stevenlebron: steven lebron volume 1, coming soon I’m happy…



stevenlebron:

steven lebron volume 1, coming soon

I’m happy to announce that the book projecting I’ve been touting for months now is finally getting to the point where it’s near completion for printing. This has been a project I’ve been working on for most of this year. As I’m writing this, I can tell you that there are eight pieces of writing that are going through final edits and revisions right now, and my art director Mark Malazarte is hard at work putting together the last few layouts for my review. 

Below is more details on how you can stay updated with the project and its eventual Kickstarter campaign and what you should expect from the book. 

1. What is this book about?

It is a project to both demonstrate my passion for sports and also to show the possibilities of the collaboration between art and writing. One of the best things I’ve discovered since I’ve become immersed with the online sports community are all the other people who share the same creative drive as me, whether it is expressed through words, illustrations or something else entirely. 

The book — which I expect to come in at around 40-60 pages — will feature some of my previous writing along with new pieces that explore the meaning of sports through the relationships I’ve developed with some of the athletes I’ve followed; some more recently, some for several decades. 

The order of the articles are still to be determined, but the book will include pieces on: Kobe Bryant, Jeremy Lin, Vince Carter, Michael Jordan, NMA Animations, Barry Bonds, Arthur Ashe, Dwight Howard, John Strickland, the oral history of Norman Einstein’s, Tom Thibodeau, Rip Hamilton, Gregg Popovich, Dennis Rodman, Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe and my high school basketball career. 

2. What will it look like?

I’m happy to share a few draft layouts from the book so far:

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3. Who else is involved with the project?

Artists who have contributed to the project: Nathan McKee, J.O. Applegate of Bouncex3, Tessa Chong, Mike McGrath, Jeffrey Dowdy, Leon Jimenez and Maddison Bond.

Contributing writers and editors: David Roth of The Classical and SB Nation, Andrew Ungvari and Andrew Forbes

4. Why Kickstarter?

Once the book is finalized early in the new year and I’ve received a proof copy from the print company, I will be launching a Kickstarter campaign.

The purpose of the campaign is to help recoup the printing and shipping costs involved. The preliminary cost of each book will be $20 based on this premise. 

Without boring you with the actual details, a few things: I’ve received a lot of positive feedback on the project so far, so I am cautiously optimistic as to how many people will be interested in this. But at the minimum, I will commit to printing a set amount of copies and absorb the sunk costs should the demand come in below my expectations. 

Because Kickstarter collects a fee (approximately 8%, I believe) for successfully funded projects, it will take a particular threshold of books sold for me to break even. 

At a certain sales threshold, I may end up seeing a profit. But I’m committed to donating any leftover funds after recouping print and shipping costs to a worthy cause. What that is, I have not decided yet and will research ahead of the campaign.

I suppose the point I want to make is this: I’ve spent countless hours on this project but it’s never been about profiting from folks who enjoy sports and writing as much as I do. Sure, the ulterior motive here is that I do want as many people to discover my writing as possible. But I don’t want to be putting money into my pocket for a project born strictly out of my own personal interest and desire with sports writing. 

5. How can I help with the project or get updates on it?

If you’re interested in the project, simply click here and enter your email address to join the mailing list. To date, I have not sent out a single email, and I promise I will not spam your inbox with daily updates. This is strictly for me to both gauge the initial level of interest on the project to assess the correct print level to commit to and also allow me to send an email to everyone once the Kickstarter campaign is live. 

If you want to make this project happen and ensure that the people who love sports like I do discover this, I encourage you to share the link to this post with anyone you know and across your social networks, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, reblogging to your Tumblr, or even if you want to Instagram DM someone with it. Do it. 

As much as this project is about me, it’s also about demonstrating how collaborative the online medium is. And please do know, I appreciate every one of you that’s helped with spreading the word so far. I’ll need that much more help as the book finally becomes available. 

6. What’s next?

The rest of this month, I will be focused on wrapping up editing the aforementioned eight remaining pieces. It’s very close and I’m working through it on a daily basis. I’m also working with Mark Malazarte on finalizing the layout. 

If all goes well, I am aiming to have the book completed and set to print by the end of January next year at the latest. Pleasant or unpleasant surprises might come up that will shift the date earlier or later, but when it’s ready, the Kickstarter campaign will go live, and we’re off. 

7. Anything else?

I think I’ve written enough. If you’ve ever enjoyed any of my writing on the blog, I hope you will be interested in this project too. I’m very excited and nervous about this, but mostly excited. 

Thank you all for reading this.

Be in touch soon. 

stevenlebron: Important: My Writing Index I’ve been meaning…



stevenlebron:

Important: My Writing Index

I’ve been meaning to do this for awhile now, to pull all of my writing for the past few years on this blog on one page. Sure, the Tumblr archive is nice, but there’s really no cohesive way to browse someone’s writing through images on a page. 

So here it is: my writing index.

Everything categorized by their own sections, in descending chronological order. The time I spent a whole week exploring Popeyes Chicken and sports? It’s there. My Norman Einstein’s profile series? All in one place. Everything I wrote about the 2013 NBA Season? Grouped together now. 

I’ll update this regularly. Share this if you wish, or bookmark the index. 

All this time pulling this together just because I was exchanging emails with an editor who asked “do you have somewhere where I can browse your writing?”

Enjoy. 

I started something similar back in the day, but have not updated in a long time (many broken links) and I need to get more organized, like this gentleman.

MORE THAN ENOUGH TO WIN (Reflections on the Chicago Bulls 2012-13 Season)

Left In Front – 15 May 2013 – CHICAGO Hard not to exaggerate my affection for this year’s team.

They were a feel good sports movie from start to finish. During the year as every single member of the starting lineup went down, Nate the Skate, Marco, Nazr, Taj, Marquise the Rook and skyrocketing up the Butler rocketed his way into the shining Bulls starting shooting guard until further notice.

“Captain” Kirk revitalized a career, being the steady hand guiding the Bulls to far better offense and defense when he was playing. He dominated the top guard on the other team defensively then prudently distributed the ball on the other hand, particularly working well with Mr. Boozer and giving him his best year in Chicago.

The breakthrough year culminated Wednesday night as Boozer shined the brightest when the Bulls needed him most, giving Miami more than they wanted or imagined and forcing them to fucking earn their birth to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Similarly the Masked Man had his best moment in the Bulls final game, a bright spot on otherwise frustrating second year as a Bull.

Deng quietly, workmanlike and consistently defending the other team’s top wing, hitting big shots, creating offense on his own late in the clock, rebounding and helping on D on his way to a second straight NBA All-Star berth.

Noah moved into the upper echelon of NBA Centers, offering the most unique skillset of any, able to dribble the fast break, find the open man anywhere from the floor, back his man down, hit his ugly jumper and play the craziest whirling dervish defense bouncing around the court (all under his control at this point remarkably) of any 7 foot man the NBA’s ever seen.

After taking a while to adjust in the pre-season and early months Marco really hit his groove filling in for an injured Rip Hamilton in the winter. Multiple 20 point games later and he was reliable scorer all year. He could create his own shot hit 3′s and wasn’t afraid to hit game winners, which he did more than once. A year with Thibs also got him playing poor-man’s-Hinrich-D sticking not quite like glue to his opponent but duct tape.

Nate and Jimmy Butler were the only 2 to play every game and both went to levels nobody imagined. Butler becoming a legitimate stopper troubling LeBron + scoring + rebound and Nate winning player of the week for the Eastern Conference during the regular season then hitting shot after big shot leading the Bulls back from 14 points down with what shouldn’t of been enough time left imposing his will on the triple overtime thriller.

Taj was his typical defensive rebounding machine with a couple of the most thunderous dunks the NBA season saw aside from DeAndre Jordan.

This team was the realization of what Thibs has preached since he arrived on the third coast 3 seasons ago. Learn your job in the system, be ready. One guy goes down, next guy steps up. Despite everyone complaining about losing the “Bench Mob” members Ronnie Brewer, Omer Asik, CJ Watson, Kyle Korver and Jimmy Butler, Thibs developed Macro, Jimmy, Nate, Nazr and returing Taj into a better collection of spices to mix into his lineup that led the Bulls further in the playoffs than they went the year before.

I put this sportswriting in verse together to describe Thibs:

Toughness
Pereserverence
Discipline
Bad losses
Consistently responding
System
System
System
Ending the Heat’s Streak without Noah
No Excuses
System
More than Enough to Win
Believing in Nate -> Beating Brooklyn
Honor

Prediction: Marquise Teague will be next year’s Jimmy Butler. He played a much bigger role on the Bulls than Butler did as a rook’.

15 May 2013 Update: Stacey King whose been cheering and analyzing this team all year kept it real after their loss tonight in his (delayed) post game show noting the Bulls had control of the game down the stretch they just made mental mistakes. No injury excuses about Kirk, #1 or Luol not playing, just frustration at the guys on the floor not winning like we expect.

This team is a testament to the value of high expectations and what they can (consistently applied) lead to: honor and success despite season threatening adversity.

16 May 2013 Update: Watch Tom Thibodeau’s post-game press conference for a better reflection on the game and season.

Copyright (C) 2013 by Charlie Danoff (contact@mr.danoff.org). Follow me @danoff and like my Teaching Lab.

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