Just a quick update about your rewards. It's a bit of good news bad news. First the bad news, some of the rewards are late getting out of the gate and won't arrive to you until the beginning of October instead of in September.
The good news- we had a trademark issue on one of our products. That sounds like bad news...but it's not really. Here's what happened, I had put an image from my artwork on one of the rewards. Our vendor thought it was a famous painting and halted the order. After several emails, and me offering proof of creation, we got the go ahead.
The show is going very well. The town is happy and the response has been heartwarming and fascinating. I will be writing more as we wind down and sending you update videos as well.
Again, thank you for all of your support.
p.s. This is Kevin. He has been an important part of the Gratitude walls from the beginning. He helped me install them during a drizzly Saturday morning and periodically helps me wash the walls at the beginning of the day. I met him the day I installed the walls. He is homeless.
I got a whole bunch more books out this weekend than I thought. Only 115 more to go -- all non-North America. So, YAY! That's $3,500 worth of postage!
(And I've already sent a good 50 non-North America books, plus all the Canadian books. Oh, if only Kickstarter had had the foreign shipping cost functionality back when I did my fundraiser... they added it about 6 months later!)
As always, if you are outside North America and fancy contributing to the shipping of the $30 books (which is, in fact, the whole $30), I'd love me some paypal: email@example.com . Hopefully will have all books out by end of day Thursday.
We have an announcement to make.
If we can make it up to the $7,500 level, the book will have an introduction.
The introduction will be by none other than the New York Times bestselling author Paul S. Kemp.
I've come to know Paul through his work as a writer of fantasy and Star Wars novels set in The Old Republic, as well as his devotion to fine scotch and cigars via Twitter. He's a great guy and you should definitely follow him there. His day job puts him in the world of law and I find his political observations astute and always spot on, so when I thought of someone to introduce this book in particular, he seemed like the right person for the job.
Here is his official bio:
Paul S. Kemp is a multiple New York Times bestselling author of sword and sorcery and space opera novels, and he works very hard to make them a fun ride. He enjoys good beer, good wine, good company, and a fine scotch every now and again. While his mind is often in the fantastical fictional worlds, his body lives in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, with his wife Jennifer, his twin sons, and his two daughters. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the University of Michigan law school. When he's not writing, he practices corporate law in Detroit. Yes, that does make him a tool of "the Man," for which he shall bear everlasting shame. He hopes you enjoy his novels.
There's still more to be done, though!
First, we need to actually hit this stretch goal, and to do that, we'll need you all to tell your friends about the project and tell them why you're backing it.
Thank you all for the support you've offered thus far! We'll be finished tomorrow!
In the meantime, here's Erin Kubinek's portrait of John Flammang Schrank, the man who thought McKinley's ghost came to him in a vision and told him to shoot Theodore Roosevelt to avenge him.
There is a Russian saying that "if you want to do it right - do it yourself". I am sure there is something similar in English as well. Sooo... well, we wanted to make sure that Berserk is in good hands and production is full speed under way therefore... we went to China to check it out.
If you look at the map, Russia and China are pretty close. I wish! The flight from Moscow to Hong Kong was 10 hours. But all that aside, what did I see, when we got to the factory? Look below at the photos.
Also, an important note for the Essen bidders. We WILL make it to Essen with the big box «Berserk: War of Realms». All the add-ons will be delivered separately (they take a bit longer in terms of production).
The time has come to make a push towards creating an app for the maps. To do this I have started a new kickstarter.
A few of you pledged extra for either an app or leaflet it. If this campaign is a success I will stand by that so you do not need to pledge again. However consider following the campaign or pledging just a pound if you want the up to date developments.
To get in the popular projects on kickstarter requires a high number of backers. I would love to appear high up at least on the London listings and will be putting much more effort into promoting myself. however,
To do this I ask you one final time to share the project. Any way will do
- There is a brand new interactive page much improved since the last version
- Join our Facebook Page
- Follow and share on Pinterest
- There is a discussion on Reddit starting here
I also have a few spare maps some of which got a bit rough around the edges. If anyone knows of a shop or elsewhere that it could go up in public view, then give me a heads up and if i'm in that part of town i will drop one in.
Last night, we reached $9,000 pledged to this project. So I have to make good on my promise - As Seen in Brooklyn will now be 150 pages long. For now, I'm out and about taking more photographs, and Lucia and I are scheduled to start work on layout early in October. I'm very excited to begin that process and see the book take shape.
Here are a few of my latest shots that have joined the ever growing "maybe this will be in the book" pile...
It's all so real now. Thank you all so much for being a part of this!
First and foremost, thank you for backing the Phoenix 3D Printer! We reached our funding goal last night, and we are so glad to see our work over the past year is finally going to help more people get started with 3D printing. Please continue to spread the word about us!
MakerFaire was an fantastic experience, and we even got to meet some of our backers face-to-face, which was even more awesome. We answered tons of questions, and a lot of people really loved the look (and price) of the printer. Thanks to everyone who decided to stop by! Here are a few pictures we were able to get from the show.
New Pledge Tier: Beta Kits
We've had several people question why the kits are going to be shipping after the assembled printers. This is because we wanted to ensure we would have enough time to produce extensive documentation and video tutorials on how to assemble the printer.
However, at the advice of a MakerFaire attendee / backer, we have opened a new pledge tier for "beta kits" - which basically means you will receive a box of parts with very few instructions. You'd get whatever instructions we have written at the point your printer is shipped. If you are feeling adventurous, or already have some experience with building 3D printers, you may want to switch to this pledge tier so we don't wait to ship your printer until the documentation and tutorials are complete.
There are a limited number of these kits available, since we have limited time to respond to support e-mails about these kits. We're also hoping that anyone who decides to pledge with this tier would be willing to contribute to the documentation on a wiki.
Because we've been at the MakerFaire, I've had very little time to respond to generate the international shipping quotes. I'm going to be getting to them as quickly as I can! We are also investigating the possibility of shipping the printer "mostly assembled," so that it can fit in a box that the postal service will ship, but not require as much assembly as a kit. More to come on that.
We still have quite some time to go, so we're going to be turning up our marketing efforts in other channels. We're going to run some Google Adwords, and maybe some Twitter advertising. Our printer has also been listed on Makerwise, and we're going to contact Thre3D to get listed on their site for some more exposure as well. If anyone has any recommendations, please feel free to contact us!
-Jake and Jerry
we have gathered all the rewards and we are starting to send them out around the world.
Meanwhile, our fundraising efforts continue and we have partner with an anamazing music festival in Romania to organize our very first fundraising gala. If you are in Bucharest, consider joining us: www.filmetc.org/gala.html
If you are not in Bucharest, you can still take this unique opportunity to bid on one of a kind objects from Romanian New Wave movies. We have Luminita Gheorghiu's shoes and much more. Check out the auction here: www.filmetc.org/gala.html#licitatie and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on absentee biding.
Have a great one until our next update,
Elvira Lupsa and the Festival's Team
Making Waves, the Romanian film festival in New York and SoNoRo International Chamber Music Festival have the great pleasure to invite you to an exceptional fundraising event for the benefit of the two festivals. For the first time in Romania, two cultural projects from different artistic fields join forces to undertake such an endeavour.
The event will take place on Tuesday, October 1st, starting 19:00, at the Palace of the National Military Circle, The Byzantine Hall (Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta 22, Bucuresti. Access through Constantin Mille Street, starting at 18:00.)
Admission to the event requires a ticket purchased in advance.Ticket price is 100 Euro per attendee. Payment is available online by credit card or bank transfer. Details at www.filmetc.org/gala
For further information and RSVP please contact: Maria-Clara Brumariu, email@example.com / 0741.190.470 or Andra Stoica, firstname.lastname@example.org / 0758.904.522
• SoNoRo International Chamber Music Festival preview – violists Christian Naș and Răzvan Popovici and SoNoRo-Interferenţe 2013 fellows will perform works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Halvorsen, Béla Bartók and György Ligeti.
• Live auction featuring objects from iconic Romanian New Wave films, donated by Luminiţa Gheorghiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, Ada Solomon, Nae Caranfil, Radu Muntean, Vlad Ivanov and many more.
• The premiere announcement of the Making Waves 2013 line up. The event is followed by a cocktail.
To all of our Fantastic Kickstarter Supporters,
We wanted you to be among the first to know that we have just launched a new project on Kickstarter - Hoxton Mini Press : Collectable Books About East London.
You can view the new campaign here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1293604819/hoxton-mini-press-collectable-books-about-east-lon
Hoxton Mini Press is a publishing start-up making quirky art books about London's most exciting area. We are creating two series, one purely photographic, one purely illustrated: 'East London Photo stories' and 'Illustrated East London'. T
he fist photographic book is by Martin Usborne and the first illustrated book is by London artist Adam Dant.
If you think this sounds like your cup of tea then please make a pledge, tell your friends, tweet it, facebook it, shout it from the roof tops, etc.
Part of what we loved most from the Dogs in Cars campaign was the amazing support and interest we received from the kickstarter community and we are so excited to be back at it again!!
Ann and Martin
Tomorrow (Tuesday 17th September) I'm meeting up with MG Harris for coffee and a chat about GF1's progress. We'd love to be able to answer any questions you have about... well, anything to do with GF1 really (even if it's a bit tenuous).
If you'd like to ask us a question directly then please comment on this post or email email@example.com. We'll film our responses tomorrow, and I'll post them here in the next few days.
So, don't hold back... let us know what you want to know!
We're really looking forward to answering your questions :)
P.S. Here's an article from the Oxford Mail that you might be interested to see...