Superheroes, monsters, and galaxies far, far away often grace the pages of comic books, but when it gets down to it, comic books are about one thing: people. So, when comic book creator Joey Esposito decided to create a new graphic novel, he skipped the capes and space ships and went straight to the heart of the funny pages. After successfully launching his last graphic novel, Footprints, through Kickstarter, he has returned to the crowd-funding forum with the upcoming graphic novel Pawn Shop: Love and Life in NYC.
Kickstarter campaigns have enabled thousands of independent creators to bring their work to a larger audience, and with so many worth projects in need of funding, it can be difficult to choose which projects to fund. Well, if having the support of Heavy Metal Magazine and Diamond Select Toys is any indication, the Kickstarter campaign for the web series Agent 88 is a sure bet.
With only 12 days remaining in their campaign to reach their goal of $88,000, Agent 88 creators Digger T. Mesch of Dig Deep Entertainment and Producer Jan Utstein-O'Neill of Hurricane Entertainment have good reason to be excited by their web series. For those unfamiliar with the project, Agent 88 is a web series that introduces the world's most deadly poster assassin: an 88-year-old British woman with Alzheimer's disease. In this odd-ball, kung fu epic described by the creators as Kill Bill meets Mr. Magoo, London theatre actress Kay D'Arcy (Criminal Minds) will star under the guest direction of director/producer Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse, Grimm Fairy Tales).
With the success of projects such as Double Fine and The Order of the Stick Reprint Drive, Kickstarter has been getting a lot of attention lately, and even though these drives are about to be over, there are other great independent projects worthy of funding to be found. Here are three examples: two independent tabletop RPGs, and the third, an innovative new video game.
High school, the RPG, might sound like a dull premise, but stop and think about all the great movies and TV shows that featured high school and its associated drama. Saved by the Bell, Glee, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Breakfast Club, Veronica Mars, even Buffy the Vampire Slayer. School Daze is capable of supporting all these examples and more with a relatively simple system that makes it just as good for a convention or pick-up game as for a campaign. School Daze relies on a single six-sided die (d6) for conflict resolution, and characters only possess a few pertinent stats: a favorite subject, such as Chemistry or English and a Rank, something that stands out about them, such as Prank for the class clown or Tank for the not-too-bright but large linebacker. A roll of 5 or 6 is a success and a character's favorite subject adds a +2 to the role, if it comes into play while the character's Rank can add a +1 or -1 depending on the circumstances; an example being Lank, a tall character who uses their height gets a +1 but they're also somewhat clumsy and could get a -1 in other situations. Typically the GM throws out a scenario, such as the Senior Prom or Zombie Apocalypse; players create a motivation for their character, something that gets them to get up out of bed and go to school, and the game starts from there.