Alpha Folks

In early November I wrote a post titled The Next Step. There’s a picture of Nate in his “C Boy” T-shirt and a bit of an explanation on how that came to be.

Nate took an independent study course last semester and worked on an idea called “Alpha Folks,” a line of tees with designs created by Nate. A different face for each letter, male and female, resulting in 52 unique creations. He’s done several, and, though it’s still in the early stages, he’s on to something. The next phase is to create these images on Adobe InDesign, rather than Nate’s primitive sketch and scan method. Once he gets the details worked out, he’ll be on his way. We’ll be taking orders from his website in no time. Right?

Above is a gallery of his recent work. Some are wonderful; some need refining. I love “Q Fella.” I don’t quite see “K Man.” “L Man” may be my favorite, with his strong horizontal lip.

I’d buy “J Boy” right now. Maybe he’d give me a family discount.


About Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz is the former Mayor of Cooperstown, the “Birthplace of Baseball” and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His latest book, Split Season:1981 - Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015), received national attention, with coverage appearing in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sporting News and NPR’s Only a Game, among others. Katz appeared on ESPN’s Olbermann and The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap and MLB Network’s MLB Now, with Brian Kenny. Split Season: 1981 was a finalist for the 2016 Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.
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4 Responses to Alpha Folks

  1. Prof. Lauber says:

    This has great possibilities! I’d be happy to help Nate take his concept to the next level.

  2. Marjorie says:

    I could see an alphabet book made of these too…kids find faces interesting.

    • Good idea Marjorie! I can’t find the post, but I once put up a classic Nate tale created in Microsoft Paint called “The Frog Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything.” It was sweet and simple.

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