Chicken Outfit is a 32-42 page full-color print and digital comic series. It's roughly 7x10 inches and has a color cover.
Backers can expect to get the first three issues of our books as well as an anthology of early parody, slice-of-life work in Paranoid Tales of Neurosis - a 112 page black & white graphic novel. We're looking for backers to help with the continuation of the Chicken Outfit series with our 3rd installment.
As fans of underground comix from the 1970’s like Zap and The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, horror comics like Weird, E.C.’s Tales From The Crypt, Creepy and Eerie and magazines like National Lampoon, Mad Magazine and Heavy Metal, we started Chicken Outfit in the tradition of comics we've loved and would like to see more of - and hope you will too!
We're dedicated to bringing a quality series to people who love satire and parody inspired by these early influences as well as our own brand of humor. We want to use Kickstarter to build on our audience and get some like-minded people on board to help make issue #3 of Chicken Outfit happen. If you like dark humor, sci-fi, splatter movies and underground comix, Chicken Outfit is for you, dear reader.
"Get me out of this chicken outfit!" is an old army aphorism spoken by a soldier heading into battle, bemoaning his doom, wanting desperately to escape his plight.
The phrase has great meaning for the story of Chicken Outfit. It’s the tale of two friends, Rusty McDoodle and Stan Munson trapped in a mind-numbing corporate nightmare, lorded over by megalomaniac CEO Zigmund Danzig.
Late one night, Stan's company project goes awry and inadvertently unleashes hell on earth. Eventually, Rusty and Stan join forces with a psychic known only as “Headcast" and his fishing buddy William as they fight against other-worldly creatures in an inter-dimensional war of intelligence.
In this technological age, where hoaxes and lies are taken as truth and where fear mongering and privacy concerns have reached a hysterical peak, it’s been said that there is nothing left to satirize.
We feel differently.
In Chicken Outfit, you won’t find any cute cat pictures, heroes in tights or disinformation. It’s a place where two friends must fight for their identities and their very humanity amidst the terrifying realization that in a universe of bureaucratic red tape and constant surveillance, everything around them breaks down or blows up in their face. Their only recourse is to drink beer and look for a way out of their “chicken outfit”.
Rusty McDoodle is the introverted hero and underdog of our story. After making it through a heart-rending relationship, Rusty has been left somewhat beaten and quite depressed. Regardless, he’s trying to make it on his own in freelancing. Although he is very good at his job, he’s having a bit of trouble making ends meet lately.
Enter his friend Stan Munson, with an offer to work at Xber Xabre, one of the world’s largest adult online companies and home to some very strange experimental projects. Rusty, the reluctant hero, is eventually lured by piles of cash is pulled into a horrible nightmare that complicates his life more than ever. He will be pushed to the breaking point and must rise above the Chicken Outfit he finds himself in, not only to save his sanity, but perhaps his friends lives.
Stan Munson works at Xber Xabre as their head of I.T. and Application Development Department. He trained at M.I.T. and is fluent in all programming theories and languages. Currently working with A.I. technologies in conjunction with “personal companions” he is creating the ultimate “sex-bot”. A secretive, pensive person, Stan is the “MacGyver” of his domain (yuk yuk) and always has an idea that could change the course of any given event. His disillusionment with his position at the company and his fear that he is being used for more than his talents, leads him to ask his friend Rusty McDoodle to join the team so that he may have someone he can trust on his side.
Little is known about Headcast‘s past history, except that he runs a small shop called the The Psychic Cavern, left to him through generations of ownership in his shadowy family tree. He is self-sufficient due to this history as well as the funds he receives because of a terrible accident that left him with a mangled visage. He runs The Psychic Cavern with his partner and friend Billy Pope. They spend time honing their culinary and sommelier experience as well as relaxing by fishing, one of their favorite pastimes. Billy and Headcast have experienced more than most in the realm of the supernatural, though, in Chicken Outfit, they are about to face the biggest test to their strength and knowledge yet!
Billy “William” Pope is the sometimes obnoxious curmudgeon and best pal of Headcast. He helps with the day to day operation of the Psychic Cavern and is an avid fisherman and foil for his bandaged buddy. After many adventures with Headcast, he is usually reluctant to follow him into certain doom and would prefer to kick back with a “tall-boy” and watch wrestling or Bob Izumi. His part-time exterminator gig provides him with expendable funds for his individual pursuits, though for the most part, Headcast is happy to carry his lifelong chum, considering they owe each other their lives. Billy is a solitary soul, who likes to keep to himself and wishes others would do the same.
Zigmund Danzig is the owner and operator of Xber Xabre and rules his company by using what he thinks is the tried and true method of “fear through intimidation”. Partnering up with some very shady investors, he is now at their mercy and must abide by the mandates they set forth. Although Zigmund does have a heart somewhere in his large frame, he rarely shows this side of himself for fear of being seen as weak or compromising. He has few allies, but uses Stan as his “go to” guy whenever he needs to push his agenda through the company. He keeps his family life far from the company goings on, so as not to endanger them, since the current project he has been tasked to manage could be the trigger to horrors beyond imagining.
After the destruction of his project, Stan tries to hide the mess then meets Rusty for drinks at their favorite watering hole “My Three Beers”. He explains the situation and asks Rusty to come work with him as Rusty is having a great deal of trouble making ends meet.
When sanity is questioned and there’s an axe lurking behind every back, anti-heroes are made.
The first stage of the story, introduction to the characters and situations will be somewhat self contained with volume one. We’ll then continue on with another four issues, which will alternate between one shots of self contained tales, as well as continuing with the ‘mythology' timeline.
Currently we’ve completed the 2nd draft of the script for issue #3 and we’ve planned out the skeleton for issue #4 so we know where the arcs will land.
As the script for #3 is nearly finished, we'll begin full production on artwork by mid-April, taking us through to October 2015 of this year for the finished issue. It takes approximately six months to create an issue of Chicken Outfit, as we’re both working full time.
As you've seen, we've completed the cover for issue #3 showing Headcast and Billy discovering a very strange creature. It starts off where we left it in issue #2 and although readers have had many questions, we’ll be answering most of these in the coming two issues.
We’re looking for backers that want to help with our goal of $2799, which will cover some of the costs of production of issue #3, it’s publication, shipping and some promotion. Funds will also be used to fulfill backer rewards on this page. We've got a lot of fun stuff planned for our viewers so keep coming back to see what we're up to!
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Joe Deagnon (Artist & Co-Writer) has published comics since the late 80’s beginning with the five-issue, underground series Paranoid Tales of Neurosis. He has been a contributor to Exclaim, Weng's Chop, Strange Kids Club and Film Threat magazines and is the co-author and artist for Chicken Outfit.
A student of Sheridan College for Animation and E.N.G. (video journalism & editing), Joe entered his chosen field of post-production editor before moving to Toronto in 1995 to publish comics and develop online properties on a new-fangled invention called the “internet" and been working in the online publishing industry since.
A self-proclaimed success story in the tradition of Tom Vu, Kirby Stasyna (Co-Writer) is
not living the luxurious life he is seen enjoying on TV. Relying only
on street smarts and empty beer bottles, much of Kirby’s time that
should be spent working on Chicken Outfit projects is wasted
looking for jobs, feeding birds, volunteering at museums, and playing
around with vintage gizmos and obsolete electronics.
A proven creative and conceptual specialist, Kirby has yet to create or conceive personal success, financial freedom, or anything of any worth or value that isn’t owned by some other company. Kirby’s artistic sense has been so toned down by ex-employers, that he can only see in 2-bit color without the use of special glasses.
Risks and challenges
Unless the earth is destroyed by a meteorite or an alien invasion, we WILL deliver this comic and all of its rewards to you by or on the date we've set.
As we’ve delivered two issues already, we've seen the production time drastically shrink between our first two issues and we're completely confident that we can deliver issue #3 for October 31st, 2015.
We’ll keep all backers up to date as we progress, including any snags that may occur and we're excited to welcome you along side us in the process of creating Chicken Outfit #3! Huzzah!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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