Monday, 6 April 2015

Edie Ellen Poe, Cute and Macabre Moving Storybook Video Series Pilot Launched!

 I'm in love with this super adorable, quirky project, and I wanna see it take off! Check out the press release below and by all means, visit Edie Ellen Poe on Kickstarter!

Edie Ellen Poe, Cute and Macabre Moving Storybook Video Series Pilot Launched,
Creator Strives to add a Female Voice to Male-dominated Cute and Deadly Horror Humor Genre

Portland, OR; April 6, 2015 – Martha Hull has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to fund the production of Season 1 of Edie Ellen Poe, a black humor moving storybook series about a macabre little girl and her vampire cat, Raven. Hull is excited to add another female voice to the still largely-male dominated world of cute and deadly humor. “The pantheon of cute and funny horror: Charles Addams, Tim Burton, Edward Gorey, Neil Gaiman, Gris Grimly, Rob Reger of Emily the Strange, Roman Dirge of Lenore… the majority of the voices in charming horror humor are men, even when the protagonists are girls. I feel it is important to have more female representation in this genre of stories. Girls love the dark side just as much as boys.”

Hull seeks to fund the first season of Edie Ellen Poe, which is told with an unusual take on video storytelling. Using an approach that is reminiscent of something an extremely talented child might put together, Hull has created the pilot for a series of narrated storybooks, combining elements of hand-rendered illustration, animation, and stick puppetry. Hull has further bucked the trend of modern animation by using hand-painted black and white art, where the artist’s hand is very much visible from frame to frame.

South Park was a big influence for me in giving myself permission to use a more rudimentary style of imagery in video – it’s really about the stories and humor. This is even simpler, but I think it is compelling as I believe that humans of all ages like to have stories read to them,” she said. “I upped the ante from that concept with multiple voices interacting, sound effects, and simple movements.”

The pilot episode of Edie Ellen Poe, "Teddy Bears," features the main character, Edie, her vampire cat, Raven (who speaks with a highly inauthentic Transylvanian accent), and Edie’s conjoined-twins soft doll(s), who perform a “teddy bear” head transplant despite one of the stuffed animals being a rabbit. “There’s no such thing as a Teddy bunny,” the main character Edie pundits, “therefore, they are both bears.”

Hull is trying to raise $27,300 on by April 25. Hull successfully completed funding of her first Kickstarter in November 2013, raising $13,822 to publish her second adult picture book, Death’s Daughter and the Basket of Kittens, which she both wrote and illustrated. She has also created and illustrated Untimely Death Alphabet, published in 2011. If the Edie Ellen Poe Kickstarter is successfully funded, the money will go largely towards labor costs, allowing Hull to create to create a first season consisting of six or more episodes largely single-handedly. Additional costs for the project include supplies, fees, and taxes.

Martha Hull, is based in Portland, Oregon, and has been making art professionally since 2002. Through her parent company, Fluffpocalypse, LLC, Hull specializes in cute, funny, and deadly art and stories. Here website is

 And  check out Edie Ellen Poe on Kickstarter!

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