Monday, December 2, 2013

Kickstart This!

Here's a selection of wonderful Kickstarter projects that deserve some attention!

Courtney Huddleston's great wordless webcomic, The Bully's Bully, is the story of a girl who takes the side of the victims of bullying and does something about it!
While the primary focus is to tell fun and engaging stories, the Bully’s Bully aims to inspire anyone entangled in bullying, even bullies themselves. Having experienced bullying, as well as seeing those we love fall victim, our hope is that through the adventures of B.B., those living under a daily cloud of fear, can use our comic as a way to draw attention to a situation they might have previously felt impossible to get free of.

I don't wear a lot of makeup. Or any, really. So when I want to feel dressy, I use colorful necklaces and hair accessories. I love these beaded and fabric pieces by Claudia, a Mexican women who not only makes them herself, but has taught others her craft, helping to raise them out of poverty.
Claudia would love to export and sell her jewelry in the U.S. via an online Etsy shop and trunk shows. And because Claudia is so dearly committed to teaching Mexican women of little resources to improve their lives, growing Claudia's business means helping other women.

I cannot even begin to tell you how awesome __'s Little Book of Big Dream is. A cuSTEMized book to encourage girls to pursue careers in math and science? I already know at least one soon-to-be 9 year old getting her own copy in the next couple of weeks! They've already met their initial goal, but have some pretty neat stretch goals that they still need help with.

The heroine of Party Girl sounds a lot like a self-rescuing princess!
Audrey Princeton moves to New York City after college to pursue her dreams of gracing the Broadway Stage, but quickly learns that the city that never sleeps is not just a dream come true but also a nightmare when underestimated. Quick on her feet, Audrey does what is necessary to stay in New York, creating a princess party company that will supplement her income as she struggles to become a successful actress.

These projects are already funded, but still worth checking out for the sheer awesomeness. And your chance to get in on the action!

Do you know someone with ideas like wild horses? I think I can relate to Amy, the heroine of The Strength of Wild Horse, when she feels overrun with good ideas and excitement!
Thus opens the first page of Strength of Wild Horses, a book about Amy, how she gets into trouble, and how she discovers that the very ideas which caused the trouble can also bring solutions. It is a book for every child (or adult) who needs to understand that being strong and creative can make the world a better place.

[TW: rape]

On a more serious note, issues around rape and rape culture seem to always be in the headlines. I think that, in a way, this is a good sign. If we're talking about it, then we can work on fixing it. Which is exactly what the folks working on Trust Me are doing.
Inspired by real-life cases, Trust Me is a feature film that tells the story of Madeline, a college freshman who accuses a student leader at her school of raping her. However, the school administration does nothing, and so she and her friends take matters into their own hands. When they reach out to the media for help, the ensuing ordeal will test everyone alike and show their true colors - students, teachers, reporters, victims, perpetrators, and those caught in the middle.


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