“Billy and Mandy” Creator Maxwell Atoms Sells “Dead Meat” on Kickstarter

Maxwell Atoms, creator of the Cartoon Network series The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, is the latest TV animation producer to appeal directly to his fanbase for financial support on a project.

Atoms, who was recently a director and exec producer on the Disney series Fish Hooks, describes his Kickstarter project, Dead Meat, as a “post-apocalyptic black comedy/social satire/puppet gore web series about a guy and his mutant dog called Dead Meat.” His goal is to raise $50,000 by November 16th. In the first eight days of the campaign, 156 backers have contributed slightly over $10,000 (or 20% of his goal).

Other animation show creators who have funded projects successfully through Kickstarter campaigns include Joe Murray, Dino Stamatopoulos and John Kricfalusi. Dead Meat faces challenges that were not experienced by the campaigns of those other creators because Atoms plans to produce the project in a medium for which he has no track record (puppets), and is aiming the content toward a mature adult audience that may not share much in common with fans of his animation. Therefore, he must rely on a community of fans who respect his creative vision enough to follow him into new territory. Atoms will be conducting a Reddit AmA this evening at 8pm ET/5pm PT to promote his work and the Kickstarter campaign.


  • Derik

    “Hey I have a jacuzzi and a motorcycle, so I need money for my puppets.”

  • jonhanson

    I honestly think most of his fanbase is in the market for more adult animation ow. 10 year olds who watched Billy and Mandy from the beggining are 20 now.

    • Animator606432

      Totally. This was one of the shows that really inspired as a kid and i’m 19 now.

  • Joel

    I’m really psyched for this, but I don’t have any money. I hope he meets his goal!

  • Jason Cezar Duncan

    Just from my perspective, those are some pretty kick ass illustrations. I’d say this would make an awesome comic series. Kind of confused as to why he would want to make this using puppets. But who knows? Might turn out really great.

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  • Rich Uncle Skeleton

    And Ralph Bakshi does? He has as good a chance as any of the people mentioned in the article.

  • akira

    good for him if he gets it, otherwise he could use a little humility. i think he needs to prove his puppetry chops a little better to get support. i get annoyed when someone who has had a lot of work produced for television complains about the industry and thinks they can work in any medium because they have had some success in one

  • jhalpernkitcat

    I don’t know how to react to this at all. Violence and puppets go perfectly hand in hand (Just look at the Muppets) yet those 2d animations are quite nice to look at. (although I really don’t want to see fully naked Heck)

    Otherwise, there appears to be a pretty interesting plotline.

  • Matt Sullivan

    Maxwell has been a good friend of mine since grade school. He’s not being “cocky” it’s just his sense of humor. He’s the most talented guy I’ve ever know, and is insanely creative. And by the way, I’ve done puppets too, and it’s hard. I respect him for making the effort.

  • brownbox

    “Showing off his suit and nice things to prove that he’s worth something”
    You mean his leather jacket and motorbike? (which may or may not actually be his). I didn’t feel like he was trying to show off remotely. Looked like he was trying to make the video a bit of fun by dressing up like the characters in the show he wants to make.
    Again, I find it pretty cheap to criticize him over something like that.

  • joemama

    This series sounds interesting and a great idea.
    Just for any Billy and mandy fans there is Web comic that was made which portray the future lives of most of CN legends and even some nickelodeon, heck even games. It is called grim tales and basically finishes the CN shows that never got a proper ending.

  • Possum Slim

    The dog sounds like “Al” from Venture Bros. lol. And yea, I loved Billy and Mandy as a kid and this looks promising

  • Funkybat

    I don’t see it as “showing off” at all! He’s clearly parodying self-important types who do similar things in a more “subtle” way.

    I mean, the first thing we see (after the nuke) is “from self-proclaimed visionary Maxwell Atoms.” Nobody who is actually full of themselves is going to mock being full of themselves like that, sitting in a hot tub fully dressed, delivering his lines that way.

    I understand why sarcasm on the internet requires the (/sarcasm) tag sometimes, because text lacks certain cues voice and body language deliver, but jeez, this is clearly over-the-top mockery here.

  • KermitDFrog

    My main concern with this, and why I haven’t backed it yet, though I like the concept and enjoyed “Billy and Mandy.” Is that I haven’t seen any of the supposed puppets for this series. His illustrations are kickass, and if he was going to be making a comic or animated series, I’d have backed it already. But without any puppets, or even prototypes, I can’t be confidant enough to invest in it. Which is what Kickstarter is, an investment system. I wish him the best of luck, and i’ll pay to watch it, if it’s good, when it comes out. But I just can’t invest in it without a prototype.

  • BurntToShreds

    I gave him 15 bucks. I’m glad he reached his goal in time and I’m definitely excited for when it comes out.

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