The Liches Get Stitches – Elemental Enamel Pins Kickstarter isn’t affiliated with the short story of the same name that I’m suddenly writing, except in the sense that I asked Ben if it was okay if I ran with the title and he said that it was. The entire idea for said story just popped into my head, and it’s amusing – never mind! Ben’s making enamel pins! Back it! Hit the stretch goals, so I can get the glitch one!
Sign up here. Basically, this is a very quick-and-dirty art Kickstarter, starting May 12th. The short version is: I’ve revised and expanded my short story ‘Pickman’s Model’ (yes, I have no shame*) and I plan to publish it on Kindle, and so forth. But for that I need art. I’ve called in Ben Fleuter to make a proper picture for it, but he rather reasonably wishes to get paid.
The Kickstarter itself is going to be fairly low – but if we hit the target, the stretch goals will let me buy more art ahead of time, for the next one or two chapbooks I’m working on now. People who back at the $5 level will get a digital copy of ‘Pickman’s Model,’ complete with the art; people who back at the $10 level will get the story, and digital copies of any chapbooks (plus the art, of course) unlocked by the stretch goals. This is absolutely a digital-only Kickstarter, though. Printing physical books gets expensive, very very quickly.
Got it, paid for it, now I have no excuse to get going and start the proofreading process on the stories. It’s one of those things that’s a royal pain in the ass, but I can’t afford paying anybody for a project this small. On the bright side: hopefully the editing will be relatively lighter when I combine REVISIONARY and ANAGNORISIS and another four illustrated stories into an actual full collection.
At any rate, here’s a little art! Ben Fleuter’s the artist: I’ve worked with him before, and he has a good horror aesthetic. I’m interested to see how this looks on a cover.
There’s one minor tweak that I need have done, but otherwise it’s gonna pop, I think. Ben Fleuter does good work. Can’t wait to tease it out to folks.
Ach, what a weirdly productive month it’s been. I’m getting to the point where I need to start thinking about all the other stuff I’ve been — well, not neglecting. Money was paid for these projects; people need to get their money’s worth. But I got a manuscript that needs a second pass-through, then an alpha reader handout. And soon it will be November, and time to write another book. Busy, busy, busy…
I’ve announced this before, but it’s locked down now: the Fermi Resolution TT RPG worldbook (Powered by GUMSHOE) will have original artwork by Ben Fleuter. Ben, for those of you who do not already read Sword Interval – and if you do not, then please start reading Sword Interval – is a first-rate cartoonist who I’ve wanted an excuse to throw money at for some time now. I think that his aesthetic will work very, very well with this project.
You can get in on this worldbook, and a bunch of other stuff, at the Backerkit FROZEN DREAMS store here. Get it now, because the deals won’t last long!
This Volume 2 Kickstarter is for Ben Fleuter’s excellent magical apocalypse webcomic The Sword Interval, which I can’t recommend enough (and is fortunately/unfortunately* starting to look like it’s coming to a climax). I have Volume 1, and have eagerly backed this one, too. It’s well worth your time.
*Well, you know. When a story’s over, it’s over, right? Leave the shambling undead on the screen or page, not in your creative flow.
I dunno. Maybe there’s a good reason not to read a webcomic about monster hunters with guns in a world about to have a supernatural apocalypse. I can theoretically see why people might not feel like they’d be into that, but when such a theory comes into contact with the awesomeness that is Sword Interval it’s theory that has to give way. This is just a freaking solid webcomic, people. Benjamin Fleuter has a particular talent for worldbuilding; today’s comic in particular does “show, don’t tell” ,marvelously well. Check it out.
PS: Also check out the dude’s Patreon. A buck a month is a small price to pay towards keeping this comic going. I certainly think so.