This is a New Endeavor for Chop Shop Studio: Posters for Kids!
This is a new endeavor for Chop Shop Studio: posters for kids! These new designs aim to bring space exploration to the next generation of enthusiasts and be awesome while doing so.
With this year’s eclipse and Cassini’s last transmission, there has been a lot of wonderful public interest in space. My love of space started at 12 years old when I first picked up a copy of Cosmos. We hope to capture the curiosity of our audience and cultivate a lifelong love of science and art–like Carl Sagan did for me.
We have been lucky to have built a studio of all things space.
We’ve taken the three most popular robotic space missions from our original Spacecraft Series–Voyager (shown at top), Cassini, and The Mars Rovers–and have illustrated them for the young and young at heart. These missions brought us so much incredible knowledge: the first image of Earth and our moon, the discovery of volcanoes on Io, Titan revealed as an Earth-like planet with lakes and rain of methane, and discovering a long complex history of water on Mars—and that’s only the beginning!
The Planetary Society
We are also proud to announce that as of a few days ago, this project has been officially adopted by The Planetary Society. This means that these three posters will join their growing catalog of products sold at chopshopstore.com/planetarysociety where a portion of the profits will go to help to fund their ongoing mission: To empower the world's citizens to advance the cause of space science and exploration.
We want to create a fun poster series that not only showcases these stellar bodies, but ALSO celebrates the amazing missions that opened up these worlds.
Above is poster #2 for Cassini followed by Mars Rovers featuring the full family of Mars rovers: Curiosity (front), Opportunity (back), Sojourner (right) and shown in landing mode Spirit (left) and the next member of the family Mars 2020 (top right).
This project is the first collaboration with my brother, James Romer, who is a extraordinary character illustrator (images below). His imagination had no bounds and he imbues such fun and fantastical life into the inanimate. Jim knows, as the Roman poet Horace once noted, “It’s good to be silly at the right moment”. See more of his drawings, sketches and musings on his Arrrggghhh Blog.
We are proposing a series of posters based on three kid favorites—Mars the red Planet, Jupiter the giant, or Saturn, the coolest looking—but, we also want to celebrate the amazing spacecraft programs that brought so many more fascinating bodies in our solar system to light.
While many lament the downgrading of Pluto from planet to dwarf-planet — many have never even heard of the many moons that are just as fascinating as any planet and some are bigger than Mercury! With bold design and colorful characters, we want to not only include these cool bodies, but highlight some of the even cooler attributes of these moons! Active volcanos on Io! Cracks from the underground oceans of Europa! The Great Dark Spot on Neptune and active Geysers on its moon Triton!
We also plan on including an informative key to all the fun facts and discoveries represented in each design!
Each 18" x 24" poster will be screen-printed in three colors by the same shop that beautifully executed our original poster series (see below). But, the fun doesn’t stop when the lights go out! The screen printed posters have a glow-in-the-dark layer that shows each robotic spacecraft as it flows through the Milky Way as humanity’s first interstellar probe. Note: the 12"x16" archival digital prints will not include glow.
We will finish the campaign in time to deliver for the holidays! We hope to ultimately make them available on our website, but if you back this project, the three poster series are available at a special price that won’t be available on chopshopstore.com.
Screen printing is an age old method that involves a manually pressing a single ink color on to the paper through a highly detailed stencil affixed to a mesh. Each poster goes through this process four times (once for each color, including the glow) and hand-produced by an actual human being well-versed in the technique. For more about the process, please take a look at this explainer web site at MoMA. Click “enter” and then choose “Screenprinting” in the nav. Then hit, “Press Arrow to Start” to watch the process or you can try and actually grab the tools and simulate the process to better understand. I was lucky to design and program that MoMA site around 2003 when we were better known as The Chopping Block.
An Archival Digital Giclée print is a high quality print that is made-to-order here in our studio. These prints are produced with archival inks on archival papers and have an expected display life of about 60-100 years.
For more information about the fantastic studio responsible for the actual screen printing, check out Vahalla Studio in Kansas City. They have a great portfolio which include many high profile designers and clients like Phish, Wilco, Sony Pictures, Cirque Du Soleil, and more.
The Other Rewards
THE ORIGINAL ROBOTIC SPACECRAFT POSTERS were crowd-funded in 2014 and included Voyager, Cassini, Curiosity, Sputnik, Mars Exploration, and the special edition LightSail for The Planetary Society. The next series was funded in 2015 and included New Horizons, Rosetta, and Galileo. Finally, last year we funded another series that featured crewed space missions including Apollo 11, The International Space Station, and Vostok 1. All of these designs are still available for purchase on chopshopstore.com/space except for Voyager and Sputnik which are currently sold out in the screen print version but are still available as Glicée prints.
NEW VOYAGER REPRINTS
The original blue version of our Voyager screen print has been sold out since 2016. As a part of this new campaign, we are finally offering a new edition with updated design and all new Jupiter-based colors.
Our Voyager tee comes in all sizes from Men’s SML-3X, Women's SML-2X, and Kid's XS-XL.
GRAND TOUR STICKER SET
This 12 sticker set measures 6"x 6" and includes Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their amazing moons Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, Enceladus, Titan, Triton, and the Voyager Spacecraft.
Full Collection of Space Mission Stickers
3"x3" vinyl stickers which are ideal for either indoor or outdoor use. Set includes all 12 missions featured in both our Historic Robotic Spacecraft Series and our Giant Leaps in Space Series.
Bobby’s Biggest Bubble (A Kickstarter funded picture book!)
James Romer’s first published storybook. A whimsical tale about a little boy who wins a million gumballs which begins an unbelievable day of fun and adventure and has an appropriately cosmic ending! No spoilers!
Mike Mongo’s Astronaut Instruction Manual
The Astronaut Instruction Manual is an actual working astronaut instruction manual. It is created to let today’s space-loving young students who want to live, work, and play in space know that they genuinely do have that opportunity. The book was also recently optioned by Legendary Entertainment and is in early pre-production for a television series adaptation.
As always, a special thanks to The Planetary Society who supported my earlier projects and have since become an official partner of Chop Shop Store. More importantly, they help shape space policy and fight for the continued exploration of space. You might also be familiar with their CEO, Bill Nye. Consider becoming a member and see our new online store for them at www.chopshopstore.com/planetarysociety.
Big thanks to Robin Stamey for all her help with copywriting, videography, social media advice, and so much more. See Robin’s full time endeavor and wildly creative acrobatics at Almanac Dance Circus Theatre.
Also at the root of any successful Kickstarter campaign are the many friends who tweet and help get the word out for us. These have included, but are definitely not limited to Mat Kaplan of Planetary Radio (also a partner) Icarus Interstellar (a partner as well!), Yuri’s Night (OMG, also a partner!), Bill Dunford @RidingRobots, the i09 Blog, Emily Lakdawalla and so many others.
Risks and challenges
The only risk we face here is not making holiday deadlines for some backers. I think we are in a good place to meet those deadlines — but there are third party vendors involved who could impose delays on us that would be outside of our control. However, we have worked with these vendors for years now and they haven’t let us down yet… so there is no reason to suspect they may now.
There are very few other risks involved with a print campaign of this sort. My wife could even complete the project in the event of my untimely demise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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