An illustrated map of America populated with the legendary events and characters from popular science-fiction, horror and fantasy.
We will partner with Valhalla Studios for the full map screen print “The Altered States of America” on a large 36"x24" 5 color poster on French Paper 100lb Whitewash.
We have been cataloging the most popular science fiction, fantasy films, television shows and comics whose stories are set in very real American locations. For some stories, the location is as much a part of the story as are the characters: the iconic scene of King Kong’s atop New York’s Empire State Building, the final scream scene of “Body Snatchers” outside San Francisco’s City Hall, or the famed wreckage of the Statue of Liberty on a NJ beach, just to name but a few.
How You Can Help with Research
This is a map of where fictional stories take place — not where something was actually filmed or produced. For example, the “Evil Dead” takes place in Tennessee despite the fact that it was filmed in Michigan. So doing the research has been a tad difficult as there is no existing database which lists the non-fictional locations contained within fictional stories. As of now, most of the map is filled (as you can see above), but we are happy to take suggestions to fill a few holes or perhaps improve upon the references we already have in place. Please see this link to submit your suggestions. If a state is not listed, it means we already have too many references.
The Chopping Block is a Brooklyn based design studio in business since 1995. We have always harbored a pre-occupation with all things sci-fi and fantasy, which can be seen repeatedly in our early portfolio (see team image above).
In 2008, we returned to sci-fi/fantasy themes with our sister company, The Chop Shop, and placed 51 celebrity robots on a t-shirt. The viral success of that design spawned about 15 other iterations on this theme – collections of icons on t-shirts which has now lead us to our map project.
We are asking for your help to release this project from the confines of our computer screens to a fine art product that you can touch and hang upon your wall. Printing a five color silkscreen at this scale is quite costly as are the inks and paper for the digital prints. We have many of the references illustrated already, but our secondary goal is to have our fellow kickstarters help to improve upon the references we already have in some areas as well as potentially fill in a few existing gaps (see how you can help above).
Small time donors will be able to get pins featuring the state or states of their choice.
Mid-level donors can choose from 4 regional maps of their choice: the North East, The South, The Mid-West or the West Coast. Digital prints will be available in two sizes 13"x19" or 17"x22".
Top-level donors get the big prize: a full 36" x 24" 5 color screen print that is sure to become the new focal point of your man-cave, home-office or the living room of your very understanding wife/girlfriend or husband/boyfriend.
Other worldly music in our video is by Jeff Shields over at Kleptonaut. We also used a few seconds of theme music from the 1953 film “It Came from Outer Space”. Video voice over by Stephanie Reyer.
This is our first Kickstarter campaign, so we’re excited about the project and for finally getting our asses kickstarted. Thanks for stopping by and for your consideration.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
While we would love to fill every hole in the map and have something for every state (see above for how to help), we do have other ideas up our sleeves for filling the map so that it feels balanced and full. We don’t consider that a risk as much as it is a challenge. For the printing turn-around, we are contracting an outside agency, so we will be subject to their production times and schedule.
I excluded them for design reasons and the drought of references for either state. The impact on space and layout is so great that I determined it not worth the sacrifice of the overall composition to include the 2-3 more references available to those two states. I suppose nobody really does SciFi/Fantasy in either state as they are already so supernaturally beautiful.
Yes… I will provide a key to Kickstarter supporters only. It will not be a part of the actual print, but we will ship with each print (digital or screen) a print-out of the key. Some are hard — but that is half the fun. Then you can memorize them all and look like a super-nerd-badass at the next Comic-Con.