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“Sound South User’s Guide” goes from Kickstarter to physical reality at King’s in Tacoma tomorrow, Orca in Olympia on Tuesday

From an artsy Tacoma idea to a $22,700 Kickstarter project, the “South Sound User’s Guide” is now a flesh-and-blood book (well, paper-and-glue, anyhow) and local supporters are celebrating with launches at Kings Books tomorrow. An Olympia launch will happen Tuesday night at Orca books. The book offers an intimate, locals’-eye perspective to the South Sound, going through its various neighborhoods and locations with tips on eating, recreation, shopping and the arts, accompanied by the pen-and-ink Tolkien-esque illustrations of Tacoma artist and former gallerist Sean Alexander.

Why a tourist guide to the South Sound? Firstly, because there wasn’t one, said editor Ken Miller, the book’s mastermind, back when he was first asking the community for advance financial support on kickstarter.com, the online project fundraising site. It’s also due to the natural beauty of the place, says Ron Swarner in the book’s foreword.

But, he goes on, the real reason is that “there’s a pioneering spirit that draws us all here.” You can see that pioneering spirit in action tomorrow afternoon from 2 p.m. at King’s, as Miller, Alexander and all the local writers who contributed to the book get together with the folks who backed them. The book will be available for claiming (if you backed at that level on Kickstarter) or purchase. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

As art, the Guide is cute enough you’ll want to buy it just to look at it. Read more »


Artist-based guide book to the South Sound is on the way via kickstarter.com

Sean Alexander, "Tacoma Dome." Courtesy image.

The South Sound has a lot of big-time stuff – a volcano, a wildlife refuge, museums for cars, glass and art, our state’s own history museum and even a major golf tournament coming up. What we don’t have yet? A guide book. Which is something three local artists have just begun to fix. Writer Ken Miller and artists Chris Sharp and Sean Alexander are collaborating on the South Sound Users Guide, which has just launched on kickstarter.com, and already has 15 per cent of its budget pledged by 46 backers.

“I’m excited about the book, in part because it helps identify our region as a special part of the world,” said Miller by email. “Everything we write about will be unique and local.” Read more »