man Who is Tall Happy' in examining some of Chomsky's basic ideas about linguistic structure. (colored in example)
Is the Gnome Who is Small Happy follows the film 'Is the Man Who is Tall Happy' in examining some of Chomsky's basic ideas about linguistic structure. (colored in example)

   The coloring book won't really go into the current Trump 'presidency' -  as that topic contains several potential coloring books of insane  material in itself - but it will look back a little to the 2016  Elections and especially at the campaign of long-time Chomsky ally  Senator Bernie Sanders (BerGnome Sanders).

Battling BerGnome Sanders - picture still in development
Battling BerGnome Sanders - picture still in development

  The PentaGnome Papers, will look at Chomsky's collaboration with 1970s whistle-blower Daniel Elsberg (Gnomesberg-?) and in the context of the more recent whistleblowing activism of Gnomian Assange and Gnomeward(?) Snowden   (sorry, am I stretching these 'gnome' pun attempts too far? )  will  explore the accelerating importance of and controversy surrounding  whistle-blowers in the increasingly high-surveillance information age  environment in which we find ourselves.

 The Daniel Gnomesberg - the PentaGnome Papers, GnomiLeaks, with Gnomian Assange, Chelsea/Bradley Gnomming, and Gnomeward Snowden(?) (picture still in development)
The Daniel Gnomesberg - the PentaGnome Papers, GnomiLeaks, with Gnomian Assange, Chelsea/Bradley Gnomming, and Gnomeward Snowden(?) (picture still in development)

    Pages about HuGnome Chavez will touch on the  controversial economic and political actions of late Venezuelan leader  Hugo Chavez and we'll look at the Central American indigenous Zapatista  EZLN movement through the lens of its legendary activist spokesperson SubGnomandante Marcos/Galeano' (Gnomos).

Noam Gnome and his friend HuGnome Chavez
Noam Gnome and his friend HuGnome Chavez

  Gnome Child Left Behind will examine perspectives on  educational approaches in light of the Progressive Dewey system which  Noam himself experienced in the early days of his education as well as  more recent politics and approaches involved in the field.

Gnome Child Left Behind - Examining Education philosophies and approaches - for gnomes and beyond. (picture still totally in development)
Gnome Child Left Behind - Examining Education philosophies and approaches - for gnomes and beyond. (picture still totally in development)

  A two page spread picture of Garden Noam's journey to GnoManIsAn Island with Anarchist writer and activist Rudolph Rocker will look at the key ideas of the Anarcho-Syndicalist political theory endorsed by Chomsky.

  Similarly a two-page picture spread and text page is planned examining the Occupy Movement and it's legacy.

 And  for a bit more fun and cultural context the politically-oriented rock  band Rage Against the Machine (who kept Chomsky's books on their tour  bus as primary reading material - as well as interviewing him a number  of times) will appear as Gnomes Against the Machine along with a little examination of the potential for the effective use of music as a force for political change.  

Rocking the Revolution with Gnomes Against the Machine! (colored-in example picture - check out thte crowd-surfing)
Rocking the Revolution with Gnomes Against the Machine! (colored-in example picture - check out thte crowd-surfing)
Gnomes Against the Machine - again - not colored in; A close up from the Human G-Gnome Project page
Gnomes Against the Machine - again - not colored in; A close up from the Human G-Gnome Project page

   I'm hoping to also include text and picture pages about: 

  •  Progressive radio-host and activist Thom Hartmann (Hartgnome); 
  •  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Gnomesburg); 
  •  Political and environmental activist Winona (WinGnoma)LaDuke; 
  •  Corporate critic activist David 'the Gnome' Korten and wife Frances; 
  •  Daily Show host Trevor Noah (Gnomah-?) and the late night humor approach to political commentary 
  •    --- along with a several other possibilities!
     

 Again, you can check out the currently envisioned full Table of Contents here.

   And see the stretch goals section below for more info on additional page possibilities!

    My hope is that in it's own little way maybe this coloring book will  help move the world a bit further in the directions of justice,  kindness, understanding and environmental and socio-political  responsibility. 

     Hi, I'm Steve and I've been making physical Gnome Chomsky Garden Noams for more than a decade now. 

Some of the first batch of Noam Gnomes and Garden Oms - way back in 2006 I think
Some of the first batch of Noam Gnomes and Garden Oms - way back in 2006 I think
A few of the larger version of Garden Noam painted and almost ready to journey out into the world
A few of the larger version of Garden Noam painted and almost ready to journey out into the world

      I actually started making Garden Gnome Chomskys as a bit of a joke  and never expected that they'd take off as they have.  I'm honored to be  making them and really enjoy dealing with the audience they attract  -  but because I have to make them by hand they cost a lot and are out of  the budget of many Chomsky fans – so I've been meaning to make a lower  cost Gnome Chomsky item that just about anyone can easily afford

 –  and I think that this coloring book will fill that role ideally.  It  could serve as a fun, interactive and educational coffee table book or  an amusing surprise gift for a fellow Chomsky fan – or even for your  Fox-'News' watching uncle.!? 

A close up of Donald Gnumpf picture from the page about the 2016 US Presidential Campaign
A close up of Donald Gnumpf picture from the page about the 2016 US Presidential Campaign

Process and Project to Date

     The book has been in development over the last couple of years and its  40 + picture pages with accompanying text pages are just about done!   there's just about ten or so main pictures left to do - and the final  number will depend upon the level of stretch goal reached.  Also  I  still have to work out some of the gnome-naming and picture details and  I'm hoping you'll help me out with some suggestions for them. - I'll be  sending out requests for feedback via the Updates during the Kickstarter  campaign.

   I've worked on several other books over the years  and have experience with previous self-publishing projects so tying up  the last details shouldn't be any problem. 

 Gnome Chomsky in His Study - in B&W - and a colored in example pic.
Gnome Chomsky in His Study - in B&W - and a colored in example pic.

Why Kickstarter?

    Raising  pre-publishing funds on Kickstarter will help make a fairly large  initial print run possible which in turn will make the book much more  affordable than if it were to published on a print-on-demand basis. 

GnoMad - Describing the Garden Gnomes of Zurich [a phrase that originated in the midst of 20th century financial politics that'll be explained and make more sense in the book] (picture still in development)
GnoMad - Describing the Garden Gnomes of Zurich [a phrase that originated in the midst of 20th century financial politics that'll be explained and make more sense in the book] (picture still in development)

   I'm excited for The Adventures of Garden Gnome Chomsky to be a  convenient, fun and affordable tool to help anyone begin to indoctrinate  their children with left-wing propaganda - at a tender young age!

Risks and challenges

Completion of the Core Material of the Book:

There's few pictures yet to be illustrated and some text writing and editing to be tied up - but nothing too difficult and the majority of the book is already finished.

Production-Printing:

I have been through the printing process before and have worked on a variety of illustrated book projects so I feel confident that I'll be able to negotiate the process well this time.
There is a risk of a tie up or two in the printing process - but the printer has been determined and I think I've factored in enough time to allow for a potential delay or two.
Similarly I have a local T-shirt printer lined up for affordable, quality and ethical production of the T-shirts

Shipping:

While I have experience in shipping a variety of items I don't have much experience with mass shippings - so I plan to recruit a crew to help with packing and shipping as well as using some of the expedited shipping tools offered by the Post Office.

Additionally I hope lower the ultimate price of international shipping to many countries by using bulk shipping methods and thereby offer some degree of a shipping refund to international supporters.

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