48 HOURS LEFT: 84% and Climbing. More on MST3K's New Season: 11 New Artists! One Last Add-On Reward! PLUS: Telethon Meetups!
MST3K Revival Leaguers,
It's me again: Joel. I'm back with more good news and a late-night update.
With just under 48 hours to go, our combined total is now over $4.6MM, putting us at 84% of our final goal.
Now, I know I'm burning the midnight oil here, but it's like I told you: there's a lot to cover this week, and we don't have much time left.
Don't worry: if you need to sleep, this update will go really great with your morning coffee. But for anyone who's still awake and reading me... let's keep moving.
ARTISTS, CREATORS & MAKERS
In this morning's update, I introduced you to some of the amazing writers who will be pitching in to help with the next season of MST3K. But, you know, before our writers come up with great riffs, we first need people who are going to pitch in and help bring the world of MST3K to life – both the places and the characters that inhabit this world.
So, making MST3K requires all sorts of creative jobs: drawing storyboards and concept art, designing sets and costumes, fabricating props and robots, creating visual effects with makeup and stage magic, engineering and operating puppets… the list goes on and on.
In this update, I want to introduce you to a few of the wonderful artists, creators and makers that I've met over the years who have offered to lend their talent for the new season.
When I met these people, they shared their love for MST3K, and said that if the show ever came back, they'd want to be a part of it. Thanks to you, I finally get to take them up on those offers!
Now, I want you to remember that a lot of these folks already have really busy careers, so it's not like they're all going to work on MST3K full time. Some of them will, and some of them will be more like special "guest artists," who we call in when we need their particular skills.
But I wanted to introduce you to them, and show you some of their wonderful work, because I think it might help you understand where I think MST3K is going next season.
Here are just a few of the people who have already offered to help:
WAYNE WHITE, one of the genius designers behind Pee-wee's Playhouse (and star of the documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing) is going to some design some cool-ass stuff for us... maybe even a spaceship or two!
PENDLETON WARD, creator of the magical Adventure Time, will be creating some special animation for us – and he'll be offering a few special rewards during our Final Countdown Telethon!
REBECCA SUGAR, the creator of Steven Universe AND a creative juggernaut from Adventure Time is doing a specially designed piece for us, while her brother…
STEVEN SUGAR, the ingenious background designer of Steven Universe, has already started work imagining cool ideas for the interior of the SOL and the Mads' new lair.
And GUY DAVIS, the incredible comic book artist behind Sandman Mystery Theatre, writer and illustrator of award-winning series The Marquis, and frequent character and concept designer for Guillermo del Toro on projects like Pacific Rim and The Strain turns out to be a longtime MSTie too! Who knew?
Pretty incredible, right? Now, just imagine what these folks will create for the MST3K alternaverse!
And actually, there are a few more artists to add to this list, and they've already started working on ideas to help us return to Mystery Science Theater.
Now listen, I don't want to explain anything about what you're looking at in these images yet… but if you promise not to ask any questions, I'll show you some cool stuff we're already working on.
FRENDEN, the brilliant digital brush designer and graphic artist supreme, has already started designing some characters and costumes ideas.
Here’s his latest work-up on a concept for Professor Bobo:
JOSHUA PRUETT, an exceptional storyboard artist and creator, who has worked as a story artist on The Croods, and writer on Book of Dragons, and as both on Disney’s wildly popular Phineas & Ferb, has already started work on storyboards for the next opening and closing of the show:
GARY GLOVER, a long time friend of MST3K, and top concept designer who’s done concepts and art for all manner of films and toys, has already begun to work his magic doing some beautiful illustrations for us. Here’s his latest take on a spacesuit for Jonah, and some new features for Tom Servo and Crow:
MARTY BAUMANN has been busy on concept art too. You already know Marty's work from these updates: he’s the man who designed both our Mission Patches and the "Satellite of Love" Art Print available as Add-On Rewards, and he's famous for his work on animated films like Toy Story 3 and Big Hero 6. Here's Marty's pass at a new look for the "Bridge" on the SOL:
BRETT 2D BEAN, a wonderful visual development artist and conceptual designer for all sorts of projects and companies, has done designs for big companies, like Disney, Nickelodeon and Jim Henson's Creature Shop... and also little ones, like MST3K. He's been working on some character designs, including this idea for Kinga:
And, of course, there's one other artist who will be helping out:
STEVE VANCE, our favorite MST3K poster artist, is gonna help me "seam it all together" visually. You've already seen plenty of Steve's work, but I thought this might be a good excuse to show you how the OFFICIAL POSTER is coming along:
It's still not 100% final, but I think we're getting pretty close… and it's been a lot of fun to watch Steve work. As you can see, the finished poster is gonna look just incredible… and remember, it's also gonna be exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign!
So, if you want to make sure you'll have one of these for yourself, just be sure to get a reward package that includes the Official Poster (EXPERIMENTS 150 and above), or get the poster or signed poster as an Add-On Reward.
Anyway, that's just a little of what we've been up to. And I hope you'll agree with me: thanks to all of these people, the new season of MST3K oughta look pretty amazing!
But you know, the show needs more than just visual art. That's why I'm glad some talented, creative minds have also offered to help us out with other parts of production, including...
As you might remember, "practical effects" are one of my favorite subjects, and I've gotta tell you: the new MST3K is gonna be lousy with them. So, we're planning to bring in an expert:
ADAM SAVAGE, from Mythbusters, has agreed to consult on some of the more ambitious "in camera" effects we're planning for these new episodes. With the help of people like Adam, I feel like we'll be able to pull off just about anything we can think of.
And of course, MST3K wouldn't be MST3K without our many robot friends, so I wanted to save this for last: I've been waiting for the right time to introduce two guys who have been helping "beneath" the scenes – literally! – for over a year: Grant and Russ, who have been operating Crow and Servo since Turkey Day '14 and did all of the puppeteering for our Kickstarter, have agreed to tackle even bigger challenges as MST3K's official puppet producers.
Now, I first became aware of GRANT BACIOCCO through his funny musical act, "Throwing Toasters," but even though we've been friends for a lot longer, I still didn't know how great his puppeteering skills were until about four years ago, when I saw him perform live as part of Henson Alternative's Puppet Up! Uncensored.
Then, Grant introduced me to RUSS WALCO. In the puppeting world, Russ has done just about everything you can imagine: building and operating puppets for The Jim Henson Company, The Muppets, the puppet episodes of The Simpsons and Community, the Pee-wee Herman Stage Show… it's really pretty amazing, and we're lucky that Russ will also act as our team's puppet mechanic and builder.
So, now you've met more of the people who are going to help make your new episodes of MST3K… and with talent like this, it would be a crime if we didn't get to make a full season of TWELVE NEW EPISODES, am I right?
Fortunately, we've still got 48 hours to get the rest of the way there. And to keep moving us closer, we've got one last amazing Add-On Reward to announce:
Making the Next MST3K: The Coffee Table Book
That's right, I said it: a coffee table book!
To me, coffee table books are so good at representing an environment and a mood. So, I think it would be really cool to finally make one that shows you all the wonderful stuff happening behind the scenes of MST3K. There's all kinds of amazing stuff that you almost never get to see... But, you know, if you look at all of the images in this update, I think you'll get it. The whole thing just starts to come to life.
We're planning to make sure this is a beautiful, collectible hardcover edition. In fact, I actually think this is going to be one of the coolest things we make for this Kickstarter. And you know, if you keep it sitting around, it'll give you a perfect excuse to tell your friends, "Oh, what? This old thing? Why, it's just some art our team did for this little show I helped bankroll."
If you want to get one – and help us reach our final Kickstarter goal before time runs out – you can reserve yours now as an Add-On Reward. Plus, for the true art collectors among you, we're also offering a very small number of these books signed by all of our artists.
Or, if you're not the coffee table type, we'll include some of the best artwork as part of another exclusive Add-On Reward: our Art of MST3K - Wall Calendar for 2017.
One last thing: don't forget to join us tomorrow and Friday as we continue celebrating the final week of our Kickstarter to #BringBackMST3K, with more livestreaming special events!
Tomorrow: The DOUBLE FEATURE COUNTDOWN
We've got just two days left in our Kickstarter, which means we've also got just two nights left in our MST3K Double Feature Countdown! We've got two more great episodes for you tomorrow at 4:00 and 7:00pm PST, and then a final Double Feature with my favorite episodes ever on Friday at 2:00pm PST.
Then, when that ends at 5:00pm PST, we'll kick off...
The FINAL COUNTDOWN: A Live Telethon to #BringBackMST3K!
We want to spend the final five hours of our Kickstarter campaign with the people who have done the most to help #BringBackMST3K… all of you!
We'll be hosting our live "Final Countdown" telethon from Meltdown Comics in LA, from 5-10pm PST, and now we've got even more surprises and special guests lined up for you. It's gonna be nuts, so you won't want to miss it. And actually...
WHERE TO WATCH ONLINE
...thanks to our friends at XSN, you won't have to!
Our FINAL COUNTDOWN TELETHON will be livestreaming on over 20 different platforms – including our Final Countdown site and the MST3K YouTube Channel, as well as Twitch, Ustream and DailyMotion – so you've got no excuse to miss it. Tomorrow, I'll share a list of links to all the places you can watch online.
WHERE TO WATCH OFFLINE
And if you want to spend Friday night watching the telethon and helping us countdown to the end live with other MSTies, you should also take a look at our growing list of MST3K FAN MEETUPS!
There are already big parties planned in lots of cities, including NYC, Atlanta, Chicago and Portland, but if there's not a meetup planned near you, why not start one yourself? All you need is some space, a large screen and an internet connection. Then, just send the details, and we'll do the rest!
Anyway, it's getting really late, and I've got another big set of announcements to prepare for tomorrow morning, so I'll wrap things up.
Remember: we've now got less than 48 HOURS LEFT to finish this thing, and we can't do it without each of you, so be sure to...
KEEP CIRCULATING THE URL!
Cheers and Thanks,