Some great news: Dash Shaw and his producing and creative partners for their in-development animated feature film The Ruined Cast have hit the fundraising goal they set for themselves on Kickstarter with several days remaining before the deadline! There's still time to contribute: "Exceeding our goal will allow us to go even deeper into the dark pre-production and production phases — create even more backgrounds, maybe even cast and record all of the dialogue for the film. We will put any funds raised to good and thrifty use." Plus you'll get in on the pledge incentives, which include postcards, prints, or being drawn into the movie.
You can help Dash Shaw make his animated feature film The Ruined Cast and receive some great pledge gifts (including having your likeness drawn as an "extra" and having a private movie screening with co-producer/filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell if you're a richie-pants) by contributing funds via Kickstarter. Why does Dash need to raise money this way? So he can raise more money. He explains:
"We’re raising the resources to get the project in its best shape to present to production financiers. We’re making a movie that's difficult to compare to another, so the burden of proof is on us to illustrate it first. This takes funding for materials, production space and labor. We’ll be able to acquire the equipment and supplies to start creating elements of the film. As the teaser suggests, the movie will be painstakingly animated by hand — it requires paints for backgrounds, lots and lots of paper, lots of pens, scanners, and cameras to capture 'live' paintings. Your contributions will allow us to lay the groundwork to bring this to life."
Co-producer Howard Gertler says "Whether or not you can contribute, Dash, John, [co-producer] Biljana [Labovic] and I would love for you just to get to know the project better — it's only the beginning of the journey for a visionary film that's been a joy and honor to be working on." The video teaser and much more information can be seen on the Kickstarter page.
Simon Pegg's Eightball t-shirt is not the only Dan Clowes easter egg in the film Paul (released last weekend in the U.S.) — we're not allowed to reveal the other one but it's hard to miss if you're paying attention. There's also an easter egg-within-the-easter egg which is pretty hilarious if you manage to spot it, though we're not sure if it's visible on screen.
If you read Destroy All Movies!!! and thought "these guys are hilarious — I wish they'd make a movie of their own," then we have good news for you: Zack Carlson & Bryan Connolly, editors of the book, have written a horror-comedy screenplay titled (funnily enough) Destroy about a would-be vampire hunter in a world with no vampires and it's headed into production with director Michael Stephenson (Best Worst Movie) on board. The Hollywood Reporter reports, Cinematical talks to Zack and Michael about the film, and Wired adds their commentary.
• List: At Entertainment Weekly, Ken Tucker names The 10 Best Graphic Novels and Comics of 2010, including:
"Ostensibly Japanese comics aimed at the adolescent-girl market, these so-called Ten Stories of the Human Heart are lush mixtures of dreamlike imagery and realistic depictions of young people’s yearnings, hopes, reveries, and fears. Gathering representative work from four decades of publication, A Drunken Dream [and Other Stories]exerts a hypnotic pull on the reader, Moto Hagio knows both her commercial audience and her ideal audience — which is to say, the world."
"A long-form narrative about the decline of her parents’ health, Special Exits avoids cheap pity and piousness by doing what any good art should: focusing on specifics — the ways in which Farmer’s parents slide into old age and ill health; the care they require and receive. That this is also a portrait of a strong marriage is an added benefit. Frank, never shying away from the awkward indignities of aging, Special Exits illuminates two lives, as well as that of the author’s."
"The best volume since Los Bros went with this yearly anthology, New Stories #3 has exemplary work from both, but Jamie's story of the young Hoppers is one of his best comics ever." – Timothy Callahan
"Love and Rockets properly hits its stride and the two brothers use their unique approach to do something quite insane. Surrealism and realism in equal doses." – Sonia Harris
"This year, I read nearly every comic ever created by Los Bros Hernandez; what a pleasure to discover at the end of my immersion that their two most recent comics are also two of their best, and thus two of the best comics by anyone. Gilbert and Jaime both tear furiously into love and sex; what they find inside is ugly; what they do with it is beautiful. I'll never forget that panel." – Sean T. Collins
• Review: "Is there a comic that's run longer than Love and Rockets and maintained the same level of quality? ...[T]his year's annual is as good or better than anything Los Bros. have yet produced. It starts off with a strange sci-fi story — fans will recognize this as one of Rosalba 'Fritz' Martinez's many B-movies, but you don't have to be in on the gag to find Gilbert's story weird and funny and disturbing. Jaime's contribution to the volume is a story about would-be couple Maggie and Ray having a first date, with an interstitial tale about Maggie's childhood that sheds heartbreaking light on her relationship with her brother. ...Los Bros. are plain-spoken and sympathetic, finding pathos in even the grimiest character." – Sam Thielman, Newsday
• Interview: At The Comics Journal, part 2 of Chris Mautner's Q&A with Mome editor Eric Reynolds (part 1): "I’m not a real ballbuster when it comes to deadlines from issue to issue, so I’ll invite people to contribute and they’ll take their time, whether they hit the next issue or the following issue. They’re just juggling all these things, and it happens to come together every issue."
• Analysis: At Cinematical, John Gholson examines the role of Dash Shaw's comic artwork in John Cameron Mitchell's new film Rabbit Hole
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid takes a break from reading comix to be an interview subject in a documentary film about legendary Northwest rock photographer Jini Dellaccio. At the youthful age of 93, it's about time she got some recognition. Reid authored the introduction to Dellaccio's recent exhibition catalogue, and the documentary is being co-produced by Fantagraphics friend and neighbor Gabe Kean at Belle & Wissell. Note the cinematographer in the foreground is John Jeffcoat, director of the independent film "Outsourced," which was adapted into a new hit comedy show airing Thursdays on NBC after "The Office." For a short story on the artist and the documentary visit: http://www.hasselbladusa.com/promotions/jini-dellaccio.aspx
Your SAT analogy of the day: Dash Shaw is to John Cameron Mitchell's new film Rabbit Hole as Sophie Crumb was to the film version of Ghost World. Says Dash, "I drew the comic that Miles Teller’s character draws in the movie, and it’s my hand drawing the lines and funnel shapes in the trailer! Yes! Ha ha ha." See more images at Dash's Ruined Cast blog.
And don't forget, Dash gives a "Distinguished Alumnus" lecture at SVA on November 4 — more info here.
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