Saturday, October 13, 2012

Goon Kickstarter

Eric Powell’s The Goon is an amazing comic. While people usually remember his amazing sense of humor, the Goon comic has also showed great action and incredibly touching stories. When it was first launched it was grouped with Hellboy. Even though the Goon and Hellboy did crossover, the books are very different. I don’t think there is another book anything like the Goon. As good as his story telling is Powell is an even better artist.

You may have seen a short video on the internet of an animated Goon. It’s pretty amazing. I know as soon as most people saw it, they were excited that a Goon Movie was being created. Unfortunately it isn’t actually in production. David Fincher, Eric Powell, Blur Studio, and Dark Horse funded that video themselves so they’d have proof that the Goon would work in an animated format. Despite being well received, no one has budged on bringing the Goon to the big screen. Enter Kickstarter.

It’s important to say that this Kickstarter is not going to finance an entire movie. It’s going to finance a story reel. While Brandon could chime in here with all his film school knowledge, we’re just going to call a story reel a rough edit of storyboards combined with all the recorded dialogue, sound effects, and music. Think back to all those animated movies that have cut scenes on their DVD extras. That is pretty much what you’d be seeing in the story reel.

It should come as no surprise that the kickstarter has some pretty amazing rewards too. 25 dollars will get you access to the film’s production blog. So if you like the behind the scenes stuff this is a good place to start. As you go up there are T-shirts, signed posters, PDF and printed versions of the pitch book, a limited edition Goon statue, original Eric Powell artwork, and even a screening of the story reel. The Goon needs to become a movie people, and not a watered down version either. These people are trying to make it happen and we need to help. Please check out the Kickstarter.

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