Cyber/Punk/Funk is a cyberpunk anthology comprised of 10 short stories drawn and written by queer folk and people of color. The purpose of the anthology is to bring the most marginalized voices to the fore, to tell tales of speculative fiction that examines the world as it is and how it may one day be.
Cyber/Punk/Funk does something that hasn't been done before. It takes a genre that has traditionally focused on oppressive regimes, systematic control, and degredation of humanity and centers on the people who don't have to look to fiction to imagine such a world. For people of color, for queerfolk, cyberpunk is now. Cyber/Punk/Funk! is a narrative or protest, of life, love, danger and the pursuit of happiness.
We have a roster made up of industry vets, blue-collar indies, and first timers. The stories you'll find in these pages are as diverse as the artists themselves.
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All funds raised go to paying the contributors, fulfilling reward promises and producing copies of the book. The goal of this book is not only to amplify the voices of people often unheard, but to be a continuous springboard for aspiring artists and to spark conversations. Your contributions go directly toward helping queerfolk and creators of color further their artistic careers.
Each word in the title correlates to the world we live in. Even though the "fiction" found within reaches into the near and distant future. "Cyber" analogizes our current world, where technology quickly outpaces and transcends human evolution. With every new advance of technology, a method is formed to twist it's intent to better suit the systemic oppression we face. "Punk" signifies the way we exist in the margins, the way we challenge the conventions laid upon us by a society that only tolerates us so long as we are slave to its rules. It's the subversion of the meager resources we are allowed to plant the biggest fuck you in the faces of those who are complicit or compliant with oppression. "Funk" is the soul of the oppressed. It transcends everything, it makes you move when you don't want to, it makes you feel because you know it's source is genuine and from the heart. It is sadness. It is pain. It is joy. It is happiness. It is both malcontent and hope for better days. Funk represents the unique perspective that only oppressed people can give. Powerful as it is undeniable.
This is only the start resistance through art and narrative. In the words of Nina Simone "It is an artist's duty to reflect the times". Help us do our duty, backy Cyber/Punk/Funk! today!!
$4,000 - all backers will receive a Cyber/Punk/Funk! wristband as a thank you for helping us reach this new goal.
$4,500 - Cyber/Funk/Punk! everyone who ordered a physical copy of Cyber/Punk/Funk! will receive a special hardcover edition only available through this Kickstarter.
$5,000 - all everyone that ordered a custom print gets a second print for free.
$6,500 - TBA
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