First there was Black Friday, then there was Small Business Saturday, then there was Cyber Monday. How's about we combine them all for Shop Online But Only at Local Shops Tuesday? That's what Localism is about!
(Here are some more traditional handmade Christmas cards, for what it's worth.)
There's a new issue of Ker-bloom!, the letterpress-printed zine created by Pittsburgher Artnoose — who doesn't want a zine for the holidays?
Given the way the season is going, you might want to get this for your child.
And what better way to combine the gift-giving holidays with the real Western Pennsylvania holiday season — deer season — than stud earrings made from Winchester bullets?! Or Mossy Oak camo baby togs?
More to come in the weeks ahead, but I think that should be enough to keep you busy and spendy for now.
In today's edition of Localism, we're going to look at some items on offer from Pittsburgh-area Etsy shops. I didn't mean for it to turn into a Halloween edition, but it sort of got that way toward the bottom. Yikes.
I don't even know what exactly to say about this one, which I guess is a rainbow-colored knit jellyfish that you ... put on top of a jar? For a good time, toggle between the second and third photo on the page ... it looks like the poor little guy is getting depressed.
I'm a sucker for 1" buttons with things on them — next time you see me, ask about my Mary Worth pin. This shop has more classically masculine comic figures, but, different strokes.
This is a pair of dried chicken feet, and I am spooked.
Pulitzer Prize finalist Matt Bors, whose smart political strip “Idiot Box” graces CP’s news section each week, is trying to fund a self-published collection of his work, including original humor essays.
The 225-page anthology will be titled Life Begins at Incorporation, referencing Bors’ riff conflating pro-life zealotry with the right-wing insistence that corporations are people. My friend.
This former Pittsburgher’s cartoon world is one in which female body parts become superheroes like the Avenging Uterus, bringing justice to a world gone mad.
When he’s not taking down conservative know-nothings, Bors also rips on the Obama administration’s still-raging “war on terror,” including murderous, extra-legal drone strikes in Pakistan.
The book will also include work from Bors' unembedded 2010 trip to Afghanistan.
Despite shrinking page counts in print publications, “People still really like political cartoons,” says Bors on his Kickstarter vid.
As of today, with 29 days still to go in his campaign, Bors had already made nearly half of his $20,000 goal. He has one backer at $550 or more (the “Medal of Freedom” level), and two at $350-plus.
Bors says he’ll use the funds to take some time off free-lance work for writing, and to hire an editor and designer to help him finish the book. “I want it to be fucking good,” he adds.
Bors is the comics journalism editor for Cartoon Movement, a website devoted to international political cartooning.
Last year, the Portland, Ore., resident was the first alt-weekly cartoonist to win the prestigious Herblock Prize.
The Canton, Ohio, native is an Art Institute of Pittsburgh grad who started cartooning in 2003, after the U.S. invaded Iraq.
Today's installment of our Localism feature looks at some currently funding Kickstarter and Indie Go Go projects headquartered in Pittsburgh.
— Headed up by a noted local fashion blogger, Zaftig aims to make a line of dresses for women size 10 and up. Mandy Fierens runs the Curvy Blogger blog, and has already begun to create dresses for the line. She's almost to her goal on the Kickstarter, though of course extra cash never hurts. There are two weeks left on the campaign.
— Relatively new on the site is this project, wherein Raina Kellerman wants to write a book about women in Civil War arsenals. Pertinent to local-history enthusiasts.
— Jenesis Magazine, which we've profiled in the past, is looking to recompose itself and relaunch; the folks behind it are looking to Indie Go Go to help. If the locally flavored hip hop mag is your style, perhaps you'd like to contribute.
— And Cait Cuneo, until now known as lead singer of the band Black Coffee, is working on a solo EP and wants you to be a part of it. Click here to check out some info on "Violet," if you please!
Todays' Localism post deals with stuff you can buy from Pittsburgh vendors on Etsy! Let's get to it!
— Obviously, before you can buy anything else, you want to get this vintage Safe Guard check writer. That way you'll have any easy method for paying for all the rest of your purchases.
— Dino lovers might want this set of OHMIGODSOCUTE dinosaur cupcake toppers and wrappers!
— In contrast, no one on earth ever should buy their baby a personalized Cleveland Browns hat.
— Question: What the hell is steampunk about octopus soap? Oh, whatever. If you're the type who buys octopus soap, I suppose you'll buy octopus soap whether it's steampunk or not.
— A traffic rosary! That is something I had not thought of, but that would be useful.
— Aaaaaand then there's this Snow White-inspired bra.
Localism is our weekly-ish blog series highlighting some interesting crowdfunding projects based in our around Pittsburgh. Here's what we've got this week:
"DropKicker" has a name that's kind of similar to an idea I once had (for an anti-crowdfunding site called Kickstopper, in which you paid to have someone not record an album/have an event/etc.). But it's a lot nicer than that. DropKicker is an app/system for kicking bad habits. Brought to you by some of the folks behind Obscure Games, Dropkicker is kind of like a high-tech string around your finger. If your bad habit is forgetting to contribute to useful Kickstarter projects, break it for this one.
Maybe it's because I'm a drummer, or maybe it's because I like the Steelers, but this one appeals to me: Help outfit a Steelers drumline! Now, yes, I do think the NFL should probably have enough cash money to outfit a drumline. But since that doesn't seem to be something that's happening, it's a worthy cause. There's 22 days left on this $7500 campaign.
The local band Una de Luna is working on something big for its album release: a 360-degree video webcast. They need your dollars to make it happen, natch!
And sculptor Richard Michaux, who recently successfully funded some Santa sculptures, is going to the next obvious artistic quarry: presidential candidates! If you get an Obama, it'll likely be a little nicer than that Chia Obama you got for Christmas last year. I dunno if I'd want Mittens staring at me in my kitchen ("That macaroni and cheese came from the local Sheetz, didn't it? You didn't make that yourself, did you?"), but someone might.
Texture Ballet is trying to raise funds to go to NYC for a dance festival there; that Indie Go Go campaign has only a few hours left, so act fast if you want to help out a new and innovative ballet group.
And here's a weird but cool idea: an Online Food Swap. I may or may not be cool with eating someone else's food that I saw was available via the Internet; I guess I have to think about that! But we'll never know if it doesn't get funded, eh?
It's Localism time again: Let's look at a few locally-based crowdfunding projects that are currently underway.
Launched today, and of interest to comic-art types: Toonseum found Joe Wos is going for a Guinness world record drawing the world's largest maze. Where do you come in? Wos is looking to take the (30-foot-long) maze on tour, and also publish a book of mazes. He's raising funds on Indie Go Go; contribute and be part of a record! It's easier than running faster than Usain Bolt!
For fans of Braddock, and of access to health facilities, you can help legendary Braddock filmmaker Tony Buba finish We Are Alive! The Fight to Save Braddock Hospital, a documentary chronicling protests against the closing of the hospital there. With 27 days to go, that project is about a third of the way there, on Kickstarter.
The Second Annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair is scheduled to go off next weekend either way, but is currently funding in hopes of making the event sustainable and reduce out-of-pocket expenses.
And these people want to raise $25,000 to get a bunch of scientists together right before the end of the Mayan calendar, I guess in order to try to save the world, then they want to have a Rusted Root concert.
Time for Localism again: This time, we're back to looking at local sellers on Etsy.
Something I never really envisioned myself saying is, "These melted bottle cheese plates look pretty great!" But hey. They do! (Note that the sellers say they may cancel an order if you're close to one of their retail shops — so I'd message them before ordering; maybe you can pick them up in person!)
These old maps and prints? Super cool.
This is THE Thanksgiving turkey onesie that EVERY child needs to have.
Then there's ... this ... beard hat.
Welcome back to Localism, our blog feature on local contributions to online commerce and crowd-funding sites. Today we're looking at a few projects currently funding on Kickstarter and Indie Go Go.
This first one comes naturally to me, as one of three people in the county who has read at least parts of Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space. (Hold your applause, folks; I didn't say I understood it.) That tome and some others inspire "A Room for 3," a site-specific installation that Adam Criscuolo has planned for the Brew House. Looks cool; funding for another week and a half.
On Indie Go Go: this house near Kittanning was SERIOUSLY DEMOLISHED BY A RUNAWAY PEPSI TRUCK. That is insane, and these folks need help getting it back together.
And here's your big chance: We've long suspected it was high time for a documentary about furries. Some Point Park-associated folks are working on just that, and are funding it through Indie Go Go; pledge at the "rabbit" level to receive a DVD of the finished product.
Today's installment of Localism looks at more stuff available on Pittsburgh-based Etsy shops, and our first entry appears to be a piece of PITTSBURGH SECRET-SOCIETY HISTORY!
— This "vintage Pittsburgh collectible plate" bears the emblem of the Order of the Eastern Star — a Masonic organization — and apparently stems from a chapter of the Order that existed in Carnegie in the 1950s.
This Christmas stocking, while nothing all that special in and of itself, made me laugh because of its milieu.
This highly allegorical print that shows a dragon thing in Boston Harbor is pretty badass.
Aaaaaand for the reasonable fee of $4, you can own a set of seven blocks of soap in the shape (and color) of Tetris blocks! The true Tetris fan plays so much, s/he sees Tetris blocks involuntarily in the shower anyway, so why not?
Isn't there a very clear, deliberative process laid out for making adjustments to a building…
Love this episode. I'm already looking forward to visit. :)
I believe there are other alternative ways to put qualified teachers in to the classroom…