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Three local Kickstarter projects that should have your 'back'

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We tell you why these home-grown Kickstarter campaigns deserve your pledge.

Crowdfunding site Kickstarter is known for giving talents a space to pursue their creative endeavours. Since its launch here on Aug 30, about 144 Singapore-based projects have been posted on the website.

We trawled through the website and found three unique Kickstarter projects, all created by youths, which are worth your time and money.

1. It's a bird… It's a plane…

Behind Crimson Star: A Singaporean Superhero lies an inspiring ambition to get local artists recognised as published artists. Crimson Star tells the story of an initially reluctant superhero who slowly embraces his powers to save the day, and has plans to run for 65 issues.

First conceptualised in 2011, its creator and writer, Ryan Mennen, plans on roping in 20 all-Singaporean artists to bring the comic to life.

Wanting to keep his works affordable, the comic book aficionado started a $2 Kickstarter campaign.

Ryan, 28, said: "This is the value of the product, period. I'm not going to throw in T-shirts, I'm not going to throw in cups or special travels to Timbuktu. I want the sum to just be about paying the artists to do the comic."

Crimson Star team 1
THE TEAM BEHIND CRIMSON STAR IS MADE UP OF (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT)
JUSTSAYING.ASIA SUB-EDITOR RYAN AND WRITERS HIJANAH AND KANESH.

He was motivated to embark on the campaign because he felt very strongly about the dearth of proper superheroes created by Singaporeans.

"The inspiration behind Crimson Star wasn't from something, but from the lack of something," said Ryan, who is working with a two-man team that helps him with publicity and graphic design work.

He added: "It's about bloody time, lah."

2. Card games coming to life

Think JumanjiWell…not quite, but Sweet Spot: The Tennis Card Game's spirited creator, Dominic Huang, 33, believes he has managed to convert a tennis match into a card game.

Making use of the back and forth mechanics of the tennis sport, each player uses numbered cards to hit the ball value's "sweet spot", ranging between 0 to 3, to win.

Sweet Spot Dom 2
DOMINIC IS THE LEAD DESIGNER OF MEDIEVAL LORDS, A SINGAPORE-BASED GAME STUDIO THAT CREATES UNIQUE TABLETOP GAMES.

Targeting card and board game players who may be averse to playing sports may not be the simplest task. However, the veteran Kickstarter user has managed to do just that.

This year, Dominic took Sweet Spot to Gen Con, the world's longest-running gaming convention, in Indiana. He received overwhelming positive feedback from young adults and middle-aged gamers, including avid tennis players who liked the pace of the card game.

"You'll probably never see a game that is truer to the tennis sport," said the game designer.

3. A walk down memory lane

If you're a fan of nostalgia, you will enjoy 100 Days of Childhood Memories, a book that features drawings of iconic depictions of Singapore's history and culture.

100 Days anthem 3
ONE OF HER DRAWINGS, TITLED 'ANTHEM', IS A CHILDHOOD MEMORY ALL OF US CAN RELATE WITH.
PHOTO CREDIT: AILIAN GAN

100 Days Ailian 4
TARGETING OVERSEAS SINGAPOREANS, AILIAN'S PROJECT
IS ABOUT FINDING SPACE IN HER LIFE FOR ARTISTIC PURSUITS.
PHOTO CREDIT: AILIAN GAN

To create the 150-page book, creator Ailian Gan, 34, drew and wrote about one childhood memory daily for 100 days about her experience growing up in Singapore.

Ailian, who is currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area in the US, said: "It's about paying attention to ordinary routines and rituals, like the daily walk to school, or the temple across the street. I have no photographs of all these things because they were so ordinary, but these personal landmarks mean so much to me."

BANNER PHOTO CREDIT: CRIMSON STAR
TEASER PHOTO CREDIT: SWEET SPOT

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