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‘Namesake’ Webcomic Authors Raise $37K on Kickstarter For a Fairy Tale Anthology

Megan Lavey-Heaton and Isabelle Melançon, the co-authors behind the webcomic “Namesake,” has obtained more than $37,000 through a Kickstarter campaign for her project, Valor. Originally, she set her fundraising goal at $20,000.

The finished book is a fairy tale comic collection. Altogether, this anthology will feature 17 stories. The money will be used to cover the cost of printing. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“The purpose of this book is to pay homage to the strength, resourcefulness, and cunning of female heroines in fairy tales. Some of these are recreations of time-honored tales. Others are brand new stories, designed to be passed to future generations.”

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PEN Center USA on Kickstarter

PEN Center USA hopes to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter to help increase funding for its literary fellowship Emerging Voices.

The organization will use the money to help increase its general operating budget and pay for the cost of books, event space rentals, transportation and printing costs.

The fellowship has been around since 1995 and has supported 119 authors. Here is more about the organization from the Kickstarter page:

PEN Center USA initiated Emerging Voices as a literary mentorship program designed to launch potential professional writers from minority, immigrant, and other underrepresented communities. The program has now evolved into an eight-month writing fellowship for writers who lack access to a traditional writing education for those who seek financial and creative support.

The Sonic the Comic Convention is on Kickstarter

SonicAdam Tuff, editor in chief of the Sonic Stadium website, has raised more than £2,200 on Kickstarter. He plans to use the funds to organize the UK’s first Sonic the Comic convention.

This event will celebrate the comics inspired by the “Sonic the Hedgehog” video games. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Although the comic was discontinued in 2002, the artwork and stories had a resonating effect with many readers, who have continued the comic in an online incarnation as Sonic the Comic – Online. The comic still continues to garner interest to present day, with many stories featured in the comic being cited by fans as some of the best written across all of the many universes of Sonic the Hedgehog.”

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Litographs Crowdfunds For World’s Longest Literary Tattoo Chain Project

Litographs, a company that produces book-inspired art pieces, has raised more than $25,000 on Kickstarter to launch a line of temporary literary tattoos. These funds will be used for the tattoo product launch and to organize the “World’s Longest Tattoo Chain.”

The first 2,500 supporters will be sent a temporary tattoo that features a line from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; their pictures will help to form the chain. Backers 2,501 to 5,000 will receive a tattoo featuring a line from Through the Looking Glass!. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“We have taken the entirety of Lewis Carroll’s most universally-loved book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and broken it into 2,500* individually designed temporary tattoos. Our goal is to recreate this iconic novel by showcasing every single word on the skin of 2,500* Kickstarter backers – in other words, YOU.”

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Unconventional Fairy Tale Collection Featured On Kickstarter

Raymond Friesen hopes to raise $9,986 on Kickstarter for a short story collection called Fairy Tales I Just Made Up. The funds will be used to cover the cost of printing.

Friesen’s take on fairy tales feature a bunch of crazy characters including dinosaurs, robots, aliens, and more. He hired a team of artists to create the illustrations. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“I like to write stuff. Silly stuff. To amuse myself, as well as anyone else who’s paying attention. I’ve made hundreds of dozens of people giggle. And now I’ve written a children’s book anthology, featuring a bunch of crazy versions of familiar stories.”

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H.P. Lovecraft-Inspired Short Story Collection Featured On Kickstarter

The 01 Publishing team hopes to raise $5,000 to produce print copies of the anthology, Whispers From the Abyss.

The writers who contributed the 33 short stories drew inspiration from famed horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. The book was designed “specifically for readers on the go.” We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

Whispers From the Abyss is a collection of Lovecraft inspired short stories. The anthology was released last year for the Kindle and was well received. Of the entire 01Publishing catalog, we have been consistently asked by fans to bring this title to print.”

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Reading Rainbow Team Raises $5M+ on Kickstarter

RainbowLeVar Burton (pictured, via) and his collaborators have raised $5 million in 35 days.

In addition to crowdfunded money, actor Seth MacFarlane has agreed to donate $1 million which brings the total to more than $6 million. Now that the campaign has ended, the Reading Rainbow team plans to establish a Reading Rainbow digital library (for the web, mobile devices, game consoles, and Over the Top boxes) and allow 7,500 classrooms to access this library free of charge.

24 hours after the Kickstarter venture launched, supporters had pledged more than $1 million. Follow this link to watch Burton’s reaction video towards the first million. What do you think?

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‘Moby Dick’ Marathon Reading Featured On Kickstarter


Polly Bresnick, Amanda Bullock, and Molly Rose Quinn will come together to host a marathon reading of Herman Melville’s beloved novel, Moby Dick. The trio has raised more than $5,000 through crowdfunding to pull off this event.

The group first launched this event back in 2012 with the participation of more than 150 readers. Last year, they presented a Moby Dick-themed variety show. This year, they plan to have this reading from November 14th to November 16th. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“The funding will help pay for the aforementioned expenses (printing and providing spoons and such) but it will also allow us to make the whole marathon bigger and better: color programs, hiring a designer to create print and online materials, higher quality print souvenirs, more chowder spoons, and the countless miscellaneous expenses that producing an event of this magnitude requires. We not only hope to fund this year’s marathon, but also to grow the MDMNYC community.”

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Ralph McQuarrie Coffee Table Book Featured on Kickstarter

Are you a fan of Ralph McQuarrie’s artwork for the original Star Wars film trilogy? Over the years, he has also created pieces outside of Star Wars.

Dreams and Visions Press hopes to raise $50,000 for their coffee table book, The Art of Ralph McQuarrie: ARCHIVES. The executives at this publishing house intend to feature “a career-spanning retrospective of Ralph McQuarrie’s non-Star Wars artwork” with this book. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

The Art of Ralph McQuarrie: ARCHIVES contains examples of Ralph’s work in each of the following areas: Early technical illustration, movie posters, book covers, film and television production, other commercial illustration and a selection of personal pieces. In many cases we have examples of work that demonstrate Ralph’s process, from his tiniest thumbnails to larger sketches, color comps and ultimately his finished paintings.”

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A Writing Lifestyle Book is Featured on Kickstarter

Jodi and Owen Egerton hope to raise $20,000.00 for their book, This Word Now. They plan to use the funds to cover the costs of editing and self-publishing.

The Egertons have written down their thoughts and tips on writing and living a creative lifestyle. Readers will find essays and exercises throughout the book. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“We view writing not just as a craft or a profession, but as a way of interacting with the world. The title This Word Now captures the focus on presence and passion that we aim to bring to our writing, teaching, and our day to day approach to life. We’re excited to share this part of who we are in this book.”

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