Inside Deirdre O’Callaghan’s The Drum Thing
Wisdom for Debris, a book of sparse words and introspective pictures.
Seven Kickstarter days remain for the funding of this magnificent book created by Game Paused featuring so many of the imaginative, inspiring artists we love here on it8bit.
Every Day Is Play will showcase the works of designers, musicians, artists, writers and developers that have taken inspiration from the art that we grew up with. Through a series of features and interviews, covering everything from fan art to game modifications, we aim to provide not only a beautiful book but a wealth of creative play.
Watch the Kickstarter and consider backing this wonderful collection of video game art. There are several very cool reward tiers to choose from!
Shadow theater fairytale.
This beautiful retelling of the Hansel and Gretel fairytale imagines the story through a series of laser-cut panels. Shine a light through each scene and the shadows spring to life on the wall.
Rad Anzulovic is an avid mountain biker who loves to share his passion for the sport. Kokopelli’s Trail is his first guide book, a detailed account of the beloved 142-mile run through Colorado and Utah. If you live in Denver, he’ll even come to your house to personally change a flat.
Get tuned up and hit the dirt — it’s our Project of the Day.
Vermonters in black and white.
250 Years/250 People is a photo retrospective of life in a small Vermont town.
Windsor resident Nate Larson organized the project through Kickstarter, uniting local photographers, residents, and more than 100 backers to make the book possible. Now the hardcover is out and available both online and at Bob’s Barbershop, should you happen to be passing through the birthplace of Vermont any time soon.
Designing Seaside from scratch.
Seaside, Florida is, by all accounts, a lovely place to live.
The first master-planned community in the United States to reflect the tenets of New Urbanism, Seaside is at once a quiet beach town and a laboratory for creative directions in architecture, urban planning, and community development. Visions of Seaside will serve as the definitive guide to the Seaside project, including drawings and commentary from major collaborators on the town’s design and outlines for the future.
Visions of Seaside explores the potential of an entirely new town as our Project of the Day.
It takes a village.
Waverton Writes is an anthology of original writing by the residents of a tiny English town.
The project began more than ten years ago as a village-wide book club, prompting hundreds of Wavertonians to read voraciously and write reviews. Now the village is organizing contributions to form a collective book, designed to bring secret scribblers into the limelight.
Okay, so I got my Kickstarter prize today and I’m really, really, REALLY in a good mood about it because
a) It comes with a shirt I can flaunt around
b) My name is mentioned on the special thanks section
c) It’s Zero Suit Samus… c’mon
d) IT LOOKS SO LOVELY
Just let me be cognitively distracted by my happiness, okay?
We’ll take E, all of the above.
What’s next for the book?
The Open Utopia is a free, open-source edition of Thomas More’s 16th century classic, reimagined for the 21st.
More’s description of an alternative society hinges on the concept of common property — an open model of collective ownership that resembles new approaches to copyright in the digital age. At least half a millenium ahead of his time, More’s work resonates even more strongly today.
After successfully funding the production of The Open Utopia project on Kickstarter, creator and professor Stephen Duncombe is officially launching the initiative tomorrow evening in New York City. Locals should feel free to join him at NYU — and everyone else can take a look at his revised text on Social Book, a new platform that allows multiple readers to experience a book together.
All children, except one, grow up.
Comic-book artist Renae De Liz has long adored J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan — and felt that most adaptations leave far too much out.
An award-winning illustrator and the creator of the Womanthology Kickstarter project, De Liz is turning her talents to her favorite children’s story, promising a beautifully drawn and faithful adaptation. Backers can follow her to Never Never Land and bring back a new vision of this classic tale. Peter Pan: The Graphic Novel is our Project of the Day.
America’s biggest losers.
Presidential Losers is an art book dedicated to all the men who tried — and failed — to win an American presidential election.
Earlier this year, Austin-based writer/director Shannon McCormick hit on a novel idea to promote a theater festival about the American presidency. He invited 75 contemporary artists, cartoonists, and designers to each create a portrait of one of the losing contenders from each federal election dating back to 1800.
The resulting exhibition was a hit, so McCormick launched a Kickstarter project to raise funds and gauge interest in publishing a book. This gallery of failure has already gone down in history — and now it’s our Project of the Day.
Earlier this year, Austin-based writer/director Shannon McCormick hit on a novel idea to promote a theater festival about the American presidency. He invited 75 contemporary artists, cartoonists, and designers to each create a portrait of one of the losing contenders from each federal election dating back to 1800. This gallery of failure showcased some of the country’s biggest losers, stretching from John Adams’ feisty rematch against Thomas Jefferson to Mitt Romney’s defeat last week.
The resulting exhibition was a hit, but only reached a few hundred patrons in the Austin area. So McCormick launched a Kickstarter project to raise funds and gauge interest in publishing a book. Pledge a “Henry Clay” and the first edition will be landing in your mailbox just in time for Inauguration Day.