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An illustrated map of America populated with the legendary events and characters from popular science-fiction, horror and fantasy.

Updated Detail: Note this is a work in-progress. Missing topographic details and some art is unfinished.
Updated Detail: Note this is a work in-progress. Missing topographic details and some art is unfinished.

The Print 
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.

Concept
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 

Help us fill in the gaps!
Help us fill in the gaps!

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.

Our History 

The Chopping Block team as robots (2006)
The Chopping Block team as robots (2006)

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). 

weRobot and later iterations
weRobot and later iterations

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.

The Goal 
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).

The Rewards

A small set of button examples from around 100 options.
A small set of button examples from around 100 options.

Small time donors will be able to get pins featuring the state or states of their choice.

Regionals: four options for regional digital prints are available
Regionals: four options for regional digital prints are available

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".

Full Map: The main goal, the silkscreen
Full Map: The main goal, the silkscreen

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.

Credits 
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.

Thanks 
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.

FAQ

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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    This is for the dreamers. You know who you are. You are the ones who toss in the extra $1 when the dinner bill is short and don’t mention it. You are the ones who tip even for lousy service. Kiss your-own-self you crazy dreamer.

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    Two one-inch buttons — You are a dreamer too… but you just want a little token of appreciation. We get that. This reward will let you choose two button designs of any reference and the corresponding state.

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    Digital images with resolution suitable for use as desktop wallpaper. Includes all 4 regions The Northeast, The Midwest, The South and The West. (details are too small for the full map to be of any use.as one image).

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    Three 1.5" Buttons — This reward will let you choose three button designs of any reference and the corresponding state.

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    Five 1.5" Buttons — Wear both your love of scifi/fantasy and state pride on your sleeve. This reward will let you choose five button designs of any reference and it’s corresponding state. Some of you living in certain states could potentially keep all three references in one locale, such as CA, WA, NV, UT, CO, TX, LA, OH, FL, NY, and thanks to Stephen King — ME.

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    One Digital 13"x19" Regional Poster — For those of you dedicated to one region of the US, or perhaps you only want to hang the poster in your work cubicle. This is the one for you. The print is a digital full-color print on archival Moab paper and choose one design from The Northeast, The Midwest, The South or The West.

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    One Digital 13"x19" Regional Poster — For those of you dedicated to one region of the US, or perhaps you only want to hang the poster in your work cubicle. This is the one for you. The print is a digital full-color print on archival Moab paper and choose one design from The Northeast, The Midwest, The South or The West. This includes Priority shipping in the US, international add $8.

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    One Digital 13"x19" Regional Poster and three 1.5" buttons — For those of you dedicated to one region of the US, but want to take a bit of this on the road — the addition of three buttons is essential. The print is a digital full-color print on archival Moab paper and choose one design from The Northeast, The Midwest, The South or The West. For the buttons you will be able to choose three button designs of any reference on the map and it’s corresponding state.

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    One Digital 17"x22" Regional Poster — For those of you dedicated to one region of the US, perfect size for yours or a loved one’s “man cave”. The print is a digital full-color print on archival Moab paper and choose one design from The Northeast, The Midwest, The South or The West.

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    One digitally printed full map 17"x22" poster. 48 states loaded with impossible scenes from 60 years of scifi and fantasy. The print is a digital full-color print on archival Moab paper.

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    One Digital 17"x22" Regional Poster and three 1.5" buttons — For those of you dedicated to one region of the US, but want to take a bit of this on the road — the addition of three buttons is essential. The print is a digital full-color print on archival Moab paper, choose one design from The Northeast, The Midwest, The South or The West. For the buttons you will be able to choose three button designs of any reference on the map and it’s corresponding state.

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    THE FULL MAP One limited edition silkscreened Poster — This is the main objective. A beautifully printed silk-screened poster of the full map. 48 states loaded with impossible scenes from 60 years of scifi and fantasy. Screened print is 36"x24" 5-Colors on French Paper 100lb Whitewash.

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    The Full Screened Map + One Digital 13"x19" Regional Poster — Going beyond the main objective? Maybe keep the silkscreen full print for yourself and send the digital regional to your cousin. Screened print is 36"x24" 5-Colors on French Paper 100lb Whitewash. The digital print is a digital full-color print on archival Moab paper, choose one design from The Northeast, The Midwest, The South or The West.

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    The Full Screened Map + One Digital 17"x22" Regional Poster — Why not go a little bigger on the regional? Keep the full print for yourself and send the regional to your brother. Screened print is 36"x24" 5-Colors on French Paper 100lb Whitewash. The digital print is a digital full-color print on archival Moab paper, choose one design from The Northeast, The Midwest, The South or The West.

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    The Full Screened Map + All Four Digital 13"x19" Regional Posters — This is the collector’s option. Keep the screened poster mint in your archive then spread the 4 regional maps throughout your space. Screened print is 36"x24" 5-Colors on French Paper 100lb Whitewash. The digital prints are digital full-color prints on archival Moab paper.

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    The Full Screened Map + All Four Digital 17"x22" Regional Posters — Same as above, but doing it a little larger. Screened print is 36"x24" 5-Colors on French Paper 100lb Whitewash. The digital prints are digital full-color prints on archival Moab paper.

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    Full 36x24 5-Color Screened Map + all 4 Regional Digital 17x22 Prints + 50 BUTTONS! — This is the motherlode. With this option you are telling us that you REALLY like our idea. 50 1.5" buttons featuring references from the full map. Surely a stocking stuffer solution for those with a 10 year plan. Screened print is 36"x24" 5-Colors on French Paper 100lb Whitewash. The digital prints are digital full-color prints on archival Moab paper. Then choose your 50 button references from the full map and it’s corresponding state! Sorry, no duplicates.

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