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SF/F Crowdfunding Roundup: Monsters: The Anthology; The Art of Ploog; The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

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? “An anthology about vampires, zombies, and other horrors from some of the best writers in the business.”

Why it’s interesting: Monster fans, here’s the anthology for you. This collection from Silence in the Library Publishing promises traditional horror stories as well as stories the authors approached “in a different manner.” Contributors to MONSTERS! include Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Addie J. King, Aaron Rosenberg, Janine K. Spendlove and Bryan Young.  Illustrations by David Montgomery accompany every story in the anthology. The ebook is $7, while the trade paperback (including the ebook and other goodies) is $25. Other rewards include ebook bundles, hardcover editions, garlic necklaces, and flashlight keychains.

What’s it about? “A 320-page career retrospective art book on the work of Mike Ploog”

Why it’s interesting: Mike Ploog is probably best known for his work on 1970s Marvel Comics Man-Thing and The Monster of Frankenstein. He has also illustrated cards for Magic: The Gathering and worked on a wide range of films (such as Lord of the Rings and X-Men). This book promises to “cover almost every aspect of Mike’s career, from his earliest days of working with Leatherneck Magazine…right up through his latest work on Goliath.” The hardcover is $49.

What’s it about? “A 160-page hardcover art book and exclusive miniatures from Richard Luong, the artist of Cthulhu Wars.”

Why it’s interesting: If you play Cthulhu Wars or not, the art of Richard Luong is a must have. The 8.5 x 11 Hardcover features concept art and illustrations from Cthulhu Wars as well as design notes, including commissions and personal pieces posted through Tentacles and Teeth Facebook page. Most have never been printed before. You get an in-depth look into Richard’s creative process and  a behind the scenes look into sculpting miniatures for Cthulhu Wars. Add-Ons include 80mm miniature which will come with a loyalty card designed by Sandy Petersen. Digital PDF version is $20 while the hardcover is $35.

What’s it about? “An all-female comic/text anthology of true stories about love, romance, and sex!”

Why it’s interesting: The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is a non-fiction anthology  celebrating the “stories we tell each other but never make public —until now.” It features comics and text stories by female creators negotiating their way through love, dating, and sex.” The book includes new comics by Margaret Atwood and man others. The book is a 6” x 9” softcover, approximately 220 pages, mixed art and text. Digital copies are $10, while the paperback (plus ebook) is $25.

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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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