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?!
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?
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.
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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