"Bezango, WA” is a documentary chronicling the art, history and lives of prominent Pacific Northwest cartoonists & comic artists.
We've reached our Kickstarter goal and greatly appreciate all those who contributed! Any funds donated beyond this point will continue to be appreciated and applied to the production of the film. We could still use more funding for supplies, editing costs, transportation and music.
Peter Bagge Award!
Peter Bagge 14"x14" singed and number print. It is a recreation of Hate cover #14. This is a great deal at $110 (you also get credit on the film, the special DVD, digital download and Bezango postcard).
New Reward Added!
TWO DIFFERENT LAST KISS NOTE CARDS autographed by the creator, John Lustig (and DVD, credit on website, and Bezango postcard at the $60 reward level). Example of Last Kiss card:
Bezango, WA is a culmination of over 2-1/2 years of filming from producer/directors Ron Austin and Louise Amandes. We have an extensive amount of footage featuring interviews of over 25 cartoonists and comic artists from the Pacific Northwest. We truly believe that there is something special about this area and feel it’s important to educate the world about the unique artists who have emerged from this community.
Early Historical: How has cartooning transitioned over the last hundred years in this area? We will include historical footage and images from Washington and Oregon. We will also showcase underground comics such as Walt Crowley and his work published during the 1960s in the underground newspaper, The Helix. Bob Cram, the former King 5 TV Cartoonists Weatherman will be featured along with Seattle P.I. cartoonists Ray Collins, Howard King, and others.
The Evergreen State College and University of Washington: What is it about The Evergreen State College that has produced so many unique and popular cartoonists? In the 1970s Matt Groening, Charles Burns, Steve Willis, and Lynda Barry were working on the school's newspaper together. They have all gone on to make a unique mark in the world of comics and cartoons, and a number of other animators and cartoonists have come out of Evergreen since then.
The University of Washington Daily newspaper has produced a number of award winning cartoonists, including two time Pulitzer Award winning cartoonist, David Horsey.
Fantagraphics, Dark Horse, and Alternative Comics: Comics publisher, Fantagraphics re-located to Seattle in the late 1980s. This was at the start of the burgeoning alternative music and comic scene that put the Northwest on the map. Artists such as Peter Bagge created a crossover between music and comics. We interview Fantagraphics Curator Larry Reid and comic artists who published with Fantagraphics.
Dark Horse is another major comic publisher which is located in the Portland area.
The Pacific Northwest Influence & Community: What is it about this area? The film will feature the cartoonist’s perspective on how the landscape, weather and community have influenced their work.
Current Perspectives: What is the current state of comics and cartooning in the Pacific Northwest? We speak with cutting-edge artists from this area, such as David Lasky, Ellen Forney, Shannon Wheeler and Jim Woodring. We also showcase new festivals and movements, (The Projects in Portland, The Olympia Comic Festival, Short Run in Seattle, and The Emerald City Comicon), and include a number of emerging artists such as Kelly Froh, Eroyn Franklin, and Marc Palm.
It has come to the point where we need substantial funding to help bring this film to life.
The goal we asked for is a small beginning to the amount we actually need. We decided to start off with just a bare minimum to encourage people to be part of the film in any amount they can afford. Without the pressure of meeting an exorbitant amount it is our hope that people will look at this as an opportunity to become part of this unique film. Yes, of course, we'd love to reach the goal of $25,000 or more, but we appreciate any amount donated. You can help make this film a reality, and at the same time receive great rewards donated by artists. We appreciate your support!
We can't thank the artists enough for their time! We are proud to offer a number of great rewards donated by them in support of this project. One of our top prizes is the opportunity to have your personal story told in The Virgin Project comic pages by Kevin Boze and Stasia Kato. The Virgin Project is an illustrated collection of true stories about first-time sexual experiences, retold as comics pages.
There is an opportunity to have a one year membership to Cartoonists Northwest. http://www.cartoonistsnorthwest.com/
We also have a number of signed prints and original art work available, many of these will be featured in this film!
We are featuring an amazing group of cartoonists!
Steve Willis: Newave comic artist and creator of Morty the Dog. Steve will be a main character in our film as we journey through the different generations of Pacific Northwest cartoonists.
Pat Moriarity: cartoonist and a former Art Director at Fantagraphics
. Pat will also be a main character in the film.
Peter Bagge: comic artist and creator of HATE
Chelsea Baker: co-organizer of the Olympia Comics Festival
Georgia Ball: comic author
Scott Ball: comic artist
Donna Barr: creator of The Desert Peach
Lynda Barry: featuring selected cartoons
Kevin Boze: co-creator of The Virgin Project
Brian Basset: creator of Red and Rover and Adam@Home
Charles Burns: author of Black Hole
Todd Clark: creator of the daily comic, Lola
Bob Cram: illustrator and former King 5 Weather Cartoonist
Ray Collins: former Seattle P.I. editorial cartoonist
Keith B. Curtis: creator of Crater On The Moon
Jan Eliot: creator of the daily comic, Stone Soup
Shary Flenniken: former National Lampoon Editor and cartoonist
Ellen Forney: author of 'Marbles' and ‘I Love Led Zeppelin'
Eroyn Franklin: comic artist, co-founder of the Short Run Festival
Kelly Froh: comic artist, co-founder of the Short Run Festival
Steve Greenberg: editorial cartoonist
Roberta Gregory: creator of Bitchy Bitch
Matt Groening: Life in Hell
Jeff Hawley: creator of Logjam comics
David Horsey: Pulitzer Award winning editorial cartoonist
George Jartos: gag cartoonist and Illustrator
Stasia Kato: co-creator of The Virgin Project
Megan Kelso: creator of Artichoke Tales
Robert Kelton: graphic artist for The Daily Herald
Howie King: former cartoonist with Seattle PI
David Lasky: co-author of "The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song”
T. Lewis: co-creator of the daily strip ‘Over the Hedge’
Larry Lewis: mini comic artist
John Lustig: creator of Last Kiss Comics
Dan McConnell: editorial artist and gag cartoonist
Mark Monlux: illustrator and creator of The Comic Critic
Marc Palm: cartoonist
Milt Priggee: editorial cartoonist
Larry Reid: Curator of the Fantagraphics Bookstore
Mike Tackett: cartoonist
Maureen (Gibbs) VanderPas: Founder of Cartoonists Northwest
Shannon Wheeler: creator of Too Much Coffee Man
Jim Woodring: cartoonist and creator of Frank
Frank Young: co-author of "The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song
...and more to come!
We are proud to feature music by local artists including The CD Woodbury Band, Jack Moriarity, and Can You Imagine, a band that includes Peter Bagge on guitar.
The music in this Kickstarter video, and for some of our sample videos on Vimeo, was written by Kevin MacLeod, http://incompetech.com/. This music is free and open for the public to use. We are grateful to him for making this available.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Bezango, WA is our first feature length documentary. We have made several shorts, but this will be the first time compiling a film that will last about 1-1/2 hours. So, we are striving to make sure the footage and the content of the film will be compelling from beginning to end.
Equipment and technical issues are a challenge. We are in the process of upgrading some of our computer equipment to better handle the file size of HD footage. We are hoping the funds we get from Kickstarter will help us out with this.
Distribution and acceptance into film festivals is not guaranteed. So our challenge is to create the best possible film, and on top of that, we will have to market it in ways that are new to us. However, our passion about the subject matter, our skill level, and the fact that we have had several short films accepted in film festivals helps us believe this film will be widely received.
Creating a successful kickstarter campaign and compiling the rewards requires a lot of time and effort. We are fortunate to have a group of generous and talented artists assisting us so that all the rewards are fulfilled.
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