If the title of this post wasn’t clear, perusing Kickstarter is one of the best ways to find (and hopefully support) something you really dig. Now, let’s be honest–I know that you know that we all know that everyone and their brother has heard of the celebrated crowdfunding resource by now.
But that’s not the point of this post. The point is this: Kickstarter is more than just a great place to give or get the dough for creative projects. It’s a treasure chest of cosmic proportions, the likes of which offer discovery of unique goodies (for which you must then wait with bated breath) like no other. It’s like Christmas Eve all year-long!
Case in point: The Wardenclyffe Horror. This project launched on October 11, 2012, and is the brainchild of David Winchester and Christopher Avery. The story’s main characters are real-life friends Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain, and its plot is centered around the consequences of fringe science when things go askew. And as in all good Lovecraftian stories, I’m sure the horror of the unknown will be an essential theme. I mean, one of the characters simply called “the Other,” so that’s good news, right?
Now, to be fair, this particular project has more potential than most. Incidentally, there are a lot of duds on Kickstarter in the eyes of any given site visitor. Sorry, vast majority of members. This is not necessarily because there are lots of bad projects. It just so happens that due to taste, the projects that any one person may find really, really fascinating are likely few and far between. That being said, there are boatloads of ongoing fundraisers, so finding a potentially great one to be a part of (and get cool stuff for contributing) shouldn’t be a difficult task.
That’s exactly how I found Wardenclyffe–browsing through dozens of projects, searching with keywords that I thought might drum up something that would tickle my fancy. And how. A graphic novel with Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain together solving a Lovecraftian mystery? Yes please. And in my favorite medium to boot. I figured I couldn’t not help these guys out…Then I saw that the launch had expired with full funding. While I’m sorry I didn’t catch this jewel in time to contribute, I’ll certainly be purchasing a few copies for myself and some friends when it’s finished and released.
About the creators of The Wardenclyffe Horror:
David is a wind turbine mechanic and closeted creative wizard. Well, not really “closeted”, since he’s crowd funding and seems to be quite the successful idea man.
Christopher has an M.A in applied anthropology from San Jose State University and is a writer of comics and speculative fiction.
The artist, Robert Rath, is an award-winning illustrator of children’s books and graphic novels and has worked for the likes of Lucasfilm, the History Channel and Pelican Press.
Image from Caffeineforge.