I have known about the website Kickstarter.com for a couple of years now, but I had not pledge money to a project until now. Kickstarter is a website that is used to help Crowd-Source projects all over America by acting as a middle man between creative folks and folks who want to help make their project a reality by pledging money by a certain deadline.
From the website…
Our Simple Formula
Kickstarter is a new form of commerce and patronage. In our world, the best way to inspire support is to offer people great rewards. Everyone loves limited editions, one-of-a-kinds, and fun experiences (parties, screenings, balloon rides!). Spend some time brainstorming your rewards and people will respond. No one needs another coffee mug.
I finally pledge money a project this week since the Cartoon Art Museum is using the site to raise money to print a catalog for their new exhibit From Bloom County to Mars: The Imagination of Berkeley Breathed in which I will basicly pre-order a catalog ahead of time. The museum had a goal to raise $3,000 which they made over the amount in just 8 days. That is pretty amazing in my mind considering the project is still running at this writing for 21 more days. In fact you can order your copy of the catalog until March 10th, 2011 HERE.
Crowd-sourcing is a very new idea similar bartering and trading services on-line, but it looks like it has the potential of becoming bigger in the future as we creative types search for ways to connect with our audiences and produce new work.
Here are a few more projects on Kickstarter that look interesting. Just remember that time is limited. *Note: I have not pledged any money for these projects personally at this writing.
Gnatrat Lives comic book
Autobiographical Would-Be Toaster-headed Crimefighter Comic
Daniel Johnston’s “Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness” – comic book
TIM – A TIM BURTON TRIBUTE – NARRATED BY CHRISTOPHER LEE – stop-motion animated film
The dressmaker ,remnants of a life – animated film