Dark Matter Publishing launches ALICE COOPER on UNCLE ALICE PRESENTS
Dark Matter Publishing LLC, a transmedia company that specializes in the publication and transformation of comic, graphic, and young adult books into film and television, is launching a Kickstarter campaign for its brand-new property, “UNCLE ALICE PRESENTS.”
Uncle Alice Presents is a shock-rock, genre-bending comic book series, graphic novel, and television pilot featuring the legendary Alice Cooper. Each issue tells a story of the grim and macabre seen through the eyes of Uncle Alice, the gatekeeper of the netherworld between heaven and hell. From paintings that seek revenge to mad scientists that crossbreed beach babes with fish, the things Uncle Alice will share are just plain creepy…like, they really creep him out.
Two-time Emmy Award-winning writer, director, show runner, and Dark Matter partner Tom Sheppard (Pinky and the Brain, The High Fructose Adventures of the Annoying Orange) created Uncle Alice Presents. Tom came up with the idea for Uncle Alice Presents when Alice appeared as a guest on the hit Cartoon Network series The High Fructose Adventures of the Annoying Orange, a show Tom co-created. Once they found out about their mutual affection for horror, Alice and Tom knew the next step was a comic book series and television show.
As Sheppard says, “Look, we all love anthology series like Tales from the Crypt, The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, but wouldn’t we love them a lot more if they were hosted by Alice Cooper?
Dark Matter has been working on developing Uncle Alice Presents’ Kickstarter campaign for months, seeking out the best writers, artist, and story lines for the project before launching. The company was initially hesitant to introduce such a huge project, but the recent successful VERONICA MARS Kickstarter has set their minds at ease. The campaign has set its goal at $200,000 to finance the series of twelve comic books, but if the Kickstarter reaches $500K, Dark Matter will also make the television pilot.
“Our goal is to bring our backers the greatest value for their pledges,” says company CEO Todd Moyer. “We’re asking as little as we possibly can to produce a large variety of original content. We’re also looking forward to giving backers the chance to be a part of the creative process by entering our story line creation contest.”
Dark Matter wants to make the campaign fun and interactive, which is why backers of $10 or more are allowed to submit a story idea to the creative team. At the end of the campaign, the creative team will choose 10 finalists for backers to vote on, and will make the winning idea into an issue of the comic book.
The ultimate goal is, of course, to turn Uncle Alice Presents into a television series, which can be previewed through original branded video content, which will be released on YouTube over the course of the month. “But first,” Moyer concludes, “let’s get the comics made!”