Independent comic book creators are hard-working folks.  It takes a great deal of energy, determination, and fortitude to create a comic book on your own, which is why - here at Fanboy Comics - we love highlighting the work of these talented individuals!  In this installment of "The Kickstarter Report," I want to call attention to the Kickstarter campaign for Boston Metaphysical Society #5, the fifth issue in a six-issue sci-fi, action/adventure, Steampunk mini-series. Series creator Madeleine Holly-Rosing is hoping to raise $7,500 to cover the art production and printing costs of Issue #5, and she needs your help to make her dream a reality. 

A little over a year ago, Fanboy Comics reviewed a free online comic called My So-Called Secret Identity. The story revolves around Cat, a young woman in a world of superheroes, who’s been blessed—or cursed—with phenomenal intelligence. With no super strength of super speed, she is relegated to the background as the powered people fight an unending war all around her—until Cat decides to take up a costume herself and pit her intellect against some of the most deadly and dangerous forces imaginable—both heroes and villains.

For the past several years, award-winning magicians David Blatter, Leeman Parker, and director Jon Armstrong have performed their David & Leeman magic show for packed audiences at the esteemed Hollywood Fringe Festival.  In this year's festival, the talented performers produced David & Leeman: Magic & Other Dangerous Things, an original and stunning piece of live theater that combined magic and comedy to rave reviews.  Now, Blatter, Parker, and Armstrong are looking to extend their 2014 Hollywood Fringe show to a 99-seat theater in Los Angeles, CA, during the month of July, but they need your help to do it!

This week's edition of Fanboy Comics' Kickstarter Report highlights Gateway Runners #1, a brand new comic book by the folks at Nerd Nation, a podcasting group that is again venturing into the exciting world of comic book publishing.  Gateway Runners #1 is a fast-paced, character-driven adventure about a future where Earth has taken its first steps into a larger universe in light of its massive overpopulation. With Mars terraformed and colonized, the population problem is somewhat lessened; however, Mars sorely lacks needed technology and medical supplies, and Earth suffers from a lack of natural land on which to plant.  Is there anything that can save these two planets, and all of humanity?  Their only hope may be . . . the Gateway Runners.  In order to bring this high speed sci-fi story to life, Nerd Nation needs your help!

This week's edition of Fanboy Comics' Kickstarter Report highlights an exciting, new transmedia Kickstarer campaign launched by the very talented Brian Buccellato (Flash, Detective Comics, The Black Bat).  Combining the storytelling mediums of film and comic books, Sons of the Devil is a character-driven psychological thriller that is told in multiple timelines across 25 years.  Buccellato and the project's creators seek to create an experience that lives in two separate forms of media that - when brought together - creates the rich tapestry of a world that examines the cult of personality.  In order to bring their inventive storytelling to life, they need your help!

Thanks to the ingenuity of Toy Story, humans have caught on to the hijinks that toys and stuffed animals have been causing right under our noses.  No longer will we be fooled by their cute and fluffy exteriors.  Now, thanks to comic book writer Brett Uren and a host of other comic book creators, we will get a more in-depth look into the dark and gritty lives of toys when they are left to their own devices.  Today, The Kickstarter Report will be highlighting Torsobear: Yarns from Toyburg, a collection of eleven grisly crime stories written in the style of film noir and set in a world of toys.  What happens to the toys when they are not being played with? Do they have cute adventures like in children’s books, or is there something more sinister afoot? You can get a peek into the dismal world of Toyburg by taking a look at the Kickstarter campaign for this upcoming comic book anthology.

In addition to highlighting Kickstarter campaigns for promising comic book and graphic novel properties, Fanboy Comics' "Kickstarter Report" series aims to shine a spotlight on worthwhile projects from all mediums and interests, including film.  For that reason, today's installment of "The Kickstarter Report" will feature The Chair, a psychological horror film with an exciting an recognizable cast that will undoubtedly pique your interest and leave you pondering the good and evil that exists in all of us.

The Queen's Cavaliers (TQC) is an upcoming baroque, clockpunk, tabletop fantasy roleplaying game designed by Caoimhe Snow (of the ENnie-nominated RPG Wandering Monsters High School.) TQC is a swashbuckling game that draws on inspirations like The Three Musketeers to recreate that style of action. Swinging on chandeliers, dueling while dangling off the side of an air ship, and trading witty banter are all par for the course. With this style of play, TQC has a cinematic feel to its gameplay, with combat consisting of far more than, “I walk up and swing my sword at the goblin,” and combat being far from a character's only recourse. It's a game that encourages creativity and playing characters with a sense of style.

Over the past several years, podcasts, audio dramas, and audio books have become an exciting way for creators and entertainers to reach new audiences through their iPads, iPods, desktops, and smart phones.  Providing a creative outlet that can accommodate those on both a large and small budget, the auditory medium allows for listeners to enjoy new media while on the go while offering creators the chance to tell their stories in a variety of methods.  In today's edition of The Kickstarter Report, Fanboy Comics has chosen to highlight Joynt Efforts Productions, a small new-media production company dedicated to creating quality, successful narrative podcasts and webisodes focused on geek and pop-culture themes while promoting stories with strong characters--who happen to be women--with the spotlight on women in traditionally male-dominated fields such as science and technology.  Joynt Efforts' first audio project, Radio Zed, is a storytelling podcast using the old-school styles of early 20th-century radio shows to chronicle the adventures of a group of disparate survivors, drawn together by a mysterious, still broadcasting radio tower in an abandoned compound, high in the Rockies outside Boulder, CO.  The production company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for Radio Zed to raise the necessary funds that would allow for the recording of Season 1, the music rights, web hosting and recording equipment, and the production of a short film set in the Radio Zed world (which will premiere at San Diego Comic-Con).

Readers of the Fanboy Comics website may or may not know that I am *kind of* a huge fan of The Hunger Games book series by Suzanne Collins.  (Kind of.  All right . . . I'm a Hunger Games fanatic.)  That being said, I am always excited to see other THG fans demonstrate their own love for Katniss and the engaging characters of Panem, especially when that admiration displays their own creativity.  For that reason, I am very excited to report that a team of talented filmmakers recently launched their own Kickstarter campaign for a Mockingjay fan film, and they need your help to bring one of the most memorable and climactic scenes of the third Hunger Games novel to life on film.  

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