Got Some Spare Change? Check Out These Three Kickstarters That Need Your Help

Are you a fan of art books? How about speculative fiction that runs the gamut of fantasy to sci-fi? The Kickstarters below have anywhere from three weeks to just a week left to go and could use some of your spare change or signal boosting to see completion.

(For those unfamiliar with Kickstarter, here’s an overview — it’s a crowdfunding platform that sees thousands of projects completed every year, ranging from small zines to short films to fashion movements. Unlike Indiegogo, it operates on an all-or-nothing approach. Unless the target goal for the project is met, it won’t receive its funding. This is what makes spreading the word so important!)

Without further ado…

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1. Uncanny Magazine – Disabled People Destroy Science-Fiction

Filled to the brim with talented writers and boasting some impressive covers done by illustration heavyweights such as Julie Dillon and Galen Dara, Uncanny Magazine has done some serious work carving out its identity in a sea of competition. Winner of the legendary Hugo Award and exceeding over a dozen issues of their compilation work, this one puts an emphasis on exploring disability in the realm of fiction.

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Just When You Thought Sitcoms Were Washed Up: A Deaf And Interracial View

Better late than never, I say, and nowhere is that more clear than The Two Essences, a sitcom seeking funds over on Indigogo that I stumbled upon through Twitter!

What makes this one special? Let’s just say there aren’t enough television shows out there featuring deaf and interracial families simply living their life. In fact…I don’t think there are any. Consider checking this project out for Deaf Awareness Week if you’ve found yourself wondering how you can help increase deaf visibility, combat stereotypes and help creators get their work out there.

Or, hell, when you’re just plain ol’ tired of being spoonfed the same tropes time and time again.

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Pictured: me and my mother.

I’m hearing and biracial. My mother is deaf and white. My younger brother is hearing, multiracial and white-passing. I have and had many deaf and hard-of-hearing family members, acquaintances and classmates throughout my life. Our normal is unlike the normal pushed in your average mainstream romantic comedy or long-lasting ‘all-American’ sitcom — at best we’re a token somewhere in the background to create atmosphere and, at worst, not there at all. This ongoing message is more than just disappointment. It’s a downright bizarre, even harmful, way of viewing the world at large. This isn’t the first time I’ve written about the myth of normalcy and it sure as hell won’t be the last.

Director and deaf content creator Jade Bryan is eager to showcase the world of deaf people of color where they have previously, over and over and over again, been shunned in favor of the same basic narrative. The story revolves around middle-aged mother Essence Chamberlain-Dubois¬†going back to school and attempting to balance her social life, family life and freelance career. Being a twenty-something caught in the crossroads of progress and regression myself, I can already find plenty to relate to. Unfortunately, I don’t have a million bucks to my name and the shiny title of ‘television agent’.

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