Earthworm Jim creator launches crowdfunding campaign for new comic “Bigfoot Bill”
On Monday, veteran artist/animator Doug TenNapel launched a crowdfunding campaign for a new independent comic book project, Bigfoot Bill, which smashed its original funding goal on the first day, raising more than $20 thousand at the time of this writing.
Bigfoot Bill is a 48-page graphic novel (with the possibility of more pages being added) written and illustrated by Doug TenNapel, while coloring duties will be covered by Dirk Erik Schultz. The story follows a Sasquatch (Bill) who steals the finger of Poseidon to gain control of the Kraken and save the world. Bill is joined by other mythological creatures including the Chupacabra, “Judgy” the unicorn, and John Locke Ness, whose dialogue is peppered with quotes by political philosopher, John Locke.
Doug TenNapel has quite a resume in creative spaces. Not only is he the creator of Earthworm Jim, but he also created multiple television series for Nickelodeon and 16 other graphic novels, including several successful crowdfunding projects.
Judging from the Indiegogo page, TenNapel looks to be creating Bigfoot Bill in part to establish a character over which he has complete creative control (many of his previous creations are owned and controlled by other studios). TenNapel also noted that he is creating Bigfoot Bill for readers of all ages, and that he wants to focus on humor that is more “funny” than “gross.”
Backers can get a physical copy of Bigfoot Bill for $25, while those looking to spend more can get more perks in return, including a sketchbook and original artwork. It should be noted that all copies of the book will be signed by TenNapel. There are also no plans for a digital version of Bigfoot Bill, so those not wanting to flip pages the old fashioned way may be out of luck.
Interested? You can check out some sample artwork from the project below, or visit the full Bigfoot Bill Indiegogo page here.