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For nine months, I worked at a primate sanctuary, where I cooked and cared for monkeys. This is the second issue about my adventures.
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Interior Page from Monkey Chef #2
Interior Page from Monkey Chef #2

UPDATED STRETCH GOAL: $4,000

If we can make it to 4k, then I'm going to reprint 100 copies of Monkey Chef #1, with this revised cover:

New Cover for Monkey Chef #1
New Cover for Monkey Chef #1

Monkey Chef is a collection of short, autobiographical stories about my time spent working at a primate sanctuary in Pretoria, South Africa. I was the chef for both the monkeys and the humans. 

All of the finished pages from Monkey Chef #2. Whew.
All of the finished pages from Monkey Chef #2. Whew.

I lived in South Africa for nine months. My original intention was to make a book of drawings and paintings with stray observations, but after returning home, I realized that all the encounters and experiences I had would be best suited for comics. They were just too strange and particular. 

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Last year I successfully printed the first issue of Monkey Chef #1, which was made possible by the nice folks who donated to my original Kickstarter campaign.

About 80% of my goal is going toward the print costs of the book, and the rest goes toward Kickstarter's fees, taxes and costs for fulfilling rewards.

Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my campaign! 

Monkey Chef #1 Cover
Monkey Chef #1 Cover
Excerpt from Monkey Chef #1
Excerpt from Monkey Chef #1
Excerpt from Monkey Chef #1
Excerpt from Monkey Chef #1
Excerpt from Monkey Chef #1
Excerpt from Monkey Chef #1
Bear and Shark Print
Bear and Shark Print
Manatee and Tortoise Print
Manatee and Tortoise Print
Lion and Giraffe Print
Lion and Giraffe Print
Party Animals Cover
Party Animals Cover
Black Flash CD
Black Flash CD
Example of 5"x7" Painted Commission
Example of 5"x7" Painted Commission
Example of 5"x7" Painted Commission
Example of 5"x7" Painted Commission
Example of 8"x10" Painted Commission
Example of 8"x10" Painted Commission
Example of 11"x14" Painted Commission
Example of 11"x14" Painted Commission

 A big thanks to Jordan Rousseau, Davey K., Ellie Mae Wasserman and Megan Metzger for helping me create the video!! I could not have done it without you guys.

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Risks and challenges

The comic is already entirely finished, so it just needs to be printed. Some issues might come up with the printing schedule, but everything will be done and sent out as quickly as possible. As long as this book is funded, I'll make sure everyone gets what they've signed up for!

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    THEME FROM MONKEY CHEF:
    You'll receive an mp3 download of "Theme from Monkey Chef", performed by The Black Flash. It's a total party hit that the kids will love.

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    Monkey Chef #1 PDF:
    You'll receive a .PDF of the very first issue of Monkey Chef in all of its monkey glory.

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    Monkey Chef #2:
    You'll receive a hot off the press copy of Monkey Chef #2, as well as an original sketch from me!

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    A physical copy of Monkey Chef #2, plus a digital copy of Monkey Chef #1 (PDF)

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    A copy of Monkey Chef #2, a copy of Party Animals, a digital copy of Monkey Chef #1 and an original sketch by me!

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    Shark and Bear Print and Party Animals:
    A copy of Monkey Chef #2, an 11"x15" print of a Shark and Bear in Love (or some sort of romantic dispute). High Quality Xerox on Heavy, 100lb stock, and a copy of PARTY ANIMALS. 20 or so pages of animal inspired debauchery. 5"x"8", black and white on creamy stock.

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    PRINTS:
    A copy of Monkey Chef #2 , plus you'll receive a collection of three different prints by me: Shark and Bear, Giraffe and Lion and Manatee and Turtle. All are 11"x15" on 100lb heavy cover stock.

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    5"x7" Commission:
    A copy of Monkey Chef #2, plus I'll create an original drawing or painting of your choice on a piece of 5"x7" watercolor paper or bristol board.

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    An issue of Monkey Chef #2, and I will film a new video, puppets and all, detailing my method for creating a delicious New York style pizza! This will show you how to get really nice results with your dough and your sauce! You, the Backer, will be mentioned by name, and the script will be centered around your struggle to make the perfect pizza!

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    A copy of Monkey Chef #2, and I'll film a new video, puppets and all, showing you how to make the best of what you have in your fridge. I'll take whatever random ingredients that I have left in my refrigerator and create a delicious meal out of whatever I find. If it happens to be terrible, it will most likely be more hilarious. The script will center around the Backer's struggle to create a meal with no ingredients, so the script will be written around you and your name!

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    8"x10" Painting:
    A copy of Monkey Chef #2 and I'll create an original drawing or painting of your choice on a piece of 8"x10" watercolor paper or bristol board.

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    11"x"14" Commission:
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    SUPER DINNER!
    I'll come to your house, cook you dinner, make you some original art, give you copies of every comic I've made that I have in stock, and show you a slide show of my photos and videos from my time spent in South Africa. (This one is limited to people in Chicago or near the Chicago area. If you really want me to fly to your house elsewhere in the country, we could work something out!)

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    SUPER DUPER PACKAGE, WHOA!
    You'll receive a copy of Monkey Chef #1, #2, Party Animals, an original 11"x14" commission, all of the animal prints, an original drawing by the amazing JOSH BAYER, The Black Flash CD, one copy each of Suspect Device 2, 3, and 4, and whatever other cool stuff I have laying around my studio. I will hook you up!!

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    I'll come to your house and dress up your pets in different costumes to re-enact your favorite films. This is most likely a joke.

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    Monkey Chef #1:
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    A copy of Monkey Chef #2, plus the Black Flash CD. Awesome rock music with album art created by me.

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    Monkey Chef #1 and 2:
    You'll receive a physical copy of both Monkey Chef #1 and #2, plus an original sketch, and a copy of The Black Flash CD.

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    A copy of Monkey Chef #2, a copy of Party Animals, The Black Flash CD and an original sketch by me!

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