Independently Awesome: Killer Gourds, Zombie Puppets and Little Billy (Are Back)!

Frank & Zed© by Puppet Core Films

Can you feel it? That slight chill in the air, even though there’s no breeze? Breathing down the back of your neck…whispering in your ear…Halloween is almost here. What better time to harvest some new (or should I say old) indie projects from the fields of our favorite crowdfunding sites? Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Strange Kids Society, I call these projects…Independently Awesome.

Blood & Gourd Issue #3: Children of the Vine


Stem-Heads rejoice! Dead Pleasant’s Blood & Gourd series makes its return to Kickstarter this week, looking to fund the third installment of “premium, pulse-pounding, pumpkin pandemonium.” Illustrated by Jonas Scharf (House of Waxworks, War for the Planet of the Apes) and featuring colors by Fran Gamboa, Writer/Editor Jenz K. Lund looks to amp up the “frantic madness” with some old mysteries being unraveled and new, gruesome discoveries being made. As the Kickstarter page reveals, Issue #3 promises to be “WILDER! GORIER! SCARIER!” and I believe it.

Frank & Zed: Puppet Monster Movie


Another project making a comeback this month is Jesse Blanchard’s FRANK & ZED, an ambitious puppet motion picture we first spotlighted way back in 2015. Since then, thanks to a successful first round of crowdfunding, Blanchard has been able to complete 90% of the film featuring all hand-built set pieces and practical effects. I’ve been lucky enough to get a sneak peek at a rough cut of the film and it looks great! All that remains are a few “major elements like the miniatures, score, and special effect insert shots.” Be sure to check this one out if you’re a fan of puppets, horror or both!

Little Billy: Animation Product Line

Last, but certainly not least, this week is the Phase III funding cycle of Chance Raspberry’s (The Simpsons) pint-sized champion of neurodiversity: Little Billy! Specifically geared towards building a product line “to brand, expand, and further fund” this 80s inspired cartoon, Raspberry is offering up a mountain of merchandise (including multiple shirts, stickers, CDs) for fans of the pilot and those who support his cause of spreading awareness about “neurodiversity, special needs, and the power of being different.” Plus, a portion of the proceeds go towards a donation to the Tourette Association of America so you can not only score some sweet swag, but you’ll be helping a good cause as well!

Written by Rondal

Rondal is the Editor-in-Chief of Strange Kids Club and a creative instigator who tackles each day with Red Bull-induced enthusiasm and a mind for adventure. Rondal has written for other sites including Rue Morgue, Fuel Your Illustration and Bloodsprayer. His obsession with horror movies, 80s animation and action figures is considered unhealthy by medical professionals.

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