Adan Jodorowsky wants to take you on a magical tour through mythical Miami where a husband searches for his wife's lost voice. A voice activated home computer lets you live out your Star Trek computer fantasies, sans Majel Barrett-Roddenberry. A moleskin sketchbook teaches you how to draw comics — or at least improve your proportions and perspective. A real-time strategy game lets you play at interplanetary conquest — if you can keep up with the ever-shifting boundaries of your empire. Plus, an interactive storytelling adventure mails kids mysterious packages every week and invites them to solve technological and historical puzzles. They're all projects in need of your donation dollars.
Top image from Planetary Annihilation.
Adan Jodorowsky's "The Voice Thief," a Short Film: Fresh from working on a film with his father, the great Alejandro Jodorowsky, Adan Jodorowsky is gearing up to direct his own violent, magical realism short film, The Voice Thief:
Taking place in a mythical Miami, the short recounts the story of Noev and Naya, his opera singer wife. One night during a particularly violent argument, Noev strangles his wife to the point where she loses her voice. This begins Noev's odyssey through Miami's underworld to recover his wife's voice through various supernatural means. His journey takes him to the den of a prostitute dwarf who still lives as a child in the shadow of her mother's corpse, a cult that worships a giant transvestite who drips gold from her vagina, and finally back to Naya where they meet their violent end.
Asia Argento and Adan's brother Cristobal Jodorowsky are set to star. For a $25 pledge, you'll be able to watch the film online and receive a "thank you" in the credits. [via Boing Boing]
Ubi - The Ubiquitous Computer - Voice-Activated & Always On: Siri may be your gopher when you're on the go, but Ubi is your home-based, voice-activated computer butler. Okay, so it's can't fold your socks, but it can look up things on the Internet, serve as a hands-free phone, monitor light and sound in your home, operate as a home audio or home intercom system, and play your personal assistant, all without you needing to lay a finger on it. Plus, it's open platform, so you can use any brand of accessories you wish with the device. No word on whether you can program it with HAL 9000's voice and convince it to refer to you as "Dave." For a $189 pledge, you'll receive one Ubi. For a $349 pledge, you'll receive two, which lets you use them as baby monitors and intercoms. [via Laughing Squid]
I DRAW COMICS Sketchbook & Reference Guide: Projects like this get filed under the category "Why all my money is going to Kickstarter campaigns." For those of us who never quite learned to draw the Marvel way, this Comic Book Artist Field Guide includes comics industry references and templates (the latter printed in non-photo blue) to train you hands and brain to draw proper proportions and perspective. It all comes bound up in a lovely moleskin notebook. For a $25 pledge, you'll receive the sketchbook, plus a branded pen. [via ComicsAlliance]
Planetary Annihilation - A Next Generation Real-Time Strategy Game: Think you have what it takes to create and control an interplanetary empire? Planetary Annihilation is a real-time strategy game in the vein of Total Annihilation, but with a twist: you play the entire thing on a playground of planets. You need to harness and exploit the resources of planets under your control, and go on to bring even more planets under your dominion. You'll need to control massive armies simultaneously spread out across numerous star systems. Oh, and you can throw an asteroid at a planet as part of your combat. No dinosaurs cropping up 'round these parts. For a $20 pledge, you'll receive the finished game, plus an exclusive wallpaper. [via Kotaku]
Whenabouts - a many-media adventure story: This combination of storytelling, puzzles, and problem solving is aimed at tweens, but I kind of want this for myself. One day, a mysterious crate arrives in the mail containing worn journal filled with technical drawings, diary entries, symbology, maps, and strange and incomplete manuscript. The reader learns of the teenaged Cartier twins who have gone on an accidental journey back through time, and realize that the twins need the reader's help to get home. Every 2-3 weeks, the reader will receive an object: a floppy disk, a computer punch card, a telegram, a piece of sheet music, each relating to a specific time and place, plus additional pages from the journal. The reader will have to solve puzzles and unlock video content to guide the Cartiers back to their correct time. For a $75 pledge (while supplies at that level last), you'll receive the adventure game, one piece at a time. [via Geekdad]