Crowdfund cyborg cockroaches and horror comics for sleepless nights

If you love great comics, there are tons of spectacular comics crowdfunding campaigns running now, including an anthology of horror comics and the omnibus edition of one of our favorite webcomic epics. Or you can play mad scientist with a cyborg cockroach that you can control from your phone.

The RoboRoach: Control a living insect from your smartphone!

You'll have to weigh your comfort with turning a living creature into a cyborg for this one, but if you've always wanted a RoboRoach of your very own, this is your chance. The RoboRoach kit will allow you to perform neurosurgery on your very own cockroach (under anesthesia) and attach a microstimulation device that allows you to steer your roach using your smart phone. For a $100 pledge, you'll receive a RoboRoach kit, but no actual roaches. [via Boing Boing]

The Sleep of Reason: An Anthology of Horror

Spike Trotman recently put together the wonderfully diverse porn comics anthology Smut Peddler, and now she's turning her taste and skills toward horror. The Sleep of Reason will collect 360 pages of unsettling tales from some of our favorite artists, including Carla Speed McNeil, Der-shing Helmer, Evan Dahm, KC Green, and Jason Bradley Thompson. For a $15 pledge, you'll receive the ebook. For a $30 pledge, you'll receive the ebook and the print version.

Digger Omnibus

Ursula Vernon's Hugo Award-winning webcomic Digger is a pure delight, an odd and funny epic about a no-nonsense wombat who finds herself in the wrong part of the world. Digger wants to get back home, but first she has to deal with strange local events dealing with a dead god. She finds herself dealing with a baby demon, snarky hyenas, talking snails, and far more magic than a respectable wombat likes. The Digger Omnibus collects all six volumes in a single edition. The ebook is available for a $15 pledge and the softcover print volume for $45.

Trial of the Clone 2: Wrath of the Pacifist

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal creator Zach Weinersmith dove into choosable pathway books with his first Trial of the Clone book (available for Android and iOS). Now he's following it up with a second adventure in which your choices determine the outcome.

The story takes place at the end of your rule as a benevolent sovereign, when the universe is once thrown again into turmoil. It's up to you to save it, but you'll have to navigate your way to supreme power in order to succeed.

If you haven't read the first book, we like to describe the tone as "Douglas Adams but a lot meaner." If you like satire and deadpan humor and space battles, this book is for you.

For a $10 pledge, you can grab a digital version of the book. For a $20 pledge, you get the print book and a bookmark.

Ava's Demon: Book One

Michelle Czajkowski's Ava's Demon is a newer webcomic, but it has already won us over with its lushly colored blend of science fiction and fantasy and its use of animation.

From the author:

Ava's Demon is my ongoing science fiction and fantasy, multimedia webcomic about a girl named Ava and the demon haunting her.

Well...ok...it's a bit more complicated than that. The demon might just be the ghost of an alien queen, Wrathia, seeking revenge on the one that destroyed her empire, a god-like figure named Titan. The story follows Ava as she makes her way across the universe, teaming up with the demon haunting her on a quest for revenge, while fighting her own inner demons along the way.

Since Ava's Demon is a multimedia comic, Czajkowski is offering both a full-color book and downloads of the animations. For a $10 pledge, you can get a high-resolution download of the book, plus three HD 1080p downloads of the chapter animations. For a $30 pledge, you receive all the digital downloads, plus the hardcover volume.