We've been friends since high school. Despite coming from very different backgrounds, we both loved comics and rock & roll. In 1979, we started a new wave band called The Reason, with another cartoonist on drums, a law student on lead guitar, and a fledgling rock critic on bass. Like most young rockers of the time, we had high hopes, played a bunch of gigs, made a record that went nowhere and then – after 21 frenetic months – our band broke up. A couple of years later, while goofing around at a party, we stumbled on an idea that had our friends rolling on the floor: What if Bruce Springsteen sang the Flintstones’ theme song? We paired that up with a convincing Boss-esque arrangement of Take Me Out to the Ballgame and Bruce Springstone: Live at Bedrock sailed into the footnotes of rock & roll history.
In 2008, we set out to produce a short-form graphic memoir of that single’s improbably long life – it’s landed us in the Guinness Book of World Records, on a Library of Congress list of definitive performances, and is still in print, thanks to Rhino – but eventually realized we had a bigger story to tell. Before we knew it, we were in the midst of what will likely be a 200-page comic book about the bonds of friendship, creativity, youthful ambition and, of course, the staying power of a well-crafted novelty hit.
What we need now is three months of uninterrupted time – read: no distracting freelance work – to complete our cartoon epic. There’s still plenty of writing and drawing to do, as well as digitizing & remixing old cassette performances for the CD/mp3s that will accompany the story. We hope you’ll look through the rewards and help us reach our goal.
[Please note that all rewards – except acknowledgments and signed copies of the book – will be available by the estimated delivery dates.]
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