In 2010, I started an online art project called Geek A Week. The goal was to connect with 52 influential geeks from different disciplines - science, music, art, etc. - and draw them as a neat little trading card portrait.
With the help of Storm DiCostanzo of the musical comedy duo Paul and Storm who wrote the card backs of each and every card (except his own, which was written by Neil Gaiman), I was not only able to complete the year long project, but I was able to garner the attention of some major news outlets. The 52 card deck included the likes of geek luminaries such as musician "Weird Al" Yankovic, comic book legend Stan "The Man" Lee, founding Apple programmer Steve "Woz" Wozniak, acclaimed author Neil "The Neil" Gaiman and film director Kevin "Silent Bob" Smith, just to name a few.
Thanks to the support of people like you, I have been able to fund the second and third seasons of my Geek A Week project on Kickstarter. Season Four is in the works, with most of the interviews done and ready, and art in process. This campaign will fund the remainder of production and will get the brand-new set hot off the presses and into your hands.
In the Version 4.0 set are trading cards featuring the incredible:
Ernie Cline (Author - Ready, Player One)
Jenny Lawson AKA The Bloggess (Author, Let's Pretend This Never Happened.)
Alison Haislip (Actress/Host)
Joseph Scrimshaw (Writer/Comedian)
Parry Gripp (Viral Musician, formerly of Nerf Herder)
Jen Yates AKA Cakewrecks (Author/Blogger)
Richard Garfield (Creator, Magic The Gathering)
Roy Thomas (Legendary Comic Book Writer)
Plus, backers at the $50 level and above will automatically get the BONUS GEEK CARD - Peter Sagal (Host, NPR's Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me!)
What could be more exciting than that?
So glad you asked. Geek A Week would be nothing without the fans. So, for the first time ever in the history of Geek A Week, I'm giving regular folks a chance to become an OFFICIAL GEEK-A-WEEK.
Up to 8 fans will be able to join the pantheon of Geek A Week by joining the first ever limited edition FAN SET. I've tried to make this as affordable as possible, given the amount of work involved.
There are also two special backer levels that allow you to become a part of the core 4.0 set. At the $1000 level you'll be added to the original base set that all backers of this project will receive (if the project is funded, natch). That brings the set up to a possible 10 geeks (counting the surprise bonus geek), maybe even 11...
One lucky backer can even get the Full Royal Enchilada Treatment: an interview with me (the "famous" Len Peralta) on the OFFICIAL Geek-a-Week podcast, a custom drawn card with a card back written by Storm of Paul and Storm, and 500 copies of your own card! Level up!
Why Should I Fund This Project?
Geek A Week is a HUGE undertaking - much more than just a run-of-the-mill art project. That's because it involves more than just art. The process involves getting in touch with the potential subject, interviewing them (and producing that interview as a podcast), drawing the person and writing the card back. This involves hundreds of e-mails and phone calls not to mention scheduling and paperwork - plus drawing and painting and digitizing and printing and all that art stuff.
It's a huge time commitment to create this pretty awesome slice of geek culture. Meanwhile, fans get some cool original art, a set of some limited edition trading cards and the feeling of knowing that you supported an artist who loves doing what they do. Two artists, if you count Storm. Are writers artists? Discuss amongst yourselves.
The success of this project depends on your support and word of mouth. So please share this project on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, text messages - however you get the word out and tell your friends and family to donate to help fund Season Four of my project.
Thank you for your support and most of all thank you for being a fan of Geek A Week!
A Look At The Cards In Season 4:
Risks and challenges
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