Lackadaisy

Lackadaisy

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Lackadaisy is an ongoing webcomic series by Tracy J. Butler set during Prohibition-era St. Louis. The series follows the exploits of the Lackadaisy Crew, a formerly prosperous crime gang fallen on hard times after the murder of their boss, Atlas May. The main protagonists for both the original webcomic and animated pilot are Rocky Rickaby, Calvin "Freckle" McMurray, and Ivy Pepper.

History

On July 19th, 2006, Tracy J. Butler debuted the Lackadaisy website[1] along with the first four pages of its comic (shown below).[2][3][4][5]


St. Louis 0000000 1920: LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OF THE MISSISSIPPI AND MISSOURI RIVERS, THE CITY IS ONE OF THE NATION'S LARGEST BONE-DRY FOREVER AS OF JULY 1 NATIONAL PROHIBITION BUY NOW FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE THE RECENT ENACTMENT OF NATIONAL PROHIBITION PROMISES TO BRING GREAT CHANGE. FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE. JS IT'S BOTH A BUSY RIVER PORT... THE CITY'S ONCE PROSPEROUS BREWERIES STRUGGLE TO REMAIN IN BUSINESS. EMP MOST DO NOT SURVIVE. MEANWHILE, RESTAURANTEUR ATLAS MAY OWNS AND OPERATES A MODEST NICHE WITHIN THE CITY - THE LITTLE DAISY CAFE. Little Cofe 313 Cafe ...AND A MAJOR TRAIN HUB. BUT AN EMERGING UNDERGROUND INDUSTRY BEGINS FILLING THE GAPS... Copyright 2008 Tracy J Butler BUT HIS UNASSUMING ESTABLISHMENT HAPPENS ALSO TO BE A PORTAL INTO THE EXTENSIVE MAZE OF LIMESTONE CAVES BELOW ST. LOUIS. ...OR THE TAPS, AS IT WERE. AND BY ALL ACCOUNTS, ATLAS IS AN OPPORTUNIST. lackadaisycats.com SOON, THOUGH ST. LOUIS IS DRY ON THE SURFACE, THERE'S A WELLSPRING UNDERGROUND. A CLUB-SHAPED PIN WORN UNDER THE COLLAR OR INSIDE THE LAPEL GRANTS TRUSTED PATRONS ACCESS TO THIS SUBTERRANEAN PLACE -- Canada THE LOCATION OF ST. LOUIS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY MEANS ILLEGAL LIQUOR FLOWs IN BY NUMEROUS ROUTES. NEVER AT A LOSS FOR SUPPLY, LACKADAISY PROSPERS... St. Louis BUT AS PROHIBITION PERSISTS, FORMIDABLE RIVALS BEGIN TO EMERGE. Copyright 2006 Tracy J Butler Mexico Chicago, ...AND BECOMES THE CITY'S MOST PROMINENT BOOTLEG OPERATION. New Orleans The Bahamas Havana ATLAS HAS A SMALL EMPIRE. M913 PHG001 THE COMPETITION IS ANYTHING BUT FRIENDLY. ENEMIES LURK AROUND EVERY CORNER. AND IN 1926, ATLAS MEETS A VIOLENT END. THE LACKADAISY SPEAKEASY. lackadaisycats.com
LACKADAISY FALLS INTO THE HANDS OF HIS WIDOW -- MITZI MAY. BUT THERE ARE RUMORS OF HER INVOLVEMENT IN HIS DEATH. pletes as he ce and snow Lindly Fligh AMIDST SHAKEN LOYALTIES AND MOUNTING PRESSURE FROM COMPETITORS, THERE IS A GREAT EXODUS OF CONSTITUENTS -- மம் ce say A NEAR FATAL BLOW FOR LACKADAISY ITSELF. BY 1927, ONLY A SMALL FACTION OF ATLAS' CREW AND A HANDFUL OF STEADFAST PATRONS REMAIN. THE ORGANIZATION STRUGGLES TO SURVIVE. MAY 2700091 Copyright 2006 Tracy J Butler Lackadaisy 521-1927 NX21 AND SO, WHILE THE REST OF THE CITY AND MUCH OF THE WORLD CELEBRATE THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS... lackadaisycats.com ...CERTAIN OTHER INDIVIDUALS ARE PREOCCUPIED WITH THE SPIRITS IN ST. LOUIS. CAPTAIN KEHOE! DUCKY. HOW'S OLD' MUDDY MISS TREATING YOU THIS FINE DAY? YOU? AGAIN? Copyright 2008 Tracy J Butler AND WHATEVER QUARREL YOU HAVE, SETTLE IT HERE. 2 GLAD TO HEAR IT. AH, CONCERNING YOUR CARGO IF I COULD HAVE THE WHERE AND WHEN.... TOMORROW. AFTER MIDNIGHT. ENTRANCE TO ENGLISH CAVE. I DON'T WANT IT ON MY HANDS. C'MON! JUST HOW MUCH LIQUOR DO YOU NEED TO SUSTAIN THAT RIVERSIDE SHANTY YOU CALL AN ESTABLISHMENT? AS A MATTER OF FACT, I DID...BUTI BETI STILL HAVE MORE THAN Y.. ALL OF IT. DIDN'T YOU SWALLOW ENOUGH TEETH LAST TIME WE TALKED ABOUT THIS? OH, HELL YANK lackadaisycats.com

The comic would later go on to earn four awards from the 2007 Web Cartoonists Choice Awards: Outstanding Artist,[6] Outstanding Character Rendering,[7] Outstanding Anthropomorphic Comic,[8] and Outstanding Newcomer.[9] The comic was also nominated for "Best Digital Comic" at the 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.[10] The webcomic series went into hiatus in early 2020 to focus on a Kickstarter campaign for an animated pilot.

Kickstarter Campaign

On March 16th, 2020, a Kickstarter was launched for a animated short which adapted one of the comic's storylines focusing on Rocky, Freckle, and Ivy. On April 17th, 2020, the campaign ended after reaching a total of $330,256, which was over three times its initial goal of $85,000.[11]

Animated Series

The Lackadaisy animated pilot premiered on the Lackadaisy YouTube channel on March 26, 2023. The pilot (shown below, left) received over 14 million views in over one year. On July 25th, 2023, a teaser trailer for the first season of Lackadaisy was posted to the YouTube channel (shown below, right), which received over 2.2 million views in over ten months.



Online Presence

[WIP]

Search Interest

External References

[1] Lackadaisy (via Archive.org) – Launch!

[2] Lackadaisy – Introduction 1

[3] Lackadaisy – Introduction 2

[4] Lackadaisy – Introduction 3

[5] Lackadaisy – Rumrunner

[6] WCCA 2007 (via Archive.org) – Outstanding Artist

[7] WCCA 2007 (via Archive.org) – Outstanding Character Rendering

[8] WCCA 2007 (via Archive.org) – Outstanding Anthropomorphic Comic

[9] WCCA 2007 (via Archive.org) – Outstanding Newcomer

[10] Comic-Con (via Archive.org) – Nominees Announced for 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards

[11] Kickstarter – Lackadaisy: The Animated Short Film

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