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Our first shipment of shirts arrived, and, well, we think they're pretty cool! We've got only 4 days, and less than $800 left to raise to unlock our next stretch goal! Consider adjusting your pledge to get one of these beauties hot off the presses! (Seriously - if you're interested in pledging more to get an added shirt with your order, just send us a message and we'll be happy to sort it out!)
Stretch Goals Announced!
A huge thank you to the 80+ backers who helped us achieve our goal in just 4 days! We're overwhelmed by your generosity and can't thank you enough for backing this project!
Given that we have 25 days left in the campaign, we thought we'd release some stretch goals, to show you just how much further we can go with the extra dollars raised!
If we raise $6,000, each of the 150 schools will get not only a hard copy of #foodcrisis and a PDF version of the book, but we'll also throw in a limited edition DVD of Evan and Scott's 9-part video series on solutions to the global food crisis!
If we raise $7,500, we'll send 250 copies of #foodcrisis to high school teachers and university lecturers across the country, including the DVD.
If we raise $10,000, we'll send 350 copies of #foodcrisis to teachers in both Canada and the US, plus the DVD, and Evan will give an interactive 1-hr presentation via Google Hangout to 5 randomly selected schools.
If we raise $15,000, we'll write and illustrate an 8-10 page postlude to the story with two extra backgrounder essays and send a digital copy of this to all our supporters and the schools in Spring 2015.
#foodcrisis is a futuristic graphic novel about a massive food crisis hitting North America. Set in the year 2025, the novel weaves together several story lines that cover issues such as land grabs, rising food prices, food riots, inequality, migration, climate change and more.
#foodcrisis isn't just a work of fiction though. All the elements of the plot are based on the history of past food crises, like the Dust Bowl or the Great Irish Potato Famine, just imagined in the future.
And, because Kickstarter campaigns are supposed to be fun, check out our hilarious, over-the-top trailer for the project!
The goal of this project is to create an engaging learning tool, aimed at students ages 15-20 and their teachers (though it's engaging and accessible for folks of all ages!) The 70 pages of illustrations are accompanied by 12 background essays, and almost 200 footnotes that tie the fictionalized story to what’s happening in the world today. At a time when our food system is increasingly fragile, #foodcrisis aims to provide a captivating way to engage younger generations in these important issues.
To put this book together, Evan has worked with with long-time collaborator and illustrator Scott Mooney. Thanks to the generous support of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the funding for actual writing and illustration has been secured. The goal of this campaign is to raise $5,000 to distribute the graphic novel to schools and universities across North America. We estimate that the revenues from a $5,000 campaign should cover the costs of printing and shipping approximately 150 books to educators. The more money that is raised, the wider this tool can be distributed.
Backers can choose from a range of rewards, including receiving a PDF or soft cover copy of the novel, through to a full "Learning Pack" that can be used personally or donated to an educational institution of your choice. Included in this pack are: a DVD of Evan and Scott’s 9-part animated video series on the global food system, 2 soft cover copies of the graphic novel as well as a PDF copy, and a guest lecture via Google Hangout or Skype with Evan. For those interested in t-shirts, the shirts will have this design on the front, with the title of the novel on the back.
More about Feeding Nine Billion
#foodcrisis isn't the first collaboration between Evan and Scott. Over the past 2 years, they have created nine white-board animation videos about global food security as part of a larger project on global food security called Feeding Nine Billion. You can get a DVD copy of these videos through the various reward packs and check them out on YouTube.
Risks and challenges
We’re lucky because the funding for the actual illustration, writing, and design of the graphic novel has already been secured thanks to the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation.
But what good is a graphic novel that isn't distributed? This campaign is all about raising the funds to print off copies to supply to high schools and universities across Canada (and elsewhere, if we’re successful enough!). As a result, the risks of not completing the novel are very low. In fact, as of the launch date of this campaign, the novel is almost 4/5 illustrated!
The risks we face have to do with the actual printing and distribution. We’ll be working with Lulu publishing to get the soft cover novels printed, and with Hardboiled Inc. for the t-shirts. These are new relationships for us, but are companies that come highly recommended, so we have faith that the production process will be done professionally and timely. We also have a team of folks stationed across North America who will be working to ensure that orders are filled and sent in a timely fashion.
While we’re hoping to have all the orders filled and sent before the holidays (I hear graphic novels make great holiday gifts!), we can’t guarantee that this will be possible. We can guarantee, however, that if the orders aren't filled in time and you want something to wrap up, Evan will send a personalized gift certificate, explaining the gift and our team will work with you to make sure it gets shipped to the right place.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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