About this project
$9,700 - Hard Cover: The book will be printed as a hardcover. Everyone who pledged for a print copy of the book will automatically receive the hardcover edition!
$10,000 - Dan Buksa Print - Kickstarter Exclusive! All backers who pledged $35 or higher will receive a 9x12 Samurai Grandpa print by Howl artist, Dan Buksa. If you are unfamiliar with Dan’s work, check out the samples at the bottom of the page!
$11,200 - Ojichan and Kitsune - A Tale of Two Lovers: This goal unlocks a 10 page backup story featuring these star-crossed lovers. You’ll get to see their first adventure together.
What is Samurai Grandpa?
An old samurai, a Norse princess, a final, epic quest, and . . . ninja monkeys? These are just a few of the things you'll encounter while reading Samurai Grandpa.
A bit on how it all began:
My wife and I had been driving for a few hours, stuck in GWB traffic on our way to her parents' lake-house in Pennsylvania. She looked over at me and said, "You look like a Samurai Grandpa right now." I have no idea what I was doing or what I actually looked like to prompt her calling me that, but we both laughed and the seed of a story began to germinate. As we waited in the traffic, we chatted a bit about what a character like that would be like. This raw, unformed protagonist could be a lot of things, but we soon learned that ours was skilled, loving, wise, sometimes cranky, and he'd probably have a few secrets and regrets from his past, too.
Oh and he's a samurai, so also he kicks serious ass.
Soon after, Shawn Daley came on as co-creator with some truly amazing and creative character designs, page layouts, and some of the most lovely color palettes ever to grace the pages of a comic book, to help bring this story to life.
Samurai Grandpa is filled with fantastical elements, magic, monsters, myth, lore--but at the core of it all, it's a personal tale about a man at the end of his days, reflecting on the life he's lived and coming to terms with who he is now.
Samurai Grandpa is a 100 page graphic novel created by Eastin DeVerna (Howl) and Shawn Daley (TerraQuill). This Kickstarter will print the book as a paperback unless we are able to raise enough to afford a hardcover. There will be bonus material in the back like Shawn's process, pinups from other amazing comic artists, and more.
It's going to be wild and tons of fun. We hope you'll come along on the adventure!
So, What's it all about?
Well, to start, it's about a samurai, who's also a grandpa. And this Samurai's name just happens to be Ojichan, which means . . . "grandpa" in Japanese.
After a lifetime of adventuring and fighting in feudal Japan, Ojichan decides it's finally time to retire the sword and devote the rest of his days to his family. This is all well and good until his greatest foe from his past returns to haunt him, forcing him to venture out on one last journey to rescue his kidnapped granddaughter.
Along the way, Ojichan will encounter old enemies and new. He'll make new friends from far and distant lands and he'll cross paths with old lovers, perhaps even mend some broken hearts. And he just might finally see, for the first time, the man he truly is, for better or for worse.
Samurai Grandpa is a bit funny, a bit sad, and a bit weird. It's a journey of self exploration and discovery set in a world of magic and mystery.
Characters (some of them)
Ojichan - Samurai, grandpa, tea drinker.
Harumi - Defiant, loving mother, has a secret.
Kitsune - Immortal spirit, shapeshifter, short fuse.
Orochi - Dragon, demon, a real sonnovabitch.
By day, Eastin DeVerna works in international education, but by night, he is an avid comic book reader and creator (Howl). A few of his favorite things include spending time with his wife, gardening, traveling, and Superman shirts. He lives with his wife in New York.
Shawn Daley is a full-time cartoonist and creator of TerraQuill, a series of short comics. Living in Toronto's East end, he spends his days drawing and eating cereal. His nights are probably no different. He has a hamster companion who travels with him on his many adventures around the apartment.
Below is a sample of art by Dan Buksa, the artist on Howl. If we reach stretch-goal #2, we'll be getting an exclusive Samurai Grandpa 9x12 print by Dan!
Breakdown of Costs
Art - $4,020.00 - This is a big, beautiful, colorful book. This portion of the cost allows Shawn to work his magic.
Printing - $3,031.04 - We'll be using Printninja.com to print the book, this is their quote.
Shipping - $800.00 - Cost depends on location, but we're estimating this will cover it.
Kickstarter Fees (8%) - $628.00 Just paying dues.
Total: $8,479.00 - We set the goal at $7,700.00 to reach it faster and will cover some of the cost out of pocket.
What if you make more? - Well, that would be fantastic! We'll look first to recoup any out of pocket costs and hopefully (it'd be a dream come true!) be able to fund a hardcover edition of Samurai Grandpa as a stretch goal.
Risks and challenges
Shawn and Eastin have both completed successful Kickstarters for graphic novels before.
As this is a graphic novel, the only possible delays we foresee for Samurai Grandpa would come from production or printing, but as we continually work on this book, we are confident that we will stick with the timeline we've created.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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