Trying something new- feedback for an upcoming Kickstarter project

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Here’s an idea… I’m designing my next Kickstarter project, a modest art project that’s part comic book/part social experiment, and I’d like your help. If you like voicing your opinion about crowdfunding projects, mini-comics, & art-pranks, please check out this draft for my upcoming project and share your feedback on the page’s comments.

The link is public, feel free to share, but remember it’s a draft. We are shooting the video tomorrow (Monday, December 15th) so if you have any feedback about the script (things you like, things you didn’t) let me know. Does the project make sense? Do the rewards seem right? How can that short project blurb be written better? I’ll be tweaking the page throughout the week and hope to have it live soon… like January 1st maybe.

My inbox zine residency, Patreon update, and Kickstarter

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A bunch of neat things happening, so here’s a recap:

I’m this month’s artist for Electric Dreaming, a new weekly zine for your inbox. Each week this month I’ll be sharing an exclusive new 3D wiggle-gif. Here is this week’s issue, with a handy subscribe button in the top bar.

The 3D City Patreon project is live and looking for love. I’m half way through this year long project and I’d like to keep the quality up. I’ve reached my first milestone and I’m trying to go for the next. Any amount helps.

3D City Patreon campaign from yoyogenius@gmail.com on Vimeo.

I’ve started working on a cool new Kickstarter (probably) project. It’s a 24 page comic called Got Hates Dinosaurs. It’s a ridiculous little story that was created in the style of a Chick Tract. The goal is to print up 1,000 and hand them out to strangers without any context. Just to make them smile. Shooting the video in a week, project should be live in January.

We’ve finally re-ordered the Nanoloop carts. Back in August I wrote about how my year got totally thrown off track when all of my expensive Kickstarter rewards got sucked up in US Customs. We still haven’t heard anything about them, but the shipper has finally gotten his insurance back on them and has just placed a new order. The stress this whole thing has caused has really been hard on me, and I’m looking forward to moving on to a whole bunch of new projects and building that confidence back up again over 2015 (starting with God Hates Dinosaurs, then a new album, then more public art).

My new Patreon project and 15% off all my photozines and crafts

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Hey friends, I’m running a 15% off sale on all my Etsy items from today through Monday. Simply use the code “WKND2014” at the end of your purchase. If you don’t have the 3rd issue of my American Analog photozine, this is a great time to grab it.

If you’ve been following my photography lately, you’ve probably heard about my newest project: 3D City. It’s a year long photo project that combines stereoscopic photography with animated gifs. I’m six months in and recently launched a Patreon project to help keep the quality of the project up. For those that are unfamiliar, Patreon is a crowd-funding site for supporting ongoing projects. Even supporting at just $2 would mean a whole lot to me and the project.

3D City Patreon campaign from yoyogenius@gmail.com on Vimeo.

Ladybug Convention

On Sunday afternoon we came across this swell article on the annual ladybug migration in Redwood Regional Park in Oakland and decided we had to go check it out. We drove straight out, parked our car and hit the trails. It was a 45 minute walk from the entrance and we found the ladybugs hibernating right were Stream trail met up with Prince (just where the article said they’d be). There were more ladybugs there then you could shake a stick at, and they’d probably just fall asleep on it if you tried, but it’s still pretty early in the season. I bet there will be way more there next week.

Ladybugs hibernating in Oakland.
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Lessons learned from a “Shirtstorm”

Last week a team of scientist landed a probe on an comet from an orbiting satellite. That’s the coolest sentence ever, right? Like thousands of other nerds across the globe, I watched the whole thing live… on Twitter.

During the long wait for the Philae lander to reach it’s target, one of the team’s project scientists landed into an internet shitstorm when he wore a kitschy bowling shirt filled with images of scantily dressed women during a live interview on the BBC. I just thought of it as tacky until my wife, who is a scientist, described to me how it’s things like this that can make women feel out of place in a professional environment. Dr. Matt Taylor has since given a heartfelt apology and seems to be a really decent guy who just made a bad decision when getting dressed for a big day in the lab. I thought that was really awesome of him, and most of us just moved on from this shirtstorm.

But for some reason there’s still a ton of dudes out there who literally can’t even why anyone would bat an eye at overly sexualized women in a workplace setting. So I made them this:

I still :ello:L* every time I look at this thing, but honestly I was trying to make it easier for some guys to visualize the issue. Of course it didn’t work. Most of the replies to my Twitter post are along the lines of “You must be homophobic if you think that shirt is inappropriate for work“. And a few replies saying “We’ll obviously it’s not the same, those dudes are wearing less clothes.” (which I’d argue further goes into how our standards decency vary from men to women, but whatever).

I’m sure I didn’t change anyone’s opinion out there, but I was surprised at what I learned from the experience . When trying to make the shirt as equally balanced as I could to the original design, I realized there really was no equivalent. There literally isn’t any way to translate the power imbalance and sexism that are so deeply ingrained in our culture that we can’t even see it. As one commenter put it, “there’s no stigma that men are nothing to science and just a set of abs“.

* I call that an Ello-L (get it?). I originally posted this piece on Ello and I’m actually digging it over there. Follow me if you like.