About this project
“[I] am thoroughly hooked and impressed! Great production values, acting, and writing!”
— Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.net
“With JourneyQuest, the Dead Gentlemen once again set the bar for independent comedy: smart, silly, wholly original, and, above all, genuinely fun.”
— Rachel Edidin, Dark Horse Comics
Thanks to the support of over eight-hundred of you, plus a matching funds promotion from Beth, Brad, and Steve, we've reached $100,000, which means that our contributors have unlocked a feature-length season!
We're also adding in some exciting new prizes and bonuses for new contributors to help unlock with their pledges:
- Unlocked: $105,000 -- Every contributor receives an exclusive backer's-only embroidered Season Two Supporter patch.
- Unlocked: $110,000 -- We commission a full-color map of Fartherall, the world of JourneyQuest
- Next Goal: $115,000 -- We greenlight development of the JourneyQuest Role-playing Game
- $120,000 -- We produce the official Orcs of JourneyQuest beefcake calendar
- $200,000 -- We shoot seasons two and three concurrently.
What is JourneyQuest?
JourneyQuest is a fantasy comedy webseries that premiered on Hulu and YouTube in 2010. It has gone on to find an international fan base, and has screened at festivals and conventions worldwide, including PAX, GenCon, and Comic Con San Diego. It is released for free under a Creative Commons license.
And who are you?
We are Zombie Orpheus Entertainment—composed of longtime friends and filmmakers Matt Vancil and Ben Dobyns—and our buddies at Dead Gentlemen Productions. We created the first season of JourneyQuest with an all-volunteer cast and crew because we wanted to show you what we were capable of before asking you for money.
Where can I watch JourneyQuest: Season 1?
The first season of JourneyQuest can be seen in its entirety on YouTube or Hulu. Give it two episodes, and you’ll be hooked.
What are you trying to do?
Thanks to generous fan contributions, we have entirely paid off our first season’s budget of $30,000. Our new goal is to raise $100,000 to produce a second season of JourneyQuest.
Who else is involved?
We are thrilled to have new actors joining our cast in upcoming seasons!
- MMA superstar Bob Sapp will be playing our barbarian king Karn the Unpleasant, appearing first in Season Two.
- TV star Fran Kranz, who played Topher Brink on Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, will be playing the dashing, honey-tongued bard Silver Tom.
- Genre actress Jen Page (The Gamers: Dorkness Rising, Project London) will appear as Queen Starling, ruling conquered kingdoms by the side of her husband, Karn the Unpleasant.
- Scott C. Brown (or his clone) is slated to play the orcish professor Strong Like Bull.
We also have internationally renowned fantasy artist Wayne Reynolds producing the cover artwork for our DVDs and poster!
Where does the money go?
Every penny goes directly towards production and contributor rewards. Our budget covers everything from production insurance to location fees, from cast and crew wages to equipment rentals, from the props and costumes and makeup of preproduction to the VFX, sound design, and music of post—everything. With their quick and efficient micro-crew, Matt and Ben have learned how to stretch a dollar to get the maximum amount of production value without sacrificing a drop of story or characterization. Nothing goes to waste.
I previously contributed to JQ2 elsewhere. Will I also get the Kickstarter incentives?
Yes! We’ve already received over 1,000 contributions for our first season, and the folks who contributed (if this campaign is successful) will receive matching Kickstarter rewards based on the levels at which they pledged. If you pledged on another site but would like to increase your level here, you can do so, but be sure to let us know—Kickstarter isn’t set up to handle that, and we wouldn’t want to lose track of the level at which you contributed!
I want to help, but I can’t pledge financially.
That’s okay! You can help us just by letting anyone who might like our show that we’re out here. Tweet us, share us, like us on Facebook—any extra exposure we get helps people who can contribute find our project.
Where can I learn more?
You can find us and ask us questions at the sites listed below. Additionally, you can ask us a question with the “Ask A Question” button at the bottom of the FAQ; we’ll be sure to get you an answer!
“JourneyQuest restores our faith in the Internet as the medium that will transform the creation and delivery of entertainment … It’s an absolutely hilarious romp, with wry wit, outstanding cast, tremendous production quality, and most importantly, it made us laugh out loud with every episode. We want more! Or someone’s going to get a smiting.”
— Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Star Trek: Enterprise
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