Robots + Monsters was a charitable art project that matched goodwill and charitable giving with custom-made commissioned cartoon and pop art.
Started in 2007 in desperation because my wife and I were $1000 short on a charity marathon, Robots + Monsters went on to raise money for great causes like the SF AIDS Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Water.org, and Medecins Sans Frontieres. We got lauded in the Boston Globe, Time Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, and lots of other places.
Over 5 years, we created about 650 creatures and raised over 50K for causes that needed our help. When donating, donors were asked to give three words or phrases that they would like to define their creature. From there, the artists assigned to the R+M could do anything they like with it. We were Kickstarter before Kickstarter, with a dash of exquisite corpse thrown in. We got asked to SXSW and a whole bunch of other places to talk about it, and we did. It was a blast. R+M is on a kind of permanent hiatus right now. Dive in and explore the work and drop us a line if you ever feel like saying hello.