Sunday, January 16, 2011
Crazy from the Spud
That's right. The indomitable Nick Tosches and myself are working on a graphic novel of Spud Crazy.
Whatever it is or isn't, it is first showing itself to the light of day as a 30 page excerpt of a work-in-progress (to coincide with an exhibition of those said original 30 pieces of art) published in an "art edition" through Institute 193, complete with an introduction by Richard Hell and an accompanying essay by Bob Levin, packaged together with its own soundtrack by the Spud Imperials (a one-shot band consisting of myself, Robert Beatty, Justin Eslinger, and Brian Manley).
[It is the editorial police around these parts not to embed videos, but this has been deemed an exception to the rule.]
Friends, you can get in on the ground floor here, helping to make this noble endeavour reach full fruition by donating to the Kickstarter pledge drive, orchestrated by the head honcho of 193, Phillip March Jones (193 is a non-profit). Also note that by pledging 25 bucks or more you get almost half off the retail price by preordering the book now. Not to mention that there are several spending options for those of all the tax brackets that include me having to cough up various amounts of original art. Act fast to join the party wagon. For NO CHARGE WHATSOEVER you get to see me do the good bad acting free forming on the subject of Spud Crazy in addition to sneaking a peek at the artwork for the book and hear bits of the soundtrack in a video by Coleman Gunyon and the aforementioned Robert Beatty.
Speaking of parties, the opening reception/Spud Crazy release for this is coming up quick on Feb. 3rd in Lexington, Kentucky. And the night before is the world premiere of Tom Thurman's Harry Dean Stanton documentary at the historic Kentucky Theater (part of the HD Stanton film festival!). Feb. 5th is my birthday, so we're gonna kick out the good jams the first week of February.
Rock you like a potato.