MEGAFOOT, or, “How’s The Wife And Kidneys?”
If I have one dream for this little webcomic of ours, one dream (other than the usual fame, fortune, and the cover of Entertainment Weekly), it’s this: I want to use that fame, fortune, etc, to be able to make projects like Megafoot happen.
I mean, the concept is brilliant in its simplicity: they make a cyborg out of a Bigfoot! Eight words, that contain so much promise. It’s an idea of such genius that I wonder how the hell it hasn’t been done before? I mean, yes, the Six Million Dollar Man, but that was a robot bigfoot built by aliens, and as happy as it makes me to type those words, it’s not the same.
And look at the poster:
This looks like something I would have rented on VHS from Home Video Express in 1986, and I can pay it no higher compliment than that.
You go to a studio with a pitch like “cyborg Bigfoot” and they’ll get cold feet. Or they’ll say, “great, but can we tone down the violence, and impart some life lessons, and we need a star who hits all four quadrants.” Next thing you know, you’ve got Snakes On A Plane. And I can’t go through that again. No, when it comes to ‘sploitation, “gratuitous” is not a bad word, it is in fact something to aspire to.
This is the brilliance of the “crowdfunding” age in which we live. With Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and others, content-providers can appeal directly to their intended audience, bypassing the gatekeepers and the system that makes it increasingly difficult for something like Megafoot to exist. Video game developers can make spiritual (or actual) sequels to beloved games. Prematurely-canceled shows can be resurrected as movies, a fact that keeps Firefly fans in perpetual hope. And, if you have enough money, or a tubesock with a McRib in it, you can be killed by a cyborg bigfoot. I don’t know about you, but that’s a world in which I want to live.
Today’s strip includes contributions from our friend Lee Good. Lee contributed to this strip and the next one, as well as a couple that haven’t been scheduled yet. We’re hoping to work more with Lee on this and other projects in the future.
Ordinarily Lee’s name would be a link to his Facebook or his Twitter, but…here’s the thing. Lee doesn’t actually use the internet. As shocking as that is for someone under the age of 60, Lee is a regular Ron Swanson. He doesn’t email. Doesn’t have Tumblr. Not so much as a DeviantArt page. He’s just Boring Lee Good, which is to say, boringly good.