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? A documentary recounting the life of Kurt Vonnegut and his 25-year friendship with the filmmaker who set out to document it.
Why it’s interesting: Robert Weide has been working on his Kurt Vonnegut documentary since 1982, after writing a letter to his literary idol, proposing a documentary on the author’s life and work. Back then he thought it would take only a few months to raise the needed financing and a year to complete the film. Thirty-three years later Weide is using Kickstarter to finally finish the doc. The rewards include a ton of Vonnegut books, memoriblia and merchandise.
What’s it about? Queen of Nothing will be the ninth full-length book in the Marla Mason series.
Why it’s interesting: Marla Mason is Tim Pratt’s favorite character to write, so when his publisher dropped the series after four books, he turned to crowdfunding to keep it alive. Queen of Nothing, the ninth full-length book in the series, follows the sorcerer and part-time goddess of death as she tries to stop a new god of pain, torment, and violence who awakens and threatens to bring an age of darkness and devastation to the Earth. The ebook is $10, while the paperback (along with the ebook) is $35.
What’s it about? An illustrated, rhyming adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth by the creators of Littlest Lovecraft.
Why it’s interesting: The 64-page book will be in full color and fully illustrated — and the perfect thing for your cultist in training. For $25, you get a Littlest Lovecraft themed thank-you postcard, a 6-by-4-inch print, and a copy of the book.
What’s it about? First truly global, multicultural and interactive post-apocalyptic comic and novel.
Why it’s interesting: Project New World is an ambitious project created by Gökhan Kamu. The idea is to create a fictional universe that’s told over various media (novels, comic books/graphic novels, short films and website events) and by nine native writers from eight different countries “who will write their own countries’ stories.” The story will take place in a post-apocalyptic setting. For $26, you get all printed versions of the nine stories and the comic.
What’s it about? The conclusion to the Shattered Sigil trilogy by Courtney Schafer.
Why it’s interesting: The first two books in the series — The Whitefire Crossing and The Tainted City — were published by Night Shade Books. But the publisher went bankrupt before the third and final book could be published. So Courtney Schafer is going the Kickstarter route to bring the trilogy’s conclusion to fans. The ebook is $8, while a signed print version is $26.
What’s it about? A quick, easy, humorous RPG about exploring derelict space ships and getting rich off the loot!
Why it’s interesting: I don’t think I’ve ever seen an RPG that is focused on scavenging derelict spaceships. Sounds cool to me. And it’s a streamlined, D6-based system that allows for lots of improvisation on the part of the players. Sign me up! Pledges start at $10 for a PDF version of the 200+ page rulebook and go from there, including print versions of the book.