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Tragicomic Webseries is a multimedia, multi-platform story, drawing on themes from Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Rediscover Hamlet and high school through the eyes of a teenage girl. Lovesick, isolated, and expressing her feelings through comics, Hamlet is on a quest to discover what really happened to her absent father. All the while uncovering a dark secret from her family's past - one which will impact her for the rest of her life.

We’ve shot a sample scene from Tragicomic Webseries to show the tone and feel we’re creating. It’s not a full episode, but a taste of the style of the series. This video was originally created for the pitch to NZ On Air in order to capture the tone of the potential series of Tragicomic. The scene, and the actor featured in this video and in promotional material may not be the final actor for this part in the webseries. 

Hamlet from the Pitch Video
Hamlet from the Pitch Video

 

 The Candle Wasters are a collective that make fierce, funny, feminist webseries. The team includes Claris Jacobs, Elsie Bollinger, Minnie Grace, Robbie Nicol, and Sally Bollinger. With the help of Producer Thomas Coppell. 

Our previous webseries include: 

  • Nothing Much To Do (2014) - a vlogseries inspired by Much Ado About Nothing reimagined at a kiwi high school
  • Lovely Little Losers (2015) -  a vlogseries inspired by Love’s Labour’s Lost about kiwi uni students
  • Bright Summer Night (2016) - inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream: one night of a wild and tumultuous teenage party
  • Happy Playland (2017) - an original lesbian, rom-com musical set in a children's indoor playground

We have been working together since 2014, so we know the ins and outs of how we work as a team, and how to make a webseries! 

Photo by Lucy Revill
Photo by Lucy Revill

 

 This is our third collaboration with Robbie Nicol from New Zealand hit-comedy satire webseriesWhite Man Behind a Desk. Yes, it is exactly what it says on the tin: Robbie has been hailed as New Zealand's own John Oliver. He brings a delightful charm, wit, and politically aware voice to our webseries.

Thomas Coppell has worked with The Candle Wasters on Happy Playland, but before that he was better known as one of the youngest producers in New Zealand, creating the animated short film Shmeat with Matasila Freshwater and behind the show Huhu.

Together, we want to make a multimedia storytelling experience that is beautiful to watch and read. With a focus on female friendship, queer love, and representation of mental health issues. 

 Tragicomic Webcomic is the epic fantasy quest of her self-insert hero, The Knight, and her companions; the horse with a human face, a cactus called Horatio, and a ghost who is guiding them all to their ultimate destination. The Knight wants to know what face lies behind the Queen's mask, and discover why the plants in the kingdom are overgrowing and coming to life...

Sally Bollinger will be taking charge of the webcomic side of things as a published cartoonist with a BA in Visual Arts. Sally was published twice last year, in Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa/NZ Women's Comics, and Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris' Annual. She was also a recipient of the first NZ Society of Authors Graphic Novel Mentorship, in 2015. She was mentored by Dylan Horrocks.  

We want to explore the infinite possibilities of storytelling on the web, and make this internet experience awesome. We need your help to do this.

a sketch of the comic by Sally Bollinger
a sketch of the comic by Sally Bollinger

 

 

We want to be straight up with you guys. We have already been granted $100,000 from NZ On Air's webseries fund towards the project, which is a vote of confidence from the New Zealand funding agency in the work that we're making. As part of that funding, NZ On Air expects us to get additional fan funding for the project. Making webseries is expensive. $100k sounds like a lot of money, but we are actually making this webseries for a third of what we should be through, the good will and support of our crew. 

This $25K of further funding goes towards paying them better and making the best little webseries and webcomic in the world. Why, it's two for the price of one! You blew us away with your contributions to the Lovely Little Losers, and the Bright Summer Night Kickstarters, and we need your help again. We are so grateful for any money you give us and we do not take any of this for granted. 

We're hoping you can help us! We've got some stellar rewards to offer you in return for your support, including some old favourites.

Original character design by Sally Bollinger featured on rewards: The Rat, The Pin, The Loyal Friend, and The Drowning Daughter
Original character design by Sally Bollinger featured on rewards: The Rat, The Pin, The Loyal Friend, and The Drowning Daughter

 

The Poison: Did someone say pixel postcards?
The Poison: Did someone say pixel postcards?

 

The Skull: AKA Jake-a-saurus Rex
The Skull: AKA Jake-a-saurus Rex

 

The Pirate: 'Something Rotten' - a mini-comic
The Pirate: 'Something Rotten' - a mini-comic

 

"Comics will break your heart" Jack Kirby print by Dylan Horrocks
"Comics will break your heart" Jack Kirby print by Dylan Horrocks
The Printer: 'Incomplete Works' or 'Ylena (Atlas)' print by Dylan Horrocks
The Printer: 'Incomplete Works' or 'Ylena (Atlas)' print by Dylan Horrocks

 

  

Songs by Reuben Hudson and Jen Smith: 

  

 

The Flower Maid: Pearl Kennedy models the Bea Shirt
The Flower Maid: Pearl Kennedy models the Bea Shirt

 

The Magic Pen: Original Art from 'Sam Zabel & the Magic Pen' (page 47) - Dylan Horrocks
The Magic Pen: Original Art from 'Sam Zabel & the Magic Pen' (page 47) - Dylan Horrocks

 

We know that $25,000 seems like a lot of money, especially given that we’ve already recieved $100,000 from NZ On Air. But with any more money than this, there are so many things we can do to improve the webseries and webcomic! Here’s what rewards we have in store for you guys if we go above and beyond our initial funding goal.

 

We are still in the process of casting the webseries! We will let you know when we have a cast. 

Check out our social media pages for updates: 

Tumblr / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

You can find out more about us and our previous work at www.thecandlewasters.com

 

Risks and challenges

We are committed to finishing 'Tragicomic Webseries' and releasing it to the world from April 2018. We will be working with old and new crew which will be another enlightening experience.

New for us is the webcomic (and animation!) aspect of the production. Sally Bollinger will be taking charge of that side of things as a published cartoonist with a BA in Visual Arts, along with producer Thomas Coppell who has experience working on numerous productions featuring animated elements.

You will be able to follow our progress through early stages of writing, filming and post-production via our social media. We'll be upfront with you if we're finding any aspects of the production hard. We know Tragicomic will be hard work and we'll be making it the best we can possibly make it.

As with our previous two Kickstarters, we have learned from them, and are more prepared than ever to deliver rewards.

We're super keen to be taking on this new project. And we hope you’re ready for Hamlet as you’ve never seen her....

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    The Curtain

    Thank you! Everything helps. You get a wonderful webseries & webcomic.

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    The Credit

    Thank you in a credits video for the series which will be released on The Candle Wasters YouTube channel.

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    The Rat

    A Tragicomic Webseries themed postcard designed by Sally Bollinger and signed by the cast / crew of #TCWS. Plus a wonderful webseries & webcomic.

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    The Poison

    A postcard featuring a Lovely Little Losers character in pixel form designed by Elsie Bollinger. Signed by as many of the cast and crew as we can secure.

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    The Skull

    Aka JAKE-A-SAURUS REX.

    Jake McGregor (Benedick Hobbes #NMTD, #LLL) will doodle a picture of a dinosaur for you and sign it. He's famous for them.

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    The Pin

    An enamel pin designed by Sally Bollinger depicting a character from the Tragicomic Webcomic.

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    The Pirate

    A mini-comic by Sally Bollinger. What makes it so mini?
    - fits in your palm!
    - 8 pages long!

    'Something Rotten' is a small scene from Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' re-imagined in a modern setting.

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    The Loyal Friend

    A printed A4 poster designed by Sally Bollinger and depicting a character from the Tragicomic Webcomic.

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    The King

    A copy of the script for Episode 1 of the Tragicomic Webseries. Signed by The Candle Wasters and available actors.

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    The Ghost

    A copy of one script of your choice from The Candle Wasters' past work:
    - NMTD: Ep.75 - one foot on sea one on shore one in the boiling hot lava
    - LoLiLo: Ep. 70 - ACCOSTED
    - BSN: Ep.9 - AWHINA
    - Short Film: TRICKING BEN
    - HPLW: Ep. 7 - COMMITMENT

    Signed by The Candle Wasters and available actors. Plus a wonderful webseries & webcomic.

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    The Heartbreaker

    Available for the first time through this Kickstarter - Dylan Horrocks is offering prints of his Jack Kirby "comics will break your heart" drawing.

    Print will be in A4 size.

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    The Tragicomic

    PDF version of Tragicomic Webcomic which will be emailed to you.

    Plus a copy of Episode 1 of Tragicomic Webseries printed and signed by The Candle Wasters and available actors. And a wonderful webseries & webcomic.

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    The Printer

    Your choice of A3 print by Dylan Horrocks - and signed by him!

    Either:
    - The Incomplete Works print [blue]
    - Ylena (Atlas) [moon]

    These are high quality Giclée prints on heavy German etching paper.

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    The Flower Maid

    T-shirt inspired by NMTD and designed by Elsie Bollinger. A limited re-run of the sold out shirt in our store.

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    The Drowning Daughter

    T-shirt inspired by Tragicomic Webcomic and designed by Sally Bollinger. A limited run of ghostly proportions.

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    The Artist

    Sally Bollinger will draw a character from The Candle Wasters webseries of your choice.

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    The Magic Pen

    There he is, Dylan Horrocks, Hamlet's comic hero, and he's holding a piece of art out to you.

    It's Original Art from Sam Zabel & the Magic Pen (page 47), and it's now yours.

    This is available at a lower rate than Dylan usually sells pieces for so get in quick!

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    The Player

    Sally will draw two characters from The Candle Wasters webseries of your choice. She also welcomes you to provide a prompt for a situation for the character's to be in as inspiration (eg. Ben giving Bea a piggyback).

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    The Courtier

    Reuben Hudson will perform a cover of the song of your choice, this will be filmed and uploaded onto YouTube.

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    The Jester

    Jen Smith (Cris Bienvenido from 'Happy Playland') will write a song for you. This will be filmed and uploaded onto YouTube.

    Jen is known for her work on 'The Disrespectables', 'Retail Cabaret', and the #HPLW songs 'I'll Be Here' and 'Into the Ballpit'.

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    The Mischief Maker

    Reuben Hudson will write you a song, which will be filmed and uploaded onto YouTube.

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    The Incumbent King

    Yeah, buddy! You're a real credit to the show!

    You won't just be in the credits video, you will be hella credited as the VIP Executive Producer.

    You will also receive The Rat, The Poison, The Skull, The Pin, The Pirate, The Loyal Friend, The Ghost, The Tragicomic, The Flower Maid, The Drowning Daughter, and The Artist.

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