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CrowdfundingFridays: ‘ProgCore Fantasy: Dark Age of Theer,’ ‘Camera Man #1,’ ‘Rise #1-2,’ ‘The Ghost System #2,’ and ‘Ripple Effects: The Deluxe Edition’

Here at Fanbase Press, we strive to provide an outlet for up-and-coming creators to promote and showcase their incredible works. With thousands of creators utilizing crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo to make those works a reality, we will highlight these talented creators and their noteworthy campaigns through #CrowfundingFridays! We hope that you will join us in giving these projects a moment of your time (and possibly your support).

Project #1: ProgCore Fantasy: Dark Age of Theer

What it’s about: ProgCore Fantasy: Dark Age of Theer is a multimedia, multi-sensory guide to injecting your games with the excitement and energy many of us felt when we first picked up graph paper and dice. Created by Todd Stashwick and David Nett, ProgCore Fantasy: Dark Age of Theer will offer a sprawling, multimedia fantasy experience.

This is so much more than simply a gaming sourcebook. Your pledge supports a broad array of art, game, music, animation, and a novel actual play series. We wanted to thrill the senses – sight, hearing, touch, and smell – with a book you can feel, art that delights the eye, animation to watch and hear, music to listen, an aromatic candle to smell. Even for those who do not play TTRPGs, ProgCore Fantasy: Dark Age of Theer is bursting with stories, art, music, and animation to inspire any fantasy lover.

Click here to visit the Kickstarter campaign’s prelaunch page.

Project #2: Camera Man #1

What it’s about
Camera Man brings the fun, action-packed energy of a Saturday Morning Cartoon (think Spectacular Spider-Man, Batman Beyond, or Ben 10) with a colorful cast of characters and some filmmaking magic sprinkled on top in a way only comics can make possible.

In the year 2060, movies are dying. Film studios only produce A.I.-generated pictures. Filmmakers are few and far between. But in the boardroom of Immortal Studios, an auteur named Loric, having returned from a long absence, has a plan that could take his newly assembled film crew across the galaxy.And this plan hinges on the success of a superhero production, BlueStar.

Click here to visit the Kickstarter campaign.

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Project #3: Rise #1-2

What it’s about
: Subverting the Hero’s Journey: What would happen if you had to feel good to do good?

How has masculinity become defined by performance? What does that mean for a man who’s responsible for the lives of billions?

Rise follows Jonathan A. Prufrock as he comes face to face with the perils of the male ego while attempting to be super. The first two issues of this premium print comic combine for a whopping 74+ pages and explore one male’s ego through the elevated life of a superhero attempting to navigate the pressures of what it really means to be a good man.

Click here to visit the Kickstarter campaign.

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Project #4: The Ghost System #2

What it’s about
: Welcome to The Ghost System, a dark, dystopian, cyberpunk comic book set in Manchester 2045 from the writer of Plainer Jane.

In issue one we met Soro, a grieving young hacker hunting down the home invaders who destroyed his fragile peace and took the life of his beloved cat, Baxter. Unaware that his actions are being monitored by a dangerous collective, The Ghost System.

In this issue, Soro’s quest for revenge is complicated by his newfound powers, a dangerous group, and a divided city.

Click here to visit the Kickstarter campaign.

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Project #5: Ripple Effects: The Deluxe Edition Hardcover

What it’s about: Jordan Hart’s critically acclaimed graphic novel, Ripple Effects, has been nominated for the biggest awards in comics and now, on the eve of its 15th anniversary, GLAAD Media Award-winning publisher Fanbase Press will launch the company’s first-ever Kickstarter campaign to fund an expanded deluxe hardcover edition of the book, featuring all-new contributions from some of the biggest names in comics. Ripple Effects follows the adventures of a superhero whose invincibility is offset by an acute case of type 1 diabetes and a defective pancreas that must be monitored and treated daily. The gripping and inspirational story about living with an invisible illness is inspired by writer Jordan Hart’s own lived experience with thrombophilia, an incurable blood-clotting disease.

Ripple Effects was created, written, and colored by Jordan Hart (The Cabinet, Terminarch, Doppelgänger), illustrated by Bruno Chiroleu (El Borde, Mara and Samu), flatted by Shane Kadlecik, lettered by Oceano Ransford (Eisner Award-nominated Rikki, The Sequels, Haphaven), and features cover art by Justin C. Harder (CLAUS Studios) and a foreword by Matthew Noe (librarian, Harvard Medical School).

Striving to increase awareness and representation for individuals with invisible illnesses and disabilities, Ripple Effects: The Deluxe Edition will feature a new foreword by Eisner and Harvey Awards-winning writer Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Batgirl, Uncanny X-Men), study guides by Eisner Award nominee and educator Tim Smyth (Teaching with Comics and Graphic Novels) and comics literacy advocate Creators, Assemble!, and an art gallery which pairs youth artists who have invisible disabilities and illnesses ranging from deafness to Autism Spectrum Disorder with superstar artists including Liana Kangas, Ray-Anthony Height (Midnight Tiger), Don Aguillo (Spawn), and Manuel Martinez (DC, Marvel). The deluxe hardcover also features “Unseen Ripples” essays written by individuals with invisible disabilities and illnesses who relate Ripple Effects‘ events to their own lived experience, ranging in topic from paranoid schizophrenia to diabetes. 

Click here to visit the Kickstarter campaign’s prelaunch page.

If you have a crowdfunding campaign that you would like to have included in Fanbase Press’ #CrowdfundingFridays series, please contact barbra (at) fanbasepress (dot) com for details.

Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief




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