Austin cartoonist Lance Myers needs your help to make his Boxer a contender
Imagine if all your life, whenever you expressed your deepest hopes and dreams to others, they couldn't help but laugh at you.
For Twomey Martin, the star of Austin cartoonist Lance "Fever" Myers' latest animated short Boxer Story, that is the only reaction he has ever known. That's because the aspiring boxer has an odd disability: whenever he gets hit in the face (which boxers are wont to do quite often), instead of hearing a face being clubbed, we hear a joke, a literal punchline.
To follow his dream of becoming a championship boxer, Twomey must rise up against frustrating adversity, ignore the laughter, and give it his best shot.
For Myers, who has been working on film and video game animation for the better part of 20 years, Boxer Story is a tale he has been kicking around since 1992. Compelled by the struggle of an occupational fighter that struggles to be taken seriously, Myers saw Twomey as the embodiment of every emerging artist.
"Perhaps there have been times in my life that I have struggled with being taken seriously, and telling this story somehow scratches that itch," says Myers on his website.
Despite life's challenges for his own career, Myers has built quite an impressive animator's resume over the years, including work on animated films like Prince of Egypt, Anastasia and Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly. Most recently, he finished work on BioWare's galaxy-spanning Star Wars: The Old Republic multiplayer online game.
But Myers also holds a soft spot in his heart for animated shorts like Boxer Story that tell a concentrated slice-of-life story and require a personal touch from beginning to end. His award-winning shorts have appeared on Adult Swim as well as at festivals worldwide like SXSW and Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation Fesival.
Now he is looking for a little assistance from fellow art and animation lovers to get his latest project completed and out on the festival circuit. He is in the last week of his Kickstarter campaign to get Boxer Story finalized. Every dollar will help Myers along his journey, but large donations will also earn you excellent 'thank you' gifts signed by the artist himself.
Every month at the end of the lecture and debate variety show, The Dionysium, Myers asks the audience, "Who wants to see a cartoon?" before unveiling another one of his animated treasures. The answer, overwhelmingly, is always met with wild applause.
Now you have the opportunity to help make a cartoon. And that's no laughing matter.