Daniel H. Wilson's short story "The Nostalgist" is looking to become a short film, with a little crowdfunding help. There's also crowdfunding campaign running for an outdoor survival tablet, a collection of Greg Rucka's steampunk webcomic, and a new collection from one of our favorite webcartoonists.
Top image from The Nostalgist.
Based on a short story by Robopocalypse author Daniel H. Wilson, The Nostalgist examines how technology might allow us to ignore the social problems in our world:
With properly tuned ImmerSyst eyes™ & ears™ the futuristic city of Vanille can look and sound like a paradise. But the carefully curated life of a father and his son threatens to disintegrate when the father’s eyes™ begin to fail. Desperate to avoid facing his own traumatic reality, the man must venture into a city where violence and danger lurk beneath a skim of beautiful illusion
For a £15 pledge, you'll receive a high-definition download of the film, a PDF of the script, and access to exclusive bonus content on the production blog.
While not designed to replace your computer or your phone, the Earl tablet is designed for those who want a little electronic aid in the wilderness. This solar-charged tablet contains a GPS, weather sensors, a two-way radio, radio tuner, and e-reader for keeping your ebook guides in one handy place. It's also designed to withstand water, dust, shocks, and mud. The makers are currently running a preorder/crowdfunding campaign starting at $249. [via Inhabitat]
Greg Rucka and Rick Burchett's steampunk webcomic Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether stars the swashbuckling Lady Seneca Sabre and her airship crew as they search for adventure and treasure amidst a cast of witches, rogues, and a pair of deputies of the law. The first print volume will collect the first five chapters of the story. For a $10 pledge, you'll receive a PDF of the book. For a $30 pledge, you'll receive all the digital format options, a wallpaper and icon set, an exclusive recording of an interview with the creators, plus the physical cloth-covered book.
David Willis is the immensely prolific creator behind the webcomics It's Walky! and Shortpacked! In Dumbing of Age, Willis takes alternate-universe versions of many of the characters from his earlier comics and sends them to college. There are still plenty of Transformers jokes, of course, and even a costumed hero running around campus.
For a $7 pledge, you'll receive a PDF copy of Book 2. For a $14 pledge, you'll receive PDF copies of both books. If you'd prefer physical books, you can nab Book 2 for $26 and both books for $46.