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Chicago artist Jason Fennel looks to fund his Adult Swim stoner cartoon.
Jason Fennel sounds tired. More precisely, the local artist better known as Homeless Cop sounds like he’s been up late, watching Adult Swim until the Slap Chop infomercial comes on. What could pass for slacking is actually a career move for the 34-year-old Edgewater resident, who got his showbiz break making several billboards and a dozen commercial bumps for Adult Swim, as well as a poster for the network’s cornerstone, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
Now, Fennel has an IndieGoGo campaign to make his own pilot for the network, a 15-minute self-titled animated “epic stoner comedy” featuring his trademark Technicolor freak-out illustration style. “It’s basically about a fat nerdy guy named Nelson and his cat-head roommate Kato. And it’s set in Chicago in the year 2082,” he says. “I have a couple of writer friends, and we’re finishing up the character bible now.”
Fennel plans to take the project to Adult Swim, which has green-lighted unproven concepts; a Jackass-like show from rapper/skater collective Odd Future, Loiter Squad, will premiere on the Turner-owned network early next year.
Originally, Fennel and his design firm Doejo attempted to crowdsource the funding on Kickstarter, but set the bar a little high at $30,000, so they couldn’t collect the impressive $6,500 raised. Fennel seems undeterred by the setback. “I’ve always wanted to make cartoons,” he says. “We’re going to make this no matter what.”—Jonathan Messinger
Contribute to Homeless Cop through November 17 at indiegogo.com/homeless-cop.