The star-studded stage show and Nerdist podcast sets its sights on a graphic novel, a scripted web series, and a live concert film!
IT'S OFFICIAL! WE ARE MAKING A THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR CONCERT FILM! AND A GRAPHIC NOVEL! AND A WEB-SERIES!
We put together words for a living, but right now we are completely speechless. All we can say is thank you. Thank you for giving us the means to realize these goals that we've held for a long, long time. We are flattered and grateful that you like our show.
All that remains is to point you in the direction of a couple of rewards that you, as fans, will appreciate.
The CONCERT FILM DVD which is being offered here is an EXCLUSIVE, SPECIAL EDITION version and will only be available via Kickstarter. The DVD will include as many bonus features as we can pack in, such as behind-the-scenes featurettes, podcasts, even original content made possible by this very Kickstarter campaign, the web-series, and MORE.
The show itself is scheduled for Fall 2013. Tickets to this show will NOT be available for sale. The only way to attend this performance is by reserving your seat through this campaign. The show itself is a celebration of our Kickstarter campaign and our amazing backers, so attendees will enjoy a full evening of entertainment, an onslaught of TAH swag, free raffles for swag bags from cast members and friends, the works. Then end the night with an exclusive, invite-only after party at Largo with the cast and crew. Plus, every audience member will see their name in the end credits, and perhaps even make a cameo in the "making of" bonus feature filming live alongside the performance.
OUR KICKSTARTER GOALS ACHIEVED THUS FAR!
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A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON THE TAH EXPERIENCE...
In March 2005, we gathered a group of friends together to produce a stage play in the style of old-time radio called THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR. Nearly eight years later, we’ve been incredibly lucky to watch TAH grow and evolve into something we never expected. Filling every seat every month at the famous Largo at the Coronet Theater in LA. Sharing our show with the world as a podcast on Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist network. Even producing an entire line of merchandise inspired by the worlds we created. And all for our fans, the most supportive and enthusiastic crowd on Earth.
Created by us (TV writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker), each live performance has featured three genre stories brought to life by The WorkJuice Players, a regular cast of multi-talented actors and comedians such as Paul F. Tompkins (Best Week Ever), Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), Busy Philipps (Freaks & Geeks), James Urbaniak (Venture Bros), John DiMaggio (Futurama), and a parade of A-list guest stars such as Nathan Fillion, Patton Oswalt, Alison Brie, Jason Ritter, Neil Patrick Harris, Danny Pudi, Ed Helms, Zachary Levi, Chris Hardwick, Andy Richter, Patrick Warburton, Colin Hanks, Dave Foley, Adam Baldwin, Joshua Malina, Joe Mantegna, JK Simmons, and more!
This multi-faceted troupe brings to life all manner of characters from an ever-evolving array of recurring worlds and genre backdrops including:
Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars: A space western in which a human Marshal protects Mars from robots, aliens and galactic threats with the help of his faithful Martian companion.
Beyond Belief: Frank and Sadie Doyle are fast-talking married mediums. Although this pair of high-society types would rather enjoy martinis and each other, they usually end up solving paranormal mysteries.
Captain Laserbeam: Silly superheroics abound in Apex City, where our high-flying scion of science saves lives from neurotic supervillains.
Jefferson Reid, Ace American: The American Victory Commission's finest agent, his gal, and their kid sidekick stand against the Axis powers in WWII.
Down in Moonshine Holler: A hobo fairy tale in which a millionaire, after falling in love with the Hobo Princess, renounced his money, became a hobo, and took to the rails to find her.
Amelia Earhart, Fearless Flyer: Amelia Earhart faked her death to become America's top-secret one-woman airforce.
Tales From the Black Lagoon: Hollywood noir from the Golden age of Tinseltown proves that the facts of the city are much stranger than fiction in the movies it manufactures.
The Cross-Time Adventures of Colonel Tick-Tock: A British soldier mends damage to the timeline for her Majesty the Queen. Armed with his trick clock and his sense of duty, Colonel Tick-Tock stands sentry over every century.
The USSA Captains' Journals: The starcrafts of The United Solar System Alliance protect the Solar System from itself and others. Beyond the rim of star-light, wandering in star-flight, their humanity fills the empty void of space. A Sparks Nevada spin-off!
Cactoid Jim, King of the Martian Frontier: Say "howdy" to the most earnest do-gooder on the fourth planet! A Sparks Nevada spin-off!
Plus, in the spirit of old-time radio, each “episode” features a number of commercials and catchy jingles from fictional show sponsors such as Patriot Brand Cigarettes ("They're good for your constitution!") and WorkJuice Coffee ("Guaranteed to fill you to the brim with vim!").
THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL!!!
Throughout the years, TAH has become the largest and most rewarding part of our creative lives. So as we approach our eight year anniversary, we want to bring TAH to a whole new level. After eight years of listening to THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR, we want to finally give everyone a chance to see and experience these worlds for themselves in an original graphic novel and (if we hit our target) a series of stretch goals ushering TAH into other media as well!
We’re hosting this Kickstarter campaign to finance the production of a really fun graphic novel anthology that recreates the TAH experience in print. The same worlds. The same characters. The same product placement. The anthology will contain a series of short tales set within the various worlds covered throughout the run of the show. We’re writing the script ourselves, and each story will receive a different artist chosen to match the unique tone and personality of each segment.
To give you an idea of the look and feel of the book, take a gander at some TAH-inspired artwork from comic creators around the globe, including Dustin Weaver, Tom Fowler, Dennis Culver, Evan Larson, Andy Hirsch, Natalie Nourigat, Joel Priddy... and one not-as-professional (but just as passionate) illustration from Mark Gagliardi, one of the stars of our show. We're inviting these friends and more from the comics community -- everyone from industry legends Ben Edlund (Creator of The Tick) and Jackson Publick (Creator of The Venture Bros.) to rising stars such as Randy Bishop, Michael DiMotta, Chris Moreno, Doc Shaner, and Jeff Stokely -- into what's sure to become another versatile, all-star team of creative minds bringing our worlds to vivid life!
Best of all, should we raise enough funds to produce the anthology, Archaia Entertainment, the 2012 and 2011 Eisner Winner for Best Graphic Album New and 2011 Eisner Winner for Best Anthology, has officially committed to print and distribute our anthology nationwide.
Like most “creator-owned” graphic novels, the financial responsibility to produce the book itself falls to us. That’s one of the major reasons why Kickstarter has become such an influence on comics and the arts as a whole: we get to retain the rights to our creations. But without a major distributor, the odds are against our book reaching anyone outside of our Kickstarter community. That’s why our anthology's editor and longtime TAH fan Joe LeFavi (contributing writer/editor on Archaia’s hit graphic novel anthology series for FRAGGLE ROCK) facilitated our new publishing partnership with Archaia, a company whose products we love. If we can generate enough support to compensate our creative team and produce the book, every Kickstarter backer will receive a hand-numbered and signed copy from our first print run. If we fall one cent short of our goal, our book will never exist. Yet if we can mobilize our fans and prove that you want to see TAH in print, Archaia has agreed to finance the printing and distribution of our second print run nationwide. So with your support today, we can hopefully entrust our book with an award-winning publisher capable of bringing TAH to fans everywhere.
Being completely objective and reasonable here, we intend to produce the best and most beautiful graphic novel in the history of publishing.
BEYOND THE BOOK: OUR STRETCH GOALS
If we are lucky enough to reach our initial funding goal, we want everyone to know that we’re planning to immediately funnel 100% of any additional earnings toward more awesome extensions of TAH in multiple forms of media. Teaming up with Quixotic Transmedia, we’ve lined up a series of exciting stretch goals that expand our horizons in ways we’ve only dreamed.
For every stretch goal we reach, we will share a wealth of new and never-before-seen TAH content exclusively with our backers as a special thanks for your support. These include “lost” episodes that we’ve never publicly shared, alternate takes of our songs, thanks, and exclusive videos from the cast, guest stars, crew, and fans and friends of the show... tons of really fun and exclusive TAH awesomeness that you won’t be able to find anywhere else! For a taste of what's to come, check out the promo Kickstarter video that we produced starring TV star Jason Ritter and rock god John Roderick... not to mention our alternative (and spontaneous) musical ending!
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After eight incredible years sharing Thrilling Adventure Hour with everyone, we're so excited to finally venture into other forms of media and bring you these worlds and characters in ways never before possible. It's a new step for us, but we’ve assembled a fantastic team of top-tier artists and industry pioneers capable of elevating the TAH experience to a whole new level. Because that’s really the goal here. We've written TV, movies, sketch, and more, but TAH has always been the love of our creative lives. It’s our hope that Kickstarter can help us share TAH with more people around the globe and ensure that TAH can continue to grow and endure for years to come.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
I'm looking for holiday presents and some of your reward tiers feature people's name in the credits (e.g., the graphic novel plus package, your associate producer packages, etc.). Can I pledge toward those rewards and feature someone else's name instead?
Of course! Those reward tiers offer the opportunity to feature any one name of your choosing. Simply arrange the details with us, and we'll ensure that the correct name is featured in whichever reward(s) you choose.
What happens if I pledge towards one of the web series rewards, but you don't raise enough support to reach your stretch goal?
Our goal for this Kickstarter campaign is to elevate the TAH experience to a new level, and extend our worlds and your ability to enjoy them into multiple forms of media. We’ve chosen to offer in advance a limited run of unique immersive experiences for our web series, so that we can encourage your continued support and get everyone excited about the potential benefits of reaching that targeted funding goal.
We recognize that there is a possibility that we may not reach our stretch goals. In the event that a backer pledges toward a reward uniquely associated with a stretch goal, we will reach out to you individually and encourage you to manage your final pledge appropriately. You can rescind your pledge, reallocate the funds to a series of other rewards of equal or lesser value... customizing your pledge however you see fit. We are committed to genuinely rewarding you for your remarkable support, so we want to make it clear that we aren’t interested in taking your pledges and running for the border. We are incredibly grateful for the support that we’ve received thus far.
And just so you know, any additional funds that we raise above our initial funding goal and below our targeted funding goal for the web series will be allocated toward making the first volume of the graphic novel even more special... not to mention seeding a fund for a future second volume of what we hope will become an ongoing anthology. As we said in our introductory video, we used to make TAH for us, but now we’re making it for you... and we would never take your fandom or your support for granted.
I want two available reward tiers, and Kickstarter is only allowing me to select one. How can I have both?
Kickstarter only allows backers to pledge once to one specific reward tier only. Kickstarter has informed us that there are two easy options available to pledge to multiple tiers.
1) You can create another Kickstarter account, which can use the same Amazon account/credit card information as your first account.
2) To customize your pledge to include multiple reward tiers (or multiple pledges to the same reward tier), Kickstarter also allows you to contact us directly and ask if you can increase your pledge to customize your own pledge. Use the "contact me" link under our creator name in the bio section (under the "Back This Project" section), and let us know in which unique combination of reward tiers you're interested. Be sure to ask us first before increasing your pledge, as (even if our homepage claims that there are rewards still available), five other email requests could reach us before yours. After we check the stock, we'll email you back and confirm if we can fulfill your request. If we can, all you need to do is simply increase your pledge amount and notify us when your new pledge has been approved. We'll then log the details of your customized pledge in our records, and if you've requested any reward(s) in limited supply, we'll immediately change the number of rewards available to reflect your updated pledge.