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      CommentAuthorJon Wake
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2010 edited
    Kickstarter is the best idea in crowd sourced economics I've heard of since Kiva. By allowing your fans to fund your work, it frees the artist to innovate and create.

    Okay, so I have an ulterior motive. A good friend of mine has a Kickstarter project with only a week left--Thom Becker, a Whitechapel alum and generally great guy. I'm not sure if my comic would be in existence without Thom putting me up when I first moved to Seattle. Also, his clothes are, as they say on the continent, bloody marvelous.

    Lastwear Kickstarter

    So, does anyone else have any Kickstarter success stories?

    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2010 edited
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2010
     (8614.3) raised like a thousand dollars over our goal (of I think 3500) to receive funds to help the station move from an upstairs space in a house to an actual studio space in the Central District. It was awesome.
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    This (Lastwear) will be the 3rd project I've funded. Both of the other 2 reached their goals, the 1st (Electric Sheep Productions) I was turned onto through Warren's rss feed, the other I "discovered" through an email from Kickstarter, Frown Town, a warped Puppet Show.

    This is not only a great way to contribute to art and artists, but also a way to get turned on to stuff you may never have discovered otherwise.

    btw, @Jon Wake, thanks for posting this. I'm definitely interested in scoring some Lastwear.
      CommentAuthorJon Wake
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2010
    I might as well make use of this:
    I've started a Kickstarter fund to get the next 48-pages of Virtuoso out the door. Also, Krista needs to eat more than oxygen and hope. What's really jazzing me is that I've teamed up with Lastwear and Improbable Cog, who are giving away some very cool rewards.

    Virtuoso Kickstarter
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    So while I hate simplistic explanations, I do love a good acrobat.

    Got my vote ($). Good luck to you, Jon.

    This will be my 5th project to support, and I'm pleased to announce that I have a perfect track record!
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2010
    I would love to get some funding for my latest (and largest) novel project through Kickstarter, but their site remains US-only. Still, it's one of the most innovative ideas in crowdfunding on the net so far, and I'm always happy to throw my money at the projects I see there.
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    So, does anyone else have any Kickstarter success stories?

    RWP made 150% of its goal. The book came out this month. It's gorgeous.
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    I backed Punk Mathematics and it's got about 18 hours left and it's already 1143% funded. How amazing must that be?

    "Yeah, I'd really like to write a book, but I need $2,400 do it?"
    "Alright, well, we believe in your project so much that we'll give you $27,000 instead. Cool?"

    Yeah, I think this is the best actual productive use of the internet that I've seen yet.
      CommentAuthorThom B.
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2010 edited
    Lastwear is on board with Virtuoso. We're laying down some cash plus we're working with Jon and Krista to produce a limited edition Pinkerton Vest as a backer reward.
    More than that we really want to see this succeed because the prospect of them Licensing Virtuoso as CC SA/BY has us just Giddy.
    As some of you may know, Lastwear has quite a complex world behind it and all our material is under the same license. We anticipate some truly epic collaboration in the future!
      CommentAuthorJon Wake
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2010
    Hey Thom,
    I just wanted to talk a little bit more about why we're doing Virtuoso as a Creative Commons License (I've amended it to a Non-Commercial license, but I'm sure you know that I'm pretty liberal about giving permission to use derivative works--it just lets me skirt some paranoia issues I have).

    The problem most creative types face these days is obscurity. Wealth, that is, generating enough income to continue producing content, is a secondary problem. The internet has created an amazing tool to publicize your work, but it has also screwed the signal to noise ratio all to hell. For some the answer is self-branding- turning your internet presence into an ongoing piece of performance art. It works well for many people, but fewer than those who attempt it. The internet is littered with the dessicated corpses of of people imitating Warren from 1999. Other people become content beacons-- they produce such quality work so consistently that it demands your attention. Of course, for every one you know, there are ten who are doing just as interesting stuff you don't, and there are 1,000 consistently producing crap. Its easy to end up with content fatigue and just stick to the familiar neighborhoods. I'm guilty as hell of this.

    So how does Virtuoso get around this? By viewing the comic book as an artifact of the service we're providing. Should we reach our funding goal, we'll be opening up a Virtuoso Compendium wiki site. On that site will be twenty or thirty articles detailing people, places, and events in the Virtuoso World. Its up to the readers to decide how to expand on those articles, or just completely rewrite them.

    But wait, there's more! When an article is written, it can be Voted into Canon. If a majority of users decide that so and so killed such and such in the year dot, then any alternative article will have to be voted in before it is replaced. This lets anyone who wants to use the setting for short stories, novels, comics, RPGs, fan fiction, art, industrial design, what have you work from a semi-stable base.