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New book [Apr. 30th, 2012|07:45 am]
kyle cassidy
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[music |Meat Loaf: Heaven Can Wait]

So much going on it's hard to prioritize, but I guess the big news is that Neil Freaking Gaiman and I have a new book coming out. As a reward for the new Amanda Palmer album kickstarter. The book is called "The Bed Song" and it's a fumetti about that song.

That's the good news. The bad news (for some of you) is that it's a limited edition and each copy costs $1,000.

Not kidding.

Here's the blurb, and a thumbnail of one of the images.

Extremely limited edition book written by Neil Gaiman, with lyrics by Amanda Palmer, and, most importantly, fine art photographs by Kyle Cassidy. The edition will be limited to 666 signed and numbered copies. We will make our best efforts to give out numbers in the order that the Kickstarter support is signed up for (the earlier you order, the lower your edition number). PLUS a Kickstarter-backer edition of the album on vinyl AND CD, PLUS a signed copy of the art book, PLUS a digital download & thank-you card.

Ever since I've known her, and it's been nearly a decade, Amanda Palmer has really been at the crest of the wave of whatever the record industry was turning into and kickstarting her new album without the benefit of a record company is just another dance in front of a bunch of baffled people in New York who still think things are like they were when they signed Led Zeppelin.

She's going to get far more from her listeners than she ever would have gotten from a record company and, in return, they're getting a whole lot more back. She launched the kickstarter at midnight and, last I checked, it's already half way funded. It's going to pay for the album recording, the tour, it's going to pay for me to take photos of the band. It's a good thing, and this is the way that things are going to happen for a while now anyway.

So ... I have a new book on the way. It's beautiful. It has naked people in it. And Neil Gaiman sent me a script for a comic book.

That's not all, but that's all for now.

Do something special today.

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[User Picture]From: spacedlaw
2012-04-30 03:55 pm (UTC)
3/4 funded. Amazing. This is tempting but a little dear, no matter how much I love you guys and your various art forms.
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[User Picture]From: spacedlaw
2012-04-30 03:58 pm (UTC)
As today's special, I wrote a poem to my headache. But it didn't take the hint.
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[User Picture]From: fabricdragon
2012-04-30 04:17 pm (UTC)
i wish i had the money.....
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[User Picture]From: dd_b
2012-04-30 04:40 pm (UTC)
From the Kickstarter page
Pledge $100 or more:
{BACKER-EXCLUSIVE SIGNED ART BOOK} a copy of the forthcoming heavyweight art book/album companion…SIGNED BY YOURS TRULY, AFP. includes over 70 pieces of artwork created by over 30 artists inspired by songs on the album, along with photographs, writings, lyrics, musings, meet-the-artist bios, and interviews.

So the book seems to be "only" $100.

(Also, an edition of 666 at $1000 is a bit ambitious even by Kickstarter standards.)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-04-30 04:56 pm (UTC)
you're lookin' at the wrong one!
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[User Picture]From: anmorata
2012-04-30 06:44 pm (UTC)
Annnnd.. we're funded! :)
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[User Picture]From: gershwhen
2012-05-01 02:47 am (UTC)
If you go to the page it gets more depressing.

There are $5,000 and $10,000 levels. The kickstarter target may be $100K, but if all of the "limited edition" items sell, they're looking at $1.2M, plus whatever they take in from the unlimited sales.

So, cutting out the record company/middle man certainly sends an interesting message.
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[User Picture]From: solstice_lilac
2012-04-30 07:50 pm (UTC)
The above comment says pretty closely what I was struggling to express. It's great that this project (and others like it) can generate enough support to ensure that the work gets done, the art gets made, the tour goes on the road, the fans get the music and the books, and the artists get paid, all without corporate sponsorship! But from my perspective, donations of $1000 and up are how the other half rocks -- and solicitations for such high premiums are kind of alienating and discouraging. If this is the future of art and music, I guess I really had better start making my own!
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[User Picture]From: lawbabeak
2012-04-30 08:51 pm (UTC)
Any hope of a traveling exhibit for those of us plebians without $1000, who live nowhere near any of the cities it will show?

Again, I echo the comments above: swell prize, you needed something for bigger donors (and I recognize the need for them), but we've been getting teasers about this for a while now. And I have a friend in one of the photos. And the majority of people excited about the project do not yet seem to have a way of viewing the finished product. Which is kind-of poopy.

Hell, why not put a few up for raffle, at least. But I'd really like to see it.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-04-30 09:59 pm (UTC)
Don't know. My contract says that the art can be used on all sorts of things and that I'll get my originals back in a year. So you might see them on other things, some or all of them might be in the cheaper book and in a year they might be in the gallery under my sofa.
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[User Picture]From: lawbabeak
2012-05-01 12:23 am (UTC)
Gallery Under Kyle's Sofa?!?!?!! That's even MORE exclusive! Tatty will be guarding it fiercely. Perhaps I could get Roswell to let me in under the guise of giving her her diabetus shot.

Huzzah for Potential!
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[User Picture]From: matociquala
2012-04-30 10:08 pm (UTC)
congrats, man.
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[User Picture]From: xtingu
2012-04-30 10:35 pm (UTC)
Yaaay! Congrats!

So I gotta know... Can you divulge which models' shots they wound up using?
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[User Picture]From: tigerinvaseline
2012-05-01 05:28 am (UTC)
All I can say is :D .
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[User Picture]From: Kara DeCarlo
2012-05-01 04:34 pm (UTC)
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