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I've resolved to become a cross-bred cousin to that clunky, crusty, fish-lipped, oil-belching, high-rise-wrecking meteorite monster…


Those of you who've been watching for a while... maybe you saw this coming.

Yes, at last... no longer content to merely document and celebrate the world’s favorite clunky, crusty, fish-lipped, oil-belching, high-rise-wrecking meteorite monster… I, Michael Nordstrom (Nerdstrom), Proprietor of Garamania, being of warped mind and highly costume-tolerant body... have decided to become Garamon (actually, Garamike).  Working with ultra-talented professional sculptors/make-up artists Michael Ridge and Michael Turner and a whole lot of alginate, foam and silicone, I will be alchemically transformed into a being as outwardly Garamonic as I could ever hope to be. Our design honors the original suit while adding some cutting-edge components (including the face, which will be a form-fitting silicone masterwork of Gara-expressiveness).  Our goal is to complete work on at least the initial phase (head, hands, feet and tail) by the opening night of GARAMANIACAL, the all-Garamon, all-Pygmon art show I am curating for FOE Gallery in Northampton, Massachusetts.  On opening weekend, my hope is to be a Gara-transformed barker and ballyhoo-er, stomping the snowy streets of Northampton to connect the public at large to the show, turning them on to works of Garamonstrous art that they didn't even realize they needed in their lives (but they do... they definitely do).  The funds you contribute will help us meet this goal, as well as further us on the road to completing a full suit in the foreseeable future. 

Backers should know that this will not be a short-term transformation.  Once granted the powers of Gara-becoming by Ridge and Turner, I will be able to become my Gara-self at any time, night or day… I plan to fully inhabit this suit, mustering all of my performance experience to truly bring it to life as a Gara-character unto itself.  Just as Jandek was Ready For The House, I am Ready For The Suit. I have a slew of mindbenderly projects in mind for my Gara-persona... YOU, the audience, will:

THRILL! at the sight of Garamike hosting a delightfully art-damaged musical variety show, to be produced for local cable access (also to be broadcast online);

GASP! while watching Garamike deliver gripping, novel musical performance art happenings to delight and inspire legions of like-monstrous folk (again, to be captured on video for cable and online broadcast);

GUFFAW! at frequent photoplay amusements featuring Garamike, to be posted to Garamania… and much, much more! 

MY PROMISE TO YOU: YOU WILL BE GARAMONICALLY ENTERTAINED & UPLIFTED!  VICARIOUS PYGMONIC FULFILLMENT WILL BE YOURS!  YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU COULD FEEL SO GOOD ABOUT A METEORITE MONSTER... BUT YOU CAN... YOU DEFINITELY CAN!

Thank you for reading, and huge thanks in advance for your great Gara-support!
Sincerely,
Michael

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    Undying Garamonic gratitude; the Garamaniacal Art Thank-You Packet (stickers, prints, and other exciting and unique ephemera featuring the lovable mugs of Garamon and Pygmon); a shout-out on Garamania (your name can be linked to any personal, business or charity website you want to promote); a Garamania t-shirt; a video message from me (as Garamike), sent to yourself or a friend; a handsome and inspiring autographed close-up Garamike portrait (suitable for framing); a personal appearance by Garamike at an event of your choosing (offer valid in VT only), and EITHER an interview appearance on the Garamike-hosted cable access show, OR have Garamike speak, sing or chant any message of 222 words or less in a video to be broadcast via Garamania and YouTube.

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