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With powers fuelled by the animal kingdom, Earthling is a force for the voiceless. Animal abusers, beware!
With powers fuelled by the animal kingdom, Earthling is a force for the voiceless. Animal abusers, beware!
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In the realm of comics humanity is guarded by many heroes, brave men and women who protect us all from simple crime to astonishing cosmic threats. And we are grateful. Superheroes are important.

But what about the forgotten victims? Where are the heroes who speak up for those who aren't even considered worthy of respect, love, freedom and life? When did Superman rescue an animal from a life of misery on a factory farm? Where is Spider-Man when abandoned dogs are put to death because humans value economics over animal lives? Does Wonder Woman ever concern herself with the fate of innocent creatures on fur farms?

Of course, these heroes are too busy with other priorities. We get it.

Soon the voiceless will have their own superpowered champion. Because they need one. Armed with the abilities of the animal kingdom, Earthling is prepared to do what it takes in order to end centuries of abuse and mass slaughter of sentient non-human beings.
It'll be violent. It'll be epic. And it's about frikking time.

Conceptualizing a vegan superhero was the easy part. Shaping it into a full comic book proved a bigger challenge.
At this very moment the comic is in full production. There is still a lot to do, but we have a fantastic and dedicated team of independent creators on the case. Our schedule allows us to get everything done in time for the book's release in april.

Along with the comic book comes a special Earthling Artbook, slated for the same release date. Many independent comic book artists have contributed their talents to this book, and the result is a glorious collection of over 40 full page illustrations depicting various characters from the Earthling universe.

Unfortunately, making a comic book is more expensive than it may seem, and Dave Brink is investing his own savings in this endeavor. Although the involved artists love what they do, they too have bills to pay. The copies of Earthling will be POD, but will most likely not even allow the project to break even. In order to continue the series, Dave hopes to gather enough support and fundings to pay the artistic team for their hard work.

The second issue will probably also be POD, and again, breaking even on that is very unlikely. But that's okay. Earthling is a labor of love. The product in itself is the goal; to bring the principles of veganism to a new audience, through the action packed adventures of a superhero who dedicates his existence to confronting the horrors of speciesism and carnism.

Producing the second issue of Earthling will take at least the € 2500,- we're trying to collect with this kickstarter. But since we'll be taking care of the printing and shipping costs to supply our appreciated backers their books, reaching this goal will still not see ourselves break even.

Any funding that goes beyond our set target will be used to:
- further finance Earthling issue 2,
- make promotional material and extra prints for comic book conventions and vegan events,
- continue the series and begin pre-production on issue 3, 4, etc,
- translate the book to other languages,
- create a graphic novel collecting the first six issue story arc.

Dave Brink

Earthling: Vegan Warrior is the brainchild of Dutch independent comic book creator and vegan animal activist Dave Brink, and the result of years of frustration and anger towards the cultural mindset of the masses. In the nineties he produced and published various graphic novels in the Netherlands under his own label Genuine Comics, all in cooperation with several other young aspiring artists. He created titles such as Unicorns, Teddy, Pure of Heart, Starlight and Gallant, which were only released in Dutch and German, and were conceptualized before Dave transitioned into his current vegan lifestyle.
After a fifteen year hiatus Dave has now returned to the independent comic book scene and ready to go global with his next project; Earthling: Vegan Warrior. Intentionally, he planned to illustrate the comic himself, but he soon decided to focus his attention on writing, covers and promotional artwork.

Bien Flores

Filipino comic book artist Bien Flores' fascination with art began when he was nine years old and made a mural on his bedroom wall, using only the highest quality of cheap felt tip markers. His sister wasn't very impressed so she told their parents, but instead of punishment, Bien received praise for his artistic talents.
Bien's recent projects include sketch cards artwork for Cryptozoic, Contemporary Pin-ups, Rittenhouse, Upperdeck and Breygent. He also had a career in animation, ranging from projects like the Curious George TV series, Curious George: Monkey on the Run, Little Mermaid 3, to Fox and the Hound 2.
Keep your eyes open for his big break into comics as he tackles interior art for Earthling: Vegan Warrior!

Page layouts by Bien Flores
Page layouts by Bien Flores

Izik Bell

Eventhough Izik is a newcomer to the field of illustration, he has gathered a lot of attention in the past year with his own custom deck of horror playing cards. He worked on indie comics like Micron, and produced artwork for a chibi Ultraman card game out of Japan for a small illustration studio called HMT Studios. Next to designing the illustrations for Grantenier.com, Izik also produced pinups for comic series like Gin Ryu, Carrier Pigeons: War Correspondence, Adam Zero, and did book covers for A Light Shines Through Darkness and No Limits part 1 and 2. With the Earthling project Izik took the opportunity to showcase his skills as a comic book artist.

Gaz Gretsky

NJ native now living in San Jose, CA, Gaz Gretsy specializes in comic books, illustration, caricatures and animation.  His past work includes animation for MTV, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Verizon, Scion, and Pure Storage. He has worked on such comics as: Legends of the Bay, Sales Autopsy, Adventure Race, Buncoman, the Lemonade Stand, VMSight, EEP, and Hero Envy as a  penciler, inker, and/or colorist. Current projects include: Kid Switch (all art) for Reckless side Kick Productions, Earthling (colorist) for Genuine Comics, and writing and illustrating his own book; The Horror A4.

Earthling versus the Carnist!
Earthling versus the Carnist!

Jeremy Scott Browning

Jeremy comes from America's Golden State, California, but this Fresno native is currently living in Nagoya, Japan. In the land of the rising sun, his regular job is teaching Japanese universities students English, but when there's time, he pulls out his pencil (or iPad these days) and draws. His artistic influences are many and varied, but are primarily in American comics, especially in the superhero genre.
And being in Japan, Jeremy also enjoys manga and anime in his free time. Both influences can be seen in his art but lean more towards American comic style. By being part of the collective group Creator's United on Facebook, his networking and artistic challenges allowed him a chance to be part of Earthling.

HdE Ponsinby-Jones

HdE is a UK based comic book letterer, whose work has been described as 'the gold standard for indie press lettering'. And indeed, he has lettered award nominated material , such as the UK small press sensation Lou Scannon and Big Dog Ink's Legend of Oz: The Wicked West, as well as several other of their series, specifically Serusis, Ursa Minor and the acclaimed Shahrazad. Besides lettering, HdE is also the writer and artist behind the space opera Broken Goddess Athena, which is currently being serialized on the web.

Risks and challenges

Earthling: Vegan Warrior #1 will be completed regardless the outcome of this kickstarter. The creative team has been on it for a while and funding comes from Dave Brink's own pocket.

Issue 2 is however uncertain, depending on the interest in issue 1 and the artbook. In case the kickstarter is unsuccessful, production of the second issue of Earthling will be delayed until savings allow it. Earthling #1 took almost two years to get moving, and we're looking forward to speed up the process.

It is our intent to continue this series on a regular basis, which can only happen with enough support from readers and enthusiasts.

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    PDF COPY of PURE OF HEART #1 + DIGITAL EARTHLING POSTER

    Not only will you receive a big, fat THANK YOU for your support, you'll also get a Kickstarter exclusive six page digital comic, written and drawn by Earthling creator Dave Brink, plus a ready-to-print poster sized color illustration of the Vegan Warrior in PDF.

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    EARTHLING: VEGAN WARRIOR #1 DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + PDF COPY of PURE OF HEART #1 + DIGITAL EARTHLING POSTER

    Get the complete first issue of Earthling: Vegan Warrior as a digital download, plus the Kickstarter exclusive six page digital comic Pure of Heart, plus a ready-to-print poster sized color illustration of Earthling in PDF.

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    Get the comic book!

    PHYSICAL COPY of EARTHLING: VEGAN WARRIOR #1

    The first issue of Earthling: Vegan Warrior will be yours, to be delivered at your home.
    You'll also receive the Kickstarter exclusive six page digital comic Pure of Heart, plus a ready-to-print poster sized color illustration of Earthling in PDF.

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    Get the artbook!

    EARTHLING ARTBOOK

    You'll receive the Earthling Artbook, which collects over 40 illustrations depicting characters from the Earthling universe. The book features artwork from various independent comic book artists, including Bill Maus, John Becaro, Bien Flores, Izik Bell, Martinho Duarte Abreu, Jey Soliva, Sean Russel and many others.

    You'll also receive the Kickstarter exclusive six page digital comic Pure of Heart, plus a ready-to-print poster sized color illustration of Earthling in PDF.

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    PHYSICAL COPIES of EARTHLING: VEGAN WARRIOR #1 and the EARTHLING ARTBOOK + DOWNLOADABLE EARTHLING SOUNDTRACK

    Both the first issue of Earthling: Vegan Warrior and the 48 page Artbook will be delivered at your home. No extra shipping costs.

    You'll also receive a DRM-free download of the complete Original Earthling Soundtrack composed by Omnidextrous, and the Kickstarter exclusive Warrior Package.

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    PHYSICAL COPIES of EARTHLING: VEGAN WARRIOR #1 and the EARTHLING ARTBOOK + YOUR OWN PERSONAL SKETCH as PDF

    Both the first issue of Earthling: Vegan Warrior and the 48 page Artbook will be delivered at your home. No extra shipping costs.

    Dave Brink will also sketch a character of your choosing and send it to you as PDF. It could be any individual from the Earthling universe, but perhaps you rather have your own character drawn by Dave? Just let him know, provide some good reference, and he'll take care of it.

    This deal also comes with the Kickstarter exclusive Warrior Package, and a DRM-free download of the complete Original Earthling Soundtrack composed by Omnidextrous.

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    SIGNED POSTER of EARTHLING or PRIMAVERA + YOUR OWN ORIGINAL SKETCH

    Pick one of two available posters, depicting Earthling or Primavera, drawn and signed by Dave Brink. Poster sizes are at least 59.4 x 84.1 cm (23.39 x 33.11 inches).

    Dave Brink will also sketch a character of your choosing and send it along with the posters to your home. It could be any individual from the Earthling universe, but perhaps you rather have your own character drawn by Dave? Just let him know, provide some good reference, and he'll take care of it.

    This deal also comes with the Kickstarter exclusive Warrior Package, and a DRM-free download of the complete Original Earthling Soundtrack composed by Omnidextrous.

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    PHYSICAL COPIES of EARTHLING: VEGAN WARRIOR #1 and the EARTHLING ARTBOOK + SIGNED POSTER of EARTHLING or PRIMAVERA + YOUR OWN ORIGINAL SKETCH

    You'll receive:
    - A physical copy of Earthling: Vegan Warrior #1
    - A physical copy of the 48 page Earthling Artbook
    - A poster depicting Earthling or Primavera (your choice), illustrated and signed by Dave Brink. Poster sizes are at least 59.4 x 84.1 cm (23.39 x 33.11 inches)
    - A sketch from Dave of a character of your choosing, sent along with the posters to your home.

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    YOUR OWN CHARACTER IN THE NEXT ISSUE OF EARTHLING: VEGAN WARRIOR

    Yes, that's right. Whether he or she is a hero or a villain, YOUR character will appear in issue 2 of Earthling. There will also be interaction between your character and either Earthling himself or another prominent character in the story, depending on variables that can not yet be determined. Dave will contact you through email in order to learn about your character and discuss story possibilities.

    Your character will not become property of Genuine Comics or the Genuine Comics universe, and its presentation in the book will be for issue 2 only. Your ownership of the character will be published within the book itself.

    You'll also receive the Kickstarter exclusive Warrior Package, and a DRM-free download of the complete Original Earthling Soundtrack composed by Omnidextrous.

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    ORIGINAL EARTHLING ARTWORK by Bien Flores!

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    Next to everything from the €75 dollar pledge, you'll also receive ORIGINAL and exclusive Earthling artwork by sequential artist Bien Flores!

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