In Marjoram (shorts)
Originally pitched as a series of short-form animations about a girl (Lark) traveling across the land of Marjoram & collecting stories from the people she meets to preserve the memory of her hometown that was being forgotten. It would've been a silly & surreal adventure for kids without resorting to a lot of the hyper-silly things or talking down to it's audience while remaining whimsical and fun. Unfortunately, it wasn't what studios were looking to pick up so, I created a few rough shorts myself with the help of some friends, revised and simplified the idea a bit more than initially pitched, & put it out into the world. I even created this meta-narrative about it being a long lost show from the 80s & the videos were VHS recordings of episodes that someone uploaded to the net. It was a fun to work on & if I ever get the time (& maybe some proper backing), I'd love to return to this project because I've got plenty of stories to tell in this world.
Some of the physical objects I mailed out during the pitching process, including: a copy of the musical cassette that formed the early origins of the project, a mini-comic, a comic with story ideas & character information, personalized mailers, and a postcard with a bit of a letter written on it. There were other In Marjoram related things created such as magnets & stickers that were bundled with the cassette release.
Much like how I figured out the life of a touring musician & the ‘business’ part of the music biz weren’t for me, the animation industry doesn’t quite seem like the place for me either, but I still enjoy making up stories and characters so, just like I continue to make music for my own pleasure, I continue to doodle comics, characters, and do some character goods on my own. You can find my art portfolio at Doodle Parlor.com