Inspired by Kickstarter's Make 100 project, where makers are challenged to create 100 of something, I'm launching this Kickstarter to make 100 giant copies of my most-requested print.
Since I started Alternate Histories in 2010, I've mainly been selling prints in 11 x 17 inch sizes. They're cost-effective and easy to frame. I've done a few larger pieces here and there but the issue was finding a way to make them cost less than $70-80 per large print. The solution, of course, is volume.
In 2017 I made a special one-off 24 x 36 inch digital print of one of my best-loved Pittsburgh prints, “A View of Pittsburgh with the Monongahela Monster.” This was one of the very first prints I ever created and it's still a favorite. The large print I made was for an installation at the Independent Brewing Company here in Pittsburgh, where it anchors a large gallery wall.
After making this print I've gotten lots of requests from people who've seen it at Independent and wanted one of their own, but it's too expensive to print them one at a time. So here we go!
I'm doing a limited-edition, hand-numbered run of one hundred 24 x 36 inch prints of the View of Pittsburgh print, featuring the Monongahela Monster. These are printed locally here in Pittsburgh on heavy bond paper, and once they're sold out, they're done and won't be reprinted in this size!
$50 gets you the 24 x 36 inch print shipped right to your door (additional shipping cost applies for international orders), unframed and packaged with some Alternate Histories stickers and fun stuff. No fuss! It’s your chance to have a large-scale Alternate Histories print of Pittsburgh.
Risks and challenges
First let's address the elephant in the room: my last Kickstarter (Forbidden Sounds for a Future Age) was fully funded but failed to be produced, resulting in my refunding money or handing out gift certificates. So why wasn't I able to deliver?
That project was an ambitious attempt to create a vinyl album of music & sounds from 1950s & 60s sci-fi films, something I've never done before. Turns out I was not prepared to contend with the astonishingly complex and expensive legal clearances needed for music, even when dealing with films that are all in the public domain. However, I refunded everyone's money or sent out replacement items. I feel confident that everyone who backed that project was taken care of, even though it sucks that I wasn't prepared enough to make the final product.
With this 24 x 36 inch print, the image I'm using is from the 19th century and widely in the public domain. I've been selling this print on my Etsy page & website for seven years now and never had an issue or complaint against it. The Library of Congress even cites "no known restrictions on publication" for the original map. I'm completely confident that there are will be no legal issues with this project.
I've already printed a version of this map at Color Perfect Printing here in Pittsburgh and they did a great job. The file is done and ready to go, and it should take less than a month to get them all printed and mailed out.
In short: with my last project I was stepping outside of my comfort zone and I learned the hard way that I didn't know enough to execute the project the way I wanted. With this poster project, I'm working in the same field that I've been in for seven years now. As long as we get 100 people to buy this poster, it should be in your hands within a month!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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