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 Crowdfunding 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? New magazine in the vein of Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone and Night Gallery.
Why it’s interesting: After creating the speculative fiction e-zine WilyWriters.com, Angel Leigh McCoy decided to “raise the bar and produce a high-quality magazine.” That magazine is AnotherDimension, inspired by the “classic style of horror made so popular by Rod Serling in his Twilight Zone and Night Gallery series—twisted for a modern audience.” Other than “wondrous horrific fiction,” it will include articles and reviews. You can download a free preview of the magazine on the Kickstarter page. For $10 you get a digital copy of the first issue, which is due out on July 1st. For $25, you get a year’s subscription (four issues) to the quarterly magazine. Other rewards include print copies of AnotherDimension and compilations of audio stories.
What’s it about? Help make the literary tribute to this groundbreaking science fiction Grand Master happen.
Why it’s interesting: Editors Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell are putting together this tribute to the SF icon. It will contain fiction as well as essays by more than 30 writers, including Geoff Ryman, Nalo Hopkinson, Eileen Gunn, Nick Harkaway, and Junot Díaz. More than three-quarters of the 150,000 words contained in Stories for Chip are original. The ebook version is $10, while the paperback is $25. More than 20 authors have contributed unique rewards for the campaign, but each will be available for only a limited time. So check the schedule on the campaign page.
What’s it about? A creator-owned anthology about breaking boundaries and exploring the great unknown by the most inventive talents in comics.
Why it’s interesting: Broken Frontier will have 27 stories by 40 talented creators in a beautifully designed over-sized hardcover. The stories cover everything from the last man in the galaxy to cosmic horror to bewildered Vikings stumbling upon the supernatural. All 250 pages of the book will be in color and it has a cover by Spider-Gwen’s Robbi Rodriguez. A PDF of the book is $12, while the hardcover is $40.
What’s it about? The definitive guide to celebrating the world’s most cosmically horrific holiday.
Why it’s interesting: Ever hear of National Cthulhu Eats Spaghetti Day? Probably not. Scott King claims he learned about the holiday (which is “about good food, spending time with friends or loved ones, games and of course unspeakable horrors”) after receiving a box of “weird documents and papers” with no return address. His book is about his research into this mysterious holiday (celebrated on August 15th or the “weekend closest to it”) and contains a short story about its origin, newspaper articles and recipes. The ebook is $5, while the paperback (plus the ebook) is $19.
What’s it about? A role-playing game where death not only makes you stronger, it defines who you become. From the creator of Gloom and Eberron.
Why it’s interesting: A card-based RPG sounds intriguing enough, but then they toss in the cool death mechanic (which I’ve seen in video games but not in a physical game) and the game sounds really intriguing. The creator, Keith Baker, also created the game Gloom, which is a really cool card game with transparent cards, so the pedigree is strong. $50 gets you the base game, which includes 280 Tarot-sized cards, a 120-page rulebook, plus a lot of counters.
What’s it about? In Their Own Worlds will photograph authors in the worlds of their novels.
Why it’s interesting: How cool would it be to see authors photographed in the worlds they’ve created? Pretty cool! Photographer J.R. Blackwell wants to do just that in this project. Authors include Chuck Wendig, Mur Lafferty and others, while pledges include behind-the-scenes blog posts, prints, tickets to the gallery show, and the opportunity to model in one of the In Their Own Worlds photoshoots.
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