About this project
The goal is to fund the publishing of two large-scale, hardcover, coffee table books. Last year we did a Kickstarter for my book, Bare Strength. We reached the goal within 48 hours. This year the goal is slightly more ambitious because we are publishing two books, but it is still well below the $72,707 we raised last year. For those of you who purchased my books, Masculinity, Bare Strength or follow my work will already have an idea of what these books will consist of. Last year, in Bare Strength there was a chapter featuring wounded, amputee, Marines, but this year instead of one chapter, I decided to create a separate book for the men who served in the US military. Special thank you to Whitehorse for allowing me to use their song, Sweet Disaster in my teaser video.
The veteran's book is titled, Always Loyal and features approximately 14 different wounded, United States Army, Navy and Marine veterans of The Gulf Wars. This hardcover photo book with dust jacket will be approximately 80-96 pages and will measure 13.5 X 10.4 inches, consisting of both color and black & white images printed on heavy stock, high quality, photo paper. The full retail price will be $79.99. Each veteran will have a bio page and details related to his or her injuries. The vast majority of these veterans have lost one or multiple limbs from IED attacks. So far I have photographed 12 of these veterans, and the last two (one is female) are scheduled to be photographed within the next 3 weeks.
The other book, Exhibition consists of male erotic images and figure studies of fitness competitors, personal trainers and body builders from around the world - and yes, some veterans will be in this book as well. The images are already photographed, edited and only need to be organized and published. This hardcover photo book with dust jacket will be approximately 128 pages and will measure 13.5 X 10.4 inches, consisting of both color and black & white images printed on heavy stock, high quality, photo paper. The full retail price will be $99.99.
There has been some controversy as to which photo image should be used for the cover of Always Loyal. We have decided to give you the option to have the controversial photo of "Taylor with ropes" as an option for a book cover. This will ONLY be available through the Kickstarter and is an opportunity to own a rare and collectible book that will only be printed on demand through the Kickstarter. When you receive your address survey at the end of the Kickstarter, this is when you will indicate if you want the alternate book cover. If you do not indicate that you want the alternate cover, the default cover will be Taylor at the Salton Sea.
Like last year, we will offer a collector’s edition consisting of both Always Loyal and Exhibition; both will be clothbound with foil stamped lettering, in a special clothbound slip case also with foil lettering. Each book will have individual slip covers, and both books will fit into the one slip case. The alternate cover for Always Loyal will be an option. Only 150 will be printed. They will be hand stamped, hand numbered and hand signed by Michael Stokes. At your election, your name will be printed in a special acknowledgements section of the book, separate from the regular Kickstarter acknowledgement section. For every fulfilled pledge in this category, I will donate $100 from my own funds to a charity that benefits wounded, United States veterans of war. If all Special Editions are pledged, then that will equal $15,000 to a veteran's charity from my own funds.
The photos in the Kickstarter video are just a sample of what will be in the books. Many unpublished images will appear in both books. These photos are specifically designated for the books, especially Exhibition. While working with many elite models in the fitness and body building world, I have selected images that have never before been viewed on the internet or social media. These intimate and exclusive photos are reserved for projects like this, in order to provide a truly special experience for those who support the books.
Please continue to support the work by pledging. The Kickstarter time line is only 21 days this year. We estimate that the book will be printed and ready to distribute END of September to Kickstarter participants. In mid November we anticipate the book will be available on Amazon and through other distribution avenues. Thank you!
Risks and challenges
The risk is relatively low. If we don't reach the funding goal, then your credit card is not charged. If we reach the funding goal, then it is just a matter of printing the books and distributing them. I have more than one bid for the cost of publication, and the funding goal will meet or exceed more than one of the printing and distribution quotes.
Last year I did a Kickstarter for my book, Bare Strength. Everything went as planned and on schedule. I believe this year things will go just as smoothly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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