S1E07 – Film & Vidéo… we’re gonna need a montage

The Backers focus their lenses on the Film & Vidéo category. Chris and Brian are feeling classy, drinking red wine and, yes, we’re putting the e-acute on vidéo. A couple rewards from previously backed campaigns come to fruition and we discuss the reintroduction of the Drip platform. Then we move on to the world of moving pictures and sojourn through self-made footwear, a cursed ColecoVision, the hidden stories of software, a single dad in a unique situation, and critical thought technologies. We wrap up with creative sci-fi and animation projects that are finding support on Kickstarter because network suits just don’t get it.

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S1E06 – Fashion… isn’t everyone nude for unboxing?

This week finds the Backers swept up in the hysteria of a new iPhone release and caught within the Fashion category which may be the nexus of enamel pin projects. The Fashion category presents its own distinct and sizable milieu which leads the Backers down many paths, but also results in some surprising commonalities. Join Chris and Brian in their urbane safari, during which it’s entirely possible that someone disrobes for an obscure ritual.

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S1E05 – Design… a morass of good intentions

The Backers find a new, seemingly welcome issue in the Design category with literally hundreds of campaigns to choose from, including several that aren’t even enamel pins. Will the sheer number of choices produce catatonia or rapture? Jump into the world of wallets, watches, fussy coffee mechanisms and, yes, enamel pins in this episode.

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S1E04 – Dance… why did it have to be dance?

The Dance category has been a source of worry and angst to the Backers since the podcast’s inception. Does it live up to their disquieted expectations? Can our intrepid duo overcome their creeping dread and find something that appeals to them? Find out the answer to these burning questions and learn everything you ever wanted to know about headless robotic animals in this week’s episode.

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Brian received his Solar Orbits Mug from the Solar System at a Date campaign from the Arts category!

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S1E03 – Crafts… wherein hope is lost

The Crafts category throws the Backers into disarray, somehow affecting even their internet connections in a fit of pique. They soldier on, finish the task at hand, and come away chastened and humbled wondering what furries, craft breweries, and boutique hotels have to do with crafts.

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S1E02 – Comics… our cup runneth over

In this episode, the Backers hit their stride and find a vibrant crop of campaigns in the rich loam of the Comics category. Chris has rotgut, Brian is out of his element, but both find solace in the talent on display.

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S1E01 – Let’s back some Art!

We’re back, and this time we actually backed things! This is a discussion about the Backers’ first assignment, to back a project from the Art category on Kickstarter. Brian and Chris grapple with the expectations they had before examining approximately 300 art campaigns and how that tracked with what they found once they dived in. We are introduced to the vibrant economy of enamel pins, naked money grabs, lost Michael Jackson heads, and an ode to Marcel Duchamp.

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S1E00 – Pilot! What are we doing here?

Welcome to the pilot episode of Backers, a periodic podcast where we explore the most compelling campaigns in a random category on Kickstarter and each pick a campaign to back. I’m Brian Dupuis (@coldforged) and together with my cohost, Chris Rumpf (@rumpfy), we aim to inform and entertain… and hopefully back some cool things.

In this episode, we talk a bit about our intentions, define expectations and limits, and figure out what the heck we’re doing. Spoiler alert: we don’t actually back anything in this episode.

Please forgive the audio quality in this episode. We were still figuring out our tech and workflow and I had some serious crackle that made it into my recording. I tried hard to remove as much as possible, but much of it remains and is as annoying to me as I’m sure it is to you. Fear not, we worked it out for the second episode.

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Our theme song, Podunk Stomp, was written and performed by Ian Dorsch (yes, the same Ian Dorsch who wrote the Zero Punctuation theme!) who comes up with the greatest riffs.