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Letterpress print: a cheerful reminder that in life there’s no shortage of perils.
Letterpress print: a cheerful reminder that in life there’s no shortage of perils.
Letterpress print: a cheerful reminder that in life there’s no shortage of perils.
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Sea Monster Jamboree Print

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Humans have always had a proclivity to fill up the unknown with monsters. From the first moment I saw an early-Renaissance map with sea monsters in the wild places, I had an urge to create my own collection of cryptozoology wonders. The aim of this project is to print my collection of sea monsters on heavy paper that you can frame. 

I call my composition ‘You Are Here.’ A cheerful reminder that in life there is no shortage of perils. 

Sponsors will get a letterpress print in ominous black on a 12"x16" sheet of Crane’s Lettra white—an acid-free, 100 percent cotton, 300 gsm sheet produced by the same paper mill that makes paper for U.S. bank notes. The image is approximately 9"x13" and will be lovingly bumped into the paper’s surface by master printer, Bryce Knudson of Bjørn Press.

We will produce only 100 impressions in addition to whatever number is needed to accommodate the sponsors of this Kickstarter project. I’ll sign and number each copy and include a grandiose certificate of authenticity to go with each print.

Letterpress impression on 100 percent cotton paper.
Letterpress impression on 100 percent cotton paper.

Obviously, this sea monster print makes a superb gift. And because of its timeless message about the perils of the unknown, it’s especially appropriate for friends who are moving, changing jobs, or getting married. It’s also a perfect gift for sailors, fishermen, cartographers, oceanographers, cryptozoologists, and seafood lovers. So consider getting more than one.

There are more than four dozen wave-tossed monsters in this print. Here’s a closer look at some of the details.

WHAT’S THE WHOLE PRINT LOOK LIKE?

The whole, oddly attractive image.
The whole, oddly attractive image.

WHAT ABOUT MORE CALAMITYWARE PLATES?

Yes, more Calamityware plate designs are coming in 2015. I currently proofing the next four designs and trying to get them right. I’ll keep doing Calamityware plate designs until you’re sick of them...or I am. I hope calamitous bread plates, bowls, and mugs can get into the mix too. Watch for email updates or like the Calamityware Facebook page for fresh news. Meanwhile, if you have gaps in your Calamityware plate collection or need gifts, visit Calamityware.com. You’ll find BADbandanas 1 and 2 there too.

Detail from the next Calamityware plate.
Detail from the next Calamityware plate.

Risks and challenges

I think the sea monster jamboree print is a low-risk project. The design is done. Proofing is done. Printing should be uneventful. Then, I need to sit down and sign the prints and pack them for shipment. Even if lots of things go wrong, I can’t see how this can stretch beyond May. But, in the past, fate has rebuked my optimism with astonishing swiftness.

I assure you, you’ll get updates along the way so you know exactly what’s going on.

I promise you, I won’t rest until you all get your rewards.

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    One letterpress print on acid-free cotton sheet. A marvelous collection of sea monsters and cryptozoological marvels. Signed and numbered and shipped flat. Free shipping in USA.

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    Two letterpress prints on acid-free cotton sheet. A marvelous collection of sea monsters and cryptozoological marvels. Signed and numbered and shipped flat. Free shipping in USA.

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    Ten letterpress prints on acid-free cotton sheet. A marvelous collection of sea monsters and cryptozoological marvels. Signed and numbered and shipped flat. Includes an original creature drawing from the monster audition sessions.

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