Saturday, June 29, 2013

Kickstarter Hell

So it seems yet another Kickstarter has crashed and burned. Which means someone has crashed and burned along with it, leaving lots of peeved folks wondering what will happen to their "investment".

As unfortunate as the loss of a bit of cash might be when these products fail to materialize, it's also unfortunate that the folks behind these failed kickstarters almost always become pariahs in the same community that supported them to begin with. Not that the public shaming is unwarranted, but it would be nice if Kickstarter had more restrictions in place to protect irresponsible or unrealistic founders from themselves.

A lot of folks know I'm not a big fan of the whole Kickstarter thing. Crowd funding gaming stuff is a neat idea and all, and sometimes even pulls off something really cool (like the Reaper Minis deal), but all too often it ends up throwing way too much money at someone who has no real idea what they are doing and how they are realistically going to follow it to fruition. I have a feeling its only a matter of time before outrage over one of these failed Kickstarters ends up spilling over into a legal forum. Especially as some of these failures are starting to look less like naive incompetence and more like bald-faced fraud.

If you're curious, check out Tenkar's for a good list of overdue Kickstarters.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Saturday Morning, circa 1979

Came across a 1979 "CBS Saturday Morning's!" ad in an old comic the other day (Shogun Warriors, ftw), and thought I'd share:

8:00 Mighty Mouse / Heckle & Jeckle

9:00 The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Show (Coyote can't catch him!)

10:30 The ALL NEW Popeye Hour (Olive and Bluto add to the fun!)

11:30 The NEW Fat Albert Show (those funky kids are back in town!)

12:00 Jason of Star Command

12:30 Tarzan and the Super Seven (the King of the Jungle Challenges Crime!)
The "Super Seven" apparently includes Bat Man (spaced that way in the ad, though it was plain old Batman), the Freedom Force, and maybe Isis?

Apparently, my pre-adolescent favorites, Ark II and Shazam! had not started yet :(

Remember your favorite Saturday morning shows?


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