Welcome. You are a little late to the party, as this is a site promoting a 2012 wall calendar, which is likely flying by as you read this. Otherwise, you must be reading this from a post-apocalyptic space colony, sorting through cached webpages after retrieving a stray satellite containing fragments of what we once called “the internet”, but I’m glad to have you here anyway.
This site was dedicated to promoting and selling a project known as “The Apocalypse Calendar.” This project was originally created by me, Thomas Quinn, in early 2011. It had occurred to me that the next new year would be the long-anticipated 2012, made famous by the famously terrible Roland Emmerich film starring John Cusack, and widely known as the year the world would end according to certain interpretations of the Mayan calendar. The idea was to get a number of artists to create a page of a calendar featuring their own vision of the apocalypse.
I turned to artist friends from my past as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, and my present as a designer/artist working in Chicago, Illinois, as well as some assistance in finding some fine comic talent by Ryan Browne. The artists involved were given complete creative freedom to create whatever they would like without any edits or suggestions regarding subject matter. They were simply given a page size and a deadline and set loose. The actual calendar section, which I also researched and designed, contained “on this day” style notes highlighting the dates of major events and accomplishments, as well as birth dates of my favorite humans from throughout history, as a way of celebrating our soon-to-be-extinct civilization.
With the artwork set, I turned to Kickstarter to provide funding for the printing of the calendar. With the help of the collective promotional powers of the other artists, along with an interview with The Huffington Post, and a couple of nice posts by The Chicagoist and OMG Posters, the project reached pledgers from Rapid City, South Dakota to Sao Paulo, Brazil to Moscow, eventually exceeding the $7,500 goal for the project, and thus paying for the entire cost of printing 1,000 calendars. You can watch the video I produced to promote the project, with the help of Patrick Shaffner, to the right.
The calendar was then printed by Westcan Printing in Winnipeg, Canada, whom I highly recommend for all of your printing needs, and the calendar became available for regular purchase on this very website, with sales assisted by a timely and fortunate write up on io9, as well as an interview with The Columbia Chronicle. It was later sold on fab.com, who I could not have been happier working with. While credit is being given where credit is due, I would also like to thank Dan Scott and his UPS Store (4064 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL) for his assistance in shipping, and Challenger’s Comics for hosting a release party for the project.
When someone like me first commits to creating a project like this, you worry that you’ll sell 10 to your close friends and end up having 990 sitting in your attic. Looking back, I’m particularly happy with the global makeup of customers. For stat aficionados, here is a breakdown of the online purchases (brick-and-mortar sales aren’t quite as easy to track):
In the end, the project was not only a great success, but was fun as hell to be a part of, and I thank all of the artists for dedicating hours they could have spent preparing their bunker on making such fantastic artwork. I encourage you, reader, to click the ARTISTS and ARTWORK buttons at the top of this page to take a look. Also, if you do some clicking around (hint: the flags), you may stumble onto a page with free downloadable desktop wallpaper. While the project is now considered complete, if you absolutely have to have one of these calendars for yourself, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’m sure we can work something out.
Virtually signed, Thomas Quinn