Crowd funding 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 are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.


The Goon” Movie… let’s KICKSTART this sucker!!!

What’s it about?

An animated movie of the Dark Horse comic The Goon.

Why it’s interesting:

Why it’s interesting: The Goon movie has been in development hell for the past two years. Social Network director David Fincher optioned The Goon in 2010, developed a script written by comic creator Eric Powell and released a concept trailer for a full-length animated film. Still, major Hollywood studios have been reluctant to take on the project. So the producers have gone to Kickstarter to raise $400,000 to create a full-length story reel — a rough edit of storyboards combined with music and sound effects. This will give Hollywood execs a complete look at the Goon film’s potential. The story reel will feature the voices of Clancy Brown as the Goon and Paul Giamatti as Franky. From the looks of the clip and artwork, those execs would be nuts not to make a movie.

The 2013 John Picacio Calendar

What’s it about?

Twelve iconic artworks from Hugo Award winner John Picacio, featuring some of his best science fiction & fantasy cover art.

Why it’s interesting: Over the years, John Picacio has created some of the best cover art in the business. Now he’s launching his own company, Lone Boy, and this calendar is his first project. The full-color 12-by-12-inch calendar contains a dozen of Picacio’s best work, including his covers for Elric: Sword and Roses and A Canticle for Leibowitz. The calendar is $25.

Writer’s Block? Try Writing Blocks® !

What’s it about?

A fun, easy to use imagination tool that will help you reconnect with your writing.

Why it’s interesting: If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this month, you don’t have time to deal with writer’s block. That’s where Writing Blocks come in. Each die has a theme that represents an aspect of story construction. Blocks are color-coded to work together in carefully designed pairs and trios to provide you with 10,077,696 creative solutions. Just roll the dice, follow the manual and unlock your imagination. At least in theory.

This Day in Fiction 2013 Calendar

What’s it about?

A calendar of historical and future events from fiction.

Why it’s interesting: Do you know what day Lisa Simpson was supposed to marry Hugh Parkfield? Or when Skynet goes online? Or Beverly Crusher’s birthday? The creators of the “This Day in Fiction” calendar say they “have scoured various sources to find accurate and interesting events that happened in fiction which correspond to real dates.” Now you’ll never miss any of the really important days of the year!

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