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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, December 8 2018 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.

$2,699
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
66
backers
20days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, December 8 2018 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Tokyo Rose: Zero Hour is a proposed graphic novel based on the true story of Iva Toguri, a Japanese American from Los Angeles, California who visited distant relatives in Tokyo, Japan shortly before the attack on Pearl Harbor, that saw her country not only at odds with Japan, but with her family and herself.

LEFT: Photo of Iva Toguri RIGHT: Concept Character Art by Kate Kasenow
LEFT: Photo of Iva Toguri RIGHT: Concept Character Art by Kate Kasenow

While trapped in Japan, Iva fought the prejudice of Japanese society and it's government, who saw her as an enemy, as she was not willing to denounce her American citizenship and become a subject of the Empire of the Sun. She took a job with Radio Tokyo working in the propaganda department...where she soon became Tokyo Rose, the Siren of the Pacific, charged with demoralizing American troops!

But, did she? 

Who was Tokyo Rose really? What did she stand for? Who did she support? Was she a traitor...or a hero? 

In this proposed 75-page hardcover graphic novel, the answers to these questions will tell the dramatic tale of a woman who fought against all odds and how she went from an American Sweetheart to a "National Traitor" by being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Tokyo Rose: Zero Hour is the joint effort of writer/artist team, Andre Frattino (Simon Says, A Land Remembered) and Kate Kasenow (Form of a Question, An Elegy for Amelia Johnson), who have joined forces to tell this exciting story in graphic novel form. 

Andre, hails from Florida and has spent the majority of his comic career writing and illustrating tales focused on history, legends and folklore. Fresh from his last year's successful Kickstarter, Simon Says: Nazi Hunter, Andre seeks to replicate that success in telling this exciting, but forgotten tale set on the other side of the world during World War II. 

Kate, is from Indiana, the heartland of America. Her seasoned background in comics range from working with publishers like Archaia Entertainment, BOOM! Studios and Oni Press as an illustrator, to a stint editing comics for Comixology in New York City. Recently, she's worked with comic writer and "Jeopardy" contestant, Andrew Rostan on his memoir Form of a Question.

In a world that is still rife with misinformation, inequality and racial/gender prejudices, the tale of Tokyo Rose has never been more relevant than it is today. This story isn't just about an Asian American woman caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time. It's the story of every American today who experiences or witnesses racial inequality, misrepresentation and gender bias. It's the story of an underdog who, despite everything working against them, struggles to survive and doesn't give up. It's the story of the best part of what is America. 

See for yourself! Below are sample pages as well as some character designs from the amazing Kate Kasenow: 

...some saw her as a traitor, and some saw her as a hero...
...some saw her as a traitor, and some saw her as a hero...
...yet who could she turn to for help in her darkest hour?
...yet who could she turn to for help in her darkest hour?

We're looking to raise $30,000 for our Kickstarter. Along the side, you'll see our reward levels, which range from a small donation to a mighty package of specialized rewards. You can participate in any variety of ways, but the more you pledge, the quicker we get to our goal, and the greater the reward to you!

Our stretch goals are pretty extraordinary as well. Each stretch goal achieved brings on a new outstanding artist to our team, who will help make this project that much more special.  

This Kickstarter is aimed to help raise the funds to both develop and produce the 75-page graphic novel adaptation of Iva Toguri's wartime experience. Andre and Kate are looking to raise $30,000. That's a lot of clams, but this is how it's going to be used:

  • $11,250 to support Kate and her time and energy 
  • $6,000 for taxes 
  • $3,000 for Kickstarter processing fees
  • $5,500 for printing in the U.S.A.
  • $4,000 for shipping costs
  • $250 for miscellaneous

The Kickstarter campaign is scheduled to run for 30 days, leading up to the deadline of December 7th, 2018 , the same day a wave of Japanese Zeros hit their target on Pearl Harbor in 1941. 

Assuming the campaign is successful, we hope to have the completed book in the hands of our backers by no later than January 2020. This gives us the time needed to make sure that the book is completed to the highest standards that history demands and our supporters expect...

Risks and challenges

The risk is the usual MO. Money. In order to tell the tale in it's complete form, and give it the "Made in the USA" treatment it deserves, we need to be able to fund the production team and the materials. We're asking for $30,000. It's Kate's and Andre's hope that this story will appeal to fans of World War II history, as well as supporters who continue the fight for social justice and equality.

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