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Empire City is a collection of digital art and design based around a fictional noir setting, smothered in a retro futurism sauce.
Empire City is a collection of digital art and design based around a fictional noir setting, smothered in a retro futurism sauce.
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So what is Empire City? 

Empire City is a fictional setting of my own creation. Similar in most respects to a classic film noir city setting, this one also has a little more up it’s sleeve. A heaping helping of classic art deco and streamline moderne, a dash of 50s sci-fi, a hint of classic monsters and the occult, a smattering of classic pin-up girls, all coated in a thick retro futurism sauce. Bake it at 425 degrees for two hours and you’ve got yourself something close to the collection offered here.

Empire City: A collection of art and design, is a 8.5"x11", 112 page hardcover collection of illustration, graphic design, and typography all centered about a fictional noir city. 

This is not a narrative book, I always like to tell a story with my art and almost every piece in here tells a unique story. I’ve always felt that its the artist’s job to provide the information, to tell the story, but it’s always up to the viewer to decode it for themselves. 

I'm offering a selection of prints in various sizes and formats. Below are the offered prints and their sizes. 

I’m bringing back one of my most popular prints exclusively for this Kickstarter. Here is another chance to get my Waiting sold out print. Please note that edition sizes for all the limited edition prints will be determined by the number of final backers.

The artist

My name is Mike Mahle. I'm a professional designer and illustrator who has  worked with clients such as Disney, Sony Pictures, and Warner Brothers Pictures among others.

You can visit my website at MikeMahle.com, or my Instagram to learn more about me and my work.

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The Rewards

Along with the book I've put together a selection, of what I hope, are some cool and enticing rewards in return for your support.  

Several of the higher tier rewards include either a remarked edition of the book, of a hand drawn sketch. Remarked editions are copies of the book that are hand embellished with illustrations on the interior end sheets. Hand drawn sketches will be done on 8.5"x11" paper with pencil and ink. 

Back this project with confidence

Several years ago I ran my first successful Kickstarter for my very first art book titled Prime. It was a great success and below I thought I'd share some backers comments.  

 Below is a link to the Kickstarter page for my first book Prime.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1216816434/mike-mahles-prime

Questions?

Feel free to send me any questions about Empire City you might have. I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Risks and challenges

I don't foresee any complications in fulfilling any of the rewards. All of the printers I have chosen for this project I have worked with before. The book and all of the rewards have already been created and only need to be sent to the printer.

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    The Rhino

    A simple show of support and my eternal gratitude. All backers are appreciated

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    The Clean Sneak

    2 custom 4" Empire City die-cut stickers, plus an Empire City logo enamel pin

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    The Bean Shooter

    Choose one of three exclusive 11"x17" prints

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    The Knockoff

    A signed copy of the Empire City book, 2 die cut stickers, 1 enamel pin

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    The Box Job

    A signed copy of the Empire City book, 2 die cut stickers, 1 enamel pin, plus a signed copy of Prime

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    The Trigger Man

    A signed copy of the Empire City book, 2 die cut stickers, 1 enamel pin, plus 1 18"x24" giclee print

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    The Looker

    A signed copy of the Empire City book, 2 die cut stickers, 1 enamel pin, plus 1 "Waiting" giclee

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    The Slugshot

    A signed and remarked one-of-a-kind copy of the Empire City book, 2 die cut stickers, 1 enamel pin

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    The Big Sleep

    A signed copy of the Empire City book, 2 die cut stickers, 1 enamel pin, 3 11"x17" prints, 3 8.5"x11" prints. Plus a original sketch inside the book.

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    The Double Cross

    A signed and one-of-a-kind remarked copy of the Empire City book, 1 hand drawn sketch, 2 die cut stickers, 1 enamel pin, 1 11"x17" print and 1 18"x24" giclee.

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    The Imperial

    Everything! A signed and one-of-a-kind remarked copy of the Empire City book, 2 die cut stickers, 1 enamel pin, 3 11"x17" prints, 3 8.5"x11" prints, 1 "Waiting" giclee, and 3 18"x24" giclees.

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