Kickstart This: Servants of the Cinder Queen

Jason Lutes, a cartoonist and professor of comics at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction has just launched a Kickstarter for Servants of the Cinder Queen, an adventure for the role-playing game Dungeon World. In the last couple of days since the project’s launch, he’s been competely funded! Here’s the story:

There once was a monastery perched high on a slope of the mountain called Hvitr’s Horn. The warrior-monks who dwelt within were dedicated to the god Hvitr—lawful god of storms and justice—and entrusted with the stewardship of holy artifacts and texts. But above all else they were gatekeepers; for Hvitr’s Horn was an active volcano, and thus (like all active volcanoes) a gateway to Ellorash, an elemental plane of fire. The end of this brotherhood came with an eruption that spewed forth the Flaming Host of Ellorash, an otherworldly legion led by the demi-goddess Gildarthe. Legend holds that Hvitr himself descended from the heavens to beat back Gildarthe and seal the planar gateway, but not before the monastery and all within were drowned in a flood of lava.

Now, 300 years later, the steading of Meervold, at the foot of Hvitr’s Horn, has entered a dark time. Villagers are disappearing. Strange lights are seen on the cold slopes. Distant screams echo through the night. The Council of Elders is broken and powerless, and those who have not fled Meervold remain only because they are paralyzed with fear.

What secrets lie beneath the ruined monastery? Are any of the missing villagers still alive? Is there any truth to the rumors of holy artifacts locked within the mountain?

Only a fool or an adventurer would dare seek the answers!

$3 gets you access to the Beta (PDF download), while $6 gets you a hard copy of the finished product.

Pledge here.

Kickstart This: Beyond Mode 7: An SNES Comics Anthology


Vermont comic artists Jesse DuRona and Randall Drew are looking to release their comic anthology titled Beyond Mode 7: An SNES Comics Anthology. The art and writing for the book is done, and now, they’re looking for $3000 to print the book and release it to readers.

Here’s the pitch:

Beyond Mode 7 is a comics and art anthology celebrating the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and how it shaped our creative lives!

Co-edited by cartoonists Jesse DuRona and Randall Drew Beyond Mode 7 is a comics and art anthology based on the SNES. It has been about 2 years in the making and features original work from over 15 artists and writers!

The book is complete and ready to go to print, what we’re KickStarting are the funds to produce the printed version! With over 75 pages of content, much of it in color, we’re hoping to raise enough money to produce 150 perfect-bound copies!

These copies will not only cover Kickstarter rewards, but also the contributor copies that we will be sending out to each artist that provided artwork for the book!

Every dollar raised is budgeted very carefully to cover reward printing costs, packaging, shipping KS fees, and other supplies needed to produce each reward. Our goal is to print and produce as many copies of the book as possible and to put it in as many hands as possible!

Contributers include Kevin Bolk, Eric Lide, Hex Martinez, Matt AuCoin, Brandon Barrows, Bill Volk, Scott Baer, Toril Orlesky, Jesse Mead, Stephanie Whitlock, Chris “Radical” Warren, Matt Young, JoeCam, Amanda Ruddock aka “Pie” and Michael “Blayaden” Ruggia. $10 gets you a digital copy, and $30 will get you a print copy.

Pledge here.

Kickstart This: Candlemark & Gleam’s Print Release of Get Blank

Bennington publisher Candlemark & Gleam has a new book set for release, and they’ve once again turned to Kickstarter to get ready for the print release. The book is Get Blank, by Justin Robinson. It’s the sequel to Mr. Blank.

Here’s what it’s about:

I’m retired. No, really. So why am I running through LA, trying to dodge every conspiracy there is to stay alive? Oh, right. I’m me.

I quit running around, doing the scut work for every conspiracy in the Information Underground, a year ago. Got myself a nice quiet life up the coast, doing normal things with normal people like my girlfriend, Mina.

And then someone framed her for murder.

Now I’m coming out of retirement to figure out who wants her behind bars – and me dead. Again. At least this time I’m pretty sure it’s not aliens. Or the government. Might still be the Russian mob, but at least Bigfoot’s on my side.

I don’t know who to trust, and I don’t know how I’m going to survive this one, especially with an unkillable hitman, some Satanists, and a couple of lunatic movie stars gunning for me. But one thing’s for sure…

I really need a better career plan.

$20 gets you a trade paperback with more rewards the higher you pledge. Interested? It’s already funded with 24 days to go, so preorder your copy today!