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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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Kickstarter Features a Travel Guide For Pet Owners

falcoHave you ever wanted to take your dog along for vacation? Writer Paul and his faithful pet Falco hope to raise £300 for their travel book project, Europe: A Woof Guide.

This book will share information and tips on how to bring your canine best friend along for trips to the South of France, Spain, and Italy. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Why restrict yourself to holidays in the UK with its notoriously unpredictable weather when you can take your pet to the South of France, Spain, Italy or even the Czech republic just as easily. I recently booked a 1 week trip to the Cote D’azure for this summer that included all transport for 2 adults, 1 child and our dog in June for £250. It even included a free stop in Paris.”

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‘Great Adaptations’ Picture Book Featured On Kickstarter

Tiffany Taylor, an author who holds a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, hopes to raise $25,000 on Kickstarter for her picture book project, Great Adaptations. The finished book will contain ten stories, written in verse, that talk about evolution.

Taylor describes her book as a mash-up between Charles Darwin and Dr. Seuss. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Each story is written in close collaboration with esteemed and up-and-coming scientists who have conducted extensive research on the topic at hand, and illustrated by an artist who shares an interest in the topic. For readers who want to learn more on the subject, the scientists are also providing a short commentary.”

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Michael O’Driscoll to Create ‘Bedbug Cartoon’ Book Thanks to Kickstarter Fundraiser

Michael O’Driscoll, the creator of the “Bedbug Cartoon” Tumblr page, has raised $6,984 for his compilation title, Bedbug’s Book of Wisdom.

The finished 40-page page will contain previously published online comics as well as never before seen cartoons. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Each book will be signed/numbered and will include a handmade thank you card featuring Bedbug plus a cute little Bedbug drawing inside the cover. Each sponsor will be included in the appreciation credits in the book. So as to not pick ‘favorites’ the credits will be alphabetical.”

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A Computer Programming Book For Kids is Featured on Kickstarter

Two writing collaborators, Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky and John Vanden-Heuvel, hope to raise $20,000 on Kickstarter for their children’s book project.

They teamed up on a computer programming book for kids called ABCs of the Web: An Alphabet Primer For Future Developers. The intended audience are kids aged five and under. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“To program, the child’s brain needs to be developed enough to understand cause-effect relationships, serial ordering, quantity conservation and hierarchical classification. Although children under 5 exhibit the beginnings of these capacities, they first need to learn to identify objects before performing operations with them. That’s why we designed ABCs of the Web to allow children to learn at the right level.”

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Kickstarter Features a Children’s Book on Kindness

Writer Shervin Youssefian hopes to raise $7,500 on Kickstarter for her chidren’s book project. Youssefian’s young niece Chloe inspired her to write The Story of My Face: A Story About Getting Along.

With this project, Youssefian hopes to teach young readers kindness. The finished book will contain 27 pages and full-color illustrations. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“The vision for The Story of My Face is to achieve what other books like To Kill a Mockingbird have achieved. To plant seeds of tolerance and love in the hearts of our children. Seeds that will grow into oaks of kindness all around the world.”

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Clive Barker Art Book Featured on Kickstarter

Olympian Publishing founder Thomas Negovan hopes to raise $35,000 on kickstarter for a book entitled Imaginer: The Art of Clive Barker. Negovan intends to include more than 75 art pieces in the finished 160-page book.

Reportedly, this will be the first comprehensive volume profiling the artwork of Clive Barker. This book is meant to accompany the “Clive Barker: IMAGINER” art show which will open on January 18, 2014. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“There have been marginal explorations of Clive’s artwork in the past, but the most important part of this project is that the book is composed of entirely ALL NEW and ULTRA HIGH RESOLUTION image captures.  The detail is impeccable, and Clive flatteringly declared the difference in detail of the new captures compared to previously printed ones like the difference between “chalk and cheese”.  (Which means they’re really, really good!)”

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Kickstarter Projects Raised $480M in 2013

kickstarterCrowdfunding site Kickstarter  helped creators raise $480 million during the year from 3 million different backers in 214 countries last year.

The company revealed a number of success metrics from 2013 and among the achievements, an emoji translation of Moby Dick, which was funded through Kickstarter, entered the Library of Congress last year. In addition, the Kickstarter film Blue Ruin was at Cannes and the Kickstarter film Inocente won an Oscar, and Werner Herzog narrated a video about salt.

AppNewser has more: “To celebrate what the company accomplished in 2013, the company created a Year in Kickstarter presentation, complete with moving pictures of some of their favorite projects:  the Pebble smartwatch, the Ouya game console, the Oculus Rift virtual reality headgear, and the sea faring Delorean Hovercraft, just to name a few.”

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