Wow, it’s been a really long time since I’ve promoted a Kickstarter here on the site. This time around the project is for a book, although there is also a musical component as well. The project was brought to my attention by Debs (formerly of Debs & Errol), and I’m glad she sent it my way. The book is about overcoming adversity using superheroes as inspiration (though grounded in personal experience and science). Although I have not had to overcome the sort of major problems that the Pop Mythologist has (yet, I suppose I should add; it seems inevitable that it will happen at some point), I still believe in supporting this project.
What I’m Getting
Right now I’m actually torn between two levels. On the one hand, there’s my usual sweet spot for Kickstarters at the $25 level with a copy of the paperback version of the book as well as the eBook, an MP3 of the theme song for the project (performed by Meri Amber, an artist that I just discovered who makes some really great music), an exclusive Facebook group for the project, and digital wallpaper. But then there’s a $50 level which also includes an MP3 album of music made for the project as well as a custom notebook, button, sticker, and bookmark. Fortunately, I have time to make a decision since the project ends on April 29. I’m definitely leaning toward the level that includes the music, though, for obvious reasons.
What Else Is Available
At the $10 level, you can get just the eBook and the theme song, while $5 gets just the latter. And you can even jump on for as little as $1 with the digital wallpaper and your name on the web site. On the other end, there’s a poster at the $75 level, and a second copy plus your name in the acknowledgements as well as another eBook of essays at the $100 level. The $200 level includes a Skype conversation with the Pop Mythologist who will personally talk to you about whatever problems you’re experiencing, while the $500 level also includes twenty extra copies of the book so you can donate them to libraries or give them as gifts. All levels include the previous levels as well.
What Else Is Cool
In case you’re wondering, as I was, what type of writing the Pop Mythologist does, he has included several examples from his web site that fit neatly into the type of writing required for this book. A couple of titles in particular caught my eye: “How to Master Your Emotions Using The Daredevil Method” and “The Deadpool Mindset: You Have Nothing To Lose, Everything To Gain.” In both, he does a masterful job of using the metaphor of the superhero to get across a point about psychology. I’m truly impressed.
Oh, and I didn’t even mention the artists involved in the project. Several comic book artists have agreed to illustrate the book, including Dan Dougherty, Dean Haspiel, Tom Kelly, Menton3, Monty Nero, Michael Avon Oeming, Mathew Reynolds, Gavin Smith, John Stinsman, Nate Stockman, and Javier Cruz Winnik. There’s also a $1000 level that includes a one-of-a-kind painting by Rose K. Kong.
I’m planning on supporting this project mainly because I think it’s a really great idea, and I hope that it can help others. You have until April 29, 2016, to get in on this, so go check it out and decide how you want to pledge!