Furry Crowdfunding Week In Review: 9-8-13
This week: Fun-sized and crafty with tiny unicorns and Ochoa’s art dolls
Wow! The furry crowdfunding world totally LIT UP with Mighty No. 9 fanart and tweets about FoxAmoore’s new album, “Come Find Me.” So I’ll totally ignore both of them in favor of some much sillier stuff. BladeSpark just launched her second successful Kickstarter and has a few choice words to say about the experience. The only logical followup would be Ochoan’s quirky art dolls. Yes, this week, tiny fussy crafty things.
And then a bunch of other stuff.
Bladespark’s Ball-Jointed Doll Unicorns (and Fennecs)
It is just possible that there are people that aren’t totally up to speed on ball-jointed dolls. Honestly, what are they teaching in schools these days, they’re leaving all the important stuff out. Ball-Jointed dolls (BJD’s) are articulated dolls with ball-and-socket joints, frequently Asian, often anime-inspired and generally customized–oh, to heck with it, let’s have an expert take over: Thank you, BladeSpark, who just launched her second BJD micro-campaign, this one’s already successful with a week left on the clock!
…I HAVE RECENTLY gotten into sculpting, and since I love Asian ball joint dolls I wanted to make something similar. So I went for the simplest possible doll, a ball-shaped creature with a single jointed tail. My first attempt, a fennec fox, came out adorable, but when I went to cast it in resin to finish it I discovered that casting is harder than I thought. After several failed attempts I turned to kickstarter to raise the money I’d need to have it professionally cast. That first campaign was a success, it raised well over the original goal.
Meanwhile I’d been working on a few more sculpted critters, so when the last of the rewards for the previous kickstarter were finally done, I decided it was time to have a friend cast for him, and started the current campaign. This second ball-shaped pet doll is a unicorn, the same size and general design as the fennec. So far it’s been a really terrific experience. Although I did have one backer decrease his pledged amount, which I hadn’t realized one could do. But I’ve also had several people pledge a little more than they needed to in order to get their rewards, which is very generous of them, and have seen a fair number of people share the link around, which is always a really wonderful thing. I work very hard to promote my kickstarters, just launching the campaign won’t make it succeed, but the people who reblog and otherwise share the link reach an audience that I can’t, so I appreciate everyone who does.
Right now the unicorn has just barely reached its funding goal. I’ll admit there was a little gleeful squeeing when I got the most recent backer and realized that the project would fund. There’s still a week left to go, so I hope to pick up a few more backers along the way. And when that’s done and I’ve gotten the rewards for this campaign all finished, I’m currently sculpting a dragon, a little larger than the other two, that will probably go the same route. After the dragon is done I have some other ideas as well. I hope to have many more successful kickstarters down the road! —BladeSpark
Personally, I really admire tight campaigns with focused goals, the “installments” method of fundraising seems to be a stronger approach for new posters than the full-on campaign…since crowdfunding is largely trading your reputation for dollars, small and incremental campaigns look like a strong model for artists with modest followings. Good luck, BladeSpark!
Ochoan’s “March of the Art Dolls”
Designer toys aren’t exactly new, they’ve been around since the 90’s or so, but they’re quirky and kind of niche, maybe under the radar as a “thing”–small batches of toys, produced in batches as high as 2000 or so or as low as 10 or 20, maybe with unique or small-run paint jobs. The early history of “Uglydolls” is that kind of story, you know, before they made it “big.” And that’s the sort of story Ochoan is working on with her cuddly (?) baby velociraptors, the little doll with the big, sharp, teeth.
Her model is the “adoptable,” using her campaign funds to produce runs of the cast parts to produce her soft, fuzzy carnivorous dinosaurs, with a variety of paint jobs and coat colors. These aren’t toys for tots, and the images here don’t really do the fine detail work of her poppets justice–look at some of the prehistoric monsters she’s stitched and painted, the detail work is impressive, up there with any high-realism furry artist, with little nods toward “unique and collectible” like bone-and-bead necklaces on her Alaskan kodiak.
There’s still 30 days left on her Indiegogo campaign, which has thusfar had some trouble finding traction. However, you may still be able to see the first of her mighty race of velociraptor hatchlings on the fantasy con circuit. Just don’t pet it, clearly you could lose a finger.
Note: Images used above are included to promote the work of crowdfunding artists, and are owned by the original creator.
Go Kemono (Adult. Offbeatr voting period)
Highly-produced real life fursuit/Kemono erotica in DVD and portfolio. (Apparently “straight” is an underrepresented kink : ) )
A Year of Dorky Dogs (Art. 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…)
Come Find Me: The Journey to Abbey Road (Audio. 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!)
The Complete Adventures of Carl Vol 1 (Comics/Graphic Novels. Ends: 10/5/2013)
The comic misadventures of Carl the Rabbit, brightly colored, heavily referential, and now, in one place.
Wolf Girl: The Princess Mononoke Fan Film (Film/Animation/Theater. 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.)
Imagination is the Only Escape (Video Games. 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.)
Run4Run4Lions: Protecting Lions Through Running (…Causes. Ends: 10/1/2013)
A race to raise money for lions and defuse human/wildlife conflicts. Some GREAT artwork in the race’s promotional materials!
The Furry Truth (…Coming Soon?. Not yet launched)
A fandom-created documentary aiming to be unbiased and open-minded. IGG launching in 2014.
Roaches: The Role-Playing Game (…Just For Fun. Ends: 10/23/2013)
A tabletop RPG aimed at younger players, or presumably players interested in playing roaches?
Furrycn (…Meh. 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.
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
Flynn: A Frog’s Journey (Ends: 9/13/2013)
Children’s/YA book, featuring a very stylish tree frog’s quest to restore his wife to health.
Don’t bother watching the “stock footage marathon” video…cover illustration is really strong and vivid!
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.
Jason and the Monster King (Ends: 9/13/2013)
Children’s graphic novel/ebook in the “kid hero visits dangerous magical otherworld” genre. Cute costumes and main character design!
Grow Your Own Tail (Ends: 9/12/2013)
DIY and completed animatronic tails with hand controls and a “wag to the beat” mode
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.
Woof Yorkers (Ends: 9/12/2013)
Cartoons from the dog park, a “keep the site alive” campaign from Woofyorkers.com
I’m on the fence on this one. Occasionally clever, occasionally cute, but it’s no “Housepets.”
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.
Samurai Chinchilla: The Animated Short (Ends: 9/12/2013)
Relaunch of the project, now with more stills, concept art, and of course an origami kitsune.
The Labyrinth (Ends: 9/12/2013)
Short film: a sympathetic and stop-motion look at the birth and life of Asterius, the Greek minotaur
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.
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!
Monster Derby (Ends: 9/11/2013)
A quick and silly board game of racing monsters.
The first 20 seconds of the KS video is particularly worth watching. Maybe not so furry but cute werewolf and minotaur.
Kitsune: Of Foxes and Fools (Ends: 9/11/2013)
A card game of tricky kitsune plotting against foolish mortals, and possibly a tanuki.
Wait for the line in the video, “These are the foxes we’re not using.” Kickstarter proceeds are going toward improving the artwork, so hard to get an idea of the final product.
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.
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
Roundscape: Adorevia (Ends: 9/10/2013)
An ambitious and smutty narrative-driven free-to-play 2D sprite game, looking for some floating decimal point between the hentai fandom and “Lord of the Rings.”
I don’t think Lord of the Rings had quite as many money shots. Is this a furry project? Not really, but poster Kaliyo tells me that we can expect furry companions and transformations. We’ll see.
No Good Deed: A Macrophilic Choose-Your-Own-Adventure (Ends: 9/13/2013)
A multi-ending illustrated book-on-CD, with transformations, macro growth, and the occasional demigod. And lots of naked giant dragon critters.
Look for DNA‘s work on FA.
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.
…Just For Fun
Fairy Light Performance (Ends: 9/15/2013): Support your local fairy. If you’re in Ottowa. Cute, kind of arbitrary, completely twee. Embrace the preciousness.
Fire Breathing Dragon at Artprize (Ends: 9/15/2013): Yeah, it’s in Michigan, but how often can you help crowdfund a giant, color-changing, fire-breathing dragon?