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A new steampunk fantasy adventure graphic novel, where the human and the magic worlds collide!

Last minute stretch goal! if we hit 12k before the bell rings, all editions of the graphic novel will now be a deluxe edition; we will add a new, additional behind the scenes section to the back of the book, filled with original sketches, animation renders, Pin-ups and stories about how Creature Academy came to be!

New upgrades!:

  • Every copy of the awesome original hardback graphic novel, in addition to the epic 90 page story, also includes a Creature Academy Gallery with some of the top artists (and some of my favorites) providing pin-ups and illustrations (see previous updates for a list).
  • to everyone pledging $30 or more, I will include an issue of a mystery comic I worked on, signed!
  • to everyone pledging $150 or more, I will include the original, out of print, 4 issue run of "The Clockwork Girl" my award winning series, all signed!

If you haven't already, please check out the new video on the home page as I updated it.  If you dig it, please tweet it, share it on facebook, and tell a friend.

I’m very fortunate that my first Graphic Novel, “The Clockwork Girl”, got nice reviews, won a few awards, and is being made into a major animated movie.  I’m now very excited (ie scared, horrified) to bring my second graphic novel, “Creature Academy” directly to readers everywhere, through Kickstarter.

Creature Academy is an all-ages steampunk fantasy graphic novel by Kevin Konrad Hanna (Clockwork Girl), Dave Fagan, Erich Owen (Logan’s Run, I, Robot) and Grant Bond (Clockwork Girl, Tron, Igor).

We're appealing to Kickstarter's comics fans to make Creature Academy a reality. Your support for $30 gets you a signed hardcover edition and signed poster. Higher support get you gorgeous original art from Kevin Konrad Hanna, Grant Bond, or a chance to be in a Creature Academy crowd scene---with your likeness shown "standing in awe" or "fleeing in terror".

Creature Academy honors and subverts the tropes we expect in coming-of-age fantasy and super-hero stories. The young hero is no "Chosen One", and the mentors he finds may not be wise or good at all. We're excited to share this unique story for the first time.

We're offering Creature Academy: The Legacy only to Kickstarter backers and only for a limited time.

ABOUT US:

Kevin Konrad Hanna (series creator/art director, story):

Kevin is an artist and storyteller with credits in film animation, comic books, video games and TV. He's known for the award-winning graphic novel, The Clockwork Girl and the Web comic, Frogchildren, as well as directing the feature film version of The Clockwork Girl.

Dave Fagan (story, script):

Dave spent the 90s as a freelance journalist and won two SPJ awards for humor writing. He then worked for a scary multi-national, but escaped. He is greatly relieved to be writing comics.

Erich Owen (art):

Erich burst onto the scene by winning Tokyopop's Rising Stars of Manga competition with the book, Mail Order Ninja. He's gone on to work on I, Robot, Logan's Run, Tekwars, and more.

Grant Bond (art):

Reuniting with Kevin Hanna for the first time since The Clockwork Girl, Grant's fantastic art can be seen in projects such as: Igor: Movie Prequel, Supernatural  and Tron. 

If you like what you see, please share “Creature Academy” with your friends family and academy on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the 'Like' & 'Tweet' buttons above.

If you want to see more original stories and worlds brought to life, please tell a friend!

Twitter: @frogchildren  Blog: http://frogchildren.wordpress.com/

Grant Bond's Creature Academy Poster!
Grant Bond's Creature Academy Poster!
the trouble is about to start...
the trouble is about to start...
Wes explores the secret city beneath Seattle
Wes explores the secret city beneath Seattle
the toughest kid in Creature Academy has a pink unicorn
the toughest kid in Creature Academy has a pink unicorn
Wes isn't interested in philosophy at the moment
Wes isn't interested in philosophy at the moment

Thanks for checking our little book!  Please follow me on Twitter, my blog and keep checking back here on Kickstarter, where I'll be posting updates and some behind the scenes info on how Creature Academy gets made!

tell a friend!

Twitter: @frogchildren  Blog: http://frogchildren.wordpress.com/

FAQ

  • it's very much a self contained story, with a beginning, middle and end in just the one book, but at the same time it introduces a lot of cool characters and worlds so if this goes well, there will be more Creature Academy books on their way.

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  • In 1889, the Great Seattle Fire destroyed Seattle’s Downtown, rather than repairing much of the damaged buildings, they buried them and built right on top of old Seattle. Although Creature Academy is set in modern day, it takes place in the a fictionalized underground city beneath Seattle, which has an alternate culture of fashion and technology that deviate little from its 1889 origin. It's a mix of Victorian era fantasy and scifi.

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    An original character sketch by Creature Academy creator Kevin Konrad Hanna, deluxe slipcase and signed hardcover edition of Creature Academy, 96 pages. A signed Creature Academy color print starring Wes Mendes and Jack the Leviathan.(Int'l orders, please add $10.) A downloadable PDF of Creature Academy.

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    An original COLOR sketch of a character with creature by Creature Academy creator Kevin Konrad Hanna, a deluxe slipcase and signed hardcover edition of Creature Academy, 96 pages. A signed Creature Academy color print starring Wes Mendes and Jack the Leviathan. (Int'l orders, please add $10.) A downloadable PDF of Creature Academy.

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    Previous rewards + ORIGINAL CREATURE ACADEMY PAGE by artist Grant Bond! This is an incredible deal that we're putting out there as a thank you to the faithful, hurry, there are only 6 available!

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    New Reward! Creature Academy artist, Grant Bond's original art used to make the "Creature Academy" poster and some of his awesome sketches are bundled together as a new reward, please note, this is limited to ONE. Please see update 11 for image. Also please note this does not include previous rewards, so you will have to make an additional pledge if you'd still like the Graphic Novel.

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    An original COLOR drawing (your choice) of two characters AND two creatures in action by Creature Academy creator Kevin Konrad Hanna, deluxe slipcase and signed hardcover edition of Creature Academy, 96 pages. A signed Creature Academy color print starring Wes Mendes and Jack the Leviathan.(Int'l orders, please add $10.) A downloadable PDF of Creature Academy.

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    Previous rewards + You get to be IN Creature Academy, STANDING IN AWE: We will add the likeness of you (OR your child or spouse, friend, etc. w/in reason) to one of the "crowd stands in awe" scenes in Creature Academy itself. We will also thank you on the Acknowledgements Page. An original sketch (your choice) of two characters AND two creatures in action, deluxe slipcase and signed hardcover edition of Creature Academy, 96 pages. A signed Creature Academy color print starring Wes Mendes and Jack the Leviathan. (Int'l orders, please add $10.) A downloadable PDF of Creature Academy.

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    You get to be in Creature Academy TWICE, while (1) FLEEING IN TERROR and (2) STANDING IN AWE: We will add the likeness of you AND another person (child, spouse, friend, etc. w/in reason) to TWO crowd scenes in Creature Academy, a "crowd flees in terror" scene and a "crowd stands in awe scene". We will thank you both on the Acknowledgements Page. An original sketch (your choice) of any character AND any creature posed together, deluxe slipcase and signed hardcover edition of Creature Academy, 96 pages. A signed Creature Academy color print starring Wes Mendes and Jack the Leviathan. (Int'l orders, please add $10.) A downloadable PDF of Creature Academy.

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    Previous rewards + Creature Academy artist and one of my all time favorite illustrators, Grant Bond, will create for you an original, publishable piece of art of what ever you want! You teaming up with Creature Academy, or a cover for your comic, or your RPG character, or your dog, anything (within reason) for up to 3 lucky backers!

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    Previous rewards + You get a comics MENTORING session with Creature Academy's Kevin Hanna and Dave Fagan. We'll assess your original comic script, idea, and/or art. And you'll also get a written story critique from a Hollywood friend of ours who is a professional script doctor. (He usually charges far more, but he's a closet comics geek.)

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    Previous rewards + Spend the day making a comic with Kevin Hanna and Dave Fagan as their guest in Seattle for Emerald City Comicon, airfare within the USA and hotel accommodations paid! You’ll have Lunch with Kevin and Dave, hang out at our booth, and most importantly, you'll create with Kevin and Dave an original, custom one-page comic story to keep forever! Spend the day as a professional comics creator, from beginning to end.

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