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:
Helenna Santos Levy
...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!
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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