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Planning on getting hurt? Never get lost in a hospital again when you have a copy of BIG HOSPITAL on hand.
Planning on getting hurt? Never get lost in a hospital again when you have a copy of BIG HOSPITAL on hand.
Planning on getting hurt? Never get lost in a hospital again when you have a copy of BIG HOSPITAL on hand.
487 backers pledged $26,417 to help bring this project to life.

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Detail: tandem operating room tables
Detail: tandem operating room tables

Have you ever found yourself in a large hospital jonesing for a box of Chuckles but don't know where to find the vending machines? Maybe you're looking for the room where your new-born baby is being incubated? Perhaps you were just released from a long stay in a quarantine chamber and you need to get home to feed your cat? BIG HOSPITAL can help! I'm working to finish this 4 foot x 5 foot pen & ink and watercolor drawing (see progress here with explanations of each stage) in order to make BIG HOSPITAL prints for both those who might want one and for those who absolutely need one. Similar to its predecessor BIG CANALBIG HOSPITAL also contains a secret sloppy room piled high with pink donuts. The heavy-weight, glossy very high quality print will be frame-ready at approx. 25 inches x 30 inches. Prints will be expertly surrounded by bubble wrap inside a hard mailing tube and include a 4000px download for your desktop.

Helipad, donut chamber, NICU, X-RAY facilities next to tube slide
Helipad, donut chamber, NICU, X-RAY facilities next to tube slide

But don't take my word for it - check out the TESTIFY video below to see what real doctors and risk-taking professionals are saying about BIG HOSPITAL:

Detail of Liquid Nitrogen tank cooling the skating rink below with pharmacy to the left and blood bank to the right.
Detail of Liquid Nitrogen tank cooling the skating rink below with pharmacy to the left and blood bank to the right.
Who needs Rogaine when you have Photoshop?
Who needs Rogaine when you have Photoshop?
Click image above for details on how BIG HOSPITAL was made.
Click image above for details on how BIG HOSPITAL was made.
                                              
Click here for a hi-res detail photo (shot with my camera, before being professionally shot)
Click here for a hi-res detail photo (shot with my camera, before being professionally shot)
Close up of semi-private in-patient room featuring photo booth and gaming table.
Close up of semi-private in-patient room featuring photo booth and gaming table.

I’m an artist who mostly draws. I launched this campaign in order to make prints of BIG HOSPITAL and get them into the hands of people who might like to look at it. BIG HOSPITAL is my second in a series of "BIG" drawings (BIG CANAL was my first). This drawing focuses on all of the delightful things you would find inside of a large hospital. If you're familiar with my kids book The Clock without a Face (with Mac Barnett and Eli Horowitz) - you'll know how many hours that you, your kids, their kids and their neighbors will get from staring at this drawing. A [great] tool [for learning about hospitals].

ink stage, before watercoloring
ink stage, before watercoloring

Important places to consider hanging your BIG HOSPITAL:

  • Any area where someone could get hurt 
  • Any area where floors could become slippery 
  • Any area where smoke detectors are a good idea 
  • Areas where there is even a slight possibility of asphyxiation, dehydration, over-medication, hypothermia or sadness

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BIG CANAL print - my previous Kickstarter campaign and the thing that gave me the confidence to make BIG HOSPITAL.
BIG CANAL print - my previous Kickstarter campaign and the thing that gave me the confidence to make BIG HOSPITAL.
                                                                   
HEAVY WATER 2-sided print. Back when I was a fancy lad and had a show in P-A-R-I-S. Not bragging.
HEAVY WATER 2-sided print. Back when I was a fancy lad and had a show in P-A-R-I-S. Not bragging.
SKETCHBOOK print. A great deal of ME to take in all at once. Perhaps too much.
SKETCHBOOK print. A great deal of ME to take in all at once. Perhaps too much.
Little handmade donut sculptures I made out of baked clay - each hand painted. Very cute. Do not eat. Packs up nicely. Perfect for when you need some real art during a hotel stay.
Little handmade donut sculptures I made out of baked clay - each hand painted. Very cute. Do not eat. Packs up nicely. Perfect for when you need some real art during a hotel stay.
FLU SAUCE public service poster. For those who wish others to be "in-the-know"
FLU SAUCE public service poster. For those who wish others to be "in-the-know"
Donut t-shirt in 5 colors printed exclusively for this campaign by the artists at Kayrock Editions in Brooklyn. ONLY AVAILABLE DURING THIS CAMPAIGN.
Donut t-shirt in 5 colors printed exclusively for this campaign by the artists at Kayrock Editions in Brooklyn. ONLY AVAILABLE DURING THIS CAMPAIGN.
Custom donut samples from the past. You tell me how you like it - I'll draw it for you.
Custom donut samples from the past. You tell me how you like it - I'll draw it for you.
Examples of custom drawings from my last campaign
Examples of custom drawings from my last campaign
                                                                       
Custom donut word watercolor drawing (example: TESTIFY)
Custom donut word watercolor drawing (example: TESTIFY)
One example of a custom bathroom watercolor drawing.
One example of a custom bathroom watercolor drawing.
Another custom bathroom reward example
Another custom bathroom reward example
#25a: MIAMI NARCO LORD gingerbread house from Dec. 2014 Lucky Peach Magazine. Click for Hi Res view (it's 3 MB)
#25a: MIAMI NARCO LORD gingerbread house from Dec. 2014 Lucky Peach Magazine. Click for Hi Res view (it's 3 MB)
       
DETAIL: #25a: MIAMI NARCO LORD. Click for Hi Res view (it's 3 mb)
DETAIL: #25a: MIAMI NARCO LORD. Click for Hi Res view (it's 3 mb)
ORIGINIAL WATERCOLOR apartment of Jigsy Squonk from the McSweeney's classic The Clock without a Face. 20" x 22". Click for hi res view (it's 3 mb)
ORIGINIAL WATERCOLOR apartment of Jigsy Squonk from the McSweeney's classic The Clock without a Face. 20" x 22". Click for hi res view (it's 3 mb)
 
Jugsy's apartment, detail. Click for hi res view (it's 3 mb)
Jugsy's apartment, detail. Click for hi res view (it's 3 mb)
ORIGINIAL WATERCOLOR apartment of The Artist from the McSweeney's classic The Clock without a Face. 20" x 22".
ORIGINIAL WATERCOLOR apartment of The Artist from the McSweeney's classic The Clock without a Face. 20" x 22".
ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR apartment of The Alchemist from the McSweeney's classic The Clock without a Face. 20" x 22"
ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR apartment of The Alchemist from the McSweeney's classic The Clock without a Face. 20" x 22"
ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR apartment of The Mime from the McSweeney's classic The Clock without a Face. 20" x 22"
ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR apartment of The Mime from the McSweeney's classic The Clock without a Face. 20" x 22"
ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR apartment of The Hoarder from the McSweeney's classic The Clock without a Face. 20" x 22"
ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR apartment of The Hoarder from the McSweeney's classic The Clock without a Face. 20" x 22"
13" x 16" study, "Small Clinic" I did before starting BIG HOSPITAL. Click here to see how BIG HOSPITAL was made.
13" x 16" study, "Small Clinic" I did before starting BIG HOSPITAL. Click here to see how BIG HOSPITAL was made.
Terrible slogan: "When BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages aren't enough, BIG HOSPITAL is there."
Terrible slogan: "When BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages aren't enough, BIG HOSPITAL is there."

OUTTAKES:

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Extra special thanks to:

  • John Culhane for shooting and editing all of the video
  • Nathan Parker Smith for composing music for the videos (buy his amazing new album here)
  • Matt Rockman as the PARAMEDIC
  • Karl and his talented crew at Kayrock Editions for printing the Donut T's and the Dozen-Donut prints.
  • Mark Wagner for getting me to start making prints in the first place
  • "Testify" video participants (in order of appearance): Dr. Aaron *&@%!, Steve Gennrich, Mark Hayward and Dr. Cappy Collins with Sandy Enuha + their adorable baby Harold. 
  • My wife and our two little boys for putting up with my shenanigans

Risks and challenges

Unless my right arm snaps off or both my eyeballs are poked out, I'm pretty sure I can fulfill all of the reward obligations people have pledged for in a timely manner (my last BIG CANAL campaign went swimmingly).

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    #4: BIG HOSPITAL PRINT
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    #4a: BIG HOSPITAL PRINT
    A signed heavy-weight, glossy approx. 25 inches x 30 inches (I will post links to inexpensive frames to fit the exact size soon - IKEA just discontinued my previous choice) BIG HOSPITAL print. Frame ready.

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    1 signed heavy-weight, very high quality 28" x 20" SKETCHBOOK poster. Includes a signed BIG HOSPITAL print.

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    #7: BIG HOSPITAL & BIG CANAL
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    #10: DONUT SCULPTURE
    An approx 1.5" sq hand-made, hand painted/signed clay [SUPER CUTE] pink frosted donut. One-of-a-kind. + Includes BIG HOSPITAL print. U.S. domestic only. Portable sculpture for any room. Packs up easily for when you travel want your hotel room to feel like home.

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    A rare guerilla poster that my punky bad-self used to paste up around Manhattan years ago in order to promote good health. It's a signed electrostatic transfer print on acid free 80# paper, 24" x 18". Includes a signed BIG HOSPITAL print.

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    #12: THREE BIG HOSPITAL PRINTS
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    #13: DONUT SHIRT
    A 5-color silkscreen donut on a gray shirt. Includes a signed BIG HOSPITAL print. Ships in 2 packages. I'll send a survey for your size. ONLY AVAILABLE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN

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    #18: TWO DONUT SHIRTS
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    #13p: DONUT SHIRT + BIG HOSP. AND BIG CANAL PRINTS
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    #20: CUSTOM DONUT WATERCOLOR DRAWING
    One 8" x 10" original donut pen & ink and watercolor drawing on watercolor paper - made WITH YOUR INPUT. I'll ask you how you want it after the campaign ends. Includes a signed BIG HOSPITAL print. BEST BARGAIN! Ships in two packages.

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    #21: DONUT WORD WATERCOLOR
    A watercolor drawing of THE WORD OF YOUR CHOICE (10 letters, max.) drawn in pink, strawberry frosted donuts. Includes a signed BIG HOSPITAL print. You will tell me your word at the end of the campaign. Ships in two packages.

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    #23: BATHROOM WATERCOLOR
    An original 9" x 11" watercolor drawing of my fantasy bathroom using a color scheme that YOU prefer. Includes 2 signed BIG HOSPITAL prints.

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    #24: DONUT LOVER
    One 8" x 10" original donut pen & ink and watercolor drawing made WITH YOUR INPUT, a donut word drawing of your choice, a 5-color donut silkscreened t-shirt and a little donut sculpture. + Includes the signed BIG HOSPITAL print. Ships in multiple packages.

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    #25a: MIAMI NARCO LORD
    The original approx. 20" x 12" pen & ink and watercolor painting on Fabriano Artistico 100% cotton paper. Appeared in Lucky Peach magazine in Dec. 2014. It's modelled after a gingerbread house - so that's why it's made of CANDY - SUBVERSIVE! You'll also get 2 signed BIG HOSPITAL prints and 2 signed BIG CANAL prints. Ships in separate packages.

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    #25b: SMALL CLINIC ORIGINAL
    The original 13" x 16" pen & ink and watercolor painting on Fabriano Artistico 100% cotton paper, "Small Clinic" I made before starting BIG HOSPITAL. You'll also get 3 big hospital prints.

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    #25c: "The Artist Apartment" - page from The Clock without a Face. The original signed 20" x 22" pen & ink and watercolor painting from the McSweeney's classic kids' mystery book. You'll also get 2 signed BIG HOSPITAL prints and 2 signed BIG CANAL prints. Ships in separate packages.

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    #25c: "The Clown Apartment" - page from The Clock without a Face. The original signed 20" x 22" pen & ink and watercolor painting from the McSweeney's classic kids' mystery book. You'll also get 2 signed BIG HOSPITAL prints and 2 signed BIG CANAL prints. Ships in separate packages.

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    #25c: "The Alchemist Apartment" - page from The Clock without a Face. The original signed 20" x 22" pen & ink and watercolor painting from the McSweeney's classic kids' mystery book. You'll also get 2 signed BIG HOSPITAL prints and 2 signed BIG CANAL prints. Ships in separate packages.

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    #25c: "The Hoarder Apartment" - page from The Clock without a Face. The original signed 20" x 22" pen & ink and watercolor painting from the McSweeney's classic kids' mystery book. You'll also get 2 signed BIG HOSPITAL prints and 2 signed BIG CANAL prints. Ships in separate packages.

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    #25c: "The Mime Apartment" - page from The Clock without a Face. The original signed 20" x 22" pen & ink and watercolor painting from the McSweeney's classic kids' mystery book. You'll also get 2 signed BIG HOSPITAL prints and 2 signed BIG CANAL prints. Ships in separate packages.

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    #26: REAL DONUT TATTOO
    I'll get a small donut drawing of my choice tattooed somewhere on my body. I decide where. You'll get 10 big hospital prints and a stern shake-of-the-finger from my mother. I'll document the process for your sick edification. FREE SHIPPING.

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