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This poster series was designed to promote Debra Hawhee's lecture about Aristotle's Animals at the University of South Carolina.
36 backers pledged $1,080 to help bring this project to life.

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The goal of this kickstarter is to fund a limited edition screen-printed poster based on those designed for Debra Hawhee's recent guest lecture at the University of South Carolina.  The talk was sponsored by the USC chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America, the Department of English and SAEL.  Funding restrictions meant that we weren't able to produce a large number of posters (or at very high quality) to physically advertise the lecture which took place in the evening of October 1.  It was however spread successfully through various social media platforms, and there were many requests for copies of this poster.  This kickstarter is a response to those requests.

The poster is designed by Brian Harmon.  Brian is a PhD student in the rhetoric and composition program at USC.  The idea for this poster emerged out of a number of influences: seminar discussions of Hawhee's 2004 book Bodily Arts, a multimodal project called Chironography in which Harmon engages Hawhee and Holding's work on gesture, and a seminar paper which explored the connections between metis and handheld documentary videography. The entire department was excited about the lecture so we put a lot of time into thinking about the design.

Version 1 - Octopus
Version 1 - Octopus

In many ways, the octopus illustration provided inspiration/direction for the poster.  It is (open) sourced from a 1895 book called The Natural History of Animals.  While the prominent conceptual role of the octopus in Bodily Arts made it the obvious choice for the main poster, there were several other versions using different animals from the same book.  This kickstarter provides an opportunity to return to the idea of a series of posters for Hawhee's talk about animals in the work of Aristotle.

Version 2 - Dragonfly
Version 2 - Dragonfly
Version 3 - Fish
Version 3 - Fish

The posters will be screen-printed (12x18) to a very high standard by the acclaimed local print and design shop, The Half and Half.  The inks will be TW and Speedball, both water-based and mixed by hand.  The paper will be a heavy card stock (Manilla Tag 150#).

Our goal of $1000 will cover printing, finishing, packaging (poster tube), shipping labels, and delivery.  Any remaining funds will be put aside for technology upgrades of Humanities Classroom 416 at USC.  Specifically, the department's only technology-based space needs a new projector.

The reward structure for this kickstarter is very simple. 

$5 - Postcard (5x7 heavy card stock)

$10 - Series of Postcards (x3)

20$ - Poster (12x18 heavy card stock)

40$ - Series of Posters (x3)

The March shipping estimate is based upon the schedule of a busy print firm and an (almost) ABD graduate student.

Risks and challenges

The scope of this project is very narrow, and we expect no problems.

The only potential setback would come from the printers and might result in small production delays. This could increase the time taken to print and deliver the posters.

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