About this project
What is Rustbelt Almanac?
Rustbelt Almanac is a brand new publication that focuses on the people that are driving our region's growth. Produced by a team of driven creatives, the quarterly magazine aims to highlight these people's stories, and share them with readers. In doing so, we hope to consistently fill the pages of the magazine with content that readers find fun, challenging and inspiring.
Why the Rust Belt?
America's Rust Belt is the sprawling region stretching from the Northeast across the Midwest, and into parts of the Upper South - most notably characterized by a vast void left by manufacturing industries that once dominated the economic landscape, but have long since gone by the wayside. While industry may have moved elsewhere, the work-ethic has not. The region is home to countless industrious people; artists, craftsman, laborers, entrepreneurs - Makers. That same void left by industry is the reason the region has such unimaginable potential for growth: there is room for the folks who want to take risks and start something new.
Much like the work-ethic that is engrained into our minds through generations of tradition, we value paper for the same reasons our grandparents valued paper. It's tactile and timeless, and moreover, serves as the single best medium to record and pass on information. Unlike digital media, you can put a magazine on a bookshelf. You can easily access it ten years down the road to re-read again. It's not getting lost in mountains of digital files, or the complexity of the internet, and it will not be lost when your next hard drive fails. You can put it on your coffee table. You can share it with a visiting relative. You can pass it on to your own grandchildren as a document of our times. But do not fear, we are not planning to let physical media date our work or keep us from providing readers with plenty of exclusive digital content as well.
Why do we need your help?
Issue No. 1 of Rustbelt Almanac is nearly ready for production. We've put in countless hours of harvesting fantastic content, and it has been more than rewarding meeting some great folks during our journey. Their stories have been inspirational, and their passion contagious. But what is the fun in hearing a great story that you cannot share with friends? Our publication needs help from readers like you to spread the word of the great things happening in the neighborhoods we all live in.
By supporting our project, you are not only getting our magazine into your hands, but you are becoming part of the story that is the Rust Belt region. You are sharing in the experiences of the people that we feature, and are lending a helping hand in reconnecting fractured communities by highlighting the endeavors of your friends and neighbors.
First and foremost, successful funding gets the first issue of the magazine printed and distributed. Furthermore, funding beyond our goal makes future content possible, and allows us to connect with any number of cities that would otherwise be out of reach. The first steps of the adventure have already been taken, and with your help, we can keep Rustbelt Almanac's pages coming to you well into the future.
Stretch Goal $12,000
At $12,000 you'll be solidifying our ability to travel for issue 2. All backers will get a chance to vote for which city they'd like to us to visit for a majority of issue 2 content. Your choices will be:
- St. Louis
Thank you for checking out our project. Take a moment to browse our AWESOME REWARDS to the right and below. We look forward to sharing great content with you very soon. In the meantime, we will be posting regular updates here on the project page, as well as on our website at www.rustbeltalmanac.com.
$15 & $25 Level:
Nick Drombosky of Fiks:Reflective is providing purchasers of our first issue with these awesome, highly reflective, 'Rusty' stickers. Cut from high-quality 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Film they remove easily within 18 months without heat and have been tested for up to 7 years of outdoor durability in sun, rain, salt, and snow. They're not your typical vinyl sticker.
Jason Snyder of Pittsburgh Tintype Studio created this beautiful image just for our Kickstarter. 8x10 collodion on black aluminum shot on the shore of the Allegheny River from Barking, PA overlooking Greco Steel Products in Springdale, PA. Prints will be numbers 1-10 of 10 and printed at 16x20" on Epson Premium Luster Paper using Epson Inks. The prints will be mounted and numbered/signed on 17x22" paper with approx .75" border.
We will continually update this section with more photos as we receive samples of the other awards. If you have any questions regarding a prize level please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Risks and challenges
We understand that the launch of a new publication is a complicated endeavor and that there will inevitably be unexpected challenges. We have several distribution models planned to ensure that this project will succeed. We plan to ship the first issue of Rustbelt Almanac by mid May 2013. Any updates or delays will be communicated to all of our backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
There has been a ton of demand for a digital edition of the magazine. While we are truly committed to print as the best medium for our content we realize it's important to let our readers make the choice of which medium they prefer. So, we've added a $15 backer level for a digital copy in your choice of PDF or ePub formats!
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