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POETRY, CRIME AND DARK HUMOUR

Poetry.  It's one of those things, isn't it? You're not really sure if you like it.

Maybe you think it's a bit soft - or that it's all just a bunch of boring, flowery words?

Well.....think again, my friend.

The poems that I've written for this collection are delightfully dark, wickedly funny - and all centred around the world of crime.

Murder, arson, burglary, kidnap, robbery, illegal marriage, stalking and smuggling drugs up 'yer bum.  There's poems about all sorts in there!

So...yeah, you're gonna be entertained.

By this point, you probably want to see an example.  So....here's an example:

Tattoo Man - art and poem by Dean Beattie
Tattoo Man - art and poem by Dean Beattie

ILLUSTRATIONS

You'll note from the example that this is also an ILLUSTRATED book - and that means some of the poems are accompanied by super-pretty pictures.  As well as the ones I've drawn and painted myself (I'm a professional illustrator, don't 'cha know), there's an impressive array of very cool images on show - from an impressive array of very cool artists. 

Some of them work on big, mainstream comic books, others are known for their street art - some draw children's books - and some just draw because NOT drawing means that they'll die (inside). 

I am massively thankful to these guys for their time and effort:

Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Mike Norton, Luke Parker, Hatch, Alex Riegel, Gustaffo Vargas, Ewan, Joe DellaGatta, Dimitris Pantazis, Mr Hope, Heidi Burton, Nathan Stell, Ben McSweeney, Olli Hihnala, and Baldemar Rivas .

Believe me, for anyone with an interest in comic books and artwork - that's a very impressive list of people!

 Now, I don't want to spoil the surprise by posting ALL of the artwork that's been contributed - but here are a few examples of the pieces that'll be in the book:

Artwork by Hatch, Gustaffo Vargas and Dimitris Pantazis
Artwork by Hatch, Gustaffo Vargas and Dimitris Pantazis

WHAT I NEED FUNDING FOR

Basically, I need help to fund the printing of an illustrated book of crime-related poetry.  It'll be A5 size ( 148 x 210 mm ), have around 84 pages (inc cover), be perfect bound with a 300gsm silk, matt laminated cover - and feature 50-60 brilliant and darkly diverse poems.

The money I'm asking for will cover that printing, all of the various packaging elements, some A5 booklates with printed borders* and postage.  

*those printed bookplates will be part of a reward tier - and you can read more about them further down this page... 

IS THE BOOK FINISHED?

There are 3 or 4 illustrations to finish off - and then I have a graphic designer friend all lined up and ready to help me create all the layouts and send it to print. It's pretty much there.

POETRY READING

Back to the poems for a second.

Wanna hear my friend Ewan read a few? Yeah? Then watch this.....

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Still with me? Good.  Let's talk about rewards.

REWARDS

  • You will have the option to buy the book in PDF format and have it sent to you via email.
  • You can buy a physical copy of the book.
  • You can also buy the book with a bookplate featuring some original artwork.  The artwork will be drawn by me - and will be of a fictional, randomly created (and named) criminal character.  No two will be alike - so everybody who orders one will get something unique and special.  There will be two options for artwork - black and white inked - or coloured (paint / mixed media).  Each option has its own, separate tier in the rewards section.

 Here's a couple of examples of what those original artwork rewards are gonna be like:

Original artwork reward - inked example
Original artwork reward - inked example
Original artwork reward - coloured / mixed media example
Original artwork reward - coloured / mixed media example

THE BIGGEST REWARD

The last reward on offer is a one-off.

If you're outrageously rich and generous - and have the desire to see YOURSELF featured in the book - there's an option for you.  Yep, I'll paint YOU as a criminal character - and that painting will be in the book.  Not only that, but it'll sit alongside a bespoke poem that I'll write about you and your (entirely fictional) acts of villainy. 

You'll be recorded in print -forever and ever - and everyone will know about your (imagined) crimes!!!

As I mentioned, there's only ONE of those rewards available - so you'll have to get in quick.  

You will, of course, get the original painting I do of you (as well as all the other bits in that reward tier).


A MENTION IN THE BOOK

Everyone who backs the book will have their name listed on a special page in the book.

It won't be a boring 'contributors page' though - because I'm going to carry the crime theme on right through to the end.  So....I'll be picking names out of a hat and, whilst the majority of contributors will be listed as 'INMATES' - some will be PRISON GUARDS - and a few will find themselves given staff roles within the prison - including the WARDEN.

It's just a bit of fun.


GO CHECK OUT THE REWARDS AND BACK THE BOOK!

Thanks for reading until the end.  If you've come this far then I'm hoping that you'll be interested in seeing more and backing the project.  

Please head over to the rewards section and select your reward!

Oh, and I'm sorry about those international postage costs - but that's what the Royal Mail charges.

Thanks again!

Dean 

Illustration from the book (by me)
Illustration from the book (by me)

Risks and challenges

I've run a couple of Kickstarter's before - so I know what I'm doing budget-wise. 99% of the artwork is ready, I've got a graphic designer friend who's ready and waiting to put it all together for me - and I've used the print service several times before. I am entirely confident that I will deliver a fantastic book - full of wonderful poems and illustrations.

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    PDF of the Bad Words book

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    YOU - IN THE BOOK!!!

    I will paint YOU as a criminal type - and print that painting in the book - along with a poem about your terrible (imagined) crimes!

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    • Original A4 painting of YOU as a criminal type
    • A bespoke poem about YOU and your (imagined) crimes
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