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Kickstarter Spotlight – Original Sins: Trade Secrets of the Femme Fatale

Every once in a while I dip my toes into prose and this Kickstarter project caught my eye, dealing with noir and femme fatale’s a genre I love to read. Original SinsTrade Secrets of the Femme Fatale is a tongue-in-cheek non-fiction book that draws from characters fictional and historical, serious and tabloid written by Kim Krizan, writer of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. But, there’s a comic book connection here, Krizan also wrote the critically-acclaimed comic book, Zombie Tales: 2061, published by BOOM! Studios.

Kickstarter is a crowd-funding website where individuals pledge money towards projects, and in return might receive something for their pledge (for example a comic book, dvd or in this case a book). Those trying to get a project funded set goals which have to be reached, or no money is received. Krizan’s debut non-fiction book is being offered directly to fans worldwide in exchange for pledges of support. If Krizan raises $10,000, the book will be published and those pledging $25 or more will receive a hard copy.

Kirzan said this as to why she is using Kickstarter:

In Hollywood, a writer is either handing off ideas to a studio or writing spec scripts that rely on some business person to fund. The Hollywood writer is always waiting and at every turn, her work is in the hands of middle men. With Kickstarter, I can go to fans directly and they alone get to decide whether my project goes out in the world.

Original Sins: Trade Secrets of the Femme Fatale was inspired by Krizan’s long-time fascination with femme fatales, femme fatale films, and her experiences as a woman and a Hollywood writer. It asks timeless questions: “What does a woman wear when she kills her husband?” “What does a woman drive when she gets out of Sh*tsville?” and “How does a woman get revenge on society en masse?” It’s sprinkled with examples from real-life history and is a mash-up of profane, profound, and perverse observations on female power.

To receive a copy of Original Sins: Trade Secrets of the Femme Fatale, Krizan has devised twelve pledge levels, allowing the potential reader to purchase the book in print or digitally, and to receive an array of bonus gifts. Her final pledge level allows the fan to have the unique experience of meeting Krizan at Los Angeles’ famous Union Station to live out their own Before Sunrise experience by walking and talking into the evening.

You might also know Krizan from her role as hip high school teacher Ginny Stroud in Dazed and Confused, who mouths the Fourth of July’s perennially favorite line, “Hey guys, one more thing, hey, this summer when you’re being inundated with all this American bicentennial Fourth of July brouhaha, don’t forget what you’re celebrating and that’s the fact a bunch of slave-owning, aristocratic, rich white males didn’t want to pay their taxes.”

You can chip in now and help get this funded.

Best Pledge: $25, $35 or $50 for which you’ll receive various forms of the book.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day!  What’s everyone getting?

Around the Blogs:

Kotaku – Read These Noir Comics Masterpieces to Get Ready for Max Payne 3Some solid recommendations.

Bleeding cool – Jeff Wadlow To Direct And Co-Write Kick-Ass 2, Original Cast In Frame To ReturnHopefully it’s a bit different than the second volume comic book story.


Around the Tubes Reviews:

CBR – Higher Earth #1

Spandexless – PIGS Vol. 1

Publishers Weekly – Comics Reviews May 2012

Marvel Noir Looks at Depression Era Politics

Those teasers Marvel has been showing at recent conventions?  They’re for a new imprint called Marvel Noir, a re-imagining of it’s characters as gritty pulp stories set around the era just post Great Depression.  In an interview with some of the series writers, IGN pulled out the below nugget of how the writers plan on including the political realities of the time:

David Hine: …We wanted to get some of the politics of the period into the book, so we made Peter the nephew of socialist agitators, Ben and May Parker, who run up against the Goblin – the major gang leader of the period, whose activities include strike-breaking and busting the heads of commies on the orders of corrupt politicians and with the connivance of corrupt cops. There are a lot of parallels with the real-life corruption that was rife in American politics in the thirties. We also wanted to depict the life of the homeless during the Depression, so we did a lot of research to make everything as authentic as possible.

JJJ is a campaigning editor who wants to expose the political realities and the appalling living conditions of the working class, particularly the millions who had lost their jobs. Felicia Hardy is the femme fatale of the series. She is the owner and manager of the Black Cat speakeasy.

IGN Comics: What informed the recreated characters the most – the “noir” genre, the era or the changes to Peter Parker himself? Were there any characters that simply would not work with this new reality?

Hine: The noir genre certainly influenced the cynicism and bleakness that permeates the series. Even our ‘good guys’ are corrupted by their entry into a shadowy world on the margins of society. But all that bleakness comes as a natural consequence of the historical setting. 1932 was not a very edifying time to be living in New York. Prohibition, unemployment, the dead-end policies of President Hoover, widespread political corruption, homelessness, alcoholism.

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