June Kickstarter Round-Up: Transyltown and Postcards From WW1

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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.

Transyltown Volume 1: Moon Glow Tempo: There are very, very few reasons why authors should ever be on Kickstarter. In this day and age it's simply madness to ask investors to pony up $12,000 for hard copies of a book.

That said, there are occasions when it's necessary, and Bruce Small's desire to get a printed trade of his hit web comic Transyltown actually makes sense. If you made it to Comicpalooza you likely saw the rows and rows of wares in Artists Alley, and Small was there among a ton of other local talent. For comic artists looking to get discovered convention appearances are a must, even if your primary vehicle is web comics like Small. You need hard copy to play your product just like a band needs CDs to sell at shows still.

Plus, it's a good deal. It takes just $15 to get the printed version, and with the price of all ages comic literature these days that is a steal. The comic shop perks in particular have some nice bundles, so if you're a retailer you'll really make out on a comic I guarantee will sell.

Goal: $2,000 by July 9

SteamCraft RPG: The Supplements Edition: Angela and Jamie Hardy's steampunk tabletop RPG was already a huge hit on Kickstarter last year thanks to some big bumps from geek bigwigs they impressed at last year's Comicpalooza. Now they're offering a great new supplements package for the game, and that's good because fans can get some sweet deals while it's still in the campaign phase.

$15 nets you the basic expansion for those of you already playing. For people who are just now finding out about SteamCraft you'll want to come in at the $45 level to join in the fun. It's one of Houston's fastest growing, homebrewed games and it's nice to see the city supporting it so hardcore.

Goal: $850 by June 22

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Postcards from the Trenches: Now this one is badass.

During World War I soldiers were often given blank postcards to fill out for their families back home. Lots of them just wrote on them, but some soldiers drew or painted on them about their experiences. The result is a brilliant look at life on the front lines.

Dr. Irene Guenther, History Professor in the Honors College, University of Houston, and Dr. Marion Deshmukh, Professor of History and Art History at George Mason University are putting together an exhibit of these postcards that will run at the printing museum. My only qualm is the price. I'm not sure if getting on the donor list at $10 includes admittance into the exhibit. If it does, then wonderful, but even if it doesn't I'm happy to see a bit of history I didn't even know existed.

Goal: $5,000 by July 9.

Jef has a new story, a tale of headless strippers and The Rolling Stones, available now in Broken Mirrors, Fractured Minds. You can also connect with him on Facebook.

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