just to let you know the exhibition is going well, we've had some enthusiastic reviews both from local people and visitors from outside our Valley.
Because of very foggy mornings and whimsical afternoon sun this week, we haven't had the right conditions for shots of our gallery walls - it should happen soon enough, so please be patient.
If you go to our blog, you'll find a full list of participating artists that we just posted there, along with links to their websites.
Here's a couple of recent pictures, along with a photo of the contributors' board - most names have been printed according to the names you used on Kickstarter, so if there's anything that you'd like us to change or amend, drop us an email.
Sorry for the prolonged silence. We were working hard on the final (and seemingly never-ending) details . . . and then we opened!!! Things were calm and manageable on the first day. Then we received a bit of press and things got hectic. We sold out on a couple of days! Back to the kitchen. Now we're entering our second week and beginning to hire. Thank you again for helping to realize this project. If you're in the neighborhood, come say hello!
Photos by Autumn Durald and Mike Piscitelli
Thank you so much for backing us and helping to spread the word!
We are overwhelmed by your support; all 119 of you who backed us are helping us realize a very exciting experiment in online education. As we roll into the second half of the campaign we ask that you keep sharing, tweeting and talking about the project to anyone who will listen! We are passionate about the possibilities that will open up as we push an integrated model of MOOCs, combining citizen science, real-world collaboration and interactive online tools.
We're extremely busy getting ready for the launch of the course so that we can meet you and start learning together. We've been doing a lot of fun labs with Greg Gage from Backyard Brains in the on-campus version of MCB80x here at Harvard. Today's shoot involved a brand new experiment investigating vision in grasshoppers and we got up close and personal with our new invertebrate friends. If you join the course you'll be able to check out more as we expand our online 'experimentation laboratory'.
We wanted to thank you all for your immense support throughout the first half of the campaign, and to celebrate we've added a NEW limited reward level ($110, US only) so you can both support creation of the MCB80x experimental citizen scientist group AND get a SpikerBox Bundle as a reward! Check it out!
Thank you again and we'll be in touch as we near the end of the campaign.
Nadja & Dave & The MCB80x Team
Or at least photos of one (see below).
The pics below are of the sample of the completed Deluxe W20 that I was sent yesterday. This was something I insisted on after the issues we had with the Mummy cover from our KS for that project. It was exactly what I was hoping for, but I gnashed my teeth because unfortunately I had to return the sample. The printer needs to use it as an approved physical example for what all the rest of the regular Deluxe W20s should look like.
Additionally, this sample confirmed both the placement and the quality of the laser-cut claw marks, as you can see. Also note the 3 bookmarks and the spine emboss with W20 disc. I briefly put it on my bookshelf and it looked awesome next to V20, alike enough to look good together, but with its own qualities of different design and texture.
A similar Heavy Metal W20 Edition is coming (and I'll send you pics of that) but the printer for that book was replacing the sort of press that could handle the metal, and, quite sensibly, my main printer didn't want to create a sample on the old press that wasn't going to be used after this new press was installed.
With my approvals the printer can head into the final stages of the laser cuts and gluing in the discs, so I'll let you know how far they've gotten in our next Update.
Just a quick update about your rewards. It's a bit of good news bad news. First the bad news, some of the rewards are late getting out of the gate and won't arrive to you until the beginning of October instead of in September.
The good news- we had a trademark issue on one of our products. That sounds like bad news...but it's not really. Here's what happened, I had put an image from my artwork on one of the rewards. Our vendor thought it was a famous painting and halted the order. After several emails, and me offering proof of creation, we got the go ahead.
The show is going very well. The town is happy and the response has been heartwarming and fascinating. I will be writing more as we wind down and sending you update videos as well.
Again, thank you for all of your support.
p.s. This is Kevin. He has been an important part of the Gratitude walls from the beginning. He helped me install them during a drizzly Saturday morning and periodically helps me wash the walls at the beginning of the day. I met him the day I installed the walls. He is homeless.
I got a whole bunch more books out this weekend than I thought. Only 115 more to go -- all non-North America. So, YAY! That's $3,500 worth of postage!
(And I've already sent a good 50 non-North America books, plus all the Canadian books. Oh, if only Kickstarter had had the foreign shipping cost functionality back when I did my fundraiser... they added it about 6 months later!)
As always, if you are outside North America and fancy contributing to the shipping of the $30 books (which is, in fact, the whole $30), I'd love me some paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org . Hopefully will have all books out by end of day Thursday.
We have an announcement to make.
If we can make it up to the $7,500 level, the book will have an introduction.
The introduction will be by none other than the New York Times bestselling author Paul S. Kemp.
I've come to know Paul through his work as a writer of fantasy and Star Wars novels set in The Old Republic, as well as his devotion to fine scotch and cigars via Twitter. He's a great guy and you should definitely follow him there. His day job puts him in the world of law and I find his political observations astute and always spot on, so when I thought of someone to introduce this book in particular, he seemed like the right person for the job.
Here is his official bio:
Paul S. Kemp is a multiple New York Times bestselling author of sword and sorcery and space opera novels, and he works very hard to make them a fun ride. He enjoys good beer, good wine, good company, and a fine scotch every now and again. While his mind is often in the fantastical fictional worlds, his body lives in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, with his wife Jennifer, his twin sons, and his two daughters. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the University of Michigan law school. When he's not writing, he practices corporate law in Detroit. Yes, that does make him a tool of "the Man," for which he shall bear everlasting shame. He hopes you enjoy his novels.
There's still more to be done, though!
First, we need to actually hit this stretch goal, and to do that, we'll need you all to tell your friends about the project and tell them why you're backing it.
Thank you all for the support you've offered thus far! We'll be finished tomorrow!
In the meantime, here's Erin Kubinek's portrait of John Flammang Schrank, the man who thought McKinley's ghost came to him in a vision and told him to shoot Theodore Roosevelt to avenge him.
There is a Russian saying that "if you want to do it right - do it yourself". I am sure there is something similar in English as well. Sooo... well, we wanted to make sure that Berserk is in good hands and production is full speed under way therefore... we went to China to check it out.
If you look at the map, Russia and China are pretty close. I wish! The flight from Moscow to Hong Kong was 10 hours. But all that aside, what did I see, when we got to the factory? Look below at the photos.
Also, an important note for the Essen bidders. We WILL make it to Essen with the big box «Berserk: War of Realms». All the add-ons will be delivered separately (they take a bit longer in terms of production).
The time has come to make a push towards creating an app for the maps. To do this I have started a new kickstarter.
A few of you pledged extra for either an app or leaflet it. If this campaign is a success I will stand by that so you do not need to pledge again. However consider following the campaign or pledging just a pound if you want the up to date developments.
To get in the popular projects on kickstarter requires a high number of backers. I would love to appear high up at least on the London listings and will be putting much more effort into promoting myself. however,
To do this I ask you one final time to share the project. Any way will do
- There is a brand new interactive page much improved since the last version
- Join our Facebook Page
- Follow and share on Pinterest
- There is a discussion on Reddit starting here
I also have a few spare maps some of which got a bit rough around the edges. If anyone knows of a shop or elsewhere that it could go up in public view, then give me a heads up and if i'm in that part of town i will drop one in.