This project's funding goal was not reached on July 10, 2013.
About this project
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 Festival!
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 - where comic 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 country.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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