questionswhat do you think about crowd funding for…

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My spouse and I have participated in a dozen or more kickstarter projects and have been very happy with all of them. He leans toward indie cartoonists whose work he likes, and he ends up with personal notes and drawings inside the covers of their new books. In one project a tooner was losing his day job, and a friend of his encouraged him to see if he could get funding for one year of try-to-go-pro. He was asking very little, actually, and he got more funding than he requested. (Indie-toon fans are pretty devoted, loyal folks.) I've funded a couple of photography-book projects, two CD's, and a weird little toy, all happily and successfully.

I'd probably kick in the $10 minimum without a payback, if the presentation was good enough, but I like the shared-commitment aspect of getting a piece of the final pie. I think it's a good business model.

Indiegogo, however, is now on my blacklist. Their response about BK industries left a lot to be desired, and I no longer trust their users.

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Knowing the person/people involved is the biggest factor for me.

Last year, I helped fund @dianasprinkle's project. A cat puking rainbow colored kittens? That got my attention! ^_^ The additional sway is that I have 7 of her shirt.woot shirts too.

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I haven't funded any entertainment projects, but sounds fun. Would have to know the people involved, or be willing to do some research and take a leap of faith....

PS would love it if @snapster were to start a project thru kickstarter....

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The only one I've funded was the Doublefine Adventure because those guys are awesome. The documentary they're filming of the making of the game has been worth the price I paid already, so a good game would just be gravy.

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It's an interesting concept for future projects. It could be a way for an indie movie studio to guarantee a certain level of interest/funding for a movie and the reward could be free screening passes to see the movie (or free online access, etc.). A forward-thinking big studio could also use it in a creative way, if it was so inclined. Fans could try to create a "honeypot" incentive to get a book, CD, movie, or other creative content made or published or to keep a show on TV. Imagine using Kickstarter to keep Firefly on the air for another season. That would have been pretty cool.

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I like the idea, but I haven't ever done it. A friend of mine is quite active and has a lot of very nice "rewards". If that Firefly project had been real I'd have contributed.