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To build a mobile parade-ready "Face of Booze" contraption inspired by Doctor Who, debuting during Mardi Gras 2014 with Krewe du Who.
To build a mobile parade-ready "Face of Booze" contraption inspired by Doctor Who, debuting during Mardi Gras 2014 with Krewe du Who.
49 backers pledged $3,087 to help bring this project to life.

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The Face of Boe (a.k.a. The Face of Booze)

To-Scale Artistic Design of the Face of Booze Contraption
To-Scale Artistic Design of the Face of Booze Contraption

The "Face of Booze" will be a self-mobile, electric-powered rolling contraption. It will feature a sculpted and hand-painted Face of Boe in the front section and a four-draught drink dispensing system in the back portion. The contraption will serve as both a parading piece of Whovian art and will serve up drinks for marching Whovians and party tunes for parade-goers of all ages! The modular design allows for quick assembly and easy storage, and there will be ample room to store parade throws, a first aid kit, and other parade essentials. The final product will measure approximately 7 feet long, 4.5 feet wide, and 5.5 feet tall, nearly the same size as the actual Face of Boe from the series!

The Face of Booze will be debuted at the February 22, 2014 Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus parade, as part of the Krewe du Who's contingent. He will join other Whovian contraptions (i.e. a K-9, an "Emperor Barlek" Dalek robot, and Lady Cassandra) at this parade and other Krewe events throughout the Gulf region (see below for more info on KdW events), such as Midsummer Mardi Gras and Wizard World ComicCon New Orleans, delighting Whovians young and young-at-heart!

Artist's Rendering of The Face of Booze (puppethead)
Artist's Rendering of The Face of Booze (puppethead)

Cost Estimates

  • Frame and Housing - $500
  • Drive Train - $500
  • Electrical System - $450
  • Head of Boe - $750
  • Booze Delivery System - $450
  • Accoutrement - $75
  • Running Costs - $275

TOTAL $3,000(ish)

FoB Construction Cost Estimates
FoB Construction Cost Estimates

Timeline to Completion

With the successful completion of this Kickstarter, we will debut the completed Face of Booze/Boe contraption for the Krewe du Who contingent of the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014.

Here's where we are (as of 23 November 2013): 

  • We created a full CAD rendering of the build design, including weight restrictions/needs, complete dimensions, drive train, and load balancing.
  • We've recruited an all-star team to the build, including a professional electrician, two professional special effects artists, and experienced parade contraption-makers, to maximize the successful outcome of the build project. 
  • We've procured electric motors to drive the Face of Booze, which will withstand the weight of his giant head and the rest of the contraption and storage space/weight.
  • We've researched pricing options to ensure stability, keep the contraption as lightweight and mobile as possible, maximize maneuverability for the less-than-perfect New Orleans streets, and obtain materials for a lifelike paint job on the face itself. 

Interim Deadlines:

  • November-December: Kickstarter run, chassis construction, testing Phase 1
  • January 15: Chassis and electrical completion, Testing Phase 2 begins
  • February 1: Completion of head/sculpture, drink dispensing system, Test Run #1
  • February 8: Test Run #2, Driver Training
  • February 15: Final Test Run, Driver Training Part 2
  • February 22: Debut at IKoC Parade
FoB Team Members Assessing the Drive Train Parts
FoB Team Members Assessing the Drive Train Parts

Team Members

The FoB Build Team is: Seann Robbins, Tim Rustine, Meghan Davis, Bryan "Rocksteady" Tibbetts, Paul "The Prime Mover" Patecek, David Meades, RJ Sevin, Brian Held Jr., Matt Davis, William Wyche, Hillary Rustine, and Jessica Ports.

Team Members on the Set of Kickstarter Video
Team Members on the Set of Kickstarter Video

Why Invest in Us?

Krewe du Who has grown exponentially in the two years since it formed in New Orleans, reaching nearly 1,400 dedicated Whovians around the globe. In that time, we have conducted year-round events, built small contraptions, staged photo shoots for Whovian cosplayers, and attended myriad events in the Gulf South. We have an active Facebook fan page and post regular articles and blogs on our website, launched this year. http://www.kreweduwho.com/

Krewe Art Installations: Krewe members have created several Doctor Who-inspired art pieces, many of which are able to be transported to our many events. Examples include: a fully-functioning K-9 unit, an electric "Emperor Barlek" Dalek, and a collapsible TARDIS police box. 

Our very own functioning K-9 unit!
Our very own functioning K-9 unit!
FoB Build Team Member "Rocksteady" with the KdW TARDIS
FoB Build Team Member "Rocksteady" with the KdW TARDIS
KdW cosplayers and the TARDIS
KdW cosplayers and the TARDIS
Emperor Barlek and KdW at Midsummer Mardi Gras 2013
Emperor Barlek and KdW at Midsummer Mardi Gras 2013

NOLA Time Fest: To celebrate the 50th anniversary year of our favorite Time Lord, Krewe du Who planned & executed our very own one-day fan convention, which drew over 500 attendees! The event featured musical guests, a costume contest, a green screen photograph booth, crafts for kids, custom face painting, and a "shoot the Dalek" booth. For details, see the Video Recap: http://kreweduwho.com/blog/TabId/91/ArtMID/468/ArticleID/34/NOLA-Time-Fest---Video-Recap.aspx

Collector Card Series: We have completed two collector card runs in the past two years, featuring more than 50 local cosplayers in their own costumed creations. For example, the newly released Series 2 Cards: http://kreweduwho.com/news/TabId/89/ArtMID/465/ArticleID/39/CosPlay-Series-Two-Trading-Card-Run-Details.aspx

Sample Series 2 Collector Card
Sample Series 2 Collector Card

Femme Doctor 2014 Calendar: Fourteen female members of the Krewe dressed in their cosplay best, providing their interpretations of all 11 incarnations of the Doctor, to create a 2014 Femme Doctor Calendar. Photo Shoot Details: http://kreweduwho.com/news/TabId/89/ArtMID/465/ArticleID/8/Femme-Doctor-Photo-Shoot-in-Audubon-Park.aspx 

KdW 2014 Femme Doctor Calendar
KdW 2014 Femme Doctor Calendar

 Festival & Event Appearances: Krewe du Who regularly makes appearances at Gulf Coast region fan conventions. In the past, we have participated in Wizard World ComicCon - New Orleans, LA; CoastCon - Biloxi, MS; MechaCon - New Orleans, LA; and the Louisiana SciFi Festival (featured here): http://kreweduwho.com/news/TabId/89/ArtMID/465/ArticleID/6/KdW-at-the-LaSciFi-Festival.aspx

NOTE: Krewe du Who and its members, leaders, this build project and Kickstarter campaign are in no way affiliated with BBC or the Doctor Who franchise. All artistic elements are inspired by Doctor Who but are not intended to be copies or duplicates of BBC owned property. 

Risks and challenges

1. Materials: We are working hard to ensure strength and stability while limiting the weight of the total contraption, to keep it from becoming unwieldy. It may take some trial-and-error to find the right combinations and availability of materials at a reasonable cost.

2. New Orleans Streets: If you've ever been here, you know our roads are in sore need of some TLC. The Face of Booze will require several test runs to make sure he can withstand the stress of New Orleans potholes and be parade-ready.

3. Transportation: While we are endeavoring to make The Face of Booze modular to make storage and transport easier, we may end up requiring speciality vehicles and creative storage options, which may delay some of our target dates.

4. Weatherproofing: Weather is unpredictable at best here in Louisiana, and we want The Face of Booze to be prepared! Many of the pieces will require weatherproofing of some kind, which will be a challenge as well.

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    Previous reward level items PLUS a small set of assorted handmade throws from the 2014 Krewe du Who contingent of the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus Mardi Gras Parade, and an autographed t-shirt from the Face of Boe build team. Plus your 2014 KdW Femme Doctor calendar will also be autographed by ALL of the appearing Femme Doctors! AND free/VIP access to KdW's Time Fest 2014 (late spring/early summer 2014 in New Orleans, date TBD - travel expenses not included).

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    Previous reward level items PLUS a full set of the rare Series 1 Krewe du Who collector cards, your choice of ONE of the puppets appearing in this Kickstarter video to be your very own, AND a hand-painted rendering of the sonic screwdriver of your choice (valued at $150), PLUS a space to walk alongside the Face of Booze with KdW in the February 2014 Chewbacchus parade as our "fan guest of honor", as well as a ticket to the 2014 Chewbacchanal following the parade AND free VIP access to KdW's Time Fest 2014 (late spring/early summer 2014 in New Orleans, date TBD - travel expenses not included).

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