Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kickstart This!

Here's your weekly list of Kickstarter projects that deserve your attention.

I love the trend of re-working classic stories from the perspective of a strong, brave female protagonist.
Valor is a comic anthology of re-imaged fairy tales showcasing the talent of some of the top creators in the field of digital comics. The purpose of this book is to pay homage to the strength, resourcefulness, and cunning of female heroines in fairy tales. Some of these are recreations of time-honored tales. Others are brand new stories, designed to be passed to future generations.

Inspired by the idea that mighty feats can be accomplished by the smallest mouse, amazing teen Louise Scott has launched Mary Mouse Designs to help fund her tuition for dance school.
The hard work of dance school in Scotland truly paid off, when I discovered I'd been awarded a chance to study for a Performers Diploma in Professional Dance at the highly prestigious Urdang Academy in London. With over 1600 applicants for 100 highly coveted places, the opportunity to attend this 3 year course is already a dream come true.

However, a new obstacle has arisen in the form of financial difficulties. Due to various loopholes, I didn't receive a bursary and can't get funding through the normal channels. Again, this disappointment has not deterred me and with support from my mother, older sister Anna - and hopefully you too - I believe I can fulfill my purpose and move closer to my dream of creating a career as a professional dancer.

Virginia Paton has already written and illustrated book one of Year of the Marachi, the story of a young slave girl in the 1930s and her journey to freedom and finding her place in the world.
Year of the Marachi is a four-part graphic novel series about a group of young people thrown together by circumstance, trying to find their way in a changing world. As inside and outside forces threaten their small, developing country, they find themselves at the center of a revolution.

Hey, remember when Mitt Romney gave us that hilarious Binders Full of Women meme? VIDA: Women in Literary Arts (the folks who bring us the annual VIDA Count - where they take annual stock of the gender disparity in major literary publications and book reviews) are blowing up all the binders with their Out of the Binders: Symposium On Women Writers Today.
On October 11 and 12, 2014, we'll convene in New York City for a symposium on/for/by women in the literary arts and film/TV, with a pragmatic approach to shaking up those pie charts: panel discussions on women in the newsroom, starting to write after forty, and challenges faced by women writers of color; professional development workshops on pitching and accounting for freelancers; literary agent "speed dating;" and networking opportunities for everyone from journalism and creative writing students to new freelancers to seasoned professionals

The wonderful folks behind "Princeless" and "Vacant" have a new project!
"Illegal" follows the story of Gianna Delrey, an undocumented immigrant living in the shadows of an enormous city. All citizens received a microchip that tracks their movements and stores the history of their lives. Anybody without a chip is an 'illegal.' They can’t be tracked, but if they’re caught, they wind up in the deportation camps - where the wait to be deported has become so long that most people die just trying to survive.

Women business owners are one of the fastest-growing and most successful entrepreneurial demographics. The documentary team working on "Dream, Girl" are hoping that by telling the stories of these women they can redefine what it means to be a boss.
"Dream, Girl" will showcase the empowering stories of women-run companies and the founders whose ambition and dedication drive them. We will examine their journey, their struggles, and discover what makes them successful. We will talk to investors and cultural experts about why women are worth investing in, and learn why there has never been a more exciting and promising time for female-run businesses.


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