TOME is a biennial anthology in an oversized format showcasing world-class and emerging artists from diverse disciplines as they explore a single, esoteric theme. TOME is made by artists with artists for the artist within us all.
The book is a massive 12x18" and 200 pages with an inserted music CD! This large format lets the art be presented and experienced in a way that would be almost impossible outside of standing in front of the original work itself.
For TOME Volume 2, we will focus on the theme of MELANCHOLIA, the condition more akin to the alchemical phases the psyche passes through for our individuation and evolution…aka NOT depression or mourning, but something far more essential and ultimately beneficial to us all. The artist is born into a state of inspired MELANCHOLIA and exists within it. They bring back their experiences to us, providing those images, symbols, and light posts for our collective benefit, so that we may learn and not have to go through what it is that they have gone through. Our belief is that this influences the collective in a deeply meaningful and critical way, that this determines a society and culture's ultimate health, well-being, growth, and relevance.
Featured Artists in TOME 2 will each have 6-8 pages to present to us their "Hero's Journey" taken on our collective behalf. The works presented in TOME 2 will be a meticulous selection of pieces by artists leading up to a current piece or pieces that they're working on, completing a compressed arc in an attempt to at least in part represent their individual journey, discoveries, and resolutions to date.
As part of each Featured Artist's contribution, they'll have an interview or discussion with another artist to continue the articulation of their artistic exploration as related to the theme.
And we have some exciting news about TOME 2…the amazing Last Rites Gallery in NYC will be having a TOME 2 gallery show opening September 28 that TOME Curator/Editor Kasra Ghanbari will co-curate with them. And on October 12 during the New York Comic Con, we're throwing a party at Last Rites with many of the TOME 2 artists present…and you're all invited!
Our goal at 44FLOOD is to get you involved through this Kickstarter campaign to help make TOME 2 a reality, just like you did so incredibly with TOME Volume 1! We're asking for your support through pre-ordering TOME 2 and it's companion book EXPLICITUS EST LIBER 2 at a big discount to their retail price, as well as purchasing the offered art and prints, selecting from the special rewards offered, or even making a donation.
Thank you so much for your time, consideration, and support!
CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS!
The TOME 2 Kickstarter campaign is being run by 44FLOOD's Tyler Crane and Nick Idell.
At 44FLOOD, we like to run Kickstarters where the pledges don't simply accumulate one after another, but where the pledges are specifically created to get you more of exactly what you want!
So always feel free to email Tyler and Nick through Kickstarter if you have any questions, are interested in upgrading your pledges, or if you have any requests for new/different pledges. We are here to help you in any way that we can!
DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING
All rewards have U.S. shipping and handling already included!
International supporters, please add additional stated amounts in each pledge for international shipping and handling to either Canada or everywhere else in the world. We know the amounts may seem high at first, but please realize that TOME is both large and heavy. We did a country-by-country breakdown of the actual package and weight to determine these rates.
TOME 2 CONTRIBUTORS (bios at bottom of page)
* Agata Alexander (director, editor, visual artist)
* Anita Kunz (artist, illustrator)
* Ario (fine artist, illustrator, writer, actor)
* Ashley Wood (artist, writer)
* Ben Templesmith (artist, writer)
* Bill Sienkiewicz (artist, illustrator, writer)
* Brom (fine artist, illustrator)
* Catherine Matthews (singer, songwriter)
* Celine Valadeau (anthropologist)
* Christopher Mitten (illustrator)
* Christopher Ulrich (fine artist)
* Clive Barker (writer, fine artist, filmmaker)
* Colin Christian (fine artist, sculptor)
* Craig Thornton (chef)
* Dan Quintana (fine artist)
* Dave McKean (fine artist, filmmaker)
* David Stoupakis (fine artist)
* Erik Jones (fine artist, illustrator)
* Esao Andrews (fine artist, illustrator)
* Esther Garcia (tattoo artist, fine artist)
* Fink (singer, songwriter, DJ)
* Geof Darrow (illustrator, writer, storyboard artist)
* George Pratt (fine artist, illustrator, writer)
* Giuliana Mayo (fashion designer)
* Guillermo Rigattieri (fine artist, metal sculptor)
* Inkymole (artist, illustrator)
* Jason Shawn Alexander (fine artist, illustrator, writer)
* Jay Simon (writer)
* JeanPaul Mallozzi (fine artist, illustrator)
* Jeremy Bastian (artist, illustrator)
* Jessica Steffes (fashion designer, artist, musician)
* jonathanWAY$HAK (fine artist, illustrator, writer)
* Julia SH (photographer)
* Kasra Ghanbari (writer, artist, editor, art agent)
* Keaton Henson (musician, artist)
* Kelly Eaves (clothing designer/fabricator, writer)
* Killian Brom (musican)
* Lina Hsiao (illustrator)
* Margaret Cho (actress, comedian, social activist)
* Mark Kozelek (musician)
* Matt Kennedy (gallery director)
* Matthew E. Bone (fine artist)
* menton3 (fine artist, illustrator, writer, musician)
* Orbit Service (band)
* Paintings for the Flood (band)
* Paul Booth (fine artist, tattoo artist)
* Phil Hale (fine artist)
* Philippa Perry (psychotherapist)
* Richard A. Kirk (fine artist, illustrator, writer)
* Richard Walters (singer, songwriter, musician)
* Rick Berry (fine artist)
* Riley Rossmo (illustrator, writer)
* Robert Maltby (artist)
* Rodney Barnes (writer, TV Producer)
* Sage Francis (musician)
* Saltillo (band)
* Sam Hulick (composer)
* Sam Kieth (illusrator, writer)
* Scott Radke (fine artist, sculptor)
* Shane Pierce (fine artist, illustrator)
* Soey Milk (fine artist)
* Stephanie Inagaki (fine artist, fashion designer)
* Stoya (actress, writer)
* Tim Roosen (fine artist, metal sculptor)
* Tony Moy (artist, illustrator)
* Ver Mar (fine artist)
* VNV Nation (band)
* Vincent Castiglia (fine artist, tattoo artist)
* Yoann Penard (fine artist, sculptor)
DESCRIPTION OF PLEDGE REWARDS
* EXPLICITUS EST LIBER 2 - Limited-edition 8.5x12" hardcover companion book to TOME 2 with exclusive images, process, and supplemental content exploring not only the approach and techniques employed by many of the artists during the creation of their TOME 2 art but their internal process, as well!
* 44FLOOD shirt - These black 44FLOOD t-shirts are silkscreened by hand here in our studio! When pledging, please specify Men's or Women's size S, M, L, or XL.
* Ben Templesmith Exclusive Print - "DEAD KINGS FOR A QUEEN" - This beautiful 11x17" print is created, signed, and embossed by Ben on heavy paper stock and will only ever be available during this Kickstarter!
* menton3 Exclusive Print - "GLAMOUR 1" - This lovely 11x17" print is created, signed, and embossed by menton3 on heavy paper stock and will only ever be available during this Kickstarter!
* Ben Templesmith/menton3 Exclusive "MELANCHOLIA TAROT PRINT" - This incredible 11x17" print is created, signed, and embossed by both Ben Templesmith and menton3 on heavy paper stock and will only ever be available during this Kickstarter!
* GENTLY DOES IT - original art for painting by Ben Templesmith
You'll get the original painting for the piece GENTLY DOES IT by Ben Templesmith done in oils on 17x11" paper!
* TOME 1 & EXPLICITUS EST LIBER 1 - If you missed out on TOME 1 and its companion book, EXPLICITUS EST LIBER 1 (pictured above next to a deck of playing cards), we're making some of our remaining stock available here at a special price when purchased with TOME 2! TOME Volume 1 had the theme of VAMPIRISM with a collection of astounding contributors! You can find out more about it here: www.44flood.com
* GIRL1 original art drawing by Ben Templesmith!
* ANANSI original pen/ink illustration by Richard A. Kirk!
* SOLD!!! SHUDDERTOWN 18x24" oil painting on panel by menton3!
* SQUID QUEEN 1 original art for painting by Ben Templesmith!
* TIMMY DEZ metal sculpture by Guillermo Rigattieri!
* SOLD!!! PUPPET #278 by Scott Radke!
* SOLD!!! NIGREDO 2 original art 18x24" oil painting by menton3!
* APOSTLE 1 OF 12 oil painting on 24x30" linen by menton3!
* INDULGENCE 3 - original art for painting by menton3
You'll get the original fine art oil painting INDULGENCE 3 by menton3 done on hand-stretched 27x60" linen. This piece has been published as the cover to MONOCYTE #4, as well as the cover to the collected MONOCYTE hardcover edition.
TOME 2 CONTRIBUTOR BIOS
AGATA ALEXANDER is a Director, Editor, and visual artist that lives in Los Angeles, CA. Her work behind a camera is nothing short of breathtaking and her work behind the desk editing it all proves that she has a ridiculous work ethic. Clients she has worked with include EDC, Victoria’s Secret, Clint Mansell, and Black Light Burns.
ANITA KUNZ is an artist who has been featured in Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, TIME, and Newsweek. Her works are in permanent collections at the Library of Congress, Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, The Musée Militaire de France in Paris, as well as the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
ARIO is an artist, illustrator, writer, and actor who depicts universal human conditions from pain, sorrow, and isolation to perseverance in confronting the richness of life and the attainment of love. His works have been shown at a number of public venues and galleries and have been published in books, newspapers, and journals.
ASHLEY WOOD is a fine artist, writer, illustrator, and entrepreneur whose work has appeared in outlets from comic books to art books to the toy/video game industry to fine art galleries. He’s the founder of 3A Toys and created the Popbot series of graphic novels.
BEN TEMPLESMITH does art for money in a strange thing some would call a “career” and follows the Giant Space Squid. He’s drawn a bunch of comics that became movies…as well as paperweights. He's created or co-created such properties as 30 Days of Night, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, Fell, and Welcome to Hoxford. Ben is a Co-Founder of 44FLOOD.
BILL SIENKIEWICZ is an Eisner-winning, Emmy-nominated artist best known for revamping the style of comic and graphic novel illustration from 1980 onward. He has created groundbreaking movie promotional art, and his work has graced numerous galleries and festivals around the world; advertising campaigns; and magazines such as Entertainment Weekly and Spin.
BROM is a gothic fantasy artist. At the age 20 began working full-time as a commercial illustrator in Atlanta, Georgia, and three years later he entered the field of fantastic art he’d loved his whole life, making his mark developing and illustrating for TSR’s best-selling roleplaying worlds. Since then, he has worked with id Software, Blizzard, Wizards of the Coast, as well as many film production houses.
CATHERINE MATTHEWS is a novice yet enthusiastic cook, challenged gardener, dabbler in the occasional photo shoot or musical project, and enjoys death investigation and forensic sciences of all sorts. She wishes she spoke more languages, had read more of the classic novels, and had better posture but gladly instead delights in currently spending her days basking in the extraordinary joy of being a stay-at-home mother to a young son and the proud wife of menton3.
CELINE VALADEAU is a French anthropologist studying animist societies, particularly the Yanesha Indian tribe of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.
CHRISTOPHER MITTEN is a comic book artist and illustrator who has been published by Oni Press, DC Comics, DC/Wildstorm, Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, and IDW. He is best known for his work on Dark Horse’s Criminal Macabre with Steve Niles and IDW’s 30 Days of Night.
CHRISTOPHER ULRICH is a painter of surreal, iconographical images. He is influenced by the richness of ancient mythology, the mystery of alchemy, and the vastness of cosmic reality. Christopher is perpetually creating a personal mythology that involves the lives of all creatures he has come into contact with.
COLIN CHRISTIAN started a small business in 1992 making latex clothing for fetish stores, which were featured in Penthouse and Skin Two magazines. Taking what he learned there and his interest in movie special effects, he started to produce fiberglass figures and displays. Colin now works full time on his original sculptures, finding inspiration in old sci-fi movies, pinup girl/supermodels, anime, ambient electronic music, and H.P Lovecraft.
CRAIG “WOLVESMOUTH” THORNTON is an independent, LA-based chef who is passionate about traveling, nature, Tom Waits, Joy Division, and above all, cooking. At his loft, which he calls WOLVESDEN, he creates art through a series of secret dinner parties.
DAN QUINTANA is a fine artist whose immaculately rendered paintings depict a surreal limbo of dark characters engaged in nefarious activities. His color palette and technique reflect the style of the old masters, but the tone is undeniably 21st century with the addition of cars and sex.
DAVID STOUPAKIS is internationally recognized for his eerie paintings of beings that appear wise beyond their years and have a certain knowledge of something past. The self-taught artist adds haunting imagery and grim fairytale-like elements to his work. His paintings can be seen exhibited in museums and galleries internationally.
ERIK JONES is an artist and illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York focusing on contemporary figure painting and cover illustration. His color abstraction and geometric configurations are an unexpected element to his portraits of topless beauties.
ESAO ANDREWS is an artist that primarily works with oil on wood panels and whose work blends gothic grotesque, erotic, and surrealist images. He was born in Mesa, Arizona and moved to NYC in 1996 to pursue a life dedicated to art. He is known for his work with Baker Skateboards, Circa Survive, and Vertigo Comics.
ESTHER GARCIA is a tattoo artist based in Chicago, Illinois that works out of her own private studio. She has been tattooing professionally for 13 years.
FINK aka Fin Greenall is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and DJ. Since the 2006 release of his album Biscuits for Breakfast, Fink has also referred to the recording and touring trio fronted by Greenall himself, Guy Whittaker (bass), and Tim Thornton (drums).
GEOF DARROW is an award-winning comic book artist, as well as character and conceptual designer known for his work on films such as The Matrix. He has produced numerous covers, pin-ups, music album covers, and comic book interiors for works like Hard Boiled with Frank Miller and Shaolin Cowboy.
GEORGE PRATT is an award-winning fine artist, writer, illustrator, filmmaker, and teacher. His documentary film See You in Hell, Blind Boy won Best Feature Documentary at the New York International Independent Film Festival, and his graphic novel Enemy Ace: War Idyll was on the required reading list at West Point.
GIULIANA MAYO is a fashion designer that founded Junker Designs in 2001. She studied photography and acting in college but ended up focusing in costume design due to her love of reworking clothes, thrift stores, and making outfits. Some of her clients include Steven Tyler, Nikki Sixx, Alice Cooper, Jenna Jameson, and The Suicide Girls.
GUILLERMO RIGATTIERI is an Argentinean metal sculptor whose works cover themes from the dramatic to the fantastic. He has received numerous awards and mentions, including first prize from Salón Vendimia in 2004.
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.
JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER is a Los Angeles based self-taught figurative painter and graphic illustrator. He has produced illustrations for Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Hasbro, Warner Brothers, Sirius Entertainment, and more. Alexander's work can be seen in fine art galleries, and he is currently represented by 101/exhibit in Miami.
JAY SIMON is a writer living in Chicago, Illinois.
JEANPAUL MALLOZZI is an artist whose work has been featured by BL!SSS Magazine, Beautiful/Decay, Catapult Magazine, Wonderland Magazine, and Carpaccio’s Guide Vol. 6 of emerging artists. He combines the two ideas of energy and posture with color and gestural line work lend to create beautiful paintings.
JEREMY BASTIAN is the creator and illustrator of the acclaimed comic book Cursed Pirate Girl published by Archaia.
JESSICA STEFFES is a fashion designer, painter, and musician based out of Chicago, Illinois. Her attention to detail and abstract paintings has helped to pave her way as an in-demand fashion consultant.
JONATHAN WAY$HAK has been a freelance illustrator since 1996 after a brief stint as an employee of Target. He likes to draw comics and occasionally paint. His comic projects include Toner, When the Chickens Revolt (with Sam Kieth), Analgesia, and Town O' Crazies.
JULIA SH is an LA-based fine art photographer represented by Schlifka Molina Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was born in Stockholm, Sweden, where she studied theater and performance. She moved to London to get both her BA and MFA degrees in Fine Art before moving to the US.
KASRA GHANBARI is a writer, painter, and art agent. He is Co-Creator/Writer of the series MONOCYTE at IDW Publishing and was Co-Editor/Compiler of the Drawing the Line Again anthology for cancer charity. Kasra has founded several biotech companies and has published nearly 40 scientific publications/abstracts in peer reviewed journals on cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Despite having dropped out of college three times, he is Co-Founder/CEO of 44FLOOD and the Curator/Editor of TOME.
KEATON HENSON is an emerging folk rock singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist from London, England. Earlier this year, he released his second album, Birthdays, to critical acclaim. He also held an art show in January 2013, Hithermost, which sold out very quickly and has released a graphic novel, Gloaming. He doesn’t like to talk about himself.
KELLY EAVES is a professional dancer and make-up artist, as well as an emerging clothing designer and fabricator working in Chicago, Illinois. Her areas of focus include Victorian-era clothing and other period dress.
KILLIAN BROM is a member of the dark electronic music bad YOURYOUNGBODY out of Seattle, Washington.
MARK KOZELEK is an American musician, songwriter, and producer best known as the frontman of both Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters.
MATT KENNEDY is Gallery Director at La Luz de Jesus Gallery and Owner of Pop Sequentialism.
MATTHEW E. BONE was born into and reared by a clan of Tuscan Raiders in Los Angeles and raised on a diet of comic books, horror movies, and pornography. Pride, lust, vengeance, the lurid underbelly of humanity, and the allegories that illustrate the consequences of it’s revelation has long been the focus of his work. By utilizing the conventions of pop culture, and it’s willingness to embrace the artifice as the sincere, Matthew is able to create a re-envisioned modern mythology.
MENTON3 is a writer, fine artist, illustrator, and multi-instrumentalist. His techniques and subjects draw heavily from old masterworks, alchemical writings, symbology, and Jungian psychology. He has produced works for IDW and Image, as well as self-published the book Ars Memoria. He is the co-creator/writer and artist of MONOCYTE and a sought after comic book cover artist. His fine art paintings have been shown at several prominent galleries including La Luz de Jesus, Strychnin Gallery, and Last Rites. He is Co-Founder/Chief Creative Officer of 44FLOOD.
ORBIT SERVICE is a Denver, Colorado based downtempo, psychedelic band comprised of members Randall Frazier, Kim G. Hansen, Kirill Nikolai, and Dennis Swanson. Their music has been described by phrases such as “emotionally draining” and a “subtle treasure that glows like distant sun.”
PAINTINGS FOR THE FLOOD is the collaboration between musician menton3 and singer/songwriter Richard Walters.
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.
PHIL HALE is an American figurative painter who currently resides in London, England. His portrait of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair was unveiled in Westminster on April 23, 2008. Phil’s works are held in the collections of Playboy, Warner Bros, Stephen King, the National Portrait Gallery, the House of Commons, the Marylebone Cricket Club, and Sony, as well as many private collections.
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.
RICHARD A. KIRK is a Canadian visual artist, illustrator, and author who finds inspiration in nature, literature, and illustrators of the 19th and 20th centuries. He has illustrated works by Clive Barker, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Christopher Golden, China Mieville, rock band Korn, and others.
RICHARD WALTERS is an English singer and songwriter. He has been performing for over a decade and has been a voice-for-hire for prominent musical projects. He has released three full length albums and has been featured on the soundtracks of TV shows ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘CSI: Miami’ and ‘So You think You Can Dance…America’.
RICK BERRY is a contemporary American expressionistic figurative artist whose work has appeared in works such as Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, the cover for William Gibson’s book Neuromancer, and Magic: The Gathering trading card game. He also creates work for theatrical performances.
RILEY ROSSMO is a comic book writer and illustrator that has quickly gained industry acclaim for his series of creator-owned works. Seven Sons, his first work, was published through AIT/Planet Lar, followed by five other creator-owned works published through Image Comics, including the recent series Bedlam.
ROBERT MALTBY is a painter and illustrator currently living, working, and studying in Manchester, England. His stunning gallery show, "Crimson Iris : The Art Of Sophie," was held in 2010 to benefit the Sophie Lancaster Foundation in memory of his murdered girlfriend. He illustrated the cover and 14 page accompanying booklet for a Zico Chain album in 2012. Robert continues to push and explore his talents.
RODNEY BARNES is one of the most sought after African American creatives, known for his race-related, edgy, honest, and intelligent humor. He’s the founder of Dark Apocrypha Productions in LA, is a contributor to the Huffington Post, and has written and produced hundreds of episodes of popular comedies like The Boondocks.
SAGE FRANCIS is a hip hop artist and the Founder/CEO of Strange Famous Records, an indie hip hop label based in Providence, Rhode Island. Francis won the Scribble Jam emcee battle in 2000 and was the first hip hop artist to sign with a punk rock label. He is also an influential part of the contemporary spoken word movement.
SALTILLO is the solo music project of menton3. His first album was released in 2006 and called Ganglion. In early 2012, he released his second full length album, called MONOCYTE, as well as the LP MONOCYTE: The Lapis Coil, both from Artoffact Records.
SAM HULICK is an award-winning composer best known for creating the memorable and emotional music found in BioWare’s Mass 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.
SCOTT RADKE is a Cleveland-based, nature-influenced artist who creates mixed media sculpture and animal-human hybrid explorations from his subconscious imagery. His work and design has appeared in a number of music videos and films, including a cameo in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland.
SHANE PIERCE is a self-taught artist whose current creations are figurative, energetic abstract oil paintings. He’s been a professional artist for over 18 years, working on projects for Harley-Davidson, Sony Entertainment, EA, and Epic Games.
SOEY MILK is an emerging, Pasadena-based artist whose drawings, paintings, and sculptures focus on sweet, erotic, starry-haired girls. She studied at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design after transitioning from a focus on ballet to painting and drawing.
STEPHANIE INAGAKI is a LA-based artist and designer who is well known for her Miyu Decay designs. Miyu Decay combines macabre fineries with accoutrements of the Old World.
TIM ROOSEN is a Belgian blacksmith and metal sculptor whose work consists of sci-fi, fantasy, and nightmare-inspired masks, twisted creatures, and life-size heroic warrior women molded from various metals.
TONY MOY is a web guru and entrepreneur by day and an aspiring artist the rest of the time.
VER MAR’s artwork seeks to combine and distort the paradoxes inherent in what is generally viewed as "Art." Having exhibited in locations as disparate as LA, London, Berlin, Denmark, and the MACRO museum in Rome, she has become a fixture in the Lowbrow Art movement.
VINCENT CASTIGLIA is the first American artist to receive a solo exhibition invitation from artist H.R. Giger to the H.R. Giger Museum Gallery. His paintings have been exhibited at museums and galleries in the United States and internationally.
YOANN PENARD is a French sculptor who specializes in the macabre, drawing from the tragic side of the human condition.
Risks and challenges
44FLOOD has already secured partial financing for the development, design, printing, and promotion of this project. We're seeking to raise the additional minimum amount needed to go forward with creating this project. In the case that such monies aren't raised, then we will seek external financing from one of a number of sources. Regarding the fulfillment of all pledges, we've gained considerable experience from two prior successful Kickstarter campaigns, including TOME Volume 1, and have the book printer, printmaker, packaging designs, and fulfillment process for shipping already in place. The contents of, and contributors to, the anthology TOME 2 are subject to change as production continues, though we'll do our very best to keep everyone up-to-date on TOME's development during the entire Kickstarter campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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