February Kickstarter Round-Up: Wooden Pens and Crazy Filmmakers

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Once a month we'll be bringing you a look at some of the best local Kickstarter campaigns in order to let you know what's getting ready to be unleashed through the help of small investors.

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Frontier Graveyard: The Risen: I'm usually brutal on any kind of books raising money on Kickstarter because, and I cannot repeat this enough, you don't need money to write 90 percent of the books you want to publish. Most of the things you think you need to be doing, like printing up copies to try and sell to bookstores, are ridiculous and speak poorly of your understanding of the modern publishing world.

One exception is comics and graphic novels, which do indeed benefit a great deal from hard copies in comic shops. Sure, you can break into digital well. Our own Red 5 Comics is doing swimmingly in that area last I heard, but comics is still a very indie operation and folks are more likely to try out your wares if they can lay hands on them.

Frontier Graveyard has all the earmarks of a fantastic horror western comic right down to having samurais. The world needs more zombies like it needs more idiots talking about chemtrails, but everything in the book looks like brutal pulp fun. The $25 donation is your best value, netting you both a digital download and a print copy of the complete graphic novel. Higher levels get a zombified version of yourself on an alternative cover, which is probably worth a couple as a conversation piece in your home if nothing else.

Goal: $3,000 by March 3.

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Elegant Handcrafted Items Made From Beautiful Wood: My grandfather was a master woodworker, so trust me when I say I know quality when I see it. Robert Hodge is looking to get into more and more of these amazingly stylish wooden crafts that he's started selling, and the wooden pens alone are worth looking at. If nothing else, click on the link for a brief video showing the process of creating them. It's a treat all by itself.

$20 gets you a basic slim line wooden pen that will definitely set you apart from the crowd. For the ultimate in style and swagger though you'll want to drop $65 on the fountain pen made of exotic woods and with chrome highlights. These sort of items normally retail to the conspicuous consumption crowd at much higher prices, so get some before Hodges realizes he's undercutting himself.

Goal: $400 by February 26

Round-up continues on next page.

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