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By Kaiju Big Battel
$5,707 pledged of $20,000 goal
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About this project

Hi, first lets start out with what is "Kaiju Big Battel", for those of you who already know skip down past the video. 

From our web site

"Kaiju Big Battel is a modern conflict of epic proportions. Planet Earth is under threat: scattered throughout the galaxy is a monstrous mob of maniacal villains, menacing alien beasts, and giant, city-crushing monsters that are waging war against one another. Presiding over this mayhem is the Kaiju Commissioner, an enigmatic human-arbiter appointed by a clandestine cadre of world leaders to regulate Kaiju rage. If the Kaiju Commissioner doesn't do his job perfectly the entire world could get caught in the crossfire.

Currently, the Kaiju Universe maintains an active roster of approximately 30 monsters, including a sea scented cephalopod named Cycloptopuss, a factory-worker-turned-soup-can called Kung-Fu Chicken Noodle, a dirty hare-sage dubbed Dusto Bunny, Uchu Chu the Space Bug (self-explanatory), and a despicable, square-headed mad scientist known as Dr. Cube. In addition to the Kaiju Commissioner, a few other privileged humans also get a piece of the action, including Referee Jingi, a mustachioed official who enforces fairness and civility in the ring, Anthony Salbino, an urban renewal expert who reconstructs crumbled cityscapes between Battels, and a mouth-running MC."

Doesn't really do it justice maybe you should watch this video

 

OK now on to the project at hand.  

How this project came about. 

Last year was Kaiju Big Battels 20th year. To commemorate this milestone I thought we could do a gallery exhibit featuring the show posters, in chronological order to show the history and evolution of Kaiju Big Battel. We could not find a venue willing to host this retrospective and our anniversary year ended. We reluctantly moved on, but the idea still stuck in the back of my mind, nagging me "What if, What if" 

Recently we have been selling more posters than usual, getting requests for older posters not on our web site, as well as requests for information about the artists and if they have done other posters with us. This brought the poster show nagging back to my mind. I thought about the catalogs that sometimes accompany such shows and thought "Thats it lets just make a book" 

L to R. Posters by Peelander Yellow, Tristan Eaton, Brian Wood, Rand Borden
L to R. Posters by Peelander Yellow, Tristan Eaton, Brian Wood, Rand Borden

About the Book 

mock of book cover
mock of book cover

I have budgeted for the book to be 12 x 12, Hardcover with 120 full color pages. It will be an edition of 1000. If we raise more money the page count will go up as well as adding a dust jacket. 

The book will feature work from Frank Kozik, Tristin Eaton (Kid Robot), Brian Wood (DC Comics) Andy Fish (Batman), Veronica Hebard, Brian Butler, Vinnie Arnone, Rocket North, and more. 

A section of the book will focus on the artist featured in the book. A short bio and hopefully a few words from the artists themselves.

The book will be printed by Printninja, who has an excellent reputation for quality binding.   

Oh and yes we know Battel is spelled wronge.

Where's All My Money Going?
$14,500 will go directly to the printer for printing and shipping the books to NY.
Kickstarter and amazon payments will take about 8 or 9 percent so about $1,400. Rewards fulfillment including the shipping will cost $4,000 crazy I know but books are heavy and shipping ain't cheap. That leaves $100 left to pay the proof reader becuse I can't spell to save my life.

The almighty Stretch Goals 

As I type this I have 180 pages worth of material. The initial $20,000 will cover a 120 page book covering all the live show posters. 

$25,000 

We will up the page count to 144 pages adding all the kaiju Character posters as well as a dust jacket 

$30,000 

Some non-show posters
Some non-show posters

We will up the page count to 180 pages adding all the non-show posters such as the Roster Posters and Dr. Cube propaganda posters 

$45,000  

We will use the money to make Dr. Cube dice. Anyone who pledges over $15 will receive one die if we reach this goal.

 

Risks and challenges

The challenge: sitting down for hour upon hour finding all the files for printing and digitizing the ones not found is almost done, just need to find copies of the three earliest shows. Not so hard, just time consuming, which is why the delivery date is set so far. I could and most likely will get this done sooner.
Getting all the artist to participate in providing bio info may be difficult.

Book is currently 80% finished

The risk: The books will be printed and bound in China so delivery dates could be at risk but Printninja, who is based here in the U.S. has a good rep. so I am not too worried.

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    Original art for "The Danger Awakens" poster. 18 x 22 Pen and ink on bristol board. by Rand Borden. See updates for image

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