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.


What’s it about?

Symbiosis is an art book exploring a world where all technology is powered by biological engines that are deeply linked to humans.

Why it’s interesting: Symbiosis is a Creative Commons licensed, world-building art book by comic and concept artist Steven Sanders. What that means is that Sanders is allowing people to take the world he created and use it however they like. So go ahead and make Symbiosis RPGs, 3-D models, comics, or short stories. The art is amazing, so you can definitely find some use for it. The ebook is $10. A signed, limited-edition hardcover is $85.

What’s it about?

Three days of indie films, author readings, panels, art, music, and vendors, all in honor of the master of the weird tale.

Why it’s interesting:The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon was founded in 1995, and is the longest continuously running Lovecraftian event in the world. The 18th annual fest takes place May 3-5 at Portland’s historic Hollywood Theatre. The organizers are looking for pledges “to maintain the awesome scope of this event.” Rewards include deluxe three-day and VIP packages and having your name on the marquee.

What’s it about?

Citizen of the Galaxy will be the first graphic novel adapted from Robert Heinlein’s Virginia Edition.

Why it’s interesting: Why wouldn’t you want to read a Heinlein graphic novel? Well, according to the folks putting it together, if Citizen of the Galaxy is successful, other Heinlein titles will be considered for adaptation into graphic novels. That should be enough for you to reach into your pocket. The ebook is $10. A softcover copy is $15. A hardcover is $20.

What’s it about?

An epic steampunk adventure short film starring A Clockwork Orange‘s Malcolm McDowell, the Totally Rad Show‘s Jeff Cannata, Star Trek‘s Walter Koenig and Battlestar: Galactica‘s Richard Hatch.

Why it’s interesting: The concept art looks cool, the cast is great, and the filmmakers vow to do steampunk “right.” But what makes the project really interesting is that the short film is being made by some of the biggest names in adult entertainment. Nonetheless, they say Cowboys & Engines will be a legit, non-X-rated movie. Maybe that’s not a good thing! Rewards include speaking parts in the movie, a poker game with the filmmakers, and a date with porn-star-turned-producer James Deen.

What’s it about?

A short fiction anthology of political science fiction — where ideology is a character!

Why it’s interesting: If you enjoy science fiction and politics, this is the anthology for you. Strange Bedfellows will be an 80,000-word anthology edited by Hayden Trenholm, a longtime political analyst and advisor and award-winning SF writer and editor. The ebook is $10. The trade paperback is $25.

What’s it about?

A 180-page graphic novel of the web-comic God Hates Astronauts.

Why it’s interesting: The book contains re-lettered and color-tweaked versions of the three online issues of the “outrageous weirdo parody comic.” You also get the two original God Hates Astronauts’ 24-page, 24-hour comics, pin-ups, a full reference guide for the series, and 18 original two-page origin stories. If you’re a fan, this is a must-have. If you’re not a fan, get it and you will become a fan. For $10 you get a digital download of the book as well as an MP3 of the God Hates Astronauts theme song by Murder by Death. A signed hardcover is $30.

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