About this project
Update, December 26: To celebrate hitting $11,000 in backer support, every backer at the "Book Burner" and above levels will be offered one printed RIP 2016 Poster, and every backer at "2016 Poster + Swag Extravaganza" and above levels will receive 2 pins by Adam Koford (see below).
What's the Internet Review of 2016?
About the book: It's a ~100-page, 8X10 full-color softcover book about the top events, people, trends, and ideas in 2016. It includes works by 95 writers and artists (full author and topic list). Each of the 50-some essays are fewer than 250 words and the book also include comics and other art. This book is a conversation starter, a coffee table art book, and a collection of thought-provoking essays on culture, politics, technology, and health you will never forget. I've also created a ton of great swag to accompany the book in most of the backer levels to make this a true experience we can take part in together.
About me: I've always dreamed of making a book about art, culture, and politics. I'm an editor and writer based in New York. I haven't found a publication that has quenched my thirst for high-low brow analysis about internet culture, so I decided I needed to make one.
About the goal (updated, Dec. 28): $4,000 goes straight back to the contributors and $6,000 is for the production, printing, and shipping of items. I wanted the budget to be as low as possible while also paying the writers and artists who have made it so unique and fun.
How were contributors and topics chosen, and how is the book arranged?
Contributors were chosen based on the uniqueness of their approach to topics. Early on, I created a list of must-haves (Prince's passing, the Pulse Orlando massacre, the presidential election, climate change) which created the base topical sections. I then asked contributors whose work I admire to answer what trend/person/event impacted their year the most, and the book quickly filled itself with a ton of insightful ideas, from #OscarsSoWhite to Netflix's Stranger Things to Zika and fake news.
Backers will get exclusive updates on the book as it's being made and be invited to vote on stretch goals to include new topics, contributors, and artists! That means I need your help to share this campaign with friends and family to get it to meet the $3,5000 goal as soon as we can. The earlier we fund the book, the more fun we all get to have. This is a collaborative work that includes the backers as much as it does the contributors!
The book will flow from funny and lighthearted to serious and back around again to humor. There's one chronological aspect, though, and it's the inclusion of headlines about climate change. Did you know that most months in 2016 were the hottest in recorded history?
This campaign is more than just a book, I see. Tell me about the swag!
The force behind the amazing stuff included in most backler levels? Liza Donnelly, Adam Koford, Andy Dubbin, Jeremy Burge, and Stephen Maurice Graham helped take this project well beyond the book. The experience to find great accompanying art for a book has been both challenging and exciting, and the artists take this campaign to an entirely new level. You've seen their work everywhere, from The New Yorker to Vice. In no particular order:
- Andy Dubbin's original cover illustration depicts a creative watching a garbage fire, a fine description of how it feels to watch most videos on the internet these days.
Andy made a version of his original illustration which for the limited edition hoodies.
- Adam Koford's full-color "RIP 2016" poster will feature 30-ish notable people from 2016 (below is a DRAFT mock-up). Adam created a similar amazing poster for RiffTrax'sKickstarter. Included in Levels: Poster + Swag Extravangza, The Trifecta, Dark Social, Sponsor a Page!, The Internet Review: Second Edition
***NEW!*** Backers at Swag + Extravaganza+ levels get a pair of pins—one made of the David Bowie cover, and one of the Prince cover.
- Stephen Maurice Graham has perfectly captured the mood of this year; two of his works will be made into pins (plus appear in the book). When I first saw Stephen's 2016 illustration, I knew it belonged in this book. Included in Levels: Don't Pin This On Me, A Chip on Your Shoulder, Dark Social, The Internet Review: Second Edition.
And here's Stephen's 'Don't @ Me' illustration, which will also be made into a soft-enamel pin for backers of included levels. (BTW, don't at me is also covered in an essay by the genius Alex Alvarez).
- Liza Donnelly's brilliant cartoon of Donald Trump's first visit as president-elect to the White House can be yours on a cotton tote bag. I have a feeling this won't be the last time Obama is asked to help guide the Orange One through political chaos. Liza's work has been featured in every publication that cares about editorial cartoons, and you can see more of her work here. Include in Levels: In Transition Tote Bag, A Chip on Your Shoulder, The Internet Review: Second Edition.
- Evil Supply Co., which makes all sorts of deviously adorable notebooks and collectable items, has graciously agreed to send Deep Breaths notebooks to contributors. Here's the front and back of it, below. This is a perfect way to remind 2017 who's boss. Included in Levels: Deep Breaths, Everybody, Book Burner, A Chip on Your Shoulder
- Jeremy Burge, the founder of Emojipedia, will lend his expertise to consult on your emoji proposals. Jeremy, for those of you who don't know, is one of the world's preeminent experts on emoji. If you've ever wanted to make your own emoji, this is a perfect way to connect with him and support the Internet Review at the same time. He's also writing about emoji for the book, too!
- @darth helped create a custom signed limited edition of the book for a few lucky people. Buyers of this limited edition book will also receive swag items that I produce and have extras of for free. Hell yes.
Here is the full running contributor and topics list. Check 'em out, pick your favorite swag level, and back our campaign!
Risks and challenges
The contributors have been so generous with their talent and time, and they and backers are my top priority. If the campaign fails, I plan on publishing an eBook, but we'll be left with a lot of disappointed artists and writers.
A second challenge is that hitting the campaign goal helps everyone get their purchases sooner. While I've listed February as the target final month of delivery for some levels, the earlier the campaign is funded, the sooner I can finalize all the small details that go into the production and mailing aspects. I need to know how many books, tote bags, posters, and pins to print and ship ASAP.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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