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Update #34

menton3 has just launched his Kickstarter, KATABASIS!

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Hello everyone!

We are very excited to announce that our very own menton3 will have his first ever solo gallery show at Last Rites Gallery in New York City opening April 19, 2014.

The name of the show is KATABASIS. In Greek mythology, a Katabasis was the journey to the otherworld leading into one's interiority to confront elements of one's psyche.

menton3 would like to make a book about this theme and his process in creating the gallery show. He’s just launched a Kickstarter to ask for your support:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/menton3/katabasis

Along with the book, there’s an awesome shirt, a beautiful Tarot print exclusive to Kickstarter, two giclee prints on canvas that are exclusive to Kickstarter, original art sketches/commissions, and a set of very special pledges where you can pre-buy art from the upcoming show at different price levels. These pre-buy pledges also come with invitations to a private tour of the KATABASIS show conducted by menton3 prior to its public opening.

Thank you for taking a look and for supporting menton3’s first gallery show!

- 44FLOOD


Update #33

THE SQUIDDER is nearing its end!

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Hey all!

Our Kickstarter for Ben Templesmith's first creator-owned book in 5 years, THE SQUIDDER, is almost over. It reached it's goal (and quite exceeded it), and we have a lot of you to thank for that. It was so nice to see so many of you returning to a 44FLOOD project. Your continued support is truly amazing and is what keeps us going. Thank you so, so much :)

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/44flood/the-squidder

Due to the incredible success of THE SQUIDDER Kickstarter, we just kept adding more and more to it. The book increased 36%, going from 108 pages to 144. Everyone who pledges for a book will get a SQUIDDER bookmark and the Kickstarter exclusive print "In Utero." Those that pledged for the KRAKEN slipcased edition will receive the bookmark, the "In Utero" print, as well a KRAKEN exclusive print called "Chop Chop." Both prints will be signed and embossed by Ben.

Another Kickstarter exclusive is a 9-page prelude to THE SQUIDDER that will only be available to backers of the project. This prelude will be sent out as an update once the Kickstarter concludes.

So that's why I'm writing you here today, to make sure you know that there are several Kickstarter-only exclusive upgrade items to pledges that you won't get if you order THE SQUIDDER later on. Check below for images of the exclusives prints and the bookmark.

There's still some time left to place your order! Head on over and give it a look before it ends in two days on the morning on December 7th.

Thank you so much! I'm here if you have any questions!

- Tyler (tyler@44FLOOD.com)

THE SQUIDDER bookmark:

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Update #32

Our new Kickstarter for THE SQUIDDER is up!

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We launched our Kickstarter yesterday for THE SQUIDDER!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/44flood/the-squidder

It's a new 108 page original graphic novel written and drawn by Ben Templesmith, and we're really excited for you to see this one! Amazingly, the print goal has already been met, so we're definitely going to make this book. And we have some announcements we'll be making for the project over the next week or two.

As always, please follow us on Facebook/Twitter for more info:

http://www.facebook.com/44FLOOD

Thanks for taking a look and for your incredible support of 44FLOOD!

- 44FLOOD


Update #31

TOME 2 Kickstarter Ending in 19 Hours!

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Hello, everyone!

We're down to the final 19 hours of the TOME 2 Kickstarter and wanted to thank all the TOME 1 Kickstarter supporters that took at look at TOME 2 and supported its creation! If you haven't seen it yet, then please take a look now while the pricing on TOME 2 and its companion book, EXPLICITUS EST LIBER 2, are the lowest they'll ever be:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/44flood/tome-2-melancholia

Over the last few days, we've made a ton of announcements for new contributors to TOME 2. Listed below are just some of the brilliant artists you'll now experience in the book.

We also announced a TOME 2 Gallery Show at Last Rites Gallery in NYC opening September 28, with a party on October 12 with all of us at 44FLOOD in attendance plus many of the TOME 2 artists. You're all invited!

Remember to join the 44FLOOD Facebook page for more details and announcements:

http://www.facebook.com/44FLOOD

And if you have any questions about pledges, then always feel free to email Tyler Crane through Kickstarter or directly using: tyler@44FLOOD.com

From all of us at 44FLOOD, and on behalf of all the artists contributing to the book, thank you for making TOME  and EXPLICITUS EST LIBER  something that exists in the world.

All our best,

Kasra Ghanbari
TOME Curator/Editor

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CLIVE BARKER is an English author, film director, video game designer, and visual artist best known for his work in both fantasy and horror fiction. His creations have included Hellraiser, Candyman, Books of Blood, The Great and Secret Show, Nightbreed, Imajica, and Abarat.
www.clivebarker.info

DAMIEN WORM is an illustrator and fine artist whose stunning art delves into the dark and macabre.
damienworm.deviantart.com

DAVE MCKEAN is an English illustrator, photographer, comic book artist, graphic designer, filmmaker, and musician. He’s illustrated several award winning comics including Arkham Asylum, Signal to Noise, and Mr. Punch, as well as written/illustrated Cages and Pictures That Tick. His many CD covers include Skinny Puppy, Michael Nyman, Front Line Assembly, Tori Amos, and Alice Cooper. His feature film work includes directing MirrorMask, directing/writing Luna, and directing The Gospel of Us. He was concept artist for two Harry Potter films: Prisoner of Azkaban and The Goblet of Fire.
www.davemckean.com

INKYMOLE draws on paper, and ink-heavy, word-soaked imagery is her trademark. Though she creeps into fashion and beauty, the worlds of advertising, fiction, packaging, and music are where her work seems to fit most snugly. Her touring show “If A Girl Writes Off The World,” inspired by the words of spoken word poet/rapper Sage Francis, opened at the Truman Brewery, London and toured to Chelsea, NYC and Rhode Island in 2007.
www.inkymole.com

JEAN-SEBASTIEN ROSSBACH is a French artist that blends a classic painter’s sensibility with cutting edge technology. He’s the co-author of Merlin through Soleil editions and has created numerous covers for Marvel Comics.
livingrope.free.fr

LINA HSIAO is a visual artist based in New York City. Lina began her education as an illustrator but found the curriculum deadened originality. Her work is evocative, provocative, and primarily figurative. Most of her work exaggerates and exploits the human form.
www.linahsiao.com

MARGARET CHO is a comedian, fashion designer, actress, author, and singer-songwriter best known for her stand-up routines through which she critiques social and political problems, especially those pertaining to race and sexuality. Her numerous film/TV appearances include It's My Party, Face/Off, 30 Rock, Sex In The City, and Drop Dead Diva. Her current traveling show is called "Mother!".
www.margaretcho.com

PAUL BOOTH is an American tattoo artist and is revered as a master of the art form. He has worked on many celebrities and bands, such as Slipknot and Slayer.
www.darkimages.com

PHILIPPA PERRY is a psychotherapist who following several years work in the mental health field, and a decade of private practice, joined the faculty of the School of Life in 2010. In an attempt to demystify psychotherapy, she wrote the graphic novel Couch Fiction. She has also written as a freelance journalist for the Guardian, The Observer, Time Out, and Healthy Living Magazine. Her newest book is called How To Stay Sane.
www.curtisbrown.co.uk/philippa-perry/

SAM HULICK is an award-winning composer best known for creating the memorable and emotional music found in BioWare’sMass Effect video game franchise and Tripwire’s Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad game. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois and is writing his debut artist album.
www.samhulick.com

SAM KIETH is an award-winning comic book writer and illustrator best known as the creator of The Maxx and Zero Girl, as well as for being the artist on the first five issues of The Sandman and a popular cover artist.
samkieth.blogspot.com

STOYA is an international porn superstar and a contributor to VICE. She enjoys art and one of her hobbies is creating clothes, which she wears in her films and during erotic conventions.
stoya.tumblr.com

VNV Nation are an Irish/English duo who've emerged as a powerhouse in the alternative electronic rock and industrial scenes. Their unique sound blends influences from contemporary electronic music, inide rock, underground dance music, and 80s industrial with thematic lyrics and inspiring, emotive vocals.
www.vnvnation.com

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Update #30

TOME 2 Kickstarter is live!

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Hello everyone, First and foremost, we would like to thank all of you for your incredible support in helping us get TOME 1 out into the world. We truly could not have done it without you. We are extremely proud of the book and hope you are, too. 

 So we have some really exciting news this morning! We have just launched our Kickstarter campaign for TOME Volume 2: Melancholia! 

 Please, if you have a minute, check out the campaign page below to see all the books, art, prints and other rewards we’ve just posted.

  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/44flood/tome-2-melancholia 

 From all of us at 44FLOOD, thank you.

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