SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 4/14/2014

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.

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 4/1/2014

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.

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 3/18/2014

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.

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 2/16/2013

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.

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 12/24/2012

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.

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 11/24/2012

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.

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I have a huge soft spot in my heart for hurricane victims.

About six weeks after Hurricane Katrina, I flew down to Mississippi where I spent the next six months living in a town that was about 98% demolished and roughly ten miles east of where the eye had passed. Before that experience, hurricanes were sad, and the people who lost everything to them were tragic, but it was abstract. I’d care for a few minutes before my own life made me forget about it. I never realized just how tragic and how horrible it all was until I toured a completely leveled city with people who had spent their entire lives there.

My experience with Hurricane Katrina changed my life forever. I wasn’t much of a humanitarian before I spent my time in Mississippi, but now I have a bleeding heart. I watched strangers help each other fix roofs, protect each other, feed each other, donate clothes and medical supplies, help clean up demolished property, help each other deal with loss and so much more. I saw how much one person could change a community and I saw how important the effort of one individual was in the face of such calamity. Now I can’t seem to stop myself from participating in humanitarian efforts, especially ones focusing on hurricane relief.

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Crowd Funding Roundup For 09/15/2012

[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.]

A Steampunk’s Guide to Sex

What’s it about?

Your guide to the sexy side of steampunk, covering everything from kinky Victorian sexuality to contemporary subcultural sex.

Why it’s interesting: If you like your steampunk extra steamy, then you’ll probably want to check out A Steampunk’s Guide to Sex. The book covers both Victorian and contemporary sexuality, such as DIY floggers made with bike tubes, steam-powered vibrators and Victorian aphrodisiacs. And best of all it promises plenty of illustrations “with steamy modern photos shot with the historical tintype process.” For $12, you get a print copy of the book.
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BOOK REVIEW: Five Little Zombies and Fred by Jules Sherred

REVIEW SUMMARY: A picture book from Jules Sherred replete with visual Easter eggs references, and yes, zombies.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Canadian youngling Fred tries to escape his own personal part of the zombie apocalypse

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Good use of repetition and rhyme; colorful art.
CONS: The Easter eggs are sometimes too difficult to see; the book probably could have stood to have been a bit longer.
BOTTOM LINE: Shoot the zombie in the head, Fred!

Fred is a Canadian child who has come face to face with his personal slice of the zombie apocalypse. Five zombies are after him, and his only lifeline is a Royal Mounted Policeman, a Mountie, with repetitious but practical advice in dealing with the zombies chasing after him. Shoot them in the head! But will Fred survive?
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[GUEST POST] Jules Sherred on Five Little Zombies and Fred, A Not-For-Children Children’s Book

Jules Sherred does way more than should be legal. Most notably, she is the General Manager and Programming Director of The Look 24/7, host of the Geeky Pleasures Radio Show and the offshoot website, Geeky Pleasures, and core contributor to Wired’s GeekMom. She’s already written two non-fiction books — From The Mundane To The Insane: A Wonderful Journey Without A Destination and Tales Of A Lupus Butterfly — the partial proceeds of which go to lupus research and treatment, is working on another book called Nerd Love, and is beyond excited to make Five Little Zombies And Fred a real thing for people to hold, read, and love. You can follow her on Twitter @GeekyJules. Also, SHE LOVES STAR TREK.

IndieGoGo: Funding Five Little Zombies and Fred

If you are a creative, then you probably know what it is like to be plagued with idea after idea. Some of these ideas may be so ridiculous that they should never make it past the idea phase. Others may be so ridiculous that they MUST go beyond the idea phase. Sometimes, it can be quite difficult to tell the difference between to two. That is when you call on the help of friends you trust to tell it to you straight; friends who are willing to put aside any worry that they have of hurting your feelings when they have to say, “Dude. That idea is stupid. Move onto something else. Now.”

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 7/20/12

[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.]

Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa

What it’s about

Anomalisa is a stop-motion animated film written by Charlie Kaufman. The 40-minute movie is about a “man crippled by the mundanity of his life.”

Why it’s interesting: Charlie Kaufman has written some of the most innovative and interesting films in recent history, but not much has been heard from him since 2004′s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. That could be remedied with this film. Added to the mix are Dan Harmon (Community) and Dino Stamatopoulos (Moral Orel), who serve as executive producers. Who wouldn’t want to see an animated movie from this team?
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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup for 7/7/12

[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.]

Z World Detroit

What’s it about?

Z World Detroit will be a unique and spectacular zombie-themed experience park that will transform a virtually neglected section of Detroit, Michigan. Participants will be chased by a growing zombie horde through abandoned factories, stores and homes across hundreds of derelict urban acres.

Why it’s interesting: Think you have what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse? Z World Detroit will be your chance to find out. And if the undead really do show up, this theme park would be a great way to get practice. It is also a chance, according to the developers, to help “revitalize” Detroit, which, they point out, “is considering literally abandoning sections of the city.” For $100, you get a free overnight admission when Z World Detroit opens!
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