Mexican Game Designer Hector Perez Funded Four Games on Kickstarter—Here Are His Tips for International Campaigns

He’ll be speaking at tabletop games convention Mega XP with Kickstarter February 29 and March 1—this is the sneak peek of insights he’ll share there.

Héctor Pérez and his Enigmacards
Héctor Pérez and his Enigmacards

Héctor Pérez is one of the first 30 Mexico-based creators to fund a project since Kickstarter opened here in late 2016. He’s led two campaigns for his artful Enigmacards playing card decks, four more with Sextante Studio, and he has collaborated and advised on several more. Ahead of his educational workshop with Kickstarter at tabletop games convention Mega XP, we asked him a few questions about running international campaigns, so we can share his insights beyond the convention.

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Kickstarter Statement on Union Vote

A statement from Aziz Hasan, Kickstarter’s CEO, on the outcome of the staff vote on unionization:


Today we learned that in a 46 to 37 vote, our staff has decided to unionize. We support and respect this decision, and we are proud of the fair and democratic process that got us here. We’ve worked hard over the last decade to build a different kind of company, one that measures its success by how well it achieves its mission: helping to bring creative projects to life. Our mission has been common ground for everyone here during this process, and it will continue to guide us as we enter this new phase together. 

Kickstarterで資金調達に成功した短編映画『Hair Love』が、アカデミー賞短編アニメ賞を授賞

Matthew Cherry
Matthew Cherry

This article is also available in English.

Kickstarter で資金調達に成功した短編映画『Hair Love』が、先日開催されたアカデミー賞にて短編アニメーション賞に輝きました。Kickstarter 出身の映画がアカデミー賞を授賞したのは『Hair Love』で3作目となります。さらにこの2020年は、Kickstarter でファンディングを行ったプロジェクトが10年連続してアカデミー賞にノミネートされた記念の年となりました。

『Hair Love』は映画監督であり元NFLのワイド・レシーバーでもある Matthew A. Cherry 氏によって制作され、 2017 年の夏に Kickstarter キャンペーンとして始動しました。Cherry 氏はそれ以前にも Kickstarter を使って『9 Rides』(2016) や『The Last Fall』(2012) という長編映画のファンディングを行った経験があります。

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Kickstarter-Funded ‘Hair Love’ Wins Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film

Matthew Cherry
Matthew Cherry

Tonight the Kickstarter-funded short Hair Love won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Hair Love is the third Kickstarted film to take home an Oscar, and 2020 marks the tenth consecutive year that a Kickstarter-funded project has been nominated for an Academy Award.

Hair Love publicly began its journey in the summer of 2017 as a Kickstarter campaign by director and former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry, who had previously used Kickstarter to fund his feature films 9 Rides (2016) and The Last Fall (2012). The inspirational short follows an African-American father’s first attempt to do his daughter’s hair. The idea for the project came from Matthew’s desire to promote hair love among young people of color, and to push back against the absent black father stereotype and the lack of black representation in mainstream animated films.

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'Hair Love' and 10 Years of Kickstarter-Funded Oscar Nominees

Each and every year for the last decade, at least one Kickstarter-funded film has been nominated for an Oscar. Two of those films, Inocente and Period. End of Sentence, have taken home awards. This year, all of us at Kickstarter are rooting for Hair Love, an animated short film by Matthew Cherry about an African-American father trying to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.

Matthew had already used Kickstarter twice to help fund his feature films. In 2017 he returned to Kickstarter and launched a campaign for Hair Love that raised $284,058, a Kickstarter record for an animated short. His 4,981 backers were from as far afield as Japan and New Zealand. Last August, Hair Love premiered nationally in front of screenings of Angry Birds 2. It’s not often an animated short gets extensive press write-ups, but his film has been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Teen Vogue, and so many other places. Matthew also turned the story into a children’s book, which became a New York Times bestseller.

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Open Call: Apply to Become a Kickstarter Creator-in-Residence

Creator-in-Residence René Kladzyk
Creator-in-Residence René Kladzyk

We’re excited to announce the open call for Kickstarter’s Spring 2020 Creators-in-Residence program.

Whether you’re a first-time creator building your community or a repeat creator looking to fulfill your rewards, our Creators-in-Residence program can give you the time and space to move your project forward.

Started in 2017, our Creators-in-Residence program invites NYC-based creators in the process of planning, launching, or fulfilling Kickstarter campaigns to join us at our HQ in Greenpoint, Brooklyn for a three-month residency.

Apply here

The Spring 2020 session will run from Tuesday, April 7, through Friday, July 3.

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Introducing Kickstarter’s Creative Coding Club

Distributed Web of Care workshop inspired by Taeyoon Choi
Distributed Web of Care workshop inspired by Taeyoon Choi

Most people who work at Kickstarter have some kind of creative practice. Our user interface designer makes furniture, our marketing manager curates museum exhibitions, our trust and safety analyst directs plays, and our games outreach lead is in a post-apocalyptic disco-punk brass band, to name a few. And many of our engineers are artists who make creative coding projects.

Early last year, a group of designers, engineers, data scientists, and marketers here came up with the idea of starting a regular meetup focused on our mutual interest in creative coding. We host reading groups, workshops, screenings, and studio visits, and we go on field trips to exhibitions and conferences. We call it Creative Coding Club.

Creative Coding Club is an opportunity to further our understanding and appreciation of code as a creative–and often, political–practice. We held a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon to increase diversity and representation of minorities in articles about creative coding, led workshops on three.js, p5.js, and codesandbox, and have regular reading groups exploring topics such as cyberfeminism, racial justice, design justice, and the ethical implications of artificial intelligence. We also hosted our first Creative Coding Project Jam to gather like-minded creators and get inspired by new ideas and technologies.

For our first event this year, we're inviting Taeyoon Choi—an artist, writer, organizer, and cofounder of the School for Poetic Computation—to give a keynote presentation on the environmental impact of code and host a workshop focused on decentralized protocols. Taeyoon will talk about ways of thinking about distributed, peer-to-peer learning, which he also unpacked in an interview with Laurel Schwulst for The Creative Independent.

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Kickstarter to Host Bluestockings Comics Fest for Queer and Trans Creators

Illustration by Iasmin Omar Ata
Illustration by Iasmin Omar Ata

It’s no secret I’m an advocate for queer and trans creators. Regardless of my identity as a queer Chinese American cis woman, it’s 2020 and it’s an empathetic and ethical stance to take. What are we here for if not to make this world more compassionate? Sometimes you have to start small to prove to others that such a world can exist. That is exactly what I was thinking when I partnered with Joan Dark of Bluestockings Bookstore to host the 2020 Bluestockings Comics Fest, which will be held at Kickstarter’s Brooklyn headquarters on Saturday, July 18.

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