DIG COMICS is our feature
documentary project with but one holy goal: to get America reading comic books again!
Our original short film
below, DIG COMICS, is where it all started…..
DIG COMICS gained
much international attention when we started: honored as an official selection at the Cannes Film
Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, LA New Filmmakers Festival as well as
15 more festivals and ultimately, winning the Best Documentary prize at the San Diego Comic Con Independent Film
The film also garnered massive positive press with prominent media exposure such
as The Los Angeles Times, Ain't It Cool News, Comic Book Resources and many
other popular online outlets including a roundtable interview on National
Public Radio (NPR).
Over the years, DIG COMICS has also earned the praise and
support from industry heavies such as The Uslan Company (The Dark Knight, Batman), Dark Horse
Entertainment (Hellboy) and the legendary actor Edward James Olmos (Battlestar
Gallactica, Blade Runner) which lead to dozens of meetings with networks, studios and
production companies. BUT: while interest has
been high, forward creation has been elusive for us – which is where YOUR support comes into play!
This forward-thinking project is ultimately aiming to jump start a modern comics revival as well as continue a futuristic revolution based upon the timeless art form of comics, graphic artwork & the American-originated comics industry & its much neglected, highly talented artists' works.
PLEASE: Join us to help educate, teach, learn, enjoy, evolve & carry on the positive, creative, comics torch into the future and beyond!
(Here's Edward James Olmos sharing the moment of triumph with Miguel when DIG COMICS won the San Diego Comic-Con Best Documentary award!):
THE CALL TO ARMS:
How is it that in the US, where comic books were born,
less than 1% of the public reads them anymore? Yet their artistic cousins such
as film, books, music & TV are more popular than ever, often borrowing or
stealing ideas from comic books themselves while letting the medium fade into
obscurity? This wonderful, unique art
form deserves the same respect and wide audience as all of the other popular
forms, yet…it is still largely ignored in America overall as only a genre for
geeks, freaks, children and weirdos. DIG COMICS is here to help America re-discover comic books as
the unique, respected art form that it should be!
Far from being exclusively
about superheroes or just for kids, there are thousands upon thousands of comics
out there for people of all ages and backgrounds. And not only that – we are now
living in a new Golden Age: with an incredible variety of gorgeous images and
rich stories in the comics world. But
unfortunately, these works of art are most often tirelessly produced by
unrecognized creators who hardly sell enough work to support themselves, if at
all. We can’t let our Picassos and Van
Goughs fade into obscurity!
DIG COMICS is here to celebrate the awesomely
diverse world of comic books and to RE-educate America on what it’s missing!
THE PLAN OF ATTACK:
We’ll cover the grand history of comics in America: from the
men and women who forged a new medium, to the political attacks and poor
business practices which undermined the wide popularity of comic books, making
them all but vanish from both the marketplace and the once-exalted position
they held in our culture.
New York City - the birthplace of comics - will be our first stop. We will investigate the rich
history of how comics got their start. We’ll also travel to France and Japan where comics are enjoyed by HUGE audiences of all ages and - wherecomic artists are treated like rock stars! BUT, they’re also seriously big business...
We’ll see how cultural differences might
be bridged and lessons can be learned to change things around here at home.
We'll talk to teachers & educators who have used comics in the classroom as educational tools with PROVEN success rates - often above and beyond traditional schoolbooks & curriculum plans.
We’ll take to the streets of the US and challenge non-readers to
take a look at comic works that they might end up loving according to their own
personal tastes and styles, as we already very successfully proved in the DIG COMICS short film!
DIG COMICS will also interview comics professionals in addition to big
celebrity comics fans: From top comics creators, to huge movie stars
and popular musical artists who all LOVE comics, we will connect with these celebrity comics lovers via our
production company/industry friends & allow them to reveal why comics have been such a positive, creative & inspirational influence in their lives and/or careers.
We’ll be getting these big names on screen to get their
two cents about what comics means to them, as well as their ideas about how we can re-introduce a larger American audience to DIG COMICS, like every other popular art form!
This isn’t just a feature film, folks: it’s the start of a MOVEMENT. We WILL help
comic books make a comeback!
Please join us - be a part of our
artistic & cultural revolution!
BE an individually unique part of DIG COMICS & the worthy ranks - participate in an original, American, revolutionary history.
Help bring back this much-marginalized yet
creatively pillaged art form to its once successful standing in this great
We can’t do it alone – but we
can do it TOGETHER!
Risks and challenges
For the last seven years, our crew has been working passionately to bring DIG COMICS to a wider audience, most of us working regular office day jobs outside of the entertainment industry, spending our evenings, weekends and holidays laboring to make our goal a reality. We’ve had to juggle everything from film permits, to logistics, to scheduling, and of course – the unexpected. It’s always a matter of preparing as best you can, combined with quick thinking, holding a seasoned crew close at hand to draw from their own hard-earned lessons. So far, we’ve only filmed in Los Angeles and San Diego, pretty much our back yard. The future holds the same sort of challenges with a new twist: extensive travel to places none of us have worked in before.
There will be cultural differences, language barriers, the hazards of working in highly urbanized areas, different expectations and the knowledge that there will be no chance for reshoots down the road. Unlike Los Angeles, we can’t simply come back and film another day. Our budget is skin tight, affording none of us the luxury of quitting the day job.
So there will be no second chances – it all has to work on the first go-around. That’s where a little magic has to come in, magic supported by wide open senses and a deep faith in the core truth of what we are chasing down. Some of our best moments have already come on our most disastrous days, at times from elements added at the last moment, or by a whim of fate.
Our love of comics and our determination to fulfill our mission attracts great happenstance. This is said with all sincerity – the love for what we do produces opportunities. Our willingness to accept an unforeseen change of plan will leave room for providence to materialize. We have learned to be organized and confident enough to let it all go at a moment’s notice and flow with the stream. So far this approach has taken us very far, but we now realize to continue this journey, we need YOU to come along with us.
We look forward to our most difficult days with great anticipation, as they will produce our very best work. DIG COMICS has a life of its own: we are not its creators, but its partners. We work in that spirit, combining our discipline and diligence with reverence for the powers beyond our sight which accompany us in everything we do.
TRUE BELIEVER! If each comic fan gave $1, we would surpass our goal. You honor us with this gesture – please accept our gratitude SO very much! We will also add you to our membership email list for updates and more opportunities to join the fight!
OFFICIAL PAGE TURNER! For a little more than the average comic book, you’ll receive digital downloads of quarterly video production reports as we film DIG COMICS. Plus, your name will be added to our Wall of Fame on the DIG COMICS website and you’ll be a member of our email list for updates and more opportunities to jump on in!
FANDOM AGENT! For the price of a discounted trade paperback, you’ll get a digital download of the completed DIG COMICS feature film along with quarterly video production reports, email membership and your name on our website’s Wall of Fame!
NERD MAIL! Want your friends to hear about how much you love comic books? Writer/Director Miguel Cima will record a voicemail greeting message of YOUR CHOICE – he’ll say anything as long as it ain’t a bad word against comics, up to 1 minute! (Plus email membership, downloads, and Wall of Fame.)
BAG IT! You'll receive an official DIG COMICS padded messenger bag for safe transportation of your comics! Size: 11" x 8-1/2" x 1-3/4" – perfect for toting back issues or your weekly pull. Outside the U.S. add $15 for shipping. (Plus email membership, downloads, and Wall of Fame.)
COMIX HEAD! Got funny books on the brain? Let the world know with your official DIG COMICS nifty knit hat, proudly touting our logo (plus membership, downloads, and Wall of Fame). Outside the U.S. add $15 for shipping.
SERIOUSLY SEQUENTIAL! The official limited edition DIG COMICS t-shirt designed by the legendary Scott Shaw! with your digital download of the completed feature film of DIG COMICS (plus membership, downloads, and Wall of Fame). Outside the U.S. add $15 for shipping.
GOING APE FOR COMICS! From Kong to Gleek, nerd culture loves a good simian mascot. It’s the official DIG COMICS flying shrieking monkey – no kidding! Pull the stretchy legs and let him go...he'll fly like a slingshot & squawk excitedly just like a fan on new comics day! See pic in DIG COMICS summary (plus membership, downloads, and Wall of Fame). Outside the U.S. add $15 for shipping.
COSMIC COLLECTOR! Be the first to own a DVD copy of the completed DIG COMICS movie, personally autographed by director/host Miguel Cima! (Plus membership, downloads, and Wall of Fame). Region 1 only. Outside the U.S. add $15 for shipping.
PENCIL & INK PUSHER! The exclusive DVD combo pack of the DIG COMICS feature plus an extra DVD full of exclusive outtakes, including longer interviews with top comics creators, celebrities and more! (Plus email membership, downloads, and Wall of Fame). Region 1 only. Outside the U.S. add $15 for shipping.
DIG COMICS: BEHIND THE PANELS! Boy, do we have a yarn for you...From conception to production to the parade of Hollywood meetings and our struggle to get the word out, this 100+ page coffee-table sized book will tell the DIG COMICS story in words, photos and of course: comics. Various artists will contribute and so will YOU - as the final chapter won’t be written until the feature is done! Outside the U.S. add $15 for shipping.
WRITING/FILM EVALUATION! Are you an aspiring writer/filmmaker? Award-winning writer/director Miguel Cima will give you a professional evaluation of your screenplay and/or film, whether it’s completed or a work in progress! You’ll get extensive notes, plus a 30-minute phone call to discuss your work, along with helpful tips on how to move your project forward. We had to learn it the hard way, but you’ll get a shortcut!
SAN DIEGO HANG OUT! Going to Comic Con 2014? Hang out with the DIG COMICS crew! We’ll go shopping together and enjoy special perks & giveaways. Be our special guests at the DIG COMICS panel, followed by an exclusive Con dinner! (Plus membership, all downloads, DVD, apparel, Wall of Fame). No travel or passes included. MUST be 21 or over OR accompanied by legal guardian with Comic-Con pass.
ANIMATED SUPERFAN! Legendary animator and comics artist Scott Shaw! will add your likeness to an animated sequence in the final feature film of DIG COMICS! An incredibly rare chance to be immortalized as a cartoon by one of the all-time greats! (plus all downloads, DVD, apparel).
WELCOME TO SHOWBIZ! Become a film producer! You will get full IMDB credit & screen credit for Associate Producer. You’ll also be invited to the private advance screening of DIG COMICS in Los Angeles, rubbing elbows with the crew and celebrity comics fans. Travel and accommodations NOT included. (Plus membership, all downloads, previous gifts up to $75 level.)
RED CARPET RETAILER! Advance private screening of the completed DIG COMICS feature film for a comics retailer! Director/Host Miguel Cima will fly out to YOUR comics shop, screen the film, do an extensive Q&A, plus special prizes and giveaways! We’ll even take care of our own travel & accommodations. Special promotional consideration for your store in the credits, on the DIG COMICS website and IMDB/on-screen Associate Producer credit. Add $1,500 for retailers outside continental USA.
BRING IT ON HOME! DIG COMICS wants to come to YOUR town to film a segment for the feature film! We’ll shoot at your favorite comic shop as well as one more special location of your choice. Guaranteed appearance in the film, full IMDB credit, screen credit for Associate Producer & exclusive digital download of longer segment filmed about DIG COMICS and YOU in YOUR town! Only U.S cities/towns of 250,000 population or less. (Plus membership, all downloads, Wall of Fame, DVD’s, T-Shirt).
CREATIVE PRODUCER! Join the DIG COMICS crew in Hollywood for two days! Sit in on a screening of an early cut of the feature, plus fun outtakes & discussions. Participate in a creative meeting with the whole production team, helping to shape the final cut with YOUR input! Full IMDB Executive Producer credit, screen credit, dinner both nights with special guests. Accommodations and travel ARE included!
You’re also invited to our private screening in LA at a future date (sorry – we cannot cover travel/lodging for the screening - BUT we WILL buy you dinner & escort you around Los Angeles & provide you with much mirth, merriment & humorous, entertaining company!). MUST be 21 or over, and: only ½ of travel costs (economy class) covered for those flying from *outside* the U.S. (Plus membership, all downloads, Wall of Fame, DVD’s, additional gifts).