Wish your kitchen looked more like a laboratory? Well you'll be able to pour the perfect portion of wine with the Periodic TableWare. Or maybe you'd prefer a video game where combat is optional, a speculative look at New York's layout, or a handbook on making and publishing webcomics.
Artist Brian Foo engages in beautifully rendered speculative urbanism with his book Continuous City:
Part art book, part graphic novel, Continuous City tells the story of two young New Yorkers, Allen and Pearl, as they meet in a New York that is continuously transforming between a variety of shapes and sizes. From a circular New York, to a compact New York, to a New York laid on its side, they wonder if their relationship can withstand a New York that is still struggling to find its true form.
You can get the ebook for a $10 pledge or the hardcover print volume for $30. [via Laughing Squid]
I adore the tagline for Toby Fox's video game UnderTale: "A traditional role-playing game where no one has to get hurt." It's a game that lets you avoid combat entirely; you can negotiate yourself out of dangerous situations, although attacks are still on the table. Here's the story pitch:
A long time ago, two races ruled peacefully over the Earth: HUMANS and MONSTERS. One day, a terrible war broke out between the two races. After a long battle, the humans were victorious. They sealed the monsters underground with a magical spell.
In the year 201X, a small child scales Mt. Ebott. It is said that those who climb the mountain never return.
Seeking refuge from the rainy weather, the child enters a cave and discovers an enormous hole.
Moving closer to get a better look... the child falls in.
Now, our story begins.
Also, some of the monsters will be designed by the awesome Magnolia Porter. For a $10 pledge, you can get a digital download of the game.
If you're a chemist in the kitchen, you might want to check out this line of laboratory-inspired drinking glasses. There are various glasses and sets available at various levels, but some of them are limited, so hop over there now! [via Geek Art Gallery]
Brad Guigar is the creator of several webcomics, including Evil Inc., Greystone Inn, and Courting Disaster. He's also the founder of Webcomics.com and the co-author of the book How to Make Webcomics. Here he's updated his advice, taking webcomickers through the webcomic business, from formatting their files to selling digital downloads. The PDF version is available for a $10 pledge and the print book (with the PDF) is available for a $25 pledge.
The Future of Copyright Contest awards prizes for the best visions of the future of copyright in whatever form—sung, animated, written, visual, whatever. It's currently looking for a little help raising prize money. For a $5 pledge, you'll receive an ebook containing selected texts submitted for the contest. If you'd like to enter yourself, the deadline is August 1st, 2013. [via Boing Boing]
We love stories in which people learn something about their future ahead of time, from Oedipus Rex to Machine of Death. Nayad A. Monroe is editing What Fates Impose, an anthology of speculative stories about the complications of predicting the future. For a $10 pledge, you can grab the ebook, and for a $20 pledge, you can get the ebook and the print volume.