Steel Cut Oats : 2017

Steel Cut Oats

2017 – Harry Chaskin started a Kickstarter campaign for his stop-motion film Steel Cut Oats – Steel Cut Oats is a stop-motion/live-action hybrid film about a washed-up boxer who builds a giant monster out of oatmeal to defend himself from the mobsters who betrayed him… and ends up raising it as a son

I grew up watching the films of Ray Harryhausen (1920 – 2013) was an American animator and special effects creator who created a form of stop motion model animation known as “Dynamation”. His works include the animation for Mighty Joe Young (1949) with his mentor Willis H. O’Brien (for which the latter won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects); his first color film, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958); and Jason and the Argonauts (1963), which featured a sword fight with seven skeleton warriors. His last film was Clash of the Titans (1981), after which he retired

Given the opportunity to help support a stop-motion film, I jumped in and made my pledge. Of course I chose the incentive of an enamel lapel pin featuring the main character of the movie

Classic Creeps

2021-classic creeps

1.5-inch Dracula pin-back button

Monsterologist George Coghill creates buttons, patches and other items related to monsters, aliens and the unknown. Coghil ran a Kickstarter to create a series of Classic Creeps pin-back buttons, enamel pins an patches. The monsters in the set included Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, Lagoon Creature, Mummy, and Wolfman. Additional rewards included a King Kong design that was achieved through stretch goals and Count Orlok (Nosferatu), Invisible Man! as add-ons.

The Kickstarter campaign ran from Feb – Mar 2021. A total of 131 people backed the successful campaign

Captain Freedom

Captain Freedom-YD

2019 Kickstarter Captain Freedom Fan Club incentive pin-back button

Comic book creators Dan Taylor and D.J. Coffman are collaborating as small press publisher Keep Left to independently publish a new comic book—Captain Freedom: Combat Hate. The titular hero Captain Freedom a.k.a. Don Wright, publisher of The Daily Bulletin newspaper, is a Golden Age superhero known for fighting Nazi villains and thwarting Axis saboteurs with the aid of four children, Beanie, Joanie, Lefty, and Slim—known as the Young Defenders. Now in the public domain, Captain Freedom’s first appearance was in Speed Comics #13 by Harvey Publications in 1941 and is credited as being created by “Franklin Flagg.”