I know, I know…another Kickstarter post. I’d told myself I was gonna chill on the KS love for awhile and talk about some other stuff. Then, last night I’m vegging out on the couch watching Face Off on SyFy and cruising Kickstarter…because a 21st Century Nerd must multi-task…when, BAM! I come across The Scary Godmother Doll by Jill Thompson.
You might be asking, “Dude, why are you getting so excited about a doll?” Well, I’ve been a fan of Jill Thompson since her stint as artist on Neil Gaiman’s Sandman in the early 90’s (issues 41-49, “Brief Lives”). Everything I’ve seen since is really good and Dark Horse’s Beasts of Burden (her book with Evan “Milk & Cheese” Dorkin) is among my favorite works by anybody during the last decade. So, I’m a fan. I guess you could say that along with Michael Bolton, I celebrate her entire catalog. And, as you know, I do love stuff. So, yeah, I’m excited about a doll.
In 2008, I bought Jill’s Scary Godmother Halloween Spooktakular animated special (based upon the fantastic character from Jill’s creator-owned comic) on DVD for my then five-year-old daughter, Tiffany. Yes, I’m one of those terrible parents who let their five-year old have a TV in her room.
Bad parenting aside, S.G. was a constant fixture in her DVD player that and subsequent Halloweens. She was such a big fan, that as Halloween approached after our fire in 2011, Tiff requested that we make a special trip to Movie Stop. She specifically wanted to replace that DVD and the follow-up special, Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy, both having been destroyed.
This morning, before we backed out of the garage, I pulled up the project on my Kickstarter app, pressed <play> on the video, then handed my phone to my daughter in the back seat. She squealed/screamed, “SCARY GODMOTHER!!! I LOVE SCARY GODMOTHER!” and proceeded to watch the video intently.
When it ended, she asked, “Dad, can we pleaseeeeee donate to this one?” To which I replied, throwing my best I’m all over this vibe, “Already did, Sweetie…you’re on the list.” Score one for Dad. In fact, I upgraded my pledge this AM to include a pencil sketch of the character of my choice by Ms. Thompson. Probably should get a Scary G sketch, but Coraline (one of Tiff’s all-time favorites) would be very cool also.
Finally, while I’ve got you here, let me say that if you want to see what a nicely-organized, clearly-presented, and well-run Kickstarter project looks like, just check this one out. I can’t tell you how many I’ve run across that just make me go, “Huh?” after I’ve read the details & fine print multiple times. The Zodiac killer thinks some of these guys are a bit obtuse.
Luckily, Jill has got this one locked down. She’s included tons of great pictures and details. Heck, even if I wasn’t a fan, her writing style makes the whole thing a really fun read. When she suggested that Barbie and friends need to eat a sandwich, I actually did LOL.
So, nerds of Planet Earth, get on board with this project! The doll looks terrific and Jill has some great bonuses available. In fact, now that I think about it, a Jill Thompson Hellboy sketch just might look pretty sweet hanging in my Nerd Cave. Hmmmm…
As always, thanks for stopping by and until next time…stay nerdy my friends.
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