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A strange little book of illustrations - the oddities, urban legends, and daily weirdness that lurks under the surface of New York City
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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.

Strange Island:

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.

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    Pledge £5 or more About US$ 6

    Early-bird special! An original hand-drawn postcard to say thank you, done by the artist with a real life pencil and/or pen, and sent to your door from NYC. This could be of anything.. an alligator, a lady, a flying subway train, a peculiar tree, who knows...You can frame it and put it on your wall! (Free shipping everywhere, postcards are little.)

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    An original hand-drawn postcard to say thank you, done by the artist with a real life pencil and/or pen, and sent to your door from NYC. This could be of anything.. an alligator, a lady, a flying subway train, a peculiar tree, who knows...You can frame it and put it on your wall! (Free shipping everywhere, postcards are little.)

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    Pledge £21 or more About US$ 26

    Hurrah, you get the book you lucky devil! It will be very interesting and beautiful and will make all your friends think you're mega cool.

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    Pledge £36 or more About US$ 44

    Two books! Two books for you! Or one for you and one for a friend or relative. The book will make a lovely present for anyone who likes art, or weird stuff, or Manhattan.

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    This is an extra special reward. You get the book, but you also get a super mystery prize. What could it be? Who knows. You'll love it though. How exciting!! THE MYSTERY PRIZE! (It's not a pineapple.)

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    Pledge £60 or more About US$ 73

    You get a portrait drawn specially for you by the artist! You could have it done of your lover or auntie or even yourself. Send a photo and you will get an awesome bespoke portrait emailed back to you. And you can have a book too! Wowzer.

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    Pledge £180 or more About US$ 219

    You gorgeous person, you get an illustration commission. A totally bespoke image of anything or anyone you can think of. No limitations. How splendid! You get a digital version of your image that you can print out or put on your website or whatever you want to do with it.. and you get the book too!

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    Pledge £210 or more About US$ 255

    Hey there big spender! You get a totally bespoke illustration commission too, no limitations. You'll get a digital version, plus a beautiful framed art print in the post. And just because you're awesome, you get a copy of the book as well.

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