If you are anything like me, you have played a lot of tabletop RPGs in your lifetime. Over the years, you’ve collected miniatures, battle maps, and all sorts of other tools to improve your gaming experience. The one thing I’ve never been able to get right is audio accompaniment to add to the game. I’ve tried adding movie soundtracks or fantasy music to create a mood, but there have always been issues where the wrong song comes on at the wrong time and suddenly the love theme starts playing during your villain’s big speech, causing the players to break character in fits of laughter.
For over a year, the staff of Fanboy Comics has informed its readers about exciting Kickstarter campaigns for projects that are worthy of your hard-earned money. As supporters of independent creators of all mediums, we love doing our part to spread the word about high quality projects and talented creators. In fact, for the very first time on the FBC website, today's edition of "The Kickstarter Report" will focus on a Kickstarter campaign that has already surpassed its fundraising goal; however, the project in question is so good, that we could not resist the opportunity to push the campaign well over its stretch goal!
Author Justin Robinson, best known for the novels Undead on Arrival, Mr. Blank, The Dollmaker, and Nerve Zero, is at it again with his latest book, Coldheart. The new urban fantasy novella is set in San Francisco, which has been ravaged by a blizzard, while its residents live in fear of a cannibalistic killer stalking the streets and a rash of abductions targeting people seemingly at random. Throughout this chaos, only one man has the ability to put together the pieces of the mysteries affecting the people of the city. The catch? The man must also fight the demons of his own mental illness, unsure if the clues that he is finding are real or figments of his imagination.
Motorcycles, magic, vengeance, voodoo, and roadkill. All of these things and more make up the new comic book series Roadkill du Jour by writer Kevin LaPorte (Inverse Press' Clown Town), artist Shawn Harbin (BSX22 Studios' The Dungeon Comic), and colorist Laura Guzzo (Action Lab's PrinceLess). If you like your comics dark and gritty with a splash of black magic thrown in for good meausre, then this is the series for you. In the latest Kickstarter campaign from Inverse Press, Roadkill du Jour is a tale of motorcycle gangs in a mystic bayou world, clashing in an explosion of vengeance and voodoo.
Look! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Sweethearts of the Galaxy! If you are as big of a fan of cosplay as I am, you will not want to miss the Kickstarter campaign for Sweethearts of the Galaxy, a new web series starring well-known cosplayers Kit Quinn and Tallest Silver (a.k.a. Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy) which celebrates costume play, and its avid participants, in all of their glory. In the series, Quinn and Silver will portray Katelyn (Trinity Infinity) and Silvia (Element 47), two cosplayers enjoying their convention experience until a nasty head injury convinces Katelyn that she is, in fact, a superhero! (Whether actual superpowers will accompany this new identity remains to be seen. Viewers must stay tuned to the web series!) If you have ever wished that your bed sheet cape magically transformed you into a real superhero, then this is the web series for you!
Mortifera is the story of two demon hunters, Catherine and Ethan Gregor, and their demonic ally, Durin, as they hunt down the army of Kanisus during the period classically known as the Dark Ages. If, for some reason, you haven't already checked out the free first three issues of this comic, than you can find them here. If, for some reason, you need a little more convincing to read free comics, then you can check out my reviews for Issue #1 and Issues #2 and #3. It's also well worth checking out MoreFrames' animated Mortifera trailer.
If you are reading this article, then chances are that you grew up anxiously awaiting the moment when your parents would relinquish the comics section of the newspaper. Garfield, Calvin & Hobbes, The Family Circus, Beetle Bailey . . . all of these and more provided hours of delight each week when we got our hands on the funny papers. While these titles have expanded in their own right, often being collected into hardcover volumes and trades, print newspapers are quickly becoming non-existent as news media (and cartoons) move toward the digital age. While we may be thankful that this new digital frontier has provided us with countless webcomics to enjoy, one can only wonder what will befall the newspaper cartoonists that we have idolized for all of these years. Unwilling to allow that question to go unanswered, cartoonist Dave Kellett (Sheldon, Drive, How to Make Webcomics) and Frederick Schroeder (twice-nominated Sundance cinematographer) have set out to create STRIPPED, a documentary that brings together the world's best cartoonists to talk about the art form they love, and what happens to it as newsprint fades away.
Last year, I had the pleasure of interviewing comic book creator Gabe Smith of Human Comics regarding his successful Kickstarter campaign for Human #1, the first installment of his sci-fi graphic novel series. With the overwhelming support of the campaign's backers, Smith was able to self-publish the first book of the series and even acquired international distribution through Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. Now, Smith has returned to Kickstarter with the hopes of raising the necessary capital to produce and publish the second installment of Human and to finance the marketing, distribution, and convention costs of both books.
"It's the most iconic '60s comic strip that never existed!" The Fanboy Comics staff recently learned of an intriguing, new Kickstarter campaign that aims to collect the never-before-seen comic strips for Goldtiger, a '60s series that was shrouded in controversy due to its racy content and troubled creators. But . . . here's the thing. The entire premise for the book - the troubled creators, the controversial content, and its journey to (never) be published - is fictional.
More often than not, Kickstarter campaigns for independent comic books take time to build steam before reaching their crowdfunding goal. While some campaigns seem to capture magic in a bottle, reaching their fundraising goal (and beyond!) in a matter of mere days, this occurrence remains a rarity. For this reason, the Fanboy Comics staff was intrigued and impressed by the upcoming comic book series Flesh of White, published by indie publisher Inverse Press. With just over a week remaining in their Kickstarter campaign, the creators behind Flesh of White have already surpassed their goal, but they need your help to reach their exciting, new stretch goals!
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What would Geekdom be without magic? No Merlin . . . no Hogwarts . . . no magnificent card tricks to thrill your friends . . . It would seem that Geekdom is a place that just doesn’t work without magic. Well, for those fanboys and fangirls who agree with this statement, FBC would like to bring an important and exciting Kickstarter campaign to your attention.