Mystery! Mayhem! Mustaches!  This amazing tagline belongs to Albert Einstein: Time Mason, a new comic book series by creators Tony Donley and Marcus Perry.  In this series, the fate of the universe is in the hands of history's greatest atom-splitting, fast-quipping, mustachioed adventurer: Albert Einstein! (What's not to love, right?!)  The comic book features a dashingly handsome Einstein as he travels through time and fights mad scientists . . . with physics!  Creators Donley and Perry recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to assist in turning the story into a five-issue miniseries.  Comic book readers are already catching on to this fantastic new series, as Albert Einstein: Time Mason has already surpassed its fundraising goal, but now is your chance to lend a hand to these indie creators as they expand the series' run. 

I’ve talked in a previous article about how Megatokyo was the first webcomic I read when I started reading them when I was an undergrad slaving away at my homework, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I wanted to report on this interesting idea that the comic’s creator/artist—Fred Gallagher—has decided to crowdfund.  For those who have read the comic, Fred has often talked about making a game of the characters, but because art is not an always lucrative field—especially for those who decide to do webcomics—this has not been a possibility until now.  I give you the Megatokyo Visual Novel Game, a story told in traditional Japanese game style starring the characters of the most unusual group of American sight-seers around.

A geeky, shy, and terminally ill teen rises from utter insignificance to become a Zombie Assassin and mankind's last hope for survival.  If the concept of this film has piqued your interest, then the filmmakers behind the independent film Super Zero are looking for your help to fund the production of the film through KickstarterSuper Zero is a film that celebrates the average, the eccentric, and the powerless.  No matter how much you may think that you will never have your moment to shine, the film's creators do not want you to lose hope.  It's time to show that the ordinary can also be extraordinary!

The Guns of Shadow ValleyDespite the current controversy that has surrounded the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, it should not be forgotten that there are countless campaigns for high quality (and well intentioned) projects that deserve their chance to meet and/or exceed their fundraising goals.  By that same token, there may be projects which have already succeeded in reaching their goals and are in the process of working towards their "stretch goals" due to an overwhelming amount of fan support.  With that in mind, I want to bring to your attention The Guns of Shadow Valley.

Kickstarter Logo BlackThroughout the past week, crowdfunding website Kickstarter has faced an onslaught of criticism due to its initial decision not to pull the controversial Above the Game campaign that was running on its website.  Above the Game's creators sought to produce a "seduction guide" that was offensive to women; you can read about the project in detail here.  Despite Kickstarter's mission to prohibit campaigns that would promote or glorify violence against women and other individuals, the offending project was not immediately pulled, causing readers to demand a remedy from the crowdfunding giant.  As of Friday morning, Kickstarter released an official apology for their inaction, stating that they "were wrong," that they had removed the project's campaign page from the site, and that similar "seduction guides" would, moving forward, be banned from the website.  Kickstarter also made a $25,000 donation to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network.

BleedbackThe year is 2065 and technology has developed to a dangerous level of dependency when a phenomenon known as bleedback starts, a seepage of virtual reality into the real world. Andrei is brilliant when it comes to robots, but instead of taking a legitimate position he finds himself working as a breaker, a specialized hacker of robots, when the wrong job comes along resulting in his daughter being kidnapped by a shadowy military group and Andrei starts to suffer from the effects of bleedback.

Bleedback – The End is Nigh is a 30-page, full-color comic and is the first of a five-part story created by writer Scott Nihill, editor Riley Adams, artist Giovanni Valletta, and colorist and letterer Jeremy Mohler. While issue #1 is complete, the team is currently raising funds for later issues in the series through Kickstarter.

Indie comic book publisher Inverse Press has been quite busy in 2013, producing titles including The Blind Eye, Clown Town, and Flesh of White. In addition, April of 2013 saw the runaway success of their Kickstarter campaign for Roadkill du Jour, a 4-part series about motorcycles, magic, vengeance, voodoo, and roadkill.  Now, Inverse Press has returned to Kickstarter with the hopes of funding the second issue in the series, and they need your help to continue this dark and gritty story!

GameHausLos Angeles is getting a board game café! Board game enthusiasts Robert Cron and Terry Chiu are opening up GameHaus, a fun place to hang out, drink some coffee, and try the latest Eurogame or deck builder.

GameHaus is in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to add more board games to their library and stock the kitchen with the latest and greatest gadgets and goodies.

I recently had the chance to speak with Robert and Terry about GameHaus, and I'll go ahead and let them explain more about board game cafés and GameHaus in particular, in their own words below.

How I SPent My Summer Invasion GNFor those comic book readers in the market for high quality and entertaining all-ages comic books, today is your lucky day!  The talented folks at indie comic book publisher WE Comics are working diligently to create a trade paperback of their hit series, How I Spent My Summer Invasion, and they are calling for fans to contribute to their Kickstarter campaign.  The hilarious, all-ages comic book series "about three friends who discover a secret hotel for intergalactic alien travelers" will collect five issues into a 130-page, full-color graphic novel, which will undoubtedly delight readers young and old.  

ReunionThe staff of Fanboy Comics is always happy to support independent filmmakers, which is why we wanted to tell our readers about Reunion, a new horror/thriller from the creators at MOnsterworks66.  Full of twists and turns, Reunion tells the story of a ghost who tries to reunite his lookalike twin with his mysterious murderer.

In order to bring this film to life, MOnsterworks66 initiated an indiegogo campaign to raise funds for Reunion's production costs.  For more information regarding the campaign and the film itself, please see the exciting trailer and the full press release below. 

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