Iron Circus Comics Publisher Spike Trotman, cartoonist Tracy Butler, and director Fable Siegel are partnering for a multimedia crowdfunding campaign to adapt Butler’s webcomic Lackadaisy into an original animated short. There will also be a new collection of art and never before published mini-comics, The Lackadaisy Essentials.
Set in St. Louis, Missouri, during the Prohibition era, Lackadaisy revolves around a group of anthropomorphic cats and the speakeasy from which the book draws its name.
“I’ve presented Lackadaisy strictly as comic panels and speech bubbles since its inception, but the story has all this time been playing out in my head like an animated film,” said Butler in a statement about the project. “It’s a side effect, perhaps, of a childhood nourished on Looney Tunes, Disney, and Don Bluth features, but I’ve been dreaming of sharing that living, breathing, musical version of it with readers and newcomers alike for so long.”
If funded through Kickstarter, pledges will be delivered to backers this fall. Lackadaisy is live as of 16 March 2020 and runs for 42 days. The campaign is seeking to raise $85,000 across its six-week run, although stretch goals exist through the $150,000 mark.