OMG they’re going to make vegan M&Ms and you can help! They’ll have mini vegan marshmallows in the middle instead of peanuts, which actually I think is a terrible idea, but whatever, vegan beggars can’t be vegan choosers, and maybe once these sell 10 billion packages, they’ll listen to my requests and make ones with peanuts or almonds. I know I know, allergies, but can’t we just have all the choices?
But enough complaining, VEGAN M&Ms, people! Go Kickstart that dream right now!
Help Beyond Skin expand their awesome vegan shoe line! »
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My absolute favorite vegan shoe line, Beyond Skin, is in need of help! A manufacturer of their shoes has closed down, taking their new line with it. But there’s hope! If you donate to their Kickstarter (which is hardly a donation as you can totally get shoes!! SHOES!!), they can make this collection a reality!
A £69 donation gets you a pair of these babies in black!
I can’t say enough good things about Beyond Skin. I’ve had pairs of shoes from them that I bought like literally eight years ago and wore a million times and they’re still in great condition. They are comfortable (most of them) and don’t fall apart like so many vegan shoes! Plus they aren’t just vegan, they are people- and environmentally friendly. So I encourage you to chip in today!
Nicora Johns wants to make gorgeous vegan shoes. They want to make them domestically, with environmentally responsible materials, in beautiful, classic styles.
They’re asking for a LOT of money on Kickstarter to launch the project, which seems daunting, but isn’t this everything you could ask for in a vegan shoe? Check out the styles! I want ALL OF THEM, especially the Sylvias boot and patent Sallys lace-up, oh man. So elegant!
Seriously, if you’re into U.S.-based manufacturing, vegan fashion, environmentally responsible fashion, or beautiful shoes, you should probably support Nicora Johns. One day the only option for (new) shoes will be vegan styles, but let’s work to make that a choice, not because we’ve ruined the planet and have to fashion foot-covers out of burlap sacks and old leaves.
(link via Ecouterre)
Liberator: the vegan activist comic book series! »
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There are many a vegan Kickstarter out there but I’m particularly interested in this cool sounding project from Matt Miner. At the nexus of animal activism and comic book fandom, he’s creating a comic mini-series where animal liberators are coming to wreak havoc on an abusive world.
A note about the project:
Do you love gritty anti-heroes like Dexter or Batman? Check out Liberator, featuring a new type of superhero who avenges the torture of animals. For anybody who ever thought comics could be punk and subversive and maybe even glorify some good old fashioned direct action, this is something unique and worth supporting.
Matt is a big vegan and has done tons of work directly rescuing animals (sometimes he tweets pics of his fosters! Those are great times). He even plans on using proceeds from the comic to help with his pit bull rescue efforts. He also just hopes the comic book will bring new people into the animal rights fold. And while I’m not a huge comic book person, I totes went to NYC ComicCon this year so I’m basically an expert. And in my expert opinion, this comic looks dope! There even seems to be a strong female lead? That’s what I like to see.
I know we hear about Kickstarters a lot, but it is a great way to support the good work vegans do PLUS I love all the limited edition stuff you can get when you pledge. So, check it out!
A panel from the first issue I really like! It’s one of our heros “sharing a moment” with a rescued fighting dog. Those puppy eyes!
A vegan global cuisine cookbook is on the horizon! Needs your help! »
Vegan Moroccan Stuffed Squash, one of many recipes on Justin’s site.
The Lotus and the Artichoke is a vegan food blog inspired by the world travels of Justin P. Moore. Now, Justin wants to take his recipes and make a whole vegan cookbook! He’s started a Kickstarter campaign to fund its publication, and now is your chance to donate. The perks look nice!
Here are a few recipes the cookbook promises to have:
- Gobi Tikka (North India)
- Persian Eggplant (Iran/Germany)
- Orange Tempeh Teriyaki (Hawaii/Japan)
- Mushroom-Tofu Stroganoff (Germany/Russia)
- Knödel & Rotkohl (Germany)
- Broccoli Quiche (France/USA)
- Cashew Mushroom Risotto Deluxe (Italy/Germany)
- Ginger Lemon Chickpea Sprouts (India/USA)
- San Francisco Savory Crepes (USA)
Yeah, that sounds pretty yummy. The book also promises 50-plus full-page pictures. I am so down with this! I can’t handle cookbooks without pictures. I want to see what the stuff looks like!
If this all sounds good to you, make your way over to Kickstarter and chip in.
Fruit leather, step aside. You just got your ass kicked by my new favorite flat snack: Veggie-Go’s.
Take the fruit leather you know and give it a classy, vegetable-oriented makeover, and you’ve got the sophisticated dehydrated foodstuff known as a Veggie-Go. I met these Colorado-made cuties at a street fair in Denver a few weeks ago, and after sampling each of the five flavors, I knew I had to pull the Vegansaurus card and convince the guy at the booth to give me a bunch for free. SCORE!
Verdict: The snacks are a bit thinner and more brittle than fruit leather, so you can’t do the thing where you scrape them down with your teeth, but they’ll still make you do a little dance in your chair when you remember you brought one in your lunch. My favorite flavors are Carrot Ginger and Sweet Potato Pie, but they’re all good.
Right now they’re only for sale at a couple Colorado Whole Foods, but you can order them online from Abe’s Market, which I recommend you do post-haste. Especially if you’re rich, because they are kind of pricey, like all sweet things in life: pedicures, true love, signed first editions of Alice in Wonderland, etc.
Bonus: The owners are at the tail end of a Kickstarter campaign that has a pretty sweet perk: Donate $25 or more, and you’ll not only get to sample each current flavor, you’ll get to help them pick the next flavor, too. And if you’re really feeling bossy, $1,000 will buy you the rights to create your own flavor. Jackfruit lychee jicama lime! Bam! Done! You’re welcome.
ONE DAY Left to Get in on Awesome Vegan Comics Anthology »
You guys. I am legitimately pretty excited about this book.
The original idea behind this anthology was going to be half vegan cartoonists, half omnis. But it got bigger and started including vegetarians and otherwise. So now it’s just a big, huge, food-themed anthology full of awesome.
The vegans contributing include:
- Berkeley Breathed
- Neil Brideau
- J.T. Dockery
- Nicole J. Georges
- Adam Hines
- Jonas Madden-Connor
- Hazel Newlevant
- Dan Piraro
- Aron Nels Steinke
- James Turek
- J.T. Yost
J.T. Yost, who we have interviewed here before, has been doing the good work of editing, organizing, and general wrassling-of-folks to make this whole thing happen.
Yeah, the funding goal has already been met, but this is your chance to get extra goodies like minicomics, t-shirts, signed prints, and good feelings. Also: what if you tell yourself you’ll get it later but then you just forget, like you always do?
The disclaimer here is that I also have a comic in it myself. I think it’s pretty good, though, and my drawings look nice. It’s based in part on this rad Quasi song. Last night I had a dream where I met Sam Coomes and told him about it and he seemed pretty cool with the whole thing.
You can read more and fund the project on the Kickstarter page.
Three days left to help fund the first vegan restaurant in Harlem! »
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Guys! Time is running out to help Seasoned Vegan become the first full-service vegan restaurant in Harlem, New York! Go to Kickstarter right now and put some money down—the gifts for the pledges are pretty awesome. All you non-New Yorkers should pledge enough to get the entrees and then when you come visit the big city, you can have a nice meal! Hey, you can pledge to get the two entrees and then take me with you! Yay, vegan date!
Another way to help is easy and free:
We found a grant for $250,000. It’s perfect for us but we need your help to qualify. All and we need is for you all to go to MissionSmallBusiness.com, click “Log In & Support” on the homepage, search Seasoned Vegan and vote for us! We can only qualify for the grant if we have at least 250 people click support so please spread the word!
I WANT ORGANIC VEGAN COMFORT FOOD SO PLEDGE AND VOTE!
Kickstart Pressed Juice in Colorado! »
Orange-carrot-pineapple amazingness. Fund the Kickstarter so I can have more!
Back in February, Jenny told us about how much she swooned over the raw, pressed juice at Pressed Juicery in Los Angeles. But who says only California should get all the good new-age cleansing stuff? Behold: To Colorado’s up-and-coming vegan scene, two Denver vegans are trying to add the magic of fancy, orgasmic juice. I say, Rejoice and drink juice! Also fund their Kickstarter campaign; this stuff doesn’t fall from trees!
Source Juice is the brainchild of Jaclyn and Chris Webb, a vegan couple who basically got obsessed with juicing, wanting to take it to the next level, and realized they couldn’t buy cold-pressed juice anywhere in the state. So they bought a fancy juicer and plan to bottle and sell the stuff at Denver’s monthly pop-up vegan market, yoga studios, farmer’s markets, etc.—all the places people willing to pay for uber-delicious organic juice might flock. Plus home delivery for the lazy bums.
Jaclyn gave me a little bottle of this stuff, and it’s GOOD. To quote my husband Danny: “I want to drink this juice until it comes out my eyeballs.” My other favorite thing about the project is how boot-strappy it is. The vegan scene out here in Denver is so gosh-darn scrappy and full of initiative! People don’t wait for venture capital funding or whatever, they just make things happen in a small way. And so even though we don’t have the vast selection of restaurants available in SF, LA, or NY, it makes me feel like I’m part of a movement or something.
So even if you don’t live in Colorado, consider pitching in a few bucks (the campaign ends on Friday, April 13). And if you know anyone in the area, pass this along to make it happen. JUICE!!!
The rad people of Vegan Mainstream want to make a Vegan Events app! To help you find cool vegan stuff to do wherever you are! Or as Katie explains, it will allow users to “effortlessly search a comprehensive mobile directory of vegan events by city and date, submit events for listing, and share events on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. It will also be paired with a companion website that provides more detailed event information. And (bonus!) it will be 100 percent free for anyone to download!”
Not bad, right? They’re trying to raise the $2,000 they need for development through Kickstarter, and with an April 1 deadline they’re already halfway there. If you’ve got a few bucks to spare this week, consider giving it to this cause. Vegan Mainstream is great, this app seems awesome, and vegans should always try to help vegans. Community support!