The staff at JBL are big fans of the website 3DJoes.com. (Let’s not forget its sister site Vintage3DJoes.com!)
Running a website is a labor of love and, for the most part, it’s a strictly not-for-profit endeavor. All of those costs that go into keeping a site up and running are typically absorbed by the site owner unless he or she happens to generate some ad revenue. Or, if you’re very very clever like Carson Mataxis, you can sell some truly AWESOME posters to help offset the costs.
Unfortunately, to produce such high quality posters also costs money– which is where the 3DJoes.com Kickstarter comes in. Here’s the announcement from Carson:
For two years I’ve been building 3DJoes.com, the ultimate G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero archive! 3DJoes is the only interactive, three dimensional museum of G.I. Joe A Real American Hero nostalgia. Best of all, it’s ad-free.
To help pay for the site, I’ve created three awesome posters (check them out here). I’ve taken a HUGE gamble each time I’ve printed one of these posters. The last couple posters have gone on a credit card and they have each taken over four months to break even. I simply cannot put another poster on credit, but that won’t stop me!
I’m ready to make three more, and I need your help! Each poster costs $3,000 to produce. SO, I’ve set the goal at $3,300 (to cover Amazon and KS fees) and hope to at least produce one of the following posters. If we hit the first stretch goal ($6,600), we’ll make two, and if we hit the second stretch goal ($9,900), we’ll make all three!
As always, I’m impressed with the level of detail that Carson puts into restoring each image to optimum quality. If you’ve seen his previous work, you’ll know that the final product is the best possible version of each piece of art. Now, imagine that level of meticulous detail applied to the vehicle artwork, or the 1986 – 1987 Joes, or even smaller pieces like post cards of the “To The Rescue” or “Yo Joe!” posters. Or, if artwork isn’t necessarily your cup-o-Joe you can walk away with a fantastic embroidered hat– just for supporting a truly terrific fan resource.
Even better– top-tier supporters can walk away with some of their items autographed by two of the minds behind the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero era — Larry Hama and Kirk Bozigian!
With 42 days to go, the project already has 42 backers and has raised $2,816.00 of its modest $3,300.00 goal. Let’s push that over the top and ensure that 3DJoes.com can keep on spinning! The deadline to contribute is September 3, 2014 at 8:01pm CST.
Show what support you can and let ’em know that the fan community supports 3DJoes.com!