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  1. 2014: The Third Quarter in Numbers

    Isn’t summer supposed to slow things down? We kept plenty busy here at Kickstarter. In the last quarter we announced that we’re opening up to creators in Scandinavia and Ireland, encouraged our community to speak out about net neutrality, celebrated our first year in Canada, revamped our discovery tools, and blitzed the World Maker Faire with our first-ever Kickstarter creator zone. There were film fests, big projects, unexplainably viral projects, the works.

    Here’s a quick rundown of stats for the third quarter (July 1 - Sept. 30): 

    Dollars pledged to projects: $138,917,566 
    Average pledged per day: $1,509,974 
    Successfully funded projects: 6,124 
    Total backers: 1,079,201 
    New backers: 612,596

    And even more numbers: 

    62,642 people pledged $13.3 million to Ryan Grepper’s Coolest Cooler, making it the most-funded Kickstarter project ever

    17,155 Kano computer kits were shipped to backers. (We’ve already installed Doom on ours.) 

    10,141 people backed 10 or more projects in the quarter. 

    3,000 people (more or less) came out to our first-ever Los Angeles Film Fest. It was a beautiful night! 

    2,186 people have hit the “Start a project” button in Scandinavia and Ireland. Creators there will be able to launch their projects on Oct. 21. 

    450 pounds of potato salad were served at Zach Brown’s PotatoStock 2014 party in Columbus, Ohio. 

    335 people backed 50 or more projects in the quarter. 

    203 backers helped bring a hot-tub-equipped Cadillac into existence. It made a guest appearance at the LA Film Fest (see above). 

    139 video game and mobile game projects were successfully funded. (We’re especially excited for Moon Hunters!) 

    87 maker-y Kickstarter creators showed off their work at the World Maker Faire in New York. 

    14 new people joined the Kickstarter team at our headquarters in Brooklyn. 

    13 knitting projects were successfully funded. Go crafts

    10 backers of Wasteland 2, which was released last month to great reviews, told us about their other favorite Kickstarter-funded games

    7 dogs were scientifically determined to be the top dogs of the Kickstarter Film Fest’s New York edition

    4 members of the Kickstarter team launched projects on our company Hack Day. One involved pop music, feelings, and bananas

    1 corner shop stocked with products made of felt opened in London, thanks to Lucy Sparrow's project.

    For even more numbers, check out our stats page, which gets an update at least once a day.

  2. Kickstarter at New York Comic-Con

    It's no secret that Kickstarter and the comics industry have enjoyed a fruitful, wonderfully organic relationship. Graphic novels, anthologies, individual issues, and a whole lot more are brought to life by veteran creators and new ones alike. Looking through the comics section of Kickstarter, it feels like its own rapidly expanding universe of artistic dreams brought to life. This week, a few of the Kickstarter staff will be attending the New York Comic-Con along with a number of creators that have used the platform to turn the projects from their brains into reality. Here's what's going on:

    Kickstarter Office Hours: Friday, October 10th, 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM, 1A24

    Do you have a Kickstarter project idea? Want to talk about it? Join Jamie Tanner, Kickstarter's Community Manager for Comics, along with other Kickstarter team members and project creators, to ask questions and help bring your creative project to life.

    Dare2Draw: The Series: Saturday, October 11th, 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM, 1A05

    Dare2Draw is a NYC monthly mentoring/networking comic book creator program that will be hosting creators Simon Fraser (Dr. Who) and Jamie Tanner (Kickstarter's Comics guy) along with a number of judges, helping to find talent for the upcoming Dare2Draw TV series. Supplies provided.

    How to Kickstart Your Comics Project Like a Pro: Sunday, October 12th, 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM, 1A18

    A lineup of all-star creators who've used Kickstarter to launch their dream projects will explain in detail how to create your own successful Kickstarter campaign. Panelists will include Craig Engler and Jamie Tanner from Kickstarter as well as several high-profile comic creators who've run successful projects on Kickstarter.

    In addition, a number of creators that have used Kickstarter will be part of panels themselves. Here's some (okay a lot) of those:

    Bee & Puppycat – An Inside Look at Creating an Animation Hit 

    The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? 

    How to Succeed in Self-Publishing 

    The World of Mouse Guard 

    The Cyanide and Happiness Group Sketch Jam Panel 

    Reading With Pictures: Comics That Make Kids Smarter 

    Thrilling Adventure Hour 

    Successfully Crowdfund Your Comic 

    If panels aren't your thing (or even if they are), we put together a list of some of the notable creators in attendance. All of these people have run, or are currently running, Kickstarter projects. Go say what's up!

    Alex de Campi Amy Chu / Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare / Art Baltazar / Ben Templesmith / Locust Moon Press / David Mack / David Petersen / David Gallaher and Steve Ellis / Frank Barbiere / Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore / Greg Pak Jeremy Bastian Jimmy Palmiotti Mark Sable Matt Miner & Sean Von Gorman Peter Kuper Rob Liefeld Ryan Browne / Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener Sean Wang Victor Ochoa Kel McDonald / Molly Ostertag / Dare2Draw / Reading With Pictures 

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