On the list of projects looking for a little crowfunding is an artbook depicting a world created by movie concept artists, a collection of comics based on the tales of the Brothers Grimm, a swashbuckling all-ages fantasy novel, a series of stories from the universe of the Elite computer games, and an anthology of short films from Italy's exploitation directors.
Top image from Erstwhile Tales.
Justin Sweet and Vance Kovacs are concept artists who have worked on the Narnia movies, Snow White and the Huntsman, John Carter, Thor, The Avengers, and more. In The Art of Eclipse: The Well and the Black Sea, they will be sharing a fantasy world of their own creation, collecting traditional and digital paintings, sketches and watercolors, writings and ideas into a concept art book. For a $35 pledge, they are offering hardcover copies of the book.
We're great fans of the webcomic Erstwhile Tales, which adapts the less popular fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. The second print volume contains the stories "Snow White & Rose Red," "Brother & Sister," "Iron Hans," "Death of the Little Hen," "Doctor Know-It-All," and "The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes." For a $15 pledge, backers can nab ebooks of both volumes, or they can pick up a print copy of Volume 2 for an $18 pledge.
Aaron de Orive (Star Wars: The Old Republic, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided) and Nebula-nominated Martha Wells (The Death of the Necromancer, Emilie and the Hollow World) have collaborated on a new, all-ages, swashbuckling adventure novel, Blade Singer:
Manuel "Manny" Boreaux, a troubled adolescent from Texas, is magically transported into the body of a goblin pickpocket in an alternate world inhabited by faerie creatures. Manny must quickly adapt to the danger all around him and try to find a way to get back home, a feat complicated by the pickpocket's association with a notorious gang of thieves. But when Manny uncovers a plot to assassinate a young king, he must enlist the aid of an elf cavalier and a cat burglar to thwart a Sidhe witch's scheme to ignite a civil war between humans and the Fae.
For a $10 pledge, they are offering ebook copies of the novel and a print volume for a $20 pledge.
When the open-ended space trading video game Elite was first introduced in 1984, it came with Robert Holdstock's novella The Dark Wheel, set in the game's universe. In that same spirit, Dan Grubb is working with 18 authors to produce a series of audiobooks and print novels set in the world of Elite. They should make a nice companion to the game Elite: Dangerous, which Frontier Developments is planning to release early next year. Grubb is offering various book and ebook packs at various pledge levels.
Twelve Italian directors from the Giallo and horror genres gather for THE BOOK, an anthology of gory love letters to Rome. Each director will helm their own episode of the series, showcase their unique vision of Rome—with plenty of genre movie magic. For a $25 pledge, backers will get to view the completed project digitally. For a $50 pledge, they can get a signed DVD/Blu-Ray copy of THE BOOK.