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This project was successfully funded on May 24, 2012.

A two week long immersion into America's new oil frontier: North Dakota.

About this project

The state of North Dakota has one of the fastest growing populations in the United States. Astounding, considering the state has recorded a wind chill of -100 degrees in winter--a fact that might make the state unlivable if it weren't for the massive size of the Bakken Oil Shale underground, which could be the size of France. Small towns like Williston, ND are being swept up in the Next Great Oil Boom; the problem: men living in massive "man camps" are encroaching on North Dakota's isolated communities. Crime rates have increased. And some of the men--making up to $100,000 a year--are spending their money at bars and strip clubs (a strip club on the edge of Williston has girls from around the world making more money than they would annually in Las Vegas).

All of this activity is setting the stage for conflict, a damn good story, and more characters than the whole of the Looney Tunes canon. We want to explore the towns that have been affected by this boom.

With your kind patronage Eric and Chris will be able to purchase the fine materials the zine demands/requires, help with travel, accommodations, and getting out of tricky situations in North Dakota. 

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    A semi-personalized email thanking the patron for their support with up to three emoticons included.

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    A used napkin or other paper substitute with one personalized project idea.

    The napkin will include, but is not limited to: Diagram/crude sketches of proposed idea, Coffee/[foaming adult beverage] stains, semi-coherent ramblin's, phone number/lipstick, etc. Disclaimer: Both Eric and Chris are of the left-handed ilk.Translations available upon request. Napkins limited to idea total.

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    1 - "Re-Birth: America's Oil Boom" zine; bursting forth with observations,musings, factoids, and photographs. The zine will be printed on archival fine art paper and hand bound.

    1 - 8.5" x 11" print from the series/zine. Archival ink jet print on fine art paper. Patrons will have the option of selecting any images from the series for print; a link will be sent out, via email, to an online gallery of the images wherein a selection will be made and subsequently printed.

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    Finished product: 1 - Genuine/bona-fide "Re-Birth: America's Oil Boom" zine; bursting forth with all kinds of observations,musings, factoids and photographs. The zine will be printed on archival fine art paper and hand bound. 1 - "Thank You" note - Signed, dated, and notarized. 1 - Sincere compliment about buyer's patronage. *Plus rewards #1 and 2.

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    1 - 11" x 14" archival ink jet print on fine art paper from the series/zine. Patron chooses image.

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    1 - 17" x 22" archival ink jet print on fine art paper from the series/zine. Patron chooses image.

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    1- Evening: romantically platonic dinner and a movie.* This package includes: home made meal (3 courses) with [adult beverage] pairings, good company, musings about the world and it's inhabitants, and a viewing of the patron's choice.

    Also available upon request: gossip, talk about the weather, a shoulder to cry on, or groveling (add $25 and a two week notice for groveling).

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