UPDATE: New prizes! Cheap Original Art!
I've always been frustrated with the, well, cartoony way cartoonists have been portrayed in television and film. Outside of "Crumb" and "American Splendor," it's rare to encounter a depiction of someone obsessed with the comic artform that has any semblance of verisimilitude. The main problem, of course, is that most of those films and shows were not created by cartoonists. Mythomania is a show about cartoonists by a cartoonist.
(If you switch out "cartoonist" with "minority" in the above paragraph, that would also apply equally.)
Putting together the 1st season of Mythomania was one of the most rewarding creative endeavors of my career thus far. As much as I love the comics medium, the incredible solitary nature of its process is something I've come to dread. In fact one of the aspects of comics-making that I specifically wanted to explore in Mythomania was the toll the medium's monumental demands at the drawing board can take on a cartoonist's psyche and social life. There's refreshing irony then in depicting it in the most gregarious storytelling medium of all - film. The downside, of course, is that film is also the most expensive medium of visual storytelling.
Many viewers of Mythomania have been clamoring for more episodes in the comments and on the facebook page, and the wonderful cast and crew are just as anxious to get back into production. But funding the entire first 9 episodes alone has left my credit card bloated and my bank account a dry husk. Which is why I am turning to you, the viewers, in hopes of continuing the show. The characters, and the actors that inhabit them, have so much more to share with you.
Thank you for taking the time to check out this project. If I'm lucky enough to reach my goal, you can be sure the money will be spent on the many (and seemingly unending) costs of filmmaking, from catering to equipment rentals to locations. I will stretch the money to as many episodes as possible with a minimum guarantee of 5 more episodes with the successful goal reached of $10,000. And if we're lucky enough to see the donations go beyond the goal, that will mean more episodes. With your help, we may be able to continue showcasing these diverse, under-served characters you rarely see in mainstream TV.
Derek Kirk Kim
- (25 days)