It may be football season in the US right now, but it's always football season everywhere else in the world. Enter Howler, a new glossy periodical chronicling American and international soccer four times a year. The first edition, which is larger and more colorful than your average mag, began hitting mailboxes this week and backers seem to be thrilled, with a certain Mr. Ben Berman tweeting, "brand new @whatahowler, 1st issue. best. subway reading. ever." Check out what Mr. Berman is talking about in this video, which shows off every single page of the first edition in a mere 123 seconds.
Meanwhile, while Jay-Z was opening up the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the folks behind The Illuminator decided to take the show outside by projecting words and images onto the controversial development. The crew demonstrates awareness in action, calling out the contentious use of eminent domain to make way for construction of the arena.
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And lastly, before you head off into the weekend, we had to point you in the direction of one of the best project videos we've seen this week. It comes from These Treats Don't Suck, and let's just say that it is very well edited. If you've ever wondered what the deal is with gluten, you need to watch this ASAP. It will answer all your questions — and leave you laughing all the way to the rice cakes.
It's Comic Con weekend! That's right, Comic Con has once again descended upon the Big Apple and for the first time Kickstarter has an official presence at the illustrious nerd convention. If you plan on popping by the Javits Center this weekend, be sure to head to the Kickstarter booth in Artist Alley, where a host of comics creators will be sharing their work all weekend. Oh, and you can pick up one of these rad sketchbooks to start sketching your new comic. Boom!
While your at NYCC be sure to check out Masaaki Yuasa's Kick-Heart project, which will be participating in a panel tonight at 5:15pm in room 1A23. In the meantime, or if you can't make it to Comic Con, head over to Masaaki's new Tumblr for Kick-Heart, where the team has been busy posting concept drawings and amazing animated gifs from the production process.
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In other animated news, an exciting project emerged this morning from David Fincher, director of such films as Se7en, The Social Network and Fight Club. The Goon, a new animated film based on the popular comics, stars Paul Giamatti as Franky and Clancy Brown as the titular Goon. Another example of inspiring talents stepping outside the traditional studio system to make a film the way they want to make it.
Every week, Kickstarter staff collect a few of our favorite, recently launched projects to share with all of you. This week's projects all involve a little bit of serendipity—we've got the stories of strangers, a lost Oscar-winning film, and free art. Check it out!
Lea Thau is interested in stories. For ten years, she was the Executive & Creative Director of storytelling organization The Moth. Now, her new project is called Strangers, a podcast where people tell true stories of their lives that are frequently funny, occasionally heartbreaking, always interesting. Lea interviews each storyteller for hours, and then picks out the wonderful, poignant moments to piece together an enrapturing, coherent story. (It doesn't hurt that Lea's also a Peabody award-winning producer!)
Amazingly, there is an Oscar-winning documentary that's been lost. For many years there was no print of Kukan, a film made by a Chinese American author from Hawaii named Li Ling-Ai and a freelance photographer from the Midwest named Rey Scott. The film featured some of the first color footage of China, shedding light on a largely forgotten period of time when China and America were close allies. It captured the fascination of filmmaker Robin Lung, who is now making a feature documentary about her quest to restore a badly damaged print of Kukan and tell the story of the woman behind the film.
Well this is pretty neat—two Chicago artists have made a crazy thing called The Free Art Machine, which produces free art for just a dollar a unit. The art gets displayed in a public space, where anyone is free to take a piece off the wall and bring it home. The artist's information is on the back of each piece, so the art-appreciator and contact them and look at more of their work if it moves them. It's an experiment that simultaneously supports local Chicago artists while cultivating art appreciation. Plus, submission for free art is open, so you can send in your own images!
This project basically reinforces my suspicion that kinetic artists make some of my favorite Kickstarter projects. Mark Rosen and Wendy Marvel (two of such wonderful people) made series of motorized flipbooks based on the motion studies of Edweard Muybridge in 2011. It was such a success that they felt that they had to make a kit to make the whole process accessible to everyone. They teamed up with their friend, inventor and manufacturing designer Steven Goldstein to make the FlipBooKit, which allows you to make your own magical flipbooks!
"Kick-Heart"—a project with a serendipitous name—is an animated love story between Romeo, a successful pro-wrestler, and Juliet, a nun who lives a secret double-life as a female pro-wrestler. "What if a 'Sadistic' type lady wrestler and a 'Masochistic' type male wrestler were to fight together—how would they interact together?" asks director Masaaki Yuasa. Good question. Well there is only one way to find out.
Kickstarter launched a different kind of campaign this week. At the invitation of the White House, we’re working to help the UN Refugee Agency support those affected by the global refugee crisis. There are no overnight solutions — but if we all work together, we can help. In this spirit, the projects below are about rallying together in creative ways to tackle obstacles, spark conversation, and reach new heights.