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
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.
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!
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.!?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter