Okay, it’s time once again for your guide to things you can do in and around Charleston during this waterlogged July weekend in our latest edition of STUFF TO DO, but somethng new has been added! I’m going to tell you about a couple of really cool non-sport trading card set Kickstarter campaigns that I meant to tell you about weeks ago before life decided to get really interesting.

First, and most urgently, I have to tell you about the new Fearsome Weirdos set from Robert Jimenez. Kaiju Creeps is in the vein of the previous Fearsome Weirdos sets that I’ve told you about in PopCult, but this time the trading cards depict some hilarious Kaiju monsters. Let me quote the campaign here…

Kaiju Creeps is the 3rd Fearsome Weirdos set! This set of 36 sticker cards features parodies of Kaijus, written and illustrated by Robert Jimenez, with help from fellow Wacky Packages writer Paul Harris.

The set features a Wrapper/Checklist card, 15 Kaiju Creeps, and 2 subsets. One is 10 vintage comic and magazine covers and the other 10 are product parody tie-ins. Also a 9 card puzzle with be a part of the card backs. Each set will also include 1 lenticular card of Gamer-A and a tuck box.

There’s only about a day left in this campaign (I meant to tell you about this weeks ago, but things kept happening). There is no danger of this campaign not happening. It’s fully funded more than five times over. If you’re interested in add-ons like orignal art and other goodies, check out this link to kick in. You can find my coverage of Robert’s previous sets HERE.

Next up with have a Kickstarter campaign for MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE Series 2 by RRParksCARDS. You read that right.  This is the SECOND series of MANOS: The Hands of Fate Trading Cards This classic “so bad it’s good” movie made its trading card debut with a sneak peek in series 3 of RRParksCARDS’ MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 and after that the demand was clear for the FIRST series of MANOS … but now, here, finally — MANOS: The Hands of Fate Trading Cards Series Two.

This series focuses on the ART of MANOS! A special selection of artwork by the sketch card artists of Series One … And this SECOND series continues the trading card adventure with:

A 51 card base set of BEAUTIFUL artwork, front and back!
A 5 card card subset with the artwork of Elisabetta Stoinich
A TORGO MOTION lenticular card
A DIY sketch card blank
An original art SKETCH CARD
Genuine Printing Plate Cards
TWO different Autograph Cards
Special Set Packaging
A BINDER INSERT KIT with bonus goodies!

I have to be honest. They had me at “TORGO MOTION lenticular card.”

This campaign had a modest $600 goal,  and is currently funded at over $10,000 with more than two weeks left to run, so you know that this will soon be unleashed unto the world. Rush to THIS LINK to kick in, before everything is already spoken for. And go HERE for links to a few PopCult entries on RRParksCARDS.

Meanwhile, live Music is back at Taylor Books. There is no cover charge, and shows start at 7:30 PM. Friday it’s Steve Himes with Hunter Blankeship. Saturday sees Gary Hays perform at Charleston’s Bookstore/coffeehouse/art gallery institution.

At this point, there are no vaccination or mask mandates for any of the events listed this week. However, we all need to remember that the pandemic is not over yet, and everybody should be vaccinated by now. Many people who have very good reasons are still wearing masks, and many of us, understandably, are still nervous about being in crowds, masked or not. Be kind and understanding  while you’re out. After the super-spreader potential of recent weeks, and rising case numbers locally, let’s all try to be smart and kind about this.

In the meantime, if you’re up for going out, here are some suggestions for Friday and Saturday while I’m in Kentucky playing with GI Joes…