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Corey Rust is running around Kickstarter like a chicken with its head cut off.
The 25-year-old Oregon native—a happily married part-time student with a full-time dream of opening up an illustration business—has taken to the crowdfunding platform to fund development costs for beachicken.com, a site he'll use to sell illustrations of Far Side-style chickens doing just about everything in just about everywhere.
That means that Rust is hoping to sell T-shirts, coffee mugs, and high-gloss prints of chickens crossing Abbey Road like the Beatles, chickens resigning from the presidency a la Richard Nixon, and chickens rounding third and heading for home like Pete Rose. Chickens—well, you get the point.
"Wouldn't it be funny if the famous Iwo Jima flag raising scene was done by chicken soldieries?" Rust wrote to the Daily Dot. "Or if the Lincoln Memorial was a chicken instead of Abe himself?"
Elaborate T-shirt illustrations of chicken monuments in Washington: This is what dreams are made of, people.
To bankroll the whole production, Rust has set his funding price at a whopping $10,000—$10,000 for T-shirts and coffee mugs, and apparently a lot of them.
'The $10,000 amount came after a lot of thinking and realizing that for serious marketing, materials, and 'merch,' production will require a decent amount, which I think the $10,000 is," Rust wrote.
That total will be tough to reach based on the reward packages Rust has set up. Shipping's not included in any of the five rewards of value ($1 earns a hearty "thank you," which he'll ship for free), and the rewards for $500 and $1,000 pledges offer the same four items.
Which doesn't make sense.
It's worth mentioning that the domain name for beachicken.com remains open and available on GoDaddy for just $12.99. Maybe Rust should launch another campaign to raise that money first.
- Location: Troutdale, Ore.
- Summary: An illustrator wants to launch a website that sells goofy illustrations of poultry.
- Goal: $10,000
- Amount raised of press time: $60
- Days left: 29
- Best buy: For $50, backers get an illustration and a chicken T-shirt.
Photo via Kickstarter