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A Pokémon inspired art show in Milwaukee. "Battle City" will be featuring Pokémon battle scenes donated by artists around the world. Read more

Milwaukee, WI Public Art
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A Pokémon inspired art show in Milwaukee. "Battle City" will be featuring Pokémon battle scenes donated by artists around the world.

Milwaukee, WI Public Art
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About this project

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

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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.

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FAQ

  • The show takes place August 2nd and 3rd. On August 4th the art should be live online to view for anyone. August 5th is when Backers can start picking which art they would like pressed and mailed out to them!

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Rewards

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    RATTATA TRAINER - Our sincere, honest, and eternal gratitude for your support! $1 will keep you updated on the progress of this show.

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    21 backers

    BIDOOF TRAINER - Button and Sticker Packs! Get exclusive buttons and stickers created for the show - delivered right to your door.

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    25 backers All gone!

    FARFETCH'D TRAINER - An Exclusive Shirt! Front will feature a designed based off the main logo. The back will feature all the contributed artists and their names. Save $4 for being an "Early Bird".

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    6 backers

    CHESPIN TRAINER - An Exclusive Shirt! Front will feature a designed based off the main logo. The back will feature all the contributed artists and their names.

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    39 backers

    KECLEON TRAINER - 1 piece of Artwork, digital pressing on high quality stock paper. Once the Artwork is publicly shown, pick 1 you like, and we will mail them your way. These do not include frames.

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    11 backers

    SMEARGLE TRAINER - 2 pieces of Artwork, digital pressing on high quality stock paper. Once the Artwork is publicly shown, pick 2 you like, and we will mail them your way. These do not include frames.

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    18 backers

    VANILLUXE TRAINER - Both the Shirt and 2 pieces of Artwork. Once the Artwork is publicly shown, pick 2 you like, and we will mail them your way. These do not include frames. Shirt will ship separately from Art.

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    3 backers

    DODRIO TRAINER - 3 pieces of Artwork. Once the Artwork is publicly shown, pick 3 you like, and we will mail them your way. These do not include frames.

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    3 backers

    MACHAMP TRAINER - 4 pieces of Artwork, digital press on high quality stock AND 2 Shirts. Once the Artwork is publicly shown, pick 4 you like, and we will mail them your way. These do not include frames. Shirts will ship separately from Art.

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    10 backers All gone!

    PIDGEOT TRAINER - An Exclusive Hardcover Coffee Table Book. This book includes every piece of artwork from the show. It also includes artist information, notes about the artwork, and pictures from the show. This book is beautifully bound on high quality paper with vivid colors. The only chance to get it is here. Save $20 for being an "Early Bird".

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    7 backers

    GENGAR TRAINER - An Exclusive Hardcover Coffee Table Book. This book includes every piece of artwork from the show. It also includes artist information, notes about the artwork, and pictures from the show. This book is beautifully bound on high quality paper with vivid colors. The only chance to get it is here.

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    3 backers

    DONPHAN TRAINER - An Exclusive Hardcover Coffee Table Book. This book includes every piece of artwork from the show. It also includes artist information, notes about the artwork, and pictures from the show. This book is beautifully bound on high quality paper with vivid colors. The only chance to get it is here. The Shirt and 2 pieces of Artwork are also included. Once the Artwork is publicly shown, pick 2 you like, and we will mail them your way. These do not include frames. Shirt will ship separately from Art.

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    4 backers Limited (6 left of 10)

    GYARADOS TRAINER - TWO Exclusive Hardcover Coffee Table Books. One book that includes every piece of artwork from this years show. It also includes artist information, notes about the artwork, and pictures from the show. The second book will include all the artwork from last years show. Both books are beautifully bound on high quality paper with vivid colors. The only chance to get these books are here.

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    4 backers

    GOLURK TRAINER - TWO Exclusive Hardcover Coffee Table Books. One book that includes every piece of artwork from this years show. It also includes artist information, notes about the artwork, and pictures from the show. The second book will include all the artwork from last years show. Both books are beautifully bound on high quality paper with vivid colors. The only chance to get these books are here. The Shirt and 2 pieces of Artwork are also included. Once the Artwork is publicly shown, pick 2 you like, and we will mail them your way. These do not include frames. Shirt will ship separately from Art.

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    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    POLITOED TRAINER - Be on a FULL Episode of "It's Super Effective". Let us thank you in person live, and you can join us for conversation.

    Two Exclusive Hardcover Coffee Table Books. One book that includes every piece of artwork from this years show. It also includes artist information, notes about the artwork, and pictures from the show. The second book will include all the artwork from last years show. Both books are beautifully bound on high quality paper with vivid colors. The only chance to get it is here. The Shirt and 2 pieces of Artwork are also included. Once the Artwork is publicly shown, pick 2 you like, and we will mail them your way. These do not include frames. Shirt will ship separately from Art.

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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    BELLOSSOM TRAINER - Steve (and PKMNcast crew) will take you to BREAKFAST in Milwaukee before or after the show.
    Plus - be on a FULL Episode of "It's Super Effective". Let us thank you in person live, and you can join us for conversation. Two Exclusive Hardcover Coffee Table Books. One book that includes every piece of artwork from this years show. It also includes artist information, notes about the artwork, and pictures from the show. The second book will include all the artwork from last years show. Both books are beautifully bound on high quality paper with vivid colors. The only chance to get it is here. The Shirt and 2 pieces of Artwork are also included. Once the Artwork is publicly shown, pick 2 you like, and we will mail them your way. These do not include frames. Shirt will ship separately from Art. Yes, we will pay for the meal.

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    CHANDELURE TRAINER - Steve (and PKMNcast crew) will take you to DINNER in Milwaukee before or after the show.
    Plus - be on a FULL Episode of "It's Super Effective". Let us thank you in person live, and you can join us for conversation. Two Exclusive Hardcover Coffee Table Books. One book that includes every piece of artwork from this years show. It also includes artist information, notes about the artwork, and pictures from the show. The second book will include all the artwork from last years show. Both books are beautifully bound on high quality paper with vivid colors. The only chance to get it is here. The Shirt and 2 pieces of Artwork are also included. Once the Artwork is publicly shown, pick 2 you like, and we will mail them your way. These do not include frames. Shirt will ship separately from Art. Yes, we will pay for the meal.

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    LUGIA TRAINER - Steve will travel to your town before or after the show and spend the day with you. This applies to anywhere in the U.S except Hawaii and Alaska. You can see mock ups of the show, how it was built, and get behind the scenes of "It's Super Effective".
    Plus - be on a FULL Episode of "It's Super Effective". Let us thank you in person live, and you can join us for conversation. Two Exclusive Hardcover Coffee Table Books. One book that includes every piece of artwork from this years show. It also includes artist information, notes about the artwork, and pictures from the show. The second book will include all the artwork from last years show. Both books are beautifully bound on high quality paper with vivid colors. The only chance to get it is here. The Shirt and 2 pieces of Artwork are also included. Once the Artwork is publicly shown, pick 2 you like, and we will mail them your way. These do not include frames. Shirt will ship separately from Art.

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