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A comprehensive pictorial look at monsters, zombies, and other creatures throughout Pittsburgh's history.
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This project is already funded, huzzah! Now if you're still interested in backing and getting a sweet book, t-shirt, or both, let's take it a bit further.

If we get to $5,000 in funding, I can print an EXPANDED EDITION of this book which includes new and never-before-seen artwork and descriptions. Let's make this even more special - what do you say?! 

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In 2008 I moved to Pittsburgh from New York City. I was eager to get to know my new home, so I read a lot about the city and did a lot of research. I kept coming across these amazing old lithographs and maps of the city from the 19th century. I wanted to find a way to share them with people...but how?

The image that started it all!
The image that started it all!

In 2010 inspiration struck: I took a birds-eye-view of Pittsburgh from 1867 and added in a giant monster looming over the skyline. I've always loved 1950s & 60s sci-fi and Japanese monster films, and these two things just came together. My boss, Rebecca Morris at Wildcard, loved it and asked if I could do a whole show of these pieces. I called it "Alternate Histories of Pittsburgh" and you can read about it here. It was a big success, and launched my career! I was making prints for many different cities along with greeting cards and a book, "Alternate Histories of the World."

Yet Pittsburgh has always been home for Alternate Histories, and it's always been my most popular city. So many times people have asked me "does this book have all the Pittsburgh pictures" and I have to sadly answer "no, it doesn't." 

So let's fix that! 

My goal here is to make an book of all my collected Pittsburgh works, 24 total. Each one will be accompanied by descriptive text that explains the print's place in local history, along with fun new introductions and afterwords. The book will measure 11 x 8.5 inches.

T-shirt design! Final shirt color may vary slightly.
T-shirt design! Final shirt color may vary slightly.

I've also designed a new t-shirt inspired by the cover of the book, featuring everyone's favorite Monongahela Monster. You can get the shirt or the book individually, or both together!

Kickstarter is a great platform for a project like this because, as you can imagine, printing a book costs a lot of money upfront. In order to have this printed for the holidays, I have to move quickly! Fortunately I have a printer ready to go and with your help, we can make these books happen!

I hope you'll join me and back this project. It's a fun way for me to pay tribute to Pittsburgh, and share my love of this great city...WITH MONSTERS!

Risks and challenges

I run a small business that prints lots of things for a living. The budgeting and shipping is the easy part! The design is done and I've worked with lots of different printers so I'm confident I can deliver a great-looking product.

It's not uncommon for me to ship hundreds of packages during the holiday season, and I'd have no trouble signing and shipping out these books on time. The only real risk is not raising enough money to fund the project!

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    Postcard!

    Get a limited-edition postcard of the cover of "Pittsburgh in Olden Times" mailed right to your door, along with a shoutout on my website and a high-five if we ever meet in person.

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    Pick This One! The Book!

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    Just the T-Shirt!

    Maybe you don't need the book but you want the brand-new Alternate Histories t-shirt, inspired by the cover of the book! Get the "Pittsburgh: Home of the Monongahela Monster" two-color t-shirt in any size ranging from S-XXXL in a soft, comfy shirt, shipped to your home! Plus a PDF of the book, a limited-edition postcard, a shoutout on my website and a high-five if we ever meet in person.

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    Book & T-Shirt

    Get the "Pittsburgh in Olden Times" book and the Monongahela Monster t-shirt in one great combo! A signed copy of the book and a t-shirt size S-XXXL (your choice) will be shipped to your door! Plus a postcard and a PDF copy of the book, and a high five if we meet!

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    Book and Artwork

    Get a copy of the "Pittsburgh in Olden Times" book along with your choice of any FIVE 11 x 17 inch prints from the Alternate Histories collection (a $100 value!). Decorate your home and educate yourself at the same time! You'll also get the postcard, PDF of the book, and a high five if we meet!

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    Ultimate Pittsburgh Package

    Get a copy of the book, a t-shirt in your size (S-XXXL) AND an 11 x 17 inch copy of EVERY print included in the "Pittsburgh in Olden Times" book (24 prints!). That's right, enough copies to decorate your entire house or office! You'll also get my 2019 Calendar and a copy of my 2014 book "Alternate Histories of the World." Plus the postcard, PDF of the book, and a hug if we meet in person!

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