Autumn has arrived - although a person would be forgiven for not realizing it here in Fukuoka. The weather has cooled off a touch from the blast furnace of summer, but there aren't any other obvious signs of Fall. No crisp evening air, no turning of the colors of leaves, no glistening frost in the early morning sun.
There is, in fact, only one clear signal that 2015 is beginning to wane: The 2016 Cut Paper Art Calendar has swung to life on Kickstarter!
Last year, the backers were, once again, very kind to us. Thanks to them we were able to not only print the 2015 Calendar, but also the Year of the Ram Laser Cut, and our first ever T-shirt. Without their (and your) help, none of that would have been possible.
I'm hoping that you will come with us on our little journey once again, and support us as we make some big changes to the 2016 Calendar. There's lots of new art, and a new cover. There's some great rewards and awesome stretch goals. We're asking backers to vote for art on a couple of the calendar pages too.
Above, you can see the goofy video I made, which I'm just a teensy bit proud of. We got seriously lucky earlier this year while taking a nice day trip to Nagasaki-prefecture's Ikinoshima island. We stumbled upon a shrine that was populated by legions of stone monkeys - many of whom were adamant to not see, hear, or speak of vile things. There were also a couple monkeys, which I blush to show here, that were less shy. Fertility shrine monkeys, apparently.