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Pickstarter: Our Favorite Crowdfunded Projects 7/22

This week in Pickstarter, we zero in on a proposed revolution in gaming, a new process to express yourself in your clothing, and a WWII-era graphic novel that doesn’t pull its punches.

Pick #1 – Ouya- A New Kind of Videogame Console

The games market is supposedly suffering a “brain drain” wherein all the talented developers are running off to create mobile and tablet games. We don’t necessarily believe that, but there has been an uptick in iOS development and fewer indie houses building games for consoles. Ouya would like to fill that alleged gap with an affordable home console designed for open source development and games that won’t break players’ bank accounts. According to the creators of the new console, every game on the system will require a free component, whether it be a demo or a free-to-play model. At $99, the Android-based console has the potential to break a lot of barriers, but can developers come up with the AAA titles that gamers would hope for to support a new gaming eco-system on a system designed to cut the price tag for the end-user? Time will tell, as the system’s Kickstarter has obliterated its goal. This gaming revolution will definitely be televised.

Pick #2 – Lumi: Print on Fabric Using Sunlight

If you’ve ever wanted to screen-print your own shirt but found the task too daunting with all the screens and squeegees, Lumi has an alternative for you that will potentially make things easier and more detailed. Using photosensitive dyes and negatives you can print on transparencies, any image can now be made into a shirt. That artistic pic of cosplay from Comic-Con? A shirt. That pic of your cat looking totally adorbs? Now a duvet pattern. If you can take a picture of it, it can be put on fabric in a much easier way than before. Alas, poor iron-on technology… We knew it, Horatio.

Pick #3 Duster: The Graphic Novel

A small town crop-duster is forced to contend with Third Reich kidnappers in her small Texas town in the closing days of World War II in this epic adventure graphic novel. At 240 pages, this tome is definitely giving you a lot of bang for your buck. Writer Micah Wright has worked in animation and comics for quite some time, and is turning to crowdfunding to make his latest project a reality. The art of the book seems to fall smack in the middle of Frank Miller and Milo Manara, with grit and grace to spare, and the pacing keeps you turning page after page to see what’s coming next. The creators believe in the book so much they’re even letting you check out the first 40 pages for free. Wonder what’s going to happen when someone tries to get on heroine Jo’s plane with “No Ticket?”

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