This guest post is long overdue; I made a promise to Alex Dale over a week ago to run it, and then the holiday weekend and other life stuff got in the way. So, my apologies to Alex and to the rest of the Up In Arms comedy troupe. The work they are attempting to raise money for is important; funding future episodes of their web-show will help them raise even more money for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  Here’s the information Alex sent me about the the fundraiser:

Alex Dale

Alex Dale

Alex Dale, 16, a Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Junior Ambassador and writer and creator of the comedy web series Up In Arms, recently donated $150 to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

The teenage mastermind behind the creation of Up In Arms was diagnosed with Scheuermann Kyphosis, a spinal deformity, in August 2010 and had to wear a back brace for nine months, which did not cure him and he continued to endure extreme back pain. In July 2011, David Skaggs, MD, Chief, Children’s Orthopaedic Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, performed a spinal fusion on Alex to correct the curvature of his spine.

There is currently inadequate information and research about Scheuermann Kyphosis. The Pediatric Spinal Deformity Endowment was formed to collect funds/donations to explore the disorder and to provide more treatment options for children so that they do not have to live with the effects of kyphosis into adulthood, which can leave people wheel chair bound.

In 2011, Alex launched his web series, Up In Arms, to raise money for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to help research treatment for children who are diagnosed with Scheuermann Kyphosis. It is described as a cross between The Daily Show and Saturday Night Live and is written in a humorous fashion, focused on social issues that teens are dealing with and to ultimately lend support for others who are struggling with spinal deformity.

“I want to assist other people who are suffering from Scheuermann Kyphosis and raise funds to help research alternate methods for treatment,” says Alex. Viewers can give back to the cause through the Up In Arms website, where 100% of the proceeds go directly to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Please visit to donate to production of the next episode and help UP IN ARMS raise money for this great cause.  Thank you.

Hollywood Endings EP - Musicians

This is the latest in a series of posts related to various Kickstarter projects I’ve backed and hope you will too. None of them are my own (currently, I’ve got nothing I think I should be doing a Kickstarter for), but all of these are important to me for one reason or another. Some of them are projects of friends. Some of them are just projects I think are cool. Most of them are both.

Hollywood Endings

Hollywood Endings

It’s no secret I’m fond of the HOLLYWOOD ENDING boys. I promote them enough, here and on Facebook and Twitter. It helps that I’ve become friends with some of the parents of the band, and I can see that the band’s current and future success is not just 5 teenage boys pushing themselves, but a real family (or families) effort. So when the guys decided to do a Kickstarter to finance their first EP, I knew I had to contribute and help get the word out.

Unsurprisingly, with their large number of teenage female fans, they hit their modest $5,000 goal within two days of launching the project. Slightly past the halfway point time-wise, they have raised over $7,000. Honestly, I’d like to see them get to $10,000 before their month is up. The more money they have to put towards finishing the EP, promoting it, and touring to support it, the better. The HWE boys are not rich kids out on a lark — they rely heavily on family support to tour, and it would be nice to see them have a bit of bank to utilize.

They’ve already laid money out to film the video for the first single off of the EP. The filming happened over the weekend, surrounding their first headlining show out in California. Some of the extra dollars raised will go towards finishing the video.

You can learn all about the rewards for supporting the Kickstarter (including autographed clothing, lyrics sheets, limited edition memorabilia and physical cds, instruments and more) HERE.

You can also hear more about how things are going for the band by Liking their Facebook page, and following @hwoodending@hollywoodCamB @hollywoodTyler @hollywoodDanny and @hollywooodChrisB on Twitter.

And check out videos on their Youtube channel.

CROSSED GENRES, Author - Interview

This is a week of posts related to various Kickstarter projects I’ve backed and hope you will too. None of them are my own (currently, I’ve got nothing I think I should be doing a Kickstarter for), but all of these are important to me for one reason or another. Some of them are projects of friends. Some of them are just projects I think are cool. Most of them are both.

Today’s spotlight is on CROSSED GENRES. CG started as an online magazine, then became a publisher. They recently hit a financial setback and turned to Kickstarter to rejuvenate. And so far the campaign has not only exceeded expectations, it’s exceeded one stretch goal and, with a few days to go, looks to meet a second stretch goal as well. If they can raise a few more bucks, they can follow through on their intention to pay authors pro rates. I’d love to see this happen, and not only because I plan to eventually submit work to them!

I conducted a new, short interview with publisher Bart Leib about the campaign and their goals:

Crossed Genres

Crossed Genres

ANTHONY: What is the main concept for Crossed Genres?

 BART: Our small press started with our magazine. Each month we choose a genre or theme, and all submissions for that issue have to combine the theme with some aspect of science fiction and/or fantasy. We’ll continue this when we resurrect the magazine in 2013. And if we succeed in reaching our 2nd stretch goal, we’ll achieve a long-time dream of ours: to pay writers professional rates for their stories!

ANTHONY: What can readers expect in your first issue and beyond?

 BART: Our “first” issue will actually be our 37th! We haven’t actually decided what the first new genres will be, but we have plenty to choose from – we have a list of over eight years worth of themes that we didn’t get to during the first three years. If we reach our stretch goal to pay professional rates, it may influence the themes, but no matter what, the themes will be diverse and progressive.

ANTHONY: What is Crossed Genres Magazine’ policy on open submissions from authors?

 BART: CG Magazine has always had open submissions. That will continue when we re-launch in 2013.

ANTHONY: What made you choose Kickstarter for your fundraising efforts, as opposed to IndieGoGo or any of the other tools out there?

BART: We had already run two successful Kickstarter campaigns. Actually we were fairly early adapters, running our first campaign in early 2010. We were already familiar with the process of going through Kickstarter, which makes everything very streamlined and simple. It also has a great existing ecosystem, and that helps more people find the campaign.

ANTHONY: Looking back, is there anything you’d change about your campaign?

 BART: Well it’s still going on, but we do wish we’d known ahead of time that it was going to be such a success! Most things have gone very well, and we only wish we could offer even more to our amazing backers! But the rewards we are offering have been very well received. Really the only “regret” is that we haven’t reached even more people!

ANTHONY: How can people who missed out on the Kickstarter subscribe/become supporters of Crossed Genres?

 BART: Our Kickstarter is still going on! It runs until 5PM EST on Friday, June 22! There’s still time to get some great rewards and help us become a pro-rate market!