You Are My Sunshine

While I was up in Boston, I was able to work on a project very close to my heart. My cousin Missy contacted me after her sister, my cousin Jessica, passed away from colon cancer asking me if I could make her a set of posters based on the song ‘You Are My Sunshine.’ It took me awhile to come up with a design I felt good about, and when I realized once I knew I was going to Boston, that I could print these exactly how I envisioned.

The first of the two Sunshine posters took 4 runs through the press, a white undercoat, a pressure print, a linoleum cut and some wood type.

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The second also took 4 runs, the same linoleum cut, more wood type in two different colors of blue and a pressure print over the top in a very light blue.

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These two prints are in honor and celebration of my cousin Jessica, and a portion of the proceeds of each limited edition poster will go to the Colon Cancer Alliance in her name.

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The 2 Poster set can be purchased here for $75 with $25 going to the CCA.

Individual Posters can be purchased here & here for $40 with $15 going to the CCA.

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30 for 15!

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That’s right, I’m marking all 11×14 posters down to $15 each until I can sell 30 total. I have never marked prices down this low… so why now, you ask? Well, I’m trying to fund a trip up to Boston to teach a workshop and print a whole new series of posters!

This new series is one I have been pondering for some time now, and I really want to get them out of my head and onto some paper. This past week I used my Poco Proof Press to attempt to print one of these posters. I wouldn’t say it was a disaster, but my lovely Poco is just not equipped for printing something like this. With a large print that needs insanely close registration, and will be printed in 8 runs, I really need to use a press with a built in registration system… like, say, a Vandercook?

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My super awesome friend Regina, who is the print shop tech at the Boston Paper Collective will be driving down South during the first part of April and, if I can get a little more money in my pocket, I can drive back with her, teach a letterpress workshop at the Boston Paper Collective AND print this new series of posters on their wonderful Vandercook.

Between applying for Grad school, studio bills, and general living expenses, this trip can’t happen without a little help from all my friends. If I can sell 30 posters for $15 each, I can make this happen. If you buy a poster, you will also be the first to be able to buy this new round of posters and for $5 less than their retail price (of $35/each). What a crazy awesome deal!!!

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This new series is somewhat secretive and sly, and takes a little bit of explaining. Each poster will contain multiple colored squares (at 36pt). Each color represents one of the twelve most frequently used letters in the English language: ETAOIN SHRDLU. Punctuation will be set in 36pt. Franklin Gothic. Each print will be a short portion of lyrics from different well-known songs. I will not divulge what songs are represented, that is up to the viewer to discover.

If you would like to help me in this endeavor, go to my etsy site and buy some prints!

mlkandtoastpress.etsy.com 

Thanks for your support,

Megan L. King 

Type Tilley!

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Okay. So I went a little insane these past few weeks. I was very much recharged by going to Hatch Show, and I went through with my idea for the New Yorker's 2011 Eustace Tilley contest. Eustace Tilley was on the very first cover of the New Yorker back in 1925 and for the past few years they do a contest for a Eustace Tilley cover for their anniversary. I decided to submit something. The winner gets their design printed on the cover and on book bags at the Strand, plus $1000 gift card to the Strand (I would get sooooo many more books). If nothing else, I'm very proud of myself for actually finishing this beast. 

Here are the deets:

Each layer was created with either handset wood or metal type and printed on a Poco No. 0 Proof Press (Manufactured around 1930). The layers were then combined both manually and digitally to create the final image. Everything was created and printed by me, Megan Leann King at MLK&toast Press. www.mlkandtoast.com

and here's the link: 

1st post of the New Year!

Oh, hi 2011. 

I realized I have forgotten to mention a few printing excursions. So… 

1. Back in early December Chris and I went to the Pop-Up Shop (thing) in Atlanta. I checked out Yee-Haw Industries out of Knoxville, talked to the dudes there and picked up a few things… nothing major, since I'm still in search of a full time gig. But I bought a mini calender and a robot card. 

2. I asked for a ton of letterpress posters for Christmas, and ended up getting all of them. Starshaped Press- Urban Gardening Poster, Hijirik Studios- Live What you Love, Oddball press- ABC's & 123's. I need to figure out how to frame them now. Chris also got me the Ork Neighborhood Poster of Portland. I really wish the Boston one included Cambridge (but then I guess it wouldn't be Boston). 

3. On our way home, we drove to Nashville and stopped in at the awe-inspiring Hatch Show Print. Holy Crap that place is awesome. Chris said it reminded him of Ollivander's Wand Shop from Harry Potter, just replace wands with wood type. I spent a little too much money there… and totally would have spent more. I got one of their new T-Shirts, A Triple Johnny Cash Poster, an Uncle Dave Macon Mini Poster and one that I couldn't find an image from (and am too lazy to photograph) that says, "Never Boring Always Printing". 

4. Back in September Chris and I travelled up to the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, WI. I want to spend hours upon hours in there, but of course I couldn't. I did however pick up this rad poster. Still probably my favorite poster- Broken Type. 

I'm getting back to organizing my google book stuff, so I'm going to try and get better at posting more of them. 

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