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Bering Strait: a graphic novel by Tom Manning

This 300-page graphic novel about a tribe of Neanderthals explores the true nature and lost history of humanity.

Bering Strait: a graphic novel by Tom Manning

This 300-page graphic novel about a tribe of Neanderthals explores the true nature and lost history of humanity.

$6,724
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About

Bering Strait is a story of tribalism, ideology, and manifest destiny; about the beginning of America; about the true nature and lost history of humanity.

For most of our history, Homo Sapiens walked the same land and competed for the same food with Neanderthals, Denisovans, and the three-foot tall Homo Floresiensis. It is widely believed we are the only humans to survive because we were the most clever. The most creative. The most adept. Perhaps the truth is more sinister. 

This is a story told from the point of view of a Neanderthal tribe in Siberia who call themselves The Awake People. Their elder has received a vision that they have been chosen to inhabit a new land of bounty by following a herd of game East across the Bering Strait. But as they do so, the Awake People find they were not alone in receiving this message.   

Bering Strait isn't a book you read, it's a book you experience. Beautiful, moving, suspenseful, strange, and mind-opening. 

—Elliott Kalan, The Flop House Podcast, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Spider-Man and the X-Men  

“In Bering Strait Tom Manning does again what he did so beautifully in his graphic novel Eric: He takes you back to a past you thought you knew, makes you feel as if you lived there yourself, then makes you question the very experience he gave you. Euphoria into tears.” 

—Michael Green, LoganBlade Runner 2049American Gods  

Since I am the writer, penciller, inker, and letterer of my books, making them is a monastic experience...but the intention in making them is to have them read. So, after starting this book in 2016, it is such a pleasure to finally get this 300 page graphic novel out into the world.

My two previous books, Eric, Runoff, and RACECAR also got their start as self-published projects. What I like about self-publishing is the book I envisioned is exactly what is put in the readers' hands. What I don't like about self-publishing is the huge up-front costs (especially with a book this large). This is why I need your help.      

Pledges of $70, $140, and $195 will receive a Bering Strait shirt. This black cotton tee is available in size S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL     

Reward: Bering Strait shirt

Pledge $100 or more and receive a beautiful two-color silkscreen print poster designed by Tom Manning for the book. Each print will be numbered and signed by Tom Manning.  

Reward: Bering Strait silkscreen poster

Pledges of $80 and $195 will receive a copy of all of Tom Manning's graphic novels:

  •  Bering Strait (printed copy), 283 pages
  •  Eric (printed copy), 392 pages
  •  Runoff (printed copy), 450 pages
  •  RACECAR (PDF download), 210 pages    
Reward: Tom Manning's graphic novels

Risks and challenges

The book has been completed, the printer chosen, and the company helping with the shirt and silkscreen poster chosen. Note that the book, shirt, and poster shown here are mock-ups, and while I will strive to have the final product match the mock-ups, there may be slight differences.

I expect the book to be back from the printers in January, but delays are always possible. All rewards will ship when the books are sent out.

To keep costs down, items will be shipped using economical options over speedy options, so supporters outside the U.S. should expect a longer wait for their packages to arrive. Apologies in advance to supporters outside the U.S. for the high shipping costs, unfortunately the cheapest option for shipping a book this size is still quite expensive.

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