Lauren Zurchin, managing editor for fantasy and SF blog lytherus.com, hasÂ launched an ambitious project: photographing fourteen of the worldâ€™s most famous fantasy authors in custom hand-crafted costumes, and putting the photos together into a fantasy calendar for charity. The authors involved areÂ Brandon Sanderson,Â Brandon Mull, Christopher Paolini, Gregory Maguire, Tad Williams, Patrick Rothfuss, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Lauren Kate, Lauren Oliver, Maggie Stiefvater, Gail Carriger, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff.
Lauren writes: “This project is huge, and with the support of these authors I’ve taken to Kickstarter to raise the bare-minimum funds needed to make this project a reality. Every author involved in the project has offered limited edition exclusive items up for grabs — prizes that are only offered this one time and never again. Kickstarter contributors can find limited edition prints of their fantasy calendar photo (signed), wall posters (signed), “personalized packs” (containing prints, autographed calendar, and more — personalized and signed by the author), and calendars signed by all fourteen of the project’s participants. There are several high-end prizes up for grabs, including Skype chats with a few of the participating authors.”
“I truly believe in this project and the good that it can do for two amazing charities — “First Book” and Patrick Rothfuss’ “Worldbuilders“. Each author on the project has pledged not only prizes, but to promote the project during its run on Kickstarter and again once it goes on sale. We’re off to a great start, receiving almost 2/3 of the funding in a little over a week. The Kickstarter runs through the end of February and aims to raise $15,000.”