It was the decade of Reagan. The Cold War was at its height, cell phones were the size of shoes and the first Apple Mac debuted. Manga had not reached the collective conscience of the comic world in the USA but a little series by a tiny publisher called Antarctic Press and a crazy comic artist named Ben Dunn did a little series called NINJA HIGH SCHOOL that would bust open the flood gates!
Come join me and see for yourself the very beginnings of manga in the USA! It was over 27 years ago, in 1987, that NINJA HIGH SCHOOL became the clarion call to those who never read a "manga" title before.
The NINJA HIGH SCHOOL Textbook is a massive tome with 680 pages of classic NHS stories! See how it all started! See how Jeremy Feeple became the center of attention for the mysterious ninja, Itchy Koo, and the bombastic alien princess, Asrial. Meet the denizens of Quagmire for the first time. Read the first appearance of Magical Mimi the resident witch, the gender bending sushi delivery boy(?) and the power of the Zetramen, as well many others!
Started originally as a 3 issue mini-series, NINJA HIGH SCHOOL (or NHS) exploded into the scene with over 176 issues to date and dozens of spin-off and NHS related titles. NHS has crossed over into SPEED RACER, ROBOTECH and many other series.
So What Do I Plan to Do?
Well, my ultimate goal is to collect the entire NINJA HIGH SCHOOL run into a set worthy of any book shelf. My hope is to finally put in sequential order the whole series including many stories that have never been reprinted. Of course such an endeavor can be quite cost prohibitive. Thanks to supporters like you it is now possible to persue this endeavor. Printing a massive tome such this does take quite a bit but I think it will be worth it.
So What Do You Get?
Above you see the covers of the first 25 issues of NINJA HIGH SCHOOL.
The book itself will be 6"x 9".
Become a supporter! Choose the reward that best suits you!
For the first time, due to popular demand, I have decided to offer some add ons to the above rewards.
Choose the pledge level of the highest-price item you would like. (E.g., if you want a hardcover, please choose the reward for the hardcover level.)
Increase your pledge level by the amount of the add-on you would like to add! For instance, if you pledged for the hardcover reward level and also want a piece of original artwork, just add that amount.)
After the Kickstarter campaign is over, we will contact you personally and then ask what you want for your extra contribution.
Here is what you can currently add by increasing your pledge. (Please note that Kickstarter rules state that we cannot sell you any more than ten of any one item.)
-$12 PAPER DREAMS vol.1 (signed)
-$20 NINJA HIGH SCHOOL V2 full color collection (signed)
-$12 Signed print of one of the following
-$6 NINJA HIGH SCHOOL #176 Kickstarter version
Risks and challenges
I've done 2 other Kickstater projects, PAPER DREAMS and NINJA HIGH SCHOOL V2 collection/NHS #176. Both ended successfully and I have learned so much with each project and wrote to a lot of my backers.
I would like to think that this will end no differently however, I know anything could happen. I am just one person trying to do what I think is what the fans of NINJA HIGH SCHOOL would like as well as attracting those that may never had heard of NINJA HIGH SCHOOL. Doing everything myself has been both a physical and mental challenge but I believe in what I am doing and my hope is that you will enjoy what I put out. I could not do it without the support you have shown me.
- (30 days)