Kickstart This: Comic Book Store Hijinks on Display in 'New Comic Day'
by Ben Pearson
April 25, 2013
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we want to turn your attention to a potential feature film called New Comic Day. We've seen tons of superhero movies over the past decade or so, but how many of them have actually taken place inside of a comic book store? These filmmakers hope to blend live action with animation to give us something unique within the genre. Take a look at their pitch video below, leave us a comment, and don't forget to donate a few bucks if you can. Do it!
There's no denying that comic book culture has entered the mainstream and is sticking around for the future. The fact that Kevin Smith has a show called "Comic Book Men" on AMC proves that. Count the number of superhero films scheduled to hit theaters over the new three or four years. It's an insanely high number. But for ever mega-budget superhero outing, there are smaller, original movies like Super that reveal how filmmakers without access to huge resources can still create interesting work within the genre.
Florida-based writer/director Michael Seminerio has a vision for a different kind of comic book movie: one that actually takes place inside a comic book store. The story follows a guy named Jake who — despite not really knowing anything about comics — gets a job at a comic book store and realizes that things get a little crazier in there than he initially thought. Seminerio and his team have already built and impressive 3D model of the inside of their local comic shop (which will also serve as the film's set once production gets underway) so they can add their own visual effects and tackle pre-viz work, and they have an equally impressive selection of animated superhero characters that will be worked into the story as well.
I watch a lot of Kickstarter and IndieGoGo videos each week to try to find something worth highlighting in this column, and I slog through a lot of crap in the process. The opening animation sequence in this pitch video along was impressive enough to attract my attention, and these guys seem like they have a good idea of what they want to accomplish. Their budget is reasonable, and they're offering digital downloads of the film at a $10 donation level - something not even Zach Braff is doing with his recent campaign. Check out their impressive pitch video for New Comic Day below:
For more on New Comic Day, and to help support the project, visit its Kickstarter page. Writer/director Michael Seminerio is looking to raise a total of $9,400 by Friday, March 24th, and they're just getting started with their fundraising efforts. Donate if you can, but if you're short on cash right now, I'm sure the filmmakers would appreciate it if you passed along info about the project to friends, co-workers, and anyone you think would be interested seeing in a geek-friendly story like this come to life.
That's all for this week's Kickstart This. Feel free to e-mail me at BenPears85@gmail.com if you find any cool film-related projects that might need some attention to meet their goals. My inbox is always open, and if you send in any Kickstarter or IndieGoGo film project, I can't promise we'll feature it, but I will always take a look at it. Thanks for all of your submissions, please keep them coming. (But remember to include a link to the project you're pimpin' in your email!) As always, thanks so much for your support of these projects because they couldn't be completed without the help of film lovers like you. Visit our archives here.