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A parody art project, commenting on the ancient origins of modern Japanese game culture.  浮世絵ヒーロー
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Jed Henry

2,422 backers pledged $313,341 to help bring this project to life.

'Thank you' message from Jed and Dave

[This is Dave posting from Tokyo. Jed has gone to bed, but he left me the 'key' before heading off ...]

We're a bit late with this, but I hope you will understand that the past few days have been pretty crammed for both of us. We'll be posting quite a lot in the weeks (and months!) to come during the fullfillment stages of our project, but for tonight, please simply accept this little 'thank you' message ...

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    1. Creator Jed Henry on September 6, 2012

      @Jordan Dienhart: the online store will be around from now on - so you have time to save up over the years and months. :)

    2. Creator Matt Combes on September 6, 2012

      Hey Dave ... will you be making more videos as you produce these woodblocks? I find myself really enjoying watching the videos you have on YouTube, but there's only a handful of them, and some are so short! I really like the 15-minute long ones like you did showcasing the creation of the Rickshaw Cart. Make more, long videos for us to enjoy, please! :)

    3. Creator Jordan Dienhart on September 6, 2012

      i really wish i had enough money for a woodblock print. :[
      congratulations to both you can jed!

    4. Creator Rachel Teng on September 5, 2012

      Thank you also, guys. : ) I'm happy this project ended so successfully, and that it's opening doors for the both of you.

    5. Creator FushigiFox on September 5, 2012

      wow, in Tokyo now. Good time to come over here when the heat is over. Really enjoyed watching this kickstarter and look forward to the future news. I live in Ibaraki, just an hour from Tokyo so it is nice to know you are close by.

    6. Creator Support Nova Aetas on September 5, 2012

      Nice thank you (^_^)v

    7. Creator Gary T. on September 5, 2012

      You're welcome. I have bought the surimono albums in the past, and am confident that Jed's designs will be fully realized in Dave's woodblock prints!

    8. Creator Jed Henry on September 5, 2012

      Oh, I should probably give specific links

      facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UkiyoEHeroes
      Tumblr: http://jedhenry.tumblr.com/
      Twitter: @thejedhenry
      blogger: jedart.blogspot.com
      website: ukiyoeheroes.com

    9. Creator Jed Henry on September 5, 2012

      @Lauren Page: I'm also regularly on Tumblr and Blogger. Also, we'll be setting up an email list shortly.

      We're coming at you from all angles! I understand that everybody has a favorite mode of communicating on the net, so I try to post regularly on all of them. FB, Twitter, blogger, tumblr, email. Whew!

    10. Creator Nathan Black on September 5, 2012

      Thanks guys looking forward to hanging some of these on the wall. So happy to hear it's given more people work and keeping you both busy! This is what Kickstarter is all about.

    11. Creator Joshua R on September 5, 2012

      Haha - I was also talking to Jed about visiting the studio. I think having the video updates from there makes a lot of us think "I want to go there in person!" My fiancee and I are planning for spring 2014 for our next visit, so we'll talk then. So glad to know you'll still be producing work then!

      Re: what Dave said about the 3-dimensional object... That's one of the first things I thought of when I saw this KS... I've been a fan of ukio-e and other traditional art forms for a long time, found whatever I could in books and online and all that, but each time I see a collection in person (one of the first times was the excellent ukio-e collection they have here at the Chicago Art Institute, another was my first visit to the Tokyo National Museum) - I stand there and think to myself "this is the actual *object* - the paper pressed with wood hundreds of years ago" and I'm just amazed. Actually owning such a thing (two such things - an embarrassment of riches!), is terribly exciting.

      Thanks for the great update!

    12. Creator Lauren Page on September 5, 2012

      Hi guys! (Sorry, Jed, I feel as though I know you now...)

      Is there a way to follow you that's NOT facebook or twitter? I don't use either, but i still want to stay posted. I know about Dave's website-- what about you, Jed?

      I will want to sign up for at least two moer prints, and probably more giclees, as soon as my credit balance recovers from the Kickstarter hit. :)

      Also, can you tell us who the calligrapher is who did the originals of the cartouche texts?

    13. Creator Creidieki on September 5, 2012

      With regards to the prints-per-woodblock ratio, I think the woodblocks may have seemed like a "better deal" than the prints. With digital wall prints, at some level you're competing against commercially mass-produced prints. $40 is on the expensive side there. A woodblock print is a different category of object; there's nothing to compare the $135 price to.

      Without knowing anything about the printing costs or quality level of the giclee print, when I looked at the prices, I really had the impression that this project was mainly "about" selling the woodblocks, and that selling the giclee prints wasn't a big priority.

    14. Creator Benjamin Lee on September 5, 2012

      Well, I'm glad to hear you're suffering from too much success! I'm delighted to have been able to contribute to this project, the product looks top notch thus far, and I'm certainly looking forward to the day I can hang one in a nice frame as prominently as I can in my living room.

      Please, enjoy your success and keep up the great work.

    15. Creator Jed Henry on September 5, 2012

      [Still from Dave ...] Requests like this are now coming in thick and fast, and I'm not quite sure how to handle them. For many years, I have simply said, "Sure, come on over!" to all such requests, but the sheer volume has now made that impossible. Over the next few weeks, the ladies here and I are going to be having a good strong look at our plans for the next year or so, and high up on the things to discuss is the question of how 'public' to make our business - should we open a shop, or keep it a 'closed' workroom, etc.,etc. I have no idea just how the decision will go, but for now can simply say - give us a call when you are over here, and if we can work something out, we will ...

    16. Creator Angela Chin on September 5, 2012

      Congratulations Jed and Dave on an awesome campaign, and a really beautiful product.

      Any chance of visiting the print studio if I'm in Tokyo next year? :)

    17. Creator Amanda Kelly on September 5, 2012

      I love the way you guys have conducted this campaign - you should be shown as a text book example of how to approach this. I'm really looking forward to seeing my woodblock prints, I think your designs are amazing & to have a work of art made in this beautiful traditional way is very exciting!