May 25, 2024

XKCD Web Comic #1055: Kickstarter (described)

A web comic of romance,
sarcasm, math, and language.


Scene: Drawing of a Kickstarter webpage. In the top left quadrant is a paused video with the Black Hat Guy in front of another Kickstarter screen with the title “The Perfect Kickstarter.” Down the right side of the screen is the list of backers so far (zero), amount pledged of $5,000 (zero $), days to go (90). Under that is a caption: This project will only be funded if at least $5,000 is raised by the end of the 90-day period. Below the caption is a green button that reads: Back this project $10 minimum pledge. Below the button, it reads “Pledge $10 or more” and then lists the number of backers (zero).

On the left lower quadrant, under the video, it reads:

Time was, anyone with a webcam and an idea could raise boatloads of cash on Kickstarter. But with increased popularity comes tougher competition. Now, to get support, you need a really stand out video or compelling write-up.

I have an idea for a Kickstarter campaign that could raise millions, but I need your help to craft the perfect pitch.

If I raise $5,000 I’ll be able to devote the…(the rest is off-screen)

Hover text: If you pledge more than $50 you’ll get on the VIP list and have first dibs on a slot on ANY of the pledge levels in the actual campaign.


Warning: This comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors). Comic by Described by BlindGadget under the Creative Commons license.

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