IMPORTANT UPDATE! We reached our initial goal (yay!), and after making some contacts through the campaign, I was able to make the cost of the stretch goals a lower rate than talked about in the video. If we reach $1050, I will be able to stretch the campaign to include CLOCKWORK ALCHEMY in San Jose!!!
Conventions are the best way to get involved with the Steampunk scene. There are information sessions on how to make things, awesome performances, great people, and fun activities. But, they are also expensive and time-consuming to attend. Tickets, room, board, and getting there can all be barriers to getting in on all the fun. Basically, if you don't already live in the town that is hosting a convention you can spend hundreds of dollars just to go to one.
What if there was a good fairy who wanted to bring the convention experience right to your inbox? Through regular updates, videos, blog posts, tweets, and the SteamFest Gazette newsletter, I plan to do just that! The Gazette will feature articles about the sessions I attend, pictures of the amazing cosplay I encounter, interviews with the movers and shakers of Steampunk, and reviews about each convention to help you decide if you want to attend next year.
I will cover all of my expenses for the International Steampunk Symposium (that's right, the first one's one me!), but I need your help to get me to the rest. I made the initial goal $750, which will pay for just over half of the costs for attending the Steampunk Worlds Fair from May 13-15 in New Jersey, and pay for the pins and fees for the campaign. When we reach the first stretch goal ($1250), I'll add the next venue. I also have some fun add-ons planned along the way, so you will have a chance at more cool stuff as the campaign progresses.
We've already reached the first goal, but can we stretch ourselves to make it to three cons instead of two?
In 2014, I went to 25 sites in the city of London and wrote a travelogue about the experience, including my trip to Weekend at the Asylum, called Steam Tour: An American Steampunk in London. Now, I want to bring that same idea to US, but with a focus on the events and people who make the American Steampunk scene exciting and fun.
I have been writing a Steampunk blog, www.forwhomthegearturns.com, for the past 2+ years, and I am a staff writer for the Pandora Society, so in that capacity I was already planning to be at the International Steampunk Symposium in Cincinnati they host every April. But, there are so many great events happening all over the country it seemed like a shame to only report on that one. With your help, I will go to up to 5 conventions in 5 months and bring you special reports and behind-the-scenes news between April and August in 2016.
$3 Pledge- Show your support and get updates through Kickstarter.
$5 Pledge- You get your choice of a "My Other Car is and Airship" bumper sticker like the one pictured above, or a postcard from one of the cities I visit on my Steam Tour.
$10 Pledge- Get the SteamFest Gazette sent right to your inbox! For each venue I visit, there will be a new addition. If I get to all 5, this is only $2 per issue. You will also get exclusive updates and your choice of reward from the $5 level.
$10 Pledge/Add-on- If you want just a pin, or to add a pin to any reward level, it is $10. This does not include any other rewards.
$15 Pledge- Get an ad in the Steamfest Classifieds to advertise the content of your choice. Plus, you will get the newsletter and choice of a postcard or bumper sticker.
$20 Pledge- You can show off your Steampunk pride with one of these super awesome, limited edition lapel pins that sport the logo of the SteamFest Gazette and measure 1.25" across. Plus, you get the newsletter and choice of postcard or bumper sticker.
$25 Pledge- Do you have a Steampunk book, band, product, or project you want to see featured on For Whom The Gear Turns? No problem! At this pledge level I will write a post on a Steampunk subject of your choosing and share it with my 2300+ followers. Plus, you get the newsletter and choice of postcard or bumper sticker.
$40 Pledge- Need a little something special for your Steampunk wardrobe? Check out these adorable fascinators! Get the one of your choosing (first come, first served basis) and I will customize it based on how you want to wear or use it. Each hat is 6" from front to back. Plus, you get the newsletter and choice of postcard or bumper sticker.
Currently, all hats are claimed but I am finishing another that has red and silver decoration and will post it soon.
Many of the rewards at the $50 level and above are for advertising space on ForWhomTheGearTurns.com, which averages 5000 views per month.
$50 Pledge- Get a sidebar ad on ForWhomTheGearTurns.com for one month. You can provide the artwork, or I can design it for you. Either way, you will get an image that is linked to whatever Steampunk website you want. Plus, you get the newsletter and choice of postcard or bumper sticker.
$150 Pledge- I have one 12"x12"x1.75" shadowbox available. "Dandy features a 3D paper top hat and real glass lens. It can hang on a wall or stand on a shelf. You will also receive the rewards at the $20 level.
$150 Pledge- Want to see your banner on my website for an entire month? This is the best space on the entire site, and you'll have your banner seen by a targeted audience. You provide the artwork or I can make it for you. You will also receive the rewards at the $20 level and I will cover the shipping on physical rewards.
$300 Pledge- Want to have your sidebar ad featured for an entire year? You provide the artwork, or I can make it for you. You will also receive the rewards at the $20 level and I will cover the shipping on physical rewards. Zounds!
$500 Pledge- Want to get your banner seen 55,000 times over the next year? You provide the artwork or I can create it for you. Plus, also receive the rewards at the $20 level and I will cover the shipping of physical rewards. Huzzah!
Risks and challenges
Q: Why did you set your goal at $750 if you really want to raise $2250?
A: My hope is to raise the entire amount and go to all five conventions I have planned, but just in case we don't make it all the way, I didn't want us to lose out on the opportunity to bring as many events your way as I can.
Q: What are problems you foresee and how would you overcome them?
A: I am producing this whole project on my own, which means a lot of writing, editing, picture-taking, traveling, and so on. This is going to be a really fun, but really exhausting project! That is why I spaced out the events, to give me time to recharge my battery and take care of "real world" stuff in between events, as well as getting a high-quality Gazette to you after each one.
I suppose one issue to consider is weather. It is possible that my flights or road trips could have problems due to storms, but I planned to do this all over the Spring and Summer when that risk is lower.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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