In the past five years of my reviewing and reporting on comic book properties, one of the most fascinating (and ever-increasing) trends in the indie scene has been pro wrestling comics.  The propensity for creators to mash up these two equally exciting mediums of entertainment never ceases to impress and amuse, even for readers who may be experienced with either wrestling or comics on their own.  While I'll admit that my time watching pro wrestling has been on the lighter side as of late (My last memories of featured The Undertaker, Hulk Hogan, and Jake "The Snake.), hearing that a team of pro cartoonists and animators (including creators from Rick & Morty, Adventure Time, Bee & Puppycat, and The Devastator) who love pro wrestling would be making a printed collection of wrestling comics definitely piqued my interest!  Enter Muscle Temple #1: a 60-page, two-color, soft cover comic featuring funny and weird short comics and goofy illustrations about their love and passion . . . PRO WRESTLING!  This bevy of talented creators has assembled to share their passion and creativity with readers, but they need your help by way of Kickstarter to make this colossal collection of creativity a reality.

Remember when you were a kid and your parents would go out for the night with their friends to a "Murder Mystery" party?  Designed as a fun and easy-to-run party idea for adults, these shindigs gave folks an opportunity to get away from the kids for a night, get dressed up as wacky, Clue-like stock character, and pretend to solve a mystery in the course of about 2 hours.  (Who am I kidding? Our parents were just closeted role-players, paving the way for our RPG futures!)  Well, the creators of the independent film, Mystery Weekend Package, have taken this party concept and adapted it into a comedy/horror/mystery screenplay that is sure to delight viewers!  In order to raise the necessary funds for the film's production costs, the creators have launched an Indiegogo campaign, and they hope that you will consider donating to their project.

At Fanboy Comics, many installments within our Kickstarter Report series focus on creators who are beginning to make a name for themselves.  Their talents are truly remarkable, but perhaps they are still hoping to bring their tremendous work to a larger audiences.  On other occasions, The Kickstarter Report highlights crowdfunding campaigns for more widely known creators who are taking on a project that is so monumental that it may require more finances than they have available.  Today's installment focuses on the latter, where a group of all-star creators from the world of designer toys, stop-motion animation, and filmmaking are joining together to make a one-of-a-kind film that will leave viewers devilishly delighted this Halloween season!

Kickstarter is alive and well with a plethora of exciting projects in search of funding, and I am excited to return for a second time this week with another edition of Fanboy Comics' Kickstarter Report!  In this edition, FBC will focus on another comic book creator who has known great success with previous crowdfunding campaigns.  Comic book creator/writer Siike Donnelly (The Adventures of Solestar, Elan Vital) returns, in collaboration with artist Ashley Lanni (27 Club Anthology), with The King of Neverland: A Peter Pan Sequel, and he needs your help to fund the production costs of the Young Adult novel! 

If ever there was an indie comic book creator whose tenacity and gumption were to be admired, it would be Madeleine Holly-Rosing.  The writer and creator of the Steampunk-inspired comic book series, Boston Metaphysical Society, has consistently been hard at work on the comic for the past three years and has successfully run multiple Kickstarter campaigns to fund the printing costs of each issue.  In light of her measured success with crowdfunding, Holly-Rosing even published her own how-to guide for other indie creators to use with their own projects!  Now, the indomitable comic book creator is back with the sixth and final issue of Boston Metaphysical Society, and she has once again turned to Kickstarter fund the sci-fi, action/adventure tale.

Every story is a chance to take readers on a new adventure, to a world of exciting possibilities, pure serenity, or harrowing encounters.  For writer/producer/actress Tara Platt, storytelling has become a way of life, allowing her to create new worlds, characters, and intentions that connect with audiences across all genres and mediums of delivery.  In Zartana, her latest and most expansive story yet, Platt has created an interactive storybook adventure that will undoubtedly appeal to the explorer in all of us.  Zartana is a beautifully illustrated book chronicling a year in the life of a traveling Romani girl of the same name. The story - told in the style of a found journal - is interactive, and the pages are filled with amazing art, much of which can be taken out and appreciated.  Having already collaborated with extremely talented international artists and designers to bring the vision of Zartana to life, Platt recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the printing of the book, and she needs your help to make this project a reality!

In July of 2013, Fanboy Comics brought you the news that indie creator Russell Nohelty (Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter) would premiere a limited edition run of his graphic novel, Katrina Hates the Dead, at San Diego Comic-Con that summer.  The epic, post-apocalyptic humor comic, written by Nohelty and illustrated by Juan Frigeri (Star Wars: Darth Maul), was a big success at the convention, selling out of its limited print run.  Now, the creators are hoping to bring the story to a much larger audience with a vastly larger print run, and they need your help to raise the necessary funds in their Kickstarter campaign to make their dream a reality!

With the hard sci-fi novel, The Martian, topping best-seller lists across the globe and the upcoming film adaptation starring Matt Damon (and a host of other award-winning actors) captivating the attention of movie-goers everywhere, there can be no doubt that science fiction stories are still capturing and exciting audiences through a variety of mediums.  Given our collective desire to boldly go where no one has gone before, stories that feature individuals taking extraordinary risks and facing insurmountable odds to travel light years away from our galaxy will always incite interest.  For that reason, this issue of The Kickstarter Report features the recently launched Kickstarter campaign for Chroma: Volume 1, the first installment of a trilogy of science fiction graphic novels from Marcus Perry (creator of Image Comics’ Descendant and Albert Einstein: Time Mason), acclaimed entertainment marketing editor and producer Bob Schulze, and artist Michael Yakutis (William Shatner's Man O War, MakingComics.com).  The creators are excited to initiate a new and daring sci-fi series, and they need your help to raise the necessary funds to make their dream a reality!

Here at Fanboy Comics, we love celebrating independent creators and the extraordinary work that they do to share their talents and vision with audiences everywhere.  For that reason, the FBC staff is excited to highlight the creators behind the long-standing webcomic, Hunter Black, who have been working hard to create weekly strips of their dark fantasy story to the delight of their rabid and loyal fanbase.  After four years of collecting over 250 strips of webcomic goodness, creators Justin Peniston (writer), William Orr (artist), and Jacob Bascle (lettering/logo design) recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish their collected strips into a printed trade paperback called Hunter Black Volume One: Betrayer's Blood!, and they need your help to raise the necessary funds to make their dream a reality!

Recently, Fanboy Comics had the great fortune of interviewing Lauren Rock, founder of Boonzy Arts Candles, which makes hand-poured, soy candles with geeky, bookish, and pop-culture-y themes!  From the Twin Peaks-inspired Double R Diner Mug Candle to the "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot." Candle inspired by Star Trek: The Next Generation's Jean-Luc Picard, Boonzy Arts' candles evoke wonderfully geeky memories of our favorite movies and TV shows with their thoughtful and gorgeous designs and their fantastically fragrant scents.  For Rock, this venture is a labor of love with mass appeal, given the incredible quality and marketability of the candles.  Plus, with more than 10 themed candles already available for sale since the company's April 2015 launch and a plethora of new candle scents and designs currently in progress, there is no stopping Boonzy Arts!  In fact, Boonzy Arts recently announced its latest innovation, the Wheel of Flame Candle Set that was designed with the tabletop gamer in mind, as each candle in the set represents a different terrain you might visit on a campaign!  So, where's the rub?  Running your own small business is challenging and expensive.  In order to ramp up production for Boonzy Arts and the Wheel of Flame Candle Set to a greater scale, Rock recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to assist in raising necessary capital for her endeavors.  Independent creators deserve our support and admiration for their ingenuity and drive to pursue their dreams, and I hope that you will join me in learning more about Boonzy Arts' Kickstarter campaign to lend your support to this fantastic organization!

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