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A Super Fun Show…with Learning!

I recently stumbled across a pretty fun web series created by and staring Lexie Kahanovitz called Super Fun Show with Learning!  It’s a weird mix of animation, puppetry, and live action comedy that takes a dystopian, cartoon-addled look at the millennial generation’s experience.  Imagine Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by way of Kidd Video filtered through the lens of David Cronenberg.  After being downsized by a cyberpunk middle manager who only talks in corporate-speak, Sandy Childs, the heroine of the series, has to figure out how to survive with no money, mounting debt, and an addiction to personal electronics.

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There series homages Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Videodrome, with a little bit of Who Framed Roger Rabbit thrown in for good measure (specifically the tone of the shoe-melting scene.)  With an NES chiptunes soundtrack and the a color palette straight out of Windows 95 MS Paint, the first episode is a trippy look at modern problems with a playful injection of 80s/90s era nostalgia.  It reminds me a lot of another independent film project I had the opportunity to preview recently, Don Thacker’s Motivational Growth (which I’ll be talking about in more detail over at the Cult Film Club soon.)

The first episode is available for free on youtube, and Lexie and crew are hard at work on the second installment and have a kickstarter going to try and secure some funding.  I know I’m curious to see where the series goes, an she totally secured my dollars when she states in the KS video that the second episode will feature a sequence inside the TV that they need “…to make an amazing Tron suit…” for, so I backed the project.  If you dig what you see maybe you’ll be interested in helping to fund it too.  I will say, though it’s more or less pg-13, it’s more on the Videodrome side of things than say Kidd Video, so be warned ;)  If you decide back the project, leave a comment and tell ‘em Branded sent ya!

Cheestroyer is eating his way into my heart…

You ever stumble upon a piece of art that feels like it was designed specifically for you, the artist tapped into your brain and cherry-picked a bunch of cool imagery that you love and mashed it up into something new and incredibly awesome?  Well, for me that piece of art just happens to be the Cheestroyer, a rad independent toy created by the fine folks at Bad Teeth & Double Haunt.  He’s a little Mayor McCheese (cheeseburger head), a little Gamera (turtle kaiju), and a little Skeletor (the skull and furry underpants) with a dash of cephalopod for good measure!

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Hailing from Australia,Bad Teeth & Double Haunt are preparing to unleash their Mini-Cheestroyer figurine in 2014.  Their recent resin releases have all sold out, so the guys have decided to produce the “little cheeseburger monster” in a vinyl edition, but they need a little help to get everything up and running so they set up a Kickstarter for the production of the toy.  The first planned wave will consist of Glow in the Dark, Crystal Clear vinyl and Clear with Guts editions! Other pledge rewards include hand-painted resins, clear resins and copies of the Cheestroyer comic book.  I mean seriously, look how ferociously cute this monster is!

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There’s only one week left to get this rad little creature funded and unleashed on the world, so if you dig art toys and turtle monsters with cheesburger heads, go pick yourself up a Cheestroyer!

 

Now this is a film about Garbage Pail Kids!!!

For those of us who have sat through the beloved train wreck that is 1987′s Garbage Pail Kids: The Movie, all I have to say is, cheer up, because there is a much better GPK film in the works!  As much as I love that cheesy original flick (well, hate…yeah…no, love, well, love/hate) the idea of trying to bring a fictionalized version of these rad sticker cards to the screen was sort of doomed conceptually.  Maybe it could have worked as an animated feature, though as an owner of the unreleased cartoon series on DVD, yeah, maybe not.  Either way, the bottom line is that for those of us who love and collect Garbage Pail Kids it’s not about seeing these cards brought to life in another incarnation, it’s about, well, collecting the darn cards and loving the artwork and jokey concepts.  It’s as simple as that, which is what I want to see out of a film, a documentary that chronicles these gross out stickers from their origins in the 60s era Topps Nutty Awards, through the Ugly stickers, Wacky Packs and on through the phenomenon of the original 15 sets and beyond.  The Abrams book featuring the art of the first few sets was a great start, but a film would be really awesome.  Well guess what?  Some really dedicated artists are trying to do just that with the 30 Years of Garbage project!

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Spearheaded by director Sean Tiedeman and co-produced by Krystle-Dawn Willing, Jeff Zapata (artist and Topps GPK art director 2003-2011), and artist Joe Simko and partner June Gonzales, the film is looking to dig into the world of GPK with interviews with the original Topps artists, writers, and designers, as well as a bevy of current artists both inspired by the original stickers and working on the newer sets today.  They’ve already lined up folks like Art Spiegelman, Tom Bunk, Len Brown, Jay Lynch, Mark Newgarden and one of the most important for me, John Pound!  They’re also going to showcase rabid collectors and the next generation of artists like Brent Engstrom and Joe Simko…

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The crew has created a kickstarter campaign to help fund this film, and I really want to see it reach it’s funding goal because I kind of NEED to see this film.  Seriously, just take a look at the great work being put into the set design…

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Simko has donated a lot of of personal work as varying rewards (including cereal box packs of Cereal Killers sticker cards series 2 and his amazing kid’s book The Sweet Rot), and there is even a series of GPK artist cards featuring parodies of themselves!  So if you’re as much of a fan and collector as me head on over and make a pledge today and let’s get this flick funded pronto.  Here’s a look at some of the rewards…

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There’s also a facebook page for the flick where you can keep up with news and talk to other fans.  So what are you waiting for?  Go like that page, pledge in the kickstarter and help make this thing a reality.

Let’s help Little Billy come to life!

Crikey, real life is dragging down the daily posting of the Halloween countdown this year for sure.  I’m hoping to catch up scanning animation cels and stuff again this weekend.  In the interim, I wanted to point everyone’s attention to a super awesome nostalgic cartoon project that I’ve been meaning to mention for awhile now called Little Billy

Little Billy is the brainchild of animator Chance Raspberry (the Simpsons, Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends), and is about a precocious little kid with a unique condition that requires some special needs.  Raspberry’s vision is to create a throwback cartoon that’s fun and entertaining while also bringing to light the issues a lot of kids face with special needs education.  In fact, one of the goals of the Kickstarter project to get Little Billy off the ground is to create a pilot episode that can also replace those some of those unfortunately seriously outdated special education awareness videos in schools around the country.  But don’t just take my word for it, check out what Chance has to say about the project in his presentation video on Kickstarter

The project is pretty darn close to achieving its funding and it only has a little over one more day to go.  I’d love to see this reach its goal and for Chance to be able to reach out to kids with special education needs all over the country know that they’re not alone and that people do care!

So if you have a second, check out the Kickstarter for Little Billy, watch the trailer, and then spread the word about this interesting cartoon!

The Strange Kid Comix anthology needs your help!

Hey folks, I just wanted to take a second and announce that the Strange Kids Comix anthology is in the final leg of its Kickstarter campaign and is getting pretty darn close to getting funded!  I have an article all about 80s era R-Rated flicks getting the cartoon treatment (Robocop, Rambo, and The Toxic Avenger), and I can’t wait to get this issue in hand to flip through…

This morning Rondal shared a glimpse of the artwork that will accompany my article, and boy, is it ever a dozy!  James Callahan really knocked it out of the park!

If you dig comics, especially the indie and alternative stuff, than you’ll love the Strange Kids Comix anthology and there’s a lot of great talent in this issue.  Please take a second to check out the Kickstarter page and help make this issue a reality by backing or sharing the project on Twitter and Facebook.  There are plenty of cool reward tier exclusives left, including some authentic Real Ghostbusters Animation cels cherry-picked from my personal collection that would look mighty fine framed on your wall.  Thanks in advance for looking and thanks to everyone whose spread the word and backed the project so far!

Help the 3rd issue of the Strange Kids Comix get the kickstart in the pants it needs!

Rondal Scott, the very cool and super nice dude who runs the Strange Kids Club, has recently put together the 3rd issue of his Strange Kids Comix anthology.  This time out, instead of a traditional pre-order, he’s taken the release of the magazine over to Kickstarter so that he can help fund not only the magazine, but some awesome goodies to go along with the issue.  This 3rd installment of SKC is themed with all sorts of 80s and 90s era television fun and includes a breathtaking cover by Jason Edmiston!

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Not only will there be a ton of great comics in this new issue, but Rondal also decided to pack the issue with articles written by a bunch of swell folks including Paxton Holley (Cavalcade of Awesome and the Nerd Lunch Podcast), Brian Adams (Cool & Collected and head honcho over at the League), and, well, me!  I’m really proud to have been able to contribute an article to the magazine as I enjoyed the ever-living heck out of the first two issues.  If you’re curious about my take on some R-rated flicks from the 80s that were oddly turned into Saturday morning cartoons, you should probably head on over to the Strange Kids Comix Kickstarter page and snag yourself one of the limited number of discounted early-bird copies before they’re sold out!

I know I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this new issue.  Reading the first two nearly melted my mind!

OMFG! Series 2 kickstarter is live!

It’s gonna be a hectic week behind the scenes at Branded this week what with the holiday coming up and some boring day to day stuff.  Posting might be a little light, but I did want to take a second and point out that the Kickstarter campaign for the 2nd series of the OMFG! minifigures has begun

If you’ll remember from a few months ago, I fell in love with this project and it’s been a while as the 2nd series design were voted on, sculpted, and are now ready for production.  This second batch looks pretty darn fun, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the Puke Knight and Shirtle figures in particular.  The below image is a rough of what the back of the packing art should look like (art by Redjarojam from the October Toys forum)…

Below you can get a glimpse of the final sculpts for the five new figures in series 2…

As before, the actual production figures will be available in the standard M.U.S.C.L.E.-influenced flesh colorway, but you can also get your hands on an exclusive black set via Kickstarter.  I’ve already heard rumblings about some other exclusive colorways being considered as exclusives for different online shops, much like we saw with the first series.  The goal that needs to be met in the next 30 odd days is $12,000, but considering it’s already past $3k as I’m typing this I think the funding will be successful…

Wanna help me and one of my favorite local bands The Serenaders?!?

For the last couple months I’ve been working with my favorite local Atlanta band, the Serenaders, on their new album My One and Only You (the album cover is featured above.)  I’ve been doing a bunch of graphic design and illustrations for their CD and vinyl LP, as well as on some record release party flyers and posters.  I’ve been super psyched as this stuff has been coming together at the same time as they’ve been hard at work recording the album and I can’t wait to see everything done and in print.  I’ve gotten a chance to listen to a bunch of tracks off the album and they are really nailing the sound without losing any of the intensity of their live show.

The album is set to be released on May 24th, but in the interim the band is looking to raise some additional funds to help promote the record and to get it out into the hands of the public.  So they’ve begun a Kickstarter campaign to help out and I really want to help get the word out about the band and their music.  If you’re unfamiliar with Kicksterter, it’s basically a pledged fund drive, but instead of simple donations there are a bunch of tiered rewards that people receive for their pledges.  So it’s not charity, but a way to help the band while buying copies of their record, T-Shirts (featuring the above heart illustration I did) and gig posters, win-win.  But they have to make their projected goat of $6500 in order to receive any of the funds or all of the pledges are cancelled.  I’m also super excited about this since I designed and illustrated the album art as well as the artwork for the T-shirts and posters, so I’d love to know that this stuff was getting out there.  So, help the band out with a pledge today and you can get your hands on some awesome music and some of my artwork.  There are 42 days to go and they still have a ways to go, so if this sounds like something you might want to help support, please head on over to their kickstarter page, watch their pitch, and listen to some of their tunes while you’re at it!  Thanks for taking a gander…

Also, if you live in the Atlanta area and want to attend the Serenaders record release party, it’s being held on May 28th, at 8:00pm at the Goat Farm.  Admission is $10, and with that you get a complimentary copy of the CD, so again, win-win.  Go on over and RSVP to the event today…