Kickstarter Spotlight: The Darkness Eternal


For a struggling creator who has a vision they’d like to share with the world, but unfortunately doesn’t have the deep pockets to match, Kickstarter is nothing short of an amazing resource.

I have to admit I had only circled around the idea of crowdfunding, though, even though I have several creative ventures planned where a Kickstarter could be a huge boon, or it may not happen at all unless that comes through.  Actually digging in and backing some worthwhile projects has been on the to-do list for a while, but it took a notice that I had a friend of a friend that was working on one to really make me put that in focus.

And the best part is it’s not just helping someone out of a sense of obligation to a pal or banking some good karma: this one looks genuinely awesome and as a fan of zombie and apocalyptic stuff, right up my alley (and I’m betting a few of the readers here, too.)

‘The Darkness Eternal’ is a short film by Michael McCoy that needs a little financial help to complete.  The film, a rough cut of which is finished, just needs $3K to get the editing and post-production done.

What’s Mike’s story about?

In his own words, from The Darkness Eternal’s Kickstarter page:

The film takes place a few years after a deadly virus has spread throughout the human race causing people to become primitive, hungry savages. The story follows Daniel as he struggles to survive while sheltering his little girl, Sophie, from the violent world around them.  Like nomads, they drift from place to place until they find a town with a small group of survivors. However, they soon realize that the survivors may be more dangerous than the infected savages.


That sounds pretty awesome — he had me right about at  “a deadly virus has spread throughout the human race”.  The rest was gravy.

Mike comes from a comics background — my pal and creative partner, artist James E. ‘Doodle’ Lyle and Mike worked together at a short-lived comics publisher called Quest Comics, where Mike was Art Director — and according to his Kickstarter bio, he recently started a new career in robotics(!)

So give a fellow nerd a hand and at least check out his Kickstarter page:

I invited Mike to do a guest post here at Public Domain to talk more about ‘ The Darkness Eternal’, so hopefully that’ll be up in a few days.

— mal



  1. I didn’t read a lot of comic books when I was younger, but I had a lot of friends who did. This short film however, sounds very intriguing and is something I want to check out. I’m just really happy that Kickstarter was founded, so that budding filmmakers have the ability to showcase their inner talents with the rest of the world.

    I hope to see this project in theaters soon!

    • Kickstarter, I think, is one of the best things to come out of the internet, period. I spent nearly two years working with a comics publishing start-up and trying to prep something to present to investors was grueling . . . even if you succeed, now you’ve just given a chunk of your future to random strangers as ongoing partners, and you don’t know what ramifications will come from that, so that’s constantly hanging over your head.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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