Copycats are the worst.

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Yes! I’m aware of the potato salad project. STOP EMAILING ME ABOUT IT!

Seriously, long-time readers will know that these kinds of joke projects are nothing new. [1][2][3] They’re not even particularly creative. Just pick any random thing. Ask for money, and pretend that it’s adorable that you’re a grown man asking for lunch money.

I refuse to waste braincells researching how this one has managed to “go viral” and become wildly popular. However, now that it has we can count on an endless cavalcade of copy-cats.

I want to stress that these are not all the copy-cats. They’re not even all the ones I could find. Not even close. I just stopped when I got bored of taking screenshots.

(No clickable links because copycats are terrible.)


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I’ll bet Kickstarter is really feeling good about their recent decision to stop pre-screening projects before they go live!

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A look at Kickstarter Copycats.

Here in USA, “Challenge Coins” are a big tradition among military and emergency service units. Traditionally, if your buddies catch you not carrying yours, the next round is on you.

There’s been a bunch of them on Kickstarter recently. Let’s take a look.

Day One : The Success

Tagon's Toughs Challenge Coin : Schlock Mercenary
First, Howard Tayler, the talented and successful author/artist of the comic book Schlock Mercenary, produces a set of challenge coins corresponding to the coins issued to the characters in his comic book.
Thanks to Tayler’s huge fan-base this project is wildly successful, reaching nearly 3,000% funding on its first day.
(Even I bought a coin.)

Day Five : The first Copy-cat

Mythic challenge coincs
Less than a week later, we get this entry from CE Martin. Apparently Martin writes some fantasy novels I’ve never heard of.
Martin claims that these coins are featured in an upcoming novel, even though his blog only mentioned it three days after the Schlock Mercenary coins went up.
(I’ll be interested to see if the book will still mention the coins now that it’s clear nobody wants to buy them.)

Day 23 : Two more copy-cats

Miss February Coin
This is a weird one. Jeff Morin seems to have conflated the ideas of Challenge Coins and Pin-up Calendars.
Interesting, but March is absolutely the worst time of the year to be selling calendars, pin-up or otherwise.
Next time try planning ahead instead of just jumping on a bandwagon!


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John Holmes creates a “comic” called Power Point Ranger. I could try be nice here, but why bother? This comic is terrible. It’s poorly drawn, it’s juvenile, it’s often sexist, and what passes for jokes are predictable and ham-fisted. Your average 5th grader is too sophisticated for this comic.
If John Holmes was imagining that he was on the same level as Schlock Mercenary‘s Howard Taylor, he was sadly mistaken.

A month later : Here come the memes!

Zombie Walker Coin
What do you do if you want to jump on a bandwagon, but the bandwagon is slowing down?
Add Zombies, of course!
I expect somebody is already working on Pirate verses Ninja challenge coins.

Or maybe coins that say “Science!” on one side and “Bacon!” on the other.

See Also :

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My Little Numismatist

Pony ‘Stained Glass’ Collectble Coins

Akili-Amethyst coin : Celestia Akili-Amethyst's coin : Luna

The pony coin collecting crazy started when artist Akili Amethyst sold these on Kickstarter.

That’s not a failure. That’s a success. Ponies aside, this is what Kickstarter is for : talented artists getting the money they need to share their art with the masses.

Sadly, Kickstarter has removed all of Akili’s coin projects for copyright reasons.

That didn’t stop the copy-cat projects, though! Nothing can stop copy-cat projects!

Coins of Harmony – Six Collectable Pony Coins I

Coin of Harmony - Twilight Sparkle
Believe it or not, They actually wanted the same amount of money for this coin as Akili got for her coins!

I don’t even think it would work as a coin design, is her hair painted white or is it just extra-shiny somehow?

They “designed” six of these coins, one for each main character of the show.

This project failed.

Coins of Harmony – Six Collectible Pony Coins II

Coins of Harmony 2 - Twilight Sparkle
So they tried again!

To be honest, this new design is still pretty crumby. They just took the old design and added those gems in the background on the reverse.

But what do I know? This project has 12 days left and needs less than $200 more in pledges.





Brony Week ~ Failure is Magic

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