[Crowdfunding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it's a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts will be a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.]

NOTE: Due to the entire editing staff of SF Signal being at Worldcon this past weekend, the Crowd Funding post slipped through the cracks and is being posted late. Those responsible have been sacked.

Let’s Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum

What’s it about?

It’s a goddamn museum for Nikola Tesla.

Why it’s interesting: The goddamn museum is going to be built. More than $1 million has been raised and there’s still a month to go in the campaign. They were initially asking for $850,000 to buy back Tesla’s old laboratory, known as the Wardenclyffe Tower, and turn it into a museum. As the non-profit points out, “There is no Tesla museum in the United States, despite Tesla’s extraordinary accomplishments.” Thomas Edison has at least four museums. So let’s build another three goddam Tesla museums.

Geek Love: An Anthology of Full Frontal Nerdity

What’s it about?

Geek Love is a 200-page, hard-bound, full-color collection of geeky, erotic stories and illustrations, photographs and comics.

Why it’s interesting: Geeks must love Geek Love, because this campaign got funded in just a few days. The anthology, edited by Shanna Germain, features “sexy librarians, raid nights, geek boys in leather and lace, tentacles, sexbots, superheroes and high-tech toys galore.” So what’s not to love? For $20 you get a full-color collector’s ebook. For $60 you get the limited-edition, hardcover edition and more.

The Art of Brom

What’s it about?

This Brom hardcover art book will be the largest, most comprehensive retrospective ever published on this renowned dark fantasy artist.

Why it’s interesting: Brom doesn’t need you — his Kickstarter has already earned more than $100,000 (his goal was $12,000). But you need Brom — at least if you like kick-ass fantasy art. The book collects Brom’s best art, including many of his unpublished pieces. For $47 you get the 208-page hardcover book with an 8-by-10-inch signed art print, plus your name on the thank-you page.

“Call Girl of Cthulhu”- a Lovecraft-Inspired Horror Feature

What’s it about?

Call Girl of Cthulhu, a horror comedy inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

Why it’s interesting: Here’s the synopsis: “A virginal artist falls in love with a call girl who turns out to be the chosen bride of the alien god Cthulhu. To save her, he must stop an ancient cult from summoning their god and destroying mankind.” If you like the tagline — “She’s turning wet dreams… into NIGHTMARES” — you’ll probably like the movie. For $25 you get a special thanks in the movie’s credits and on IMDb, plus a “front row seat to the end of civilization when Great Cthulhu awakens.”

Electric Velocipede

What’s it about?

Electric Velocipede, the Hugo-Award winning speculative fiction magazine wants to fund its next year of issues with your help!

Why it’s interesting: The free, online magazine has published such writers as Catherynne M. Valente, Jeff VanderMeer, Jay Lake, Genevieve Valentine and Ken Liu have; it won a Hugo and was nominated for several World Fantasy awards; and its stories have been reprinted in many year’s-best anthologies. But, as editor John Klima points out, without fan support they won’t be able to keep Electric Velocipede going. For only $5, you get an ebook copy of the next issue.

Smoke and Mirrors – Sci Fi and Tales of the Macabre

What’s it about?

A collective of web-based storytellers — complete with soundtracks and art. We keep the Art of Storytelling alive! A Sci Fi Podcast.

Why it’s interesting: Smoke and Mirrors is a free weekly podcast that “broadcasts” original science fiction and “stories of the macabre.” Host Dennis R. Miller says the podcast has the “nostalgia of Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” Unfortunately, the equipment he’s using to produce Smoke and Mirrors is about as old those classic shows. He’s looking to raise $3,300 for a new MAC Pro.

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