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BLUE PALMS the graphic novel is now a TV show!
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WTF IS BLUE PALMS? 

Blue Palms is a raucous new TV series about a group of eccentric artists living in a dilapidated Hollywood apartment complex. It’s like a demented “Three’s Company” — only darker! 

We are presently casting for the lead roles and a number of surprise cameos. Please stay tuned for announcements.

WHY SHOULD ANYONE CARE?

We think the world needs a story that celebrates the pig-headed perseverance and nobel artistic spirit evident in so many of us, despite the grueling challenges we face daily.

Come along for the ride as we introduce this brand new, never before seen story dedicated to those who never gave up on their dreams, even after their dreams gave up on them.

Early access to all the pages of the Graphic Novel, a social media shout out and your very own official BLUE PALMS pencil.

A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the BLUE PALMS animated short film, in all its full-color glory, PLUS access to all pages of the graphic novel before it is released to the public. 

A postcard designed by Buddy and Hunter and mailed to you with a personalized thanks. Plus all the previous rewards.

One groovy screen printed T-shirt designed by Buddy, Hunter, and Kim -- plus everything in the previous rewards.

Your own LIMITED EDITION eco-friendly grocery bag emblazoned with the likes of Buddy, Ginny, Mudmoosh, or even your favorite celebrity including the likes of Mike Judge, or as we like to call him: "The Cartoon Kahuna."

Your very own printed version of graphic novel, signed by Buddy Hickerson and Hunter Adams.

An autographed DVD or Blu-Ray of DIG TWO GRAVES.

Part Gothic thriller, part dark comedy and part Dickensian mystery set in a small backwoods town. The title is a reference to a Confucian proverb that warns "When you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."

ONE OF BUDDY'S FINE ART PRINTS signed and numbered - Choose from six different images, all measuring approximately 16" x 20" and printed in full-color on 80 lb glossy paper.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL Autographed copy of Blue Palms, a coffee mug, screen printed T-shirt, postcard, early access to every page before it’s released publicly and a special thanks.

Buddy will draw your caricature. Just send us a photo. ($50)

EXCLUSIVE REWARD: Get an ORIGINAL signed THE QUIGMANS comic panel created by Buddy Hickerson and featured in newspapers across the country. Plus everything in the early bird special. CHOOSE FROM THE ENTIRE QUIGMANS COLLECTION AT BUDDYHICKERSON.COM ($75)

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THERE'S MORE!!!

You can become a character in the TV Pilot. Who wants to be Buddy's nemesis, or Ginny’s vegan paramour from Silver Lake? Hi-five!

And who does not want a pair of Buddy’s TIDY WHITIES that he has worn for years while working around the studio?

Art collectors and fans can choose from a selection of original paintings and sculptures by Buddy Hickerson, specially priced for the duration of our Kickstarter only.

"Sock Mug" by Buddy Hickerson, acrylic on canvas (11" x 14") $400
"Sock Mug" by Buddy Hickerson, acrylic on canvas (11" x 14") $400
SOLD!!! "MR VENGEANCE" A RARE Buddy Hickerson bronze sculpture, one of only three in existence in the world. $500
SOLD!!! "MR VENGEANCE" A RARE Buddy Hickerson bronze sculpture, one of only three in existence in the world. $500
"Sheriff Proctor" by Buddy Hickerson, from Hunter's film DIG TWO GRAVES, acrylic on canvas, (23 x 36) $800
"Sheriff Proctor" by Buddy Hickerson, from Hunter's film DIG TWO GRAVES, acrylic on canvas, (23 x 36) $800
"Mushroom Nirvana" by Buddy Hickerson, acrylic on canvas (14" x 18") $800
"Mushroom Nirvana" by Buddy Hickerson, acrylic on canvas (14" x 18") $800
"Mirth From The Earth" by Buddy Hickerson, acrylic on canvas (20 x 16) $1000
"Mirth From The Earth" by Buddy Hickerson, acrylic on canvas (20 x 16) $1000
"Suffocation Of Desire" by Buddy Hickerson, acrylic on canvas (20 x 24) $1000
"Suffocation Of Desire" by Buddy Hickerson, acrylic on canvas (20 x 24) $1000
"The Story Of Life" by Buddy Hickerson, acrylic on canvas (54 x 42) $1800
"The Story Of Life" by Buddy Hickerson, acrylic on canvas (54 x 42) $1800
                                                                                
You can eat dinner with the gang!
You can eat dinner with the gang!

THE CHARACTERS

THE TEAM 

Buddy Hickerson, Cartoonist 

Creator of MR VENGEANCE, THE QUIGMANS, and contributor to HALLMARK’S first line of SHOEBOX greeting cards

Aside from exposing himself on a daily basis for two decades in his internationally syndicated cartoon THE QUIGMANS, Buddy Hickerson also has been a storyboard artist, illustrator, nude model, Cracker Jack toy surprise and international foreign relations expert. 

THE QUIGMANS appeared in the New York Post, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Paris' Courrier International and even The Jackson Hole Daily. 

The cartoon has been collected in three mind-scorching books and appeared on countless cards and T-shirts. Whew. 

You may also remember Buddy Hickerson as the creator of MR VENGEANCE some years ago, which caused eyeballs to melt in the pages of National Lampoon and is said to have inspired great American literary masterworks such as “Beavis and Butt-Head.” No, really.  Mike Judge actually cited Buddy as an influence on WTF with Mark Maron!  I know.   

And hey, did you happen to catch Buddy's comic plays at the Improv in Dallas in the early 90's? If so, were you the guy that yelled, "Get a job?"

These days, Buddy resides in Hollywood, California where he has the occasional painting show and has toiled in the animation vineyards for such companies as Klasky Csupo, NBC/Carsey Warner and Revolution Studios.  

Hunter Adams, Cinema Fiend 

Co-creator of BLUE PALMS and LANGUAGE OF CINEMA; Writer/Director of THE HUNGRY BULL and DIG TWO GRAVES 

Hunter Adams was raised in the north woods of Wisconsin. His film education began with his mother who introduced him to classical Hollywood films from masters like Hitchcock, Hawks, Ford and Ray to name a few. His studies continued at the University of Wisconsin–Madison under legendary film historian David Bordwell. But his education really broadened when he studied abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. It was in the dusty Cinematheques of gay Paree that he decided to become a filmmaker. 

Hunter's first feature film writing and directing effort, THE HUNGRY BULL (2011) is a whiskey soaked comedy about obsessive love. 

Soon after, Hunter directed the short film HOLLYWOOD BEAT (2011) about an out of touch vice cop struggling to deliver justice without going to jail himself. HOLLYWOOD BEAT won the audience award at the 2011 Los Angeles Comedy Festival. 

In his most ambitious project to date, Adams wrote and directed the acclaimed DIG TWO GRAVES, a mind bending decade-spanning Gothic thriller. Culture Crypt called it “an astonishing achievement.” Hunter Adams resides in Hollywood, California.

Kim Sherrell, Executive Producer 

Founder of ArtwalkTV and Producer at Soho 

Kim was born in San Francisco, California and grew up wanting to be a part-time astronaut or at least a filmmaker, or a teacher. 

Kim’s first job in Hollywood was as casting assistant for a 3D horror film about an electric guitar that kills people. Since then, her producing credits have grown to include films such as DIG TWO GRAVES and the 2014 surprise hit, GONE DOGGY GONE. 

In addition to teaching art at university, Kim has collaborated on a number of episodic comedy series including DARWIN (SnagFilms) STAFF ROOM (Comedy Central UK), and GOODNIGHT BURBANK (hulu).

Kip Irish, Creative Executive 

V.P./Head of Production at Irish Creative, Co-founder of Burgoo Films

Kip wants to live in a world without commercial interruption, where the beats are funny and the jokers are wild.

Hailing from Appleton, Wisconsin, he specializes in video/audio production and graphic design at Irish Creative. He also co-founded Burgoo films with Hunter Adams, where they worked on various projects, including THE HUNGRY BULL (co-producer/co-writer/co-editor) and JAKE'S CHOICE (producer).  

Recently, Kip has written lyrics in collaborations with Chicago rapper Walter J. Liveharder, and singer/writer extraordinaire Sam Winch.  He and Mr. Winch are currently writing a musical stage play entitled THE LULLABADEER.

When he's not busy working on the latest project, you can find him wandering the streets of Hollywood looking for a brat fry.

Kip is heavily involved in the making of BLUE PALMS. Taking on the challenges of creative producing, marketing, as well as contributing to the story and dialogue.

Jennifer Levinson, Associate Digital Producer 

Co-founder NeverEverLand Studios, a member of the Fullscreen Network and FunnyOrDie Community

Jennifer was born and raised in Los Angeles. She began her digital producing career as a social media intern for Relativity Media and has since balanced campaigns for Ashley Tisdale, Relativity School, and Melissa Joan Hart, amongst others. 

Her content has been featured on FunnyOrDie, and she is a regular on BuzzfeedVideo. In her free time, Jennifer stays active, sings and dances, writes poetry, bakes and decorates cakes, and is really, really serious about shopping.

DIG TWO GRAVES

As you may know, Buddy did the storyboards and previs for DIG TWO GRAVES, Hunter Adams’ award-winning, mind-bender of a film. This stunning thriller was shot in Southern Illinois and we hear it is due out any minute on some kind of big-time movie site. More on that, later. 

Risks and challenges

There is always a risk of unforeseen problems, but we feel confident in our promise to deliver the goods. Each member of our team is dedicated, experienced, resourceful, and really stoked to have the chance to bring this project into being. We do not give up easily and the last thing we would want is to disappoint our friends.

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