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James Carling’s ‘Raven’ Illustrations on Kickstarter

The Poe Museum hopes to raise $60,000 to preserve a collection of illustrations inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s beloved poem, “The Raven.” The money will also be used to create and publish a coffee table-style book.

According to The Huffington Post, artist James Carling created these art pieces 130 years ago. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“The amount of conservation will vary from piece to piece. They will be professionally photographed and placed into a gallery frame for inclusion in a traveling exhibition. A large part of the money will be used to prepare and publish the book which will contain all 43 original illustrations. The small staff of the museum will also be working on writing all 43 catalog entries for inclusion in the book.”

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‘The Cage’ Film Adaptation on Kickstarter

A team of filmmakers hope to raise $85,000 on Kickstarter to create a movie adaptation of Brian Keene’s sci-fi/horror thriller, The Cage. The funds will be used to cover production costs.

The filmmakers “worked very closely” with the novelist, and promised that his loyal readers “not be disappointed.” We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

What we see in The Cage is the potential to unleash a film on unsuspecting audiences who have grown accustomed to run of the mill CGI filled Hollywood clones.The Cage is something different, something that will shock and scare you and leave you wanting more. A movie that fans will want to revisit again.  Talk about.  Fight over.  Wonder when they’re going to get a playset based on the film.  A movie that, due to the nature of it’s setting, and our fantastic Cast/Crew coming aboard for less money and lots of passion, is geared for the lower budget, without losing quality.

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Kickstarter Project To Help a Homeless Man Publish

Painting with Purpose, a team of artists working on murals around the world,  hopes to raise $7,500 to help a homeless man known as “Clean-up” write a book. After spending more than 15 years on the street in one Oakland neighborhood, he will share his story of “hope and perseverance” as well as survival secrets for living on the street.

So far, the artists have interviewed Clean-up and painted his portrait on a wall. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more about the project:

“Clean-up has wanted to write for a long time, but because of his homelessness, he has been forced to devote his energy to strictly surviving day by day. The money raised through Kickstarter will subsidize Clean-up’s housing so he can transition inside and focus on recording and writing his many stories.”

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‘Auntie Claus’ Stop-Motion Film On Kickstarter

Athena Studios hopes to raise $38,000 on Kickstarter for a film project.

The team will use the funds to develop a pitch package and a stop-motion movie trailer based on a the Auntie Claus picture book. Elise Primavera published the Christmas-themed  kid’s book back in 1999. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more about the project:

“Most of our filmmakers grew up with the Rankin/Bass holiday TV specials like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. They vividly remember a time when stop-motion was associated with the Christmas season and brighter more cheerful stories. Auntie Claus recalls that fond legacy, while building on the pioneering techniques of the modern stop-motion classics.”

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Bicycle Tour Cookbook on Kickstarter

Tara Alan hopes to raise $11,500 on Kickstarter for their cookbook, Bike. Camp. Cook.

She co-founded “Going Slowly” site while taking a multi-year bicycle tour across Europe and Asia. She developed the 50 recipes during her trip, and the funds will be used to print the cookbook. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more about the project:

If you’re not a wizard in the kitchen, don’t worry—I’ve poured loads of cooking know-how into these pages. After years as a head chef for a two-person cycling team, I’ve made a lot of mistakes you can learn from! The first half of the book is filled with everything you’ll need to know to start making delicious meals on a one burner stove.

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Filmmaker Raises $24,000+ to Finish ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ Documentary

Filmmaker Hannah Jayanti has received more than $24,000 from Kickstarter backers for the “final push” on The Phantom Tollbooth documentary. These funds will be used for post-production mastering, legal fees, marketing, and distribution.

Back in November 2011, Jayanti raised $31,000 on Kickstarter to cover the film production costs. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more about the project:

“The film introduces viewers to the hilarious world of The Phantom Tollbooth, along with some of the novel’s more serious themes – starting with its opening scene featuring actor David Hyde Pierce narrating a stop-animation created for the documentary. Discover Norton Juster’s word play, watch Jules Feiffer draw Tollbooth protagonist Milo for the camera, and hear children’s author and illustrator Eric Carle reflect on the creative process and New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik share what makes the book a classic.”

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Dr. Who-Themed Poetry on Kickstarter

A group of Dr. Who fans have exceeded their $250 goal on Kickstarter to create a poetry book called An Eloquence of Time and Space. The writers intend to create an episode guide for of the popular UK TV show in poetry.

The finished book will contain a poem for every episode of Dr. Who from series one to seven. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more about the project:

“All of us working on this book are fans of Doctor Who, and we want to share our love of the show with you, and create something to celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary that you will love and treasure far beyond the end of this year. This book is our way of celebrating, and bringing you some extra Whovian joy by letting you read along!”

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‘Aspiring Girls’ Nonfiction Book on Kickstarter

Mary-Jane Wagle hopes to raise $42,000 to self-publish her nonfiction coffee table book, Aspiring Girls. The funds will be used to cover the costs of holding photo shoots, printing, and distribution.

The finished book will contain the inspirational stories and photographs of 70 successful Ethiopian women. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more about the project:

“We are producing a high quality coffee table book in which these amazing women tell their own stories, talk about their early years, the evolution of their interests and careers, their motivations, their dreams, their values and their advice to young women growing up today. Beautiful photographs by internationally renowned Ethiopian photographer Aida Muluneh bring their stories to life on the page.”

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Crowdsourced War Memoir on Kickstarter

Writer Mike Nemeth has raised more than $5,100 on Kickstarter for Six Word War. This nonfiction collection features six-word memoir stories from veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nemeth has been crowdsourcing these stories and posting them on the “Six Word War” website. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more about the project:

“Sometimes veterans have funny stories to tell and sometimes they’re tragic. Not every story on its own could justify an entire book, but that’s what we think is incredible about this project. Because collectively, the hundreds, hopefully thousands, of stories that we’re gathering tell the real story of Iraq and Afghanistan – a story that couldn’t possibly be told by one person.”

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New Brooklyn Bookstore on Kickstarter


Writer Michael de Zayas hopes to raise $18,420 to fund an events series at Hullabaloo Books. This Brooklyn-based independent bookstore plans to open its doors on September 30th.

The events will include readings, lectures, and writing workshops. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more about the project:

We plan to host local and international authors for readings, have monthly speakers series, hold weekly free storytelling events for kids, as well as writing workshops for teens and adults and much much more. We also consider our street presence fundamental and are creating an evocative street garden for the community to enjoy as an outdoor reading space! The vision is a combination of community garden space, writing center, literary venue for events and readings, and the best micro bookstore in the world.

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