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Original portraits and short bios of some of the "Saints" that inspire me such as Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Original portraits and short bios of some of the "Saints" that inspire me such as Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Original portraits and short bios of some of the "Saints" that inspire me such as Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner and Eleanor Roosevelt.
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The project is an illustrated book of short biographical portraits of the "Saints" who, as a gay, pop cultured obsessed American man, inspire me and help guide me as I make my way through life. The book is nearing completion and I hope to send it to the printers in June of 2017. With the funds raised through Kickstarter I'll be able to print in full color, as the illustrations are very bright and fun, most with a whimsical nod toward more traditional religious art. 

The book is fun, informative, and slightly autobiographical as I include stories about actual encounters with some of the people featured in the book, such as Gloria Steinem, Jennifer Holliday, and Stockard Channing.

It will feature over 70 of my full color illustrations like the ones below.

Cher and the pyramids
Cher and the pyramids

 

Shirley MacLaine mediates on a cloud
Shirley MacLaine mediates on a cloud

 

From the book, ST. Susan of Sarandon
From the book, ST. Susan of Sarandon

Where Will The Money Go?

The budget for the project includes approximately $2,500 for printing and shipping from the printers, including tax. Another $1,500 is slated to pay to create the rewards, though this amount could be lower depending on the exact combination of rewards selected. And I would like to use approximately $1,500 for internet advertising targeting the LGBQT community. This leave a cushion of $500 for shipping books out, though I expect many of them to be purchased in person. It's a modest budget for a modest project. Help me make it a reality!

Risks and challenges

Although the book looks at some pop culture icons through a decidedly gay sensibility, it is welcoming to all. The challenge in marketing will be in saying "Yes, this has a gay point of view, but you'll like it too!"

In an effort to maximize sales, the book will be available through Amazon, and I'm working on getting it into some brick and mortar stores as well.

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    4 Original Greeting Cards

    A set of 4 cards with art right from the book, featuring favorites like Susan Sarandon and Gloria Steinem.

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    Signed Copy of the Book!

    A signed copy of the book featuring over 50 original full color illustrations. Plus a thank you card with art from the book, signed from me to you!

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    1 Signed Book Plus 1 signed 8x10 print

    1 signed copy of the book, plus 1 signed watercolor paper art print featuring a portrait from the book

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    4 Signed Water Color Prints

    A set of 4 signed watercolor prints featuring portraits from the book like Hillary Clinton, Jane Fonda, Carol Burnett and Lily Tomlin.

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    2 Signed Books

    2 signed copies of the book plus a signed thank you card from me to you featuring a portrait from the book.

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    1 Book, 1 Print and 4 Greeting Cards

    You get the book, a print, and 4 greeting cards featuring portraits from the book like Diana Ross, Bea Arthur and Diane Keaton

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    T-shirt With Art From Book

    A t-shirt featuring an original portrait from the book, up to sixe 3XL. Images include Barbra Streisand, Susan Sarandon, and Hillary Clinton.

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    1 Book, 1 T-Shirt

    1 signed copy of the book plus 1 t-shirt featuring an original portrait from the book, up to sixe 3XL. Choose from Barbra Streisand, Cher, or Hillary Clinton.

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    Custom Portrait

    Receive a custom made just for you watercolor print of any one you want--from your Uncle Arthur to your Aunt Mary and anyone in between.

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    The Patron Saint Lunch Package

    You get a custom portrait, 2 signed copies of the book, 2 watercolor prints, 8 greeting cards, and lunch with the author as his guest in either Philadelphia or New York City, at which time he will regale you with stories of random celebrity encounters! Does not include travel or accommodations.

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