Despite the current controversy that has surrounded the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, it should not be forgotten that there are countless campaigns for high quality (and well intentioned) projects that deserve their chance to meet and/or exceed their fundraising goals. By that same token, there may be projects which have already succeeded in reaching their goals and are in the process of working towards their "stretch goals" due to an overwhelming amount of fan support. With that in mind, I want to bring to your attention The Guns of Shadow Valley.
Throughout the past week, crowdfunding website Kickstarter has faced an onslaught of criticism due to its initial decision not to pull the controversial Above the Game campaign that was running on its website. Above the Game's creators sought to produce a "seduction guide" that was offensive to women; you can read about the project in detail here. Despite Kickstarter's mission to prohibit campaigns that would promote or glorify violence against women and other individuals, the offending project was not immediately pulled, causing readers to demand a remedy from the crowdfunding giant. As of Friday morning, Kickstarter released an official apology for their inaction, stating that they "were wrong," that they had removed the project's campaign page from the site, and that similar "seduction guides" would, moving forward, be banned from the website. Kickstarter also made a $25,000 donation to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network.
The year is 2065 and technology has developed to a dangerous level of dependency when a phenomenon known as bleedback starts, a seepage of virtual reality into the real world. Andrei is brilliant when it comes to robots, but instead of taking a legitimate position he finds himself working as a breaker, a specialized hacker of robots, when the wrong job comes along resulting in his daughter being kidnapped by a shadowy military group and Andrei starts to suffer from the effects of bleedback.
Bleedback – The End is Nigh is a 30-page, full-color comic and is the first of a five-part story created by writer Scott Nihill, editor Riley Adams, artist Giovanni Valletta, and colorist and letterer Jeremy Mohler. While issue #1 is complete, the team is currently raising funds for later issues in the series through Kickstarter.
Indie comic book publisher Inverse Press has been quite busy in 2013, producing titles including The Blind Eye, Clown Town, and Flesh of White. In addition, April of 2013 saw the runaway success of their Kickstarter campaign for Roadkill du Jour, a 4-part series about motorcycles, magic, vengeance, voodoo, and roadkill. Now, Inverse Press has returned to Kickstarter with the hopes of funding the second issue in the series, and they need your help to continue this dark and gritty story!
Los Angeles is getting a board game café! Board game enthusiasts Robert Cron and Terry Chiu are opening up GameHaus, a fun place to hang out, drink some coffee, and try the latest Eurogame or deck builder.
GameHaus is in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to add more board games to their library and stock the kitchen with the latest and greatest gadgets and goodies.
I recently had the chance to speak with Robert and Terry about GameHaus, and I'll go ahead and let them explain more about board game cafés and GameHaus in particular, in their own words below.
For those comic book readers in the market for high quality and entertaining all-ages comic books, today is your lucky day! The talented folks at indie comic book publisher WE Comics are working diligently to create a trade paperback of their hit series, How I Spent My Summer Invasion, and they are calling for fans to contribute to their Kickstarter campaign. The hilarious, all-ages comic book series "about three friends who discover a secret hotel for intergalactic alien travelers" will collect five issues into a 130-page, full-color graphic novel, which will undoubtedly delight readers young and old.
The staff of Fanboy Comics is always happy to support independent filmmakers, which is why we wanted to tell our readers about Reunion, a new horror/thriller from the creators at MOnsterworks66. Full of twists and turns, Reunion tells the story of a ghost who tries to reunite his lookalike twin with his mysterious murderer.
In order to bring this film to life, MOnsterworks66 initiated an indiegogo campaign to raise funds for Reunion's production costs. For more information regarding the campaign and the film itself, please see the exciting trailer and the full press release below.
Fanboy Comics readers recently learned a great deal about comic book artist Gerry Kissell in an interview discussing his projects, Iron Sky and Code Word: Geronimo. Now, Kissell has decided to bring a personal and relevant story to light in his upcoming graphic novel, Vindicated, Inc. In an attempt to bring the issues that plague our military vertans to light, including the effects of PTSD and physical injury, Kissell decided to create a story that centered around an emotionally scarred and physically disabled war veteran. With the story in mind, Kissell and bestselling author Shane Moore (Apocalypse of Enoch) set out to create a gritty, touching, humorous, and tragic graphic novel about a wounded soldier who has to lose everything in order to find the true warrior he needs to be. Now, Kissell and more have taken to Kickstarter to raise the necessary funds to make this project come to life.
Have you ever had a new neighbor move in, and your curiosity about this new individual cannot be squelched? This is the case for Aden, a fallen-from-grace reporter in the upcoming indie film Personal Demons. Aden may have just found the story of a lifetime in his new neighbor, Seth, an acquitted murderer who may not be so innocent. He sees in Seth something else: A released convict who may not be the innocent victim he's playing. When Aden's idle investigating stirs a cat-and-mouse game between the two men—it becomes a game that neither may survive.
If the concept of this film has piqued your interest, the filmmakers behind Personal Demons are looking for your help to fund the production of the film through Kickstarter. Creator Adam Cosco is attempting to raise $100,000 through Kickstarter prior to July 13th, and you can play a part in making this dream a reality.
As Fanboy Comics continues to inform its readers about exciting Kickstarter campaigns that are worthy of your hard-earned money, there may be rare opportunities when we will highlight campaigns that have already reached their desired goals. One such campaign has come to our attention, and we hope that you will enjoy it as much as we did!
Shogun Rising is a graphic novel collaboration between writer/producer Jonathan Mayor and Awesome Horse Studios' Marc Scheff, Noah Bradley, Aaron Miller, and Cynthia Sheppard. With a story that features love, samurai, and zombies, what could be better? Featuring 64 pages of art by seasoned comic layout artists and colorists including Tim Paul, Shogun Rising is an original story where a near-future Tokyo is the zombie apocalypse ground zero. Survivors are forced to flee to a remote samurai village. Hiroshi, a samurai prodigy, and Mizuki, the daughter of a ruthless Tokyo crime-boss, attempt to navigate the new world and their forbidden love. Tensions arise as cultures clash and the chances of survival diminish. And, yes, samurais will fight zombies. But, who will win?