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A curated set of 27 color postcards, ready to send, celebrating the Animal Alphabet group illustration project.
169 backers pledged $3,383 to help bring this project to life.

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I want to do something special for the very last backer! (Or, sure, the last person to increase a pledge.) Let's say some extra stickers, and a doodle of an animal (by me), plus I'll get you copies of two "Alphabeasts" minicomics at SPX in mid-September. You people are super!

This project has hit its target, but it could still use your support. Please see below and check the "Updates" section for details on how your backing can still help me publish these postcards in an attractive way.

Last year, I participated in an illustration project that brought a lot of different cartoonists and illustrators together and kicked off a series of similar projects that are still rolling out today. 

In last year's project, which you can see in its entirety at the Animal Alphabet Tumblr site, we drew animals for each of the letters of the alphabet, one letter per week, for half a year.

(Just to be clear: the image of the Quindio glass frog at the top of this page was drawn by Leah Palmer Preiss, one of the contributing artists. There is no way I have those drawing chops.)

This postcard set collects 54 of our best drawings onto 27 postcards (one card per letter, plus one extra), featuring the work of 14 different illustrators.

Here's what one of the cards will look like, for example, featuring art by Henry Eudy and Brad McGinty.

"B is for Bison and Budgerigar."
"B is for Bison and Budgerigar."

Here is another preview, featuring Ben Towle's sea turtle and my sarcastic fringehead. (And yes, the sarcastic fringehead is a real animal. Please see my blog post about the drawing for a link to some video evidence.)

S is for Sea Turtle and Sarcastic Fringehead
S is for Sea Turtle and Sarcastic Fringehead

More previews are available in the "Updates" section, linked at the top of this page (above the video).

This is updated, since the project hit its funding target: I'm going to print at least 450 copies of the card set with a local printer here in Burlington. Thanks to the generosity of my Kickstarter supporters, I'm going to be able to print the cards on 14pt. cover stock — they'll really feel like postcards.

In the final days of the Kickstarter project, I'm sorting out a question of how nice to make the final published form of the cards. There will be a belly-band or "obi" holding each set together. I can xerox these cheaply, or I may order some fancy paper and print onto something nice. If the total amount of Kickstarter pledges hits $3,100, I will either offset-print (or screen print) the obis with a highlight color in addition to black, or I'll print them in one color on a luxurious fancy paper.

If the total pledges reach $3,250, I will include, as a bonus, a sheet of four small high-quality vinyl stickers (featuring animals taken from the project) for every backer who earns a reward.

Can you help me get there?

Some of the artists have offered original art, archival-quality prints, and other goodies for Kickstarter rewards. (I think these are all claimed, though. Sorry. They're still pretty to look at here on the page.)

Ben Towle, for instance, has offered the original art for his "X" entries for the Animal Alphabet and the follow-up project, AlphaBeasts (for which we drew fictional creatures.) Both drawings are a lot of fun, and a real bargain in either case.

X is for Xoloitzcuintle; X is for Xorn
X is for Xoloitzcuintle; X is for Xorn

Henry Eudy has offered up his original watercolors for "Y is for YAK" (featured in the card set) and "L is for LYNX" (which appeared on The Beat's favorable write-up about the original Tumblr project):

L is for Lynx; Y is for Yak
L is for Lynx; Y is for Yak

Henry has also volunteered to draw, for three serious supporters, the animal of your choice. Please scroll down to the bottom of the rewards for that one.

Rob Ullman has donated two originals as well: his "W is for WALLABY" and the "A is for AARDVARK" that was half of the inspiration (or instigation) for this whole project. (The other half of that first step was Ben Towle's Alpaca, which appears along with Rob's Aardvark on the first postcard)

A is for Aardvark; W is for Wallaby
A is for Aardvark; W is for Wallaby

Leah Palmer Preiss has offered to donate archival-quality prints of either of these two images, both of which are featured in the postcards (though at smaller size):

R is for Robin
R is for Robin
U is for Ulysses Butterfly
U is for Ulysses Butterfly

Sam Wolk has offered to make large, high-resolution, full-color prints of two of his drawings, "I is for Inchworm" (which appears in the card set) and "R is for Raven."

I is for Inchworm; R is for Raven
I is for Inchworm; R is for Raven

Lupi McGinty has offered her tiny original watercolor paintings of the Indri and the Mandrill, one of which appears in the postcard set. These little guys are just 2.5" by 3.5", but the pair of them would frame up nicely!

I is for Indri; M is for Mandrill
I is for Indri; M is for Mandrill

Rich Barrett has volunteered a couple of copies of his own wrap-up project for Animal Alphabet: a set of 26 flashcards featuring all 26 of his ink-and-inkwash drawings for the project. If you're thinking you'll use the postcards to teach (or to reinforce) some ABCs, combine them with Rich's flash cards for twice the learning!

Rich Barrett's Animal Alphabet flashcards
Rich Barrett's Animal Alphabet flashcards

For my own part, I have gathered up a few "master sets" of all of the postcards I've self-published over the past five or six years. That's as follows: the 10-page serialized-on-postcards fantasy comic "Stepan Crick and the Chart of the Possible"; 24 postcards of odd and interesting architectural details and other views of New Haven, Connecticut; 8 postcards of botanical close-up photos by my friend Damien Jay; and 5 postcards of door knockers in a few towns in Tuscany. Along with the Animal Alphabet set, that's 74 different designs!

"All Your Postcard Are Belong to Us."
"All Your Postcard Are Belong to Us."

Here's a complete list (with links) of the artists who drew animals for the project:

Rich Barrett
Isaac Cates
Henry Eudy
Gabriel Hardman
Mandy Marxen
Brad McGinty
Lupi McGinty
Andrew Neal
Leah Palmer Preiss
Meredith Randazzo
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Ben Towle
Rob Ullman
Sam Wolk

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    For the MOST BASIC BACKER: You'll receive one set of the 27 Animal Alphabet postcards, bound in an attractive paper band, and sent to you via first-class mail. (International backers should use the alternate reward below.)

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    For the POSTCARD SAMPLER: You will receive one set of the Animal Alphabet postcards, plus one copy of "Stepan Crick and the Chart of the Possible," a ten-page full-color comics story in a fantasy milieu, serialized on ten postcards, which I drew with my buddy Mike Wenthe.

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    For the BASIC POSTCARD OR ANIMAL FAN:
    I will send two brand-new and unwritten sets of the cards to you, each bound with an attractive paper band, for you to send or to use as you see fit.
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    For the INTERNATIONAL POSTCARD FAN:
    If you live overseas and support at this level, you'll receive ONE set of cards, unwritten and for you to send, via first-class international air mail. Perfect if you're a Postcrosser!

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    For the REGIMEN:
    I will send one complete set of the cards to you, one at a time, in alphabetical order, over the span of six months (or maybe a little more). I will write messages on the back of the cards about what's going on in my life and so forth. This pledge amount covers the printing cost of the cards and 27 domestic postcard stamps.
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    For the PAPER IMPROVEMENTS SUPPORTER: You'll receive two sets of the postcards, each bound in an attractive paper band, plus one sheet of four or six high-quality vinyl stickers with art taken from the project. You will also receive a sense of happy satisfaction for having helped make the final printed product look really nice!
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    For the ARMCHAIR QUARTERBACK: You get two sets of the postcards, each bound with an attractive paper band. Plus, if you select this reward before August 23, you get to tell me what to put on that band. I will contact you shortly after you make your bid (via message here on Kickstarter) to ask you to tell me three animals; I'll make sure that two of those three appear on the obi (or belly-band) around the postcard packet.

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    For the STICKIER STICKER STICKLER: After you select this reward level, I will contact you to ask you to pick out one of the animals from one of the preview postcards on this page or in the updates section. I will put that animal on some small (1.5") circular vinyl stickers, and you will get two sheets of stickers that include the animal you chose (plus three others). You'll also get two sets of the postcards!

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    To REALLY LEARN YOUR ABCs: You get one set of the postcards, plus one set of Rich Barrett's complete Animal Alphabet flashcards. Seriously, for the right sort of little kid this reward would be gold.

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    For the FAN OF POE (OR DANNY KAYE): You'll receive one set of postcards, plus a high-resolution full-color print of Sam Wolk's drawing of "I is for INCHWORM" or "R is for RAVEN."

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    In order to RAISE POSTCARD CONSCIOUSNESS:
    Not only will you get a set of cards mailed to you gradually, as listed above, but you'll get two more sets of the cards (at the beginning of the project) that you can send to someone else.
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    For AN INORDINATE FONDNESS FOR POSTCARDS. You will receive five sets of the postcards, to send, to give as gifts, or to use as you see fit.

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    For AN INORDINATE FONDNESS FOR POSTCARDS. You will receive five sets of the postcards, to send, to give as gifts, or to use as you see fit. (For international backers, postage will increase the price by $17.00.)

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    For ALL YOUR POSTCARD ARE BELONG TO US: You get one of every postcard I have published. That's the new Animal Alphabet set, plus 24 New Haven postcards, a fantasy comic serialized on 10 postcards, 8 botanical macro photos by Damien Jay, and 5 postcards of Tuscan door knockers (really). International backers should add $10 for postage.

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    For the MEXICAN HAIRLESS FAN: You get one set of the postcards, plus Ben Towle's original art for his Xoloitzcuintle entry in the Animal Alphabet. Art is 6" x 6", in ink and watercolor, alert, and suitable for framing!

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    For the ELEMENTAL OLD-SCHOOL GAMER: You get one set of the postcards, plus Ben Towle's original art for his Xorn entry in "Alphabeasts," the follow-up project to Alphabooks. Art is 6" x 6", india ink and ink wash, and totally awesome.

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    For the ODDMENT COLLECTOR: You get one set of the postcards, plus an archival-quality print by Leah Palmer Preiss of either her "R is for Robin" or her "U is for Ulysses Butterfly." (Your choice.)

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    For the PRIMATE COLLECTOR. You get one set of the postcards, plus Lupi McGinty's original watercolors for "I is for Indri" and "M is for Mandrill." Each is 2.5" by 3.5". That's trading card size!

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    For the LAZY LASAGNA-LAPPING LYNX LOVER: You'll get one set of the postcards, plus Henry Eudy's original watercolor art for "L is for LYNX."

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    For the NOMAD OF THE TIBETAN PLATEAU: You'll get one set of postcards, plus Henry Eudy's original watercolor art for "Y is for YAK."

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    For the FAN WHO HAS TO COME FIRST: You'll get one set of the postcards, plus Rob Ullman's original ink drawing for "A is for AARDVARK"—the drawing that started this whole Animal Alphabet project!

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    For the ANTIPODEAN ANIMAL AFFICIONADO: You'll receive one set of the postcards, plus Rob Ullman's original ink drawing for "W is for WALLABY." It's cute, isn't it.

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    For the SUPER DUPER PAPER BACKER: You''ll receive fives sets of the postcards, each bound with an attractive paper band, and two sheets of stickers with art drawn from the project. You'll also receive a sense of superior satisfaction, knowing that you were partly responsible for giving the cards a sturdy, healthy life.
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    For the PATRON OF THE ZOOGRAPHICAL ARTS: You will receive two sets of postcards, plus one original 6" x 9" full-color (watercolor) cartoon portrait of THE ANIMAL OF YOUR CHOICE. If you prefer, for example, "O is for Otter" (instead of our ostrich and octopus), here is the reward just right for you!

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    For the SUPPORTER AND DISTRIBUTOR:
    I'll send ten sets of the cards to you, for you to send or to sell or whatever you see fit. Maybe you have a wall that needs decorating, or maybe you want to represent the Alphabet Press at a local comics convention or something.
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