Are you single and interested in online dating? Do you like to cosplay? Do you wish that your online dating service allowed for cosplay connections? If so, you will not want to miss CosPlay Date, the new comedic web series about . . . what else, cosplay dating!

Created by a group of seventeen actors, producers, and writers, CosPlay Date recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to assist in raising the necessary production costs that will allow the series to hire professional crew and equipment, secure authentic costumes and locations, insure those locations, and keep their cast and crew hydrated and fed throughout the long shooting days.

Broken Eye Books is a fiction publisher that makes "STRANGE fiction by STRANGE people, for STRANGE people!"  Fantasy, horror, science fiction, weird fiction, they love it all! Broken Eye Books produces stories that "will linger in our thoughts long after we flip the final page, stories that will fire both our imaginations and our emotions."  As the publisher continues to publish more eBooks and limited print editions of its growing list of titles, they are now in the process of raising the necessary funds to publish five new titles, and they are seeking your help through Kickstarter.

This has been a monumental year for the LGBTQ community.  From the US Supreme Court's rulings on Prop 8 and DOMA to the repealing of the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, encouraging advancements in acceptance and equality have been made for members and supporters of the LGBTQ community.  There are still struggles, though.  Russia has introduced a law that bans so-called "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations," causing LGBTQ supporters to call for a boycott of Russia's upcoming Winter Olympics.  In light of these events, we at Fanboy Comics want to bring your attention to a very special Kickstarter campaign for Virgil, a new graphic novel that, according to creator Steve Orlando (Outlaw Territory, Mystery in Space), " . . . uses a story every reader can get behind to open eyes to the LGBTQ community's battle. It doesn't ignore the darkness within. It's not utopian, and braver for it. It's time for LGBTQ literature to grow past black and white. This is a rich world of gray areas, hopes, and failures. The real people, real atrocities, and real reactions of a fight that most didn't know was being fought."

As a reader of Fanboy Comics, chances are that you are a fan of comic books, movies, video games, and other creative media that are generated by independent creators.  For that reason, I am excited to announce that there is a new indie publisher in town, and they have an exciting, new business model in store for readers that not only includes a long list of talented creators, but the chance for YOU, as the reader, to be involved!  

Identity Comics is an independent comic book publisher, led by Phillip Kelly and Lars Canty, that recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for its very first anthology, Verge.  The series will follow four ongoing stories, and the path of those stories will literally be left up to the audience.  From issue to issue, feedback from the writers, artists, and readers will determine which direction to take a story or if a story should even continue. 

Seven writers, seven artists, and seven meteors come together to tell a series of stories set in the post-apocalyptic world of The Wrecked Earth, the same universe where C.E.L. Welsh's novel, CLUTCH, takes place. I reviewed CLUTCH last year and had the pleasure of speaking with Welsh and some of the others on the Seven Stones team a month ago about this exciting project.

What if Area 51, the super-secret military base housing the world's most confidential artifacts, suddenly became not so secret?  In the upcoming comic book series Unit 44, that is the unfortunate reality for Area 51 employees Agent Gibson and Agent Hatch, who forgot to pay the rent on the facility’s off-site storage unit, causing the super-secret contents to be sold at public auction. When an alien invasion threatens the safety of planet Earth, Gibson and Hatch must recover an item from the locker if they hope to stop the extraterrestrial threat.  Series creator Wes Locher recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to assist in turning the story into a four-issue miniseries and collected trade paperback.  If you are a fan of Storage Wars, extraterrestrials, and everything in between, now is your chance to lend a hand to an indie creator in making this great idea into a reality.

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.

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