WORD FROM OUR FOUNDER
making a cartoon BUT...
I appreciate that everyone is excited...i do, but i want you all to be
clear...that this cartoon doesn't have a home yet. we are making a
pilot...when it's done i'll get out my roledex and get out all the
numbers of producers, network excecs, ect that have shown interest and
we'll pitch the pilot...if it doesn't get picked up (that's possible i
mean...how can you compete with tom goes to the govenor?)
but we think it's good, then well just go from indy publisher to indy
dvd maker and distribute it to stores on our own...i've already had pre
emptive discussions and have distributors ready willing and able, if no
basic cable network has the balls to run it.
could be great or it could suck...we don't know and we probably wont
until it's done and we watch it and either say..."holy fuck that's
funny" or "yeash, take my name off this."
said that i will now address a question i can't seem to get away
"hey can i be a voice in your cartoon?"
FIRST...we promote from within around here.
Over the past ten years we've had people pitch in and help out and step
up to the plate on little things and big thinsg and those are the people
i don't care if you have 8 years of schooling in animation, or
you are a locksmith...all that matters is could i count on you with the
little things? I'll take an enthusiastic locksmith over a johnny
come lately animator in a heartbeat. I made up my mind and it's set in
stone that at least this first pilot will be done by myself and a few
specific people based on talent and reliability instead of farming it
out to a animation house. why? i want it done right...at
least the first time before it gets picked up and watered down i want it
done right. and if that means using people willing to learn
instead of ten year pros...if that means i have to draw every fucking
cell myself...then that's what it means. Voodoo Joe is going to look and
act like sound like Voodoo joe, and so are the aliens, the donut, and
whoever else we can fit in by June.
The other reason i'm using my own people is that I have to have
the final word...that seems like it should be obvious but the problem i
see over and over again and the problem i was running into pitching the
cartoon based on scripts alone was that everyone wanted to put their two
cents in until you got to the point where people who have never told
joke no.1 outside of their cubical where being allowed to influence the
script of MY FUCKING CARTOON.
give you a brief look into the world of pitching an idea/script to a
network/producer/agent...it's a sad sick dance of non-entertainers
wanting to suck up and ingratiate themselves by putting their two cents
in and expecting you to stroke them off about how their idea really adds
to the concept. it's like if you were a boxer and every drip wants
to come up and show you his jab -a noodle armed techniqueless flailing
with the elbow twisting towards your own body "and expecting you to
say "hey that's great" actually it would only be the same
thing if the expected you to jab the same way in the ring. too many cooks spoil the meal especially
when the are editors and not cooks.
Plus if you aren't used to me i can
seem like a real prick. just remember this "if your very life
depended on making something funny would YOU handle it or
would you have ME do it for you?"...right...you'd have me do it and
stay above ground.
SECOND...we don't even know where this is going to go yet...so
everybody just take it easy a second. good things might happen or they might not. all we
are concerning ourselves with is FUNNY.
Now, if you have helped Arsenic Lullaby out in the past ( i
think you all know who you are)...it will basically be up to
you as to how much you want to take on and how involved you want to be.
and if you don't want any part of this fiasco that's fine too.
we'll need quite a bit of help in lots of facets and it may seem like a
clusterfuck at first but keep in mind...we managed to keep arsenic
lullaby around for a decade...a fact that still makes me laugh.
TEN plus years of Arsenic Lullaby and it only stopped because i was sick
of it. no schooling, no budget, and no help and we outlasted
everybody else... feh...losers. hey remember "sirius
entertainment"? "kitchen sink press"? "sundragon
comics"? i could rattle off a dozen publishers who turned
down arsenic lullaby who are on the trash heap of publishing history.
i could name twice as many indy comics that got all sorts of press and
thought they were gonna set the world on fire...only to crash and burn
after 6 months. HA! shmucks...slow and steady wins the race.
all we worried about was quality and that's why we lasted and no one
knows who the hell i'm talking about when i bring up thier names.
okay enough gloating...even though it's fun it's low character.
okay to recap...if you helped with the book you are welcome to
help with the cartoon, although...there are plenty of reasons why
you might not want to. AND we think it's real funny that Arsenic
Lullaby has gotten this far to begin with. real funny.
i actually think the funniest thing about arsenic lullaby is that it beat
so many other books. i mean...look at the cast of characters...you can't
even describe any of them without sounding like a lunatic...and yet here
we are 600 plus pages, hundreds of thousands of copies, translated into
two languages...it's really absurd isn't it?
anywhoo...i've got work to do see you later.