Together, with your help, we are going to make:
These will look great on your laptop, on your water bottle, on your hat or with your cat. If you want more than one, just bid in $1 increments above the minimum reward amount and let us know you'd like extra stickers. We'll throw an extra sticker in your package for every extra buck.
network of artists and writers contributing to the medes believes in
the promotion of social justice. We want to pursue this while we
experiment with print media and break traditional print barriers while
providing fearless, academic based reporting on the issues society faces
today. Before we print our first full issue, we are going to complete
an initial 20-page prototype. This will allow us to assess various
design styles and make improvements for the first issue. Because so few
of these prototypes will be made and because they are so expensive, only
the most generous backers will have an opportunity to secure one.
initial print run of our full 64-page, full color, ad free magazine
experience. The medes compiles graphic illustrations, photography, and
well-researched articles that brings social issues and solutions out of
the ivory tower of academia and into the hands of the public. Knowledge
is power. Mainstream media seems to have lost that.
- 4 LIMITED EDITION PRINTS/POSTERS - HAND NUMBERED
given our artists an opportunity to design and layout Kickstarter
exclusive prints and posters of the medes artwork. Our network will use
these to promote the medes and to find more volunteers. But there is a
limited supply. We are only going to make enough of these prints and
posters and to fulfill backer rewards. Each poster will be hand numbered
and shipped to our Kickstater backers, so donate now to secure your
Welcome to Budapest. Tanner, one of our most dedicated photographers, is helping to make the medes project a reality everyday. This is one of his favorite prints. We're going to professionally print a select number of copies for our donors in a hand numbered 8x10 photo size. The clarity, quality, and attention to composition is lost in .jpg format but the print will look great on your wall. Get your copy for just a $25 donation.
Staying true to the medes goal of dissolving barriers, Luke's photography exemplifies this quest. This print is part of a major project he has worked on. It will be the first time this image is reproduced from the original plates. Each 8 x 10 print will be hand numbered and inspected by the artist before it is shipped. As rare as this print will be, you can get your copy for just a $50 donation.
Out of the archives and into your home. The medes know how important history can be in showing us how to solve the problems we face today. This is a great image we've dug out of the National Archives. We've cleaned it up and added a little medes flare. This poster is sized for our magazine's centerfold and will make a bold statement wherever you choose to display it. Donate $100 or more and this poster will be included in your reward package.
Josh has been an incredible resource in providing original illustrations and artwork for the medes. We've already gotten a most generous pledge of support and the reward for this donor is the original artwork from this poster. So we've decided to put Josh to work on a new poster project. And here it is! Josh's second poster!
the medes perspective:
too long the mainstream media has been fretting over labels of Democrat
and Republican, caught up in the popularity contest of politics. Hour
upon hour is spent debating the meaning of a politician’s sound bites
while neglecting their verifiable actions. Millions of dollars are
brought in to the media by companies in ad revenue and, in turn, have
their unethical practices go unreported. They have forgotten their
society. They have forgotten that the people want verifiable
information. They have forgotten that they are entrusted with duty to
inform us, the voting masses.
are not Democrats. We are not Republicans. We are neither Evangelicals
nor atheists. We are a collective working to bring to light the social
injustices of society -whether it is by the hand of a politician, a
corporation, a motivated group or even a motivated individual.
yet, more troubling is that the information is out there. The work of
academia has been on this mission for many years, but has kept itself
locked away in campuses and in comfortable social circles. The
impressive amount of work done in almost every field is so far removed
from the society they study that no change can be affected. Our goal is
to bring the academic to the people it left so long ago. To bring the
writings and research of academia to the masses - to where it belongs. the medes is a new magazine experience.
combining compelling artwork with academics, we will provide you with
stimulating factual and artistic accounts of social, political, and
environmental issues we face today. We have assembled a great group of
passionate writers, poets, artists and photographers to help bring this
project out of our imaginations and into your homes. the medes is zero percent advertisements.
collective is focused on spreading social justice and not filling our
pockets. Advertisements detract from that mission and can influence that
content of our publication. Therefore they cannot be in our magazine.the medes existence relies on crowd funding.
This project is a grassroots project. We are looking to succeed
through hard work, dedication, and the kind support of individual donors
A note on funding Kickstarter projects:
you're new to Kickstarter, we appreciate you checking us out. The way
kickstarter works is through an all or nothing funding system. If the
full $5000 isn't donated we don't get any funding. So if our project
isn't successfully funded your credit card will not be charged. Also, if
the project is funded but due to some unforeseen reason our group
cannot fulfill our backers rewards, all money will be refunded by Amazon
Payments. Backers enjoy a risk free win-win situation.
More about the creators:
AJ Oscarson - editor in chief
work with the medes collective as a creative outlet for compelling
artwork and academic pursuits. Increasingly the mainstream media has
been implying that the people want quick and shallow information. But
it's not true. We are just not offered anything else. It seems, then,
that there is no choice but to create this collective to bring the work
of academics, whose articles are run through the peer-review process, to
the masses. So far this project has been a lot of work but the response
has been phenomenal. Artists and writers are coming from everywhere
wanting to pitch in - so it's all worth it.
have degrees in journalism, political science, anthropology and am
approaching the halfway point of a masters in anthropology. Tamara Arredondo - associate editor
try to live with a focus on service. I believe all humans should care
for each other, but that most people lead their lives unaware of the
social injustices happening in their local, national and global
communities. I see the medes as a necessary attempt to open eyes to the
need for social change.
I currently work in nonprofit volunteer management with a degree in business administration.Kristen Francis - copy editor
have been dedicated to social justice for going on seven years. I
believe the first step in creating positive change is spreading
awareness. I work with the medes collective because it provides me an
opportunity to share national and global injustices that are not
mentioned by main stream media.
have a degree in social work and I am currently a student in the
Graduate School of Social Work program at the University of Denver. Ken Kass - creative director
joined the medes because I believe it is a worthwhile opportunity to
break academic inquiry out of its box. Away from the traditional
confines university halls and the mainstream media institution. Too
often important information is cast aside by traditional channels
because it either doesn't neatly fit into their idea of the news or
because it threatens the system they are trying to maintain. Knowledge
is a refined product of information. The medes is a refined product of
I co-founded the print newspaper Occupy The Press, which educates
occupiers and activists with sourced journalism and provides groups with
a crowd funding tool on the street. My formal education is in political
and environmental science with graduation and student loan bills
is a graphic designer with a background in fine art, video editing and
global travel. She sees her work with the medes magazine as a way to
increase public awareness of environmental justice and human rights.
Michelle has worked as a designer on Sidewalk Radio
and Fair Trade Tobacco.org