Posts Tagged "kickstarter"

May 25, 2012

J.T. Yost

Illustrator and owner of Birdcage Bottom Books J.T. Yost and I go waaaaay back. We spent many-a-night in Austin belting out songs of woe as part of Earl Bible and His Stories (yeah that’s right, a myspace link… you love it) back in ’99, and drank whiskey out of mayonnaise jars while busting out rhymes as part of acclaimed freestyle rap ensemble Fresh Animals. These days, JT is hard at work cranking out comics, screen printing, painting, and being a dad. And just this week he announced his Kickstarter-backed project DIGESTATE: A Food and Eating Themed Comic Anthology.

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December 16, 2011

What I’m up to – Bound Custom Journals

A while back, I posted about a little side project I’d been working on and was raising Kickstarter money to try to get off the ground.  Well thanks in part to the generosity of you good-lookin’ OKGreatsters, we were able to raise the money we needed, and as of just a few weeks ago, Bound Custom Journals is a real live company.

I’m pretty damn proud.  From the beginning, Bound was something that first and foremost, we wanted.  When Joel (my biz partner) was going on a road trip a few years ago, he thought surely teh internetz would be surely able to create a custom journal with exactly the content he needed for the trip – calendars for planning, maps for marking sweet spots, blanks for sketching, lines for writing.  But unfortunately, it didn’t come through, so we set off to make it real.  Because we wanted one.  At the very least, we’d have our own journal.

But it turned out that a lot of other people wanted one too.  Kickstarter for us was just as much about validating what we thought was a good idea as it was about raising some capital to get things going.  It was a thrill – I don’t think email will ever be as fun as it was during those 50 days.

Fast forward through about 4 months of late nights of designing, coding, beer drinking, and a decent bit of profanity (mostly by my ridiculously talented brother, and Bound CTO, David, when deciphering shipping APIs), and we finally pushed our site live and caught our breath while we planned the next steps.  We enjoyed another beer, and then got back to work improving the site, adding content, and telling the world.

All this to say that I’m excited that Bound Custom Journals is live, and I think you should check us out.  Find us at, or just click the link in the ‘Friends’ section in the right column.  And if you have any ideas for content, products, or just want to say hey, drop us a line or leave a comment.


July 20, 2011

cityfabric kickstarter

There’s a lot going on over at cityfabric these days. You guys may remember when I posted about them back in November. Well, now they have a new logo and an awesome new kickstarter project with lots of new collateral—if they raise $13,000 by August 31, you will be able to get their signature figureground maps on pillows, totes, canvases, prints and limited edition t-shirts. Watch the video above to learn more about their project and support your local business!


June 6, 2011

Bound Custom Journals

For the last year or so, your humble OKGreatster (me) has been hard at work on a new little project called Bound Custom Journals.  It arose out of a simple need.  Many of us use journals for sketching, note-taking, traveling, and a whole host of other uses.  But until now there was no way to conveniently do all of those things in one place.  We may have one book with grids or blanks for sketching, another with lines for writing, and entire books dedicated to city maps for traveling.  Bound Custom Journals will allow you to craft the contents of your journal around your life.  Via a simple website, you’ll be able to select from our ever-growing library of content and organize, page-by-page, section-by-section, your very own, American-made custom journal and have it in your hands in just days.

It’s been a lot of work getting to this point, but now we need to see if this idea is really something that people want.  So what better way to do that than to hold a pre-sale on Kickstarter.  Check out our project page for all the deets.

I could wax poetic on this stuff all day, but I think the easiest way to explain it all is to watch our video on the Kickstarter page and embedded below.  If you like the idea, go ahead and toss a few dollars in our pledge bucket.  Or just help spread the word – every last dollar, tweet, tumbl, facebook, blog post, whatever counts.  Thanks!


June 1, 2011

Freaker Love

You’ve got to love the enthusiasm & passion for these people trying to get their handmade bottle sleeve operation off the ground. I’m willing to bet 10 freakers that if you take the time to watch their video above, you’re guaranteed to donate something to their kickstarter campaign. If you don’t then you probably have ice in your veins. Which means you could probably use a torso sized freaker. Which I guess is another name for a sweater.


Thanks to the talented Talia Ledner for bringing this to our attention!


April 7, 2011

Ferocious Quarterly Needs Your Love.

Are you one of those OK Great readers who absolutely loves all the funky and awesome shit that gets posted here on the regular, but can’t stand that all that awesomeness is just stuck behind your screen, unable to be held, caressed, or picked up on a sunny afternoon and enjoyed on your backyard picnic table?

Well fret not my friends, for this is a call to arms of the OK Great community.

Ferocious Quarterly is a journal filled to the brim with collected and curated works of kickass designers, illustrators, artists, and writers.  They’ve had two gorgeously produced issues so far, but they’re looking for some community love to help produce their third issue (have you heard? Publishing is pricey).  The idea behind issue 3:

All the contributions in “Made Handsome” will be named after real-life newspaper headlines. All of ‘em. The titles and inspirations will directly reference newspaper headlines from all over the world. Some headlines will most certainly be dark, some hilarious, some just plain sad. We see them everyday—pass over ‘em—and read the story. This publication will stop at the headline. And simply based on the artist’s first impression, they will create their contribution to “Made Handsome.” We are taking the world’s headlines and “making them handsome.”

It will take a herculean effort to get these guys funded in the next 50something hours, but as someone who’s spent the last year or so curating content for the web (ie writing this blog), I know it’s an even more herculean effort to do it in the print world.  So drop a few bones in the bucket, tell your friends, and hopefully we can make a dent in that goal.