New Squatch Kick art has arrived!

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The new art for the website has arrived. It leaves a large visual imprint, such is its sheer size, and this may well drive site visitors crazy, if they are accessing the site via a cell phone. But, it does a good job, I think, of underscoring certain truths that inhere in crowdfunding. Let the wise beware and take heed!

The artist tapped for this undertaking is a fellow by the name of Tim Rocks. You can find him on his websites located at TimRocksArt.com and TimRocksComics.blogspot.com. He’s a top notch artist, and his caricature style lends itself well to everything (I think so, anyway). I love his work, and I have been a fan for a while, now. When you get done, here, drop by his sites and check him out. If you’re in need of some artwork, honestly, you could do one whole heck of a lot worse than Tim Rocks.

Tim did a fabulous job, I think, of crafting the visuals on this art piece. I envision crowdfunding as being the equivalent of a swamp, particular for people who are new to it, and who want to become crowdfunding project creators, themselves. Make no mistake about it – many dangers await the uninitiated!

There’s plenty of companies out there that will try to take advantage of what you – the prospective crowdfunding project creator – don’t know. These companies are represented in the art piece, above, by the Shyster McShyster fellow.

While these kinds of individuals and companies do, indeed, exist (they seem to be thriving, in fact), the crowdfunding swamp contains far more dangers than just those that want to rip you off or funnel your funding away from your project to their pockets. In fact, the bulk of the dangers present in crowdfunding tend to be of the self-inflicted variety. Does your project page have crisp, clear photographs to visually entice prospective backers with? Did you even bother with a project video? Is your project page drowning prospective backers in a veritable sea of text?

Not everyone likes my style of analysis and critique. Some view it to be harsh, even rude. Yet, the real rude awakening comes when your crowdfunding project fails to meet its funding goal, and your project is left unfunded or under-funded. The whole point is to succeed – and many times, that means taking a realistic and objective view of a project that you, yourself, both created and love.

Getting more sets of eyes on a project can be helpful. At times, it can make all of the difference in the world. If you take criticism of your project page personally, though, then ultimately, you only inhibit your own ability to succeed. If you allow your feelings to get hurt, or your pride to swell up, over critique of your project or your project page, then you can effectively undermine what it is that you seek to accomplish by wearing your heart on your sleeve or by being too proud to listen to someone who is only trying to help you.

If you don’t like our approach and style, then the good news is that there’s still hope for your project, yet. There’s lots of advice out there on the Internet to be found. Feel free to knock yourself out. It’s simply a matter of tracking down the right advice from the right source.

The primary problem with that, however, is that crowdfunding project creators often find themselves in the unenviable position of being short on time. The crowdfunding clock is always ticking, it seems, and what it ultimately boils down to is that you – the project creator – have to decide for yourself how best to proceed.

All that hangs in the balance is the fate of your crowdfunding project.

Not every crowdfunding project fails – although more than a few do. In any event, it remains YOUR project to do with pretty much as you see fit. A lot about crowdfunding is little more than common sense, when you get right down to it. When the clock is kicking you in the face, and you’re up against a deadline to get your project funded, you might just find that some hard scrutiny can serve both you and your crowdfunding project well.

In any event, enjoy the art, check out Tim Rocks’ websites, and good luck and best wishes to you on a successful crowdfunding experience!

Be sure to drop by artist Tim Rock’s website!

Mad Botanist: A Carnivorous Garden for Your Home

Mad Botanist: A Carnivorous Garden for Your Home

There’s a certain mystique, a certain fascination, a certain sort of indulgence that goes hand-in-hand with carnivorous plants. Imagine, then, the visual wonder that is a carnivorous garden.

In an attempt to try and persuade myself to begin posting about Kickstarter projects on a more regular basis, I have decided to just start showcasing projects off of the Kickstarter website that catch my eye and intrigue me, that just sort of make my interest level morph into a Sasquatch of interest. In other words, crowdfunding projects that make me want to howl to others that there’s something out there – and you need to go and check it out!

The Mad Botanist is a great name, a clever utilization of text, one that is both colorful and memorable. Why is wasn’t exploited more is anybody’s guess, as there remains a lot of mileage in that name just waiting to be milked for even greater effect. Currently, it only hints at what the photographs on the project page portend.

Talk about a visual smorgasbord! How do my eyes love thee? In ways that would make Elizabeth Barrett Browning blush, no doubt.

Carnivorous plants are infinitely interesting to look at. To behold them is to fall into a whole different sort of carnivorous trap – a time trap that doesn’t want to let go of my attention. I gaze at these photographs on the Mad Botanist’s project page intently. They are seductive. They lure my eyes in. They spring their trap!

I have no defense against such innate natural beauty. Much as the insects upon which they dine, I fall prey to them. Ah, but what an enjoyable fate! What a pleasant demise of my time, as they consume both seconds and minutes off of my clock, as I just sit and stare at them, in childish wonder that overflows my adult form.

I don’t mourn for the insects that meet their Cthulhu-esque fate at the hands of these monsters of the vegetation world. I do mourn for this project, however, as it currently remains a long way from its funding goal. It currently sits at 10% of goal, and the danger is very real that it won’t get funded. Kickstarter is, after all, an all or nothing proposition. Meet the goal, and the project creators gets funding. Fail to meet the goal, and the project creator dines on a big plate of nothing.

The project creator has an affinity for the capslock key, it seems, which is not to the benefit of their project page. But, it’s a minor visual inconvenience, next to what is at stake.

I want one of the carnivorous gardens. Oh, say it ain’t so, Charles!

Ah, but I do! The entirety of the whole world would be my oyster, if I but had a carnivorous garden, such as is on display with this project. But, alas and alack, my wallet is gnat-sized. My wife just wouldn’t go for it.

Perhaps I could sneak a carnivorous-sized pledge past my wife, and indulge myself with one of those Mad Botanist grow boxes that you can pledge for. Already, she gives me that curious look, due to all of the past Kickstarter projects that I have pledged in support of.

Regardless, like the insects that wander into carnivorous gardens such as these, I remain free to allow my words to wander as I wonder.  The temptation to back this project proved to be too strong to resist. It’s such a small amount, after all. It’s not as though I am likely to be tempted to increase my pledge.

::sigh::

Only every minute of every waking hour.

Me? I’m no botanist, much less a mad one – although I am currently engaged in a quaint little mano a mano garden competition with a friend of mine in another state, as I write these words on digital parchment to you. But, that is another story for another day.

I’ve looked at a lot of crowdfunding projects over the last many months, and I can tell you this, speaking from the firm voice of experience as one who spends far too much time loitering along Kickstarter Lane. These images on the Mad Botanist project page are as beautiful as any that I have seen, elsewhere. They call to me. They speak my name. They mumble to me in hushed tones of temptation.

I am. . . . .mesmerized.

So, go forth and check this project out, this Mad Botanist.

Go on. You know that you want to do it.

To meet Cthulhu requires only that we shrink to insect size, or that we live vicariously through insects – insects which meander into a grow box filled with carnivorous plants.

It makes perfect sense. Then again, madness always does.