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A large-format hardcover art book collecting the works of the definitive early 20th century illustrator & cartoonist Harrison Cady.
A large-format hardcover art book collecting the works of the definitive early 20th century illustrator & cartoonist Harrison Cady.
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...is a hardcover tome collecting the charming, virtuosic and staggeringly detailed work of the great cartoonist and illustrator Harrison Cady.

At a towering 10x14" and 176+ pages, it is a vital historical document, a permanent monument to a master of his form, and a staggering cloth-bound art object, all in one.

Walter Harrison Cady (1877–1970) was one of the definitive magazine illustrators and cartoon artists of the first half of the 20th century.

Over the course of a 70 year professional career, he created countless overflowing worlds, bustling with life and energy and detail and chaos. His illustrations were generous, abundant, warm and humane. There was never another artist like him.

He specialized in frenzied crowd scenes, in which each tiny character came armed with their own distinct personality and a sense of humor that projected off the page. 

He especially loved animals and insects, spawning and exploring vast eco-systems of creeping crawlers with human affectations: beetle ballerinas, ladybugs in spats and umbrellas, fiddle-playing mosquitos. 

A committed political progressive, Cady frequently made cartoons about women's suffrage, injustice and the exploitation of the working classes.

In his long and productive career, he laid an endless array of visual feasts out for the eyes of readers and art-appreciators all over the world.

But, as is too often the case with illustrators and cartoon artists, his work faded from memory very quickly once his career ended. Though there remains a loyal cadre of fans and collectors, trading old tear-sheets and  weathered magazine clippings, his name is largely unknown by modern lovers of illustration, cartooning and graphic art.

MADNESS IN CROWDS: THE TEEMING MIND OF HARRISON CADY is a corrective to that sad state of affairs. 

This is the second entry in our continuing line of oversized art book biographies of forgotten masters of comics, fine art and illustration, following this year's THE TEMPLE OF SILENCE: FORGOTTEN WORKS & WORLDS OF HERBERT CROWLEY.

MADNESS IN CROWDS: THE TEEMING MIND OF HARRISON CADY continues our mission of excavating the history of cartooning, illustration and graphic art to preserve and present hidden treasures like these.

Please join our campaign to  make sure that this glorious and beautiful artwork is remembered.

Beehive Books specializes in luxurious, large-format, cloth-bound hardcovers overflowing with impossibly beautiful artwork, and MADNESS IN CROWDS promises to be our most ambitious yet.

Mocked up cover design by Maëlle Doliveux. Final design work will be by Paul Kepple and Headcase Design.
Mocked up cover design by Maëlle Doliveux. Final design work will be by Paul Kepple and Headcase Design.

At 10x14" and 176+ full color pages, this book will collect over three hundred images created by Harrison Cady. With luscious, 100lb uncoated cotton paper and the inimitable design work of Paul Kepple and Headcase Design (who also designed THE TEMPLE OF SILENCE), MADNESS IN CROWDS will be a rare a collectible tome fit for reading, treasuring, and passing down to future generations as part of a carefully curated library. 

3D "ROAD TO WEALTH" PRINT

A 10x14" print featuring a spectacularly 3D-ified version of Cady's stunning illustration THE ROAD TO WEALTH. Available with certain rewards packages,as a $30 standalone reward, or as a $20 add-on to any reward package that includes the book itself. 3D work by Jason Little.

"IN THE PATH OF PROGRESS" FINE ART PRINT

An oversized 27x22" fine art print of Harrison Cady's astonishing illustration IN THE PATH OF PROGRESS, printed on 100# uncoated cotton paper. 

SLIPCASE EDITION

Temporary mock-up by Maëlle Doliveux. Final designs by Paul Kepple and Headcase Design to come.
Temporary mock-up by Maëlle Doliveux. Final designs by Paul Kepple and Headcase Design to come.

We will produce a limited run of two hundred and fifty slipcase editions of MADNESS IN CROWDS, signed and hand-numbered by the author and legendary cartoonist, publisher and editor Denis Kitchen. Each slipcase will come with a magnifying lens, embedded within a die-cut circle in the cover -- ideal for reading a book too teeming with detail for the human eye alone to absorb. Each slipcase edition also comes with a 3D "ROAD TO WEALTH" print, a Harrison Cady postcard, and any stretch rewards produced for the campaign.

THE POSTCARD

A 4x6" postcard featuring art from Harrison Cady's wonderful illustration "THE BEETLEBURCH EPICUREAN CLUB." Available in a pack of four as its own reward, as a $5 add-on to any other reward that includes the book, and as a free bonus with every slipcase edition. 

DENIS KITCHEN SKETCH EDITIONS!

We will also produce a run of fifty special associate publisher's slipcase editions of MADNESS IN CROWDS. Some of these will be accompanied by a sketch of one of Cady's insects by author and celebrated cartoonist Denis Kitchen. All backers who receive these will be credited as associate publishers of MADNESS IN CROWDS, and they will also receive a 3D ROAD TO WEALTH print, a pair of 3D glasses, and four postcards. 

TEARSHEET EDITIONS!!

Select backers will receive exclusive tearsheet editions, including original Cady centerfold spreads from LIFE MAGAZINE. They will also receive a Denis Kitchen sketch, a signed and numbered associate publisher's edition of MADNESS IN CROWDS, a 3D ROAD TO WEALTH PRINT, a pair of 3D glasses, and four postcards. They will also be credited as associate publishers of the book!

HARRISON CADY BUG STATUES!!!

Mocked up black & white designs of our hand-painted statues
Mocked up black & white designs of our hand-painted statues

We will produce a limited run of resin statues, featuring the two beetle characters from Cady's illustration BILLBOARD SNAIL. Each statue will be six inches tall, hand-painted, and come in a pair of two in a beautifully designed engraved wooden box. These little marvels are designed by Kent Fremon of Chicago's esteemed VR toy-makers DoomCo Designs, and we need them to go to a good home.

All backers who receive these fantastic little friends will also acquire a signed and numbered associate publisher's edition of MADNESS IN CROWDS, a 3D ROAD TO WEALTH PRINT, a pair of 3D glasses, and four postcards. They will also be credited as associate publishers of the book!

DENIS KITCHEN was an original member of the "Underground Comix" movement in the late '60s and 1970s, perhaps equally well known as the founder and publisher of the pioneering publishing house Kitchen Sink Press (1969-99). He also founded the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (1986-), is the author or co-author of several books, a literary and art agent, a longtime editor, and a curator of comic art exhibitions in America and overseas. 

A monograph of Kitchen's artistic career, The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen, was published by Dark Horse in 2010. With partner John Lind he created the Kitchen Sink Books imprint in partnership with Dark Horse Comics in 2013. He was elected to the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in San Diego in 2015. 

The author circa 1969
The author circa 1969

BEEHIVE BOOKS is a new small press founded by the multiple Eisner and Harvey award-winning editor and author Josh O’Neill and the Society of Illustrators Medal-winning artist and designer Maëlle Doliveux.  They are committed to producing book art editions of distinctive literary and pictorial works with singular design sensibilities, the highest production values, and a special emphasis on cartooning and graphic art. 

FORBES MAGAZINE writes, "In the clock tower of a converted church in West Philadelphia, two young book designers are quietly turning back the hands of time. Beehive Books is updating a business model that was last common at the turn of the previous century to deliver gorgeous, limited edition art books using the 21st century tools of crowdfunding and social media." (Rob Salkowitz, FORBES.)

Their upcoming line of books includes titles by Paul Pope, Yuko Shimizu, Ronald Wimberly and Bill Sienkiewicz. Their first title, the art book THE TEMPLE OF SILENCE collects the works of Herbert Crowley, a forgotten master of comics and graphic art from the early 20th century.

Risks and challenges

With nine successful Kickstarters over several ventures totaling more than half a million dollars to our name, Josh and Maëlle are veterans of crowdfunded publishing. We know the tricky logistics of fulfilling these projects, and know how to overcome the inevitable hurdles in our way.

We've assembled all the artwork to be included in the book. We've carefully priced out production costs for all magazines, prints and ancillary rewards, as well as expenses for domestic and overseas shipping. We’ve planned for the logistics of reward fulfillment. We know exactly how much money we need to get this project across the finish line. All we need is to finish the job is you.

There are many risks and challenges involved with publishing. Problems can pop up in ways we can't always predict. But we get better at this every time we do it. We have the knowledge, experience and commitment to persevere through difficulties and deliver a product that meets and exceeds the exacting expectations of our audience of discerning readers and collectors.

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    POSTCARDS

    Four 4x6" postcards featuring Harrison Cady's artwork from his illustration BEETLEBURCH EPICUREAN CLUB.

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    MADNESS IN CROWDS DIGITAL EDITION

    A DRM-free digital edition of MADNESS IN CROWDS: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady.

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    "ROAD TO WEALTH" 3D PRINT

    A 10x13" print featuring a spectacularly 3D-ified version of Cady's stunning illustration THE ROAD TO WEALTH. Available with certain rewards packages,as a $25 standalone reward, or as a $15 add-on to any reward package that includes the book itself.

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    "IN THE PATH OF PROGRESS" PRINT

    A huge 27x22" fine art print of Harrison Cady's illustration "IN THE PATH OF PROGRESS." Heatset printed on textured 100# cotton paper.

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    THE BOOK

    The 176 page, 10x14" hardcover edition of MADNESS IN CROWDS: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady. Also includes a DRM-free digital edition of the book.

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    BOOK, PRINT and POSTCARD

    The hardcover edition of MADNESS IN CROWDS, the 3D ROAD TO WEALTH print, and a Harrison Cady postcard. Also includes a DRM-free digital edition of the book.

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    SIGNED SLIPCASE EDITION

    A signed and hand-numbered slipcase edition of MADNESS IN CROWDS, limited to an edition of 250. Each slipcase features an embedded removable magnifying lens, and comes with a 3D ROAD TO WEALTH print, a pair of 3D glasses, a Harrison Cady postcard, and a DRM-free digital edition of the book. You will also be thanked in the print and digital versions of the book for your contribution.

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    RETAILER PACKAGE

    You will receive five copies of MADNESS IN CROWDS: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady, as well as one DRM-free digital edition.

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    ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER EDITION

    You will be credited as an associate publisher of MADNESS IN CROWDS. You will also receive a special associate-publisher's signed and hand-numbered slipcase edition of MADNESS IN CROWDS, limited to an edition of fifty. Each slipcase features an embedded removable magnifying lens, and comes with a 3D ROAD TO WEALTH print, a pair of 3D glasses, a Harrison Cady postcard, and a DRM-free digital edition of the book.

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    DENIS KITCHEN ARTWORK EDITION

    You will be credited as an associate publisher of MADNESS IN CROWDS. You will also receive a special associate-publisher's signed and hand-numbered slipcase edition of MADNESS IN CROWDS, limited to an edition of fifty, which will include a piece of original art from author and celebrated cartoonist Denis Kitchen featuring a drawing of one of Cady's insect characters. Each slipcase features an embedded removable magnifying lens, and comes with a 3D ROAD TO WEALTH print, a pair of 3D glasses, a Harrison Cady postcard, and a DRM-free digital edition of the book. You will also be credited as Associate Publisher of the book.

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    HARRISON CADY TEARSHEET

    You will receive an original Harrison Cady tearsheet from LIFE MAGAZINE -- a rare artifact suitable for framing or archiving. You will also receive a special associate-publisher's signed and hand-numbered slipcase edition of MADNESS IN CROWDS, limited to an edition of 50. Each slipcase features an embedded removable magnifying lens, and comes with a 3D ROAD TO WEALTH print, a pair of 3D glasses, a Harrison Cady postcard, and a DRM-free digital edition of the book. You will also be credited as Associate Publisher of the book.

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    HARRISON CADY BUG STATUES

    You will receive a pair of six inch, hand-painted resin statues of Harrison Cady characters, based on his BILLBOARD SNAIL illustration, presented in a laser-cut engraved wooden box. The statues are designed and produced by DoomCo Designs in Chicago. You will also receive a special associate-publisher's signed and hand-numbered slipcase edition of MADNESS IN CROWDS, limited to an edition of 50. Each slipcase features an embedded removable magnifying lens, and comes with a 3D ROAD TO WEALTH print, a pair of 3D glasses, a Harrison Cady postcard, and a DRM-free digital edition of the book. You will also be credited as Associate Publisher of the book.

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