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A fundraiser for a hand-drawn short film about a sorceress who tries so very hard to get it right. A comedy cartoon by Charles Brubaker.
Charles Brubaker
Martin, Tennessee
United States
1 Team Member


Koko and Jodo

My name is Charles Brubaker, and I’ve been a professional cartoonist and writer for over 8 years. In June 2013 I released a comic book called Koko the Blue, about a sorceress and her misadventures. For 2014, I'm starting work on bringing the comic to life in animation.

Koko and Jodo are sent to the forest to fetch “Dangan Pellets”-- mysterious ingredients for a magic potion. The trouble is, nobody seems to know what Dangan Pellets are! The forest is home to the formidable Phoenix, so Koko and Jodo decide to travel in disguise. Too bad there are poachers hunting for Phoenixes.

A young sorceress, employed at Potions, Sorcery, and All That Good Stuff. Highly advanced in her magic in spite of her youth, she's able to do complex spells that not even adults can do. Just remember – don’t call her a witch!

Koko's younger brother, a young apprentice at Potions, Sorcery, and All That Good Stuff.
While still a beginner, Jodo does know some tricks, and likes to play practical jokes. Like most younger siblings, Jodo loves his sister, but still likes to push her buttons for laughs.

The boss at Potions, Sorcery, and All That Good Stuff, Tofu is responsible for day-to-day operations: getting new assignments from clients, making sure Koko and Jodo actually do their jobs.

A trigger-happy, greedy poacher who is intent on shooting Phoenixes for quick buck. Too bad he's rather thick-headed.

Sam's reluctant partner. Doesn't want to kill Phoenixes, but he needs health insurance, so he goes along with it anyway.

My goal is to produce a 10-minute traditionally-animated film. Some parts of the animation will be drawn on paper, while other portions will be hand-drawn digitally, using Flash, Toon Boom and TVPaint software. All animations will be rendered and painted on cels and photographed in Super 16mm film using a Bolex H16 camera.

The original comic book Koko the Blue is drawn in the style and spirit of traditional newspaper comics like Peanuts, and B.C. Rather than surrounding the characters and backgrounds with the rigid, static black outlines so popular in today’s TV cartoons, the animated Koko the Blue will instead be “affectionately rough”: loose, organic pencil lines that convey the warmth and personality of the characters and the imperfect world they call home.

The campaign is to help finance the 10 minute film. The $13,000 planned budget will cover the entire production, with more than half going to crew members (including voices, animators, and music.), and roughly 20% going to supplies such as paper, paint, filmstock, and more. The budget will also cover post-production and distribution (including film festivals and DVD production).

The primary goal with the film is to act as a pilot a series centering around Koko and her world. Several stories, many of which are already drawn as comics, are planned for future episodes. If picked up, the series would then be made available through festivals, DVD and Blu Ray, online streaming, and hopefully even television as well.

CHARLES BRUBAKER (Director/Writer/Animator)

Born and raised in Japan, Brubaker now lives in Tennessee. Brubaker graduated from University of Tennessee at Martin in 2012 with a BFA in Graphic Design. He currently writes for Cartoon Research.

Brubaker has drawn comic strips and editorial cartoons for newspapers since 2005, and was a finalist for a John Locher Memorial Award in 2009. In 2012 he created his first comic book "A Witch Named Katrina", sort of a precursor of "Koko the Blue". He got his first taste in animation when he did a scene for Bill Plympton's "Guard Dog Global Jam" in 2010. In 2012 he produced his first short film, "Fishing", which was screened in Boston. 

His portfolio and blog are online here.

ZOE PIEL (Animator)

Zoe Piel is an illustrator, cartoonist and animator from Boston, Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency; Truthout; the Daily Free Press; Citizen Culture; Law & Order: Artistic Intent; the Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival; and the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts at Brandeis University.

She is creator of “The Adventures of Painless Parker,” a comic strip inspired by the outrageous true story of America’s most eccentric dentist.

She blogs at zoepiel.com.

AARON LONG (Animator)

Aaron Long was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Animation has been his passion for as long as he can remember, primarily influenced by 1930s and '40s theatrical cartoons as well as Japanese anime. Graduating from Max the Mutt Animation School, Aaron has made a name of himself creating "Fester Fish", "Space Goose", and other cartoons, shown in festivals as well as on the web. Aaron currently work in Los Angeles.

His website.


Emily Koch is a voice actress without a permanent base! Although she was raised in the Washington, DC area, she currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Emily is a student at Virginia Tech, where she majors in geography and international studies, but her true passion is providing voices for numerous characters in animations, games, and commercials. As a result, she has taken acting classes at her university in addition to her required courses. This year, she will be studying in Marburg, Germany as part of a student exchange program.

Her most notable roles include Rainbow Dash in the animation Double Rainboom, Cirrus in Snowdrop, and Helen Baskett in the series Kassandra: Goddess of Awesome.


Kyle is a cartoonist, musician, and voice-over artist working in Burbank. He created a cartoon short MooBeard the Cow Pirate for Nickelodeon in 2008. This has led to working on cartoons such as Fanboy and Chum Chum, Bravest Warriors, and Fish Hooks. Currently he's working on the second SpongeBob SquarePants movie.

Kyle also creates a webcomic Frog Raccoon Strawberry with John Berry.

A drawing of Koko and Jodo by Kyle A. Carrozza.


Kevin grew up in a musical family, learning to play a wide variety of instruments from a very young age. He graduated summa cum laude from the prestigious Berklee College of Music with a degree in film scoring. After college, he moved to Los Angeles, where he composed and edited music for many award-winning films and television programs, most notably the #1-rated cable show, Pawn Stars on The History Channel, A&E’s Dog the Bounty Hunter, Say Yes to the Dress on TLC, the Emmy-winning My Lai documentary on PBS, Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize winner, Being Elmo, Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Documentary Feature winner, Racing Dreams, and ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary, Once Brothers.

Kevin currently lives in Chicago, where he continues to write and edit music for his clients in Los Angeles, New York, and around the world.

We have a bunch of perks to choose from, which includes original art, comic books, and access to production blog. Lots of great things to choose from!

"[Brubaker] has a professional looking style for a relatively new cartoonist, and he has a lot of imagination he’s brought to his tales."

- Mark Kausler, animator and director of Some Other Cat

"If the Wizard of Id had a great granddaughter, she just might be Koko the Blue, Charles Brubaker's wittily charming comic book witch. Koko stands cheerfully at the intersection of classic humor manga, vintage kid's comics and sly, contemporary humor."

- Will Finn, Disney animator

"Koko The Blue is a charming new character with much humor and heart. Charles Brubaker magically combines elements found in long ago Howard Post Harvey Comics with the gag manga of Fujio Akatsuka. It's works to create a new universe of fantasy and fun - and is ripe for an animated adaptation. I whole-heartedly support this effort!"

- Jerry Beck, animation historian and founder of Cartoon Research

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    Thanks for the help!

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    Production blog

    Access to password-protected production blog, as well as the ability to view the film online once it's finished.

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    Personalized Drawing

    An original drawing of a character of your choice. Plus the $5 reward. International shipping please add $5

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    Comic Book #3

    An autographed copy of issue #3 of the comic book, available exclusively to backers of this project. Plus the $10 rewards. International shipping please add $5

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    Autographed copy of all three comic books. Plus the $10 reward. International shipping please add $10

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    A signed, DVD copy of the finished film. Plus the $30 reward. International shipping please add $10

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    Graphic Novel

    A signed, 150-page book collecting six completed issues of "Koko the Blue" comic book (most of which are not yet released), available exclusively to the backers. Plus the signed DVD and the $10 reward. International shipping please add $20

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    "Associate Producer" credit

    You will receive an "Associate Producer" screen credit. Plus the $200 reward. International shipping please add $25

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