A Feast of New Projects
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It’s officially the holidays and, if you’re anything like us, you’re gearing up to be eating a lot over the next few days. In that spirit, here’s a veritable feast of our favorite new projects. Go ahead, enjoy! Unlike another slice of Auntie June’s pecan pie, this one is guilt-free.
The Winter King was an idea that project creator Christopher had over a decade ago, but that never came to fruition until he met George via the internet last year. After plumbing the depths of their shared comic knowledge and commiserating about everything they had in common, the two decided to embark on the project together. Now — 100+ pages of work and countless revisions later — the first issue is ready for an audience. A great project video combining their personal story with intriguing glimpses of the finished work, plus great rewards ($10 for a copy of the completed comic), make this an easy one to fall in love with.
There is just something about this project. The pacing, the story, the characters, the fact that the reward tiers are named after notorious backwoods Florida wildlife (“Palmetto Bug”/”Cooter”), the rewards themselves, which celebrate the spirit and subject matter of the film (specially designed temporary tattoos, cracker recipes, honorary alligator namings, etc)… I’m just totally charmed by it. Highly recommended!
The premise of Christine’s project is simple: anybody who pledges $15 will receive a personal haiku. It’s a playful use of the platform, and I enjoy Christine’s democratic approach to her creative work. As she states in her project description: “…everyone deserves to be the subject of a work of art.” It’s a lovely sentiment and I can’t wait to see where she goes with it!
“Music Man” is a kinetic sculpture made from the parts of various musical instruments. His lungs are a miniature accordion, his head is shaped like a violin, and when he’s wound up, he plays himself to create a macabre, sorrowful tune. Sculpture artist/engineer Bayard Baudoin has even crafted an inventive story behind the animatron’s existence:
“Supposedly, the wreckage of a ship washed up onto shore. Broken instruments were scattered about amongst the seaweed and assembled themselves into this character. He now haunts a small fishing village by the sea.”
A wildly innovative concept, combined with some amazing product sketches, have me super intrigued to see how this turns out.
Already once a successful project creator, Crap Hound are back to release a revised and expanded edition of their “Hands, Hearts & Eyes” issue. Originally printed in 1996, the newest version adds 12 pages of content an issue already jammed with over-the-top, crazy/cool imagery. Very cool stuff.