Send the World SF Tour to Worldcon!
Update: scroll down to find out which perks have been fulfilled thus far (free reads, special episodes, etc.).
Worldcon is coming! I want to bring The Skiffy and Fanty Show and the World SF Tour there this August. And I need your help raising the funds to travel to London to make this happen!
What is the World SF Tour?
Throughout 2014, The Skiffy and Fanty Show will focus much of its attention on science fiction and fantasy works from places outside of the United States. This will consist of interviews, movie discussions, the occasional Torture Cinema special, and discussions of World SF w/ locals. It's a fairly large project, but it's one I think is worthwhile. Additional details about the project can be found here.
What I'm Going to Do:
Since Worldcon is in London this year, it's far more likely that Worldcon's attendance will be more international in scope. The main reason I want to bring the Skiffy and Fanty Show to Worldcon is to broaden the horizons of the World SF Tour by doing the following:
--Interview authors, fans, and critics from around the world about their work, their communities, and so on.
--Interview industry professionals, such as publishers (big and small) and editors about the publishing industry in their home of origin
--Host "Walkby Sessions," in which any Worldcon attendee can walk up and join a conversation (we had these at the last Worldcon, and they were pretty successful)
That means: more World SF Tour themed content and a much wider reach; the tour means a lot to me, so anything I can do to extend the reach, I'll do it!
At last year's Worldcon in San Antonio, we interviewed and discussed SF/F with a lot of folks (you can find those episodes here). I'd like to continue that this year.
Note: It's possible we will also participate on panels, which will, I hope, have a World SF theme, though that's still in the wind right now (schedules aren't set, etc.).
What I need to raise and the deadline:
A kindly soul has already offered to house me for free (thank you so much, person who will not be named because I didn't ask to name you), so what I need are traveling and "living" expenses. This comes out to the following:
--$500 for the flight (UPDATE: Got an external donation of airline miles, so the cost of the flight is now covered!)
--$1050 (UPDATE: Unfortunately, I now have to raise hotel costs, as the original offer was dropped for a good reason; sadly, the area around Worldcon this year seems to be on the upper scale of expensive)
--$185 for the Worldcon registration
--$150 for food (this is a rough estimate, as conversion rates and local food costs are hard to keep track of)
--$100 for additional transportation costs (train/underground mostly)
That means the total fundraising goal is roughly $2,200.
That's no small sum, for sure, but if every listener donated just $10, I'd be well over the goal.
The deadline for all non-plane-related costs is May 31st, 2014.
As the fundraiser hits certain milestones, I'll offer some perks related to The Skiffy and Fanty Show or general weirdness and hilarity. You know...to entice you. The following is a list of the milestones and their attending perks:
-- $100 -- one lucky donor will get to pick a historical period or moment to become an entry in the Encyclopedia Confictura
FIN. The entry can be found under C on this page.
--$250 -- one lucky donor will get to pick a classic work of SF/F for Paul Weimer to discuss in an upcoming "Mining the Asteroid" feature (examples of past posts can be found here)
FIN. You can find Paul Weimer's discussion of Tim Powers' The Anubis Gates here.
--$500 -- another lucky donor will get to pick a movie for an upcoming episode of Torture Cinema OR for a Shoot the WISB Segment (TV shows may also apply)
FIN: Mike Martinez joined us to discuss Highlander II for Torture Cinema.
--$750 -- two more lucky donors will get to pick another entry for the Encyclopedia Confictura
PENDING: Subjects will be "The Boston Tea Party" (Amy Fredericks) and "Treaty of Versailles" (Jenni Martikainen).
--$1000 -- another lucky donor will get to pick a movie for an upcoming episode of Torture Cinema OR for a Shoot the WISB Segment (and you can be in it, too, if you want) (TV shows may also apply)
FIN: Prince of Darkness (1987) selected by Usman Malik. Posted here.
--$1250 -- I'll read an excerpt from another classic work of literature or philosophy as Captain America (post-government cutbacks) OR Yoda (depending on public opinion)
FIN: It is available here in video and MP3 format.
--$1500 -- two more lucky donors will get to pick another entry for the Encyclopedia Confictura
--$1750 -- another lucky donor will get to pick a movie for an upcoming episode of Torture Cinema OR for a Shoot the WISB Segment (and you can be in it, too, if you want) (TV shows may also apply)
PENDING: In the Flesh (BBC miniseries); to be recorded at Worldcon w/ Catherine Hill.
--$2000 -- Mike Underwood will read an excerpt from a classic work of literature or philosophy as a beloved Muppet.
FIN: It is available here in video and MP3 format.
--$2200 -- one lucky donor will get to pick the topic for our special "thanks for making this happen" episode (and you can be on it, too, if you want)
Note: Torture Cinema selections must fulfill the following criteria: 1) it is SF/F, broadly defined (supernatural horror qualifies); 2) it is not excessively gory or contains uncomfortable material; 3) it is, in your opinion, a crappy movie; and 4) it is a film we haven't already reviewed (see the list here). If you're unsure, ask.
WISB segment selections must fulfill the following criteria: 1) it is SF/F, broadly defined (supernatural horror qualifies); and 2) it is available on Netflix, Amazon Instant, or a related, reliable service.
Examples of Encyclopedia Confictura can be found here. The entries written for this fundraiser will be compiled into an ebook and given to all donors.
And that's it. Support the World SF Tour now!
I've posted a few of the completed perks in the description. Mike Underwood and I recorded our Kermit/Yoda session recently, so that's up. We've also already covered Prince of Darkness per Usman Malik's orders, and a couple other perks are currently awaiting Worldcon's arrival, as we are recording them there.
Other than that, I just want to say thanks to everyone. You are all awesome!
Since I only need to raise $150 to finish this fundraiser, I'm adding a mini-flash-Milestone-perk to the list:
If my Worldcon fundraiser finishes by Monday, May 27th, Mike Underwood and I will record our special readings of classic works of literature/philosophy as Kermit and Yoda (respectively) LIVE. We may even stay in character the whole time. We may even have a conversation and Kermit and Yoda. We may even do it on video via Google+. We may even wear homemade costumes. (By "may" I mean "pretty much going to do it unless we can't for some reason").
Spread the word. Three-and-a-half days is plenty of time to make this happen!
1) Thank you so much for your donations. I'll send more personal thank yous later on. Every single donation has been wonderful. Now, this fundraiser is $200 short of completion, which is simply awesome!
2) There are some outstanding perks waiting to be fulfilled. I thought I would have most of the writing-based ones done before Summer A began, but the break week turned out to be "more work" week. I expect to finish out the writing-based perks ASAP. The podcast-related perks are on their way, but they depend greatly on the schedules of the other crew members. We are recording our review of Prince of Darkness soon, though. Expect more on that later.
3) I will be recording my reading from Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra as Yoda this weekend. It dawned on me that I never said whether I would do it on video or otherwise. More on that later.
And that's all I can think of right this second. Thanks again for your support, folks! Now to get that last $200 done!
In any case, the fundraiser has now jumped up to just shy of the 7th Milestone! That means some perks have opened up; some of you will get emails from me about them.
Now for the final push. As of this moment, I'm $484 from completing this whole thing. That will cover all of my expenses: food, trains, and hotels.
Please spread the word to your friends and the community at large.
Thanks for your support!