Hi I'm Joe. I had an idea for a book. A few years ago some storytellers were gathered around a campfire at a storytelling festival. They each decided to tell a story in their native tongue. That story was told in Cherokee, Spanish, Russian and Sign Language... and then it came to me. I usually draw my stories but I didn't have a tablet so I decided to tell the story in my true native language of Pittsburghese. I had to educate them on the language first, and they seemed sincerely fascinated. Somewhere I imagine there is a storyteller in Russia opening her performance with "How yinz guys doin n'at?"
This book features the story of the Three Little Pigs translated into Pittsburghese! I it is probably the first book of it's kind translated into our colorful language. It is a book for Yinzers everywhere, a chance to share your love of our unique language and culture with children, adults, visitors, Steelers fans and yes even a great way to taunt Browns fans!
It even includes a "Yinzernary" for those not familiar with the language by eager to learn!
The foreword, or perhaps forewarned, is written by beloved Pittsburgh filmmaker Rick Sebak, who knows quite a bit about Pittsburgh and Pittsburghers.
You can even get the Book on CD as one of the perks, as read by Pittsburgh comedy icon Jimmy Krenn. It also includes how to speak Pittsburghese lessons.
The Three Little Pigsburghers is the end product of countless ahrs of hard werk, Arn City Beer and one too many Pimanti Brudder samiches!
Thank you for the opportunity to share my work with you, as a storyteller, a writer, and pretty good drawer.
Risks and challenges
The book is written, illustrations are started! Soon it will be off to the editor, designer and then printers. I have allowed extra time for printing but there can often be delays when printing a book. I have tried to account for this but sometimes unforeseen circumstance can cause further delays. I will do my very best to get these out in a timely manner. I am hoping to host the launch party at the ToonSeum, however if the numbers are overwhelming we may have to move to a larger location.
Please make sure when we request t-shirt size you get that to us in a timely manner, we cannot print until we have all the sizes and that too can cause delays. I learned a lot from the Quack N At shirts I printed last year! Hopefully I can implement much of what I have learned to make this a smooth process.
- (32 days)