Lester & Charlie are political and social satirists who produce a web series that has reached more than 1.5 million people around the globe and was featured on CNN, TIME, CBS and The New York Times. Their political opinion polls appear weekly on The Huffington Post and are often picked up by leading blogs. "Please Stand By: Lester & Charlie's 50 Favorite Test Patterns" will be their first book, and they're counting on your help!
The extended team includes Lester & Charlie's literary agent, an award winning graphic designer who is stepping into the role of visual edior for the book, and an overpriced-but-usually-worth-it intellectual property law firm.
Coffee table books have tackled tough and obscure subjects ranging from decoder rings and phobias to corporate logos and suicidal pets. And now - Test Patterns!
Yes, test patterns. Those strangely beautiful, still images that played a bigger role in the history of television, technology, culture and psychology than most people know. Whether you hate them, love them, fear them or have no clue what the Hell they are, you're about to find out more about them - but don't worry, Lester & Charlie will be be your crackerjack guides, shielding you from any technical difficulties. Readers might just learn something, will probably get a laugh, and definitely be struck by the designs.
How Will Your Contribition Be Put To Work?
All of Lester & Charlie's projects have been self-funded, but this one poses a few financial challenges - namely, legal and marketing costs. Legal costs ($3,000) include tracking down ownership and obtaining clearance/release documention on the test patterns. Marketing costs cover printing, packaging and shipping charges ($1,000) for advance copies that will be sent to bloggers, reviewers, thrid world dictators and anyone else who has the means to promote the book.
Once the book is complete and marketing starts, no further funds will be required - each copy will be printed and shipped to order through Amazon, eliminating inventory costs.
Pledge Any Amount or Go for a Perk!
Since perks have been inseperable from crowdfunding since the Piltdown Man opened the first brothel, we've got perks! Check them out on the right. And why not pitch in now at the $50 level to get a coffee mug to go with the coffee table book?