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KFS is the 1st issue of a high school, hip-hop, martial arts comic mixtape featuring gangsta banchōs, kung fu kids, and martial mayhem!

*10/31/12 UPDATE #1: THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE KFS! KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN! THANKS TO YOU GUYS WE ARE ABLE TO MAKE KFS#1 A REALITY!* 

*UPDATE #2 (Indiegogo Inquiries): There have been a few inquiries hitting my inbox from some Indiegogo folks who wanted to donate but were not able to do so. So I'll be activating a KFS! Indiegogo campaign within the week (or next) with the same rewards offered on the Kickstarter! Look for the link and access in the KFS Kickstarter's updates section and at the KFS Tumblr and my dA account.*

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For those of you that pledged originally we're glad you're back and for those here the first time - - welcome to the world of

kung fu
Noun: Chinese (Mandarin) gongfu, skill, art

swagga
Noun: A very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive gait or manner.

The Swag
Noun: A transcendent power that only a select few martial artists possess. 

15 year old Jason Stonewall and his father, Raymond Stonewall return to the American town of Brickhaven after a year long training sojourn overseas in the East. Now the young martial arts prodigy must deal with his first day as a freshman in high school, b-boy bullies, girls, Brickhaven High's most notorious gang, the SHO'GUNNZ and their menacing leader, the Banchō Gangsta - - FA'SHO

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                                   THE COMIC

Kung Fu Swagga! (also known as KFS!: Welcome 2 Brickhaven EP) will be a monthly, black and white (with tones), six-issue, 22-32 page mini-series (depending on the success will lead to a possible ongoing). Aimed to teens and adults.  

If you like movies,comics and animated series like Barry Gordy's The Last Dragon, Sharknife, Kung Fu Hustle, the Scott Pilgrim series, Ranma 1/2, Samurai Champloo, Tenjo Tenge, Black Dynamite, The Boondocks - - then KUNG FU SWAGGA is is for you!

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                        THE CAST OF KUNG FU SWAGGA!

THE STONEWALL FAMILY: A martial arts family that's spanned for decades. The current head of the Stonewall School of Martial Arts, Raymond Stonewall, a powerful yet emotional martial artist leaves the reigns of responsibility to his son, Jason. 

The Stonewall's Kuroryu-ken (aka Black Dragon Fist) martial arts style is a hybrid of various martial arts such as Japanese Karate, Brazilian Capoeria, and Kung Fu which utilizes the best aspects of each. Jason's style is the "Soft Style" which relies on speed and agility, uses free-running, break dance-like moves along lightning fast kicks and punches. "Hard Style" utilizes hard stiff blows and kicks, grappling,along with short powerful bursts of to incapacitate a opponent. "Middle Style" is a combination of both the Soft and Hard styles.

Raymond Stonewall, Kuroryu-ken Jūdan and Head of the School
Raymond Stonewall, Kuroryu-ken Jūdan and Head of the School

RAYMOND "RAY" STONEWALL: Born of African American, Japanese and Chinese descent, Ray is the father of four, husband of Keisha, and proud owner of Stonewall Dojo, which he passes to his son, Jason. A strong and powerful martial arts master, who always preaches about the way of a martial artist to his family, even sneaking surprise (yet ineffective) attacks at Jason. Despite his childish and sometimes selfish nature, Ray is a sensitive, emotional, loving (if not mature) father and husband who is sometimes prone to uncontrollable crying fits.

Keisha Stonewall
Keisha Stonewall

KEISHA STONEWALL: Mother of four, wife of Ray, and the Dojo's bookkeeper and accounts manager. Keisha is the stong willed,doting mother and voice of reason and (sometimes) sanity in the Stonewall household always reigning in Ray and his childish ridiculousness. She is the glue that binds the family together. 

Jason Stonewall, heir the Stonewall School
Jason Stonewall, heir the Stonewall School

JASON STONEWALL: The main protagonist. Short tempered, brash, and cocky with a heart of gold describe Jason. A teenage martial artist skilled in Kuroryu-ken Soft Style, Jason feels it's his duty to use his skills to protect those who can't protect themselves. Having just returned to his hometown of Brickhaven from a year-long trip from the East with his father, has been enrolled to Brickhaven High. A martial arts prodigy and proud about that fact Jason will not use his skills against those who are weaker than him.

Jason is made the default pick as heir to the Stonewall Kuroryu Dojo by his father after the eldest son, Mace refuses. While Jason's relationship with his father is good, he doesn't like living under the shadow of his more talented and capable, older brother and is quick to prove himself when not necessary. 

Mason "Mace" Stonewall
Mason "Mace" Stonewall

MACE STONEWALL: The eldest Stonewall sibling, like Jason , he was trained in the martial arts and exceeds his brother in power and skill but has none of his passion for it. Mace was top dog at Brickhaven High, he was popular and well liked by his peers but hated by Fa'Sho. More interested in academia, Mace eventually graduated and is attending at Cosmpolis Universtiy far from Brickhaven. He refuses his father's offer to run the Dojo and now are estranged. 

Devon Stonewall
Devon Stonewall


DEVON STONEWALL: The second eldest Stonewall, and the only daughter of Ray and Keisha Stonewall, Devon is a popular junior at Brickhaven High and the older sister to Jason and Kenyon. Though not a martial artist, Devon is a beautiful, clever, headstrong young woman with a weakness for the latest fashion trends and gift of gab.

Kenyon Stonewall
Kenyon Stonewall

KENYON STONEWALL: Youngest Stonewall sibling, Kenyon is a second grader in Brickhaven Elementary. Kenyon is curious, very intelligent, and courageous for his age but he is also an avid gamer and has a very short attention span.

                             

                            BRICKHAVEN HIGH SCHOOL 

Fa'Sho
Fa'Sho

FA'SHO: The main antagonist of Volume 1. Violent, arrogant, and a true bully, Fa'Sho is the terror of Brickhaven High and Sho'Gunn Supreme of the Sho'Gunnz Gang, whose sole desire for total domination of BHS. Years prior, Mace and he were bitter rivals and kept his bullying in line but now that he's gone to college, has made his play for dominance. 

BT Boxx
BT Boxx
Popp Lok
Popp Lok

Despite his thuggish appearance and rough exterior, Fa'Sho is a powerful brawler and street fighter. Flanked by his two cronies, b-boys Popplok and BT Boxx , Fa'Sho strongly despises Jason due to his relation to Mace, spending his time trying to goad him into fighting him. 

Alex Moore
Alex Moore

CLEOPATRA ALEXANDRIA "ALEX" MOORE: A saracastic yet free spirited tomboy, Alex becomes Jason's first and best friend since returning to Brickhaven and is in his homeroom at school. She may also harbor a crush on our hero.



SAMMY, DJ, AND XXL:

Samuel “Sammy” Pierce: The Leader
Samuel “Sammy” Pierce: The Leader
Xavier “XXL” Tuisamoa: The Muscle
Xavier “XXL” Tuisamoa: The Muscle
Dalip Patel, Jr. aka “DJ”: The Brains
Dalip Patel, Jr. aka “DJ”: The Brains

The afro-haired, hustlin', high school junior Sammy and his cohorts the lovable Grande XXL and the timid DJ are Jason's new "fans" when he arrives at Brickhaven High. Sammy is constantly scheming to get quick cash by charging students to see Jason's fights. 

Marc Anthony Maximillion
Marc Anthony Maximillion

MARCUS "MARC" ANTHONY MAXIMILLION: Younger brother of the CEO of Maximillion Industries, Ceasar Augustus Maximillion, and Devon's classmate. Marc is the noble Student Council President at Brickhaven High, a position that was given to him due to his family's vast influence. Marc's a practitioner of Tae Kwan Do and wary of Jason and his feud with Fa'Sho. 

Scheherazade DeMure of the Crestmire Academy
Scheherazade DeMure of the Crestmire Academy

SCHEHERAZADE DeMURE: The mysterious representative of Brickhaven's rival high school, the Crestmire Academy. What is her purpose at the school? Who is she working for? How does this all connect to Jason? 

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                              THE KICKSTARTER 

Now for all of you have followed and were backing the original Kickstarter for the full color Issue 1 and is wondering, "What happened?". Under the original plan to produce KFS #1 in full-color we did our best with the resources we had to get the word out and generate interest and donations and weren't able to. It was tough decision but I have also decided that going for a full-color comic wasn't going to be feasible and decided it was necessary to clean the slate, trim the fat, and start over again with a much more feasble goal that I know we can reach. Maybe we'll try a color editon again but as of now, it's not in the cards.

The the number one priority is to use the funds that you kindly donate to go toward production costs to complete KUNG FU SWAGGA! #1 and to give supporters some cool rewards along the way! 

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                               THE CREATORS

 KFS! is written and created by Adrian Thomas Engmann with art by the Indonesian wunderkind Erwin Prasetya (BLADE BUNNY webcomic, D-Messages), cover art by the highly talented Andres Blanco (GO TEAM BATSU JUMP!), phenomenal cover colors by the awesome Andrew Poole, and skillful lettering by the impeccable Frank Barbiere (FIVE GHOSTS)!

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Adrian's Twitter Account and KFS! Tumblr!

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Here's a Eight Page Preview of KFS! Issue 1 

Here we have the covers( and the variants) and the b&w pages, one of the stretch goals we will be pushing will to publish KFS #1 with the colored pages (as seen below)

Issue 1 Cover by Andres Blanco and Andy Poole
Issue 1 Cover by Andres Blanco and Andy Poole
Cover Variant by Erwin Prasetya
Cover Variant by Erwin Prasetya
Issue 1 Black and White Variant Cover
Issue 1 Black and White Variant Cover

THE COLORED VERSION

        Want to find out more? Donate today and get the full story! 

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UPDATE 10/2/12: Well, we successfully made goal - - thank you to everyone who contributed to this project's success! YEAH BUDDY!

                  GOAL: $500 (ACHIEVED!) 
                Original Funding Goal Successful! 
                STRETCH GOAL UNO: $1500 
              Issue 1 gains 13 new pages of story!

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                             NEW REWARDS UNLOCKED!!!

                      NEW VARIANT COVERS

KFS! #1 Cover (D): BRAWL by Prasetya and Poole
KFS! #1 Cover (D): BRAWL by Prasetya and Poole
KFS! #1 Cover (E): Kandoken by Steve Mack
KFS! #1 Cover (E): Kandoken by Steve Mack

KFS!: NEW RIVALS Poster - Only 10 will be made and comes with a personally signed copy of KFS#1!

KFS New Rivals Poster!
KFS New Rivals Poster!

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I plan and doing a lot more during this campaign so be on the lookout! I also want to say thank you for visiting my page and implore you to spread the word - - LET'S GET KFS! MADE!


Danke,

ADRIAN!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

tThe challenge and risks is getting the word out and attention for the comic, we want it to be a success and we want people to enjoy what we create. I aslo think getting this published (self or not) is going to be a major hurdle because this isn't gonna be everybody's cup of tea. But I have faith in my book and in my team and we will succeed! This all new to me being a virtual newbie in this endeavour and it's also a major learning experience as well.

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