This week, we have a few groups of people looking to bring historic works of art to a modern audience. There are the reprinted adventures of Nelvana, a superheroine from Canada's Golden Age, a publication of 19th-century illustrations for Poe's "The Raven," and a documentary about a famed Victorian taxidermist.
In 1941, Adrian Dingle created the comic book character Nelvana, inspired by Inuit stories of a mysterious goddess-like figure. Nelvana appeared in Triumph-Adventure Comics (just predating the first appearance of Wonder Woman in All Star Comics), and ran as a feature in 31 issues. She was one of the most popular characters in the Canadian Golden Age of comics. Comics historians Hope Nicholson and Rachel Richey have acquired the rights to reprint the Nelvana comics, and want to bring her to a wider audience. They're offering a digital version of Nelvana for a $15 CAD pledge and the print Nelvana book for a $30 CAD pledge.
In the 1880s, artist James Carling created a series of stormy illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe's celebrated poem "The Raven," but the images weren't published in Carling's lifetime. The Virginia Association of Museums has named these images among “Virginia’s Top 10 Most Endangered Artifacts.” The Poe Museum, which possesses the illustrations, is raising money to preserve, prepare, and publish a book of these spooky and striking images. The museum is offering a print of one Carling's illustrations for a $2o pledge, and a copy of the book along with an invitation to the book party for a $50 pledge.
Walter Potter was a taxidermist of the Victorian Era whose elaborate dioramas featured kittens, bunnies, and birds in often anthropomorphic poses. This documentary on Potter and his work, titled Where Kittens Wed and Birds Lament and produced by the Midnight Archive and Morbid Anatomy, was the subject of an earlier crowdfunding campaign, but needs a little more money for its production. This is for folks who really want to see the project completed, but the filmmakers are offering postcards at the lower pledge levels. [via Morbid Anatomy]