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  1. We Heart Rewards

    Great projects can spark our imagination, make us laugh (or cry), and, more often than not, make us backers — sorry, bank account! But we love being backers, especially when there’s a particularly awesome reward involved. Whether it be something small that speaks to a project’s creative spirit or an open invitation to become a part of it,  these are a few of the rewards we’re loving this week. Enjoy!

    Mortified Live: Concert Film — by Mortified

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    Eight years ago, Mortified was born, a storytelling project where people share their most embarrassing childhood writings in front of total strangers. The event has since grown into a grassroots network of stage shows that take place all over the country and the world. Think teenagers’ diaries, love letters, lyrics — anything you saved as a kid and wish you hadn’t — revealed!

    Now the Mortified team wants everybody to be able to experience the awkward hilarity no matter where they live, so they’re rounding up all their “Allstars of Angst” in one city on one stage for one night, and they’ll capture the concert + storytelling extravaganza on film. The best part? Audiences both near and far can be part of the movie! We love their $30 reward, which allows backers to send in their own embarrassing teenage photos to be featured in the film. - Daniella J.

    Nick’s First Full Length Studio Album!!! — by Nick Neihart

    If the screen capture above is any indication (and I would think that it is), you know that a paper-bag puppet monster from musician Nick Neihart won’t be just any ol’ paper-bag puppet monster. It will be a really, really awesome one — with hair made out of yarn, a pair of glasses fashioned from paper clips, and maybe even a bubble pipe. You know, like something that one kid who’s a real show-off would make in kindergarten. Except this is Kickstarter and not kindergarten, so it’s cool instead of sort of annoying. - Cassie M.

    The Sticky Chocolate Kingdom — by Regular Films

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    For every $10 backer that filmmakers Jonny and Chris receive, they will eat one muffin — on video — and send it to you. You might think “But what about me? What if I want the muffin?” but trust me. After watching them slowly, spectacularly consume at least 15 muffins in their project video (above), you’ll happily cede them all muffin eating territory. I want mine to have blueberries in it, guys! - Cassie M

    Pop Culture Paper Doll Project — by Melissa Niemann

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    Melissa Niemann has been making collage paper dolls for the past 10 years, and she’s ready to bring the project to the next level  with a series of iconic pop culture figures. This project is everyone’s chance to get in on some magnetic paper doll clothes-swapping hilarity. You can get a full page paper doll set for just $15 and several add-ons thereafter, but at $150 things start to get really interesting.

    The portrait “head” of Chuck Norris? That’s crafty culture pop to the nth degree, my friends! Bring on the paper cuts. - Daniella J.

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  2. Making Comic Book History on Kickstarter

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    Jeremy Bastian’s Cursed Pirate Girl is on track to become the most successful comic book project in Kickstarter history.

    With just three days to go, the project has amassed 750 backers and over $30,000 in funds — that’s $27,500 more than the original goal of $2500! It’s an incredible moment for comics projects on Kickstarter, and something that speaks volumes about the beauty of Jeremy’s artwork, the appeal of his story, and the passion of the comics community at large.

    Long-time fans have come to the project soaring with excitement because the once super-hard-to-find individual issues of Cursed Pirate Girl will now be collected in a single, beautiful volume. At the same time, newcomers who chanced upon the project are equally enthusiastic and taken in by Jeremy’s incredible artwork. As one new fan comments:

    I am so thrilled I stumbled upon you and your incredible work! I can’t wait to receive my copy, cuddle up with my little one, and get lost in your art and the Cursed Pirate Girl’s adventure. I can just imagine how it will feel turning the pages of such an artistically crafted book, reading aloud while we each take on a character. I simply can not wait!

    For anyone who loves reading comics, collecting comics, and making comics, Cursed Pirate Girl is not just one individual’s success story, but a success story we can all partake in.

    At this past weekend’s New York Comic Con, we had the chance to speak with so many passionate and talented comics creators who were able to bring their stories into the world with the help of Kickstarter. In discussing the long journey from concept to completion, it became clear that despite disparate backgrounds, this journey is truly a shared one. Each of their successes is a testament to hard work and dedication, but also how amazing it is to have a community of people believe in what you’re doing.

    Congratulations to Jeremy, Cursed Pirate Girl, and independent comics creators everywhere. This moment is for all of you.

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