Around February of 2012 I sat down with some friends at a scruffy mexican bar. I had this idea swimming in my head of a Pokémon inspired art show. Based off my experience of the internet and fan created art, I wanted to help the community get more recognition for their talent. Over a huge bowl of nachos I told my friends that I wanted to create and host an entire art show derived from this passion. At this weekend long gallery show I would feature over 100 artists from around the world. The main goal would be to create an art show from the ground up built from a community and featuring amazing talent. Besides giving me crazy looks and knowing I had never undertaken an endeavor like this before, my friends were stoked by this idea.
Flash forward to August of 2012 . . . after months of email, planning, and sweating while hanging art all night . . . I had the most successful weekend of my life. I debuted a Pokémon inspired art show called "649 Monsters" on August 31st in Milwaukee. I couldn't believe the quality and beauty of the art that was donated by the artists. I couldn't believe how many people came through the doors. I couldn't believe that the show raised enough money to cover all expenses.
"649 Monsters" featured over 80 artists from around the world. It personally put a $2,000 hole in my wallet to print and frame the artwork, rent the exhibit space, print the shirts, hire a DJ, supply food and drinks, gas and transportation, advertising, and everything else. Even though it lasted only one weekend the show made roughly $3,000, which was a relief for my wallet, but, more importantly, it showed that people DID want this to happen. So this year we want to change things up. We want to reward everyone for backing the show and even coming out to the show. We didn't have enough money to do hardcover books last year or buttons or stickers but, with your help, we can this year!
The most frequent question I got last year was . . .
"Are you going to do this again next year?"
This is where Kickstarter comes in.
On August 2nd and 3rd of 2013, in Milwaukee, I want to host another Pokémon themed art show. We had 300-400 people come to the show last year and I personally want this show to be bigger and even more successful. This year's show will feature a theme - "Battle City." "Battle City" will feature imagined Pokémon battle scenes contributed by over 100 artists.
Featured Artists (so far)
The artwork featured on this Kickstarter page is only a small sample of the work created in 2012 for the 649 Monsters art show. All of the pieces are equally amazing and unique. So far we have over 30+ of those artists signed up to again make "Battle City" successful.
Current Shirt Design
Sample Book Images
We are still currently accepting artists
Want to be an artist? SIGN UP HERE!
Our goal is simple. Create an amazing Pokémon themed art show and build it from the ground up. Provide an outlet for artists to express and share their passion. Reward our backers with unique and amazing rewards they won't be able to get anywhere else. We need your help to accomplish this all for the summer.Funds for this project will pay for:
• Renting the Space
• Printing and Framing of Artwork
• Shirts, Buttons, Stickers
• Food and Drinks at the show
• DJ (music/lighting)
• Printing both last years & this years Art Books
• Miscellaneous: Gas, Nails, Paint, Flyers, Shipping Costs
*All domestic orders include FREE Shipping.
For more info visit PKMNcast.com
Music in video by Dexter Britain
Risks and challenges
If this was my first art show, I would be very worried for this project. Thankfully, last year, I organized the entire show, printed, framed, and hung all the art. So the manual labor thing is nothing to worry about.
I've printed and shipped over 500 shirts in the past two years, so making shirts is no challenge. The only thing I haven't mass printed is the hardcover books, but I am not concerned about doing this because I've printed single books in the past.
Most of last year's artists are returning this time around. The challenge we had last time was, after having over 110 artists sign up, over 25 of them did not follow through with their art. This time we already have commitment from artists who did contribute to 649 Monsters and will work closely with new artists to help them deliver.
Another difficulty I worked through last year was setting a deadline for receiving the artwork. While I tried to have everything in by the beginning of August, I was still receiving pieces days before the show. This year I am setting the deadline for submissions to two months before the show. This will greatly help with planning and preparation.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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