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This is the book of Manly Marks. A letterpress printed, handmade testament to manliness.

My name is Brandon and I'd like your help to make a hand-bound letterpress book on manhood. I'm a man well versed in things like beard growing, handiwork, carpentry, firm handshakes, and bacon consumption. I'm also an experienced letterpress printmaker. A lot of letterpress these days is associated with wedding invitations and greeting cards. Those are good things, but not very manly. I have a goal to establish more manly endeavors in letterpress printing with this Kickstarter project and many more things to come.

The Book

The best way to establish manliness in letterpress is to print manly things. What's manlier than a handmade book about manhood? This is the book of Manly Marks. It isn't a book filled with essays or chapters on manhood. Instead, it is an illustrated book made up of 25 of the most enduring manly principles. Things like: spend time alone in nature, maintain an automobile, and always look a man in the eye. You know, the real tough stuff. Stuff that belongs in a book you hand down to your kids; a book you display on your shelf or coffee table.

Share the manliness.

This isn't just a book to buy for yourself, it's a book to share with others. What better gift for a man than a handmade book celebrating manhood itself! The Manly Marks book will also be available for order online after all Kickstarter rewards have shipped.

Handmade prototype of the book
Handmade prototype of the book

The finished book will be 60 pages long, complete with an introduction & dedication page, and a page to state your ownership. As for the content, there are 25 hearty tenets printed on their own pages with an accompanying hand-carved illustration. 

This is going to be quality made.

There won't be any skimping on the materials that make up the book because it needs to have a substantial feel to match the content. I've picked out some of the best letterpress paper to make up the pages and am working hard to choose the right manly material to cover the book with - a waxed canvas. And all of that is for the standard version of the book available to everyone.

Mockup of the book interior
Mockup of the book interior

There's a Limited Edition version too.

I'm also making a very limited edition version just for Kickstarter backers! The limited version will have antique atlas maps lining the interior as well as an even manlier cover. I'm currently working hard to get some even tougher materials to cover this edition with. There will only be a certain amount of the limited books available so act quickly! (see the rewards for more details)

Prototype shown with atlas liner pages
Prototype shown with atlas liner pages

All of the content is written and I'm in the process of finalizing and polishing the illustrations. The principles were all inspired by classic writings from some hardcore men throughout the ages, as well as contributions from various men among us. 

Mockup of the book interior
Mockup of the book interior

The Goal

In order to make this happen I need your help to back the project and share it with your friends. I already have a small press to print the poster rewards with in my shop, but it's not made to print the pages of a book. I need to add another press to my workshop - one that allows me to print much larger quantities in a much faster manner; a press that I can use to create the Manly Marks book and a new line of manly printed products to go with it. It will be a press that enables me to print custom projects for men like you as well. I know you have your own ideas for what things are manly and I want to help you make them. By backing this project you have my pledge that I will seek to make a manly mark on letterpress.

The Rewards

Each reward is named with a manly identity that corresponds to the level of manliness contained within. Here are some more details as to what comes with each backer level:

$5 - The Ranch Hand - Every man needs his man-card. This pledge level helps you secure your very own letterpress version. Don't lose it and don't let it be taken away.

Prototype of the man-card
Prototype of the man-card

$20 - The Blacksmith - The man-card plus a Manly Marks t shirt!

$25 - The Fireman - You get the man-card as well as a masculine set of 5 correspondence cards. Use for words of encouragement, tall tales, or to brag about the greatest steak you've ever eaten.

Prototype of correspondence cards
Prototype of correspondence cards

$40 - The Brewmaster - The man-card and 2 sets of correspondence cards (10 cards) are included as well as a letterpress poster with a selection of the illustrations used in the Manly Marks book.

Prototype of the poster
Prototype of the poster

$45 - The Bull Rider - The man-card and your very own copy of the standard letterpress Manly Marks book. The book will later retail for $50 + tax/shipping.

Prototype of the book
Prototype of the book

$75 - The Lumberjack - The man-card and an even manlier version of the Manly Marks book. The limited edition book is complete with a special cover (still sourcing the toughest materials) and lined with antique atlas maps. This version is only available to Kickstarter backers. (Limited to the first 100 backers)

Prototype of the limited edition book
Prototype of the limited edition book

$100 - The Deputy - The man-card, poster, 5 sets of correspondence cards (25 cards), and the standard Manly Marks book.

$250 - The Sheriff - The man-card, 5 sets of correspondence cards (25 cards), the poster, and the limited edition version of the book. All of that plus your name included on the dedication page of the actual book and a hand made wooden display stand to show it off. (Limited to the first 20 backers)

$500 - The Outlaw - This is for your very own set of original manly correspondence cards or business cards. Includes a custom 1 color design (limit 2 revisions) printed in a set of 250 cards. Plus you'll still get the man-card, poster, and limited edition book with wooden display stand.

$1000 - The Banker - With this level you get your own original set of correspondence cards or business cards. A custom 2 color design (limit 2 revisions) in a set of 500 cards. Plus the man-card, poster, and limited edition book with wooden display stand.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are always a few risks associated with any stage of a project like this, especially during the printing process. Letterpress printing is an older method with many small parts that can cause the need for creative solutions while printing. I have a lot of experience in handling the problems that may arise and am determined to produce the best product for each and every backer.

One of the challenges that comes with this project is getting a press delivered in a timely manner. I have already found the press I need, but I need to reach my funding goal so that I can acquire it. Another challenge is reaching my delivery goal. That is partly dependent on how many backers this project generates. The more backers, the more time it's going to produce all of the rewards. I'm a one man workforce dedicated to this project and each reward is going to be hand-made. I will keep all backers updated throughout the process so that the rewards are made the best way possible and produced in a timely manner.

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    The Ranch Hand - Your very own letterpress man-card. Don't lose it and don't let it be taken away.

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    The Blacksmith - The man-card plus a Manly Marks t shirt!

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    The Outlaw - Your own original set of manly correspondence cards or business cards. A custom 1 color design (limit 2 revisions) set of 250 cards + envelopes. Plus the man-card, poster and limited edition book and wooden display stand.

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    The Banker - Your own original set of correspondence cards or business cards. A custom 2 color design (limit 2 revisions) in a set of 500 cards. Plus the man-card, poster, and limited edition book with wooden display stand.

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