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Kickstarter Spotlight: Presidential Assassinations, Cyberpunk, Steampunk Girls and Wrestling

We’ve got an eclectic mix for this week’s Kickstarter Spotlight. Presidential Assassinations, cyberpunk, steampunk girls and wrestling are all represented this week, a little something for everyone.

Children’s Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination

c762743db4bb877890ed8a3905a8c720_largeA Children’s Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination is a beautifully illustrated book born of a child’s desire to learn and a father’s belief that gaining knowledge should be fun and uplifting. It is designed to educate, entertain, and enlighten children from ages 1 to 100. Writer Bryan Young was asked by his child about Lincoln’s assassination and Presidential assassinations in general. After a search to find a book appropriate for her age, he came up empty.

Bryan contacted artist Erin Kubinek, and a collaboration was born that would create a truly unique work of historical education. Each illustration in A Children’s Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination brings this subject to life in a way that will activate the imaginations and ignite the interest of children and adults.

A fun way to learn history, especially dark history like this? Yes please!

Silence in the Library is taking absolutely none of the money from this project. That’s right, the proceeds from this Kickstarter will go directly to paying for the artwork and for the initial print run of A Children’s Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination, and for marketing the book so that they can get it in the hands of as many people as possible. That’s dedication to a project!

Best Pledge: $35 – Gets you the print edition and a drawing of a President by the little girl that inspired it all.

Risk: LOW – I don’t expect there to be too many issues. The time frame looks right and prices about right…

TEMPLATE, Volume 1

b8cc5187bb2a71d029e6f944702bc9cc_largeTemplate is an action thriller with cyberpunk flair. Centering on a private security organization called Oversight, the story chronicles their attempts to make the perfect android soldier. When the first attempt fails, they speed up plans to try again under the assumption they learned from their mistakes. It is at this point that the main character, Beta, is created. Over the course of the series, her development is followed as she explores her own personality and discovers what she can and can’t do not being in full control of herself.

The first trade of Template will collect the first eight issues of the “Digital First” series in a 104 page, full color, trade paperback edition.

60 of the 90 pages is completed which isn’t too bad and to me the story and art look pretty cool.

What I like a lot about the project is the honesty, this is a small indie creator looking for a way to help distribute his comics, and Kickstarter is a way to go. Kind of hard to not spotlight that and help with a small nudge.

The other nice thing is, because this is a web comic already, you can check it all out, for free before you buy it, well at least the parts that are done and up.

Best Pledge: $25 – Gets you the print edition and a DRM free digital copy of the book as well.

Risk: MEDIUM – The prices seem about right as far as pledge levels, though some of that shipping might be a bit off. The delivery date of December 2013 seems a bit rushed as well. I’d expect it to slip a few months if anything.

Annabelle Avery: Steampunk Girl, Comic Book Volume 1

c9c3a031c2f16973b419aa7651f75214_largeThe 60+ page comic book tells the story of Annabelle Avery.  She’s just like any other 17-year-old in 1880’s London, except for one important fact: she owns a jetpack and isn’t afraid to use it!

When her adventurous inventor parents disappear when she is a baby, Annabelle Avery is raised by her posh Uncle Albert, Her Majesty’s Minister of Technology. But Annabelle has danger in her blood, and can’t resist trying to discover their true whereabouts!

To complicate matters, her parents left her an ornate key, which is said to open a mysterious Portal. The mad inventor said to be responsible for their disappearance, one Roderick McCallum, is after the Portal. Annabelle and McCallum have met before, and the violent encounter left McCallum disfigured, his body now augmented with clockwork machinery.

Annabelle now has it in her head that she has to get to the Portal before McCallum inevitably returns!  Her Uncle won’t like it, but nothing stops Annabelle Avery: Steampunk Girl!

Doesn’t the above just sound fun for some reason? Plus you’ve got a kick-ass female hero to boot! reggie waynerThe story sounds fun and art looks awesome. I’m willing to give this one a shot and see how it turns out.

Best Pledge: $20 – Gets you the print edition and a a bunch of digital comics as well.

Risk: MEDIUM – The script is done and “art is underway” but who knows by how much. The date of February 2014 seems like a long time away, but who knows without more details how much is done already. This might slip on the delivery date of the physical books.

Headlocked: The Last Territory

e7133e47522126fa220c9cae066ac873_largeIf you’re a fan of wrestling, then this one is for you. In one sentence, this comic is a wrestling cable drama in a comic book!

Headlocked is a coming-of-age story chronicling a college theater major’s quest to become a professional wrestler. It begins from the moment he unexpectedly falls in love with wrestling and follows his journey through the insanity of the wrestling business as he chases his dream of making it to the bright lights and the big stage of the WFW.

On a deeper level, Headlocked is an examination of wrestling as an art form. The main character, Mike Hartmann, is a college theater major that drops out of school to try and break into the wrestling business. So the reader will learn more about the craft of wrestling through the eyes of a performance artist.

To further the theme of wrestling as art,they use wrestlers to contribute to the book artistically. The interior artist, Michel Mulipola, a wrestler from New Zealand. And the cover artist is WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry “The King” Lawler!

This project has met its goal as well, so you’re guaranteed to get it and don’t have to wonder if it’ll get to the funding needed.

As a cool part of the Kickstarter project, there’s a whole bunch of material by wrestlers that’ll never be produced again other than for this project. This is truly something perfect for fans of professional wrestling.

Best Pledge: $20 – Gets you the print edition.

Risk: MEDIUM –  I didn’t find how much is done, but September 2013 seems a bit short in the production area so expect delays if anything.