4/23 Update: Amazing, we surpassed our goal! We cannot say "Thank You" enough to each and every one of you. We still have THREE days left! Let's see how high we climb in donations! Every single cent makes this project better and better! *Be sure to check out the "updates" page for info on Posters!*
This calendar is the brainchild of the cast of Shauncastic!, a weekly podcast dedicated to topics geeky, nerdy and pop culture-y. While recording the show, we (the cast) began to talk about the idea of doing a Calendar featuring everyday Women of Geek and thus the ball got rolling. Because we live in a world of stereotypes, most people seem to believe that if one is attractive, productive or “normal”, then one cannot be a geek. Well we find this idea to be absurd and have decided to rally against this trend by creating this Kickstarter in order to photograph and print a Calendar that celebrates real world geek women. We have tried to cast a wide net, showcasing the beauty and diversity of geekdom by celebrating geek women of all types, from the everyday business women to artists and actresses. We feel this Kickstarter deserves attention because we’re not here to exploit women but to celebrate the culture of female geeks and the genres they love. They key word is “celebrate”.
Since we've started this Kickstarter, we've had a number of awesome Geek Women ask if they could join and we figured why not? So we've decided to expand our cast and invite some of these ladies to the production!
Moreover, each participant would dress up as their favorite character from various fictions: Movies, TV, Comics, Novels, Video Games and RPGS. This calendar will not only try to showcase a diverse section of fandoms but also show the diverse types of women that love these shows, books and games. This will be a professionally printed, high quality full color calendar featuring these lovely ladies as they show off their geek pride.
Check them out!
The person who started this whole idea, Laura is a massive fan of all things fantasy and sci-fi. Laura loves being a geek and loves to show off her favorite genres. So she started a found-art jewelry shop called PopCycled Baubles, where she takes comic books and gives them a new home as awesome jewelry and other items marketed towards the geek girl fanbase. Her love of geekiness fueled this project so we could start seeing more Geek Women rocking out their favorite things.
You can follow her on Twitter @DrMrsTheAwesome and see her jewelry at http://www.etsy.com/shop/popcycled
Sandy is a well known costuming expert who is a fixture at conventions throughout the Gulf South. Sandy is known worldwide for her accomplishments and contributions to the 501st Legion and The Rebel Legion, both international Star Wars costuming organization that promote Star Wars fandom. She is well known for her costuming excellence in many different costuming genres. Sandy is also Legion Costume Judge for the Rebel Legion, that focuses on reproducing the "good guy" costumes from the Star Wars universe, while helping the community through charity work.
You can visit her fan page at http://www.facebook.com/PrincessSandy41280
Jenna Busch is a host and writer of all things geek for Zap2it, Huffington Post, AOL, Popeater, Newsarama, JoBlo, Blastr, UGO, IGN, Moviefone, SheKnows, Coming Soon, Screen Junkies, Famous Monsters and Geek Week and a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Critics Association (BTJA). She's appeared with Wil Wheaton and Grant Imahara on "Tabletop", been a guest host on G4's Fresh Ink, and a guest on My Geek Lady, ComiCenter, JoBlo Movie Podcast and more. She's just published her first two comics in "Womanthology" anthology. A New York transplant living in Los Angeles, Jenna has been on many sides of the entertainment industry. Makeup artist (don't stand too close, or she'll glue something to you) actor, (stopped because she felt that replacing body parts with silicone was the first step towards becoming and a cylon) and finally writing, which allows her to work in her pajamas.
You can follow her on her Twitter @JennaBusch or visit her website: http://girlmeetslightsaber.blogspot.com
Gamer. Writer. Batman lover. Underneath Christina's sweet exterior is a foul-mouthed sailor waiting to jump out at you every time you snipe her kills. But she swears that it's all in good fun. Then, residing below THAT layer is a twisted imaginary where no character is safe. Robert Kirkman? Then the sweet exterior returns to lull you back into a false sense of security. Like pie.
You can follow her on Twitter @ChasFemGeek or visit her short story/poetry blog at http://pennilessgeek.wordpress.com/
Brooke (or Dodger, to her friends and fans) is a well known youtube vlogger in the world of video games. Since starting her show, she has moved to Los Angeles from stormy, beautiful Oregon and has been involved in everything from ESports events to D&D. Dodger is well known for her deep love of all things Sherlock Holmes as far back as she can remember as well as an affinity for coffee and coffee mugs (of which she has a vast and constantly expanding collection). Very adventurous and free-spirited, her interests might seem as varied as her hair colors but her goals are simple: "I want my life and my job to be fun."
Nicole is an artist who lives in view of the Seattle skyline. Her geekery is deep and vast, like the abyss James Cameron keeps talking about in his movies. (seriously, there’s a theme). When she’s not reading comics, watching awesome sci-fi/fantasy movies, or roleplaying – she creates art for RPG companies.
You can see her work at her site: http://nicolejekich.com/ as well as http://www.whitehairedman.com/kithtakharos-products
Chloe Dykstra was born and raised in good ol' Los Angeles, CA. With a foot where her mouth should be, Chloe never quite fit in at school and so turned to technology to keep her little green "Social" bar full. And thus Chloe became an expert of all things video games and interweb. Now she makes a living as a model/host and has worked for Wizard World, Bitmob, and Nerdist (oftentimes in cosplay- although she'd wash dishes in cosplay if she could).
You can follow her on Twitter @skydart or visit her website at: http://www.chloed.net/
Dash hails from the lovely land of Florida, which they never close (50 points for those of you who get that). A recent graduate and aspiring actress, Dash is a nut for Dr. Who and a little known series about some Rebels versus the Empire. It has “Wars” in the title and may have something to do with Stars. A recent convert to comics, during the New 52 change-up at DC she has now found the love of Supergirl and Wonder Woman and has no plans of going back.
You can follow Dash on Twitter @DashKnowsAll
Misti Dawn is a life blogger who wants to share her experiences with others in hope to help them, please them, bore them and entertain them (are you not entertained?) Originally from Henderson, KY - Misti Dawn grew up in her family's video store watching a steady diet of awful Full Moon videos as well as played all the newest 8 and 16 bit video games! Once she turned 18, Misti decided to try her hand at being a Suicide Girl and moved to LA and started showing up on such stations as G4, Showtime and CNBC in addition to getting in on some cool Music Videos with MC Lares, Tim Armstrong and appeared as Elijah Wood's Wife in the "Life and Death of Superman" by Max Landis. Misti is also the Co-Host of the "Bagged and Boarded" podcast on the SMODCAST newtwork as well as Machinima Director. She now spends most of her time nerding out, recording podcasts, vlogs and wishes to be a nerdy guide in the ways of life and video games.
You can follow her on Twitter @MeowMistiDawn or see more of her at http://www.MeowMistiDawn.com
Stormy (yes that’s her name) lives in Atlanta, GA and laughs at the Walking Dead because she is quite confident she can survive the Zombie Apocalypse. It has been rumored that Stormy might be a little obsessed with a certain Harley Quinn character and carries around an oversized mallet at all times to prove those jerks wrong. In a wrestling match between Harley and anyone – Stormy puts money down on Harley. Except sharks, those things are scary and need to stay in the ocean.
Satine lives in Los Angeles and is an avid fan of Dungeon’s and Dragons. In fact, you may have seen her on the webseries “Hit It With My Axe” where she got her character killed most unceremoniously. An artist, she is the CEO of Burning Quill as well as freelance artist to all sorts of awesome publications as well as does an occasional photo-shoot, so long as it does not interfere with her gaming and geeking out over the next awesome movie/video game. In addition to all of this, she is currently working on a YouTube Page (coming soon) as well as Hosts a weekly Gaming Event at LA’s Meltdown Comics called DnDMelt.
You can follow her on Twitter @SatinePhoenix. Find out more about Satine at: http://www.Satinephoenix.net or DnDMelt at: http://www.Meltcomics.com and also look for her appearance in the January issue of Maxim (it's the D&D issue).
To elaborate, this project is by no means an inexpensive venture since we are springing for top of the line talent to help us bring this vision to life. But first and foremost is = TRAVEL. In order for us to make this calendar, we need to get all the lovely ladies in the same town!!! So part of the funds will go to transporting them from their place of residence, to Charleston, SC so we can shoot this awesomeness.
We also have an awesome photographer lined up as well as a top of the line make-up FX artist to help bring some of the Ladies' visions to life! Of course, each Lady also gets a budget to help with Costuming and Prop needs, so the more we make over our minimum, the more detailed our costumes can be! Additionaly we have to remember that any high quality calendar has to be sent to a professional printer so it can look as amazing as the designs!
Speaking of designs, let's give you a sneak peak of what the Calendar Pages will look like. Please note, this is not the final artwork and only sample photography. The Calendar will feature all new photography!
If this project is funded, none of the extras offered as rewards will be available for post-Kickstarter purchasers. Also please keep in mind that Canada/Mexico orders will need to add $5 extra to your pledge to cover shipping, while international orders will need to add $10.
All extras are EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter rewards. If this project is funded, no extras offered will be available for post-Kickstarter purchasers. No wallpapers, No podcasts, No postcards, No photos, No messages. None of that awesomeness. So, with that, here's what you'll receive for helping me make this a reality.
Project Updates: We are tremendously excited to see this project get off the ground. Watching an idea take hold and seeing it into reality is amazing. And any donations of $1 or more will get email updates keeping you informed of the project as it progresses and we'll see this Calendar grow up together like proud parents watching their kid go off and be awesome.
The "Women of Geekdom" Postcard: Do you like getting postcards in the mail? Any pledge of $10 or more will get a Women of Geekdom postcard sent to them anywhere in the world. This postcard is included in all other reward packages.
The "Making Of" Podcast: Well this one was a no brainer. This calendar was spawned from an idea in a podcast, so why not make an exclusive podcast for the making of this Calendar? This podcast will feature all the "Women of Geekdom" participants giving you a behind the scenes look into how we made this Calendar. This will be an exclusive podcast with a specific download code and download window once published. Our special thank you for supporting our project. Note: this podcast is included in all subsequent reward packages.
The Women of Geekdom 2013 Calendar: If you've watched the video and read this far, I don't need to explain this thing again,right? Any donation of $25 or more will net you these awesome ladies. Additional calendars can be purchased for $20 each. Simply add on the appropriate amount and enter the total amount of Calendars requested in the Notes upon submitting your pledge. Please note, this price is a reward for Kickstarter and after the 30 days, the price will rise for any inventory we have left.
The Wallpapers: Pretty up that computer of yours with these geek themed wallpapers, featuring iconic women from the calendar. Donate $35 or more and you'll get this 12-pack in addition to the rest of your awesome swag.
Postcard Set: This is also known as the "Wish You Were Here" Collection, and features all the awesome merch mentioned above as well as an additional special 6 pack of postcards featuring each of the Women of Geekdom. This opens at the $45 level.
Hugs and Kisses: This collection includes a personalized signed message from one of the Women of Geekdom in addition to the Postcards, Calendar, Wallpapers and Podcast!!!! Any donation over $75 will receive this heart-stopping collection. Limit to 50
The Magnets: Also called the "Magnetic Personality" collection, this set features everything mentioned above as well as a special 6-piece set of magnets featuring the Women of Geekdom! This is available at the $100 pledge level! Limit to 50
Glorious Benefactors: This project could literally not happen if you didn't help! Which is why anyone that pledges $200 or more, will be named one of our "Glorious Benefactors", listed in the Calendar (in a BOLD font no less) and will have our eternal thanks for believing in this project! Also, as a special reward, each "Glorious Benefactor" will have their birthday listed as a Holiday in the Women of Geekdom Calendar! Limit to 25
The Character Sketches: Donate $500 and you'll get one of the best items we have to offer in addition to the awesomeness that is the Glorious Benefactors Package. Many of the Women of Geekdom, love role-playing games and have characters special to their heart. As such, these characters will be featured in the Calendar. At this level - you will receive a high quality reproduction of their Character Sketch (these ladies are quite the artists) signed, as well as an 8x10 glossy photo of each Woman as their character! This is a must have, unique set of images that would look great framed and mounted. Limit to 25.
I'm Famous: In the event that someone donates $5,000 or more - we have a special surprise. You will be flown out to Charleston and featured in the Calendar with one of the Lovely Ladies! (please note this offer is for Continental United States only and you don't have to pay for ANY shipping.)
Bonuses? Pending the successful funding of this project (and then some), I have a few more ideas for some more fun extras that will be available to everyone that donates $25 or more. Again, should these come to pass, they will be Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE. So make sure to check back frequently!
Thanks again for taking the time to learn more about The Women of Geekdom 2013 Calendar. If you can help make this project a reality by donating, you have my eternal gratitude. If you can't, remember to spread the word! Tell everyone you know! Again, thank you!
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