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