Pop Culture-Themed Advent Calendars
Pop Culture-Themed Advent Calendars
I create handcrafted advent calendars based on various pop culture brands I have grown to love, starting with Zelda.
I create handcrafted advent calendars based on various pop culture brands I have grown to love, starting with Zelda. Read more
About this project
It started innocently enough while rambling with a friend about The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. During the conversation, we discussed the 24 masks painstakingly collected throughout the game. 'Wait a second,' I thought, 'there are 24 days in the advent season.' The serendipitous parallel switched our conversation from gameplay to Zelda-themed advent calendars.
After conceptualizing and creating the calendar for my own use and enjoyment, I realized this item would not only be a marketable Zelda product but also a phenomenal way to provide an unconventional gift for various pop culture fans worldwide.
Under the name Culture Cal (catchy, right?), I want to provide an outlet for those seeking a way to incorporate their love for pop culture with the holiday season.
ABOUT ADVENT CALENDARS
By definition, an advent calendar is a special calendar used to count or celebrate the days in anticipation of Christmas. For those that think advent calendars are merely a chocolate-rationing slab of cardboard, think again! The spirit surrounding handcrafted advent calendars is one of creativity and cultural expression. Check out some incredible examples here, here and here.
ABOUT OUR CALENDAR
The first product in our line is the Majora's Mask calendar, which consists of an 8x12 wood board with an etched carving of Termina, the world where the game takes place, and 24 'mask tokens.' The map has been recreated as a Tolkien-esque fantasy map, and the tokens are artistic recreations of said masks lacquered on wooden coins. There are 24 small hooks secured in the map, and for each day of the advent season owners add a token of their choice to the map. At the end of the holiday season, all mask tokens are displayed proudly on a board that fits comfortably on any number of household or business surfaces.
Thanks to the dumbfounding skills and generosity of three artists, I have acquired original artwork for the 24 masks, map backdrop and Culture Cal logo. Without their help, my lack of artistic ability would surely have foiled this project at inception.
SWEET PROTOTYPE PICTURES
To prove I'm not a crook, see below for where exactly your donated dollars will wind up:
$5,000.00 - Laser Printer: This is the bulk of the money needed and probably the coolest part about the entire project. The fine folks over at Full Spectrum Laser developed a laser printer (via Kickstarter!) that is an affordable, quality printer for hobbyists and people who have side businesses/think laser printing is the coolest concept ever. This machine will create the calendar backdrops, develop promotional materials and entertain my freelance self for hours. Check out this video to see how they work.
$700.00 - Raw Materials: This expense deals with all the materials necessary to create the calendars. Items include wood, hooks, lacquer and Miller High Life.
$500.00 - Artist Compensation: As I previously mentioned, there are some really cool dudes donating their talents to this project for little to no money. I want to be able to properly compensate them for their time, and this will help make that happen.
$150.00 - Web Development: While I will develop a simple Wordpress site on my own to serve as a storefront, this will cover the relatively inexpensive costs of securing and hosting a domain name.
$650.00 - Comic Con Exhibit: One great way to spread the word about this product is through a comic con event. Last year, Wizard World premiered their inaugural Nashville comic con. I would like to secure an exhibitor booth at the 2014 event.
$500.00 - Unforeseen Costs: Similar to my knack of always forgetting to pack something important on trips, I'm certain I left off an incredibly important aspect of this project's success. This amount is the buffer money I can throw at whatever fire I've yet to cover with the above expenses.
I intend to create multiple calendars surrounding iconic pop culture franchises. I will develop a way for fans to request calendars they want, and from there will select the most popular to produce. Some examples are listed below:
- Dr. Who
- Elder Scrolls
At the end of the day, my goal is to provide an awesome holiday gift item for people who love the culture of Zelda or any previously mentioned franchises. This is an ideal item for parents, friends or family who have someone in their life who takes fandom to the next level (and I'm sure you already have someone in mind).
Risks and challenges
There are a couple risks I have considered that could throw potential roadblocks in the development of this project. They are as follows:
Equipment Malfunction: Although I wholeheartedly believe that Full Spectrum Laser has the best laser printer currently on the market, there is always the potential for machinery to go awry. Fortunately, I have other sources of income other than this project, and if need be I can use these funds to cover these expenses.
Time Constraints: That being said, my other sources of income also take up a good amount of my time. This could be an issue if this project spreads its wings and demands more time; however, I am willing to put in any hours necessary to provide consumers with a quality product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Most definitely! Even if the estimated delivery says Dec 2014, I guarantee all calendars will be mailed and delivered prior to the start of the advent season.
After speaking with various designers who sell art inspired by copyrighted material, as long as my operation stays in-house (literally and figuratively) and doesn't get picked up for national distribution by a larger company, there is no need to worry about getting shut down. Also, I submitted the project to project to Kickstarter to verify I wasn't breaking their rules, and they approved the project as is to go live. All artwork is inspired by the characters/setting of Majora's Mask and was created by third-party developers.
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