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A 2020 calendar inspired by vintage American artwork, now with extra monsters!
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Since 2017 I’ve been making Alternate Histories calendars, and they’ve been a lot of fun. Each year I enjoy thinking about themes and trying to find a way to make next year’s stand out & be even more special than the year before.

For 2020 I took my inspiration from vintage kitchen calendar towels. You know the ones; you or your parents might have gotten them from a gas station or a farmers market back in the 1960s or 70s. They usually depicted a farm or Americana scene and have all the dates for the next year printed underneath it.

A sampling of some of the 12 vintage towels I used to make the calendar.
A sampling of some of the 12 vintage towels I used to make the calendar.

That’s what I wanted to do this year, make a calendar with images using all that old artwork (with monsters and other creatures added, of course). But then I decided it would be fun to up the ante and in addition to a big 12 x 12 inch calendar with lots of room to write down important dates, what if I made my own calendar towel? So that’s what I’m doing! I’ve taken a favorite design and updated it with a giant T rex menacing a cottage, added in 2020’s dates, and Commonwealth Press will be screen printing these 4 color towels right here in Pittsburgh. Plus each reward includes free shipping in the United States!

The calendar (left) measures 12 x 12 inches; the towel (right) measures 16 x 20 inches
The calendar (left) measures 12 x 12 inches; the towel (right) measures 16 x 20 inches

The images for all 12 months in the calendar are taken from these old towels; they're shown in the video or you can click here to see a rough draft of the calendar without all the text & "facts" added.

All of this costs a lot of money up front, which is why I’m using Kickstarter again to make these calendars and the towels; this way you’re essentially pre-buying your calendar, and getting it shipped to you in September. 

I hope you’ll join me and get a calendar along with a fun kitchen towel; you can even get one of the original vintage towels I sourced for inspiration. Thanks! See you in 2020!

Risks and challenges

I hate to sound overly confident but there really aren’t any big risks! This is my fourth year making calendars and I have a printer I love working with (Jakprints, in Cleveland), and I’ve had six previously successful Kickstarters.

The only real issue is raising the money. There’s alway a chance I may hit a production problem and won’t be able to get the calendars & towels to you by September, but that’s unlikely.

I make my living designing, printing, and mailing out stuff across the country, so this is a piece of cake for me. I just need your help to pay for everything!

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    I Just Want To Help

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    The Calendar

    This is it! Get the amazing 2020 Alternate Histories calendar, featuring all 12 months, shipped right to your door. The calendar measures 12 x 12 inches (12 x 24 unfolded) and is printed in glorious 4 color here in the USA. You’ll also get a genuine Alternate Histories bumper sticker, and the personal thanks of me and my dog.

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    The Kitchen Towel Calendar

    Spruce up your home or place of business with this lovely kitchen towel with a 4 color print of a dinosaur attacking a home over a full calendar of dates for 2020. This is a 16 x 20 flour sack towel with a four color screen print image. Hang it up, use it as an actual kitchen towel, or treasure it for generations to come. Whatever you want! You’ll also get a genuine Alternate Histories bumper sticker, and the personal thanks of me and my dog.

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    The Two-Fer

    Get TWO calendars and save money! You'll get two copies of the 2020 Alternate Histories calendar shipped right to your door. You’ll also get a genuine Alternate Histories bumper sticker, and the personal thanks of me and my dog.

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    The Calendar and the Towel

    Get both the Calendar and the Kitchen Towel! The calendar measures 12 x 12 inches (12 x 24 unfolded) and is printed in glorious 4 color here in the USA. This is a 16 x 20 flour sack towel with a four color screen print image. You’ll also get a genuine Alternate Histories bumper sticker, and the personal thanks of me and my dog.

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    Vintage Package

    Get the Calendar, the Kitchen Towel, and one of the original vintage kitchen towels that inspired the look of this calendar. Yep, all the images are taken from real kitchen towels, so get a fun vintage kitchen towel along with the new Alternate Histories stuff. The calendar measures 12 x 12 inches (12 x 24 unfolded) and is printed in glorious 4 color here in the USA. This is a 16 x 20 flour sack towel with a four color screen print image. You’ll also get a genuine Alternate Histories bumper sticker, and the personal thanks of me and my dog.

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