My name is Toren Atkinson, you may know me from my HP Lovecraft-inspired rock band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets or my podcast Caustic Soda. I'm passionate about my creations but today I'm here to talk about Trevor Phillips. Trevor is also passionate about his art - he runs a small screen printing business called Ebon Aves Apparel. Trevor prints all the t-shirts for my band and podcast but he is also a very close personal friend of mine. On September 1st Trevor was standing on a corner waiting for the light to change when two cars collided at the intersection. One of these cars spun off into the side of a building, taking my good friend with it. Trevor was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and has remained there with injuries too numerous to mention.
I want to help Trevor, and I want you to help me do that. Trevor is a kind, committed individual who cares greatly about art, the environment, and of course his wife Jacky, who has been helping me to organize this fundraiser.
The Canadian health system is doing what it's supposed to do, but since Trevor decided to work for himself just a few years ago, this kind of accident is devastating not only to his health but to his income. Donating whatever you can will be of great help to Trevor to get back on his feet once his injuries heal, and to start printing more of those t-shirts that you guys crave.
What We Need & What You Get
I've set a goal that I think is realistic to achieve, but of course the more the better. Every cent from the fundraiser will go directly to Trevor and Jacky to cover their basic needs during this ordeal: bills, food, transportation, business expenses, all the usual stuff that needs to get done in the city with the highest cost of living in Canada.
At this point, several people have stepped up to offer perks, and as more incentives solidify I will update this page.
$15 - Sword of the Stars: The Pit video game download. Kerberos Productions has gratiously donated 100 download codes for "The Pit" - a classic, dungeon-crawling, PC RPG, set in the Sword of the Stars universe. Check it out here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCbUkUdo6TQ
$21 - I will use my recording equipment to send you an mp3 of an impression of a famous character or a dumb little song or any request I can manage which you can use as a ringtone or just hold on to try to embarrass me later. All I'll need is your request of what you want me to record and an email address. Some restrictions apply (e.g. I won't read the entire Game of Thrones in Orko's voice)
$24 - Anyone who contributes $24 or more will get an advance copy of my solo album (tentatively titled) "Toren Atkinson: Good Enough" which will compile all the a capella music I have been providing for Caustic Soda over the past few years.
$25 - A three (3) month Taster subscription to Bad Girl Chocolates' Truffle Subscription Service (pick up only - East Vancouver). Each month you'll receive 6-8 delicious handmade truffles. Perfect for a gift for a loved one, a dinner party, sharing with your office or just to savour for yourself. https://www.facebook.com/BadGirlChocolates
NEW!! $30 - A four pack of tickets to Improv Against Humanity at The Rio Theatre on Wednesday, Nov 20th, presented by The Fictionals Comedy Co. #IAHatRIO is a live comedy show based on Cards Against Humanity that has been called "One of Vancouver’s most hilarious nights of entertainment!". Plus you will receive a limited edition Fictionals' T-shirt and a guaranteed seat at the live Cards Against Humanity competition the night of the show. For horrible people only. Available only to those who can pick up at The Rio Theatre in Vancouver the night of the show! You will only need to provide name, email and phone number. https://www.facebook.com/TheFictionals
$56 - I have three "Spaceship Zero" packages. With this package you get a copy of "Spaceship Zero: Original Motion Picture
Soundtrack" CD autographed by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, a
signed copy of "Spaceship Zero The Roleplaying Game" book created by me
and Warren Banks, and a signed copy of the comic anthology "Exploded View"
which features a short Spaceship Zero prequel comic written and
illustrated by yours truly. Included in this package is a "SpaceCorp"
guitar pick, as seen in the Thickets video for the song "20 Minutes of
$101 - All four compact discs releases by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, autographed by the band. Includes "Spaceship Zero: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack"; "The Shadow Out of Tim"; "Great Old Ones" and "Cthulhu Strikes Back." Also includes stickers. Also a hand-written thank you note by me, Toren Atkinson. Includes shipping to anywhere in the world. (Only three available)
If by some stroke of cruel fate our entire goal is not met, whatever is collected will go to Trevor and Jacky.
Even if you've never heard of Trevor or any of my projects, I hope that you find the fundraiser and the perks to be of value. At the very least, my track record as the main driving force behind The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets (since 1992!) and Caustic Soda productions, artwork, merchandise and mailouts should show you that you're not dealing with a inexperienced internet flake with unrealistic dreams. I've put a lot of thought into this campaign and received help from successful Indiegogo fundraiser, and for that I am thankful!
Please remember that no matter the price tags of all our perks, the entirety of this fundraiser goes to Trevor. I be posting regular updates on Trevor's progress and I'm happy to answer any questions you have.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't donate money, there are of course other ways to help. The independent business Lut Boutique (4219 Main St) sells Ebon Aves apparel in their store and on http://www.lutboutique.com/
By all means please use Indiegogo's share tools. Mention this campaign on Facebook, twitter, and all the rest.