Fur-funding week in review: 5-19-13
Highlights for the week: The Pokémusical; Catmandu’s 3-Storey Carpeted Cat Tree.
Two projects from the “you won’t be able to attend” file…unfortunately! With Burning Man coming up soon, the greater weirdo-artistic community has been revving up their engines and getting ready to hit the alkaline flats, and would like to remind you that large, bizarre art installments don’t just pay for themselves. One of these, Catmandu’s massive cat gym, really hits the intersection of playful, creative, and fuzzy that we live in. Then one for the Pokémon fans–their very own parody musical.
And then a bunch of other stuff.
Catmandu: Bringin’ Those Cats Back
The internet doesn’t lie. Bearing in mind that principle, 5000 years ago the earth was visited by giant alien cat overlords, wise and powerful beings who gave us art, culture, and probably would have taught us the secret of licking ourselves, but were whisked back to space for reasons the internet has not clearly outlined. And now, we have a chance–ONE CHANCE–to go to the playa, and with the cat-luring power of lasers, draw them back to earth.
Obviously, this has to work.
Obviously, the Catmandu Research Institute can explain the science behind all this better than I can, frankly it’s a bit over my head. Their promo video is its own form of brilliant weirdness, totally worth the price of admission.
What’s the final product? A massive, three-storey cat gymnasium, what may be the world’s largest cat tree. It’s certainly going to be the largest one on the playa. The entire thing is carpeted, loaded with swings and rings and hopefully at least one jinglebell, and most importantly, has its lasers trained on the stars, the better to lure the cat overlords back to earth. There’s a few rewards on the Kickstarter–patches, necklaces, the usual semi-related swag. But when the overlords return and share their wisdom with us, I think you’d be glad to have been a part of it.
Pokémon leaves us with so many unanswered questions. What happens to the little guys when they get shoved into balls? Why must they fight? Do they feel pain? Love? Do they love pain? I have no idea if the Pokémusical will answer these questions, probably not. But the Pokémusical Kickstarter‘s promo video asks us to take a thoughtful look at man’s relationship to pocket monster. They feel. They grieve. And they need your support.
As does the cast of Pokémusical, a musical send-off of Ash Ketchum’s first day of his pokemon journey. What’s it like? What’s the full Pokémusical experience? You can get a taste of it in their Media Collection, but you may have to take the journey to Los Angeles to live the dream.
2014 Werewolf Horror Calendar (Ends: 5/23/2013)
12 months of werewolf art that steps away from cuddly new-age wolves and back to horror, red in tooth and claw.
Lucid Dream: Fantasy Portrait Art (Ends: 6/1/2013)
Surreal transformations of pets and owners into glowing fantasy portraits
It’s worth it to watch the video on this one. The funder’s art is genuinely strange and fantastic.
Zombies in a Half Shell (Ends: 6/2/2013)
In a city wracked in fear, only the rebel Foot clan fights against the evil Zombie Ninja Turtles! Indie art book, web project
Impressive art, incomprehensible pledge levels. Worth a tour of the project though.
Traveller (Ends: 6/5/2013)
An epic Doctor Whooves audio adventure from Pony in a Box Productions.
Team has a lot of experience in audio dramas…and ponies. Definitely by and for the fandom!
Benign Kingdom Presents: Midnight Monsters (Ends: 6/6/2013)
Art collections and graphic novels, including “Capture Creatures,” a Pokemon-inspired collection of 151 unique creatures and descriptions.
Not all of this is exactly relevant, but the poke-esque collection is charming.
The Chronicles of Jason Vann: The Case of the Melting Fox (Ends: 6/9/2013)
An ebook coming to print: a German Shepherd cop is called in to investigate a grisly death in a smelting factory.
A Bear’s Life: Teenage Stuffed-Animal Angst (Ends: 6/14/2013)
A bear’s photographic journey through a world that doesn’t understand him.
I wasn’t going to include this one, but the photo of the bear out on the streets in a cardboard box house pushed me over the edge.
Fox Hollow Tales (Ends: 5/29/2013)
Beautifully illustrated children’s series set in 1830 New England.
Adorable. Wojer the badger is not for diabetics.
Kit & Kiya (Ends: 6/7/2013)
An educational series for young children; Kit the fox, his human mom Kaya, and a small menagerie sing and learn together. Puppets, live action…animation?
I wish there was a little more about the project available. She had me with “fox in kilt,” but more information would be helpful…
Electro Bear Paw Graphic Bear Line (Ends: 6/15/2013)
Launching a tee shirt collection with bold, abstract non-anthro bear designs.
Cute designs. Bears need more love out there.
The Good, The Bad, and The Monkey (Ends: 5/29/2013)
A classic spaghetti western. But with a monkey.
A Hellboy, Gorillaz, John Wayne, ACTUAL gorillas mashup.
Tristan & the Cuddly Defenders – A Teddy Bear’s Quest (Ends: 6/6/2013)
A team of stuffed animal adventurers out to protect children everywhere from Monsters under the Bed.
Voted the best way to combine a D&D fixation with a massive stuffed animal collection.
Memorial Comics Series (Ends: 6/9/2013)
Artist turning grief into an anthropomorphic action comic
This…this is a bit hard to explain. An anthro comic memorial. Business plan is vague, but there’s real passion here.
A Tiger’s Last Song (Episode 1) (Ends: 7/10/2013)
A graphic novel of the final days of the thylacine/Tasmanian wolf, in the talking animal-survival story genre.
Catmandu’s 3-Storey Carpeted Cat Tree (Ends: 6/5/2013)
A massive cat toy for human cats to sharpen their claws, lounge, and frolic at Burning Man 2013, and possibly summon giant alien cat overlords.
Would like to steer away from funding for events, things not everybody can attend, but I like the cut of their jib!
Metamorphosis: Birth of a Dragon (Ends: 5/30/2013)
Documentary on Eva Medusa’s transformation and first appearance, reinventing identity through body modification.
Tattoo art and implants may not be everybody’s thing, but re-imagining your species and taking risks with identity is close to the heart of furry.
Squirrel Girl: The Fan Film (Ends: 5/30/2013)
Fan film of Marvel’s least-known, most amazing hero: Squirrel Girl.
It’s exciting to see someone aim for low budget, and presumably hit it.
Samurai Chinchilla: The Animated Short (Ends: 5/31/2013)
Animated pilot episode about one chinchilla’s battle to save the world from an origami mastermind
Small fuzzy samurai and origami. This approaches perfection.
“Get Off My Badger!” Music Campaign Video (Ends: 6/1/2013)
An awareness video to fight badger-culling. Also, people dancing in frilly Victorian skirts and badger masks.
For £1,000, you could be badgerlicious. You want to be badgerlicious. But seriously, check the site, the costumes are great…
The Mascots (Ends: 6/2/2013)
Three animated shorts: teen angst and adolescent awkwardness from the eyes of sports mascots growin’ up.
I wish they had a tiny segment of the fully-realized animation. But there’s an animated husky AND an anthro moose.
Bronies – The Unreleased Tapes (Ends: 6/2/2013)
Crowdfunding the editing and release of extra footage/director’s cuts/additional storylines from last year’s “Bronies” documentary.
Urge for Going (Ends: 6/14/2013)
Mixed media, a girl chases her idol and her dream. Puppets, animation, foxes.
Maybe calling this “furry” is a stretch, but check the leading video, it’s got a great vibe, and foxes in suits.
The Pokémusical (Ends: 6/17/2013)
Pokémon, the unauthorized satirical musical. I don’t think there’s anything more to say, really.
So, the “End Pokemon Cruelty” public service announcement vid is well worth the price of admission. Or you can check out the big opening number.
Golden Sky Stories: Heartwarming Role-Playing (Ends: 5/21/2013)
Play a henge, or transforming magical animal, in this gentle tabletop RPG originally from Japan.
Myriad Song (Ends: 5/25/2013)
Sci-Fi/Fantasy game by the makers of Ironclaw and Jadeclaw
Collie of Duty (Ends: 5/31/2013)
A fast-paced sheep-herding card game
“Where else can you send a pack of feral Corgis after your opponents or tempt them with persuasive puppy eyes?”
“Pelted Primacy” Limited Edition Playing Cards (Ends: 6/12/2013)
A standard card set featuring anthro characters for the royal cards and jokers, and paw prints for the pip cards.
More of the poster’s work at his DeviantArt gallery.
Ghost of a Tall (Ends: 5/20/2013)
A mouse on a quest in a dangerous world. 3rd person video game emphasizing exploration, bards
Bonus points for genuinely creepy undead rat warriors, and lots of them.
Sled Dog Saga (Ends: 5/25/2013)
Build, manage, and run your sled dog team on your desktop or mobile device.
Someone suggest they should work with Blotch on some of the alternate scenarios. It’d be worth the stretch goal.
Redwall: The Warrior Reborn (Ends: 5/26/2013)
A richly animated game 3D game set in the world of Redwall.
Bigger, Better, and Badger!
BattleTails! (Ends: 6/6/2013)
A live-action strategic defense game: monkeys, tigers, and hooligans fight it out in feudal Japan.
Chibi riding wargs. A strong “Designer toys: the battle game” vibe at work.
Beast’s Fury (Ends: 6/18/2013)
An anthro-vs-anthro 2D fighting game, with great-looking characters and bosses!
Someone give me $7500 so the world can finally play a Mexican hairless blogger in a 2D fighter.
Going Classical: Greek Mythology Artbook (Ends: 5/24/2013)
A collaborative collection of erotic art based on Greek mythology
Unsure of actual furry level of this one, but I’m hoping for minotaurs and satyrs. We’ll see.
Chimera Labs: Realistic firmness sextoys, lubricants (Offbeatr Voting Period)
Crowdfunding for a startup business with a variety of product, with a goal of artistic, detailed, and reasonably-priced, toys.
I can think of no better description than “lovingly sculpted.” Check the poster’s art and sculpts on FurAffinity. Not, you might imagine, safe for work.
Neko Adventures: Real Cat Girl Porn (Offbeatr Voting Period)
DVD/web release of cat girls, free from their imprisonment on DeviantArt and sexing it up IRL. Not just for manga anymore.
MANDROID – The Pervy Adult Tamagotchi of Online Hoookups (Offbeatr Voting Period)
Smartphone app for hookups with some personal safety features and a virtual pet/avatar, theoretically for all genders and orientations but mostly targeting gay men. Not so furry maybe, but aimed at a community reflecting “every race, ethnicity, body type,
Furstarter does not condone this applet. But we would seriously consider condoning that wolf.
2014 Horsing Around Calendar (Ends: 6/16/2013)
12-month calendar featuring Man In Standard Horse Mask, model #1114
This joke is really very 2009, isn’t it? It’d make a nice companion piece to “Fake Horse” if you wanted to bemuse a horse fan.
doggie-hookups.com (Ends: 6/21/2013)
Picture if you will…a dating and social meet-up site for your dog. Have you considered your dog’s sex life lately? Doggie hookups has.
The “Income Generation” section is weirdly compelling. It bothers me that I can’t figure out if they’re serious or not.
JR & Ollie Adventure fun game (Ends: 6/30/2013)
A story-driven puzzle/adventure game in a world of anthro characters.
Click, see the picture with the cute angry foxes, move on. And thank your local English major the next time you see him or her.
Fake Horse (Ends: 7/13/2013)
A post-apocalypse novel of a young man in a horse mask, protecting his herd against the monsters of a dark world. A graphic novel.
This is very “one person’s personal voyage.” Skim through the page, it’s fun, but a bit too “author’s vision.”
…On the horizon
Come Find Me (Ends: 12:00:00 AM)
Fox Amoore’s next album, recorded in the “Abbey Road” studio. Still in the preplanning stage, more information as it becomes available!
Wish It Inc – a Comedy Fantasy Web Series (Ends: 5/24/2013)
A webseries by Portal fan film creators Synthetic PictureHaus, featuring Ellen McLain (the voice of GLaDOS) as a wish-granting fairy!
I’m pretty sure every furry has a soft spot in their hearts for psychotic robot dominatrixes.
Wish I Was Here (Ends: 5/24/2013)
Zach Braf, director of “Garden State,” kickstarting a geeky comedy drama, shot partly at ComiCon (skip ahead to 2:40 or so), where one of the main characters enters a cosplay contest to win over a sexy furry.
It’s a HUGE stretch to call this “furry,” so…bottom of the list. But it’s a friendly nod to furs in a nearly-mainstream film, and that’s worth a mention.
Manos: The Hands of Felt (Ends: 6/3/2013)
An all-puppet musical recreation of cult classic “Manos, The Hands of Fate.”