Gutter-a-Go-Go, A Short Summary
Gutter-A-Go-Go is a fundraiser to cover The Gutter's costs after losing our grant. It will enable us to continue paying both writers and our web host through 2013, work on improving the site, help promote the site, collaborate on projects with likeminded sites and artists, and develop a long term plan for funding the site.
If you contribute to Gutter-A-Go-Go, not only will you get some amazing perks, you will also help us to loose upon the world more articles such as: “On the Value of Frightening Small Children”; “Godzilla vs. MechaRealism”; “How To Write An Entry About A Naked Werewolf”; “Conquer The Galaxy And/Or The Mysterious Mind”; “Maurice Sendak! I’m With You In Rockland”; "Long Jeanne Silver"; “The Long Road Back To Gaming”; "Catwoman: Silicon-Injected” and many, many more. And you will enable us to collaborate to create cross-website projects with sites including www.driveinmob.com, www.pornokitsch.com, www.monsterislandresort.org, and http://mysteriousorder.com/
What We Need & What You Get
Contributors to Gutter-a-Go-Go receive amazing perks:
- UNLOCKED DEC. 27: Evil Overlord Carol will read the article of your choice to you via Skype. She promises to practice beforehand and even to speak up while reading. (Carol retains the right to negotiate articles. Robin Bougie's pieces are not available for this perk).
- UNLOCKED DEC. 19: A bagged and boarded copy of the Eisner-nominated comic, Shi: Kaidan, autographed by writer Peter Gutiérrez. This collection of weird tales featuring the deadly assassin Ana Ishikawa (or, Shi) includes art by Mike Kaluta, Stan Sakai, David Mack, Galen Showman, Val Mayerik, Jason Orfalas, Jamal Igle, and Jean-Claude St. Aubin, Jamal Igle. Atomic Avenue calls it a collection of "beautiful, entertaining stories."
- A print copy of novelist/filmmaker/game designer and DIY mastermind Jim Munroe's graphic novel, Sword of My Mouth. Sword is set in a post-Rapture, post-Apocalyptic Detroit occupied by angels carrying automatic weapons. It features amazing art by Shannon Gerrard. Sword is a standalone graphic novel with ties to Jim's first graphic novel, Therefore, Repent! and his prose novel, An Opening Act of Unspeakable Evil. Cory Doctorow reviewed Sword at Boing Boing: "Profane and wonderful, Sword of My Mouth and Therefore, Repent! are subversive, smart, and gripping. More about Jim's projects here: www.nomediakings.org. Check out Shannon’s art and projects at: www.shannongerrard.tumblr.com.
- Fantastically sassy Sexy Supervillain prints and postcards by Evan Munday. Lex Luthor, Red Skull, Mr. Freeze, Doc Oc and Magneto all represent. Evan Munday's an illustrator, comic artist and author. His latest young adult book, The Dead Kids Detective Agency, has been nominated for a Silver Birch Award. See more of Evan's work at: www.idontlikemundays.com
- Nightmare House, vol. 1, a horror anthology by the indie film collective, Fewdio. There are 13 intriguing and creative short films, including, “Creep,” which was praised by horror-master Wes Craven himself! Watch the trailer here. Catch up with the Fewdio creators at: www.sharpcrye.com and http://www.youtube.com/user/DaywaltFearFactory
- A 3-postcard set by artist Brian Kirby. Designs include: Godzilla vs. Yojimbo; Bruce Lee vs. No Dogs or Chinese; and Black vs. White. See more of the printing mastermind's genrebending work at: www.shelflifeclothing.com
- A galley copy of The Cultural Gutter marked up with Evil Overlord Carol Borden's edits and signed by all the current editors. Yes, The Cultural Gutter is also a book, collecting essays by Jim Munroe, James Schellenberg, Carol Borden, Chris Szego and Ian Driscoll. It's published by Carnegie-Mellon University's ECT Press.: http://www.etc.cmu.edu/etcpress/content/cultural-gutter
- Your name immortalized on the new sponsorship page we are creating for the occasion on the Cultural Gutter's website.
- A thank you note from one of The Gutter's editors: James Schellenberg, Carol Borden, Chris Szego and alex MacFadyen.
- A slick membership card with accompanying decryption key for any secret Gutter messages that might appear on our website, Facebook page, Tumblr or Twitter feed.
- SOLD OUT: A dvd copy of Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated. (2010). Since George A. Romero's classic is public domain, animator Michael Schneider decided to gather artists from all over the world to craft a "mass-created, mixed-media tribute to a single film.” Film Threat calls Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated "a Frankenstein’s beautiful monster of a movie, courtesy of more than 150 mad doctors. It is a testament to artistic Democracy, shared experience, and dedication to a single movie that still somehow manages to find its way into our nightmares." With commentary track and liner notes by media critic and friend of The Gutter, Peter Gutiérrez. Watch the trailer here.
- SOLD OUT: Artist Edanna Politoske is creating a painting of the Dread Cthulhu, with an embellished frame, commissioned especially for this campaign. Ia! Cthulhu Fthagn! Ph'nglui mglw'nfah Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn: http://www.ejpcreations.com/
Perks will be printed and shipped after our campaign is over and Indiegogo releases the funds.
If you get down with Gutter-A-Go-Go, not only will you get the fine perks that Gutter collaborators have donated, you will also help The Gutter to continue existing, help us maintain a commitment to supporting payment for web content on the web and help loose upon the world thought-provoking essays on gutter culture.
Gutter-A-Go-Go is our first crowdsourcing campaign, but we have a five year history of successfully receiving and responsibly using grants to encourage thought-provoking writing on disreputable culture. We have also fostered art and genre community through collaborations and support for things like: The Buffalo Small Press Fair; the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival in San Diego; The 48 Hour LoFi SciFi Challenge in Toronto; and The Drive-In Mob, a weekly movie tweetalong we co-host with Shelf Life Clothing Company and The Grindhouse Movie Database. The Gutter was also a founding contributor of the sadly defunct Phantascope, The Secret Sinema Society of Toronto. We've just joined forces with The Mysterious Order of The Skeleton Suit, a "loose confederation of pop culture writers." And we'd like to do more!
It's an exciting time for us. Even though The Gutter's been around for almost 10 years now, we feel like we're just getting started!
Other Ways You Can Help
Times are really tough for everyone right now. If you can't make a financial contribution, you would still really help us out by getting the word out about the Gutter-A-Go-Go campaign. Please consider posting about it on your facebook page, Twitter feed, Tumblr, Google +, wherever you frequent.
Seriously, every little bit helps. And Indiegogo provides share tools, so you don't have to go out of your way while still making a huge difference for us.
Everyone at the Cultural Gutter.