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Good guy-gone-douche-bag Derrik encounters a strange being that helps him get his life back on track and discover true love.

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Hey KICKSTARTER!

IS COMING!

My name is Jonathan Graves and I have a dream. I'm an award winning short film producer and lover of animation! Not relenting after college, I made the move to California where I currently assist and produce short films, music videos, and commercials. Now I'd like to invite you to be apart of Bat-Weasel, a quirky adult humored animated series that I've created with a creative team unlike any other. Won't you join us?

Lovable nerd Derrik is reluctantly recruited onto a reality show where he is bombarded with sexual temptation 24/7. Half-way through his second contract with the show, he has become jaded and an all around major douche-bag. Upon the brink of immorality, he is befriended by a genetically mutated Bat-Weasel that is hiding from an evil so unmentionable it will make Voldemort shake in his boots. Bat-Weasel attempts to cure Derrik of his never ending sex drive, but when Derrik's newest lust is kidnapped by a shadowy figure, it's Derrik and Bat-Weasel to the rescue.

Episode 1: A Douche is Born 

After being ingored most of his life, Derrik is given the CHANCE OF A LIFETIME when he's cast on the hit Reality Show, "So You Think You Can Last!"

Episode 2: The Life and Times of Derrik Ryan  

Journey inside the mind of our reluctant protagonist, Derrik Ryan as he goes about his day with one thing on his mind, sexual gratification. But what is this lurking in the shadows??

Episode 3: Love and Mammals 

After a stroll down bad-to-worse-idea lane, Derrik takes to the seas in search of the score of the day.

Episode 4: Of Creatures and Men 

The confrontation between man and exotic creature has been made, but will it end in peace or war... or at the bar?

Episode 5: A Beautiful Waste of Mind 

Barbara, a foul mouthed beauty who has locked eyes on Derrik, is suddenly kidnapped! Can Bat-Weasel push Derrik to become the hero she deserves or will he leave her to die?

And many more planned for the future!

I'm sure you'd like to know exactly where your hard earned money will be going and I don't blame ya. All pledges will go directly and exclusively toward the completion of this product. To give you an idea of exactly what that means, here is a detailed breakdown of the animation process:

After the pilot script, voiceovers, storyboards, and layouts are complete, we have to animate. 1 second of animation = 12-24 frames. 12 consecutive frames can take up to an hour or more. Then there's color, music, sound, timing, editing, and postproduction. Translation...animation is an extremely labor-intensive process that takes TIME, and therefore, MONEY.

Here is a fancy pie chart to show just where these expenses come into play!

The funds raised are going to animation costs like backgrounds, storage drives, software licenses (we're not illegal), people's time involved with the animation process and merchandise

The entire First Season of the series has already been outlined, and the scripts have been sent to the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS to be stamped with legal binding copyright! 

That said, REMEMBER: my $18,000 goal is roughly one-twelth (1/12) the minimum production cost of a single industry-made episode!  I believe I can deliver a product of equal or greater quality for less money, and would love the chance to prove it.

Your money will go directly towards paying the artists that bring Bat-Weasel to life, as well as any digital distribution! Any additional expenses will come out of my own pocket, and all investors will be recognized and honored in the pilot's and first few subsequent episode's "Special Thanks" credits (among others) as part of the original Bat-Weasel crew. How awesome is that!?

Only several reasons come to mind! Not only will your money fund hard-working, in-house artists right here in the USA (during an extremely transitional period of the animation industry), but it will also help show the world what they are missing.  If you're a fan of modern animated shows with quick wit, and want MORE adventure, MORE gross out moments, MORE sexual situations, then get ready for the essential next step in Bat-Weasel. This is the show you've been waiting for!! Still not convinced? Keep reading...

REASONS TO GIVE:

  • Receive your very own credit in the pilot of a online web-series! 
  • Have yourself Animated and bragging rights to say you are in an Animated show!
  • Help catapult the next stage of animated humor to the 21st Century.
  • Bat-Weasel Merchandise (available to you before the public!)
  • Obtain signed, personalized, and original artwork from the project.
  • Collect memorabilia NO ONE ELSE could ever claim!
  • Fund local artists and help pave the way for more quality, in-house entertainment production right here in the USA!!!

As if all this weren't enough, your contribution will also act as a VOTE to air Bat-Weasel: The Web-Series on existing and future networks, channels, and websites.

And don't forget the Prizes!

Kickstarter Exclusive Bat-Weasel The Web-Series Graphic Tees!

Your very own Bat-Weasel The Webseries Mug!

A very special Amigurumi Doll sculpted to the likeness of Bat-Weasel!

AND DON'T FORGET STICKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

EVERYONE GETS REWARDED FOR PLEDGING: Check out my full list of Pledge Rewards on the right to see what kind of BANG you'll get for your buck. If you don't see something that drives you wild, just hit that "Contact Me" button next to my picture at the top right of this page and let me know what I should add. I will personally respond ASAP! (NOTE: While all rewards reflect a delivery date of March, 2014, the completion of the pilot will determine when the DVDs, Blu-Rays, and Digital Copies become available and ship.)

Therein lies the beauty of Kickstarter - your money is handled by Amazon.com and does not leave your bank account until my goal is reached! If my designated amount is not met by the prescribed deadline, all pledges are cancelled, voided, and you keep your money...please, help me NOT let that happen! ;)

Remember, there is a minimum amount required to successfully fund this project, but there is NO MAXIMUM! The more pledges I receive, the better YOUR final product will be!!

($18,000) - Funds the production of (3) episodes & distribution of their digital copies.

($30,000) - Funds the entire first season (all 5 episodes)

($60,000) - Funds the production of the first and second seasons, as well as high quality plush toys!

($90,000) - Will provide enough funding for the entire series from production to distribution! And That Would Be AMAZING!

Also, if we are able to raise more funds than we ask for, we can more easily create future episodes and decrease production time with more artists!

This is Archer style humor, in a Looney Tunes timeframe, with Batman Graphic Novel aesthetics and Scott Pilgrim type characters. Oozing with edgy, dark comedic situations, crazy sexual situations, insane characters, and of course, a genetically mutated Weasel with bat wings that can kill with one bite! 

Bat-Weasel: The Web-series marks a bold risky step for the future of adult animated content. It explores dark themes, creates a it's own mythology and explores anti-superhero storytelling. These stories illustrate the difference between lust, love and the humanity of living a fulfilled life. They also illustrate the fragility of life and how we should treasure every moment of it. These stories offer a new spin on classic superhero archetype like you've never seen before.

I have outlined and scribed the first season of scripts and produced a small vignette for this project with my own time and money. The show bible, pitch treatments, story outlines, promotional artwork, and music deals are set in place. 

I find the best projects in life are ones where the fans can participate. This is why I've decided to reach out (and cater) directly to YOU, my core audience! The PURPOSE of this campaign is to raise the necessary funds to complete and distribute the first three episodes of Bat-Weasel season. That's where you come in. If WE raise more than our goal, it might be possible to produce the entire first season!

While even the smallest financial pledges will help more than anything, you can also contribute in ways that are FREE (That's right, they cost you Zippola!)

SPREADING THE WORD - Once you've selected and finalized your financial pledge, I implore you to please E-mail, text, Blog, Facebook, Tweet, and yes, even MySpace this info and link to all your friends, colleagues, and loved ones. Wouldn't you love to see this great dream come alive and entertain the masses? Of course you would! EVERYONE can be a Bat-Weasel sometimes so let's celebrate what great things life has to offer. 

WE CAN DO THIS!!! Be sure to check back here frequently for the latest campaign progress and updates. 

NEW PODCAST:

The two bands below are extremely excited to be working on this web-series and I'd like you to take a hot second to check them out for yourself!

Click the artist's photo to be taken to a new site that will allow you to preview their songs!

SAMPLE the latest tracks from Lolita Dark here: http://www.reverbnation.com/lolitadark

SAMPLE the latest tracks from JetPacks and Lazer Guns here: https://soundcloud.com/jetpacks-and-laserguns

THANK YOU all so very much for your generous contributions, and most of all, for believing in me and my dream. My eternal gratitude and appreciation are yours, friends. Don't forget to check out our website @ http://www.Bat-Weasel.com for updates on the show, videos, and more!

Risks and challenges

The challenges of this project boil down to the extremely labor-intensive process of animation production (see the detailed breakdown above in the "Where Does My Money Go" section.) Given my experience in producing short film all the way back to middle school, I take my art seriously. You'll see my Bachelor's Degree from Baylor University's Film and Digital Media Department, my unending reverence for this material and my incredible team with a combined 10+ years excelling in the field of animation storytelling. I cannot wait to apply all that I've learned into this work that I believe to be the next internet sensation!

With Kickstarter, you risk nothing by pledging, as your transaction is not processed unless I meet or exceed my goal. The only additional risk (if you can even call it that) is an extended production deadline due to unforeseen delays. There is no question as to whether or not the first 3 episode of Bat-Weasel will be produced. The only question is how fast will its completion occur. While I know my team has the experience, tools and knowledge to master a deadline, with integrity, purity, and QUALITY, I'd love them to have a chance to prove it to you. Why? I want you all to get your money's worth!

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    FANCY WALLPAPER ACHIEVED! As a special thank you for your support, we'll send you a high-definition Desktop Wallpaper for your computer screen with promotional imagery from the show!

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    $10 reward

    5 backers

    CREDIT ACHIEVED!
    Receive a "Special Thanks" credit on the first 3 Episodes (Pilot completion will determine the delivery date of this reward as well as subsequent episodes)

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    $20 reward

    3 backers

    TOTAL SIGNAGE! Receive a Cast and Crew Signed small POSTER of Bat-Weasel:The Web-Series as well as a "Special Thanks" credit on the first three episodes!

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    $25 reward

    2 backers

    EARLY LOOK ACHIEVED! Receive a Digital Copy of the Bat-Weasel Pilot BEFORE IT GOES LIVE ONLINE, a Kickstarter-Exclusive Bat-Weasel "Behind-The-Scenes" Digital Video, and "Special Thanks" credit on the first 3 Episodes (Pilot completion will determine the delivery date of this reward as well as subsequent episodes)

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    $30 reward

    1 backer

    KILLER TUNES ACHIEVED! Receive a physical CD composed of music from both Dark Lolita and JetPacks and Lazer Guns! (Performers of the Bat-Weasel Theme Song - 3 FREE sample tracks linked below), a Digital Copy of the Bat-Weasel Pilot, and "Special Thanks" credit on the first 3 Episodes (Pilot completion will determine the delivery date of this reward as well as subsequent episodes)

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    $35 reward

    2 backers Limited (98 left of 100)

    MUG IT UP! Receive an EXCLUSIVE BAT-WEASEL MUG! As well as all the prizes in the Killer Tunes Reward Bracket! (Pilot completion will determine the delivery date of this reward as well as subsequent episodes)

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    $40 reward

    2 backers

    STICKERS PACKAGE: Receive a Digital Copy of the Bat-Weasel Pilot, a SPECIAL COLLECTION of Bat-Weasel character stickers and logos, a Kickstarter-Exclusive Bat-Weasel "Behind-The-Scenes" Digital Video and "Special Thanks" credit on the first 3 Episodes (Pilot completion will determine the delivery date of this reward as well as subsequent episodes)

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    $50 reward

    0 backers

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT ACHIEVED!
    Receive a Digital Copy of the Bat-Weasel Pilot, the Kickstarter-Exclusive Bat-Weasel "Behind-The-Scenes" Digital Video, "Executive Producer" credit on the first 3 Episodes, and a SIGNED Bat-Weasel Mini-Print. (Pilot completion will determine the delivery date of this reward as well as subsequent episodes)

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    $60 reward

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    AWESOME APPAREL ACHIEVED!
    Receive your very own Kickstarter-Exclusive Bat-Weasel: The Webseries T-Shirt, Copy of the Bat-Weasel Pilot, the Kickstarter-Exclusive Bat-Weasel "Behind-The-Scenes" Digital Video, "Executive Producer" credit on the first 3 Episodes, and a SIGNED Bat-Weasel Mini-Print (Pilot completion will determine the delivery date of this reward as well as subsequent episodes)

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    $70 reward

    0 backers Limited (50 left of 50)

    BAT-WEASEL DOLL ACHIEVED!
    Receive a Digital Copy of The Bat-Weasel pilot, the Kickstarter-Exclusive Bat-Weasel "Behind-The-Scenes" Digital Video, Executive Producer end credits, and a Amigurumi Doll sculpted to the likeness of Bat-Weasel! (Pilot completion will determine the delivery date of this reward as well as subsequent episodes)

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    $85 reward

    2 backers Limited (48 left of 50)

    GULP! Receive your very own Bat-Weasel 24oz Tervis Tumbler Cup that is reusable and BPA free! Also Receive a Digital Copy of the Bat-Weasel Pilot BEFORE IT GOES LIVE ONLINE, a Kickstarter-Exclusive Bat-Weasel "Behind-The-Scenes" Digital Video, and "Executive Producer" credit on the first 3 Episodes" (Pilot completion will determine the delivery date of this reward as well as subsequent episodes)

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    $100 reward

    0 backers Limited (50 left of 50)

    THE TRUE BAT-WEASEL PACKAGE! Receive a physical CD composed of music from both Dark Lolita and JetPacks and Lazer Guns! (Performers of the Bat-Weasel Theme Song - 3 FREE sample tracks linked below), a SPECIAL COLLECTION of Bat-Weasel character stickers and logos, a Digital Copy of the Bat-Weasel Pilot, "Executive Producer" credit on the first 3 Episodes, and a SIGNED Bat-Weasel Mini-Print. (Pilot completion will determine the delivery date of this reward as well as subsequent episodes)

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    $150 reward

    0 backers Limited (100 left of 100)

    INSTANT CELEBRITY PACKAGE!
    Receive a "Walk On Roll" in animated form! You will be featured as a background character modeled after YOUR likeness and participating in an activity of your choosing. Remember, everyone is a Bat-Weasel in this town. ALSO, Receive a Digital Copy of the Bat-Weasel Pilot, the Kickstarter-Exclusive Bat-Weasel "Behind-The-Scenes" Digital Video, "Executive Producer" credit on the first 3 Episodes, and a SIGNED Bat-Weasel Art-Print of your animated character. (Pilot completion will determine the delivery date of this reward as well as subsequent episodes) (Activities of your character have to be approved)

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    $300 reward

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER ACHIEVED! See your name in lights! Associative producer LONE CREDIT at the episodes' end. Receive a Digital Copy of the Bat-Weasel Pilot, the Kickstarter-Exclusive Bat-Weasel "Behind-The-Scenes" Digital Video, and a SIGNED Bat-Weasel Medium Art-Print (Pilot completion will determine the delivery date of this reward as well as subsequent episodes)

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    $350 reward

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    THE TRUE BAT-WEASEL PACKAGE #2! Receive a Kickstarter-Exclusive Bat-Weasel Crew T-shirt! Plus an EXCLUSIVE BAT-WEASEL MUG, BAT-WEASEL character and logo stickers, Plus "Associative producer LONE CREDIT at the episodes' end. AND a Digital Copy of the Bat-Weasel Pilot. (Pilot completion will determine the delivery date of this reward as well as subsequent episodes)

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    $500 reward

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    SIGHTS, SOUNDS, AND ACTION PACKAGE. Exclusive Theme song recording (not yet recorded), plus tracks from the bands of Bat-Weasel. Receive a SIGNED, original ANIMATION PRODUCTION DRAWING, DVD copy of the first three episodes of Bat-Weasel! Create a creature AND have your own background character, performing a task of your choosing! Also, receive a SPECIAL COLLECTION of Bat-Weasel character stickers and logos, a Digital Copy of the Bat-Weasel Pilot, "Associative Producer" credit on the first 3 Episodes, and a SIGNED Bat-Weasel Art-Print. THAT'S NOT ALL! ALSO RECEIVE Episodes 4 & 5 in script form so you can see where the show is heading! Phew! That's a lot of Weasel-y prizes!(Pilot completion will determine the delivery date of this reward as well as subsequent episodes; and the CD featuring the brand new theme)

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