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Funding a web series on con fans

Welcome to Conlandia, the mythical land of full-bore fandom that’s one crowdfund campaign away from being slightly less mythical.

The conception of Sonoman Chris Ginesi and Healdsburgian Mathew Carr, the web series (now in “beta”) explores the land of conventions, festivals and celebrations of geek culture, with an eye to culminating at the convention juggernaut, San Diego’s Comic-Con International, in 2015. Thus far, the twenty-something duo has captured footage at Santa Rosa’s Toy Con, Fit Expo in San Jose and are freshly returned from Star Trek Las Vegas.

Now, they’re embarking on one of the most challenging legs of their journey — to the land of fundraising. The Conlandians have launched a campaign on IndieGoGo to underwrite the production of the complete series so that they may soon come to a con near you.

They have less than 50 days to raise the $75,000 to complete the series, which will find them crisscrossing the nation and cavorting with hundreds of fans along the way.

Carr and Ginesi are confident they will make their goal. The early embrace of the convention community certainly buttressed their optimism. The funding tiers start at $1 (which will garner a mention of your name on the show) to co-executive producer position that can be had for a cool five grand. In between, of course, are numerous opportunities to contribute and participate.

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