Ukiyo-e Heroes: This Japanese art parody project is one of the most successful illustration projects on Kickstarter. Artists Jed Henry and Dave Bull asked for just $10,400 to bring their vision to life, but Kickstarter loved their woodblock prints and vision so much that they pledged an amazing $313,341.
Project Eternity: Yet another wildly popular game project, Project Eternity is a party-based RPG fantasy world for the PC. Created by an independent video game developer, Project Eternity was made possible by Kickstarter’s nearly 74,000 backers who contributed just shy of $4 million.
The Age of Stupid: Webcomic site Penny Arcade makes money and continues to operate like so many other websites do: with advertising. But people generally don’t like advertising, so the site took to Kickstarter to raise enough money to do away with all the ads. Offering different goal levels with rewards like removing ad locations and opening up content under Creative Commons, users contributed more than $528,000.
The Art of Brom: One of Kickstarter’s most successful publishing projects, The Art of Brom project set out to create the largest and most comprehensive retrospective published on Brom’s dark art. They did that, and more, becoming 1,960% funded thanks to 2,374 backers. All told, The Art of Brom attracted $235,319, far surpassing the project’s requested $12,000.
The Porthole: Many crowdfunded projects tease your imagination, showing you what’s possible in art, design, science, and beyond. The Porthole is one of these, offering a beautiful infusion vessel that allows you to artfully display cocktails, oils, teas, and any other infusion you can dream up. This project resounded with Kickstarter backers, becoming one of the site’s most well-funded design projects. The Porthole only asked for $28,500, but was able to raise $736,112, adding stretch goals including a set of custom glasses, tea samples, and silicone caps.