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Cupcake Quarterly is a new high-end magazine, showcasing breathtaking pin-up images that capture sexy and classic style and beauty.

The Magazine

Cupcake Quarterly is a quarterly pin-up magazine based in Los Angeles, California. It's a full size, 80+ page, perfect-bound full color magazine of the highest quality.  Cupcake Quarterly will feature the utmost ultra-luxe images of beautiful pin-ups girls, captured by the industry's leading photographers, with the purpose of bringing back the sexy and classy style of the old vintage pin-up classics of yesteryear.   

The magazine will be available in both print and digital formats, but our main concentration will be on the print version, just like in the good ol' days.

In honor of the magazine's debut, we will be doing a Special Edition: Freaks and Geeks, featuring gorgeous geeky pin-ups alongside fun features and articles about all things nerdy!  This Special Edition is co-presented by www.hollywookiee.com, A Nerd's Guide to Hollywood, and will have some amazing coverage and photos of special events, as well as celebrity interviews!

Confirmed celebrity "geek" pinup photos and interviews include:
Jenna Busch
Bonnie Burton
Leah Cevoli
Ashley Esqueda
Helenna Santos Levy
Kristen Nedopak

...and many more!

(This image is of CQ's Editor in Chief, a complete and total geek herself)

This Kickstarter aims to fund the publication of both magazines as a co-release, to offer beautiful pin-ups of all kinds to our subscribers, and the Special Edition: Freaks and Geeks issue can't be published without your help! 

If an overfunding is met at a $16,000 goal, all contributors at a $25 or higher level will also receive a 2013 Cupcake Quarterly calendar.

If we reach an overfunding of $25,000, we will be able to do another incredibly cool Special Edition - currently Top Secret!

Why Pinup?  A Call to Arms for Females, Fans, Femininity and Feminists Everywhere: 

Growing up, I (and most girls) was influenced by the media’s pressure on women to look and behave a certain way. It is a constant struggle for many women not to allow socially generated unrealistic expectations to carve some sort of void in the way we perceive ourselves.

But then what does a girl look to as an inspiration for femininity, without a blow to her self-worth and confidence?  Who is her role model for beauty and strength of character, so she does not have to shun beauty completely?  The answer for me, and many others, is the Pinup Girl.

Pinups come in all sizes and shapes, shades of skin, and character types.  Pinups are sweet and sexy, yet still avoid the call for overtly sexualized images.  A Pinup Girl is always in control, and she has the power over her femininity, instead of society telling her how to be.

Pinup girls also evoke a time in history that was better.  Sure, the war was going on, and most likely there were just as many problems in the world for those who lived back then, but in our perception now, things were better.  It was a time of values and family and thoughts of warm apple pie on the windowsill. During the war, soldiers would look at Pinup pictures and immediately have a reason to carry on.  These were the beauties that were waiting for them back home.  This is what was worth fighting for.

We’re still fighting for Pinups, and they are still giving us a reason to carry on.  We want those values.  We want to bring back real femininity.  We want real women to be real women. 

 I love all things Pinup – it is a form of art that is part of our history, with cultural and iconic imagery that is sexy AND socially conscious, empowering women and still enticing to men.  These are the gorgeous girls that men long for and the incredible beauties that women actually can be.  All women are amazing - sometimes it just takes a bit of confidence and a camera to capture it.  That is why the pinup has been an art that has endured for so long.

So I want to bring this art form to you, with Cupcake Quarterly. Our magazine is classic and nostalgic, with a nod of appreciation to the fashion, makeup and cute, campy attitude that makes Pinup Girls so lovable.  We want to take that feeling and bring it into today’s woman, without losing that perfect aesthetic, and with your help and support, we can.

The first issue comes out this July.  Please support our Kickstarter, so that we can put out our Special Edition and many more issues to come!

The Crew

Cupcake Quarterly is a division of Backroom Incorporated, a small start-up company that does event promotion.  Whether we're building amazing costumes and props for cool events, running booths at your favorite car shows or conventions, creating graphics or photography for ads and products, or anything a company may need support for, Backroom Incorporated and our fun and creative staff are there.

This project is the brainchild of Elisa Jaeger, Joe Teague and Curt Sandvig, our core crew.  We love classic cars, beautiful women, all things vintage...and all things geeky.  We can't wait to bring you this incredible piece of art - and art it is...

How You Can Help

The biggest thing you can do to help is back our project financially. We have set up many different types of rewards, starting at just $5. 

You can also help by spreading the word through facebook, twitter, tumblr, blogs, and other forms of social media. Spreading the word of our magazine is just as important as backing it. Not only do we want to raise the money to make this, but we also want to get as many people excited for it as we are!

Kickstarter works on an all or nothing basis. If we fail to meet our goal of $10,000, then we don't get *any* of the money. That's why it's really important that you share this campaign with your friends and family.

Please share the link to this page on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and via email.  That's what makes the Kickstarter community thrive!

Where the Money Goes

A large percent of the money is going towards printing costs. Printing a magazine costs a ton of money, even a small magazine like ours. The remainder of the money will go towards photography, graphic design (those are, of course, temporary covers shown), and other costs associated with generating the awesome content we have in store for you! 

Please support our small business and enjoy the lovely ladies of Cupcake Quarterly!

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    A full year of the digital version of Cupcake Quarterly (Volumes 1-4) in iPad or PDF format, plus a bonus digital version of the Special Edition: Freaks and Geeks

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    MODEL/PHOTOGRAPHER/MUAH DIRECTORY ad: Place your 2x3" photo and website address in our Model Directory in Issue 1 of Cupcake Quarterly to be seen by industry professionals and all of our readers! This will be published in both print and digital format, and it is a great way to promote!

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    Cupcake Cover Girl Voter's Reward! A print copy of Cupcake Quarterly Issue 2, mailed to your home. This option includes a vote on the cover girl for CQ Issue #2! Please add $7 for International Shipping. Note: All Reward levels $50 and above also qualify for a vote. Please submit your vote via message through Kickstarter!

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    A print copy of Cupcake Quarterly Volume 1, plus a bonus print copy of the Special Edition: Freaks and Geeks, mailed to your home. This level also includes a special thank you on the Editor's page of Volume 1 to each backer. We love your support! Please add $7 for International Shipping.

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    GAMING GEEK ADVERTISING SPECIAL REWARD: A half-page ad in both versions of Cupcake Quarterly Special Edition: Freaks and Geeks. Includes one copy of the print version. This space may be used as gaming-relevant advertisement (board/card game, video game, store or website), on approval.

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    A print copy 1 year subscription of Cupcake Quarterly (Volumes 1-4), plus a bonus print copy of the Special Edition: Freaks and Geeks, mailed to your home ($100 value!). Please add $14 for International Shipping.

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    Ready to Rock pin-up for a day! We will have one of our superstar photographers take your very own pin-up photo! For this level, you must show up with your hair and make-up done, as well as bring your own outfit. You'll get a CD of all images taken and 2 retouched photos, along with a print copy of Cupcake Quarterly Volume1. All photos taken will be considered for publication in future editions! Note: This reward level requires the backer to travel to the Los Angeles area at their own expense (unless you live here, of course!).

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    Art Sponsor: A full-page piece of YOUR artwork published in a relevant issue of Cupcake Quarterly. Pin-ups, hotrod/classic cars, and the like are perfect for Cupcake Quarterly, and geeky fan art is perfect for the Special Edition: Freaks and Geeks. Comes with an artist biography.

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    Become a Cupcake Quarterly VIP! All backers of this reward level or higher will receive two VIP tickets to the Cupcake Quarterly release party (at a private location to be disclosed later) in Los Angeles, CA, complete with free drinks, great music, professional photographers, and pinup girls galore! This level includes a copy of the first 4 issues in print, plus the Special Edition!

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    Be a pin-up for a day! We will have one of our superstar photographers take your very own pin-up photo! Make-up and hair will be provided, too (but bring your own outfit). You'll get a CD of all images taken and 3 retouched photos, along with a print copy of both Cupcake Quarterly Volume 1 and the Special Edition: Freaks and Geeks. All photos taken will be considered for publication in future editions! Note: This reward level requires the donor to travel to the Los Angeles area at their own expense.

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    A full-page sponsor's notation in both versions of Cupcake Quarterly Special Edition: Freaks and Geeks. Includes one copy of the print version. This space may be used as an industry-relevant advertisement (photography, gaming, websites, geekery, etc), on approval.

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    A full-page sponsor's notation in both versions of Cupcake Quarterly Volume 1. Includes one copy of the print version. This space may be used as an industry-relevant advertisement (photography, apparel, accessories, etc), on approval.

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    Associate Producer credit for Cupcake Quarterly. You will be given the credit in print, as well as voting and decision-making influence on feature articles and each issue's "Cupcake" Cover Girl winner for Volumes 1-4. Volume 1 is already in layout and pre-production, so decisions have been made, but your credit will still be there! Includes a copy of each of the 4 volumes.

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    Back Cover Ad Space at over half off our regular advertising rates, you can be a sponsor-backer for this project and place an industry-relevant advertisement (photography, apparel, accessories, etc), on approval. For Kickstarter backers only, we are extending this awesome offer to you! Each backer at this level will have the choice of which issue they would like their back cover to be in by first-backed, first-served priority.

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