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About

Old things die...

The mainstream music industry consistently gouged the consumer, failed to provide value, ripped off their own artists, and for these reasons is now giving up the ghost and dying. From the ashes of that failure a fiery New Breed is arising that isn't afraid to embrace new and strange methods if the result is MORE value, MORE user participation, BETTER products and productions, and MORE power for YOU, the supporter!  

PARANORMAL STRANGENESS is much MORE than what you see at first glance. Watch the video then come on back for all the details and secrets that hide in Ken's Strange House of Cards.

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PARANORMAL STRANGENESS in a Glance

A Custom Deck of 54 Paranormal Playing Cards
MAGICK: An Animated/Flip/Marked Deck
10 New Songs released in a New Dropcard method
A chance to get YOUR face on our CD
Original Artwork and top notch Guest Artists
Kickstarter Exclusive Products
Limited Editions
Rewards that include User Participation
Select Tier levels that gain VALUE as the project grows
and Unique Public Events across America

Spirit Eternal
Cards by USPCC/Bicycle
Artist and Musician Ken D. Webber
Musician LaKendrick Washington
Photographer Erin Black
Podcaster Ed Ciucevich
- Digital Mancave
Guest Musician Blake Noble
Guest Artist Cameron Davis - Dreamworks Animation, Guitar Hero, The Gnomon Workshop


Guest Artist Noah Bradley - Wizards of the Coast, Cryptozoic Ent., ImagineFX Magazine


Guest Artist Chet Zar -The Ring, Planet of the Apes, Darkman, Hellboy I and II, and worked with the rock band TOOL on their videos

I am making room in my Strange House for the greatness in YOU, the new dark breed. We dance together with ghosts. We make bets against death. We get it.

More than high weirdness, more than paranormal activity, an artist needs time and support to fuel their activities... or the muse of inspiration takes up residence in someone else's house. With your help, her lovingly haunting touch will keep me awake for nights on end, making music, creating a body of art, feeding off each other... possession never felt so good!

Seriously, after putting most of my own funds into this, a project this ambitious and broad can only exist by getting as many passionate people as possible involved - and hoping they pull in other like minds! The result is increased value for supporters, the production of Kickstarter exclusives, more rewards, and the creation of unique social events that make people sit up and take notice of who we are and what we have to say.

And I'm gonna let you in on a little secret... Behind the scenes - I am two jumps ahead. Your support now is going to help enable the project AFTER this one, The Room for 333 Squares Art/Music Project involving a helluva lot of original oil paintings, MORE guest artists, MORE music, and MORE cool things for you to get your hands on!!!

MUSIC to your ears

This project is more than just playing cards. Your support will fund the mastering and production of Paranormal Strangeness, the debut CD from Plague of Smiles, which will also be released in a new dropcard method of music distribution (read the FAQ at the bottom of the page for more info) that could very well make a significant change in how music is distributed in the future.  I'm going to put the POWER back into your hands!

My Home Studio.  Some SICK Spaghetti Nightmares!
My Home Studio. Some SICK Spaghetti Nightmares!
 

Let’s talk about user participation in Paranormal Strangeness. There are ways to get YOUR face on the CD's digipak or in the electronic PDF document. A lucky few will even be immortalized on one of the 56 custom Paranormal Playing Cards.  Every single person that contributes to this project is also going to be providing data. That data is going to create a really cool Kickstarter exclusive Paranormal Strangeness poster. It will create a GOOD/EVIL Paranormal event in which votes go towards working either the good or the evil, which is sure to send ripples of debate throughout the physical and spiritual world.  For example, take a closer look at the two $60 GUITAR WORLD poster tiers.  Similar yes, but there is a very slight and important difference. DEAD TIME is a concept mentioned in John Berendt's famous book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and is explained more fully here, http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/03/09/bsp/midnight.html 

Further, your votes and data will be made public... so the government and their pocket media companies can no longer skew the polls with their lies. The bigger we get, the louder our TRUTH becomes. "The Truth is out there" and now that uncensored TRUTH is going to be seen by one and all.  What names will be praised BEFORE Midnight?  What names will come up AFTER Midnight?  Whose name will you throw into the DEAD TIME?  Which side will get your vote?  Will more people praise the light or will more people curse the darkness?  We'll find out!

When I say custom cards I mean CUSTOM CARDS!

A lot of Bicycle decks I see on Kickstarter are basically your average card deck with very small changes.  I wanted to do MORE.  So each and every card in the deck is custom, not just the royal cards.  The cards run the gamut from Secret Societies, UFO's, and C.I.A. Mind Control to traditional paranormal subjects like Prophetic Dreams, Ancient Aliens, Zombies, Telepathy, and Vampires (equal doses of whimsy mixed with deadly serious secrets). My favorite cards are the King of Diamonds Planet Cthun (a card honoring Stephen King) and the Five of Spades (dedicated to one of my favorite guitar players, John 5 - "Werewolf Women of WySSteria"). The cards have rounded corners for easy play and come coated with a special finish for long, long life.  The primary creator of the cards is artist and musician Ken D. Webber, with support from photographer Erin Black, and - THREE Guest Artists - who will appear once we reach our stretch goals!

Click above to see how the card designs are progressing!
Click above to see how the card designs are progressing!
27" X 39" Poster.  Click above to see enlargement.
27" X 39" Poster. Click above to see enlargement.
        

All tier levels include shipping and handling in the price. INTL orders pay attention to the extra charges and note that some tiers are USA only.

Each dropcard contains a download code that unlocks 10 new songs, videos, a 40 page electronic PDF, electronic viewing of all the cards, and a Podcast with yours truly.  Read more about them in our F.A.Q. section. And yes, hint, hint, hint, there are a few secrets on how to properly use the card to maximize it's power, and make the card work for YOU!

front of Dropcards
front of Dropcards
back of Dropcards
back of Dropcards

If you run a blog or a website, consider embedding our videos on your pages. Post a good word or two on Facebook. Twitter. Learn about our new dropcard method and tell your friends about it. Interviews... send your questions to kensmindmovie@hotmail.com with INTERVIEW REQUEST in the subject line.

The EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter tuck box
The EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter tuck box
One of our stretch goals, the ANIMATED/Flip Deck!
One of our stretch goals, the ANIMATED/Flip Deck!
Unique Social Events ARE in the planning!
Unique Social Events ARE in the planning!

I am asking you to join our movement and spread the word so that we can go beyond our initial goal of $20,000.00 and hit those stretch goals, making Paranormal Strangeness the best release of 2013, giving supporters and collectors the best value for their money. When we go substantially over our initial goal then more tier levels are unlocked and some reward levels will get bonus items. The design of this project is for it to become massive, allowing you to become a contributing part of a much bigger movement. We are creating a dividing line between the artists and musicians that go out of their way to provide value for their supporters... / ...and record label hack artists with little talent that have been getting by on autotune, good looks, and using $$$ to game the system.

International Shipping

International shipping is the effing DEVIL here in Ken's Strange House of Cards. Everything about it brings discord and strife, with the exception that I'm able to get some really cool stuff out to collectors. From a purely financial point of view, we would be better off setting a package on fire, as a ritualistic sacrifice to dark and Elder Cthunic gods, than sending it overseas. I love all of you but something has to be done, right? With that said, there are a few INTL rewards, but you will pay, pay, pay. Blame the guy with the horns and the pitchfork.

THANK YOU ONE AND ALL!

Click here to go to Add On Page (where we have some Kickstarter Exclusives!)

It's gettin' HOT in here!
It's gettin' HOT in here!

Risks and challenges

As Senior Graphic Designer for GRS Vossloh North America I learned to marry quality work with speed. At launch I had completed most of the cards with backups on another hard drive (with the exception of cards that require user participation). All other graphic design is also finished, stored on backup drives, and ready to put into production. Four songs have been written and recorded with the others scheduled to be finished from October to December. I'll be making updates all along the way of the project so you know exactly where we stand. Your funds will put much of the finished products into immediate production. The plan is to get everything off to the printers and expense orders out before year's end in order to avoid big taxes. Personal and custom items that I have to create are expected to be finished before summer 2014. The product will arrive in 2014 and I will immediately begin shipping it out to you when I get it.

The BIG challenge is simply stuffing product into envelopes and tubes and not going completely insane from the repetitious nature of shipping and handling. I intend to solve that with heavy alternating doses of coffee, heavy metal, Amanda Palmer, Jim Harold's Paranormal Podcasts, and shockingly loud shred sessions on the guitar to keep my focus sharp. My brother Mike also happens to be Vossloh's Production Manager. So between the two of us, we've got you covered.

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    "CHOP CHOP" - I send you the full version mp3 of "Rolling off the Guillotine" the song heard in the video.

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    "LUCKY YOU" - one deck of Paranormal Playing Cards and the digital download.

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    "EARLY BIRD SPECIAL" - Everything in STACKED below, but you must choose either the BEFORE midnight option or the AFTER midnight option.

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    "STACKED - BEFORE MIDNIGHT" - Two decks of Paranormal Playing Cards. Two stickers. A postcard. The digital download. My custom guitar pick. Three dropcards, and your voice will be heard as we'll collect your paranormal data. You will also send us a name and Ken will work the Dead Time for you, 30 minutes BEFORE Midnight. Realize, I want the name of someone in the past tense, that's already dead and gone. DEAD TIME explained here, http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/03/09/bsp/midnight.html

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    "STACKED - AFTER MIDNIGHT" - Two decks of Paranormal Playing Cards. Two stickers. A postcard. The digital download. My custom guitar pick. Three dropcards, and your voice will be heard as we'll collect your paranormal data. You will also send us a name and Ken will work the Dead Time for you, 30 minutes AFTER Midnight. Realize, I want the name of someone in the past tense, that's already dead and gone. DEAD TIME explained here, http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/03/09/bsp/midnight.html

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    "BLACK" - Two decks of paranormal playing cards, one of which is signed. The digital download. My custom guitar pick, two stickers, five dropcards to do with as you please, and I've collaborated with photographer Erin Black to create a set of paranormal collector postcards. She will create 13 photographic works of genius (what a lucky number) that'll be turned into 5" X 7" postcards. Some of these shots will be from the upcoming costume/listening party to be held in haunted Savannah, GA when we get into the "Dead Time." One of these shots, featuring Kickstarter supporters at the event, will become a card in the deck! You'll get 3 of each shot plus a signed cover sheet of the series (40 cards in all)! And your voice will be heard as we'll collect your paranormal data.

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    "USER PARTICIPATION" - The Kickstarter survey contains a small paranormal poll that will be the foundation of this unique Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE medium sized 19" X 28" poster, unsigned (as seen on my website). You'll also get the digital download, two decks of paranormal playing cards, and three dropcards. Let your voice be heard!

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    "SHIRT" - Your choice of shirt in whatever size you wear, two decks of cards, five dropcards, the digital download, two stickers, the collectible guitar pick, a postcard to send your friends, and your voice will be heard as we'll collect your paranormal data.

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    "GUITAR WORLD BEFORE MIDNIGHT" - As seen in Guitar World Magazine, three decks of cards, a 27" X 39" "movie-size" poster for the release of Paranormal Strangeness, the digital download, ten dropcards to do with as you please, my custom guitar pick, a postcard to send your friends, and stickers too! Plus... the first 20 people to order will also get their face included in the graphic design for the digital PDF booklet! Also, you send us a name and Ken will work the Dead Time for you, 30 minutes BEFORE Midnight. Realize, I want the name of someone in the past tense, that's already dead and gone. DEAD TIME explained here, http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/03/09/bsp/midnight.html

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    "GUITAR WORLD AFTER MIDNIGHT" - As seen in Guitar World Magazine, three decks of cards, a 27" X 39" "movie-size" poster for the release of Paranormal Strangeness, the digital download, ten dropcards to do with as you please, my custom guitar pick, a postcard to send your friends, and stickers too! Plus... the first 20 people to order will also get their face included in the graphic design for the digital PDF booklet! Also, you send us a name and Ken will work the Dead Time for you, 30 minutes AFTER Midnight. Realize, I want the name of someone in the past tense, that's already dead and gone. DEAD TIME explained here, http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/03/09/bsp/midnight.html

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    "ET PHONE HOME" - Everything in the GUITAR WORLD level (I also take both names, good and evil, for working your Dead Time), but I sign your poster and I send you a personal phone call. We can discuss the paranormal, secrets, the music business, art, the price of ice cubes in Hades, whatever you'd like to talk about. I'll also collect your paranormal data and allow you a dead time vote.

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    "JUST A BRICK" - A full brick (12) of Paranormal Playing Cards

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    "ART COLLECTOR, SMALL LEVEL." You will own a piece of the "Room" BEFORE the "Room" exists! First come. First served. I send you an original finished oil painting (dry to the touch and non-varnished) used to create one of my cards, framed in a metal floating gallery frame, painted on a 6" X 6" gessoed cradled wood panel, with a certificate of authenticity on back as proof that it does belong, in fact, to The Room for 333 Squares Art/Music Project. For sake of what true collectors call "providence" I will also include a handwritten signed note describing the piece and it's story. To this I add the digital download, 3 decks of paranormal playing cards, 10 dropcards, my custom guitar pick, an instruction sheet telling you how to care for your original art, and stickers. We also collect your paranormal data and allow you a dead time vote.
    Available cards include:
    Ace of Clubs, King of Diamonds, Seven of Clubs, Nine of Spades.

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    "IMMORTALIZED" - I send you everything in the GUITAR WORLD level. I also collect a really good head shot from you, at the appropriate resolution, and YOU become one of two quick and lucky individuals to be immortalized within the 56 custom Paranormal Playing Cards. I am putting YOU on a card! And I collect your paranormal data and allow you a dead time vote.

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    "ART COLLECTOR, MEDIUM LEVEL." Same as ART COLLECTOR, SMALL, with the exception that this is a bigger 12" X 12" framed square. First come. First served. We will also collect your paranormal data and allow you a dead time vote. Only available card is:
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    "GOTTA BE QUICK." - You get everything in the Guitar World Promotion level plus I place the actual signed IG guitar I used to record Paranormal Strangeness into a brand new case and send it off to you along with a coffin case wall hanger to display your new guitar and a signed copy of the digipak. You now own a piece of musical history. (NOTE: This is NOT the Tree of Life TRUTH TM model guitar as featured on the CD and poster. It is a unique one-of-a-kind IG guitar with Paranormal Strangeness graphics from the one and only Rob O' Reilly! See the hot girl with the guitar at the bottom of the page, column left). And your voice will be heard in our paranormal poll along with a dead time vote.

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    "STAKING THE HEART" - If you live in the general Waco/Temple Texas area I will come visit you personally with everything in the ET PHONE HOME level and bring a signed guitar from my studio that I used on the recording for you. We can talk, hang out, whatever, it may even end up on youtube and I'll listen to all the paranormal things you have to tell me, which will go into the data pool. You'll also get a dead time vote.

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    "OPPORTUNITY KNOCKING" - I get on a plane or send you a ticket, your choice. If you decide to come out to visit me in Texas we can hang out in my music studio, record something if you're up to it. Either way, we have a personal meeting somewhere and trade paranormal stories over drinks and dinner (your data and vote becomes part of the project). You also get everything in the GUITAR WORLD Level. Based upon our conversations, which may be captured for youtube, I am going to work with you on creating an oil painting so that you'll receive a part of The Room before it's even open - framed and with a certificate of authenticity. I'll answer any questions you have, including those that would revolve around business, future opportunities, collaborations, or the various occult secrets I have rolling around in my noodle. We can talk business, music, art, science, even politics and religion. You'll also get a dead time vote.

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Funding period

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