Well there's been an amazing response to this kickstarter project. We have enough pledged to meet the goal, and then some! That means more options to create more content. I'm really blown away by the support. Many thanks to all!
Thanks also to our latest backers! Thank you Steven for finding this project and lending your support! It is really appreciated. Thank you to friend and fellow Woo alum Erik! You and Teg helped launch me on this crazy creative career. Thank you Brian! Wow, you're an amazing guy and incredibly generous! And finally, thanks to my mom Susan! You've always supported me in everything I do! You're the best!
While waiting for the kickstarter time limit to run out, I've been busy pulling together some other publicity material. I've ordered some postcards and stickers from a great company, moo.com. The postcards arrived today and they look great. I'll put them inside promotional copies of the book and send them out to friends and family. I'll also put the stickers up in places here in CA as well as in the UK when I go there next month. I've attached the postcard and sticker images below. Let me know if you can think of any other uses for them!
Until next time- many thanks again!
What an amazing start to this kickstarter project! One day gone and we're already over a third of the way to our goal!
Many many thanks to our first few sponsors that jumped in right at the beginning. Wow Josh and Todd! You guys are amazing! Both are former students of mine, both dug with me in Pompeii, and both are kick ass awesome. Thanks so much for your support! It really means a lot.
Matthew, I don't know you but thank you so much for finding this project and supporting it! Even though I've never lived in Texas, it turns out I have a lot of friends there, and I consider you one more. Many thanks sir! (and yay critical thought!)
We'll see what the rest of the month brings. I've already begun to edit sections of the novel that I think would translate well to being read aloud in the videos. I'll build a script for the voice actors and let them work their magic.
As a little something extra, I'll add a photo. This is a shot I almost used on the cover of Pantheon. It is shot of some broken feet from a marble statue in the Roman amphitheater in Pozzuoli, north of Naples. It was taken by Flickr user north_utsire. To me it evoked the moment in the novel when the Greek gods came to earth, and the statues "put off their hardness and became soft" (as Apollo described it, echoing a line from Ovid). I really like it.
Thanks again guys! I'm all excited.
pledged of $600 goal
seconds to go
May 6, 2012 - Jun 5, 2012 (30 days)
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(Pan) Those giving $5 or more receive my gratitude and personal acknowledgement at both http://www.garydevore.com/pantheon/ and in the credits of the webisodes produced.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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(Hermes) Those giving $10 or more receive the rewards from the "Pan" level above plus an .m4v copy of all webisodes created through kickstarter. You will be able to directly show your friends and family what you helped bring about.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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(Athena) Those giving $25 or more receive all the rewards from the "Hermes" level above plus a free copy of the ebook of "Pantheon" (ePub or pdf available).Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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(Apollo) Those giving $50 or more receive all the rewards from the "Athena" level above plus a free copy of the ebook of "Walking Tours of Ancient Rome: A Secular Guidebook to the Eternal City".Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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(Aphrodite) Those giving $75 or more receive all the rewards from the "Apollo" level above plus a free copy of the ebook of "A Companion to Walking Tours of Ancient Rome".Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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(Dionysus) Those giving $100 or more receive all the rewards from the "Aphrodite" level above plus a signed and personalized copy of the print version of the novel.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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(Zeus) This will completely fund one hour of recording time for the webisode. In gratitude, I will send you all of the rewards from the "Aphrodite" level above plus a signed and personalized copy of the print version of the novel where the name of a (human) character has been changed to yours. This will be a one-of-a-kind item, and you will be shown interacting with the Greek gods.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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(Zeus #2) This is the same as the "Zeus" level above, but you will be able to change the name of the character to someone else besides you (such as a spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, best friend, etc). A great surprise gift!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012