Postertext is a set of products aimed squarely at readers who like art. Rather than depicting straight-up pieces of art, these artworks are silhouetted images comprised entirely of text. But not just any text; Postertext uses the text from classic literature, including science fiction and fantasy stories.
I got my grubby little hands on their 2014 Literary Poster Calendar and I must say, I was quite impressed. It’s quite large for a calendar, measuring 15 x 28 inches. It’s also spiralbound, holding heavy cardstock paper. When you start looking at what’s inside, the size and paper weight make more sense.
The 2014 Literary Poster Calendar contains 12 pieces of art, one for each month of the year. Each page is a picture comprised of text only — no lines and no edges. Here’s what reader’s will like; the text used is an entire short story and the picture itself is related to that story. So, for example, the artwork for “The Shunned House” by H.P. Lovecraft is a picture of a house and skull comprised of the text from the story. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving is the horse rider holding up his pumpkin head.
As Patrick Rothfuss noted on his blog, right now you can get a supercool calendar and help out some worthwhile charities when you do.
Here’s a description of the 2014 “Beyond Words” Fantasy Author Calendar, which includes beautiful photography by Lauren Zurchin:
Award-winning photographer Lauren Zurchin has created a fantasy photography calendar with fourteen world-famous authors: Holly Black, Gail Carriger, Cassandra Clare, Tessa Gratton, Lauren Kate, Gregory Maguire, Brandon Mull, Lauren Oliver, Christopher Paolini, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Maggie Stiefvater, Tad Williams, and Brenna Yovanoff.
Each month features a photograph of a different author (or authors, in one case) dressed in custom costumes made by Lauren, and placed in unique locations with one-of-a-kind props. The overall effect is sometimes dark, sometimes ethereal, sometimes whimsical, and completely fantasy.
Proceeds will go to two charities: First Book and Worldbuilders.
Here about this awesome calendar in their own words, right here:
Hugo Award-winning and Chesley Award-winning artist John Picacio has just announced a Kickstarter project for a new 2014 calendar. The campaign is seeking to fund a deluxe 2014 calendar featuring the first twelve of John Picacio’s Loteria artworks, including exclusive, limited, giant-sized Loteria art cards called Grandes.
I picked up last year’s calendar and it’s a fantastic, high-quality keeper.
Sez Picacio of this year’s calendar:
This full-color 12” x 12” 2014 wall calendar features all-new artwork inspired by Loteria, the classic Mexican game of chance.
My mother and grandmother played this with me, when I was a kid. It works very much like Bingo, but instead of letters and numbers, it uses little pictogram icons. I’m creating new art that reimagines these icons in my own way, and this calendar features the first of those works.
The design includes a big, bold centerfold poster of one of the artworks — and Kickstarter backers will decide which one is selected!
This is the second product from my company, Lone Boy, and I want the final result to be the best I can possibly give you. The calendar’s cover will be printed on 12 pt. premium paper stock, with a satin aqueous-coated finish, and the interior pages will be printed on 100# text.
You won’t find many art calendars where the artist has not only created the artwork, but also personally designed and overseen every detail. This is that kind of calendar. It’s available exclusively here, via this Kickstarter campaign. This is an offering from me to you, with all best wishes to you and yours for 2014.
Wanna see some of the artwork?
Hugo Award-winning and Chesley Award-winning artist John Picacio has just announced a Kickstarter project for a 2013 calendar featuring twelve of his fantastic illustrations.
This is the debut project of John’s new company, Lone Boy, and it promises to be something worth showing off. It’s being produced to John’s normal high quality standards. It will be printed on 12 pt. premium paper stock with a satin aqueous-coated finish, and is sure to look absolutely beautiful. John has not only illustrated the artwork that appears within the calendar, but he has also designed the calendar itself. One thing worth noting: whereas most calendars feature artwork occupying a 12″ x 12″ page, this calendar will devote more space to the stunning illustrations that are included.
What pieces are included? Glad you asked! Each month, you’ll see the artist’s cover illustration from the following:
Worldbuilders, a non-profit organization founded by Patrick Rothfuss, is raising money for their cause by offering a 2013 Fantasy Pin-Up Calendar. All proceeds from the sale of the calendar will go to Worldbuilders in support of Heifer International.
Each month the calendar will feature a pin-up based on a different author’s works and/or characters illustrated by Lee Moyer. Participating authors include: