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.


2BR02B

What’s it about?

Movie adaption of Kurt Vonnegut’s 1962 short story “2BR02B.”

Why it’s interesting: First off, it’s an adaptation of a Kurt Vonnegut short story. Add Paul Giamatti, who’s set to play Dr. Hitz, and you have what looks to be one killer project. If you’re not familiar with “2BR02B,” you can read it at gutenberg.org. Marco Checa Garcia will direct with a screenplay by Derek Ryan. Rewards include HD downloads of the movie, DVDs, and a non-speaking part in the film.

Peter Bagge’s Apocalypse Nerd: The Movie

What’s it about?

A live action British comedy-drama feature film, based on the classic Dark Horse Comic series Apocalypse Nerd by Peter Bagge.

Why it’s interesting: Cartoonist Peter Bagge and writer-director Tupaq Felber have collaborated to bring the comic the the big screen. The Apocalypse Nerd movie is described as a “buddy-comedy about a couple of chronically adolescent friends about to turn 40.” Rewards include downloads of the movie, DVDs, T-shirts, and original artwork.

Inscription Magazine: Fantasy and Science Fiction for Teens

What’s it about?

A free, diverse young adult science fiction and fantasy magazine.

Why it’s interesting: Editor-in-chief Rachel Halpern wants to publish not only a YA science fiction and fantasy magazine — she wants to make it representative, with diverse authors and characters. Inscription Magazine will publish one story every month for a year, free and accessible to all readers. The goal is to pay authors, illustrators, web builders, and logo designers professional rates. Rewards include stickers, books, and subscriptions.

MONSTER OF THE SKY – Mythic Steampunk Film Post-Production

What’s it about?

A mythic Steampunk tale of love and revenge, mashed up with modern motion-capture animation and traditional puppetry!

Why it’s interesting: Monster of the Sky looks like a cross between Dark Crystal and Avatar. Add some kickass music by Stereo Alchemy and you have what looks to be a pretty cool movie. This is how they describe story, which was inspired by a Lord Byron poem: “In a futuristic world of cogs and gearwork, young Sky falls in love and is swept off to the clouds by a winged prince, only to die on her wedding day. But the story doesn’t end here—resurrected by mechanical ghosts, she becomes a goddess of vengeance who sets out to find her prince again.” The filmmakers launched a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier in the year and are now looking to fund the post-production. Rewards include DVDs, T-shirts, and an art book.

Skinjobs: A Blade Runner Zine!

What’s it about?

Blade Runner-inspired artwork from 25 illustrators, collected in a risographed anthology booklet.

Why it’s interesting: This fan-made tribute zine to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner will be staple-bound, A5 size (5.8-by-8.3 inches), made of the highest quality paper, and printed in two colors on a risograph printer-duplicator. Illustrations include new interpretations of scenes from the 1982 movie, futuristic cityscapes, fake ads, character collages, and parodies. A digital copy of the zine is $5, while a physical copy is $13.

Cars, Cards & Carbines – Multi-Genre Fiction Anthology

What’s it about?

A high-octane anthology of short fiction from top authors across an array of genres.

Why it’s interesting: Editors Travis Heermann and John Helfers promise that “each story will do something unique to incorporate those three themes, without restrictions on genre. Stories will be all over the genre map, from noir to weird western, steampunk to cyberpunk, science fiction to straight-up horror.” And they’ve enlisted some of the best in the business to do just that, including Kevin J. Anderson, Jay Bonansinga, Nancy Holder, Mur Lafferty, Jay Lake, Nick Mamatas, Seanan McGuire, and Cat Rambo.

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