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Revengeance animated and directed by Bill Plympton

Bill Plympton, the king of independent animation, is returning to Kickstarter for his next feature film project called Revengeance. After his success with his 7th animation feature film, Cheatin’, which raised over $100,000 on the popular crowd funding service, Plympton seems sold on crowd funding as a means to get indie projects off the ground. For his 8th animated feature project, Plympton is, for the first time, collaborating with animation artist. In this case, independent animator and cartoonist Jim Lujan.

Independent Animator Jim Lujan
Jim Lujan is a Los Angeles based cartoonist and animator whose work can be seen on his own youtube channel here. He apparently first met with Bill Plympton at a San Diego Comicon in 2006. He handed Plympton some DVDs of his work. According to Plympton, if he watched every DVD he was handed, he would never get any of his own work done, but because he thought Jim Lujan was such an interesting character, he decided to put it on one rainy afternoon. HE fell in love with Lujan’s work. Lujan does nearly all of his animation, voices and music himself. Plympton called him up and suggested they collaborate on a project. Thus, Revengeance was born.

“REVENGEANCE tells the story of a low-rent bounty hunter (named Rod Rosse, The One Man Posse) who gets entangled in a web of seedy danger when he takes on a job from an ex-biker/ex-wrestler turned U.S. senator named "Deathface." Rod has to find what was stolen from the senator and find the girl who stole it. Soon, Rosse finds there’s more than meets the eye to this dirty job. Between the ruthless biker gangs, the blood thirsty cults, and the crooked cops - Rod Rosse is a marked man. If the bullets don’t kill him - the California sun just might!”

Bill Plympton Kickstarter rewards
The Duo are offering rewards that would be highly sought after by Plympton fans. These include digital products like streams or downloads of the film, DVD and Blu-ray copies, while larger contributions will net physical products like original caricature drawings by Plympton, his hardcover book Independently Animated, a signed screenplay or even a phone conversation with Plympton himself.

Those of you with experience handling your own crowd funding campaign can easily see the value in this. Connection with the project, and a real connection with the artists who create it, is the big difference between indies and the big studios. Users want to be a part of something they love and enjoy. They want to contribute in as many ways as possible, and they want to connect. These new methods of getting your project out there, whether we are talking about Kickstarter, Indie Gogo or Patreon, all mean the indie artist can directly connect with their fans. The fans can not just feel like, but really be a part of something.

If you as an indie creator aren’t taking advantage of all the ways available to directly connect and interact with the people who love and, hopefully, support your work, you are missing a huge part of path to indie animation success.

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