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The truth is hard to parse. With our broadside portfolio, we explore and expose Alternative Facts—for two weeks only!
The truth is hard to parse. With our broadside portfolio, we explore and expose Alternative Facts—for two weeks only!
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Alternative Facts - A Broadside Portfolio

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TLDR: We are continuing our acclaimed Broadside Library with a new portfolio on the theme of ALTERNATIVE FACTS. This portfolio is carefully curated, designed, and printed by master craftsmen. Please consider supporting this literary and artistic endevour, as we continue the perpetuation of ideas that matter.

The truth is hard to parse.

In the days after President Trump's inauguration, a paradigm-shifting exchange took place. Chuck Todd asked White House adviser Kellyanne Conway why the President insisted upon disseminating "provable falsehoods." They weren't, she said, they were "alternative facts."

We live in a world of extremes, where every side is given a podium, and the alternatives crash into other. In the past, debate usually involved the question, "What do the facts mean?" President Trump has not participated in this grand discourse. Rather, his dissemination of falsehood has forced the conversation to become, "What are the Facts?" 

In this milieu, we seek to participate in the reclamation of the word Fact—to return it to its mantel. Some things truly are "alternative facts," that is, opposing claims on the truth. The alternative facts of the Trump administration discombobulate the term itself. That said, there are some truths so convincing, so compelling, that we reel when we learn that they are not, in fact, true. These, truly, must be dragged into the light. 

Therefore, it is with a belief in the relevance of truth that we present ten broadsides of Alternative Facts. 

What you get.

As part of our ongoing broadside initiative on Kickstarter, we are launching a two-week campaign to get our second portfolio off the ground. You will receive the Alternative Facts Broadside Portfolio which holds ten broadsides printed letterpress.

You will receive an archival portfolio, which contains ten broadsides printed letterpress. This is simply a magnificent collection.
You will receive an archival portfolio, which contains ten broadsides printed letterpress. This is simply a magnificent collection.

 

Each broadside is a work of art. They are printed on heavy archival stock on our Heidelberg printing press, the height of letterpress technology. Most importantly, they have been curated to inspire and endure.
Each broadside is a work of art. They are printed on heavy archival stock on our Heidelberg printing press, the height of letterpress technology. Most importantly, they have been curated to inspire and endure.

 

This portfolio is a continuation of our celebrated Broadside Library. With the addition of these ten broadsides, the Broadside Library has reached over a hundred titles.
This portfolio is a continuation of our celebrated Broadside Library. With the addition of these ten broadsides, the Broadside Library has reached over a hundred titles.

 

At Thornwillow, we have both brought the broadside back to its roots using centuries-old printing techniques and elevated it through exquisite design, excellent material, and master craftsmanship.
At Thornwillow, we have both brought the broadside back to its roots using centuries-old printing techniques and elevated it through exquisite design, excellent material, and master craftsmanship.

Each broadside is printed letterpress on heavy archival stock. Rather than print the broadsides digitally (as you might do at home, or as with the vast majority of printed material you encounter), we print our broadsides letterpress. That means that after laying out the design for each broadside, we create a physical plate, which is then rolled with ink, and pressed one at a time into the heavy stock. You can feel the indent of the type as you run your finger across it. If you've never owned a letterpress printed publication, this is the perfect place to start.

Printer and Publisher of Thornwillow Press, Luke Pontifell, opening a beautiful broadside.
Printer and Publisher of Thornwillow Press, Luke Pontifell, opening a beautiful broadside.

Vol. 2, No. 2 : Our second broadside portfolio.

Two months ago we published, with Kickstarter's help, our first broadside portfolio on the theme of American Protest. The support we received was massive, and we were humbled by it. There are a few remaining American Protest portfolios available, and you can pledge for one now.

Get your broadside collection off on the right foot by pledging for both portfolios!
Get your broadside collection off on the right foot by pledging for both portfolios!

Alternative Facts: The Titles.

We won't give away the ending, so as not to spoil the fun of opening your broadside portfolio. Rather, here are the titles, and an exceedingly brief description. 

  • Falsehood, a poem.
  • Come Together, a list.
  • Non-Euclidean Geometry, an overview.
  • The Second of July, a history.
  • Contronyms, a grammar.
  • The Sign of the Devil, a puzzle.
  • Peace For Our Time, a delusion.
  • Captain William Martin, a deception.
  • The Shape of the Earth, a lineage.
  • Famous Lines That Weren't, an invention.
Some will surprise you, some will make you laugh, some may puzzle you, and some may even make you angry. All in all, the collection reveals the difficulty of truth in all its forms, and the many ways we can wield Alternative Facts. 

Risks and challenges

We have run a half dozen successful Kickstarter projects in the past. If any unexpected issues arise, we will communicate them fully.

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    Alternative Facts Portfolio

    Truth is hard to parse. Celebrate the truth with this hand-crafted portfolio containing ten letterpress broadsides.

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    • Portfolio Box - Letterpress on Archival Stock
    • Ten Broadsides of Alternative Facts
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    Alternative Facts & American Protest

    Receive both our Alternative Facts portfolio, and our American Protest portfolio. Each contains ten letterpress broadsides.

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    • Portfolio Box - Letterpress on Archival Stock
    • Ten Broadsides of Alternative Facts
    • Ten Broadsides of American Protest
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    2 Alternative Facts Portfolios

    Truth is hard to parse. Celebrate the truth with this hand-crafted portfolio containing ten letterpress broadsides.

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    • Ten Broadsides of Alternative Facts
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    3 Alternative Facts Portfolios

    Truth is hard to parse. Celebrate the truth with this hand-crafted portfolio containing ten letterpress broadsides.

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    • Portfolio Box - Letterpress on Archival Stock
    • Ten Broadsides of Alternative Facts
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    2 Alternative Facts & 2 American Protest

    Receive both our Alternative Facts portfolio, and our American Protest portfolio. Each contains ten letterpress broadsides.

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    • Portfolio Box - Letterpress on Archival Stock
    • Ten Broadsides of Alternative Facts
    • Ten Broadsides of American Protest
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    3 Alternative Facts & 3 American Protest

    Receive both our Alternative Facts portfolio, and our American Protest portfolio. Each contains ten letterpress broadsides.

    Includes:
    • Portfolio Box - Letterpress on Archival Stock
    • Ten Broadsides of Alternative Facts
    • Ten Broadsides of American Protest
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