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In May 2014, send an intrepid illustrator on a perilous journey through a different Manhattan. A Manhattan where alligators, mole-people, and perhaps creatures stranger than both prowl labyrinthine tunnels beneath the streets. Above ground, ghosts wander in Central Park. Gargoyles flock in the sky at night, unwary tourists get lost in alternate dimensions and pirates sail the Hudson.
Humans are essentially odd creatures, and the aim of this project is to create a strange and beautiful little book of illustrations exploring the bizarre behaviour that we seem to indulge in and the fantastic urban myths and rumours we create when living in close quarters.
For one month, our artist will roam the streets armed only with a sketchbook, searching for weird Manhattan - a city made of myths and rumors. By night in a lonely garret the scrawlings of the day will be solidified into a strange and beautiful images - which over the course of a month will fill a small and lovely book. You can own a piece of this quest.
The book will be 8.5in x 8.5in, contain somewhere between 30 and 45 pages of illustration, and be printed with a four-color printing process on 60# white Paper, with matte laminated covers. This is the bare minimum standard - if the minimum funding goal is exceeded we will make a higher-quality book!
The money will pay for:
- Producing, printing and shipping the book.
- Kickstarter fees.
- Any extra funds raised will go towards making a more beautiful book, including more illustrations, and hopefully producing some limited edition art prints for all our backers! That would be wonderful.
About the Artist:
Our brave adventurer is J M Cooper, a professional freelance illustrator with a penchant for parallel universes, urban myths and coffee. View her portfolio here: www.jmcooperart.com
Risks and challenges
Many less than ideal events can befall an intrepid adventurer - ill health, injury, computer explosion or spontaneous combustion could put a real downer on the project. However these things are fairly unlikely to happen, and if they do, we'll just work around it.
One thing to be aware of is that if the bespoke portrait and commission rewards prove massively popular, people will just have to form an orderly queue! The artist will deal with these on a first come first served basis.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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