Furry Crowdfunding Week in Review: 8-4-13
To Infinity, and possibly therapy, and beyond with Dirk Domingo and the Danger-Squad.
This week, a slick graphic novel from first-timer Duran Rivera, a sci-fi romp that throws a group of neurotic and ill-equipped misfits into space, pits them against villains with vastly more intelligent facial expressions, and possibly hungry, sentient planets, we’re not ruling that out.
And then a bunch of other stuff.
Dirk Domingo and the Danger-Squad
Take one high-maintenance starship, and one high-maintenance starship captain. Add a crew that meets the Don Bluth Seal of Approval for dysfunctional diversity. Throw them all into a universe that would have the writers of Star Trek mutter, “that’s just a bit weird, isn’t it?” Blend well. Serve with ice and a twist of lemon. These are the challenges that threaten to crop up in Dirk Domingo and the Danger-Squad. Possibly without the lemon.
The author, Duran Rivera, launched his IGG to fund the first volume, a 50-pager, of Domingo and crew’s adventures. You may have seen of Rivera’s work–and, indeed, some of Domingo’s crew–on Deviant Art (and his DA gallery runs from doodles to high quality webcomic, there’s a range there, so check out his new and polished work on Blogspot.) Yes, it’s a first time project, but Rivera’s got a style that’s solid, a bit of the new Disney graphic novel look, a bit of the post-Ren and Stimpy vibe, and, yes, a bit of the Bluth. It’s hard not to compare to Titan AE, so I’m glad that Rivera mentions some Bluthian influence. If it’s a first-time project, it’s a strong one.
DD&DS is an adventure/comedy/sci-fi, one that leads with a strong, if unhinged, cast of characters–a captain with poor impulse control, a fox gunner with “male chauvinist sex-crazed automaton pig” issues, and a pilot who’s clearly living the 80’s everyman action hero dream (the pilot’s my favorite so far, how can you not love a bear in a baseball cap with a manic grin and a blaster pistol? From a safe distance, I mean. Like, a half-mile away.)
They’re a diverse mess, and in a universe where everything from bizarre dimensional anomalies to getting clean drinking water is a massive challenge…well, good luck, Stallion and her crew, clearly you’re going to need it. Looking at some of the villains–and I’m talking about you, Dante–I’m not sure Domingo’s really up to it, charismatic gecko-thing he may be.
The campaign’s pretty slick, with well-presented pledge levels and a solid “philosophy of design”-style campaign video–very polished, it’s kind of a pity this didn’t launch on Kickstarter. It’d be good to have a strong sense of who the characters are, what makes them important–it’s possible to get a sense of that with enough time on Google, but a good one-stop gallery would be a useful tool in moving the campaign forward. Still, Rivera’s goals are achievable and the product looks pretty solid, so here’s hoping for a five year mission for Dirk and his semicompetent companions. Good luck!
BTW, check the full version of the DD&DS publicity shot on DeviantArt!
Note: Images used above are included to promote the work of crowdfunding artists, and are owned by the original creator.
Roundscape: Adorevia (Adult. 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.)
Hunter Clark’s Sublime Creatures (Art. Ends: 9/1/2013)
(NSFW) An artsy collection of animal-headed women, artistic nudes of mothers, mothers-to-be, and madonnas. (More about the beauty of the pregnant female body combined with animal symbolism than hybrids and anthros, but an interesting take on hybrids and lots of African carnivores.)
HouseBROKEN Clothing’s New Designs (Clothing/Costumes. Ends: 9/2/2013)
New additions to Housebroken‘s tee line–amost exclusively, sharp-dessed animal designs. (I’m wearing Pussy Enforcer on casual day this week.)
Woof Yorkers (Comics/Graphic Novels. 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.”)
Werewolves of Predatory Moon (Film/Animation/Theater. Ends: 9/1/2013)
Indie low-budget “creature feature” with a pack of werewolves and a commitment to costumes rather than CGI. (I can’t imagine what their faux hair budget is. Check the Predatory Moon website for more images.)
No Signal (Video Games. Ends: 9/12/2013)
Open-world story-driven RPG: Somewhere there is a universe in peril, a universe of plumbers with hammers, ninja tortoises, and dark urban knights. And you must save this universe. Except that your brain has been yanked out and put into a stuffed bear. ($100,000 goal? Really?)
Jax the Cat (…Meh. Ends: 9/1/2013)
A children’s comic series of talking cats, and a few talking mice. Very Don Bluth, and like Bluth’s work a mixture of charm and pain.
Talonridge: Book II (Ends: 8/5/2013)
Heavily-illustrated young adult series of mice on a mission in a fantasy world, very “Mousegard”
Part two of a planned 63-book series. That’s ambition!
Right to Bear Arms tees (Ends: 8/9/2013)
Tee shirts with long, furry sleeves
Cute tees, unfortunately the shirt slogans aren’t as funny as the concept.
Woof — Dog Themed Pinback Buttons (Ends: 8/25/2013)
Cute, quirky, 1.25-inch buttons for your jacket or whichever. Cute little guys! Cats too.
Scroll down a little, the “extra dog” pins are adorable :) Watch the artist on DeviantArt or FA
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.
Sam & Fuzzy – Two Volume Omnibus (Ends: 8/7/2013)
The story of a man and a bear, in a crazy absurdist comic universe, a 1500-page epic comic collection.
World War Kaiju graphic novel (Ends: 8/12/2013)
What if the ultimate weapon that ended World War II didn’t usher in the atomic age, but the Kaiju (giant city-crushing monster) age? Excellent video, great retro propaganda visuals, and bizarre immersive stretch goal toys.
“Furry” is a stretch, but there’s a lot to like here for fans of giant, Tokyo-crushing armadillos.
Bulletproof Chicken (Ends: 8/13/2013)
Comic about “The most bad-ass fowl to ever wear a badge.” Cleaning up the streets with the cock with a glock.
Of Mice and Madness: Tails from Out There! (Ends: 8/15/2013)
The adventures of the mouse bounty hunter Othello and his trusted if dim cat steed as they travel the galaxy in search of riches.
More galleries and info at ofmiceandmadness.com.
Birdland (Ends: 8/22/2013)
A comic set in New York City, thick with jazz, noir, murder, and anthropomorphic birds
Owlgirls (Ends: 9/1/2013)
A “paranormal detective” genre comic, three shadowy sisters touched by the goddess of Death. Oh, they have owl heads.
Danger Squad (Ends: 9/9/2013)
Sci-Fi Comedy featuring a crazy captain and malajusted crew, and a nice range of anthro characters and villians.
CANterlot, Ontario MLP Con (Ends: 8/9/2013)
Funding campaign for Ontario’s MLP convention in November
DerpyCon South (Ends: 8/14/2013)
Fundraising for Year 1 of DerpyCon South: the New Orleans Brony convention!
Cat’s View Feature Film (Ends: 8/21/2013)
A crime thriller filmed from a cat witness’s point of view, along with information about the life of a feral cat, trap/neuter/return projects, etc.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Blood Brothers (Ends: 8/23/2013)
A short, live-action TMNT film with some amazing props already in the works.
From the people who brought you Marvel Zombies: The Movie: The Trailer…. Disorienting KS video, total lack of business plan, but nice mock-ups.
Anthro: Animating the Soul (Ends: 8/27/2013)
A documentary look at beloved anthro characters and their creators.
Stitchfan has broken this project up into a series of small-goal IGGs, interesting model and I hope to see it succeed!
BiPolar Bears (Ends: 9/1/2013)
Animated series about manic and depressive polar bear twins Manny and Preston (orderilies in a psych institute), the Post-Traumatic Puffins, Randolf the Alcoholic Reindeer, and other friends.
Bleah. The promo vid is “join me in my philosophy” rather than “here’s this cool product idea.” That plus very high goal/60-day campaign is a bad sign.
Room Party: The Game (Ends: 8/15/2013)
A card game about building the MOST AWESOME room party at the con. Concept by the artists of BLOTCH (and stretch goal Furry Con expansion to be drawn by Blotch.)
Reminds me a bit of “Chez Geek,” silly people, silly situations, accumulating cool points.
Zoo Fu: Path of the Samurai Zookeeper (Ends: 8/17/2013)
A silly card game of fighting zoo animals, martial arts, and shouting.
I really want to play a game where you get points by shouting “Crouching Gecko Kick of DOOOOOOM!”
Ponies for Pathfinder Setting Handbook (Ends: 8/24/2013)
A MLP-inspired tabletop RPG setting handbook–inspired by, but not derivitive of.
You may want to look at the Ponies for Pathfinder Racebook first. The writer seems to have tried to create a legitimate stand-alone product, not a MLP mashup or comedy piece. So, points for a clear goal.
Gothitropolis Raven Action Figure (Ends: 8/12/2013)
Six action figures of 6-inch anthro birds in gothic fantasy inspired armor, with stretch goals for several more within reach.
Laika Believes: The Sun at Night (Ends: 8/9/2013)
A 2d action platformer featuring Laika, the Soviet space dog. Check the trailer.
Laika’s such a tragic story, I can’t blaim anyone for creating an alternate reality to give her a happy ending…
Questria: Princess Destiny (Ends: 8/18/2013)
A life simulation game with very familiar characters, human versions of the “mane six” from My Little Pony.
Fable Kart (Ends: 9/1/2013)
Multiplayer kart game in which the hare, turtle, and lots of animal friends crash and zoom around as they try to rescue the pages from Aesop’s storybook.
Pocket Pussies: The Legend of Seven Purity Seals (Ends: 8/9/2013)
Zelda/Pokemon hybrid exploration/battling seizure monsters game, loaded with cheesecake pokemon, cat girls, and assorted anime-esque hotness.
A Petgirl’s Story (Ends: 8/11/2013)
Petplay meets the children’s book format in a VERY adult and yet charmingly innocent story of a catgirl and her owner.
Okay, “charmingly innocent” is a stretch. Half the illustrations are online already. NSFW seriously. There’s a leather dogboy for canine fans.
The Elemals Graphic Novel (Ends: 8/31/2013): A bit pokemon, a bit Dragonball Z, a bit long and rambling. I’m sure this comic is about…something…but mostly it follows a somewhat uninteresting main character around on some sort of investigative story. Maybe you can make better sense of it.
Amazon Rage: Curse of the She-Wolf (Ends: 9/6/2013): A Buffy-esque miniseries featuring a female werewolf, possibly from outer space. Mmm, mediocre CGI werewolves are so hot right now.
Wildcats of the World (Ends: 8/25/2013): A web-based interactive resource to spread awareness of the remaining sildcat species.
Save Virachey Park (Ends: 9/10/2013): Campaign to install motion-trigger cameras in Virachey park, Cambodia, to show it’s a worthwhile preserve of endangerd species. Do it for the dholes!
…Just For Fun
Meme Plus Cats (Ends: 8/17/2013): Stuffed and cartoon anthro versions of a hoste of meme cats (a plush grumpy cat and friends…)
Mahou Shounen FIGHT! (Ends: 8/17/2013): A colorful, humorous, LGBT-friendly graphic novel and webcomic breaking open the Mahou Shounen–crime-fighting magical BOY–genre.
The Wonderful Musical Animals Book and Print (Ends: 8/19/2013): Charming, rhyming book filled with vampire mandolins, rinoccordians, and tuba squid, cobbled together from Victorian illustrations.