This is not some hoary tribute to EC Comics. Sure, it’s a comic book anthology horror series, graphic novel, and, if you demand it, a television series, but all comparisons end there. Unlike your mommy’s quaint horror comics of yore, UNCLE ALICE PRESENTS is the one and only horror series brought to you by and featuring the visionary maestro of shock rock himself, ALICE COOPER. That’s right, Alice freakin’ Cooper!
Created by Tom Sheppard (co-creator of and show runner for The High Fructose Adventures of the Annoying Orange), join us on this epic adventure to publish all twelve comic book issues of UNCLE ALICE PRESENTS, along with the compilation graphic novel, and hopefully the television pilot. We'll even let one lucky backer come up with the idea for one of the comic books!
UNCLE ALICE is our demented, blood-soaked host, and the gatekeeper of the netherworld between heaven and hell. This series will present horror tales that push well past the boundaries of taste – stories that feel as if they were ripped from the very fabric of Alice’s nightmares.
Through Uncle Alice’s twisted lens, witness a shock-rock, genre-bending take on all things awful and icky. With a tawdry 1970’s grindhouse drive-in movie feel, and a sardonic tone somewhere between the tongue-in-cheek Cabin in the Woods and the exploitative hyper realism of Last House on the Left, it’s our intention that every sordid tale Uncle Alice presents will leave the audience screaming… for more, freaked out, and possibly in need of a shower - just the way you feel after an awesome (is there any other kind?) Alice Cooper concert. Welcome to my nightmare, I hope I didn’t scare you…
“THERE’S A KILLER ON THE ROAD” (PILOT STORY)
A young couple, on the way to Burning Man, encounter a creepy vagabond (who looks a lot like Alice) who may or may not be famed serial killer, the High Desert Demon. In classic “scary ghost hitchhiker” fashion, wherever they travel, Uncle Alice is there, trying to lure them into what he cryptically calls “paradise.” Rather than become his next victims, the proactive kids run him down, leaving his corpse in a ditch. But he isn’t dead, and no matter what they do to him in their frenzied, fearful state – drag him behind the car, hang him, bury him, dismember him - he keeps coming back for more… even with his head severed. But he’s no killer. We finally reveal, he’s actually good old Uncle Alice, gatekeeper of the netherworld. He hasn’t been stalking to kill them. See, they’re already dead – the latest victims of the real High Desert Demon, which they discover upon seeing their own lifeless corpses in the trunk of their car. Uncle Alice was just trying to guide them to paradise. Instead, the terrified and confused souls lop off his head and drive straight into a lake of fire. As the young lovers sink into the fiery depths, Uncle Alice stands on the shore, re-attaching his severed head as he laments cheekily, “Why do they never listen?”
“HOLO THERE, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN”
The awful widow of a famed rock star conjures her dead husband’s angry ghost into a Tupac-like hologram for a 20th anniversary of his death concert – and the hologram goes about exacting revenge on those who conspired to kill him.
“THIS SPUD’S FOR YOU”
A famous animation voice actor, lamenting the legitimate acting career he gave up for easy money and cheap fame, finds himself losing his mind, and seeing visions of Spudbud, the character that made him rich. As the actor questions his sanity, Spudbud urges him, a la Son of Sam, to KILL KILL KILL!!!
“PAINT BY NUMBERS”
A superfan of rock group Detention pays to have his face replace the deceased drummer's in a portrait of the band playing poker. He soon finds himself haunted by the offended drummer's ghost and is given an ultimatum: die or kill the other three band members.
“LIGHTS, CAMERAS, BRAINS!”
A big time talent agent finds himself out of business when he accidentally impales Hollywood's biggest star on an ice sculpture. His only way back into the game is to reanimate the dead celeb. But why stop there? Soon he's representing a slew of dead clients... but what happens when the live actors who are out of work want to slay him?
All the hot so-cal beach girls start going missing, one by one, as a mad scientist at SCRIPPS has started capturing them and bringing them back to the lab in an attempt to scientifically create mermaids by crossbreeding humans and fish.
A pretentious author on a book tour decides to stay in a known haunted hotel on a lark, perhaps to get more material for his next book. However, the many ghosts at the hotel proceed to drive him into insanity over the course of the night, culminating in him throwing himself off the 5th story bell-tower in an effort to escape the maddening ghosts.
Every backer who pledges $10 or more will have the opportunity to submit one idea for the chance to have it turned into an issue of UNCLE ALICE. The story must be tellable in a 24-page comic book, be fun, and fit with the theme of the series. Once a pledge has been made, the concept can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure your submissions are in accordance with the rules.
All ideas must be submitted by the end of the campaign, at which point the creative team will pick ten finalists. From May 15th to 25th, each backer will be able to cast a single vote for their favorite of the top ten stories. The winning concept will be turned into an issue of the comic, written by Tom Sheppard, and the winner will receive a co-story credit on that issue.
Alice Cooper is a staple of American music, performing shock rock shows that have spawned artistically from his love of horror films and vaudeville. Since 1963 he’s been filling our ears with terror, releasing a total of 26 albums in 50 years, but we’re bringing him to you through a new media. Like fake blood spattered across a concert hall wall, Alice is ready to make his imprint on comics… and you can call him Uncle.
Tom Sheppard is the co-creator, executive producer, director and show runner of Cartoon Network’s The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange, which he co-created with Dane Boedigheimer (aka Daneboe). Based on the YouTube phenomenon (1 BILLION VIEWS TO DATE, and 10 MILLION FACEBOOK FOLLOWERS), the show debuted #1 in its time slot and with all kids, delivering over 2.6 million viewers to Cartoon Network, and continues to deliver similar numbers each week. Tom is also working with legendary producer/director George Lucas and the creators of Robot Chicken on the upcoming Lucasfilm TV series, Star Wars: Detours.
Following his graduation from the
University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, Tom began his career as an assistant to director Mike Nichols. He gained notoriety as a writer on
Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky
and the Brain, penning numerous scripts over the run of the show, and winning two
Emmy Awards. He wrote the
screenplay for New Line’s live-action feature, The New Adventures of Pinocchio, starring Martin Landau. He directed and starred in the multiple
award-winning 35mm short, Scott’s Play,
and wrote and directed the independent feature, Would I Lie to You. He’s
been the show runner and/or head writer on numerous TV series, including Warner Bros’ Mucha Lucha, and Cartoon Network’s My Gym Partner’s a Monkey, for which Tom
received two ANNIE Award nominations. Other recent projects include Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, Green Lantern and Back at the
Barnyard, for which Tom received a WGA nomination, and won another Emmy.
Tom was instrumental in the
re-launch of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes,
writing a series of 3-D theatrical shorts featuring Wile E. Coyote and the
Roadrunner that were released in 2010 to worldwide acclaim on over 3,000
screens a piece.
We've already got some great writers and artists lined up, all we need is your support!
Writers: Brendan Hay (Robot Chicken, The Simpsons), Tom Sheppard (The High Fructose Adventures of the Annoying Orange, Robot Chicken, Pinky and the Brain), Zeb Wells (Robot Chicken, The Amazing Spider-Man), Andrea Portes (Hick).
Artists: Dave Beauchene (The Adventures of a Comic Con Girl, Bad Kids Go to Hell), Dennis Calero (X Factor, X-Men Noir), Nate Watson (Toy Story, Grimm Fairy Tales)
In addition to individual issues and a hardcover anthology of UNCLE ALICE, we have a variety of other notable rewards. Our goal is to bring our fans the best rewards we can for their pledges. In addition to the higher level rewards, we will also include copies of the hardcover graphic novel signed by Tom Sheppard and Alice Cooper, and advanced digital access to the comics.
Exclusive Kickstarter T-Shirt, by Greg Dubuque
A limited edition forest green Kickstarter t-shirt featuring the portrait of Uncle Alice by Greg Dubuque. This is the only time we will ever print the t-shirt in forest green for absolute Kickstarter exclusivity!
Limited Edition Uncle Alice Lithograph, Signed by Alice Cooper and Artist Greg Dubuque
One of 100 numbered lithographs of the UNCLE ALICE portrait signed by Alice Cooper and artist Greg Dubuque.
Limited Edition Uncle Alice Maquette, by the Chiodo Brothers
One of 250 limited edition cast urethane maquettes created by the legendary Chiodo Bros. (Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Team America), finished with faux bronze acrylic paint, measuring 6 1/2" high, 4" wide, and 3" across. Each maquette comes with an artist signed and numbered authenticity card.
Get Drawn into One of the Comics
You will be drawn into the background of a panel in a single issue of UNCLE ALICE! Which issue you are featured in is determined by the order your pledge is received (first backer is in issue #1, second in issue #2, all the way up to issue #12). You'll receive ten copies of whichever issues you're featured in... trust us, mom and dad will want to see!
Personalized Voicemail Answering Message from Alice Cooper
Let's face it, your voicemail answering message leaves an impression. So, why not leave one that's horribly awesome? Better yet, let Alice Cooper do it for you. Two lucky backers will receive a personalized voicemail answering message from Alice himself! This message will be no longer than 20 seconds, delivered in MP3 format.
Creative Writing Consultation
Discuss your film or television script during a 45-minute coffee break and creative consultation with The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange co-creator Tom Sheppard and Dark Matter CEO/feature film producer Todd Moyer. You will also receive written notes. Travel not included.
Original Uncle Alice Oil Painting by Greg Dubuque
The ultimate reward, you will receive the original 24" x 36" UNCLE ALICE oil painting by artist Greg Dubuque, framed and signed by the artist. Alice Cooper will sign it on the back. This iconic image will be used throughout the life of UNCLE ALICE, and the original could be yours!
Round of Golf with Alice Cooper
If you're a fan of Alice Cooper and golf, you should know he's a fan of golf, too! One very generous backer will get to play a round of golf with Alice Cooper in Phoenix, so get your clubs ready, 'cause Uncle Alice is putting it in all 18 holes!
*This reward is reserved for experienced players with a handicap of 18 or less. Beginners need not apply, unless they are willing to risk angering Uncle Alice. Travel not included.
USE OF FUNDS:
All funds will go to the creation, printing, and distribution of the twelve comic books and graphic novel, as well as reward fulfillment. That simple.
All additional funds will go towards the creation of the television show, whether than means for the trailer, the pilot, or even more episodes (depending on how much we can raise)!
In addition to bringing you twelve wacky, otherworldly comic books and a graphic novel, we're ready to bring you the same stories in a live action television series. That's where our stretch goals come in! When we reach $200K we will have met our goal, and we'll be able to produce all twelve issues of the comic book series and the hardcover graphic novel! But there's more...
$250K - UNLOCK REWARD - We'll do a meet and greet with Alice Cooper at San Diego Comic Con! Tickets will become available as rewards in 10 sets of 2 tickets when we reach this goal. (If complications arise, we'll still do the meet and greet, just at a different venue.)
$300K will bring you the teaser trailer for the television series, and every backer will receive a digital download of it! It'll be based on our "I Am Not Worthy" story board animatic written by Tom Sheppard, drawn by Chris Otsuki, with voices by Tom and Daneboe. The trailer will be written and directed by Tom Sheppard, staring Alice Cooper.
$400K - UNLOCK REWARD - Set visits for the filming of the trailer or television pilot will become available.
$500K will bring you the first full episode of the television series, and every backer will receive a digital download of it! The pilot episode will be based off of "The Killer in the Road." It will be written and directed by Tom Sheppard, staring Alice Cooper and a mystery guest!
$750K will bring you the first episode of the television series, plus twelve additional comic books and a second graphic novel. Every backer will receive digital copies of the second twelve comics in addition to a download of the pilot episode.
Risks and challenges
It is possible that while shooting the trailer Alice Cooper's gallows mechanism may malfunction (see animatic), or the cyclops may go on a rampage. :-)
But seriously, this is a big project with a huge scope. There are twelve comic book issues and a graphic novel. Although we have every faith in our creative team, it is possible that a writer or artist gets ill and an issue is late, delaying the printing of the graphic novel (which we plan to have ready in December). We will do everything in our power to get your comics and graphic novels in time, but if something happens that is out of our control, you may be giving your nerd or rocker counterpart a graphic novel for Valentine's Day instead of Christmas.
If we make our stretch goals, similar obstacles might come up. Things like strikes, floods, locusts, and a buxom nurse sticking our narrator in the chest are out of our control... but we'll get your rewards to you as quickly as possible!
We plan to have the comics and graphic novel printed by December of 2013, but we know you're anxious, so we'll have your digital comics to you by October!
Sum up the total of all the rewards you want and pledge that amount, selecting the one with the highest cost as your reward when you back the project. Send us a message with the full list of items you're backing for and we will fulfill them for you!
Limited Edition Uncle Alice bust, complete with authenticity card signed by artist and hand numbered, plus a copy of the hardcover graphic novel signed by Tom Sheppard and Alice Cooper, and digital access to all twelve issues of the comic.
Two advanced tickets to see Alice Cooper live in concert at any venue on his next tour, two exclusive Uncle Alice T-shirts (so you can wear them to the show), and a copy of the hardcover graphic novel, plus advanced digital access to all twelve issues of the comic. Airfare not included.
Immortal like Alice! You will be drawn into the background of one of the pages in issue #1-12, in the order you pledge. You'll also receive a copy of the hardcover graphic novel signed by Tom Sheppard and Alice Cooper, digital access to all twelve issues, and 10 paper copies of the issue you're drawn into.
Personalized 20 second voicemail message in MP3 format from Alice Cooper himself, a copy of the hardcover graphic novel (signed by Tom Sheppard and Alice Cooper), and digital access to all twelve issues of the comic.
Submit your film or television script for a critique and written notes from The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange co-creator Tom Sheppard and Dark Matter CEO/feature film producer Todd Moyer. Then, join them for a 45-minute coffee break and creative consultation. Travel not included. You will also receive a copy of the hardcover graphic novel, signed by Tom Sheppard and Alice Cooper, plus digital access to all twelve issues of the comic.
Original 24" x 36" framed Uncle Alice oil painting by Greg Dubuque. You'll also receive a copy of the hardcover graphic novel signed by Tom Sheppard and Alice Cooper, digital access to all twelve issues, and an exclusive Uncle Alice Kickstarter t-shirt.
Play a round of golf with Alice Cooper in Phoenix at a golf course of his choice. Travel not included. You'll also receive a copy of the hardcover graphic novel signed by Tom Sheppard and Alice Cooper, digital access to all twelve issues, and an exclusive Uncle Alice Kickstarter t-shirt.