Avatar Press Launches Kickstarter For ‘Alan Moore’s Cinema Purgatorio,’ Featuring Kevin O’Neill, Kieron Gillen, Garth Ennis And More
I'm going to go ahead and assume that you're familiar with Alan Moore, so let's just skip straight to the details. Today, Avatar Press launched a Kickstarter to fund Cinema Purgatorio a new anthology series from Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, featuring new stories by Kieron Gillen and Ignacio Calero, Garth Ennis and Raulo Caceres, Christos Gage and Gabriel Andrade, and Max Brooks and Michael DiPascale, all built around the theme of recapturing the strange, violent, and somewhat disturbing world of 1970s cinema.
And they did it by including what might be the single most Alan Moorest sentence that it is possible to write.
From Moore's introduction to the campaign:
In a world of used ideas spun out into unending single-premise sagas and told in full cyber-enhanced Technicolor, unapologetically we offer up CINEMA PURGATORIO, a black and white horror anthology which reaches for something both new and startling beyond the endlessly recycled characters and concepts of the 60s and the 70s.
In addition to Moore and O'Neill's Cinema Purgatorio itself, the other anthology titles include Gillen and Calero's Modded, which Gillen described as "R-rated Pokemon in the style of the Fast And The Furious in a Mad Max universe," and Brooks and DiPascale's A More Perfect Union, a story about a giant insect invasion during the Civil War that is somehow not called US and THEM!.
Set to run for the next two weeks, the campaign has already passed its initial $9,100 goal - including racking up $3,000 in the time it took to write the above paragraphs. Given that Avatar is an established (albeit independent) publisher, and that Moore and O'Neill are certainly well-known creators, it would be understandable to expect the same kind of backlash that plagued Archie's crowdfunding campaign last year, but it looks like Cinema Purgatorio has managed to avoid that so far.