Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. In return for their contributions, donors will receive various incentives based on the amount given. Most crowdfunding websites, such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, give projects a month to raise the necessary funds. If the project does not receive the necessary funds, it will not be made and the donors will never be charged for their contributions.Therefore, if you see a project you’d like to back, don’t wait as time is limited!
Comics Against Bullying
Deadline: November 3
Northwest Press has recently launched a Kickstarter fundraiser to produce a new comics anthology series: RISE: Comics Against Bullying. The series will feature some of comics’ greatest writers and artists, as well as up-and-comers. Issues will be distributed free to kids and schools both digitally and in print via the partner organization Stand for the Silent. Both GLAAD and Prism Comics will also receive copies of the series for their organizations. The stories combat bullying through a variety of voices and tones. “Reversal of Fortune,” a story by Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, Green Lantern) and Howard Chaykin (American Flagg, Cody Starbuck, Black Kiss), reunites a bully and his victim at a high-school reunion to show how time heals all wounds. “Barbie and the Boy,” by Brad Bell (Husbands: The Series) and George Zapata, looks at the pressure kids feel when what they want goes against the societal norm. Spencer Perry and Jed Dougherty’s “Freak Show” puts a fresh spin on the Frankenstein myth. Other stories, such as Adam P. Knave and Chris Haley’s “Tipping Point,” take a much lighter tone to get their message across.
“Comics can reach kids in a way that other media can’t,” said Charles “Zan” Christensen, owner of Northwest Press. “They’re accessible, they’re engaging, and readers can easily see themselves in the shoes of these characters. Our hope is that the stories in RISE can be used as conversation starters and help change things for the better.” The goal here is to raise enough funds to distribute the first two issues in high quantity, for free, to those who need it.
Kiss Me, Kill Me
Deadline: November 5
“Queer as Folk” star Gale Harold is set to play gay once more in a project that’s deemed an “Alfred Hitchcock/Agatha Christie-style” murder mystery film set in West Hollywood. Directed by Casper Andreas (Going Down in LA-LA Land), Kiss Me, Kill Me will star Harold alongside Van Hansis, Matthew Ludwinski, Craig Robert Young and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Willam Belli.
While confronting his unfaithful boyfriend Dusty blacks out. When he comes to, his boyfriend was murdered and he’s the prime suspect. With each actor portraying a murder mystery film archetype (stereotype?), it’s sure to be a hit with a bit of satire thrown in.