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Lackadaisy: The Animated Short Film – First Public Screening

by Neil Bui

The Secret Movie Club will be presenting the first public screening of Lackadaisy: The Animated Short Film at Los Angeles’s Million Dollar Theater on Wednesday, August 2, 2023. The screening will include a Q&A with director Fable Siegel, whose animated adaptation of Tracy Butler’s Eisner Ward-nominated webcomic Lackadaisy has been viewed almost 10 million times, and has caught the attention of entertainment veterans such as Lilly Wachowski.

Tickets are available here.

Lackadaisy: The Animated Short Film is the first multimedia project from Iron Circus Comics, who have raised nearly 3 million dollars over more than 30 crowdfunding campaigns.

“This is just an incredibly thrilling privilege, being able to screen Lackadaisy in such a lauded venue!” said Iron Circus founder C. Spike Trotman. “Getting Lackadaisy on a big screen anywhere was so beyond anything we ever hoped for.”

Based on Tracy Butler’s Eisner Award-nominated webcomic, Lackadaisy features action and adventure, comedy, and crime, and a colorful (if somewhat shady) cast of felines that frequent the Lackadaisy, a speakeasy tucked away in a cave beneath the Little Daisy Cafe. The joint’s packed full of gangsters, flappers, crooked cops, rum-runners, and wide-eyed ingenues. And they are, literally, all jazz cats. Lackadaisy: The Animated Short Film was originally crowdfunded to the tune of $330,000, thanks to almost 6,000 backers.

About The Creators:

Tracy Butler left behind a college track in biology to pursue a career in her most beloved childhood interest – drawing stuff. Originally from New England, she relocated to St. Louis, Missouri to work for a small game dev studio, where she worked as an illustrator and concept artist, and later as a 3d character artist, animator and art director. After moving into a century-old home around 2006, she became fascinated with the history surrounding her and set about producing a comic – LACKADAISY – as an ode to that history. And to cats.

Fable Siegel is a veteran animation professional, boasting a resume that includes Titmouse, Starburns, the internet phenomenon Hazbin Hotel, and two Game Grumps Animated shorts, along with storyboard work for Cartoon Network (Ben 10), Stoopid Monkey (Adam Ruins Everything: Reanimated History), Warner Brothers (Wacky Races), Shadow Machine (F is for Family), and more, as well as being a board artist, animator, and designer for Six Point Harness (Like Share Die). Brought onto the Lackadaisy animated short as a production manager, director, and producer, they’ll be overseeing the project utilizing their years of professional experience and skill.

C. Spike Trotman was born in Washington D.C., raised in Maryland, and lives in Illinois. An artist and writer, she founded Iron Circus Comics in 2007, which has since grown to become the region’s largest comics publisher. Her notable work includes the webcomic “Templar, Arizona,” the Smut Peddler series of erotic comic anthologies, and Poorcraft, a graphic novel guide to frugal living. As an early Kickstarter user, she pioneered the widely-adopted bonus model that’s since completely reshaped the pay system of the small press, jump-starting the current renaissance of alt-comics anthologies. Iron Circus is also the first comics publisher of note to fully incorporate crowdfunding into its business model, inventing one of the single most effective uses of new media in comics publishing today.

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