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District Noir by Pandasaurus Games Coming Soon

Pandasaurus has announced a new 2 player set collection game District Noir is coming this summer. Preorders will start on May 19th with retail release planned for July 19th. District Noir was originally published in Japanese by Taikikennai Games in 2016 as Throne and Grail. It was then published in 2019 as Chocolate Factory by Nasza Księgarnia in Polish. The current art and theme was published last year in French by Spiral Éditions. When the time is right, gain control! At the head of the city’s largest criminal organizations, men and women fight to control territories and gain support by trying every means possible to grow their influence. Control of the District Noir, a central and highly contested area, remains the major issue that will make all the difference in dominating the city. There are two paths to victory: win over District Noir's various supports, or directly control the city’s three strategic locations. Before players can claim these, they must be played to the center

Crowdfunding Brings Comic Books for LGBT Youth to Print

I was sent an email about a Kickstarter campaign by Scuttlebutt Ink about a comic that they are releasing geared toward the LGBT teen community. They have already reached their initial goal of $9,000 but now would like to reach $17,000 to create additional material. You can read their press release after the break.

[August 9, 2013] With a week left in their Kickstarter campaign, comic creators Scuttlebutt Ink have raised $10,500 of their $9,000 goal to print their super hero comic for LGBT teens. Now that the ultra-colorful Mahou Shounen FIGHT! will be a printed reality, they are setting a new goal of $17,000 to create plush toys of the comic's cute animal mascot. Which is a scar-faced magical cat, infused with all the knowledge of the universe and a projector in his eyeball to send messages to the boys from their spirit world overlords. Spoiler alert.

The LGBT community came to the support over the weekend at the extremely successful GaymerX in San Francisco, raising $850 of the project’s goal. “We are so thankful for the support received this weekend at the convention,” said JD, line artist and co-creator. “We’re lucky to be in a time where there are fundraising tools like Kickstarter to support small business. This will be a huge leg up for our comic and if we can make it to $17,000, we’ll be able to bring our readers another fun product.”

The comic, Mahou Shounen FIGHT! (translated: Magical Boy FIGHT!) is a tongue-in-cheek but loving homage to the ‘magical girl’ genre of Japanese comics (think Sailor Moon) united with a personal mission. Dusty and JD together have written a comic full of characters with whom queer and genderqueer readers can identify, wrapped up in a fun, genre story appropriate for young teens.

“When we were queer kids, this is the comic we wanted to read, that we wanted to see ourselves in. And we also believe that now is a better time than ever to embrace and promote this idea that comics starring LGBT+ characters don’t have to be niche. Anyone can enjoy them regardless of personal identity,” says Dusty, colorist and typesetter. In addition to representing and embracing a wide range of sexual identities and gender expression, Mahou Shounen FIGHT! makes a conscious effort to reflect real world diversity in terms of nationality, ethnicity and culture.

“While a lot could go wrong by combining both the silly and comedic parody genre, with the serious and heartwarming “there was none of this when I was younger, so I’m making it” level of diversity, everything seems to fit together like clockwork,” writes Harry Bentley of Sexy + Geeky. “The funny moments all work and the serious moments can be pretty bone-chilling.”

The Mahou Shounen FIGHT! Kickstarter will end August 16 10:00 PM PST and the book, volume 1 titled “Wake Up” will ship to readers in Spring 2014.

For more info about Mahou Shounen FIGHT! or its Kickstarter contact Kim Smith kim@scuttlebuttink.com

About the Comic

Protagonist Mike Smith desperately wants a normal life. Unfortunately for him, his destiny is to become a magical soldier and to intervene in the impending war between the spirit realms of the earth and sea. Along for the ride is the manifestation of the season of Summer, attached to him like a ghostly shadow. Even worse, no one told Mike that the job involved wearing a gaudy cowboy costume. And hot pink boots.

Things grow ever more interesting as Mike gets to know the rest of his seasonally-themed super squad. Raji is an aspiring model and drag star who fiercely embraces his role as team leader. His second in command is Oliver, a brilliant fashionista, and they're joined by Yuki, a shy young gay boy and closet thespian. And that's to say nothing of their drill-sergeant PE teacher faculty adviser or the scar-faced kitten who acts as both their Cute Animal Mascot and PowerPoint Projector.




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