Bill Plympton finally took notice of LA underground cartoonist/animator Jim Lujan and they’ve struck up a dynamic collaboration on Revengeance, which we should be viewing this time next year. And with four days left in their Kickstarter campaign, they’ve raised more than $62,000 in their goal to secure $80,000 (with a few select $1,500 contributors becoming animated extras).
Meanwhile, Lujan, gets to riff on his favorite character, the low-rent bounty hunter, Rod Rosse the One Man Posse, in his pursuit of a corrupt senator/ex-wrestler/ex-biker. “At root, it’s a crime story with some really interesting characters and a cartoony twist,” he added. But we’re also tapping into a vein of LA that hasn’t been explored that much: East of East LA, the Inland Empire.”
Lujan said collaborating with Plympton “is like playing street basketball with Michael Jordan on your team. Any ideas or designs I throw his way, he throws back and they’re 10 times better. For example, if I give him a design of a restaurant, he magnifies it so that it’s more interesting. We’re both coming from left field, so we needed to meet in center field. My films are definitely content and dialogue-driven. My artwork is cool but animation is the last thing that I think about. I’m more into design.
“There are a lot of holes that need to be filled, but it’s nice that there are surprises coming our way. When people see this, they will recognize that it’s a Bill Plympton cartoon. It’s flatter and the colors have almost an anime sensibility. It has more of a definitive line-art to it. I think It’s hand-drawn, 2D animation at its best.”