Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Heartaches Pilot 10: Revision and thanks

A stray mutt enters the scene. He's curious as to who's asleep. There's just one way to find out.
He recognizes the spoor - and yet something's not quite right.
It dawns on the nose what the added sweet tinge of the odor signifies. This causes a jubilant indian dance.
He summons all his buddies to share the happy news.
Everyone scrambles and butts in each other's way to enjoy a whiff of the romantic waft.
I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed to the cartoons and to the cartoon school.

I'd much rather animate this stuff and show it to you, but since no network is buying right now, this is the only way I can show you any of my million stories, so thanks! Y'know, I get over 10,000 folks peering in every day at this stuff. Just as a mathematical theory, if everyone chipped in 5 0r 10 bucks (or more or less) every couple weeks or once a month, I could animate some of these cartoons and just put them online in glorious color, sound and motion and skip the whole bureaucracy of TV. - just a thought. YOU HAVE THE POWER, PEOPLE

Too bad there aren't patrons of the arts anymore.

I hope you enjoy this silliness.












50 comments:

Niki said...

And having it animated already could really get buyers excited too!

Raff said...

These are really lean times for me, otherwise I'd like to contribute more often.

I'd be great if you could post up soundtracks to these things.

SandraRivas said...

We should all be thanking you! For telling us your amazing cartoon stories and giving us your wonderful cartoon lessons! I'm gonna be posting my Lesson 2 in a bit on my blog.

I will definitely be glad to donate some money! I should get to it.

I can't wait for your Heartaches post! I love ideas that come from dreams!

Paul B said...

HAWHAWHAWHAWHAW John!! This is hillarious!!
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAH

I LOVE IT!
THANKS!

Michael E. Vernon said...

If I could I would. I'm on a fixed income, ect, ect. I think it's a privilege to come here and view the creative process. If I lived around the neighborhood, I would be hitting you up for a job. As you once told me, I remind you of the old MAD MAGAZINE artist. In the mean time, I have learned a lot from you. It's a dirty shame that the entertainment industry is at a point, where no one wants any new and creative products that are ready to go. Don't ever give up. It's like you have the learned experience and combined talents of all the greats, from cartoon past. Thank you John, for being you.

Jeff M said...

I donated five bucks. I'll try and do that more often. I want to see these cartoons happen more than anything. I hope more people follow suit.

AdamLore said...

"There's no sweeter whiff than the waft of fresh marriage!"

The networks must be crazy for not wanting to buy this stuff!

I'll be chipping in.

Roberto Severino said...

That dog dance cracked me up completely. How can the networks not like this stuff or even want this on the air? I'm surprised that none of them, not Nickelodeon mor Cartoon Network, have been saying, "Let's get that Ren and Stimpy guy loose, so that he can make some funny cartoons for us and put us on the ratings map!" Common sense doesn't seem to exist anymore for most people.

Nowadays, it seems like the times are getting even more difficult. If I had any money, I would definitely contribute, but I just never can find the money at the right time.

Peter Bernard said...

It seems like it would be guaranteed to get ratings, it would be a guaranteed money-maker. I can't follow why these ideas aren't all snatched up as soon as you put them on paper.

Amblagar Studio said...

Hey John
Frank Frazetta passed away!
could you post something about his Art
thanks!

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JohnK said...

Because I'm no good at figuring out complicated internet business plans. I'm good at making cartoons. I need someone who can do all the other stuff.

M. robot said...

John, why don't you try to develop a "crowd funding"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowd_funding

I don't know so much about it, but some discs and movies have been produce that way and got success.
So why not a cartoon series.
You have develop such a community of fans around your blog. This kind of financing looks like made for you.
this web site seems to have a good reputation :

http://www.kickstarter.com/

wish you good luck !!

elephantmarchblog said...

What address is everyone making paypal addresses with? God know I haven't got much to money at the moment: but I figure I can spare a little to help out cartoons.

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JohnK said...

The paypal button is in this post. But if you are broke, don't worry about it. Times are tough.

"Al" said...
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JohnK said...

Well, I've thought about trying it, but it seems like the amount of money you'd need to make Ren and Stimpy quality cartoons would be more than I could raise.

What is the biggest project someone has produced so far through kickstarter?

Rajesh said...

**For Your Eyes Only**

How much would an animated Heartaches pilot cost?

Between $50,000-$100,000 is a huge range, but certainly doable.

Funding can be raised via a subscription method, as well as by accepting donations.

Create something worth subscribing to at $5/month that you haven't already given away for free. Hell, if you did that, I'm sure you could attract investors and not have to depend on networks or donations at all.

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RooniMan said...

I would shed a tear to see this animated.

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-jjmm- said...

It really, sincerely, breaks my heart not being able to contribute to this blog I am using long a go and is helping me a lot, more than my actual school. It´s not basically economic, you know, I have no credit card or a source of income of my own; my parents whipped me if I asked them to donate money -in dollars- through her credit card to some person's website from the otherside of the world, they wouldn't understand. Of course, I'm swearing I'll make my contribution immediately when I get the chance. Untill then, Im very sorry. My apologies to you.

-jjmm- said...

By the way, I'm enjoying this story as much as all your things. Magnificent!!!

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Steini said...

Here's a page of the most popular kickstarter projects

A lot of very different projects there. A cartoon is going to have a very different sort of backer-crowd behind it than, for example, an open source personal web server (the 'Diaspora' project).
Whether different means more people willing to back you or less, or more or less charitable backers I don't know.

And of course it takes work (spreading the word and convincing people to fund the project) and time and luck/coincidence.


Maybe you should get together with some of your hip young friends who know something about this and get them to explain it to you (or read up on it yourself on the Kickstarter website (link here. Think about it. Maybe it'll work, maybe it won't. There's certainly no harm in trying.

Shawn Dickinson said...

Brilliant cartooning!

If people here are TRUE John K fans, then they gotta chip in more to see this amazing crap get animated. "Times are tough" is no excuse. I'm barely making it by myself these days, but I LOVE cartoons, so I figure out ways to cough up a few extra bucks every once in a while to see this stuff stay alive.

Expect another contribution from me in a few days, John.

SoleilSmile said...

Could you animated these cartoons yourself in exchange for advertising revenue, John?

Dan said...

Hey John,

I'd be really happy to cough up and do my part to help fund one of these things!

Josh said...

Those are really fun drawings! I'll send you money to get stuff made!

Pedro Vargas said...

Holy crap!! I'll definitely chip in some more cash! This story is getting more interesting and more hilarious! I'm with Shawn, stuff of this caliber needs to stay ALIVE!!

yawn said...

This is the best, just hilarious!

Geneva said...

I don't have much money, but after this weekend, I can give you gobs of free labor!

Scrawnypumpkinseed said...

When I get a credit card I promise I'll donate some dough!

Kali Fontecchio said...

I found a nice quote in reference to Miyazaki's story style.

"In contrast to American animation, the script and storyboards are created together, and animation begins before the story is finished and storyboards are developing."

健康襪 said...

This is hillarious~:D

Juz Capes said...

If internet funding is the way forward then you need to kick up a fuss and get more people reading this amazing blog.

So why don't the TEN THOUSAND-ISH PEOPLE who view this blog start raving about how brilliant it is on other websites, facebook groups etc. even those online petitions, anything as long as you get people to read this blog.

There must be enough animation students alone to help fund something like this, never mind cartoon fans.

If 90's cartoons are due to come back in demand (as the 70's & 80's ones have), let's remind people to pine for good ol' 'Ren & Stimpy'.

Jiff said...

Joe Murray is starting an online cartoon network Kaboingtv.com, you could put your cartoons on that.

michaelamos said...

Hey John!
This is awesome! Kids need to be taught about the sweet stench of marriage anus. Please do the world the service of making this cartoon.

Thanks again!
Michael

Andrew Mortlock said...

John you should put up a meter with the target amount of money to make the cartoon. So we can throw in money and watch in anticipation as it rises to cartoon time. I'd pay a hundred bucks to see a Kasper the unfriendly bear cartoon.

drawingtherightway said...

There are many talented student artists that visit this blog as evidenced by the artwork they've posted. Maybe some of them wouldn't mind working on the cartoon for free. The experience alone would be valuable. Of course it might be difficult to give exact instructions without being in the same room. Also it probably wouldn't be ideal to do this for an entire series, maybe more for just a test episode to see how things go.

Kingfish said...

Hey John,

I love this blog and I have gotten so much out of it. I also plan to donate as soon as I can- I am going though some huge and expensive life changes right now, but definitely want to be a part of funding this incredible source of knowledge, history and- most of all- the lessons.

Have you thought about a subscription model? The John K Cartoon Club- $5/month to see what John has cooking, in animated form. It would put on pressure to produce on a regular basis, but it might also give you a better idea of what you could afford based on a continuous revenue stream. I know a lot of cartoon fans and illlustrators like myself would love something like that.

It's unbelievable that someone as respected and with proven success as you can't afford to do what he does best, meanwhile Seth MacFarlane was given almost an entire night's worth of prime-time network television.

Calvin said...

Hey John,
I was checking out kickstarter.com, and it looks pretty promising to fund your cartoons. Has anyone contacted you yet to help get things going through kickstarter if you decide to start one?

If so, I'd be willing to donate a lot of my time to help with this project. I think putting together a team of people to do non-stop promoting through all the various social network websites would create a ton of buzz and interest.

I work as a graphic artist at lame upscale natural foods grocery store, so I have some know how on graphic design, and I can help create some material, i.e. web banners, to spread around the internet.

My email is on my blogger profile if you want to contact me about it.

Calvin said...

Also, I made a promise to myself to donate some cash every month for the awesome information and lessons you provide. I've learned a great deal!

Thank you!

georgeliquor said...

Either use Kickstarter.com or join Joe Murray's cartoon channel (which is being funded by Kickstarter anyway).

As much as I love Camp Lazlo, I'd be much more willing to donate for a new John K. cartoon than for a new Murray one.

Corey said...

Kickstarter is the way to go. Get on there & lay out exactly where the funds are going, and people will fund it. I know I will.

GoldDarkShadow said...

I just love this. I wish I can donate some money, but I just don't have the cash right now. I really want to see some funny cartoons again, and those drawings that you posted just made my day

kurtwil said...

There are older folks out there who, aside from donations, might be willing to contribute some free time and effort to help a project like this. They already have the software and tools, but nothing to use them on (not all that much animation work available these days - one reason why I'm testing games!).

How would they go about offering their services for something like this? Who would they contact?

jhbmw007 said...

These are true signs of tough times if nobody will employ the brilliant John Kricfalusi. Sickens me to think of all the money being wasted on pure crap that's on tv now. While I'd hate to see this blog die, it's hard to argue your time wouldn't be better spent getting paid to make some awesome cartoons.

David said...

http://www.kickstarter.com/start

Put it up on Kickstarter and see how much you can raise.