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Papa Possum's First Little Book of Satires

The 1st book by American political satirist Papa Possum. 14 original satires in verse with accompanying illustrations and notations.

Papa Possum's First Little Book of Satires

The 1st book by American political satirist Papa Possum. 14 original satires in verse with accompanying illustrations and notations.

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Last updated April 15, 2014

About

The Project

    "Libellus•Primus•Saturarum - First Little Book of Satires" is the first book by American political satirist Papa Possum. Fourteen original satires in verse with accompanying illustrations and notations are contained in its pages.  The book, started in 2010 as a side project to the Papa Possum blog, is almost complete. If you have not yet read the Papa Possum satires, then consider this project an introduction. If you have read them, and if their message of Liberty and Classical Liberalism resonates with you, then join the campaign.

The Remaining Work

    An estimated 2 - 3 months are needed to complete the book.  Approximately 40 references remain which need research, notation, and citation.  When these references are completed, the book will go through its final proofing and editing.  When the final proofing and editing is completed, the book will go to an on-demand publisher. When the finished book is uploaded to the on-demand publisher, the delivery of rewards will begin.

The Rewards

    The rewards in this campaign are based on the book, the blog, and the nature of artistic political satire.  The rewards stack, so a reward at a specific level includes all previous upgraded rewards.  An upgrade is a change, not an addition, to a previous reward: e.g. an upgrade to a signed and numbered copy of paperback edition removes the unsigned copy of the paperback edition from the list of stacked rewards.

    Tangible rewards, other than copies of the book, include a Papa Possum Collector's Card, an Artisan Vellum Bookplate, a print of a particular Single Satire which will appear in the book, and the Accompanying Illustration to that particular Single Satire.  A sample of each of these is included in its own following section.

The Collector's Card

    The Papa Possum Collector's Card is a double sided, color, 3.5" x 2" card.  The card is signed, numbered, and laminated.

The Artisan Vellum Bookplate

    The Artisan Vellum Bookplate is printed on a sheet of 3" x 4" genuine artisan vellum.  For rewards which include it, the book plate is signed, numbered, and affixed inside a copy of the hardcover edition of the book.

The Illustrations

    Some of the rewards include a print of a specially commissioned illustration which appears in the book.  In the following section on the satires, each entry includes a cropped, watermarked sample region of the full illustration.

The Satires

    Classic satire is more social commentary and artistic ridicule than outright comedy.  The Papa Possum satires hold to this style and sensibility.  The satires to be featured in the book first appeared on the Papa Possum blog from late 2008 to mid 2011.  A synopsis of each satire is listed below. Each synopsis includes a cropped, watermarked sample region of its full illustration. Each synopsis is titled with a link to the full text of the satire.  The synopses are listed in the order in which the satires will appear in the book.  If you are new to the Papa Possum satires, then take some time to read what the book will feature.  Enjoy, or not.

Now In The Center Ring 

    President Obama's dependence on his teleprompter is presented as the main attraction in the D.C. three ring circus.

Chopenhange

    President Obama's 2008 campaign slogan and promises are presented as the pitch to an Old West traveling snake oil show.

Marx The Angry Munchkin 

    German philosopher Karl Marx is cast as a Grinch-like misanthropist who devises a master plan to extinguish all mankind.

Little Billy Pipebomb 

    A recap of the life, times, and claims to infamy of unconvicted domestic terrorist Bill Ayers.

George Bush's Fault

    An exposition of some of the more ridiculous things for which President George W. Bush has been blamed, and an identification of one thing for which he actually is to blame.

Old Sun Tzu

    The age of American politics no longer ending "at the water's edge" is juxtaposed against relevant advice contained in Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu's "The Art of War".

Georgie Sorgie

    The January 20th, 2009 transition of the office of President from George W. Bush to Barack Obama is cast as the coronation of Dread King George Soros.

Brother Al's Traveling Ecopalypse Show

    A recap of the rise of Vice President Al Gore to the position of Holy Prophet of the World Church of Eco-Marxism.

Happy Birthday, O Dear Leader

    The first installment in what was to become a Papa Possum yearly tradition, a birthday poem for Dear Leader Barack Obama.

Leviathan 

    Thomas Hobbes wrote "Leviathan", his treatise on State power. In a nod to him, Constitutional Lawyer Mark Levin popularized the term "Leviathan" when referring to our federal seat of power. In a nod to both, Papa Possum's "Leviathan" casts our federal seat of power as a malevolent being of insatiable appetite.

Historia Dea Stili

    The force of History is reimagined as a goddess who is can never be obscured despite the unending attempts of the powerful.

Happy Birthday, O Dear Leader, Year Two

    The second installment in the Papa Possum yearly tradition of a birthday poem for Dear Leader Barack Obama in which D.C. is cast as the decadent French court at Versailles.

The Bones of Bolívar

    The unbelievable but true story of how, in a cynical ploy to retain power, Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez exhumed the grave of South American hero Simón Bolívar.

An Accounting

    Originally a final paper in a class on Ethical Individualism, this piece is an exposition of the major philosophical schools of thought which were taught in that class, each of which are either accepted or rejected by the author of the Papa Possum satires.

The Book Layout

    All editions of the book are formatted as 6" x 9" U.S. Trade.  The satires in the paperback and hardcover editions are rendered in a specially licensed, distressed font.  Each satire is paired with a specially commission illustration.  To provide context, each satire is also notated with end notes and works cited.  The majority of cited works are available online.

Conclusion: The Making of The Book

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    I'm Rick Poach, the author of the Papa Possum satires. In 2008, I started writing classic political satire in verse and posting it to a blog.  It wasn't long before I had enough satires to fill a little book.  I knew that there was no publisher that would accept a manuscript of political satire in verse, especially from an unknown blogger, so I knew that I had to publish the book myself.  So, I started learning the LaTeX typesetting language, I commissioned an illustrator, and I delved into legals and licensing.  Soon, the first collection of Papa Possum satires, "Libellus•Primus•Saturarum - First Little Book of Satires", started to take shape.  As I was working on the book, I realized that, as time passes, the popular context which gives political satires its edge is often forgotten.  So, I decided to add that context.  It turned out that adding the context was a huge project.  However, I'm happy to say that the first little book of satires is almost finished.  To finish the first little book of satires, I started this Kickstarter campaign.  The rewards are based on the blog and the book.  Many of the rewards are signed and numbered to be collectibles.  So, if you've ever stopped by the Papa Possum blog and liked what you've read, if you've ever felt that the everyman character of Papa Possum spoke for you, if you think there's a place in our political discourse for classic satire in verse, then join me in this campaign.  Thank you.

Risks and challenges

1) Finishing the book - I have projected 2 - 3 months to complete the needed context, proofreading, and negotiating with an on-demand publisher. If more time is needed, I will post an updated projection to this project.

2) Fulfillment - I have set the rewards based upon worst case cost projections. If the costs exceed projections, I will post the situation to this project, contact each unfulfilled backer via email, and attempt to come to a fair settlement.

3) Force majeure - Any unforeseen, catastrophic event which would render the fulfillment of any of these rewards unreasonable (e.g.: death of the author, catastrophic illness of the author, etc.) nullifies any obligation to or expectation of fulfillment or refund of any reward until such time which any said unforeseen, catastrophic event should resolve. If possible, any instance of a Force majeure event will be posted to this project.

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