We're a small team, hailing from a variety of countries: Our two founders, Sirio (aka RoboBrain) and Rachael (aka RoboGal), hail from Italy and the United States, respectively. The rest of our team spans the globe, from the US to the United Kingdom to Chile. From a concept artist in the video game industry (including work in Torchlight 1 & 2, Defense Grid, and more) to an architect, our professional backgrounds also vary. But we've all come together with one universal goal in mind: Find and promote anything we find awesome, and to further build our online community.
Our Back Story
Back in late 2010, we started a fun little blog, posting cool stuff we found online: Covering video games, comics, movies, music, and more. It slowly started to become more and more popular, and in early 2011 we launched our own website, Awesome-Robo.com. We've been able to garner a total of over 5 million views by hand promoting each post and the site as a whole, with a budget of zero dollars. From a humble blog that started off getting less than 50 hits a day, we've hand grown it into a website with thousands of visitors daily and plenty of hand curated content.
While continuing to post awesome stuff we came across, we also began to narrow our focus on artists (a lot of them up-and-coming) and their talented work. One day, while going through one particularly amazing artist's work, it hit us: This would make a great t-shirt. At that point, we knew we had a solid way to not only make a profit on our website (plastering our site with endless ads just isn't our style), but to also collaborate with and promote some really amazing artistic talent.
The main goal with our Tshirt line is to help secure funding for the future of our website while simultaneously providing exposure for the artists we worked with, and more to come in the future. We collaborated with a variety of artists that we previously featured to contribute designs in their unique style, as it is our goal to truly showcase each artist's individual talent.
Another goal is to bring more interest to our website, and to continue growing our readerbase and reach. We enjoy having involvement from our readers, and hope to branch out a lot more in that respect. As of late we've been a lot more submissions from indie artists, musicicans and videogame developers as the word has spread about our website and our mission.
What You'll Be Funding
The funding from this Kickstarter will go into printing the designs that we already have lined up, just waiting to get out there and be worn! As we also mentioned in our video, using the funds to print more designs will allow us to create a business side to our website. This will assist us in further developing our site, and allow us to add more functionality to our website and community features down the line.
About Our Shirts
The 4-color designs will be screen printed on 100% preshrunk cotton shirts with a seamless collar and a double-needle stitch. Durable, comfy shirts with awesome designs. What more could you ask for?
About Our Artists
"DOOM!" by Dan Hipp
Mr. Hipp is an amazing illustrator with a distinct graphic style who has created illustration and design work for Cartoon Network, Real Simple, Wired, DC Comics, Image Comics, Random House, and others, while fighting off zombies in California.
"CRAZY FOX" by Daniel Bressette (aka ClearlyWrong)
The Atlanta based artist known as 'Clearly Wrong' caught our eye with his usage of retro cartoony aesthetics mixed with a contemporary flair. Among some of his influences, Daniel mentioned Winsor McCay, Jack Kirby, Raymond Pettibon, Osamu Tezuka, Hayao Miyazaki, Bill Watterson and Genndy Tartavosky. Eastern and Western aesthetics combined in the best way possible!
"ROLLUS" by Reyyy
Corey Lewis, aka 'Reyyy' is a Seattle based comic book artist with a ridiculously awesome, graphic style comprised of vibrant colors, kinetic poses and unlikely palettes all working in harmony. He's best known for his work on Sharknife and other indie comics.
"FIGHT" by Omocat
Omocat is a really versatile LA based artist, having delved into just about every online art form possible. She's got a great sense of color and layout, and her subject matter just hits all the right geeky notes one after the other.
"ROBOPANDA" by Pac23
What's awesomer than a standard panda? A Robopanda of course! This design was created by the amazing Miami based freelancer known as PAC23, who has a knack for awesome pandas. Pac has had a chance to work with clients including Nike, Kidrobot and various other clients thanks to his versatility and distinct style.
Stretch goal #1: $2600 unlocks pins for every tier and a new pin-centric $10 reward tier.
$10: 3 random pins
$20: 1 glow in the dark pin and a pin corresponding the shirt you choose
$40: 1 glow in the dark pin and 2 pins corresponding the shirt you choose
and so on.. $100+ tiers get all pins!
Stretch goal #2: $3200 unlocks a slick new reward for all backers $40 up. The Awesome-Robo-fied, credit card sized, stainless steel bottle opener! Our prototype bottle opener fared wonderfully on the battlefield, facing off against many a Mexican Coca Cola bottle. :)
Stretch Goal #3: $4300 Thanks to popular demand,will help fund larger sizes of shirts, adding an XXL size category for all the shirts! And is that a 6th shirt? Mystery design to be revealed for Stretch Goal #4! :)
Final Stretch Goal #4: $5000+ It's time to unleash the final Stretch Goal, aka the Bonus Round! We are joined by two more talented artists who have contributed some awesome new designs to the shirt line. All backers above $80 will get to choose one of the above shirts for free, so let's do this! Spread the word as this final week dawns upon us, and let's make this full tshirt line a reality!
Bonus Shirt #1: Robolution is a fun design by Fumboo that pays tribute to classic Propaganda posters and features our mascot, Awsimov!
Bonus Shirt #2: POWA! is a slick design that shatters the heavens with the power of nostalgia, provided courtesy of the awesome Von Koz.
ABOUT THE NEW ARTISTS:
Von Koz, aka Eric K. is an amazing videogame industry artist who has worked at studios including Naughty Dog, SquareEnix, Planet Moon Studios and currently resides at Retro Studios! Despite being an environment artist fulltime, he enjoys dabbling in various mediums and flexing his creative muscles any chance he gets. You can check out more of his work here! http://landofkoz.blogspot.com/
Fumboo, aka Jamie Smart is a British artist with a distinct comic book style who has had the chance to work with companies including Cartoon Network, Disney, Scholastic and more. His website is a treasure trove of webcomics and memorable characters, showcasing his fun and colorful style. You can check out more of his work here! http://www.fumboo.com/
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