Natasha Allegri’s ‘Bee and PuppyCat’ Hits Kickstarter, Confirms Comic Book Series [Video]
Between its Superbook and Sailor Moon-inspired aesthetic, hearty humor and intriguing premise, it's not hard to see why Natasha Allegri's two Bee and PuppyCat shorts from Frederator's Cartoon Hangover have amassed more than 4 million views online over the past few months. With fan demand fully in tow, Cartoon Hangover has turned to Kickstarter to expedite the creation of six (or more, according to stretch goals) new 6-minute installments set to start rolling out by the summer of 2014. Should backers succeed in funding the project, they won't just get more cartoons to watch. Rewards include a Bee and PuppyCat #1 comic book, with certain backing levels indicating that the series could run long enough to supply two years' worth of collected editions.
The Kickstarter doesn't provide many details about the comic, aside from the implication that Allegri will be working on it and the fact that backers starting at the $75 level will receive a copy with a Kickstarter-centric variant cover. Boom! Studios seems like a logical publishing home considering its relationship with Frederator, Cartoon Hangover and Allegri herself, however. Allegri, who created Adventure Time's gender-swapped Fionna and Cake characters for the Cartoon Network TV show, wrote and illustrated Boom!'s corresponding six-issue Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake comic book miniseries, which is being being collected as a trade paperback today. She's also illustrated Adventure Time comic covers and one of the coolest pieces of Garfield art we've ever seen for a cover for Boom!'s ongoing comic.
So far the Bee and PuppyCat Kickstarter is well on its way to hitting its $600,000 goal, having reached more than 25 percent of its necessary funding on day one of a 30-day campaign that runs through November 14. The Kickstarter isn't meant to fund the comic, but simply provide a copy of issue #1 as a reward by September of next year, meaning it's probably set for publication regardless of its success or (unlikely) failure. We reached out to Boom! for confirmation, but haven't heard back as of press time. We'll keep you posted as info becomes available.