About this project
At Monkey Minion Press, we’ve always had a thing for space exploration.
We find inspiration in the enormous challenges overcome, and hope in the cooperation and scientific achievement it takes to chart such vast distances. It isn’t just that everything about the exploration of space is big, it’s that to go beyond Earth, humanity has to be bigger too.
But Beyond has a narrower focus. This particular book started with a trip to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS, where Ashlie fell in love with a near-life-size replica of the lunar module.
With its gold foil and thin metal arms, it looked fragile. But she saw beauty in the design. Each and every piece and placement a purposeful decision, an agreement among scientists and engineers and dreamers about what must absolutely be included and how it had to work.
Back home, she showed Dane pictures, but photos just didn’t convey that magical combination of science, math, and dreams she’d felt while standing in the Cosmosphere and staring at that machine.
But Dane got it.
It’s easy to appreciate the beauty in Hubble’s pictures of faraway galaxies, or the fascinating images Cassini sent back about the many moons of Saturn. But have you stopped to look at the Hubble itself? Spent some time marveling at the sheer scientific achievement required to get Juno’s enormous solar array wings to Jupiter?
From the very first piece of art, Dane followed an artist’s version of the same decision making process that created the real machines. Each line and shape poured over until all the extraneous bits were removed and every part that remained was needed to convey the whole. And in the seemingly simple black, white and grey, he worked to capture that magical mix of sound science and big dreams.
We invite you to open the covers of Beyond and join us in that moment of celebration. You, too, can fall in love with 20 machines that journeyed to the stars.
What kind of book will I get?
“BEYOND” will be at least 44 pages of hard cover Space goodness.
We want “BEYOND” to be a case-bound hard cover book with a matte- laminated cover. The interior paper is a medium-weight gloss paper with offset printing. This book is going to look great on the shelf and feel better in the hand.
In the US, we'll be shipping your books USPS Priority Mail so we can track each package. If your package comes to you damaged or fails to arrive, let us know and we'll do everything in our power to make it right.
Outside of the US, we'll ship your rewards USPS 1st Class Parcel Post.
This project is all about "BEYOND," and so our stretch goal plans are mostly improvements to the book. We'd love to add some process pages or other special content. Dane dreams of printed endpapers and foil stamped covers. Watch for updates to get more specific information when we get closer to our goal!
Risks and challenges
As with any book, most of the risks in hitting our projected delivery time involves shipping or printing delays. There have been reports of overseas shipments getting delayed coming through customs, so that is a potential challenge.
All of the artwork for the book is done, and the writing is well on its way. The peripheral products (poster, giclee, postcard, etc.) are all designed. Since we are printing them locally, delivery of those items shouldn't be a problem.
We want you to have your beautiful new book (and all the other rewards too!) as soon as possible. Of course, we will keep you updated if issues should arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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