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Chromacon is a free New Zealand Arts Festival that showcases illustration, comics, animation, videogames and more from indie creatives.
Chromacon is a free New Zealand Arts Festival that showcases illustration, comics, animation, videogames and more from indie creatives.
Chromacon is a free New Zealand Arts Festival that showcases illustration, comics, animation, videogames and more from indie creatives.
200 backers pledged NZ$ 11,380 to help bring this project to life.

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Update 9: Funding goal met! Thank you everyone!

Update 8: Pick up your backer rewards at Chromacon!

Update 7: JAW COOPER Limited edition Giclee Art Print

Update 6: Check out this photo of the Chromacon 2017 Festival Tee!

Update 5: Check out photos of the unique CHROMA Vol.2s with hand-drawn hardcover art!

Update 4: CHROMA vol.3 test print + previews!

Update 3: Introducing Chroma Connect 2017!

Update 2: Backer reward previews!

Update 1: Amazing Day One! 34% funded! Kickstarter 'Projects We Love!"

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Kia ora! 

We're Team Chroma, organisers of CHROMACON – New Zealand’s flagship curated indie arts festival that celebrates the coming together of community, creative independence and artistic excellence.


ABOUT CHROMACON

At Chromacon, we aim to connect New Zealanders with a group of highly talented multi-disciplinary visual storytellers working across an ever-expanding range of mediums including illustration, comics, design, sculpture, animation, video games, and more! 

Following on from two successful runs in 2013 and 2015, Chromacon has grown to become one of Aotearoa’s premier visual arts festivals as well as one of the best local events on Auckland’s calendar. So far, we’ve connected over 200 artists with more than 6000 festival-goers and we’re hoping that this year, Chromacon will continue to grow even further.  

As a 2-day FREE event, this year’s festival will take place over the weekend of 8 - 9 April 2017. Once again, we're partnering up with Auckland Live to bring Chromacon to Auckland’s Aotea Center, this time expanding to include two floors, Limelight and Aotea Square itself!

Chromacon 2017 will feature:

  • Over 100 local creators, illustrators, comic artists, designers, animators, sculptors, game developers and other creatives personally showcasing their work to the public. 
  • CHROMACADE:  our new dedicated interactive zone for indie games.
  • CHROMA CONNECT: a creative symposium running alongside the Festival with industry sessions aimed at professional development.
  • Screenings, live drawing and painting demonstrations.
  • Artist talks, discussion panels and Q&A’s. 
  • Games and interactive activities in and around Aotea Square.
Amazing Chromacon exhibitors!
Amazing Chromacon exhibitors!

 

Fun creative activities at Chromacon!
Fun creative activities at Chromacon!

WHO'S EXHIBITING?

Chromacon is a curated indie arts festival showcasing the best Kiwi indie creators and their self-produced work.  Past Exhibitors include Dylan Horrocks, Ant Sang, Paul Tobin, Sanjana Baijnath, Extra Ordinary Comics, Ben Stenbeck, YOII (Anna Johnstone), T-Wei, Nick Keller, Mukpuddy, Loading Artist, and many more.

Our amazing international guest this year include:

Ojiro Fumoto aka 'Moppin' [JAPAN] (Presented by Asia New Zealand Foundation) - Creator of the award-winning indie hit game 'Downwell'

John Mueller [US] (Presented by Takapuna Art Supplies) - Art Director at Blizzard Entertainment, creator of OINK - Heaven's Butcher and founder of Skyshine Games, creators of BEDLAM

Bobby Chiu [Canada] - Award-winning artist, Founder and Creative Director of Imaginism Studios, Schoolism and host of the CHIUSTREAM

Kei Acedera [Canada] - Award-winning artist specialising in concept art, visual development, and character design for film, Art Director art Imaginism Studios.

David Follett [Australia] (Presented by Watermark Ltd) - Prolific character designer, comic creator and illustrator. Creator of 'Uncle Silas' published by Dark Horse Comics.

Our amazing international guests exhibiting and speaking at Chromacon 2017!
Our amazing international guests exhibiting and speaking at Chromacon 2017!

Stick around and we'll continue to update you on the amazing line of 2017 Chromacon exhibitors!

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Why are we Kickstarting? To continue to keep this amazing Festival FREE, ACCESSIBLE and OPEN to everyone.

That being said, putting together an event like this is no small feat, especially when you take into account a limited budget and the not-for-profit nature of CHROMACON. We have been lucky in that we are supported to a point with some grants and public funding as well as the generous contributions of a wonderful group of supporters.

In order to reach the potential of our ambitions for Chromacon 2017, we truly need YOUR HELP. Your pledges, big and small are hugely appreciated and DO make a difference to realise our passion of keeping the focus of the Festival on the super talented creators and amazing independent works that make up the bones of this community event. 

Funds raised from the Kickstarter campaign will go towards: 

  • Keeping the Festival FREE. We’re proud that Chromacon is a crowdfunded, independent arts festival that is community owned and shared 
  • Festival running costs, including venue and marketing costs 
  • Publishing the Festival's official art book, CHROMA Vol 3. We work with good folks at The Online Printer to create high quality artbooks that reflect this year’s Exhibitors and some of their best work.
  • Bringing and hosting exciting international guests to Aotearoa. Full of knowledge, talent and experience, Chromacon is a rare opportunity for Kiwi creatives to network with some of the world’s leading industry figures.
Bringing the arts to everybody - no more barriers!
Bringing the arts to everybody - no more barriers!

BACKER REWARDS

In return for pledging your support we’re offering some cool backer rewards, as well as of course our eternal gratitude. 

Among our pledge rewards are shirts, badges, stickers, limited prints as well as our Festival artbook Chroma Vol.3. Artists have also generously donated their artworks for some lucky pledges. 

Not based in New Zealand or out of town Chromacon weekend? We got you - not everyone can attend Chromacon 2017. That’s why the pledge rewards also provide a perfect chance to snag some of the great artwork that’ll be at Chromacon and ensure that you don’t experience a bout of FOMO. 

We even have some exclusive one-of-a-kind artwork as well as a number of digital download codes for ArtRage on Android - an amazing digital painting app created right here in New Zealand (thanks Ambient Design!).

HIT THAT PLEDGE BUTTON and help us break down cultural, age, gender and technological barriers through art by connecting diverse individuals and communities.

THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN US!

Chromacon was founded out of a passion and belief to create an event that takes the best aspects of exhibitions/ conventions/ arts festivals and create a platform to celebrate original creativity and bring the arts to everyone.

The Chromacon community is always growing and is made up of our great Exhibitors, supporters, collaborators, sponsors, partners, volunteers and of course, festival-goers.

If you believe in our vision and love for the indie spirit, please join us on this journey!

Team Chroma and our awesome volunteers
Team Chroma and our awesome volunteers

Here's what some people had to say...

“[Chromacon] had a nice sense of community. Everyone was friendly and willing to chat. So good to go to an event like this and not be bombarded with advertising, it definitely felt like the focus was on the artists.”  
    - SOPHIA, 2015 Festival Attendee

“The overwhelming success of Chromacon gives me confidence that Chromacon 2017 will again bring together our wider community in celebration of Kiwi creativity. Chromacon is a fantastic and elegant concept that will continue to grow our creative industry and put Auckland firmly on the map as a destination for anyone who loves great art and culture.” 
    - PAUL TOBIN, Weta Workshop and Director of White Cloud Worlds

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!

You can also show your support by:

  • Bringing your friends and family! We’d love to have as many people as possible here with us at Chromacon 2017. We strive to make Chromacon a fun event for all ages so please join our Facebook event and spread the word! 
  • Following, liking and sharing our posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  
  • Sharing our Chromacon backer newsletters and updates. 
  • Using the hashtag #chromacon2017 when you post about Chromacon. 

 THANK YOU!

We would like to thank Chromacon 2017 festival supporters: Auckland LiveRegional Facilities AucklandCreative Communities NZAsia New Zealand FoundationAuckland CouncilThe Online PrinterGarage Project, Takapuna Art SuppliesMedia Design School, Watermark Ltd, ArtRageWallace Arts Trust, Auckland Libraries, and White Cloud Worlds.

We would like to thank Tobu & Itro for the amazing track 'Fantasy' featured in our Kickstarter video.

Music by Tobu http://www.youtube.com/tobuofficial

 

 

Risks and challenges

There’s a lot of work that goes into organising an arts festival such as Chromacon. With many different components involved, it is a big task for our small team to ensure everything comes together, and is delivered on time and within budget. This includes indoor and outdoor activations, liaising with various stakeholders, funders, artists, collaborators and teams, as well as creating and tweaking programmes to make sure we put on the best, most enjoyable, diverse and exciting festival we can.

There's no doubt that Chromacon is a passion dream project, but it's a dream we've successfully turned into reality two times in the past, with your support - we can definitely make it happen again.

Since 2013, Chromacon has grown as a festival with the support of our crowdfunding backers, and we can't wait to make you all proud once again. We are confident and 100% committed to making it work, even if it means long hours, a lot of coffee and persevering with crazy ideas.

We’re so honored and grateful for the encouragement, support and aroha of the community we work with, and for the time given by our awesome volunteers and team. We want to give back, and make Chromacon a space where everyone’s welcome to come together as a community to engage, learn, inspire, share and celebrate the wonderful work from talented indie creators in Aotearoa.

We honestly can't make Chromacon happen without YOU, so please help spread the word of our campaign far and wide. Every little bit counts.

Thank you so much for your support. We look forward to seeing you at Chromacon 2017!

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    Immortalized!

    Thank you! We'll give you a shoutout over our Chromacon Facebook page and your name will be forever immortalized in the Acknowledgements page of Chroma Vol.3, as well as chromacon.co.nz!

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    Digital Art!

    Digital PDFs of CHROMA Vol.1, 2 & 3: featuring amazing art from Chromacon 2013, 2015 & 2017 exhibitors and other awesome Kiwi artists + thanks!

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    Goodie Pack!

    Grab 2x Chromacon badges + ArtRage app for Android + sticker pack + temporary tattoos + Artbook PDFs!

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    • ArtRage for Android [Download Code]
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    CHROMA Vol.3!

    A physical copy of our Festival Artbook CHROMA Vol.3! Hot off the press, this limited-edition art book features amazing artworks from Chromacon 2017 Guests, Exhibitors & other Kiwi artists!

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    Festival Tee!

    Nab a cool rare Chromacon T-shirt featuring 2017 festival artwork illustrated by the amazing Anna Johnstone AKA 'YOII'. Printed on AS Colour shirts.

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    Festival Giclee Print!

    Get an A4 limited edition of 50 giclee archival print featuring Chromacon 2017 festival art illustrated by the amazing Anna Johnstone AKA 'YOII' (signed and numbered!).

    Includes:
    • Archival Giclee Print (Limited edition of 50) ft. Art by YOII
    • [PDF] Chroma Vol.1 2 & 3
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    2015 Giclee Prints!

    Get an A4 limited edition of 50 giclee archival print featuring artwork from Chromacon 2015 artists T-Wei (NZ), JAW Cooper (US), Wenna (China), Jacky Ke Jiang (US) or BENJAMIN (China) + artbook PDFs + Shoutouts & Acknowledgements!

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    • Archival Giclee Print (ed of 50) ft. Art from Chromacon 2015
    • [PDF] Chroma Vol.1 2 & 3
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    The Chroma Combo!

    Support Chromacon 2017 and receive combo full of our festival goodies!

    Includes:
    • CHROMA Vol.3
    • CHROMACON 2017 Festival Tee
    • ArtRage for Android [Download Code]
    • Chromacon festival badges stickers and temporary tattoos!
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    The Chroma Super Combo!

    Show your love for Chromacon 2017 as a SUPER SUPPORTER!

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    • CHROMA Vol.3
    • CHROMACON 2017 Festival Tee
    • ArtRage for Android [Download Code]
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    Original Art + The Chroma Combo!

    A randomly chosen ORIGINAL sketch from a Chromacon 2015 exhibitor (A4 size or below) + Everything in the Chroma Combo!

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    • CHROMA Vol.3
    • CHROMACON 2017 Festival Tee
    • ArtRage for Android [Download Code]
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    Original Art + The Chroma Super Combo!

    A randomly chosen ORIGINAL sketch from a Chromacon 2015 exhibitor (A4 size or below) + Everything in the Chroma Super Combo!

    Includes:
    • Randomly chosen original sketch
    • Archival Giclee Print (Limited edition of 50) ft. Art by YOII
    • CHROMA Vol.3
    • CHROMACON 2017 Festival Tee
    • ArtRage for Android [Download Code]
    • Chromacon festival badges stickers and temporary tattoos!
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    Chromacon VIP

    Be inspired and grow as a creative! You’ll get an all day pass to either Saturday or Sunday sessions of Chroma Connect - a creative forum for professional development held in parallel to Chromacon featuring local and international speakers.

    5 sessions per day and to be used by used by one person. Plus, everything in the Chroma Combo!

    Finally, you are invited to the Chroma Art Awards Evening on April 8. (travel and accommodation not included)

    Includes:
    • Chroma Connect 1 Day Pass
    • 1x Chroma Art Awards Invite
    • CHROMA Vol.3
    • CHROMACON 2017 Festival Tee
    • ArtRage for Android [Download Code]
    • Chromacon festival badges stickers and temporary tattoos!
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    Chromacon GOLD VIP

    Be inspired and grow as a creative! You’ll get an all weekend pass to ALL Saturday & Sunday sessions of Chroma Connect - a creative forum for professional development held in parallel to Chromacon featuring local and international speakers.

    10 sessions in total and to be used by used by one person. Plus, everything in the Chroma Combo!

    Finally, you and a plus one are invited to our special Art Awards Night as special guests on April 9. (travel and accommodation not included)

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    • Chroma Connect All Access Pass
    • 2x Chroma Art Awards Invite
    • CHROMA Vol.3
    • CHROMACON 2017 Festival Tee
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    UNIQUE CHROMA Vol.2 by JAW Cooper

    [EXCLUSIVE] Unique hardcover CHROMA Vol.2 featuring original hand-drawn cover by JAW Cooper + Everything in The Chroma Combo!

    Includes:
    • One of a kind Hardcover CHROMA Vol.2 [J.A.W Cooper]
    • CHROMA Vol.3
    • CHROMACON 2017 Festival Tee
    • ArtRage for Android [Download Code]
    • Chromacon festival badges stickers and temporary tattoos!
    • [PDF] Chroma Vol.1 2 & 3
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    UNIQUE CHROMA Vol.2 by Jacky Ke Jiang

    [EXCLUSIVE] Unique hardcover CHROMA Vol.2 featuring original hand-drawn cover by Jacky Ke Jiang + Everything in The Chroma Combo!

    Includes:
    • One of a kind Hardcover CHROMA Vol.2 [Jacky Ke Jiang]
    • CHROMA Vol.3
    • CHROMACON 2017 Festival Tee
    • ArtRage for Android [Download Code]
    • Chromacon festival badges stickers and temporary tattoos!
    • [PDF] Chroma Vol.1 2 & 3
    • Our eternal gratitude and Acknowledgements!
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    UNIQUE CHROMA Vol.2 by BENJAMIN

    [EXCLUSIVE] Unique hardcover CHROMA Vol.2 featuring original hand-drawn cover by BENJAMIN + Everything in The Chroma Combo!

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    • One of a kind Hardcover CHROMA Vol.2 [BENJAMIN]
    • CHROMA Vol.3
    • CHROMACON 2017 Festival Tee
    • ArtRage for Android [Download Code]
    • Chromacon festival badges stickers and temporary tattoos!
    • [PDF] Chroma Vol.1 2 & 3
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    UNIQUE CHROMA Vol.2 by Wenna

    [EXCLUSIVE] Unique hardcover CHROMA Vol.2 featuring original hand-drawn cover by Wenna + Everything in The Chroma Combo!

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    • One of a kind Hardcover CHROMA Vol.2 [Wenna]
    • CHROMA Vol.3
    • CHROMACON 2017 Festival Tee
    • ArtRage for Android [Download Code]
    • Chromacon festival badges stickers and temporary tattoos!
    • [PDF] Chroma Vol.1 2 & 3
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    UNIQUE CHROMA Vol.2 by Anna Johnstone

    [EXCLUSIVE] Unique hardcover CHROMA Vol.2 featuring original hand-drawn cover by Anna Johnstone (YOII) + Everything in The Chroma Combo!

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    • One of a kind Hardcover CHROMA Vol.2 [Anna Johnstone aka YOII]
    • CHROMA Vol.3
    • CHROMACON 2017 Festival Tee
    • ArtRage for Android [Download Code]
    • Chromacon festival badges stickers and temporary tattoos!
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