That's right people! The comic strip series called "Scairy Tales" (yeah, spell it with an "i" baby!) hits the ground running with a musical storybook just like the classics used to do with "SNOMBIES!: a Musical Monsterpiece."
Here's a sample from the first song! It's me singing...sorry.
What's a "Snombie" you ask? Why, it's a reanimated snowman of course! It's what happens when a snowman comes back to life! Only rather than wanting brains...Snombies want your clothes! See, they're cold and naked...See? There's a reason for everything. Go read "Scairy Tales" comics and you'll find out all about 'em! Find out MORE in "SNOMBIES!: a Musical Monsterpiece" and in the third volume of the "Scairy Tales" series called "The HOLE Sh-Bang," which will include the musical story, just not the cd!!!!! The trade paperback will be about 100 plus pages of pure silliness as my usual volumes are. I'm looking to give everyone a lot of bang for their buck!
I'm J.R. Mounts and I create/write/draw my comics for my Scairy Tales Noir, LLC biz! The website for my comics is www.scairytalesnoir.com. I'm also a decent songwriter and storyteller. So, for my very special 5th- October comics anniversary this year, I'm looking to make my next volume of this family friendly humor series something REALLY special: a storybook musical! Remember the old PEANUTS cartoon specials? How about "The Little Shop of Horrors" musical? Well, this is my homage to both of those styles through my own characters and series.
Here's the bat song "Nobody Understands" sung by Batzl. No vocals yet but just listen to Neil's orchestrations and think HALLOWEEN! I do!
You'll tap your toes and bug your neighbors singing along to the 1950s- style tunes and Halloween themes! Not only that but this story is something extra too: it's a tale of friendship, acceptance of each others' weirdness and the meeting of monsters and men! Laugh, sing and cry yourself silly while both listening AND reading along!
This is my dream project and the culmination of fusing all my favorite genres and story subjects into one big musical stew!
I wrote all the songs, the story/script, and all the artwork. For the orchestrating, I dragged my musical genius buddy Neil Lee Griffin and chained him to his studio to bring this monster to life! And what a life we've created!
Here's some art for the book:
So, I've built this Kickstarter to get support for this musical storybook as an nod to those nostalgic days when we had to read our books to the records they played along with. My mom would be so proud...
Risks and challenges
Risks? Sure, no great leap into the unknown would be worth its salt if there weren't risks! For me, I lost my job a few weeks ago which was paying for this dream project to happen. Not to be thwarted, ...yeah,I know how to use that word, "thwarted"....not to be thwarted, I continue to put the time off to good use; constantly drawing, writing, rewriting, recording, even singing!...My poor orchestrator buddy, Neil Lee Griifin, could use a break but he's not getting outta the dungeon until I'm done!!!
Aaaaaaaaanyway, the challenge is, I now need help to complete this thing and to get it into print. Check out the perks and the artwork that's been done so far, as well as a sample of the music we're recording to see what the potential of this thing could mean! Adult Swim? Cartoon Network? My garage sale?...ahem. I appreciate your support and SPREAD THE WORD!
- (38 days)