Furry Crowdfunding Week In Review: 9-15-13
This week: Divination by cat with Leptailurus’s “Savage Divination” tarot
Through the long, dark teatime of the soul that is FurAffinity haitus, there’s been a couple of bright points, two beautiful kickstarters opening up. One of which is exceptionally pretty but not actually furry, so just a few words on it. Then a tarot deck that I’ve been looking forward to for months, and may need to keep looking forward to for years.
And then a bunch of other stuff.
Cut Paper Art Calendar
I feel a little like second-one-come-first, and I’m reconciled to this, because today’s really about Leptailurus. But cut-paper artist Patrick Gannon‘s calendar project, in all probability the third of a series of cut-paper calendar kickstarters by Mr. Gannon, seems a graceful accompaniment to Leptailurus’s curves and cats, well worth a callout even though they aren’t that furry. Besides, I can use them to count the days until I get my tarot deck. I hope he crowdfunds a 2015 model!
Gannon’s Cut Paper Art Calendar is a 13-image beast, thick with beasties from the Chinese Zodiac and strange creatures that seem to have escaped from one of Miyazaki’s lesser-known fantasies. His lines are graceful curves, jagged predatory barbs, conveying danger, speed, solidity, mystery–even in the shapes of the paper cuts themselves. Elegant, intricate, amazing. You can check out Gannon’s paper-cut blog, “Papercuts,” for more of his work, some of it is simply indescribable. But for now, glance over the calendar and be a part of that project.
Savage Divination: A Bestial Tarot
Full disclosure: This tarot deck kickstarter has to succeed so that I get my backer reward. I really love Tarot decks. So many fantasy-inspired artists get the tarot deck bug. For a certain type of artist, the tarot deck is like performing Hamlet, it’s a bucket-list item. 78 images, with history haunting the occult circles of the Victorian age, rife with alchemical imagery, teasing hints of Egypt, of moral plays, religious doctrine…and hey, it’s got wolves, lions, and horses. So high furry interest right there.
Playing with a rich symbol set–heavy with expectations from the Rider-Waite tarot deck seen in dozens of horror movies, and on the flip side, interpreted by literally thousands of artists, you could go any direction. And 78 cards isn’t just a lot of individual pieces of art, it’s metaphorically a journey, from bumbling newbie to sage, with every stage of life between.
A great many art tarot decks stop with the major arcana, picking up “Death” and “The Magician” but skipping the “Four of Wands.” That does cut down on the number, but leaves out some compelling images–so it’s exciting that Leptailurus is courting the entire deck, major arcana, “pip” cards, and all. Animal symbolism trumps standard Tarot imagery–the typical urban imagery of the Ten of Pentacles is transformed into a radiant peacock, but there’s still echoes (the peacock is sitting under an arched window, a nod to its architectural heritage.
Leptailurus’s work is luminous, rich colors glowing under the majestic lion Empress, fire flickering in the torch held by the coyote Ace of Wands, but she can capture the austere loneliness of the Hermit, too, an old soul at the end of the journey. Tanuki fans will get a kick out of the king of cups, a raccoon dog tippling with bottles and bottles of sake!
Granted, 78 images is a big pile of paintings, and backers are going to have to settle in for a long wait (not an unreasonable wait, just a long one!). But backers will get access to the Savage Divinations art blog, and it’s very hard not to steal images from it, because the semi-completed “hermit” is adorable, somber and delicate and still, somehow, hinting at a smile.
(I frequently try to commission artists launching Kickstarting artists, assuming they’re open to commissions–my secret hope was to get my coffee-swilling fursona as the lost, self-absorbed soul in the four of cups–but I think Leptailurus probably has enough on her plate…)
Note: Images used above are included to promote the work of crowdfunding artists, and are owned by the original creator.
Rabbit Ninja (Children’s Products. Ends: 10/19/2013)
A children’s book about great things: rabbits and ninjas. Oh, and life as a 3rd grader.
F3 Con Remixed (Events. Ends: 11/10/2013)
Fundraising for Missouri’s F3 furry con, with an 80s theme this year.
Hockey Doggies (Tabletop Games. Ends: 10/17/2013)
A semi-educational board game putting huskies on the ice. (Sadly, from what our friends at the International Anthropomorphic Research Project tell us, anything at the intersection of “furries” and “sports” is doomed to failure…)
Dicke Katze and Friends Plush Cats (Toys. Ends: 10/9/2013)
Plush cats, very round and very startled.
Anatilia MMORPG (…Coming Soon?. Not yet launched)
A Furry-focused fantasy MMORPG in progress.
Cut Paper Art Calendar (…Just For Fun. Ends: 10/7/2013)
12 months of graceful cut-paper images with a strong Asian feel. Not really furry, but attractive and LOTS of animal and dragon imagery.
Half-Cat: A Partial History (…Just For Fun. Ends: 10/11/2013)
From the “fun with photoshop” file, a historical spoof about strange, mutant half-cats…
A Year of Dorky Dogs (Ends: 10/1/2013)
12-month calendar of, well, the Dogs of Fandom, whimsical illos from comic, video game, and film. A benefit project for a Portland animal rescue.
So apparently Portland has some real talent! Professional artists working with major comic labels on this project…
Sonic and Halo Orchestral Medley (Ends: 10/6/2013)
A modest campaign for orchestral production of a Sonic: The Hedgehog “best of” medley and Halo. Most of goal covers the cost of hiring an orchestra for $2500/hour…
More of Mr Trent’s arrangements on YouTube
Wingboner’s Debut Album (Ends: 10/28/2013)
Crowdfunding for professional studio release of MLP metal band Wingboner’s debut album
Come Find Me: The Journey to Abbey Road (Ends: 11/7/2013)
Foxamoore‘s new album, now well past its goal to record at the Beatle’s “Abbey Road” studio!
Additional stretch goals to get art by Alectorfencer, professional production, more studio time, and a full orchestra!
Fetch: An Illustrated Book (Ends: 9/21/2013)
Whimsical illustrated adventure book with a “special effects” feel about were dogs come from, and their carefree homeland.
Piki Charms (Ends: 9/21/2013)
Tiny charms for phones, etc, with an amazing range of designs, by DrawWithLaura
The goal is a little high for the nature of this product, but it’s to fund some business capital equipment. But it’s fixed-funding, so no accidental scams.
Dog Breed T-shirts (Ends: 9/23/2013)
Huskies: represent. A series of miminalist silkscreened dog breed loyalty tees.
I’m not chipping in for this until they post a Mexican hairless design.
The Complete Adventures of Carl Vol 1 (Ends: 10/5/2013)
The comic misadventures of Carl the Rabbit, brightly colored, heavily referential, and now, in one place.
Last Resort: Bound Edition and Reprint (Ends: 10/6/2013)
Volume 2 of the reality show travails of the world’s fluffiest vampire.
From an anthro-loaded webcomic, worth a tour on its own. Click around, the art style varies a lot.
Forbidden and Unbreakable (Ends: 9/23/2013)
Live-action feature film, a romance between a young woman and a science experiment (Science: creating a better anthro border collie for the future!) and the secrets that keep them apart.
The IGG page is a bit light on plot details, more information on Junto Box.
Wolf Girl: The Princess Mononoke Fan Film (Ends: 9/29/2013)
600 years after the events of “Mononoke,” the forest needs a princess again. Live action, puppetry, CGI, and a lot of love.
More info here, but this is one of the best-illustrated kickstarters I’ve seen.
Reynard City Cartoon Project (Ends: 9/29/2013)
Animated version of Renard City, a Saturday morning action, furry superhero web/pdf comic
Dogg Park: It’s a Ruff life (Ends: 10/9/2013)
A “scripted reality show” about talking dogs at the dog park.
This may be intentionally bad? If you like pain and humiliation, watch the video. Just watch the video anyway. The jokes just write themselves, and clearly did.
Bronies: The Movie (Ends: 10/10/2013)
A short comedy film (and possibly a webseries) about a young man “coming out” to his co-workers and girlfriend as a brony.
The video’s not bad, this may be funnier than it initially sounds!
Awakened Villagers of Cairn (Ends: 9/19/2013)
“Bicycle” cards featuring the quirky, detailed furry art of the “Cairn” RPG–rodent fans and Redwall enthusiasts, this is for you.
The Cairn RPG has its own tragedy/success story, SoulJar Games has picked up where the original KS project left off.
Havok & Hijinks (Ends: 9/24/2013)
A disturbingly cute card game: you play a dragon hatchling that got kicked out of the parent’s den, and now it’s time to find your OWN hoard!
Attack to the Pantry (Ends: 10/13/2013)
Old School Warner Bros cartoon style card game: Scoundrel animals raiding Grandma’s pantry for whatever they can carry away!
Page is mostly in, or originally in, Italian, but the sketchy concept art is fun and universal!
Save Mr Egg (Ends: 9/18/2013)
Fox chases egg in this odd little video game.
The visuals on the fox are interesting. I’m not sure who I’m supposed to be cheering for.
Imagination is the Only Escape (Ends: 10/17/2013)
A child creates an imaginary otherworld to escape the horrors of World War II, accompanied by a fox named Renard. An educational game for children.
Scary and beautiful Alice-in-Wonderlandy graphics and a dark story.
PairofMares Productions (Ends: 10/13/2013)
Small fundraiser for materials for My Little Pony reviews podcast
This may be an “imagine the final product” project, since they’re hoping to get new artwork…still, it’s a cute little dream.
World of Pokemon (Ends: 10/28/2013)
Indiegogo relaunch of the rich and detailed “World of Pokemon” website project
Go Kemono (Offbeatr voting period)
Highly-produced real life fursuit/Kemono erotica in DVD and portfolio.
Apparently “straight” is an underrepresented kink : )
The Hyena Sanctuary of North America (Ends: 10/10/2013): Help build a Texas home for the hyenas of the Berkeley hyena program!
Help create the Coywolf Association (Ends: 10/25/2013): A national association to protect coywolves, yotes, wolves, and crows and ravens. Why crows? Maybe they’re trying to get Blotch to do their banner art.
Furrycn (Ends: 10/19/2013): A new furry networking site with chat, forum features. This one first started out on Offbeatr, but couldn’t get any traction.
The Furry Truth (Not yet launched): A fandom-created documentary aiming to be unbiased and open-minded. IGG launching in 2014.