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Kickstarter: Retropolis Rocket Ship

Kickstarter: Retropolis Rocket Ship

Pulp-O-Mizer_Cover_ImageBradley W. Schenck, developer of the now-ubiquitous Pulp-o-miser, has launched another Kickstarter project – this time offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse at his 3D-based artwork.

Retropolis Rocket Ship preview

Focused around a new piece, apparently entitled Retropolis Rocket Ship (at least for now), this fundraising effort will offer fans of his work the chance to own limited edition, numbered prints of a work whose creation is to be documented in video. Schenck is also offering a range of Retropolis merchandise, and the opportunity for backers to create their own Pulp-o-miser titles.

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Kickstarter: The Lair of the Clockwork Book

Kickstarter: The Lair of the Clockwork Book

Imagine a future in which everyone’s lifetime events, passions and slip-ups are recorded in a great book, by a machine which is capable of recalling these at will to anyone who asks. All it asks in return is a story of your own.

This is the premise of Bradley W. Schenck’s most recent project – a series of illustrations which is due to conclude in April. In non-raypunk space, we can wave aside fear of the Facebooks and Twitters, and look instead to another type of lasting contribution, as The Lair of the Clockwork Book has been put up on Kickstarter.

For those unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it is a US-based crowdfunding website for creative projects. If you decide to back a project financially, you can make a contribution and usually receive some sort of reward in return, on top of knowing that you helped make that project happen. Mr. Schenck’s goal is to see The Lair of the Clockwork Book printed on archival paper, in hardback with a lush dust jacket. This would be a step up for his Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual, as these are usually printed in paperback. One could only imagine that if things work out for The Clockwork Book, the future will look bright for the rest of Schenck’s Thrilling Tales series.

For a plot preview, details of the pledge rewards and an introduction by the artist himself, here’s the video from Mr. Schenck’s Kickstarter page:

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“The Future That Never Was” Design Challenge

“The Future That Never Was” Design Challenge

It looks as though DeviantART is joining in the raypunk spirit, with its latest DeviantWEAR competition given a retrofuture theme.

This regularly-held competition invites artists and designers in their community to come up with new apparel designs, with cash prizes and printed examples of their wok to distribute amongst friends and family. The winning piece is judged by the community, narrowing down from hundreds of entries.

Aspiring entrants are invited to download the t-shirt template, upload their designs and then promote it heavily until the closing date of January the 25th, since votes are based on people clicking an “I would wear this” button. From here, the top 75 entries are judged by senior DeviantART staff in order to determine the two winning designs.

The rules and process are available to view here; as is a random selection of those pieces which have been submitted to the competition category. Of course, as so often happens with DeviantART, there are a few pieces in there which bear no relevance at all to a t-shirt design…