MAD Documentary Falling Short

January 29th, 2013 | Posted in General

Only 10 days to go in the Kickstarter campaign to fund this sure-to-be-great documentary about MAD Magazine and it’s 60 plus years of holding a funhouse mirror to the world in general, and influencing generations of humorists in the process. They are woefully short of the $50,000 goal. They need a flurry of activity and a few big sponsors to step up, but they could also use a lot of little sponsors as well. $25 will get you a DVD of the final documentary (updated from the download they previously offered at that level). If enough people do that, they’ll meet their goal.

So many Kickstarter campaigns are trying to fund phantom projects that are little more than an idea and no substance yet. Alan and Doug have filmed hundreds of hours of interview footage with many MAD greats, and as you can see from the production values of the trailer, this will not be a cheesy home video. If you have not pledged for the project, please do so. If you have, please pass this along to people you know who might be interested.

I pledged a little money, but my real contribution is that I have offered to do the movie poster for free. That’s more dough that goes to the production of what I think is an important documentary.

I sincerely hope they get this done.


  1. Victor says:

    hello, tom richmond, I’m your fan, I really like your drawings

  2. Annie Gaines Ashton says:

    What a fabulous and generous offer, Tom! We all say THANK YOU!, and we can’t wait to see the poster!

  3. Doug Gilford says:

    A big sponsor just stepped up… $10,000!
    Thanks for your efforts, Tom.

  4. David Lubin says:

    How about MAD stepping up and funding the rest of the project? MAD’s artists and writers have contributed to the documentary and I would think could work out something to make some money back selling the DVD and other rights to it. I’d buy the DVD for $25 but just didn’t think my small contribution would make much of a dent with how much they had to go. SOMEONE CALL FICARRA!

  5. Doug C. says:

    Ya talked me into it. I’m now in for $25.


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