We took delivery this week of a consignment of Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers Omnibus which is a complete reprint of Gilbert Sheltons underground classic comics of yesteryear.
Why is that significant I hear you ask? (Well you may not have but I'll tell you anyway. LOL.
Obviously the book is exactly as it says on the tin. A complete set of these classic and very funny strips drawn with some flair by Gilbert Shelton and others. But its also an advert for an upcoming animated Movie which has been in development for the last few years. I remember seeing 15 minutes of the project a couple of years ago at a Bristol Comic Con and it looked wonderful.
If it echoes the comics strips it will be Anarchic, Ribald, Surreal and above all Very Funny!
The film is being produced by Grass Roots Films and in order to celebrate and make the greatest underground comic ever made into a 3d animated style they have come up with some rather unusual ways of financing the film to completion. Go to www.grassrootsthemovie.com and that should take you to a section detailing how they are trying.
I'll boil it down for you though, as I think its a really clever way of seeking funding. This is a worthy project without a doubt. There are three choices. To Donate, to invest or individually name that frame.
They are giving people the opportunity to have their name printed onto 12 individual frames. I myself with be doing that as I think unusual ideas should be celebrated and it is fitting that such a remarkable comic should get such remarkable and inovative in terms of seeking funding. I think films like this will always make their money back. They already have a huge underground following and lets face it if films like American Pie and Epic Movie can be constantly churned out for a profit then this film is a cast iron profit maker.
So go on support this film in any way you can. You can view a section of the completed film here.