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An action packed love letter to shōnen manga like Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Naruto. Read more

New York, NY Comics
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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on March 21, 2013.

An action packed love letter to shōnen manga like Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Naruto.

New York, NY Comics
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We're incredibly sorry for any suffering or distress we caused. Despite our efforts, we did not check privilege nearly enough when considering this project, and we completely deserved the angry reactions it produced. Please click this link to view our full apology.

What is Shaniqua-No-Ho? 

Shaniqua-No-Ho is a love letter to shonen manga like Dragon Ball, Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece. As of right now, we have our first major story arc entirely written out, but we’ve only managed to get the very first pilot story drawn up which is why we’re turning to kickstarter. 

We are giant nerds. We go to anime conventions, watch anime, read manga, and cosplay. But even more than that, we want to contribute to the fandom that we love so much. We want to create, and we want to show the world what we've made. We want nothing more than to introduce the rest of the world to characters like Big Lips Dorothy, the trailer park ho, and Pimpsferatu, not to mention Shaniqua’s primary antagonist, The Vice Squad, as well as the evil, drug-abusing Gold Diggers syndicate, but right now, we’re stuck. 

Where is the money going? 

We’ve got three chapters finished and digitally published, but our original artist had to leave the project for other engagements. That’s why we’re teaming up with Altercomics Studios to keep the comic going! They've worked with big name comic book publishers like Avatar Press and Tokyopop!

We've already commissioned some sample pages from Alter Comic studio, and they're ready to go to draw the rest! There are tons of scripted pages ready to go; now we just need the funds to produce all of the great stories we have planned out for the future. That said, we’re not crazy. Right now, we’re looking to get the next chapter off the ground. This is how the production costs break down per chapter. 

Cost Per Chapter Breakdown

  • $75 per page: (Art + Greytones + Lettering) 
  • $350 color cover: (Art + Color + Lettering & Graphic Design) 
  • $50 chibi thank you page: (Art +Greytones + Lettering)
  • $100 5% Kickstarter tax

$2000 Per Chapter Cost

If we can raise that much money, we can have our artist get started on chapter 4 right away. Of course, why stop a good thing? If by some amazing feat of awesomeness you wonderful people push us over our goal, every additional $2000 we get raises enough money for another chapter! In other words, all the money we raise is going right to producing more shonen parody goodness and delivering it to the world as soon as possible! 

So what is shonen? The Japanese word shonen directly translates to young boy. Shonen manga are comics for young boys much like western superhero comics were originally targeted towards young boys. Generally most titles tend to follow a very similar story structure that revolves around three recurring themes: friendship, struggle, and victory.

Every shonen story revolves around this template and usually features a main protagonist that wants to be the best at something. Eventually they learn that being the best or the most powerful isn’t the most important thing in the world.  When this happens, their main motivation changes from just becoming stronger to protecting friends and important loved ones. 

The beauty of this template is that it can be used for just about anything. I’m going to be the best martial artist! I’m going to be the best boxer! I’m going to be the best shamen, soccer player, bowler, basketball player, curry cook, card player, photographer, ninja, pirate, tennis player, or mafia boss! The possibilities are endless as long as you stick to the three core themes. The main idea behind Shaniqua-No-Ho is simple. How far can you push this formula? 

What if you took something really awful and heinous like the world of prostitution and reflected it through the ridiculous prism of shonen storytelling where the power of friendship overcomes all boundaries? Well it might look a little something like this: 

Like so many other shōnen heroes, Shaniqua Robinson is trying her best to chase her dream. She wants to be the best ho in the whole world, but just like being a pirate in One Piece or a ninja in Naruto, being a ho in Shaniqua’s world has nothing to do with selling sex for money. A Ho in Shaniqua’s world are like an MMA fighter, Miss America, and Jedi master all rolled up into one. They defend the world from rampaging monsters that burst out of people's pants. Of course, hos aren't alone in the fight. They often work with pimps, men and women who form special bonds with their crotch monsters and command them in battle. Unfortunately being a ho or a pimp ain’t easy because they all have to deal with the Vice Squad, an army of fanatics sworn to wipe out crotch monsters, hos, and pimps.

In addition to selling digital copies of our comic, all the pages will eventually be posted up on our website (www.shaniquanoho.com) for free.  We'll post a page each Monday, so either way everyone will get to get to check out all of the comic pages produced if this Kickstarter campaign is successful, but to encourage funding we’ve up come up with some great rewards.

Reward Tiers

Client - $1 

  • Your name will be included on a special Kickstarter thank you page. 

Working Girl - $5

  • DRM-free PDF copy of chapters 1-3 
  • DRM-free PDF copy of Chapter 4 (plus any stretch goal chapters)
  • Your name included on a special Kickstarter thank you page.  

Bronze Pimp- $10

  • Personalized shout out
  • DRM-free PDF copy of chapters 1-3 
  • DRM-free PDF copy of Chapter 4 (plus any stretch goal chapters)
  • Your name included on a special Kickstarter thank you page.  

Silver Pimp- $25

  • 5 page stand alone script featuring you as a filler character in self-contained Shaniqua-No-Ho story. 
  • DRM-free PDF copy of chapters 1-3 
  • DRM-free PDF copy of Chapter 4 (plus any stretch goal chapters)
  • Your name included on a special Kickstarter thank you page.  

Call Girl- $50

  • Kickstarter exclusive commemorative Shaniqua-No-Ho wooden plaque.
  • DRM-free PDF copy of chapters 1-3 
  • DRM-free PDF copy of Chapter 4 (plus any stretch goal chapters)
  • Your name included on a special Kickstarter thank you page.  

Courtesan- $75

  • Specially printed and signed copy of the original T.V. treatment for Shaniqua-No-Ho used as a basis for everything in the comic.
  • Copies of the very first Shaniqua-No-Ho sketches.
  • DRM-free PDF copy of chapters 1-3 
  • DRM-free PDF copy of Chapter 4 (plus any stretch goal chapters)
  • Your name included on a special Kickstarter thank you page.  

Gold Pimp- $100

  • Limited edition signed comic printed for inclusion in the Butt-Numb-A-Thon 2012 festival gift bag.
  • DRM-free PDF copy of chapters 1-3. 
  • DRM-free PDF copy of Chapter 4 (plus any stretch goal chapters)
  • Your name included on a special Kickstarter thank you page. 

Platinum Pimp- $150

  • Become a background character in Shaniqua-No-Ho.
  • DRM-free PDF copy of chapters 1-3 
  • DRM-free PDF copy of Chapter 4 (plus any stretch goal chapters)
  • Your name included on a special Kickstarter thank you page.  

Madam- $250

  • Become a ho! Have your likeness used as the basis for a unique side character in Shaniqua-No-Ho with real dialogue and everything! 
  • DRM-free PDF copy of chapters 1-3 
  • DRM-free PDF copy of Chapter 4 (plus any stretch goal chapters)
  • Your name included on a special Kickstarter thank you page.
Be A Pimp- $250
  • Become a pimp! Have your likeness used as the basis for a unique pimp side character in Shaniqua-No-Ho with real dialogue and everything! 
  • DRM-free PDF copy of chapters 1-3 
  • DRM-free PDF copy of Chapter 4 (plus any stretch goal chapters)
  • Your name included on a special Kickstarter thank you page.

The Mega Gary/ Mary Sue Special- $1000

  • Have your original self-contained five page filler story line drawn out. 
  • DRM-free PDF copy of chapters 1-3 
  • DRM-free PDF copy of Chapter 4 (plus any stretch goal chapters)
  • Your name included on a special Kickstarter thank you page.

The Hyper Mega Gary/ Mary Sue Special

  • Have your original self-contained five page filler story line drawn out. 
  • Special 1 hour Skype conversation with the two authors. 
  • DRM-free PDF copy of chapters 1-3 
  • DRM-free PDF copy of Chapter 4 (plus any stretch goal chapters)
  • Your name included on a special Kickstarter thank you page.

The Ultimate Super Spoiler Gary/ Mary Sue Special

  • Have your original self-contained five page filler story line drawn out.
  • Special 1 hour Skype conversation with the two authors
  • 1 hour access to the core script so you can load up on spoilers and taunt all your friends.
  • DRM-free PDF copy of chapters 1-3 
  • DRM-free PDF copy of Chapter 4 (plus any stretch goal chapters)
  • Your name included on a special Kickstarter thank you page.

STRETCH GOALS 

  • $4000 = LOCKED. Chapter 5 illustrated 
  • $6000= LOCKED. Chapter 6 illustrated. 
  • $8000= LOCKED. Chapter 7 illustrated

GOD TIER REWARDS

  • $10,000 = LOCKED. Chapter 8 illustrated and website moves to updating on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday (3 pages a week) schedule. 
  • $15,000 = LOCKED. Chapter 9 illustrated and special secret reward will be unlocked and made available for all backers. 

Risks and challenges

There are very few risks for this project. The story is already written. The artist is ready to go as soon as funding is procured. Our main delivery method is digital, and the entire infrastructure has already been established. All we need is funding, and we can get back to the business of making this comic as quickly as possible.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    $1 reward

    2 backers

    Client - Your name will be included on a special Kickstarter thank you page.

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    $5 reward

    4 backers

    Working Girl - You will receive DRM-free PDF copies of chapters 1-3 and chapter 4 (as well as any stretch goal chapters). Your name will also be included on a special Kickstarter thank you page.

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    $10 reward

    2 backers

    Bronze Pimp - We’ll give a personalized shout out to your creative endeavor such as your blog, website, or Deviant Art account on our social media accounts (blog, Facebook, and Twitter). Of course if you don’t have a personal project, we'll shower you with complements and say really nice things about you! This level also includes DRM-free PDF copies of chapters 1-3 and 4 (plus any stretch goal chapters) as well as inclusion on a special Kickstarter thank you page.

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    $25 reward

    2 backers

    Silver Pimp - We will write a five page stand alone script featuring you as a filler character in an original self contained Shaniqua-No-Ho story and post it on the blog for all the world to see. You'll also get DRM-free PDF copies of chapters 1-3 and chapter 4 (as well as any stretch goal chapters). Your name will be included on a special Kickstarter thank you page.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $50 reward

    0 backers

    Call Girl - You'll get an awesome Kickstarter exclusive commemorative plaque featuring Shaniqua herself burned onto wood using LASERS!!! You'll also get DRM-free PDF copies of chapters 1-3 and chapter 4 (as well as any stretch goal chapters) and inclusion on a special Kickstarter thank you page.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
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    $75 reward

    0 backers

    Courtesan - This is the humble origins pack! It includes a specially printed and signed copy of the original Shaniqua-No-Ho TV treatment used as a basis for everything in the comic plus copies of the very first Shaniqua-No-Ho sketches. You’ll also get DRM-free PDF copies of chapters 1,2,3 and chapter 4 (plus any stretch goal chapters) and inclusion on a special Kickstarter thank you page

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $100 reward

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    Gold Pimp - You'll receive a limited edition signed comic printed for inclusion in the Butt-Numb-A-Thon 2012 film festival gift bag! There are only a few of these left, and they will not be printed again! This level also includes DRM-free PDF copies of chapters 1-3 and chapter 4 (plus any stretch goal chapters) as well as inclusion on a special Kickstarter thank you page.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $250 reward

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    Madam - Become a ho! Have your likeness used as the basis for a unique side character in Shaniqua-No-Ho! You'll get lines of dialogue and everything! This tier also includes DRM-free PDF copies of chapters 1-3 and chapter 4 (as well as any stretch goal chapters) and inclusion on a special Kickstarter thank you page.

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  • You selected
    $250 reward

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Become a pimp! Have your likeness used as the basis for a unique side character in Shaniqua-No-Ho! You'll get lines of dialogue and everything! This tier also includes DRM-free PDF copies of chapters 1-3 and chapter 4 (as well as any stretch goal chapters) and inclusion on a special Kickstarter thank you page.

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  • You selected
    $1,000 reward

    0 backers

    The Mega Gary/Mary Sue Special! Have your original self contained five page filler storyline drawn out. You'll also receive DRM-free PDF copies of chapters 1-3 and chapter 4 (as well as any stretch goal chapters) and inclusion on a special Kickstarter thank you page.

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    $1,500 reward

    0 backers

    The Hyper Mega Gary/Mary Sue Special! Have your original self contained five page filler storyline drawn out and get a special 1 hour Skype conversation with the two authors! You'll also receive DRM-free PDF copies of chapters 1-3 and chapter 4 (as well as any stretch goal chapters) and inclusion on a special Kickstarter thank you page.

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  • You selected
    $2,000 reward

    0 backers

    The Ultimate Super Spoiler Gary/Mary Sue Special! Have your original self contained five page filler storyline drawn out! You'll also get a 1 hour Skype call with the two authors and special access to the core script for a full hour so you can load up on spoilers to taunt all your friends with! You'll receive DRM-free PDF copies of chapters 1-3 and chapter 4 (as well as any stretch goal chapters) and inclusion on a special Kickstarter thank you page. Finally, you’ll get a signed Shaniqua-No-Ho t-shirt, a handwritten thank you letter from both of the writers, and signed copy of original Shaniqua-No-Ho treatment!

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