When an experimental platoon of chimpanzee soldiers go AWOL during the Vietnam Conflict guerilla warfare will never be the same...
Hi, my name is Brahm Revel. I write and draw GUERILLAS, a graphic novel published by Oni Press. I'm raising money to complete the second volume in the series.
While my publisher provides a modest advance, the majority of my pay on the book comes after the book is published. To pay day-to-day living expenses until then, I have to keep a day job as a freelance illustrator and work on the book in my spare time. If I can raise the money to pay those expenses outright, I will be able to focus all of my attention on the book instead of having to take any new illustration jobs.
This book is my passion project. I've been working on GUERILLAS since 2007 when the series was originally published as individual issues by Image comics. In 2010 I moved the series over to Oni Press and collected the previously printed issues as the first volume in a series of three graphic novels. Oni Press is a great publisher and I couldn't be happier with their help and guidance. Unfortunately, this is a creator owned book and as a result, a truly independent venture. That's where Kickstarter comes in. This is a wonderful crowd funding platform which allows me to offer you unique rewards, such as sketches and original pages, and in return, you are able to help support an independent artist finish the next chapter of his vision.
For those not familiar with GUERILLAS, it takes place during the Vietnam Conflict and follows an overwhelmed new recruit who accidentally falls in with a platoon of specially trained chimpanzees. Lost in the jungle and with no options but to follow the troop of apes, the new recruit soon begins to question if these chimps are really a stable fighting unit or a volatile pack of animals. GUERILLAS looks at the nature of war, the nature of man, and all the gray areas in between. It's also an action-packed thrill-ride, full of jungle warfare and simian acrobatics.
Here's some critical praise for the story so far:
"Hands down, this is the single best introductory issue I've read all year. Considering the multitude of horrifyingly blatant scenes of violence, its interesting that most of GUERILLAS entertainment is derived from its subtleties- Revel packing substance within the playful disparities between the driving narrative and the action in the panels." - Daniel Crown, IGN. Full review here.
"It's not very often that a book impresses me this much, or that a creator shines this brightly on his first outing, but with GUERILLAS, Brahm Revel has created a lasting title that deserves far more attention than it has yet recieved." - George Marston, Newsarama. Full review here.
"...GUERILLAS is a stylish, thought provoking, and original work of graphic storytelling that helps elevate the form to the next level." - Jason Wilkins, Broken Frontier. Full review here.
Thanks for your continued support!
UPDATE!!! : In addition to the super-awesome 3 color silkscreen print, the $75 reward will now also include an original page (of my choosing) from GUERILLAS V1 as a bonus! For those who already ordered the silkscreen reward, fear not, for you too will also receive a super-fantastic bonus page as well! Cheers!
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pledged of $4,700 goal
seconds to go
Jun 16, 2011 - Jul 19, 2011 (33 days)
Pledge $5 or more
Stickers - A handful of GUERILLAS stickers (3 styles). These are nice quality, 3 color, silkscreened, vinyl stickers.
Pledge $10 or more
Card Sketch - An original brush and ink drawing of one of the chimps on a 4" x 6" index card.
Pledge $20 or more
Signed Book - A signed copy of the second volume of GUERILLAS (150+ pages of story).
Pledge $30 or more
Book with Sketch - A copy of the second volume of GUERILLAS with an original sketch in the book (also signed!).
Pledge $50 or more
Both Books - A copy of GUERILLAS: Vol 1 as well as Vol 2. Both will be signed and have sketches inside. In addition, you will be listed in a special Thank You section of GUERILLAS: Vol 2.
Pledge $75 or more
4 backers Limited (46 of 50 left)
11" x 17" Silkscreened Print - A beautiful 3 color silkscreened print on sturdy card stock featuring your favorite apes. This will be a limited run of 100 and will be signed and numbered. In addition, you will be listed in a special Thank You section of GUERILLAS: Vol 2.
Pledge $125 or more
12 backers Limited (38 of 50 left)
GUERILLAS FUN PACK - This will include both books (V1 & V2, both signed and with sketches), the silkscreen print, and an original page (of my choosing) from GUERILLAS V1. In addition, you will also be listed in a special Thank You section of GUERILLAS: Vol 2.
Pledge $150 or more
An Original Page (NOT featuring the Chimps) - A page of your choice from GUERILLAS: Vol 1, or if you're adventurous, a page of my choice from the upcoming Vol 2. In addition, you will be listed in a special Thank You section of GUERILLAS: Vol 2. (please refer to the links at the left for available Vol 1 pages).
Pledge $250 or more
An Original Page (FEATURING the Chimps!) - A page of your choice from GUERILLAS: Vol 1, or if you're adventurous, a page of my choice from the upcoming Vol 2. In addition, you will be listed in a special Thank You section of GUERILLAS: Vol 2. (please refer to the links at the left for available Vol 1 pages).
Pledge $500 or more
Your likeness drawn into a page of Vol 2 - You will be drawn into a battle scene as a US soldier and receive the original of the page you are featured in. You will also be listed in a special Thank You section of GUERILLAS: Vol 2.