Crowd Funding Solves An Exotic Problem

The Middleman is one of those unique pieces of cultural analysis, wrapped in a cosy cotton layer of satire that is seemingly inevitably doomed to short, brilliant bursts of life, only to fade away shortly afterwards. The original three volumes by writer Javier Grillo-Marxauch and artist Les McClaine, and the 12 episode TV series that followed are shape, very aware of what they are and what they are doing, and just utterly fantastic to read/watch. Puns, words play, references that don't feel the need to wink at you every time. Gosh darn it Dubbie, they were sheer elegance in their complexity.

And now, thanks to the internet, they will return. A recently launched Indiegogo campaign made it's goal of $37,000 in less than a week, and has more than a month left to go. The original point of the campaign? To publish The Middleman: The Pan-Universal Parental Reconciliation!, a continuation of the original unfinished novel run, and an opportunity to bridge the comics universe with the universe created in the TV series. On top of that, the series cast will reunite at a fan event next May to live read the continuation, and feature Buffy star Amber Benson as the comic version of Wendy (her TV counterpart was played by Natalie Morales).

If the campaign raises a total of $60,000 (as of this writing, they are three quarters of the way there, with plenty of time), the original and now largely out of print volumes, including the conclusion to the cancelled TV series, The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse, will be reprinted and for the first time in colour! If you wish to contribute to the campaign, you have until Nov 10th.

Via ComicsAlliance.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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