My name is Tome Wilson. I'm an Emmy Award winning artist and I'm also the creator of Dieselpunks (www.dieselpunks.org), an online magazine and social network devoted to the dieselpunk art movement. Since starting Dieselpunks in 2009 as a way to inspire dieselpunk artists, I've built an audience of millions and have found a way for our art to reach nearly every web-connected country on Earth. I’ve poured my heart’s blood and sanity into building the dieselpunk community. By September 2014, I’ve written over a thousand articles for the site, designed custom dieselpunk clothing, hosted and DJ’d dieselpunk events, given historical lectures at conventions, started many professional relationships with fellow artists, and have seen both sides of the book publishing world with Diesel City, multiple ePulp anthologies, and the upcoming Dieselpunk: Retro Futures of the All-American Art Deco Years from Graffito Books London.
My goal with Dieselpunks has always been to stay true to the DIY movement by inspiring people to carry on as individuals, but keeping Dieselpunks alive without advertising, donors, or sponsors is a burden I can no longer carry by myself.
I built Dieselpunks for the community and five years later, I’m asking for the community’s help if they want to keep it alive.
By relying solely on my day job to fund Dieselpunks, I lack the resources we need to keep it running and expanding. I can continue managing and updating Dieselpunks, but it would require an annual sponsorship of $3,500 to cover the overhead. Running a network like Dieselpunks legally with no advertising or corporate sponsors costs real money, and this fundraiser will ease the burden considerably.
Why is this fundraiser important?
If the Dieselpunks website is shut down, it will be a major blow to the dieselpunk movement. Not only will the last major dieselpunk network be gone, but our archives with over five years of dieselpunk art, history, and music will be completely gone. This is because the Dieselpunks network currently runs on proprietary technology leased from our hosting company that cannot be transferred to another host.
As the last fortress of the dieselpunk movement, I feel it’s important to keep Dieselpunks alive. If you feel the same way, please donate what you can to help.
What I can offer in return.
As my thanks to the community, I'm opening the site to help bring other projects to life. Let's leverage the platform and get more dieselpunk art, books, music, movies, and podcasts into the world. To this end, a limited number of supporters will be allowed to place advertisements throughout the site. With an audience in the millions, this is a sure fire way to put the spotlight on what you've been working on.
If we reach our annual goal, we can either escrow the extra funds to cover the 2015-2016 costs, or we can finally expand the network even further. I would love to move away from our current host and onto a larger, more flexible platform. Any funds I receive over the goal of $3,500 can help me make this dream come true.
To close, I want to give my love to the ineffable Stefan whose prodigious output of dieselpunk art over the past five years has never failed to amaze me. I give my thanks to Larry, Johnny, and the team at the Diesel Powered Podcast who will be in charge of keeping dieselpunk in the limelight if Dieselpunks falls. I give my respect to Ronan Harris of VNV Nation who inspired me to build the things I believed in all those years ago. And I give my regrets to Patti Smith, who helped me give life to Dieselpunks as a safe haven and fount of inspiration for artists around the world.
For the future,
Risks and challenges
The funds are being collected to pay for the hosting, technology, and licenses associated with running the Dieselpunks website in its current form. It also covers the overhead involved in running a Kickstarter campaign, which can easily skim 8% off of every donation.
The website has been online and stable since 2009. As sole proprietor, all I'm doing is signing checks to the right people, so the decision to keep it alive is now in the hands of the community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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