Future 50 animation venture steps up efforts to secure backers

Rob Turner, left, from Polycomical Studios, with Laura Chapman, and Daniel Littleboy from Utility Warehouse, promoting the Reynard City venture at the Bridge Tavern in Norwich

EDP Future 50 member Polycomical Studios is stepping up its efforts to secure funding support for its comic book and animated DVD series.

One of the Reynard City comic books produced by Future 50 member Polycomical Studios

Rob Turner, founder of the venture, which aims to support young and emerging artists involved in comic artwork and animation, said he pushing to get a DVD produced ahead of the London MCM expo event in May.

Influenced by Japanese manga comics, its main project is Reynard City, an online webcomic which is a surreal version of animation series such as Ninja Turtles and Thundercats.

The 30-year-old has already approached the Sci-Fi channel with the concept as well as Kudos Produtions, producers of the Life On Mars TV series. But key to getting a proposal off the ground is producing a series of DVDs, while a graphic novel is also in the pipeline.

To that end Polycomical has also set a goal of raising £11,000, and last week held an event at the Bridge Tavern in Riverside to raise awareness of the concept.

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'If we can get four episodes together, then they will take a look at buying it,' he said. 'What we have been doing is looking at crowd funding. People have suggested Kickstarter, but the problem is that it's usually all or nothing. We are trying to reward people who support us.

'Creativity is one thing, and can get you so far, but there does need to be something behind it as well. We are looking at about £11,000 to produce the episodes of the cartoon and the DVDs. People who invest with us will also get advertising on the DVD.

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'Broadly it's aimed at the 18-30 audience. There is nothing violent or too adult, but it's probably a bit too adult for the Ben 10 crowd. The problem is that there is a perception that it's mainly teenage boys, but a lot of people are interested in manga.'

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