Hey loyal GMZ readers, Jeff Finley here. As you know, I’ve been spending almost all my off-time putting together the next Weapons of Mass Creation Fest. If you don’t know, WMC Fest is Go Media’s big event. It’s the culmination of our years in the design community, working for clients, blogging on the GoMediaZine, selling stuff through Arsenal, etc. It’s time we get offline and meet eachother! This year we’re doing it up big, with 20 speakers, 20 designers, and 20 bands. It has the potential to be amazing!
It’s an insane task putting together an event of this magnitude, not to mention costly. We’ve got a budget of $15,000 and we’ve raised about half of that through sponsorships so far. But we have until June 3rd to raise the rest of the funds! And this is why we need your help.
We’ve set up a Kickstarter Fund to help us reach our goal of $7,000. All you have to do is make a pledge. But the thing is, this is an all or nothing deal. Meaning we don’t get any funds unless we meet our goal. We all need to work together to help us.
Who’s Performing at WMC Fest 2011?
Wow, where do I start? The list is awesome this year! See the full lineup at wmcfest.com
Speakers: Aaron Draplin, Mig Reyes of Threadless, Mikey Burton, David Gensler of the KDU, Quite Strong, Jessi Arrington of Workshop NYC, Josh Vanover of Spaceknuckle, Jeff Finley, Oliver Barrett, and William Beachy of Go Media, Jacob Edwards of Jakprints, Todd Saperstein of VMCAD, Joseph Hughes of Northcoast Zeitgeist, Len Peralta of Geek a Week, Jenn and Ken Visocky O’Grady of KSU and Enspace Design, John Paul Walton of DokoGeo, Alex Cornell of ISO50, Dan Christofferson of Big Cartel, Aaron “Pants” Sechrist, Geoff May, Steve Knerem, and Stephanie Rexroth.
Bands: Get stoked for Memoryhouse, Lower Dens, Nana Grizol, Monokino, Arrah and the Ferns, Annabel, Mose Giganticus, She Bears, Two Hand Fools, Bethesda, Before the Eyewall, Lowly the Tree Ghost, Humble Home, Shivering Timbers, Signals Midwest, American Werewolves, The Lighthouse and the Whaler, Esquire Mackentyre, Tom Evanchuck, Red Sun, and others.
Designers: We are displaying the work of some of the big names above and also Justin Kamerer of Angryblue, Brandon Rike, Jeff Hulligan, Glen Infante, Hucklebuck Design Studio, Studio Ace of Space, Nate Utesch, and Barton Damer.
Why You Should Make a Pledge
By making a pledge to help fund WMC Fest, you are actively getting involved. You are not just a consumer, but an active contributor to your community. By supporting grassroots initiatives such as WMC Fest, you are doing your part to create positive change and help make worthwhile activities for our community to be a part of.
Think about it, without your help and support, there would not be a WMC Fest. This is not something we can afford to put on every year without the help of awesome contributors like you! If you want to support positive creative change and inspire and enable others to do the same, then you can do what helps us the most, make a pledge. Then come out to enjoy the event that YOU helped support! You only pay if we meet our funding goal.
Oh yeah, besides all the warm and fuzzy feelings you get from supporting a movement in its infancy, you can get a ton of awesome rewards. You can get backstage passes, signed art prints, exposure and promotion, and even some exclusive design and consulting time with Go Media to help start or grow your business. The more you pledge, the more awesome your rewards and the more you can help build the movement that is Weapons of Mass Creation.