People in Charlotte are doing cool things, and they’re getting the world to pay them for it. The best of the best, it seems, comes in two categories: fantasy and hardware.
Here’s a breakdown of all the Kickstarter projects listing a Charlotte origin that have raised more than $60,000.
1) 2013: The Last Halloween (webcomic)
Raised: $126,507 from 3,324 backers.
Last updated: April 1, 2015
Concept: Online, 110-page, black and white graphic novel about a 10-year-old girl saving the world from doom and destruction. The comic would update weekly over nine months with about three pages each time.
The artist, Abby Howard, told Agenda that she chose Kickstarter after seeing other independent cartoonists find success with the platform.
“It is an excellent service for independent creators, particularly those who already have an audience they can rely upon,” she said. “If you’re thinking of launching a Kickstarter but haven’t spent time and effort building up an audience, I’d hold off. It’s probably not going to do very well, even if it’s something people would enjoy.”
Sadly, Howard has since taken her talents to Seattle.
Raised: $109,926 from 610 backers.
Last updated: July 29, 2015
Concept: Screws are terrible and haven’t been updated since the 1930s. This screw wouldn’t need pre-drilling, wouldn’t strip or slip.
3) Draco Magi (card game)
Raised: $95,564 from 3,531 backers.
Last updated: August 25, 2015
Concept: A strategic card game wherein you attempt to seize power by demonstrating mastery of all types of dragons.
4) SmartCharge™ – Never be in the dark again! (light bulb)
Raised: $91,804 from 984 backers.
Last updated: January 22, 2015
Concept: A LED bulb that senses when the power is out and still works when you flip the light switch.
5) John Mark McMillan’s Best Album Ever! (Christian music)
Raised: $69,539 from 1,518 backers.
Last updated: November 14, 2014
Concept: A blitz campaign by this indie rock Christian artist to fund an entire album in 30 days.
He’s on tour in Boone and Asheville later this month.
Raised: $68,356 from 1,343 backers.
Last updated: August 30, 2015
Concept: Peel-and-stick super strong magnets that look cool
This was actually the second Kickstarter campaign from Stallings inventor Brian Conti. He blew his goal out of the water. The other project:
Raised: $60,957 from 1,287 backers.
Last updated: July 9, 2015
Concept: Free up space in your fridge by hanging them from the shelf above.
Love the N.C. beer pics.
(Photo credits: Kickstarter)