Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Politics, fund-raising, and XKCD - who'd have believed it

Well the story of the US campaign season, how a cartoon managed to raise $95,000 in days for a new aspiring politician in Kansas.

It's not often I see a really smart link to popular culture but I've got to tip my hat to Sean Tevis, who's taken a nice leaf from one of the Internet's leading web comics, xkcd. Sean's idea started after two weeks of canvassing and twenty five dollars to show (its the US money talks...). He figured that as an IA (Information Architect) with web programming skills he could find some other way to fund his political campaign rather than continuing the door to door which wasn't working. 40 or 50 hours later he had the campaign poster below done in xkcd style.

More details on the actual funding appeal/poster and a WSJ article with some more details and an interview of Mr Tevis.

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  • See that is what I had wanted Imaginary Jim to do for the Seanad campaign but he said no. OK, not really but it would have been the sort of thing I would like to have done had I the imagination, wit, originality and creativity to do it.

    By Blogger Dan Sullivan, at 11:41 a.m.  

  • Manga Dan is looking for your vote ! I love it, it'd be great - you could do a take on the Dark Knight DC gritty style of comic.

    I'm sure we'll see somebody trying this or something like it soon with the locals and euros coming up.

    By Blogger Eoin Brazil, at 11:48 a.m.  

  • I can see it now. A poor lowly candidate can't even get to the races unless they bring their own tent.

    They make their plight known on the Internet and anonymous donors come forth bearing cash. There is more than enough for a new tent and the balance is "invested" in the GeeGees. Everybody wins...

    By Blogger mgb, at 1:22 p.m.  

  • Mike, don't forget the consultancy cut for the advice !

    By Blogger Eoin Brazil, at 2:19 p.m.  

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