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The Rue Morgue Murderous Monkey Mug is a 6.5in tiki mug inspired Edgar Allan Poe's timeless "Murders in the Rue Morgue” story, complete with artifacts and ephemera. Edition of 1000+
Journey with me, dear collector, into the hidden alleys of 19th century Paris, where an abandoned dwelling is being turned into “La Singe Affreux”; an Absinthe bar inspired by the Dreadful Ape of the Rue Morgue.
The production edition funded by this Kickstarter campaign will probably be in the 16 oz neighborhood, and will come in a gruesome bloody red glaze. Design elements for the mug draw from the carvings of the head-hunting Dayak Iban of Borneo (first home of the fearsome ape who figures so prominently in the story). Cryptic cyphers nod to the author himself; the masterful E.A.Poe.
Limited edition mugs available at the higher donor levels (probably fewer than 20 will be made altogether) will be the same size, but will be hand glazed in multi step, multi-tone process. All mugs will be high-fired ceramic, food and alcohol safe; ready for you to carry through the cellars and dives of old Paris.
The mug has been designed, modeled, and sculpted. (see below to see some of the workup to this point).
After funding is successful, the master sculpt will go to the factory. Production turnaround is 120 days, so I should begin shipping these out in March.
In addition the mug, I've embellished the collection with additional backstory and artifacts, including a laser-etched cut-throat razor.
The master sculpt is already made, we have prototyped several of our rewards (wooden post cards, lesser sinister mystery gift, razor) and designed most of the others. Since I learned Poe was a fan of cryptography while working on my Cask of Amontillado Barrel mug, I've been studying the history of cryptography and incorporated a few more messages and references into this piece and backstory updates and collateral for our collective amusement.
Animalia in general and monkey mugs in particular are a staple of the tiki bar and the tropical location. It's less common for them to appear in the darkest Parisian alleys near the Rue Trianon, but hey, this monkey has a mug suitable for darkest ANYWHERE. Especially the darkest of nightmares.
At a very young age (maybe 8?) I was given an unexpurgated collection of popular tales by Edgar Allen Poe. This has had a lifetime effect on my spelling, and general style of writing. My favourite story was "The Black Cat," which is really a pretty brutal thing for a second grader. For years as a teen I planned to draw an illustrated collection of Poe's stories. When moving last year I found my old sketchbooks... you can imagine the rest, really. "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Purloined Letter", and "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt” form the very backbone of the detective story, and the "Murders in the Rue Morgue” is one of the first of the genre. Once I realized the story had strong ties to headhunters, apes, tattooing, and the Paris art scene that sent Europeans in search of paradise in the tropics, I had to do this mug. It was really difficult.
As I said, I have completed the master, prototyped some of the rewards, explored backstory details, and prepped stretch goals for when we hit our funding. This project will send this mug through to production and let us tell our story about it.
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A recipe to share to help spread the word!
Blood & Gold
- 2 ounces Don Q Gold rum
- 2 ounces Clement Mahina Coco
- 1/2 ounce Absinthe
- 3 ounces Trader Joe's Mango Lemonade
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
Shake over ice. Pour into mug.
Top with 1/2 ounce Aperol float
As incentive, and as heartfelt thanks, the rewards are not just cunning bits of practical design (razor, coasters, etc), but all of the rewards house clues and hints about the mug, plus some other fun details.
Since E.A.Poe was an enthusiastic fan of cryptography, some of our backer updates and details will be released in encoded forms. I will be posting all kinds of information about creating the mug, short videos, hints about the backstory, and whatever else I think of as updates throughout the Kickstarter, so stay tuned! Really, my hope is to get these in the hands of people who will enjoy them!
- Wooden Postcard - image coming soon
- Tin Bar Sign for Le Singe Affreaux - image coming soon
- 12 x 12 Parisan map of the Rue Morgue and its environs
(carte Parisan de la rue Morgue et ses environs) - full map only revealed to backers.
- The Sailor’s Razor - Engraved shaving razor - image coming soon
il Monstra Familia 2 (Netherworld Dark Lantern tiki mug, Rue Morgue Dreadful Ape Mug, Cthulhu tiki mug)
After funding is successful, we will send the prototype on its journey to have molds made. Time from signing the paperwork to having the mugs in hand should be less than 150 days, so I should begin shipping these out in March.
ADD ONS UNLOCKED!
- Add $20 to your pledge to add a T-shirt for "Le Singe Affreaux" to to any rewards for any level.
- Add $30 to your pledge to add a tin sign for "Le Singe Affreaux" to any rewards for level $65 and higher
- Add $45 to your pledge to add an engraved Sailor’s Razor to any rewards for level $65 and higher
PLEASE send a detailed note explaining what your increased pledge is for.
Sept. 23 - Kickstarter Closes
Oct. 07 - Funding clears, all collateral ordered, prototype sent for production run molding
Jan. 14, 2017 - (estimated) production completed, mugs in transit
early March, 2017 - (estimated) mugs in hand in Atlanta/shipping
The Rue Morgue Dreadful Ape Tiki Mug was conceived and sketched by Jonathan M. Chaffin, an Atlanta-area graphic designer who has lived with this project every day for about the last year, designing things, researching, and running down production costs etc. After successfully launching three other tiki mug Kickstarters and fulfilling their Kickstarter obligations, Jonathan and his wife Allison launched and maintain www.HorrorInClay.com and www.MugCrate.com (the quarterly tiki mug and Polynesian Pop subscription box).
This mug couldn't have gotten as far as it has without the hard work of some very talented collaborators.
The team at Munktiki Imports, and Jason Yungbluth, helped with translating my design into the prototype featured here. Munktiki Imports will shepherd the mug through the overseas production process. There are many more people I'd like to thank for many more reasons; here are some.
Rob Hawes is a talented ceramicist in Hawaii who does the best deluxe wood-grain glazes I know. He's graciously agreed to handing the production of variant glaze editions for the Rue Morgue Murderous Ape Tiki Mug. Rob is a trained Graphic Designer (CSU Chico) with a studio art minor. He's been living on Maui for the last quarter century and making tiki mugs himself for the last five years. (I collect his stuff, like the mugs he makes for Tacoma Cabana).
• Most of all, thank you to my wife Allison and to our daughter who are pretty used to this "living with boxes of ceramics" thing, and who are going to have to live with me in a world of boxes again if this works. Also to all of you lovely people who love this stuff the way I do.
• To Pauli, who is one of my staunch supporters from the beginning of this mad journey. (He's also willing to don a certain mask and Elvis costume on my behalf from time to time, and plays with the Vauxhall Garden Variety Players).
• To Lori of www.lorindadechmanphotography.com for providing awesome photographic support on short notice!
• To Cynthia for allowing us to ruin a dress and almost cut your head off.
• To Dr. Alice for cartographic assistance and French translations and art history, and to Xavier, for more help with French idiom.
• To Alex, Jamie, and Pynk for copy-editing and general cussedness.
• To Meaghan and Harmony of Booze Epoch for finding a way to marry Mango and Absinthe in a delicious blend for the cocktail for this mug! (https://boozeepoque.com)
• Thanks to the BookHouse Pub, Tacoma Cabana, SOS Tiki Bar, Hale Pele, and anywhere else that still serves tiki drinks the right way: in a frosty ceramic mug.
Risks and challenges
Before I get into the challenges, please realize that my wife and I have done this several times before with great success; we believe in transparency, in responsiveness, and in delivering a quality product.
Risks and challenges
• The master sculpt could require slight redesign if there is a problem molding it; shouldn't be an issue as we partnered with Munktiki for production and they are masters at this sort of thing.
• Lead time could go long due to monstrous intervention; we have successfully delivered on three Kickstarters very similar to this before. We provide constant updates, and have also set our delivery time using our familiarity with the production of ceramics.
• What about shipping? We go overboard with shipping...we use lots of peanuts and a large box. As a mug collector I have suffered the agony of unwrapping a shoebox full of dust from a long anticipated mug...I will not let that happen.
• Why are you showing an unglazed prototype? Since high fire and low fire glaze colors vary slightly, and since the wiped off glaze will vary slightly for each mug, we wanted to show the design and not a single example (although as the limited editions are finished we will post group pictures). The pictures of glaze examples above will show generally what the effect will look like...washed crimson in the lower areas, bone/natural in the high places.
• In order of percentage, funds will be used for:
Mold, glaze, production fees for production run
Glaze, firing, and shipping fees for domestic limited edition mugs
Cost of rewards (and any stretch goals attained)
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