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Kickstarters: Victorian-Style Playing Cards and New Guitarmy of One Album

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Costume designer Laura Meyer is back on Kickstarter, this time with a Victorian-style playing card deck, while Scott Helland has launched a campaign for a new Guitarmy of One solo album.

Antique de la Mode

Meyer, who previously ran a successful campaign for her book The Victorian Collection: Advanced Costuming Techniques, is now seeking funding for what she describes as “a deck of playing cards that sneaks some interesting, quirky learning at you.”

Each card includes a definition of an obscure fashion term, illustrated by artist Katie French in a style Meyer describes as having “an Edward Gorey vibe.” The deck also features some of Meyer’s costume designs.

Some terms are “downright naughty-sounding,” she writes, but the cards “are completely all-ages appropriate.”

Pledges to obtain the deck begin at US$20. Other rewards include a Victorian-inspired memory card game, The Victorian Collection book, and a 2024 calendar. She estimates that they will ship in October.

The campaign launched May 30 and seeks US$3300 by June 29. See the Kickstarter page for more info.

The Waves Files

Scott Helland, the “punk” in the musical duo Frenchy and the Punk, has turned to Kickstarter to fund the release of this new Guitarmy of One solo album. He describes it as “10 cinematic instrumental songs inspired by surf guitar, spy noir, punk rock and movie soundtracks.”

His previous solo effort, The Spy Detective Collective, had themes related to spy and detective TV shows from the 1960s and 70s. This one will also pay homage to TV classics, but with more of a “surf guitar influence,” he writes, so the tracks will have a nautical spin, or “espionage on the open sea” as he puts it.

They include “Kolchak meets the Sea Mobster” (a nod to Kolchak: The Night Stalker); “Jack Lord of the Sea” (Hawaii Five-O); “Soylent Seafoam Green” (Soylent Green), “Seance for the Saint” (The Saint); and “Sea Legs Diamond” (real-life mobster Legs Diamond).

Pledges to obtain the album begin at US$15 for a digital download, $27 for a flash drive containing the music, and $30 for a CD. Other rewards include patches, stickers, and themed apparel. He estimates delivery in September.

The campaign launched May 30 and seeks US$7007 by June 20. It got off to a good start, reaching nearly half its goal on the first day. See the Kickstarter page for more info.

Ongoing Campaigns

These campaigns are continuing to seek funds:

The Periwinkle Perspective: The Poisoned Chalice is a 32-page comic book that will continue the adventures of Space Captain Gordon Periwinkle and associates in an alternate version of the late 19th century. U.K. author Paul Eccentric has written three books in the Periwinkle Perspective series with a fourth on the way.

The comic book, illustrated by Paul McCaffrey and Paul B. Rainey, will serve as a bridge to the fourth volume but also works as a standalone story, the author says. He’s seeking £5000 (US$6213) by July 3. Learn more on the Kickstarter page and Periwinkle Perspective Facebook page.

The Town of Ground-Down Gears is a forthcoming collection of steampunk stories by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, who is also senior editor and publisher for eSpec books. The campaign, which runs through June 21, has already passed its US$300 goal. See the Kickstarter page and eSpec Books website for more info.

The World of Kedor is a D&D 5E roleplaying game with elements of steampunk, high magic, and the Wild West. Sydney, Australia-based publisher Nerdcastle plans to offer three books that will be available as PDFs: Kedor World Book, Thran Campaign Book, and NPCs of Kedor. They’re seeking AU$2850 (US$1881) by June 21. Learn more on the Kickstarter page.

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