About this project
If you're like us, you think that a 2016 Haikus With Hotties calendar would be a perfect holiday gift for your friends who need more Asian American male hotties in their lives. Nothing says "I love you" or "Please don't be sad all the way from Thanksgiving through Valentine's Day" better than a calendar reminder that yes, hot men are also literate.
Audrey Magazine's non-award-winning poetry series "Haikus With Hotties" started with none other than Godfrey Gao, the first attractive man to attempt to answer our ridiculous questions while counting syllables. Gao was deemed the first Asian male supermodel after he became the face of Louis Vuitton, and he played Magnus Bane in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
Since then, we've exchanged poetry with...
Freddie Wong (actor/filmmaker known for Video Game High School and videos on his popular RocketJump YouTube channel)
Dante Basco (actor whose long career spans from 1991's Hook to this year's Awesome Asian Bad Guys. Plus, he's the voice of Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender)
American Ninja Warrior's Yen Chen, who is also a classical pianist. He was one of a select group that made it to Stage 2 of Mount Midoriyama in 2014.
Randall Park, who makes us laugh in Fresh Off the Boat, looked surprisingly dapper for someone whose head was about to explode in The Interview, and tripled in cuteness when he teamed up with Ruby Park in Baby Mentalist.
Wong Fu Productions' Chris Dinh, who not only co-wrote their first feature Everything Before Us but just won a 2015 LA Film Festival award for his new film Crush the Skull, which he also co-wrote and stars in.
and most recently...
Yoshi Sudarso and Peter Adrian Sudarso, who will appear in our upcoming Fall issue, out in September and featuring Constance Wu on the cover. The Sudarso brothers are actors who make comedy videos on their YouTube channel Apartment 210. (Power Rangers fans may recognize Yoshi as the Blue Ranger in Power Rangers Dino Charge.)
With your help, we'd like to add 5 more hotties to our series and give you an extremely attractive calendar to brighten up all 12 months of the upcoming year.
Here's how you can support us:
$1000 is what it takes to convince our publisher James Ryu that this is a good idea. "Would anyone actually buy this?" Ryu said, confused, when we presented him with this pitch. (We've gone a little rogue with this Kickstarter, but how better to prove him wrong?) Help us show a veteran publisher who has run KoreAm Journal and Audrey Magazine for the last 25 years that hot Asian American men -- and all who love them -- are the future.
All extra proceeds raised will go into printing costs and our efforts into making this calendar hotter -- so you would not only be supporting the people who bring you the premier Asian American women's lifestyle magazine but also design/photography costs, shiny props for the hot men to hold, bad poetry and male objectification (I mean, celebration).
If you pre-order now, it's a steal at only $15! (LESS THAN $1.50 FOR EACH HOTTIE!!!!)
Plus, there's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be involved in determining which lucky men will fill the 5 remaining slots!
Here's how it'll work. Our staff and interns have chosen 10 dream picks that we'd love to exchanges haikus with.
To vote, follow us on Twitter @audreymagazine and tweet at us with "My vote for the ultimate hottie goes to [Insert Name Here/Twitter] @audreymagazine #HaikuswithHotties http://kck.st/1N8wnGK"
Vote as many times as you'd like!
[In no particular order]
1. Sung Kang
2. Eugene Yang
3. Sendhil Ramamurthy
4. Ki Hong Lee
5. George Takei
6. Hari Kondabolu
7. Steven Yeun
8. Ryan Higa
9. Harry Shum Jr.
10. Mango Henney (and her owner Daniel)
So many hotties, but only a limited amount of months left in the calendar year. That's why we're relying on you - the potential Haiku with Hotties customer - to find out who you MOST want to see on your calendar. And we will do our best to pester your favorites into exchanging haikus with us.
If your favorite hottie is not there (blasphemy!), a $50 donation allows you to NOMINATE someone new to be on the list. Why is this so expensive? Because you better be serious! We really like our top ten picks, so if your hottie is going to displace one of our potential finalists, he better be worth it! (Think of it like rounding up 10 of your friends to donate $5 each. Should be a piece of cake.)
Send your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org with a photo that we can share with our readers and Kickstarter supporters. We will make campaign updates whenever there is a new hottie in the running. If it's clear that you are right and other voters agree that we were remiss in excluding said hottie, we will do our best to pester your hottie into being on the calendar.
All in all, thank you for your support in creating the 1st ever Haikus With Hotties calendar. Hotness awaits!
Risks and challenges
Some of the rewards involve pestering the hot men you love to try to get them to exchange haikus with us. As Audrey Magazine writers, we are very skilled at convincing Asian American celebrities to participate in our media projects, as evidenced by 12 years of publication, but there is a risk that the hot men may ignore our emails.
That said, we've already convinced 8 hotties, including the extremely respectable Randall Park, so anything is possible. I mean, a hot man proving that he's ALSO poetic, funny, doesn't take himself too seriously, and is willing to go to great lengths to please his fans -- that's basically showing the world you have superhero powers. And what hot guy, deep down, doesn't want to be a superhero?Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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