Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfunding initiatives

DRAW YOUR WEAPON: Illustrator Jason White provided the sometimes gory visuals for new novel Z-DAY, which follows an elite team of marines through Japan during World War II. Image by Jason White, courtesy of Stache Publishing

Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise start-up capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. Each week, Xpress highlights notable Western North Carolina crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd.

Z-DAY, a graphic novel

If guts and gore disturb you, it’s best to keep scrolling, because Z-DAY — a new novel co-written by Josh Rader and Brandon MaCready and illustrated by Jason White — is brimming with graphic scenes. The story takes place in Japan following the first atomic bomb drop in Hiroshima. Before the next bomb explodes in Nagasaki, a select group of marines must uncover a mysterious biological weapon. “The team will have to remain ‘swift, silent, deadly’ to survive hordes of infected locals, who hunger for human flesh,” reads a description of the book. “As the clock ticks down and the horrible truth of the weapon is revealed, the soldiers will be forced to decide if completing their mission is even worth the cost.” Z-DAY editor Anthony Mathenia has already surpassed his $1,945 goal to cover printing and and distribution, but pre-sales will continue through the campaign’s end on Wednesday, Aug. 31.


“The crazy cat owner and crazy dog owner epidemic is spreading around the world at an alarming pace,” according to a crowdfunding video by business partners Paul and Gema. “Up until now, there was nothing that could be done.” But together, the two have contrived a solution: the Funtervention book series. Each edition directly addresses an individual suffering from a trivial social affliction — being a crazy pet parent, for example — and after a loving message of support, the pages begin to illustrate relevant warning signs. “You carry your dog in a purse,” reads one symptom. “Your dog’s Instagram account has more followers than yours.” Paul and Gema envision these quasi-confrontations as an opportunity for lighthearted fun among loved ones. They’ve already surpassed their initial $1,000 goal for launching the first two books (for crazy dog and cat owners) but will continue to crowdfund through Wednesday, Aug., 31, with the intent to add more themes to the Funtervention brand over time.

Send your crowdsourcing campaign news to kmcreynolds@mountainx.com. A limited number of campaigns will be highlighted each week, at Xpress’ discretion. Campaigns must be locally based and should represent a current project with an achievable goal. Conditions are subject to change. Read about more Western North Carolina projects here.

About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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2 thoughts on “Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfunding initiatives

  1. Paul Drecksler

    Hey Kat – thanks for featuring our Kickstarter campaign! That’s awesome. Just wanted to say thanks and also leave a note that our campaign actually ended on Aug 31st (not Oct 31 like the article says). And now those first two books Crazy Dog Owner and Crazy Cat Owner are available for sale on our newly published e-commerce website (along with some related t-shirts and gifts): https://funterventions.org

    Thanks again for the write-up. We’ll have to do a “You are an Ashevillian” Funtervention book one day because we’re definitely a one-of-a-kind city!


    • Kat McReynolds

      Thanks for stopping by and congrats on your success thus far. I’ve fixed the typo!

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