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Kickstarter is a website that is used to crowdsource fundraising for entrepreneurs and their projects. It is particularly popular for creative projects, due to its ability to connect creators directly to their fandoms and help to monetise independent projects that might not otherwise find mainstream success.
For this reason, many fans also use it to fund fan projects.
Some Features Fans Find Attractive
Some Fanworks and Fan Projects That Have Utilized Kickstarter
- Homestuck video game (Not a project by fans, but intended for fans of the game)
- Hatoful Boyfriend
- While not a video game per se, 'Pokemon Go Home' is a fan project based on the popular mobile game Pokémon Go, which was designed to promote community engagement in Birmingham, UK using the game.
Web Series, Films & Documentaries
- The web series A Finger Slip, an adaptation of the popular John/Sherlock fanfic A Finger Slip by Pawtal, was successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter in March 2014. It raised $17,386 of its $10,000 goal.
- Looking for Leia, a documentary about "the girls and women of Star Wars fandom", was successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter in August 2017. It raised $29,546 of its $25,000 goal and was featured as a "Project We Love" by the Kickstarter staff.
- Star Trek Continues, a fan-created web series continuation of Star Trek: The Original Series' third season, raised portions of its funding through successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns.
Musicals & Theatre
- A fan-made Kingdom Hearts parody musical, Fandom Hearts 2, was successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter in June 2016. It raised CA$1,005 of its CA$1,000 goal to stage a production of the musical in Toronto's Buddies in Bad Times indie theatre.
Projects About Fandom
- Slash, an independent film about a teen boy who discovers slash fanfiction online, was successfully funded via Kickstarter in 2015, raising $45,232 of its $45,000 goal. The project, which was conceived by a straight, male director who is not in fandom, caused some controversy among fans who felt the film misrepresented slash and erased the female history of the genre. Aja Romano wrote about these issues for the Daily Dot in an article entitled, 'New Kickstarter for a slash fiction film unsettles the fandom community'.
- A Finger Slip: Web Series on Kickstarter. Accessed September 5, 2017.
- Looking for Leia on Kickstarter. Accessed September 5, 2017.
- Star Trek Continues: Kickstarter Campaigns, Wikipedia. Accessed December 18, 2017.
- Fandom Hearts 2 - A Fanmade Kingdom Hearts Parody Musical on Kickstarter. Accessed September 5, 2017.
- Slash – a teen comedy about erotic fan fiction on Kickstarter. Accessed September 5, 2017.