November 2, 2011
By Stuart Derdeyn
She’s a firebrand performer with a penchant for Kurt Weil-meets-the Pixies cabaret pop that wowed fans worldwide when the group she cofounded in 2001 called the Dresden Dolls emerged out of the fertile Boston scene.
He’s one of the most popular fantasy fiction writers in the world, whose works such as Coraline and Neverwhere have been adapted into film, TV and musical theatre, and whose @neilhimself was voted one of the 140 best twitter feeds by Time Magazine and boasts nearly two million followers. (She has more than 500,000 Twitter followers.)
Together, they are Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman: Alternative power couple and online arts marketing and fundraisers extraordinaire.
The dynamic duo are on a sold-out music and spoken-word tour of the West Coast that will be documented in its entireity by advance purchases of $500 VIP packages and fan donations using Kickstarter, a unique contribution concept website for artist projects. In the first 48 hours of announcing the tour dates, the couple raised over $65,000, well ahead of the $20,000 goal it set for the first three weeks of fundraising for the recordings. LATimes.com reported that the final figure raised was $133,341.
“There is something about Kickstarter that is so amazing,” says Palmer. “It’s a fantastic name and so easy to use and you can use it for really unique projects like my personal favourite: funding for a Robocop statue to get erected in Detroit. They got enough money to do it without any government funding — awesome.”