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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 04/27/2013

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.

The Hogben Chronicles of Henry Kuttner

What’s it about?

A collection of five stories from the legendary writer Henry Kuttner.

Why it’s interesting: As Neil Gaiman says in the campaign’s video, Kuttner not only inspired the American Gods author, but Alan Moore and an entire generation of speculative writers. Kuttner wrote 17 novels and dozens of memorable short stories before dying at the age of 42. The Hogben Chronicles collects five “peculiar stories” from his comic Hogben series. The book was edited by Pierce Watters and F. Paul Wilson, with an introduction by Neil Gaiman. The ebook is $10. The trade paperback, plus full-color poster of the cover, is $35. The hardcover, with poster, is $65.

Walk The Fire: a shared-world SF anthology series

What’s it about?

The second anthology in the Walk the Fire series.

Why it’s interesting: Inspired by George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards and Scott Sigler’s The Crypt, John Mierau created Walk the Fire, a shared-world anthology series featuring the Ferryman, beings “who can step through a special kind of fire and emerge in a different city, continent, or world.” The anthology features stories by Mur Lafferty, Paul Levinson, Philippa Ballantine and Harry Connolly, among others. It includes an introduction by Scott Sigler, art by Scott Pond, and an original song and music by John Anealio. The ebook is $10. The trade paperback is $25.

Code Monkey Save World

What’s it about?

A graphic novel based on the songs of Jonathan Coulton, written by Greg Pak and drawn by Takeshi Miyazawa.

Why it’s interesting: Code Monkey Save World is a collaboration among renowned comics writer Greg Pak (“Planet Hulk,” “Batman/Superman”), internet musician Jonathan Coulton, and artist Takeshi Miyazawa (“Runaways”). The project began last November after Pak joked on Twitter about writing a super-villain team-up comic based on Coulton’s characters. Coulton tweeted back: “Do it.” And here they are. The story follows Code Monkey, “the put-upon coding monkey from the eponymous Coulton song” and “the seething, lovelorn super-villain from Coulton’s song ‘Skullcrusher Mountain‘” who team up to battle robots and office-worker zombies.

Chimerical Tales

What’s it about?

A web serial fiction anthology offering daily fantasy, science fiction, and pulp adventure for the discerning cliffhanger enthusiast!

Why it’s interesting: Chimerical Tales will contain five different stories in each issue. Each weekday a new chapter from one of the serials — which will be around 750 words — will be posted online. A different serial will run each day of the week. For $10 you get a PDF version of the Chimerical Tales #0 Ashcan Edition. For $25 you get each week’s Chimerical Tales collection (with added editorial content) in PDF form as soon as it’s released.

THE IRON KING manga series

What’s it about?

A four-issue manga series adapted from Julie Kagawa’s The Iron King novel.

Why it’s interesting: Julie Kagawa is the New York Times best-selling author of The Iron Fey series of young adult novels. Now Bluewater Productions is looking to turn the first book, The Iron King, into a four-issue manga series with help from fans. Hideyuki Mori, who did the manga illustrations for The Iron Fey novels, will create alternate covers for the comic book series. Issue #1 starts at $8.

Hunter’s Guild Card Game

What’s it about?

Hunter’s Guild: The Vampire Forest is a card game where each player takes on the role of a Hunter seeking out fame, fortune & adventure. A powerful Vampire Lord has awoken from the undead realm and it’s up to you and your Guild to banish him back to his eternal slumber.

Why it’s interesting: Hunter’s Guild looks to be a fast paced, easy to play game of vampire killing goodness. The video pretty much explains all the rules and, as you can see, it looks like a simple, straightforward game to play. I really like the twist where a player can become a vampire and how the game mechanics change based on that. Nicely done. $35 gets you the game.

What’s He Building In There?

What’s it about?

In this diabolical board game, players embody their evil genius to construct a doomsday device (and escape plan.)

Why it’s interesting: We’ve all dreamed of being an evil genius, devising a diabolical plan to rule world. Unfortunatley for most of us, this dream will never come true. That’s where What’s He Building In There? comes in. Now you can be the mad scientist bent on domination, but don’t forget your escape plan if things go awry. This is a resource management/worker placement game where you’ll have many different options each turn, but only a finite number of ways to get your points. I really like the theme here and the Dice Tower seem to like it as well, which is a plus. $50 gets you the game, which seems fair, given the amount of stuff in the box.

Kill All Monsters, Volume 1: Ruins of Paris

What’s it about?

Kill All Monsters: Ruins of Paris is the printed first volume of the hit webcomic about monsters and the giant robots that kill them.

Why it’s interesting: Monsters and giant robots battling across Paris, what’s not to like? For $5 you can get a jump on Pacific Rim with a PDF copy of the book. $20 gets you the printed book. Not sure? Check out the webcomic.

Science Team: An Independent Feature Length Motion Picture

What’s it about?

A battle for survival between a young man, his dead mother, a telepathic space alien, and a bureaucratic government organization. Science Team is a satirical independent film about a national organization, called Science Team, whose main purpose is to maintain interstellar peace and protect America from the many alien threats that seek to destroy us.

Why it’s interesting: Low budget indie films are big on crowd funding sites these days, and Science Team is another in that vein. The idea is certainly interesting enough and I’m always open to helping projects that wouldn’t catch the mainstream’s eye. $50 gets you a copy of the DVD when finished.

About James Aquilone (115 Articles)
James Aquilone is an editor and writer, mostly of the speculative ilk, from Staten Island, New York. His fiction has appeared in Nature’s Futures, Galaxy’s Edge, Flash Fiction Online, and Weird Tales Magazine, among many other publications. His nonfiction has appeared in SF Signal, Den of Geek, Shock Totem, and Hellnotes. He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Horror Writers Association. Visit him at
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