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? POC Destroy Science Fiction! is a special issue of the Hugo-winning magazine Lightspeed, 100% written—and edited—by POC creators.
Why it’s interesting: This is the latest in Lightspeed Magazine‘s highly successful special issues, following Women Destroy Science Fiction and Queers Destroy Science Fiction. Both of those Kickstarter campaigns raised more than $50,000 each. People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction carries on the tradition with an issue written and edited solely by POC creators. Nalo Hopkinson and Kristine Ong Muslim are the co-editors-in-chief. An ebook of the issue (plus three back issues) is $5. For $20 you get ebooks of the previous Destroy special issues. Other rewards include subscriptions and video chats with the editors.
What’s it about? Become a patron of artist Ed Watson.
Why it’s interesting: Ed Watson is an illustrator and comic book creator from Brooklyn, New York. He’s just launched a Patreon page, where he’s offering behind-the-scenes access and walk-throughs to his current projects. You’ll get speed-paint videos, video tutorials, full resolution penciled and inked line art images for patrons to practice with, personal tutorials, and much much more.
What’s it about? Gamut will be a website with a wide range of voices—genre-bending, hybrid stories that utilize the best of genre and literary fiction.
Why it’s interesting: Gamut editor Richard Thomas promises to publish “edgy fiction that straddles the fence between genre and literary fiction.” He also promises to pay a “great rate” (10 cents a word for original fiction and 3 cents a word for reprints). Besides fiction, Gamut will include columns, non-fiction, art, flash fiction, poetry, and “maybe even a serial memoir or novella,” with new content published several times a week. Submissions will open later this year. Rewards include annual subscriptions, manuscript edits and critiques, and anthologies.
What’s it about? Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, a feature documentary, explores the remarkable life and legacy of the groundbreaking 86-year-old author.
Why it’s interesting: Arwen Curry has been working on Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin for the past seven years. This summer, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the hour-long documentary a “prestigious production grant.” But, as she says, there’s a catch: “The NEH won’t release those funds until the entire [$80,000] production budget has been raised.” That’s where the Kickstarter campaign comes in. Rewards include Ursula K. Le Guin pins, portraits, tote bags and books.
Other notable projects:
- In the Stars I’ll Find You
- Cos Culture Magazine – A Voice for the Cosplay Community
- Fairies and Mermaids Coloring Book
- My Peculiar Family
- COPD: Highly Illogical-A Tribute to Leonard Nimoy
- H. H. Holmes Murder Castle Jigsaw Puzzle & Prints
- Mythica 4: The Iron Crown – starring Kevin Sorbo
- Vanilla Essence – a heartwarming erotic manga anthology
- The Outer Realm: Bootleg Star Wars Collectable Toy Book
- Closing Doors: The Last Marla Mason Novel