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Kickstarter Kthursday #4: Ostriches, Cthulhu & Other Monsters

By Widge - posted 09.20.12 @ 9:53 pm
Ostrich pillow

So wound up taking a week off again last week due to a bit of overwhelm, but we're back with more Kickstarters that make me amused and/or excited and/or willing to throw coin at people. Ignore the silent K and we begin with this:

While I make the claim of never sleeping that is, unfortunately--with our current level of science, anyway--a bit of a stretch. I do on occasion give in and have to shut my eyes for a few minutes. And while the creators of this first Kickstarter talk a lot about power napping--I have mastered the art of the power coma. Whenever I stop moving, my body goes on auto-pilot and tries to shut down to conserve what little energy I have remaining. I'm like the walking version of that website where people try to document how far their cars can go after their empty gas tank indicator has come on.

So that being said, when I do conk out, there are more effective ways to do it than simply putting my head down in a zoo full of screaming children and peacocks (long story). So the Ostrich Pillow shows some promise in that regard. And not just because the dude in the picture there looks like some kind of bizarre cosplay E.T.-by-way-of-Gerald-Scarfe-rendered-in-felt.

They smartly had a limited-to-300 early bird special level (damn good idea, that--swipe) but the pillows start at $75 as a reward. For more info, the Kickstarter is here and their official site is here.


Next, I break one of my own rules for this thing...and we're only on the fourth in the series. I try to point you to projects that still need backers, since, well, I know how that feels. That being said, how can I not mention a Bicycle playing card deck that's awesomely Cthulhu-themed? They're already at more than four times their goal, but well, when you can get one of the decks with shipping for just $9? I would hate myself if I didn't throw you their way. (And the art in this sped-up session looks pretty wicked, I must say.)

Again, you can find their Kickstarter here.


Now somewhere along those lines--somewhere--I dig monsters. And I dig plush toys. And I dig the concept of monster plush toys. So when you start talking about a plush toy that's a twelve-foot long plush sculpture of a giant monster called "Mama"? Yeah. I mean...yeah.

"I honestly think the world needs more giant, imaginary monsters." You must respect such a vision. The Kickstarter can be found here. Current monstrous examples of his work can be found at his Etsy store.

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Widgett Walls is Need Coffee's Chief Cook and Bottle Washer. He is the author of the novel Mystics on the Road to Vanishing Point, and two collections of short stories, Magnificent Desolation and Something Else: The Complete First Season. He is also co-author of the children's book There's a Zombie in My Treehouse! All of those books are available in paperback or for the Kindle from Amazon. He is also the narrator and publisher of the first unabridged recording of Seneca's letters, available here. He is active on both Twitter and Facebook. (If you befriend him on Facebook, do say you came via Need Coffee.) He lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. He hardly ever sleeps.

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    Vickangaroo here! Thank you, thank you for giving my kickstarter a mention! The funding period for Mama is almost at its half point and we're already halfway to the goal!

    I hope it's alright to mention that to also help spread the word I'm having a contest on tumblr to giveaway a free bunny, simply reblog this post:
    http://kickangaroo.tumblr.com/post/31911341855/help-spread-the-word-about-mama-and-the

    Comment by Victor — September 22, 2012 @ 10:40 am

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