A LITTLE BIT ON: THE LAST WEST
During our adventures at Wizard World Philly we ran into Lou Iovino and Evan Young, the creators of the mind-bogglingly complex and awesome graphic novel The Last West. After getting funding for the first volume on Kickstarter, the second volume has surpassed its goal and i for one can’t wait to get my grubby mitts on it.
Watch these two super passionate (and insanely nice) dudes talk about their project, then go pick up the first volume over on Amazon, Comixology, or wherever else you can get comics.

Stay tuned for our review of The Last West Volume 1 coming soon! Spoiler alert: it’s really, really good.

A LITTLE BIT ON: THE LAST WEST

During our adventures at Wizard World Philly we ran into Lou Iovino and Evan Young, the creators of the mind-bogglingly complex and awesome graphic novel The Last West. After getting funding for the first volume on Kickstarter, the second volume has surpassed its goal and i for one can’t wait to get my grubby mitts on it.

Watch these two super passionate (and insanely nice) dudes talk about their project, then go pick up the first volume over on Amazon, Comixology, or wherever else you can get comics.

Stay tuned for our review of The Last West Volume 1 coming soon! Spoiler alert: it’s really, really good.

HOT CHICKS AND MOVIES IN FLORESCENT 8-BIT

Another Castle is one of many unfinished projects I’ve had on the backburner. It first started about five or six years ago. The idea was to take original photos of girls in cosplay or cool outfits or whatever, turn it into pixel art with crazy colors to make it look like 8-bit graffiti or something, and then plop it on limited edition t-shirts.

The diamond logo was meant to be reminiscent of video games like Sonic or Final Fantasy where you have to collect different colored gems and crystals, but then Diamond Supply Co. became huge and I didn’t wan’t people to think I was jacking their steeze or whatever. I’m prety attached to the logo, but I guess I could just use the weird little castle-looking thingy in between the diamonds as a logo instead. Idunno.

The project never came to fruition because I’m unemployed as beans and rely on freelance video production jobs to pay the bills. Starting a brand. It turns out, starting a brand is pretty impossible without a decent amount of startup money. I thought about taking the idea to Kickstarter or something, but I’m super non-confident about pretty much every idea I come up with and get excited about.

I guess I’m shamelessly posting about it here to see if anyone else would be into it. Let me know by commenting, liking, or reblogging or whatever. We’ll see what happens.

KICKSTART THIS SHIZZ: HOMEMAKE

HomeMake is a superbly stylish platformer  currently in development by two architecture students and it is in serious need of funding on Kickstarter. The visuals are gorgeous, the music is a super hip mix of hip-hop and soulful jazz, and the concept is wonderfully unique.

HomeMake takes place on an inverted planet in a neon electric playground city environment. Players can switch between bodies on the fly - each one controlling differently than the other. Some jump higher, some run faster, some see the world more vividly, and some have a softer sense of sound. The cool part is, even though you’re changing bodies, you’re still playing as one character - one consciousness or soul floating in and out different vessels to achieve a goal.

In HomeMake, as the player swaps bodies, your desires are handed off to the new character. The same goal is required but now must be continued with a different body. The game character inhabits a new body, maintaining self mentally, but losing self physically. Commenting on the meaning of self and identity, when you finally achieve your desires, are you truly the same person you were when you started? Or have you become someone new? Is the act more important than the object in a world where something as precious as the body is discarded?

Check out the trailer below then click here to Kickstart this shizz.

KICKSTART THIS SHIZZ: BAROBOT - THE OPEN SOURCE COCKTAIL MIXING ROBOT

Here’s an awesome Kickstarter projected that combines two of my favorite things: technology and alcohol!

From the Barobot Kickstarter page:

Barobot is an open source device that pours cocktails by mixing alcohol, soft drinks and sodas. It holds up to 12 bottles and can pour a drink with military accuracy!

Barobot features over 1000 cocktail recipes or gives you the option to create your own on the fly. All can be easily accessed via our custom made application on your touchscreen or the user friendly interface on your Smartphone.

Barobots frame - made of either deep black or transparent acrylic glass, comes in either a self assembly kit or an assembled ‘plug and pour’ version. The flat-pack self assembly kit requires no advanced skills or tools (it’s great fun to put together by itself!). Barobot is also illuminated with over 100 individually controlled LEDs that might be set to a number of light-themes or even synchronized to music!

This needs to get funded so I can get one and give it a cool butler/bartender name like Bertram or Reginald.

Click here to Kickstart this shizz.

KICKSTART THIS SHIZZ: EXPRESSALÓ

What do you get when you mix the adorableness of designer toys with the sentimentality of a greeting card? You get Expressaló! Each Expressaló represents a unique message ranging from “Happy Birthday!” to “I’m sorry.” The project is currently live on Kickstarter where it’s surpassed its $20,000 goal, but if the stretch goal is reached, more character designs will be produced and every single backer will receive one for free.

More info on the Kickstarter page.

Character Bios from Erick Scarecrow’s 9DKP Kickstarter

One of the coolest things about 9DKP is the huge amount of interesting characters. This video shows off three of the nine heroes and reveals some really cool pre-production sketches. Check it out and contribute to the Kickstarter campaign here!

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BatteryBot Kickstarter Funded
Congratulations to Mimoco, who have successfully funded their BatteryBot project via Kickstarter. They’ve even unlocked their first stretch goal of licensing Adventure Time designs. There are three days left to unlock the next stretch goal and another set of licensed BatteryBots, so head over to the Kickstarter page and check it out.

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BatteryBot Kickstarter Funded

Congratulations to Mimoco, who have successfully funded their BatteryBot project via Kickstarter. They’ve even unlocked their first stretch goal of licensing Adventure Time designs. There are three days left to unlock the next stretch goal and another set of licensed BatteryBots, so head over to the Kickstarter page and check it out.

Kickstart This Shizz: 9DKP Anime from Erick Scarecrow
Our friends over at ESC-toy have just launched their anime Kickstarter project. Check out the pledges and contribute if you’d like to see this become a reality!
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Shit Just Got Real: 9DKP Launched!
Erick Scarecrow and ESC-toy have just launched their anime Kickstarter project, 9DKP, also known as 9 Deadly Killer Pussies! This is shaping up to be something awesome. It’s written over here by Erick and will be animated in Japan by Asahi Production. Pledges start at just $9, so if you’d like to see these 9 kitties kick some zombie ass, get on over to the Kickstarter page!

Kickstart This Shizz: 9DKP Anime from Erick Scarecrow

Our friends over at ESC-toy have just launched their anime Kickstarter project. Check out the pledges and contribute if you’d like to see this become a reality!

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Shit Just Got Real: 9DKP Launched!

Erick Scarecrow and ESC-toy have just launched their anime Kickstarter project, 9DKP, also known as 9 Deadly Killer Pussies! This is shaping up to be something awesome. It’s written over here by Erick and will be animated in Japan by Asahi Production. Pledges start at just $9, so if you’d like to see these 9 kitties kick some zombie ass, get on over to the Kickstarter page!

Fund Math the Band’s New Album, Stupid and Weird!
The raddest band in the entire universe, Math the Band, is asking their fans to donate some cash via Kickstarter to help fund their upcoming album, Stupid and Weird. The band is asking for $7000 to help pay for recording, mixing, mastering, music videos, and actually making the rewards for the Kickstarter project itself, which includes an early download to their upcoming album, an exclusive t-shirt, a Math the Band comic book, and for those (like myself) who are chiming in $60, a glow-in-the-dark vinyl.
Help fund this amazing band and watch them release an incredible album later this year. You won’t regret helping out!

Fund Math the Band’s New Album, Stupid and Weird!

The raddest band in the entire universe, Math the Band, is asking their fans to donate some cash via Kickstarter to help fund their upcoming album, Stupid and Weird. The band is asking for $7000 to help pay for recording, mixing, mastering, music videos, and actually making the rewards for the Kickstarter project itself, which includes an early download to their upcoming album, an exclusive t-shirt, a Math the Band comic book, and for those (like myself) who are chiming in $60, a glow-in-the-dark vinyl.

Help fund this amazing band and watch them release an incredible album later this year. You won’t regret helping out!

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Kickstart This Shizz:
Mimoco, creators of the Mimobot, a USB drive / platform toy hybrid featuring artists like tokidoki, friendswithyou, Gary Baseman, and more, have just launched a Kickstarter for a battery backup device called the BatteryBot. Just like the Mimobot, the BatteryBot is a designer toy at heart.
Hit the link for photos and incentive details, or visit the Kickstarter page.

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Kickstart This Shizz:

Mimoco, creators of the Mimobot, a USB drive / platform toy hybrid featuring artists like tokidoki, friendswithyou, Gary Baseman, and more, have just launched a Kickstarter for a battery backup device called the BatteryBot. Just like the Mimobot, the BatteryBot is a designer toy at heart.

Hit the link for photos and incentive details, or visit the Kickstarter page.

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Help the Small Press Actually Press: Yeti Comics Kickstarter

I rarely support Kickstarters for comics, but these guys definitely could use a helping hand. I know Yeti Press and I know the quality they’re striving for — this really relies on the help of the comic book community if they can achieve that success or not. Please help out! The good people of Yeti Press would like to share amazing indie comics with you.

They’re asking for $10,000 for a 2014 subscription service. They’ve already got nearly $4,000 of that money. Options available on the service are FALL/WINTER, SPRING/SUMMER, or FULL YEAR subscriptions. They plan on releasing three titles each two seasons of the year, including:

  • Bird Witch Collection by Kat Leyh (Fall/Winter)
  • Pecos Collection by RJ Casey and Eric Roesner (Fall/Winter)
  • Rose from the Dead by Andrea Bell (Fall/Winter)
  • Poop, Boobs, Poo by Sam Sharpe (Spring/Summer)
  • Well Come by Erik Nebel (Spring/Summer)
  • The Summit by RJ Casey and Gabriel Bautista (Spring/Summer)

Pledgers of $50 or more can choose to sub for the Fall/Winter batch or Spring/Summer batch of comics. There’s also awesome prints and commissions to be owned by you if you choose to chip in the corresponding amount of donation money. 

You can’t go wrong helping a small comic book publisher. Anything counts, so please consider a donation!

Kickstart This Shizz: Dino Pet
Dino Pet is a classy toy that teaches kids about bioluminescence. Photosynthesis occurs during the day as sunlight hits the dinosaur, and at night it’s all charged up and aglow. The smooth silhouette reminds me of a vinyl toy, and even though this is meant for kids, I kind of want one. Pledging $30 on Dino Pet’s Kickstarter page and you your own glowasaurus.

Kickstart This Shizz: Dino Pet

Dino Pet is a classy toy that teaches kids about bioluminescence. Photosynthesis occurs during the day as sunlight hits the dinosaur, and at night it’s all charged up and aglow. The smooth silhouette reminds me of a vinyl toy, and even though this is meant for kids, I kind of want one. Pledging $30 on Dino Pet’s Kickstarter page and you your own glowasaurus.

Kickstart This Shizz: Battle City - A Pokémon Inspired Art Show
Our friends over at PKMNCast.com have launched a Kickstarter campaign for a follow-up to their popular 649 Monsters art show. This new show, Battle City, will feature over 100 artists from around the world and the backer incentives include sweet deals like art prints, and even a hardcover book featuring every piece from the show complete with artist bios.
Campaign video below:
 
They’ve already murdered their $2,000 goal by pulling in over $7,000, but there’s still 24 days left to unlock some of the stretch goals. Kickstart this shizz here.

Kickstart This Shizz: Battle City - A Pokémon Inspired Art Show

Our friends over at PKMNCast.com have launched a Kickstarter campaign for a follow-up to their popular 649 Monsters art show. This new show, Battle City, will feature over 100 artists from around the world and the backer incentives include sweet deals like art prints, and even a hardcover book featuring every piece from the show complete with artist bios.

Campaign video below:

They’ve already murdered their $2,000 goal by pulling in over $7,000, but there’s still 24 days left to unlock some of the stretch goals. Kickstart this shizz here.

Kickstart This Shizz: Papa Behr

Papa Behr is a desktop companion in the form of a cybernetic samurai bear with magnetic armor and sword accessories. He’s also a USB drive.

The creators have already met their $20,000 goal on Kickstarter with an impressive 33 days left to go, but feel free to keep the donations rolling and score some of the sweet incentives!

Kickstart it HERE.

WE ARE LAUNCHING A KICKSTARTER!!!
We’re launching a Kickstarter on March 1st to make this site fresher, radder, more… adequate. We want to film a regular series of minidocumentaries about passionate people creating fantastic things. We want to finally be able to afford travelling to all the press events we get invited to. We want to bring you video interviews with your favorite actors, directors, cartoon creators, game developers and more.
In a nutshell, we want to bring you more of the fresh content that brought you here in the first place, only on a much LARGER scale.
Not only that, but we want to turn this site into a legitimate business - a full-blown brand. Original videos, podcasts, livestreams, t-shirts, stickers, convention booths, the whole 9 yards.
Our goal is gonna’ be pretty big, but with over 120,000 Tumblr followers and around 1,000 new followers every day, we’re pretty sure we can make it happen. A project like this takes way more to finance than the site makes from ads in a month (which is about enough to buy a used sports game if we’re lucky).
So far we have some pretty amazing incentives planned. Check it.
PC/tablet/smartphone wallpaper pack with a buttload of wallpapers designed by some insanely talented artists like Byron Buslig, Maré Odomo, Erick Scarecrow, and former editor of Electronic Gaming Monthly/founder of Shawnimals, Shawn Smith!
An Albotas Papercraft figure designed by Mekazoo
A compilation of exclusive chiptune tracks by swell dudes like Ro-Bear and a bonus track by DJ Cutman
A hardcover book featuring some of our favorite Daily Graffiti pix from over the years
A hardcover book featuring some of our favorite geeky custom toys we’ve featured over the years
An exclusive resin figure of our Albotapus mascot produce by Shinbone Creative
We’ve been hard at work planning this project for close to three months now and we’d really like to see all the effort we’ve put into this site over the years pay off. This is our chance to create something truly unique and shine a spotlight on creators and projects that would otherwise go unnoticed. This is our chance to bring all corners of geek culture and creativity into one place like never before.
If you are an artist, brand, or chipmusician who would like to be involved with our Kickstarter backer incentives, please email brownkidd@albotas.
It would mean the world to us if you’d kindly share this post with your friends and loved ones through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Thanks and stay awesome,Robby “brownkidd” Weiss

WE ARE LAUNCHING A KICKSTARTER!!!

We’re launching a Kickstarter on March 1st to make this site fresher, radder, more… adequate. We want to film a regular series of minidocumentaries about passionate people creating fantastic things. We want to finally be able to afford travelling to all the press events we get invited to. We want to bring you video interviews with your favorite actors, directors, cartoon creators, game developers and more.

In a nutshell, we want to bring you more of the fresh content that brought you here in the first place, only on a much LARGER scale.

Not only that, but we want to turn this site into a legitimate business - a full-blown brand. Original videos, podcasts, livestreams, t-shirts, stickers, convention booths, the whole 9 yards.

Our goal is gonna’ be pretty big, but with over 120,000 Tumblr followers and around 1,000 new followers every day, we’re pretty sure we can make it happen. A project like this takes way more to finance than the site makes from ads in a month (which is about enough to buy a used sports game if we’re lucky).

So far we have some pretty amazing incentives planned. Check it.

  • PC/tablet/smartphone wallpaper pack with a buttload of wallpapers designed by some insanely talented artists like Byron BusligMaré Odomo, Erick Scarecrow, and former editor of Electronic Gaming Monthly/founder of Shawnimals, Shawn Smith!
  • An Albotas Papercraft figure designed by Mekazoo
  • A compilation of exclusive chiptune tracks by swell dudes like Ro-Bear and a bonus track by DJ Cutman
  • A hardcover book featuring some of our favorite Daily Graffiti pix from over the years
  • A hardcover book featuring some of our favorite geeky custom toys we’ve featured over the years
  • An exclusive resin figure of our Albotapus mascot produce by Shinbone Creative

We’ve been hard at work planning this project for close to three months now and we’d really like to see all the effort we’ve put into this site over the years pay off. This is our chance to create something truly unique and shine a spotlight on creators and projects that would otherwise go unnoticed. This is our chance to bring all corners of geek culture and creativity into one place like never before.

If you are an artist, brand, or chipmusician who would like to be involved with our Kickstarter backer incentives, please email brownkidd@albotas.

It would mean the world to us if you’d kindly share this post with your friends and loved ones through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

Thanks and stay awesome,
Robby “brownkidd” Weiss

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