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  1. Kickstarter's Geek Universe is Expanding

    It's been an amazing week for geek projects on Kickstarter! Where to begin? Here are four projects you won't want to miss:

    1. Brandon Boyer, former editor of beloved videogame site Offworld, chairman of the IGF, and all-around good guy (seriously, watch the testimonials in the video) just launched a project for his new site Venus Patrol. Venus Patrol will bring you all sorts of awesome content focused on "beautiful things from the world of videogames" and become a new home for video game aficionados, designers, coders, and artists:

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    If that's not enough, the rewards are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Just look at this:

    2. We also saw the launch of Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer's mini-tour, complete with ridiculously adorable shaky hand-held video, promises of antics and (artistic) nakedness, and surprisingly non-suggestive banana consumption by Neil himself:

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    My favorite reward? For $30 the project image you see above, featuring Neil and Amanda at the world's best tea party, becomes a poster you can hang on your wall. HELLO:

    3. One of my personal faves is Len Peralta's Geek A Week project. This is great one for anyone who's been wondering who's who in the world of geekdom (also: can I fit any more who's into this sentence?). Back in 2010, Len started drawing and conducting podcast interviews with a notable geek every week for a year. He created a super-cool deck of collectible cards including HUGE geek superstars like Stan Lee, Neil Gaiman (inter-projectivity is what I'm gonna call that), and Wil Wheaton. Speaking of Wil Wheaton, here he is folks:

    Wheaaatooon!!!!!
    Wheaaatooon!!!!!

    This time around, Len's got a whole new crew of geeks to draw:

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    You could pick up a deck of geek trading cards for $15, but you'd be insane not to pledge $25 in order to get the deck plus a super secret bonus card. I like secrets:

    4. And last, but certainly not least, is this DEAR GOD WHY DOES IT LOOK SO FUN video game project:

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    You get to play a starship captain and go on space adventures! If, like me, you happen to already be a starship captain, you can just go ahead and start recruiting your crew and comb the universe for M-Class planets. And who can resist a reward named for the infamous redshirt:

    Good stuff is brewing in the geek universe on Kickstarter. All part of my diabolical plan!

    (Note: This post is best read in the voice of Batman).

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  2. Waxing Romantic with Animal Crayons!

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    Crystal Ayala makes crayons! And not just your average batch of half-broken nubs served at the local diner. She handcarves detailed molds in whimsical animal shapes like "Peacock,' "Elephant," and "Sloth" — and then casts them in a variety of pretty colors, including, my favorite, marbled rainbow. Her Kickstarter project was small but sweet, raising just enough to cover the production costs for a line of six different critters. Since its success, she's been hard at work carving and creating, plus (aww!) thanking her backers

    A glimpse into her creative process is, no surprise, pure joy:

    Making a sloth.
    Making a sloth.
    Finishing a sloth!
    Finishing a sloth!
    A few of Crystal's animal molds, perched deskside.
    A few of Crystal's animal molds, perched deskside.
    Tools of the trade.
    Tools of the trade.
    Melting wax to pour into the molds. Pretty color!
    Melting wax to pour into the molds. Pretty color!
    The complete rainbow!
    The complete rainbow!
    The "warm" colors.
    The "warm" colors.
    The "cool" colors.
    The "cool" colors.
    The crayons in action.
    The crayons in action.

    Check out more crayon crafting shots on her Flickr.

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