Fortunately, if this team reaches its crowdfunding goal, they'll be available in adult sizes as well. Also looking for crowdfunding help is an exciting new anime, dolls based on real historical women, and a new online science fiction and fantasy magazine.
This is one of those Kickstarter campaigns where you most definitely want to watch the video, because it shows off a few sequences from the anime thriller Under the Dog, with a story by writer and video game director Jiro Ishii and directed by Masahiro Ando, an animator and animation director who has worked on Fullmetal Alchemist, Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, and Metropolis, among many, many other projects. Here's the premise:
The year is 2025 in the city of Tokyo Bayside Special District, five years following the devastation wrought by a specially enhanced groups of terrorists at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Out of the ashes of that desolation, the UN formed a special covert branch headquartered in Tokyo Bay solely purposed with searching out and eliminating the forces responsible for the attack along with anyone even bearing a remote resemblance to them.
As a cover, the International School for Boys and Girls was established for the ongoing covert operation of discovering and recruiting gifted high school students, each with their own special abilities, and to coerce them in the service of an elite death squad. These troops are tasked with ferreting out and exterminating all individuals with powers like their own.
There is no choosing sides for these recruits and failure is not an option. Failure on the field assures not only their own, but also their loved ones' deaths. In order to assure compliance, each agent's dearest loved ones have been secretly outfitted with a micro cranial bomb and all agent's actions and speech are closely monitored and recorded through a battle chip embedded in their brain. In the event the UN commanding officer determines an agent falls out of protocol, their loved ones immediately suffer the consequences.
For a $25 pledge, Creative Intelligence Arts is offering backers an HD download of the 24-minute episode.
Do you read Wonderella? You should be reading Wonderella. Justin Pierce's lazy, cynical, hard-drinking webcomic superheroine somehow manages to save the day...when she feels like it. Pierce is collecting four years of The Non-Adventures of Wonderella, plus Wonderella's original origin story and deleted scenes, in print. He's offering a PDF of the most recent book for a $15 pledge, PDFs of all three Wonderella books for a $30 pledge, or a physical copy of the new book along with a PDF copy for a $30 pledge.
If you want your kids to be inspired by real-life female heroes, take a peek at these dolls, modeled after aviator Bessie Coleman, chemist Marie Curie, and programmer Ada Lovelace. Each doll also comes with an app that tells the woman's life story and includes games related to her accomplishments. The team is offering the first two dolls, Marie Curie and Bessie Coleman, for an $80 pledge, or you can make a $45 pledge to have a doll donated to a girl in need of inspiration.
Okay, these are adorable, and not just because of the pun. And yes, they will come in adult sizes. One pair in a kid's size is available for an $88 pledge and pair in an adult size is available for a $99 pledge.
Three-time Hugo Award-winner Lynne M. Thomas and three-time Hugo Award nominee Michael Damian Thomas are launching a new online science fiction and fantasy magazine featuring new and classic speculative fiction, fiction podcasts, poetry, essays, art, and interviews. Our own Charlie Jane Anders is onboard as a year-one contributor, as are folks like Neil Gaiman, Paul Cornell, Mary Robinette Kowal, Ken Liu, and Catherynne M. Valente.