It takes a very special trash can to change your life, and Bruno might just be that kind of trash can. It’s got a tiny vacuum slot at the bottom to suck up everything you’ve been sweeping and to relegate your dustpans to a lonely life of crying in a corner under the sink. What more could you want?
“My mission with E.X.O. - The Legend of Wale Williams is to put Africa on the map when it comes to telling superhero stories. As you can see from the trailer above, this whole thing started out as an animated project about 3 years ago, but due to several difficulties (financing, distribution etc.) I decided to make it a book first. We have so many people with a wealth of creative and appealing stories on the continent, but they never really get the proper commercial exposure.
I myself experienced this when I approached investors and distributors. I was told it was a great idea, but there was no fan base for this sort of product. But I refuse to believe that. I believe that if it’s done properly (with great script, good production values, etc.), people all over the world will be receptive.
We don’t necessarily love characters like Superman, Batman or Spiderman because of where they are from. We love them because they have great stories we can identify with. That’s why I took my time in developing the story and characters. I hope that E.X.O. will fulfil my lifelong goal of adding something unique to the superhero genre.”
Upcoming interactive drama Herald is a point-and-click adventure with a branching story that’s dictated by player choices. As Devan Rensburg, players are the steward of a merchant ship, the HLV Herald, in a 19th century world. The game hosts a variety of characters, well-off and less fortunate than others, that make for a divided lifestyle aboard the ship.
Choosing to play by the rules will win players the favor of the authority, namely the captain, who is technically the player’s supervisor. However should one choose to side with the downtrodden and fed up side of the ship, a rebellious method can be used in the approach to game quests. Not only will the player choose what side they want to support, dialogue options available during conversation will change a character’s disposition toward the player, changing the course of the game in another manner.
Finding key items, recording events and findings in a journal, and navigating the 3D-rendered Herald are some of the core features that are already established in this early look at the game. Conversations with NPC’s, making game-altering decisions, and exploring this mysterious and obscure ship are all supporting game elements that complete a foundation that set up developer Wispfire to create an enthralling and interesting interactive narrative.
So… this Kickstarter is for a game by Sound Shapes vets (and other cool Toronto indies) featuring music by, and playable versions of, bands including Tegan and Sara, Metric, and F*cked UP. And it’s already happening for PS4, PS Vita, mobile, etc. (with a Wii U version as a stretch goal), and the crowdfunding effort is to get more music into it. So, like, super cool.
“Choose from a cross-section of top current indie music artists, then defend your stage from hordes of quirky aliens by tapping to the music and using a fun assortment of makeshift weapons like speakers, strobe lights, fog machines, amplifiers, bouncers and custom special attacks!
LOUD on Planet X is an exciting new indie alternative to Rock Band or Guitar Hero with a splash of Plants vs Zombies – a new hybrid of rhythm game and classic shooter with tower defence elements.”
Time is running out on the Dumbing of Age Book 4 Kickstarter! Above are all of the character magnets that have been unlocked by stretch goals. Joyce automatically comes with any physical book pledge for free, but the rest all have their own pledge tiers. There’s also some pledge tiers where you can get two paired characters together (Ruth/Billie, Walky/Dorothy, Sal/Carla) and a very small handful remaining of the pledge tier where you get ALL of them.
The Mary Sue Interview: Kiva Bay On The Feminist Deck Kickstarter
I’m so, so happy for the wonderful Kiva Bay!!! Also, I have no shame about being all about this project because I am in the #FeministDeck! My icon here and on twitter is my FeministDeck art by Kiva. Please back this project as it’s awesome, goes to help an artist and hey you can get a trading card with yours truly on it!
Katherine Cross by KivaBay
Tanya DePass by Kiva Bay
Lots of cool women (and some men!) are part of the Feminist Deck; including Katherine Cross, Sam Maggs, Brianna Wu, Katherine Cross, Randi Harper, Anita Sarkeesian, and others. So if you can’t kick in, please signal boost far and wide!
These are cards celebrating and promoting feminists I admire for a project designed to support feminist creators with a focus on women.
Feminist Deck is a bunch of cards with I drew with feminists on them. They’ll include quotes from the women and information on how to support their work. Here’s why you want to help out. Feminism has helped my life so much that I want to recognize the efforts of people who fight for gender equality.
A woman I admire pointed out that many of our feminist heroes or long dead and gone. As much respect as I have for her, you won’t find Ada Lovelace in this deck. You will find women who are alive, vibrant, brilliant, with impressive ideals and bodies of work.
All participants agreed to appear on these cards, but now I’d like to do more than just use their images. I want to promote them, their work, and repay them for their services to the community.
Mini Q&A with Liz Enright on Zinetendo Kickstarter
The Kickstarter to publish Zintendo (”A zine celebrating all things Nintendo through comics and illustrations”) is almost in its final 24 hours to raise the needed funds. To help hopefully get a signal boost to raise the remaining amount, I decided to do mini Q&A with the anthology editor Liz Enright (lizenright).
Zinetendois a Nintendo fanzine consisting of both comics and illustrations. As noted in the pitch “The 28 artists involved with the project have been given free reign to interpret their favorite Nintendo games and characters in the style of their choosing.”
Tim O’Shea: How did you come up with the idea for this anthology?
Liz Enright: I’ve always wanted to organize an anthology, but found it proved difficult to find a topic that would excite each and every artist. When emailing with a friend, he’d suggested a Nintendo-themed project. An avid gamer myself, I thought that Nintendo had a long enough history and cultural impact to sustain a book. To my surprise, every contributor had a clear-cut idea (and in some cases, ideas) as to who or what they wanted to draw. The creative process doesn’t pair well with rules and rigidity, it’s a fluid act. I let the artists interpret Nintendo’s games and characters as they pleased, and that’s how Zinetendo came to be.
I just wanted to promote my mothers candle business on here and help spread the word of our candle bakery :) !
We’ve been working hard and we’ve gotten super excited to get our first 1k likes on Facebook @melissascandlebakery! But now we’re trying to open up a small business and it would mean a lot if you guys can either contribute to our kickstarter or just spread the word about our candles :)!
Thanks guys so much!
Also if you contribute depending on how much you donate you will be getting free candles and meltaways for helping us out! All of the info is in the link above! Thanks so much 😊
Do you guys have any sort of mailing list for people to get updates on this? For example, so that we can be notified when the Kickstarter launches and things like that? I know you'll post about it on here, but I don't scroll through my dash regularly so I'm almost 100% going to miss it. I hadn't even realized it was due to happen some time this month.
I love the commitment. If you go to our website, there’s a box where you can sign up for our newsletter, which we will only use to announce the Kickstarter.
I’m hopeful that we’ll be ready this month, but we’re weighing the benefits of spending a little extra time and money on art and engine development before we launch. That’ll push us back a little bit, but it could improve our chances of funding.
Well world, let’s cross our fingers and hope we don’t get sued. I want to announce to all 0 of you who will probably see this, I’m making a Kate Bishop fan film taking place in her time in Los Angeles as a half superhero/half private eye.
She’s just about my favorite superhero after Spider-man and Daredevil (sorry, Kate, no one can supplant 4 year old me’s favorites) and deserves some spotlight and I believe we can do her justice.
There’s something about Kate that speaks to myself and judging by her fan base, a lot of others as well. I’d liken it to what makes Spider-man so great, and that’s a combination of lightheartedness and quick witted personality, with a fierce determination. She’s one of the most relatable characters Marvel has, when I read Kate Bishop I always get the same feeling of her unique character mixed with “that’s some shit I would say”.
Despite her generally fun, sarcastic, quick witted demeanor, she clearly carries her dark side around. I always tied her use of a sword and a bow and arrow to that. Only a person with an edge to them can justify the methods of firing arrows into someone’s body “non lethal”, and when we look at both Clint and Kate, we have victims of domestic and sexual assault, respectively, they’re exactly that. Sarcastic yet caring, fierce yet compassionate, her drive and unwavering dedication to herself and others is what makes her great, and my personal favorite woman in the Marvel Universe alongside Kitty Pryde.
Origins and such aside, this project is focusing on her time in Los Angeles, displaying Kate as she’s been in the most recent Hawkeye and Young Avengers runs, where she has less of an angsty edge to her and we see her really blossoming as an experienced leader and of course, the reigning queen of snark in the Marvel U.
The project would see her taking a case at Kate Bishop Investigations that leads her into a run in with a third iteration of the Pride, the Los Angeles based villainous cabal, and recurring villains of the Runaways. I don’t want to spoil the whole story, but there’ll be a couple cameos and feature Kate squaring off with a certain anti-hero who paints skulls on his chest and blood on the streets. We really want to make a Kate Bishop story that delves both into her character and into the deeper Marvel Universe in exciting and creative ways.
I’m debating crowdfunding the project, the bigger the budget the cooler the action shots I can do, but a Kate Bishop story can totally be done well with a smallish budget so I’m on the fence.
I’m going to release some of the script soon and actually am auditioning and screen testing this upcoming week. Here’s hoping we get what we’re looking for! If I don’t find the right person for the role I won’t make it. No half-assing a representation of my favorite character of the last decade.
Well that’s the end of the spiel. Being as I’m considering crowdfunding, I ask all of thou loveliest of peeps, what’s your take on Hawkeye? I ranted, now I want to hear what makes her character great to you personally?
I was recently approached about an exciting Kickstarter campaign focused around clean water, for you and for those living in areas without access to healthy, clean drinking water. The WELLY bottle is a filtered water bottle, it’s easy-to-carry, reusable, BPA-free with a built-in filter made from activated and carbonized coconut shells that purifies your water as you drink it. While you reap the benefits of this healthy water bottle, so do those in need as $1 from every sale goes towards charity: water where 100% of the donations will directly fund sustainable clean water solutions.
Ben Kander launched WELLY in memory of his mother Elly who passed away from liver cancer. After seeing first-hand what happens when toxins enter a person’s body, Ben was inspired to create something that will help to remove impurities and toxins from our everyday lives.
We all know that drinking water and staying hydrated is important, but I think some of us forget how important it is that the water we are drinking is safe. I have about 30 plastic water bottles floating around my apartment and while I know they probably aren’t the safest, sometimes when I need to grab a bottle before I head to the gym, I take whatever I can get my hands on. I want to make a change, I want to clear out the clutter and have one go-to bottle that I can feel good about using.
If you’re the same as me and want to clean up your act, support Ben’s Kickstarter HERE and be an early adapter of the WELLY bottle.
With the WELLY bottle you can purchase new filters as you go (needed about every 2 months) or you can sign up for a subscription. Each filter replaces 300 plastic disposable bottles.
Not only will you feel confident that you’re drinking the cleanest, safest water, um hello this bottle is gorgeous! I’m a huge fan of the design and once I get my own bottle, it will be joining me at the gym on a daily basis.
Click HERE to learn more about WELLY and to back the project.
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s only right that our Project of the Day is also called Tuesday, and isa “biannual, unbound, entirely letterpress-printed journal of poetry, photographs, and fine art prints dedicated to publishing a diversity of voice and vision.” Did we mention that it looks great?