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!

If you are a fan of wibbily wobbly timey wimey entertainment, then you will definitely want to check out Time Keeper, a sci-fi time-traveling web series that follows the adventures of Mitch Manners through time and space.  The web series has released two fantastic seasons of content, and the creators are anxious to begin production on the third season; however, as independent creators, they need assistance in securing the funding necessary to produce the show.  For that reason, the creators have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise the production costs for Time Keeper: Season 3, and they hope that you will consider donating to their project.

Ever since Kevin Smith crashed the geek scene, comic books and marijuana have been linked together (or maybe I’m not giving proper credit to the stoners of the ‘60s and ‘70s who made books like The Silver Surfer popular with more than just the neighborhood kids). Well, Identity Comics is now blazing the path for a new comic series that is sure to be a hit with those who not only read their funny papers, but also roll them.

With each installment of Fanboy Comics' "Kickstarter Report" series, the FBC staff hopes to provide independent creators with a larger platform to showcase their talents to a new audience. When a number of talented creators join together to bring their creative vision to life, the results of their shared skills become even more incredible and exciting to imagine.  For that reason, I am excited to highlight the Kickstarter campaign for Reach, a graphic novel adventure that consists of three standalone stories from seven writers and artists, all focusing on three generations of a family determined to hunt a mythical plant that blooms only once a year, always in a different place. 

Throughout the past year, production company Section 3 Films and filmmaker AJ Martinson have been hard at work on the upcoming feature film, Red Fish Blue Fish.  Marketed as a ultra low-budget, 1963 Cold War spy thriller, Red Fish Blue Fish is set to be an action-packed, high-stakes political thriller, using real, historical events to create a plausible story that could (and may) have happened.  With a cast in place, the set pieces nearly completed, and filming already underway, Section 3 Films and Martinson have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise the necessary funds to complete their production, and they need your help to make their dream a reality. 


With each installment of Fanboy Comics' "Kickstarter Report" series, the FBC staff hopes to provide independent creators with a greater platform to showcase their talents to a new audience.  For that reason, we are also excited to see indie creators that find success with crowdfunding campaigns.  Even more exciting is when those creators return to crowdfunding with new and interesting projects, demonstrating their love of the comic book medium, their dedication to their work, and their motivation to bring new stories to an eager audience.  With that in mind, I am excited to share with the Fanboy Comics readers that writer David Blake Lucarelli and artist Henry Ponciano have recently launched their second Kickstarter campaign for The Children's Vampire Hunting Brigade in order to bring the second installment of the highly enjoyable series to fruition.  

Dearest Walking Dead Fans:

With Season 5 having come to a close, I know that you must be in zombie withdrawal.  It can't be easy for you, and I want you to know that I am here to help.  Thanks to the efforts of independent creators (and husband-and-wife team) Clint and Dawn Wolf, zombies will not be in short supply at the Zombie Ranch!  For the past five years, Clint (writer) and Dawn (artist) have been working on the web comic, Zombie Ranch, which tells the story of Susannah ("Suzie") Zane, proud scion of a long line of Texas cattle ranchers.  Unfortunately for the Zane family, their bulls and cows came down with a bad case of being eaten alive during the Great Zombie Plague, but humanity pulled itself through the apocalypse.  On the upside, they created a whole new industry based around wrangling the living dead for profit!  For the first time ever, Dawn and Clint are hoping to collect the first seven chapters of this tale into a collected trade paperback, and they have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary funds for its production.  Now, they need your help to make this dream a reality!

Last year, the Fanboy Comics staff had the distinct pleasure of reviewing the first annual Sci-Fest LA, Hollywood's first one-act play festival that celebrates all things science fiction.  After the success of last year's shows, Sci-Fest LA will return for its sophomore year from May 5-31, 2015.  In order to ensure the same level of talented performers and thought-provoking one-acts, the creators behind the show have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise the necessary funds for the festival, and they need your help to make it a reality!

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