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Terra Clarke OlsenBy Terra Clarke Olsen
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Terra Clarke OlsenBy Terra Clarke Olsen
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$12,134
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backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, July 15 2015 5:01 PM UTC +00:00

About

The Unicorn Files: Debunking the Myth of the Female Geek aims to show that geeky women exist, are a diverse group, and an important part of the geek community. This Kickstarter will allow us to self-publish the project into a photo and story book.

The Project

For the past year, Terra Clarke Olsen (founder and art director) and Nate Watters (photographer) have been photographing women for "The Unicorn Files: Debunking the Myth of the Female Geek". The Unicorn Files aims to capture the diverse body of female geeks by featuring individual geeky women, giving women in the community a chance to tell their story. We aimed to capture a wide selection of women, from fans to people in the industry (such as Kelly Sue DeConnick and Angela Webber). The photos represent them and what they love. Every shot is unique (some women have a lot of geek memorabilia while others have none; some women are comic nerds while others are tech geeks), but the one common theme being that the photos are taken in their home (a safe space that is reflective of them). 

The Book 

The Unicorn Files photo book will include women's portraits, along with a bio and quote from each individual. Essays and short stories will also be included in the book to ensure a fuller picture of the female experience in the geek community. 

The physical book will be 9x11, 96 pages, and softcover. We are using a high quality printer and will be adding a matte finish to the cover. 

Why this project? 

Over the past few years, many people have written about females in the geek community, and how the group is often dismissed and overlooked. Although all this literature is important and valuable, we wanted to take it to the logical next step- to create an avenue that SHOWS women are in the geek community. Lady geeks exist; we’re an important part of the geek community, and we’re not going to disappear. 

Why a photo book? 

Originally we wanted to create a photo exhibit, but then we realized that these photos and women's stories should be shared with the rest of the community! So we've decided to launch a Kickstarter in the hopes that we can self-publish a photo book. 

 Where is the money going? 

We're committed to supporting local businesses so have decided to publish The Unicorn Files through a local printing company. Funds from this Kickstarter will pay for the printing of the physical book, as well as the buttons, stickers, shipping materials, and shipping costs. 

Big THANK YOU to the talented Tammy Vince Cruz of tbvc design for creating all the graphics and our logo! 

Risks and challenges

Challenges include unforeseen issues with printing and paper costs.

If we photograph backers who's images are to appear in The Unicorn Files, there may be scheduling challenges that could delay the publishing date.

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    Get The Unicorn Files Supporter Kit (aka sticker and buttons)! Kit includes two unique stickers and two buttons. We'll also list your name in the book and on our website as a backer!

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    Everything in $100 PLUS a VIP invite to The Unicorn Files book launching party!

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    Everything in $350 PLUS Nate and Terra will photograph YOU in your own special portrait session! You keep 3 edited digital images from the photographer.

    (Must be in WA or OR.)

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Funding period

- (30 days)