Some Kickstarter Projects You Can Join In that Caught My Eye

I started working on this last night and just wanted to finish it off because right now I’m just not feeling it. It’s a good distraction from the whole world, but it is still about money and stuff… and more about money than stuff… still, we need distractions.

Batton Lash’s Wolff & Byrd is preparing for a printing of a volume 6 collecting issues #30, 34-37 and more. Wolff & Byrd is an awesome comic and this is basically like pre-ordering. Kickstarting a book, pre-ordering a book, same thing in the new world.

GAME OVER: Insert More Quarters is an anthology of a bunch of very talented young comics makers, they had some amazingly cool rewards at the %50-$75 but those are gone, BUT if some super rich folks can do the $100 or a bunch of folks go for the $25 pledge it’ll bring us to FINAL BOSS level meaning even more rewards for the same pledges. On the page they have links to most of the contributors and I checked all their pages, these are a talented group of folks who if they weren’t doing this project would probably get discovered by Kazu Kibishi for FLIGHT or something like that.

Curse of the Merch Girl is a diverse multimedia project from hip-hop artist MURS and comics creator Josh Blaylock. It’ll be a music video, a comic book and a 10 track cd. The 10 songs are designed to be listened to while reading the graphic novel. This is one of the projects I really am excited for. It hasn’t reached full funding yet and it really is one of those that shouldn’t be stuck. If I had $2500, I’d totally do that pledge.

Kiko The Brave Little Bat, so if you have $150 to spare I want one of the complete kits of book, DVD and plush, wants one too and then the third is for you. I really can’t bring myself to spend $50 for a plush doll and a children’s book even though I want it. $25 for a very mature graphic novel and CD as in the above, yes… but $50 for a kid’s thing? No…not really, but if I had a child? Hell yeah!

Man of God-The Death of John Morris: This comic featuring art by Yvel Guichet is actually available in the current March Previews and seems interesting enough to pre-order. If you’re into variant covers and the such I suggest hopping on the kickstarter though.

Zach Meets The Zombie is a great looking children’s book. You might be aware that I am not much of a zombie fan. I like about 2-3 things in the zombie genre, and if this book is as good as the pitch is, this would become the 4th.

Feeble’s Fable: This is no DOUBLE FINE ADVENTURE, but for a small independent adventure production and design it is definitely a worthwhile project. I’m still confused why their pitch videos outside of game footage look they were shot on cheapo cameras in 1991 though. Despite that, Feeble is adorable.

Riddikulus 2012 – A Rolling Wizard Rock Festival: I know for a fact a bunch of you are Potterphiles. I’m more an admirer and I never got into Wizard Rock heavily. and ‘s promotion and marketing for some of them is closest I’ve gotten, but as I listened to these bands and look at the rewards I support this project and considering what venue they hit in NYC I’ll go.

Gnombre the hispanic Garden gnome: I was really on board for the bobblehead 7inch version here for $20, but they want an extra $10 for shipping now. That’s unfortunate. I still think this thing looks awesome and if you have a home with a lawn, the 13 inch is worth even $50.

Suspect Device 2 is a comic featuring some amazing folks using an awesome idea. Panel 1 is from Jim Davis’ Garfield, the final Panel is from Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy, and in between some of the wildest, craziest and funniest cartoonists in the world create a story that connects the two panels. Josh got a great selection of folks on board for this one. This is gonna be an awesome book.

Gastrophobia Volume 2-Amazon Attacked: I loved Vol 1 of David McGuire’s series, he’s got a fantastic storytelling sensibility and awesome art style. It’s actually sitting on my desk right now just to re-enjoy in the meantime.

Some additional NYCC notes to be aware of before the show!

Bob Camp, one of the co-creators of Ren & Stimpy has been doing production background art for an upcoming mobile game called Tanks of Fury. They’ll be handing out cards with QR codes for a free demo.

LEGO will giving away a free Superman lego, which is also part of a contest.

Cartoon Network has an awesome Finn of Adventure Time toy they’re giving away.

This NY food/restaurant guide from CB Cebulski is really cool and also directs you on how to get a free exclusive pin by Cliff Chiang during the con. It seems a lot of work for someone without an iPhone/Android, but that’s what up.

There’s a lot of special Foursquare stuff like that too and you can’t do Foursquare without an iPhone/Android either…so I think it’s a bit unfair that the better off you are financially the more free stuff you get… like celebrities with their Oscar swag bags.

On top of the appearance at the convention, Chad Michael Murray will be signing at Barnes and Nobles on the Upper East Side on Friday night.

There’s some excellent after the convention events happening:
James Marsters is performing all the way out in Amityville on Saturday.

Also on Saturday a slew of street artists, toy customizers and graffiti artists are doing live painting in Alphabet City.

Zombie/Horror artist Wrona has a solo show in Brooklyn on Saturday as well.

and in New Jersey on Saturday there’s a Jack Kirby art tribute show with live music

a few other notes of interest:

The folks from Irattional Games will be giving out a BIOSHOCK INFINITE litho to those who come to their signing

Andrew W.K. is doing a signing

Foxtrot’s Bill Amend has a panel and a signing

Overview of Panels that immediately caught my interest for New York Comic Con 2011

While not all panels have been announced and press events can change everything here, I thought I’d take a moment just to overview the schedule and be slightly prepared.  One can never truly be prepared though.  You always think you’re ready, but it’s always a bit overwhelming.

FRIDAY, Oct. 14

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
It Gets Better (With Comics!)
LGBT panel with Abby Denson and Ivan Velez, Jr. I am a long supporter and reader of LGBT comics, movies, etc. while being what would be considered straight with a broken tip. The correct term is not bi-sexual or even bi-curious. I guess essentially it would be…”existing”.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meet Me At The Arcade
Panel about the current and former life of the arcade in New York City. I don’t know which of these two panels I’ll be attending if either.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Locke & Key Fox Pilot Screening
I heard about this all over the net and by the time I got to it, it was pulled. It has been given rave reviews and while I’ve never read the comic I have read Joe Hill’s books and with a severe lack of horror TV shows these days, with only AMERICAN HORROR STORY, so it’ll be bitter sweet to watch this, but rather see it then not if I choose this panel.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Panel to Pixel: The Walking Dead & FABLES, Video Games from Telltale Games
This company is making some of the best games out there and I really want to see them in person. From Sam & Max to Back the Future and now also Jurassic Park, they are truly masters of the concept and these two projects could be something amazing games.

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Batman: Arkham City
This of course is also one of the best games coming out in 2011. I’m on board 100% for it. I’m even replaying Batman: Arkham Asylum in anticipation. Kevin Conroy is going to be on panel and I’m betting Mark Hamill being on site anyways will show up too. Who knows what if any giveaways there might be as well. That sentence applies to any TV, videogame or movie promotion panel. There’s always the chance at exclusive con only shirts, posters, toys, whatever.

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Jane Espenson’s Husbands –A Marriage of Experience and New Media
This brand new webshow started last Tuesday and it is wonderful and by the time Con hits they’ll I believe finished showing all 12 episodes and really be ready to reflect on its success or failure and the entire experience. As much as I want to go to the Batman and Telltale panels, if they plan a special press only attachment to this panel I might to do this tract, as I highly support this show.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Dark Horse Presents: 25 Years of Publishing and Beyond

This could be intriguing just as a retrospective and possible great announcements. One could probably skip this and get

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Food and Comics Panel with Wylie Dufresne
While I’m not going to do the $550 dinner attached to this panel, I wouldn’t mind seeing what this one could be. There’s a chance for an entirely entertaining panel here and maybe food sampling too!

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
DC Universe Animated Original Movies gives an early look at Batman: Year One, Catwoman & Justice League: Doom
Do I really need to go to this and see trailers and stuff that will soon be on blu-ray? Probably not, but I want the option to be in my scheduling.

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Joe Simon: My Life in Comics
98 years old! His birthday will just be passing. One of the truest legends of all comics. Of all panels this might be the most fascinating and passionate of all and I hope if I can’t be at it for any reason that someone else will make sure this one is captured properly on film.

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
The Superheroes of J.J. Sedelmaier Productions!
Ex-Presidents and The Ambiguously Gay Duo are two of the coolest creations ever. I couldn’t tell from the description exactly what this presentation entails, but J.J. Will on hand to present the video, so if I can fit this in I will, but the next panel is actually one I’m quite interested in.

5:15 pm – 7:00 pm
Unicorn City
The trailer for this film is really good and I assume that based on the 1:45 time set for this means it will be just be a screening. If at this point of the day I still feel like I just want to sit down and relax and watch a movie, I might just have to go to this.

6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Creator Connection
This panel sounds like a possible chance to maybe meet that artist I’ve been looking for my various projects I’ve come up with and don’t have someone to tackle them with. If there’s a really talented artist looking for the right writer, this would be the place to be.

6:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Comedy Central
They don’t even know what this panel will focus on. It’s their big Comedy Central panel though. Last year their panels filled so quickly and some of the crowd were people who just went to the panel beforehand and didn’t leave. I probably won’t even get into this thing!

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
IGN, Free Sh*t
If this means they are handing out free shit… I’m there.

8:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Indie Toymaker Roundtable: Turning Characters Into Toys
This panel features some of my favorite artists and will have a very niche crowd of fans, so it might be a great place to finish off my Friday night.

8:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Pizza Man
On the Other hand, the Pizza Man panel will have DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE! BANG! Maybe Roddy will show too!


1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
A Liar’s Autobiography
I don’t know if they plan to air the entire Graham Chapman cartoon here or a trailer or what, but it’s the first official Monty Python movie and any footage or news I can get I want!

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm
NYCC Exclusive! Smallville: The Complete Series Retrospective Premiere
I might skip this since it’s basically the same thing that will be seen on the Smallville boxset and I’m sure will hit the internet or Netflix in some fashion eventually. As the documentary piece is an hour and forty minutes I don’t expect any surprises here.

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
JJ Sedelmaier Shorts
More Sedelmaier… I’m assuming this will include a lot of TV Funhouse from SNL, but the fact that Robert Smigel is not being mentioned makes me wonder if this is worth it.

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
MARVEL Television Presents
This one could be where a major announcement could be made by Jeph Loeb about an as of yet unannounced live action series premiering on some cable channel that intentionally left it out of their upfronts is debuted. I’m going to try and squeeze this in.

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
AMC’s The Walking Dead
Hopefully at this they will explain how the show is working now with losing their showrunner, what season 2 will be like and etc. I will be doing my best to go this for a friend more than for myself. She might kill me if I don’t.

5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
The Heart, She Holler
Which is a shame, as I wouldn’t mind hearing more about this tupcoming Adult Swim show with Patton Oswalt and Kristen Schall… but whatever… what happens, happens.

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Roddenberry Pizza Party Presents
I was thinking I might want free pizza, but I don’t know if I care enough about current Roddenberry productions for this.

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hasbro: Marvel Action Figures
I’m a toy nut, so I wouldn’t mind seeing these, but not if it means skipping the next panel!

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
MTV Presents Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head
Mike Judge will be on hand for this and the show premieres AFTER the con, so it’ll be awesome to see some footage shown at San Diego along with some new stuff and maybe some giveaways?

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Drew: The Man Behind The Poster
Struzan is one of the greatest artists of all time and while it doesn’t seem he’ll be at this panel, they’ll show off some of the documentary and have a panel and giveaways.

SUNDAY, Oct. 16

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Adventure Time / Regular Show Panel and Q&A
Pendelton Ward and J.S. Quintel will be in attendance, what what? Boo Yeah! Ooooh! Being there being there! This just became a party because I brought it there.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
IFC’S Portlandia and the Increadingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
It’s so messed up that this panel is at the same damn time. David Cross and Fred Arminsen in one room with fellow crazy geniuses in another. IFC and CN should team this into one huge panel!

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Ben 10 / Generator Rex: Heroes United Screening and Q&A
When Cartoon Network does this full screenings with a panel attached they usually turn out to be not miss events. I love both these shows and I can’t wait to see how they merge them without it seeming like a waste of time. I’d like it to have consequences on the show like the Jimmy Neutron/Fairly Odd Parents crossovers have had.

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Not sure if this is a screening of the Jerzy Skolinowski film starring Vincent Gallo or just a panel. I know that I am interested as it’s Jerzy’s first English speaking film in almost 20 years.