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One of the founders of underground comics, Vaughn Bode was a wildly imaginative artist and creator of fantasy. The complex worlds that he built, filled with sex, fantasy, politics, humor, and religion, were as otherworldly as their creator himself. In the short time he was alive Vaughn’s creative output was massive, but it wasn’t until his untimely death in 1975 that the world would realize the full weight of his influence.

In death, the self-proclaimed ‘Cartoon Messiah’ was resurrected by a new generation of inner-city youth who looked to Vaughn’s unique style as a foundation on which to build their own revolutionary art movement: graffiti. And while Vaughn’s impact on the underground was widely known, his impression on popular media and culture became evident as time went on. From Pixar, to The Simpsons, to the Ninja Turtles and beyond…countless artists, illustrators, and authors continue to name Vaughn as a major influence.

The Book of Vaughn is the first documentary to fully explore the life and work of this extraordinary underground figure. Most of his published work is only available in original comic form and in rare collections made in the years following his death. Very few images of Vaughn appear online, and interviews or articles giving us a glimpse into the mind of the artist are few and far between.

This film intends to change that. Through interviews with friends, established artists, and the loved ones who knew him best, our film will be an intimate portrait of this elusive artist. With the blessing of the Bode family and exclusive access to his estate we have scores of unseen art, sketches, and pictures to help illustrate our story. Along with diaries kept by Vaughn on a near-daily basis, our film will have direct access to his thoughts, feelings, and the ideas that inspired his life and work.

As of August 16th, this project has raised $56,000 of their $50,000 goal. This project has 6 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $25, you will get a digital asset pack.  For a pledge of $50, you will get a digital download of the film.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:

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