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Kickstarter Campaign: Mr. Smith, Spinning on a Dizzy Edge

Robert Smith Figure
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Everybody and his brother has a Kickstarter campaign these days, but on occasion, one of them catches my eye. I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for The Cure, from the time of Three Imaginary Boys, even. So it’s understandable that I would be charmed by this fantastic, hand-crafted resin Bobblehead figure of Robert Smith, which represents the Cure front man at his most adorable.

Created by New York-based artist Derrick Cruz, Mr. Smith: Spinning on a Dizzy Edge is the 3rd and final chapter his Musical Muses Series. According to Cruz, this triptych is an idolatrous effort to immortalize the musicians who’s sincerity and courage helped him survive the 80’s as a teen. I’m sure many of us can relate.

Read all about the genesis of this campaign and see a fun video of little Robert being put together at This Link.

For a $75.00 pledge, the first 100 backers will be guaranteed a handcrafted and painted Mr. Smith figure to be shipped by Christmas 2013, although the 7.25″ tall Robert Smith figure will be available in both painted and unpainted versions. This project will only be funded if at least $12,000 is pledged by Friday November 22nd, 2013 at 5:40PM EST, so all of you Cure collector completists will want to get on it! Visit Kickstarter at This Link to donate and get some rad swag!

Thanks to Pastic and Plush For The Tip!

KickStarter Campaign: Musician Brad Carter Fighting To Record an Album Before It’s Too Late!

Brad Carter Surgery
Brad Shown Playing Guitar During Recent Brain Surgery, Which, Sadly, Failed to Halt the Progression of His Disease.

Thanks to Leah Cevoli for telling me about this:

“My name is Brad Carter. I am an actor, artist, occasional stand-up comedian and a guitarist from Macon, Georgia now living in Los Angeles, Ca. In the past few months I’ve had two surgeries on my brain to help me play guitar again. Maybe you saw it on the Today Show or your local news. I never knew any of that was going to happen. All I wanted was to be able to play guitar for a few years longer. I have a disease called Essential Tremor. This is a progressive neurological disease and there is no cure. My doctors think it could very well become Parkinson’s in the near future. I want to make the most of the time the surgery has given me by recording an album and sharing my story with you. Thank you for becoming a part of this Kickstarter project. It means the world to me.”

Please visit Brad’s Kickstarter page at This Link to watch Brad’s very moivng video, to get more information on Brad and to donate to his very deserving campaign! Thank You!

Carol Lay Kickstarter Campaign: Murderville Comic Book!

Murderville Comic Carol Lay
Image Courtesy of Carol Lay

American alternative cartoonist Carol Lay is best known for her weekly comic strip, Story Minute, which is a work of genius. I was a devoted reader and enthusiastic supporter of the Story Minute for years when it appeared in an alternative weekly paper here in the city that I eventually had to break up with because its publisher was too much of a right wing nut job, at which I point I lost track of Carol and her fantastic strip. But I digress.

The point is that Carol’s slightly twisted stories of life in very surreal times struck a chord with me, and I still have a couple of her Story Minutes tacked to a cork board in my office, where they continue to inspire me. Carol Lay, seriously, I worship her. Currently, Carol is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund a comic book she is creating called Murderville: A Farewell to Armories. It is crime story which she describes as The Sopranos Meets the Addams Family, and it looks just insane. The hero will either have a set of very sharp knives or a modified airsoft gun. I can’t wait!

You can all read about the Murderville Kickstarter Campaign and see a fun video made by Carol, plus peruse all of the bitchen swag you can get in exchange for a few dollars of support At This Link. The campaign expires on Friday, June 21st, 2013 and she is about one-third of her way to a goal of $19,000. Please help Carol realize Murderville, because creative geniuses should always get what they need to make rad art. Good luck, Carol!

My Little Pony Toy Designer Gayle Middleton Creates new Line of Undead Monster Babies

Midnight Mori
I Am Such a Sucker for a Skull with a Bow

I can’t tell you how many recovering Goths I know that also have an insane obsession Hello Kitty or Uglydolls. It’s weird how those two things sort of end up going together: Goths with a Cuteness Fixation. If you can relate to that, I’ve got your cuteness fix right here.

Gayle Middleton, the designer who did the revamp of My Little Pony (and other popular toys) a while back has a dark side of her own which has led her to create a series of plush toys she calls Vamplets. They are pretty sweet.

Gayle is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund a second run of all of these crazy cute little vampire and monster baby plushies, which sold out of their first runs almost immediately. I think you can see why.

Lily Rose Shadowlyn
The Cuteness

There’s way more to the story that we don’t have time to go into right now, so please check out the Kickstarter page, which features a super fun video staring Gayle, at This Link and make a pledge! There are some very cool and wildly collectable plush gifts available for pledges as low at $35. This campaign expires on April 11th so please help her reach her goal and get some bitchen swag in exchange. Good luck with the campaign, Gayle!