I hate Guy Adams. Bloody hate him. Not only is he a good writer, he’s faster than me and – well, now he’s just showing off. He and Jimmy Broxton are bringing a project to Kickstarter that looks really cool. ‘Goldtiger’ is a forgotten comic strip from the sixties that mixes the best of Modesty Blaise with James Bond, then adds a hot new twist. You can read about it here.
Only it’s a trick. It’s not sixties at all, it’s a clever con they’ve constructed around a missing cartoon strip from the past that they’re going to revive and make loads of money from. And there’s me pottering around with Bryant & May, and there’s him with his souped-up cars and raunchy sauciness. Damn him and his zeitgeisty know-how.
But it doesn’t end there. Oh no. Because mere comic market domination won’t satisfy them. They’re planning tote bags and T-shirts and badges and iPadlypod thingies and all sorts of other spin-offs. They’ll probably get a really cool TV series out of it or even a bunch of really expensive movies, all just because it’s hip and sexy and totally iconic and ‘must-have-fabulous’ and that.
And did I mention that Guy’s a really good writer? And that the artwork is a London retro dream come true? And they’re already on their way to raising the money and still have about 24 days left to go?
It’s oh-so-clever conceptual ideas by highly ‘talented’ creatives that give us hacks a bad name. So you know what you should do?
Don’t pledge them any money.
Don’t get in on the ground floor of such a cool project just so you can say you were there first.
Don’t prove your cutting-edge credentials of awesome hipness by being ‘in the know’ and promising to buy a copy, like I did.
Then when they have their fancy film premiere and all the stars are there going on and on about how they adored the characters right from the start, you’ll be able to say you had nothing to do with it.