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  1. Women Comic Book Creators Find a Home on Kickstarter

    If you're a woman who loves comics, games, and other geeky pursuits, then you know that when you head off to the big comics and gaming conventions, you're going to find yourself mostly in the company of men. In fact, many of the women you see at conventions are often on the other side of the booth, not as creators, but as promoters hired to wear next-to-nothing in order to sell big game titles or new comic book releases and film adaptations. The environment makes you feel a little icky, to put it mildly. But you really love your comics and games, so you're willing to fight through the heavily male-oriented marketing because this is your world too. 

    This is not a condemnation of the comics and games community, but rather a problem with the industry. Major conventions, big studios, and mainstream publishers are all a part of an entertainment and pop culture machine that's been catering to men for a very, very long time. Even though women represent a growing segment of the comics and games audience, you still don't see a lot of women creators in the credits of comics and game titles. According to Bleeding Cool, last month women barely reached 10% of the credited creators across comics released by DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse. Those numbers can be pretty discouraging for prospective female creators. 

    On Kickstarter, we're seeing women emerge as a driving force behind comic book projects. Last week, Womanthology, a collection of comics by all-women creators, officially became the most-funded comic book project on Kickstarter. In less than two weeks, Womanthology has amassed over 1,100 backers who've pledged upwards of $67,000 (!) to the project. If that's not a statement to the industry, I don't know what is. 

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    Over 140 women are contributing to the anthology, from big names like Barbara Kesel and Gail Simone to a huge list of newcomers. As project creator Renae De Liz writes, "Never before have women in comics & media come together in such a huge way to create something like this. Never before has there been a publisher willing to give so many people a chance."

    For those of you recovering from the sweaty exhibition floors of San Diego Comic Con, I encourage you to take a tour of our Comics category where you'll find plenty of kick-ass women (like Eliza Frye, Diana NockShaenon Garrity, Sarah Glidden, Liz BaillieE.K. WeaverVera Greentea, and more) making awesome comics. 

    On Kickstarter, there are no pesky predetermined audiences you have to pander to. When you remove those barriers to entry, what you're left with is incredible women making incredible things. 

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  2. KSR IRL: Kill Screen, EyeWriter, & Hip-Hop Word Count @ MoMA's Talk To Me Exhibition

    EyeWriter / Museum of Modern Art
    EyeWriter / Museum of Modern Art

    KSR IRL: This past Sunday, July 24th kicked off the Museum of Modern Art's Talk To Me, an exhibition that explores—as articulated by the New York Times—"how innovations in communication design are transforming our lives. The premise of the show is simple: that communication is now the dominant force in design."

    On July 27th from 8:30-11:30p, PopRally presents "Arcade," an interactive evening of games selected by former KSR project creators Kill Screen who've curated the evening based on the design show. In addition to Wednesday's Kill Screen event, we're proud to see two amazing KSR projects, EyeWriter and Hip-Hop Word Count, featured in Talk To Me as exciting and innovative cultural markers of "contemporary existence."

    Hailed by Time as one of the 50 Best Inventions of 2010, EyeWriter uses eye-tracking glasses and open-source software to translate eye movements into writings and drawings on a screen. Raising nearly $18,000 on Kickstarter this past fall, ALS-riddled L.A. graffitier TEMPT1 created a collection of original artwork and merchandise using EyeWriter technologies.

    Also drawing lines, Hip-Hop Word Count seeks to "chart the migration of ideas and build a geography of language." Raising over $8,000 on Kickstarter to create "a searchable ethnographic database built from the lyrics of over 40,000 Hip-Hop songs from 1979 to present day," the database is "the heart of an online analysis tool that generates textual and quantified reports on searched phrases, syntax, memes and socio-political ideas."

    MoMA cites 21st-century culture as being "centered on interaction," and well—living and breathing Kickstarter creations all day ever day—we tend to agree. On display through November 7th, 2011, Talk To Me features a grand array of designs that combine the standard "form, function, and meaning...with a focus on the exchange of information and even emotion." Exhibiting projects that "enhance communicative possibilities and embody a new balance between technology and people," this show is all about how design enriches our lives "with emotion, motion, direction, depth, and freedom," and we're so thrilled MoMa included EyeWriter and Hip-Hop Word Count in the new frontier.

    Click here for tickets to Kill Screen's July 27th Arcade.

    Got an awesome event coming up that’s related to your successfully-funded Kickstarter project? We’d love to hear from you! Please send all your IRL deets to calendar@kickstarter.com.

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