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Kickstarter Kthursday #7: Smith Tapes, Killer Chihuahuas & Cthulhu Combat

By Widge - posted 11.08.12 @ 12:00 pm
Frank Zappa: Smith Tapes Box Set

It's no secret that we're big on posterity around here. It's important to keep stuff around so it can be enjoyed/studied/maybe-even-understood by future generations. Hence we lead off this round of Kickstarter fun with The Smith Tapes Box Set. Video comes after the break but the gist is this: Howard Smith, Village Voice writer and DJ, conducted interviews between 1969 and 1972. You might have heard of some of the people he talked to: Jim Morrison, Frank Zappa, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Joe Cocker and scads more. The original tapes of these interviews have just recently seen the light of day again. They're going to be released via iTunes--a hundred of them--eventually.

However, for those people who still appreciate physical products--they're doing a limited edition, numbered twelve-CD boxed set with eighteen interviews on it. The Kickstarter supports the creation of this set. (The Zappa disc cover art is pictured.) While the set is too pricey for me, there are ways to get in on a lower level and support the project. Hell, I just wish they had a way to pledge and get the digital version. But regardless, this is a sweet project and it looks amazing--and better yet, from the snippets they make available, it sounds like it's going to be fantastic.

You can find that Kickstarter here, where they have additional and additional interview samples.


It's well established that we also love "When Animals Attack" as a genre, no matter how silly the choice of animal. Thus, we support David Quiroz, Jr's quest to take a screenplay he had written and turn it into a graphic novel. That screenplay? Night of the Chihuahuas. From the info provided, it seems a lot like Cujo, but smaller, in greater numbers and infinitely meaner. Also, the tagline--"God made them small. Man made them deadly."--that's gold.

The Kickstarter is here and includes sample pages as well as some character designs.


Lastly, just the name got our attention: Cthulhu World Combat. Knowing it was a game, I initially pictured some maybe some version of breakout, where as a cosmic horror you hurled the Earth continually upwards to knock out stars or even bits of reality--sort of like a completely batshit insane version of Breakout. Or maybe you literally were piloting a world against other Old Ones who had their own planets to fight you with. But a turn-based strategy game in which you and other gods fight for control of the post-apocalyptic world? And designed by the guy who helped produce stuff for the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society plus helped create the Call of Cthulhu game? Yes, have some.

More information, including sample art and screen shots, can be found on the Kickstarter page.

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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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