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Scorpion Dagger is an art book by James Kerr featuring his remixes of Early and Northern Renaissance paintings. Published by Anteism!
Scorpion Dagger is an art book by James Kerr featuring his remixes of Early and Northern Renaissance paintings. Published by Anteism!
Scorpion Dagger is an art book by James Kerr featuring his remixes of Early and Northern Renaissance paintings. Published by Anteism!
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SCORPION DAGGER//James Kerr
//ART BOOK

No longer just an internet phenomenon, Scorpion Dagger is soon to be coming out with a beautifully bound, hand-crafted Art Book via Anteism Publishing (but only with your support).

These renaissance mashups will be finely printed and bound, with in-depth texts and new Scorpion Dagger artworks.   Additional content will be viewable with Augmented Reality media, showing select bizzarro GIF animations.
To read more about Artist James Kerr and this book,  please read our interview with Vice's Creators Project here.

Thanks to our augmented reality media partner Metaio,  readers will be able to view the added digital content with the use of a tablet, smartphone or wearable device.

Why Back this project on Kickstarter?
 As a project backer, you will be kept up to date on the innovative and exciting process of producing this work  - you will learn the ins and outs of traditional book making, from printing to binding and more, as well as witness the innovation and creation of new publishing techniques in the burgeoning field of Augmented Reality!

Last, but not least, you are eligible through your support for a host of great rewards including, at certain levels, a finished, first edition copy of the book, which is as much a work of art in and of itself as it is a catalogue of Kerr’s artworks.

What is Anteism?
Anteism is a small Canadian publishing company, established in 2003, which works closely with artists to produce and publish seamless hand-made artist books. To learn more about Anteism please click here.

James Kerr on working with Anteism:

"I've been toying with the idea of putting a book together for a while, but couldn't really think of a fun and interesting way of presenting one. Literally a couple days after downloading some book making app, out of nowhere, I got word that Anteism were interested in making a book with me and that they wanted to do it with some Augmented Reality - - I kinda freaked. They make such nice books, and at about the 10 second mark of our first meeting, I was in."

What is an Augmented Book?

Use the app for GIF animation
Use the app for GIF animation

Like the best art books on your shelf, Scorpion Dagger will be a great read with fine reproductions and in-depth texts on the artist's work. Many of the 100+ colour pages will also use an Augmented Reality media to transform the printed image to an animation viewable through a custom app and phone or tablet. 

Augmented reality is changing how we use print media!

As a method to fuse the gap between digital artists and the print and publishing industry, augmented print is a true innovation to the changing face of art books, and opens up possibilities we would like to showcase in Scorpion Dagger.

AR is in its early stages as a media, and supporters are helping shape the future of the medium by showcasing what can be done.
Thanks to METAIO and our KICKSTARTER backers, we will be able to make this book happen!

Rewards!

5$ + Augmented postcard

A postcard of an image from the Scorpion Dagger book, complete with AR features!

15$ Christmas Cards, set of 3


$ 25 - Softcover Book

$30 - Scorpion Dagger T-Shirt

This graphic tee is a collaboration with Montreal-based Norwegian Wood!
Unisex, handmade cotton, in sizes S,M,L.

$40 - Scorpion Dagger - Hardcover book

$40 - Jesus Blow-up Poster

  13"x19", open edition, digitally printed on matte artpaper

 $90 - Hardcover, Limited edition Scorpion Dagger book

Signed by artist,  with a slipcase and other goodies!

$250 - Limited Edition Scorpion Dagger Print!

 LIMITED EDITION PRINT! Featured landscape scene featuring various characters from Scorpion Dagger GIFS . Numbered edition of 100, Printed in archival inks and a certificate of authenticity signed by artist James Kerr.

$900 - Scorpion Dagger Giphoscope!

Scorpion Dagger Giphoscope, single-edition chosen from the archive of GIF artwork found at www.scorpiondagger.com

A note on how to use Kickstarter to make a pledge:

To make a pledge to SCORPION DAGGER click the green “Back This Project” button. You will be asked to enter your pledge amount and select a reward. Then, you will go through and must complete the checkout process. If the project is successfully funded, your card will be charged when the book reaches its funding deadline. The book and rewards are expected to be published late October 2014

Every cent that you contribute will go directly to the design, development and production of Scorpion Dagger book and rewards. Any additional funds raised will go towards improving the production of the book, app development and extra perks. If the target funding goal is reached, Scorpion Dagger book project will proceed!  If the target amount is not reached, your contribution via credit card or PayPal will not be charged.

Here's some great interviews with Scorpion Dagger!

Renaissance Paintings Make for Hilarious (Kiiinda Sacrilegious) GIF Mashups , Margaret Rhodes, Wired Magazine, 08.01.14

Comments

"In an act of da Vinci-esque brilliance, the Montreal-based illustrator has combined the mastery of early Renaissance paintings with the comic stylings of a Mike Judge television show. His site “Scorpion Dagger” features GIFs of beer-chugging priests, crowd-surfing disciples, and Jesus with a jetpack." - 
Margaret Rhodes ,  Wired

"A clever way to make fun of the renaissance and to incorporate it in  our contemporary world." Lodown Magazine


"Too funny for words, we love these high-larious GIFs by the wicked Scorpion Dagger." Juxtapoz

Scorpion Dagger Team:

Artist:  James Kerr
Publisher/Production:
Harley Smart
Video Production :
Matus Racek @ 5443
Production assistant:
Brent Morley Smith
Copy Editing: Tereza Racekova
Promotion:  Audrey Ann Lavallée
Sound:  Arthur Comeau + Renji Condore,  Alphé Gagné
Writing: Neal Rockwell

Sounds by Authur Comeau
Sounds by Authur Comeau
Thanks to DVSN for their sponsorship!
Thanks to DVSN for their sponsorship!
Division is an interactive advertising agency specializing in web, print, motion, new media and online game strategies, the internet, interactive e-commerce. 

Risks and challenges

Successful integration of the AR technology at hand is our focus with this book. Properly presenting the work the way we envision requires development new to both artist and publisher, and poses the biggest challenge in terms of meeting our proposed timeline.

Previously, we were faced with extensive costs for development of our augmented reality media; with support from Metaio, we are now able to lower our budget substantially and offer our rewards at more affordable prices.

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    POSTCARD of Scorpion Dagger artwork, augmented to show GIF.

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    SOFTCOVER BOOK! Scorpion Dagger's softcover book will have a snazzy cover decoration of foil emboss on a leatherette cover. Inside is a wonderful read of critical text falling into Tumblr comments, and images coming alive on the page!
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    Unisex Cotton T Shirt - White with graphic by Scorpion Dagger Scorpion Dagger and designer Norwegian Wood collaboration, "Feast or Famine"
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    HARDCOVER TABLE BOOK Beautifully bound hardcover, fine color printing on matte artpaper. Full of NEW Scorpion Dagger works and featuring augmented reality functions! 8X10"

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    NEW! Montage Poster of JC on blow-up SALE cross, to turn your wall into a mesmerizing dance party!

    Open edition, printed digitally on a heavy-weight art paper, animated with Junaio augmented reality app.

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    BE IN A SCORPION DAGGER GIF! Send us a selphy and have your face appear in the background of a new GIF featured on ScorpionDagger.com

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    LIMITED EDITION
    This handbound book will be numbered and signed by James Kerr. Hardcover table book, full of NEW Scorpion Dagger works and featuring augmented reality functions! Includes animated lenticular slipcase, decorative covers, fine printing, and other surprises!

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    LIMITED EDITION PRINT! Featured landscape scene featuring various characters from Scorpion Dagger GIFS . Numbered edition of 100, Printed in archival inks and a certificate of authenticity signed by artist James Kerr.

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    SCORPION DAGGER and a friend will come to your home and make you a vegetarian dinner, do the dishes and take out the trash. And give you a softcover copy of the book!
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    GIPHOSCOPE + HARDCOVER BOOK Artwork by Scorpion Dagger displayed analogically with a handcrafted Giphoscope. These are beautifully crafted, one-off single edition GIFFs built into the wonderful Giphoscope viewer. Not one Giphoscope is the same! Choice of GIFF will be from the entire ScorpionDagger.com website on a first-come basis.

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