After coming down off the buzz from my last Kickstarter project, I was scratching my head wondering how to do a follow-up. I reached out to Phineas X. Jones, an artist I have been a fan of ever since he did a print commemorating Laika back in 2010, and asked if he'd be interested in collaborating on a small project for Valentine's Day based on his popular Cephalovepod artwork. He agreed and here we are!
With your support, we want to letterpress print a card featuring Phineas' artwork, adapted slightly for letterpress. The funds we raise through this Kickstarter campaign will pay for the paper stock, custom photopolymer plates, press rental, printing materials, and shipping materials.
The rewards for this project are pretty straightforward (again!) If you back, you get copies of the cards w/ matching envelopes. Unlike my last project, I'm not going to do add-ons for extra cards. This print run will be limited to 800 copies, which will be hand-numbered. If there are any of these cards unused as backer rewards, they'll probably be available later online along with any artist proofs.
Also, since this is a limited edition print run, I've tried to anticipate what folks are going to want in the reward levels. However, I have left about 100 cards unspoken for, and I'll plan to release those during the last couple days of the project so if there's some unmet backer level need, let me know and I'll try to accommodate it with that release.
During my last project, many backers asked about larger prints. One of the advantages of working with an existing piece like Cephalovepod is that larger prints are already available! Phineas has an open edition 10"x8" Cephalovepod poster printed on French Berrylicious available on his website right now!
In adapting the existing artwork to be printed letterpress, we had to decide how many colors to use. Each extra color adds a significant materials and time cost, so as we weighed our options, we decided to start with a three-color print and add additional colors depending on the final funding level.
So we'll start with this three-color print:
At $2000 we'll add a red over-print to bring more depth to the coloring of the octopus:
At $3000 we'll add a yellow over-print to highlight the eyes and suckers on the octopus:
We'd love to print this five-color, so we hope you'll help us get to that funding level!
Phineas X. Jones
Paper Stock: French Paper Co. Dur-O-Tone Newsprint Aged 80lb Cover Stock. This is the same stock used in the Cthulhu Christmas card, so if you were into that, you're in luck! As I mentioned then French Paper is from a family-owned mill in Niles Michigan, powered by 100% hydroelectric energy (plus they make really, really great paper.)
Printing Press: Vandercook Uni1 (probably)
I'm still doing most of my printing at The Arm in Brooklyn. I printed the entire 3000+ print-run of the Cthulhu card there without a hitch, so I'm thrilled to continue to use those facilities for this project.
Letterpress printing was the dominant form of printing for a few centuries until it was more or less phased out in the second half of the 20th century. It's experienced a revival for certain projects like this one because of the tactile, hand-made nature of the pieces it produces. Today, it's recognized by the "punch" or impression it can create in the paper.
Risks and challenges
Although I've printed dozens of letterpress projects, Silver Bullet Press is a one-person operation. So if something happens to me (illness, injury, etc.) that keeps me sidelined for a month or so, I will have difficulty delivering the cards in time for the backers to turn them around to their recipients. I've attempted to mitigate this risk by limiting the size of the print run and giving myself more than enough time from the completion of the project until they need to go out the door.
Also letterpress printing is tricky. I've got five years of experience, but color matching, registration, coverage, and impression can vary. I won't send out a print I'm not happy with, but please expect minor variations between mockups, process shots, and final products.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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