I’m a big fan of crowd-funding, particularly Kickstarter. Here are some of the projects I’m backing right now that I want to recommend to you:

Make Your Thing

Launched by Maximum Fun Network proprietor Jesse Thorn, “Make Your Thing” is going to be a conference for independent creators in October. Make Your Thing is a trade conference dedicated to independent creators. Speakers will include cartoonist Kate Beaton, musician John Vanderslice, and radio producer Jay Allison. Tickets themselves are expensive, and time is short, but this would be an amazing event.

The Curse of Dillinger’s Diamond

Author and podcaster Tee Morris’s Billibub Baddings mysteries are excellent post-modern novels. Imagine The Maltese Falcon meets The Lord of the Rings. Billi was a Dwarf in a classical fantasy land until a portal dropped him, and a nice collection of very dangerous magical artifacts, in the heart of Prohibition-era Chicago. After two successful novels and a podcast, Tee put Billi on the shelf to work on other projects, but fans, myself included, have been clamoring for more. Tee’s looking for $15,000 to cover a print run and other indie publishing costs.

Gaymer X2

Another conference-based Kickstarter project, last year’s first-ever Gaymer X focused on LGBTQ issues in gaming culture. It provided a safe space for LGBTQ nerds to both express their sexuality and their geekiness. Although successful, Gaymer X needs additional funds to expand and continue for a second year. X2 is shaping up to be another fabulous convention, both for the LGBTQ community, and allies alike, because everyone games.