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NYC Pizza-Themed Coffee Table Book On Kickstarter

A group of New York City natives hope to raise $15,000 for their coffee table book, New York Pizza Project. The collaborators have visited more than 100 pizza shops throughout the five boroughs.

The contents of the book will feature photographs, interviews, and stories. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“A few years ago, the five of us were sitting around eating pizza and talking about the pizza shops we grew up in. Aside from the always heated debate about the best slice in New York, we found ourselves reminiscing about the little things — the Icees, the orange booths, the pizza guy who never smiles — stuff like that. We started discussing the idea of a book that encapsulates all of those little things we love about New York City pizza.”

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Kickstarter Poetry Project Remixes Art with Monkeys

Doodler Alan J. Hart has raised more than $4,600 on Kickstarter for his poetry project, Everything’s Better with Monkeys. The funds will be used to cover the cost of printing 500 books.

Hart has written a lengthy poem pondering about the adding monkeys to art pieces by René Magritte, James McNeill Whistler, and Vincent Van Gogh. To accompany each funny verse, he re-created these pieces with appearances from baboons, orangutans, and more. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“The complete poem includes homages to famous paintings including Grant Wood’s American Gothic, Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory, Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist, Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, and more. In all, more than a dozen classic paintings get the simian improvement treatment.”

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4th Annual Shakespeare Sonnet Slam on Kickstarter

Melinda Hall hopes to raise $1,600 for the 3rd Annual Shakespeare Sonnet Slam. This free event, celebrating William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, is scheduled to take place in New York City on April 25, 2014.

The stage, the Naumburg Bandshell inside Central Park, will feature readings of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“This is our 4th year and so far, we’ve had Sonnet Readers from ages 8-96 perform their Sonnet and there have been Readers from over 30 Countries.  Some Readers are professional actors but many are not, they just share a common love of Shakespeare and are willing to get up on that stage to perform. The audience is comprised of people of all ages who stay for as little as 10 minutes or stay the entire three hours and hear all 154 Sonnets by 154 Readers.”

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Mother-Daughter Art Book Featured On Kickstarter

Illustrator Mica Angela Hendricks hopes to raise $20,000 on Kickstarter to create a hardcover book featuring the artistic collaborations between herself and her 4-year-old daughter Myla.

In 2013, Mica encouraged Myla to contribute doodles to her face drawings. After Mica posted their finished pieces on her blog, Busy Mockingbird, the whimsical images went viral. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Although we got a few publishing nibbles, we never got any real ‘bites…’ They all ultimately said the illustrations were ‘too strange,’ or ‘unsellable.’ They just couldn’t figure out a way to market it for mass production. Well, I’m not interested in mass production. I just want to share something strange and fun, and put something GOOD into the world.”

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Kickstarter-Funded Book Store Bar to Open in Indianapolis

books&brewsAfter raising $17,264 using Kickstarter, Jason Wuerfel is getting ready to open a bar/ used bookstore in Indianapolis.

The microbrewery will sell used books, and will also serve beer in order to supplement its income. The store will brew its own beer inspired by books. Check it out:

Books & Brews will brew on a three 55-gallon pot brewing system that will net approximately one barrel of beer per batch. Keeping with the literary theme of the business, all of Books & Brews’ beers will be named after classic literary works, characters or authors, such as Alice’s Adventures in Witbier, The Canterbury Tales Pale Ale, Charlie and the Chocolate Stout, and Clifford the Big Red Ale.

Readers can even trade in old books for beer. (Via IndyStar).

‘Q is for Queens’ Children’s Book Featured on Kickstarter

LICNYC.com blogger Amol Sarva hopes to raise $8,000 on Kickstarter for his ABC children’s book, Q is for Queens. Most of the funds will be used to cover the cost of printing.

With this book, Sarva hopes to educate the world on all of the various landmarks and activities within New York City’s biggest borough. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“I’ve got the art part figured out and most of the icons sorted – so that part is well on its way. I still need to find the right printer to partner with here in Queens, so hopefully that part goes well. A is for Arthur Ashe, B is for Bayside, C is for Cyndi Lauper…R is for Ramones or maybe Rockaway or maybe both! Lots to do as you can see.”

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‘Eight Little Zombies’ Featured on Kickstarter

Collaborators John LaFleur and Dave Metzger hope to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter for their children’s book, Eight Little Zombies. The funds will be used to cover the printing costs.

The inspiration for this project comes from the classic story and song, “Eight Little Monkeys.” We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Our understanding is that it will take 4 to 5 weeks to receive the books (we’re printing domestically in the US, actually in Michigan.) If you’ve seen the high quality of the Lucy and the Anvil book that was done here on Kickstarter, we’re using the same printer and are very excited about their quality and boutique handling of customer service.”

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Comics Artist Burns Books He Made With $50k in Kickstarter Funding

campbellvideoWebcomics artist John Campbell raised more than $50,000 on Kickstarter to fund a book project based on his online comic strip, Pictures for Sad Children. In an unusual turn of events, Campbell has burned the books that the donors funded, because he claims that he ran out of money to ship them.

Campbell posted a video on his Kickstarter page called, “It’s Over” which documents the burning of 127 copies of his book. “For every message I receive about this book, I will burn another book,” explains the video. Campbell apparently received 127 inquiries from backers looking for their copies of the book.

While many Kickstarter projects have had difficulty meeting their commitments, Campbell took things to a new level. Read more

Kickstarter Reaches $1 Billion in Pledges

kickstarterCrowdfunding site Kickstarter has revealed that project’s on the company’s site have generated more than $1 billion in pledges by 5.7 million people to creative projects. That money has gone towards funding books, films, records, apps, TV shows, games, and even public works.

In addition, the company reported that more than half of that money was pledged in the last year. Donors from the U.S., the U.K. and Canada pledged the most money. Almost 1.7 million people have backed more than one project and almost 15,932 have backed more than 50 projects.

March 13th, 2013 was the day that generated the most pledges ever. Kickstarter also named author Neil Gaiman as one of the most influential Kickstarter user. Follow this link to read more fun facts about Kickstarter funding.

Picture Book On Kickstarter Features ‘The Three Little Pigs’ Translated Into Pittsburghese

Cartoonist Joe Wos has raised $3,185 for his picture book, The Three Little Pigsburghers. Wos’ project is a retelling of the “The Three Little Pigs” story that has been translated into “Pittsburghese.”

Filmmaker Rick Sebak wrote the the foreword and comedian Jimmy Krenn narrated the audiobook. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Pittsburghese is a dialect and language unique to the Pittsburgh and Pittsburghers, locally known as Yinzers because of their frequent use of the term ‘Yinz.’ ‘Yinz’ is the equivalent of the southern Ya’all. “Yinz Guys” is equivalent to ‘All Y’all!’ The New York Times once referred to Pittsburghese as the Galapagos Islands of the English language.”

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