Posted: August 28, 2013 DECI Members Looking for Funds Through Kickstarter
A couple of DECI members are looking for support for their projects. Brian Wagner and his wife Sue, of Historic Maps, are working to create a new illustrated map that showcases the "Voting Rights Trail" from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Eli Bremer, of When I'm 64, and his new enterprise called Gnome City Productions, is developing a comic book with characters that represent the Downtown Eau Claire districts.
Kickstarter, an online fundraising site, has had more than 4.7 million people pledge since its launch in 2009, and people have pledged more than $762 million, funding more than 47,000 projects. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing - projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money. Wagner and Bremer both have pledges so far, but need more before their deadlines.
"We want to make maps of historic places. We want to make maps that are compelling, that show iconic places," said Brian Wagner.
The Wagners began Historic Maps, LLC. two years ago. Since that time they have made various maps, including one of the Gunflint Trail in Northern Minnesota.
Their current project is in the beginning stages. The new map will take $5,600 to launch. They are looking for donations as low as just a $1 and are offering prizes like tickets to this Thursday's Viking game, as an incentive to help get the word out.
As for the comic book, Bremer said he wants to also bring mascots to life. "I have brought aboard a prolific comic book artist named Mark A.Lone from Augusta. Mr. Lone has worked for MGM Studios and has a style and quality that rivals Marvel Comics. Mark and his team will be creating the character designs and illustrations for each of the four mascots."
He said the final product would be a 36-page comic book to be released in the next two years.
To read more about the comic book project, watch Bremer's video, and to pledge, visit his Kickstarter here.