Greg Lambert is an English teacher based in Kumamoto, Japan. He has been 'thinking' about doing this comic for the last 14 years since he came to Japan. His interests are traveling, kick boxing and talking in the third person about himself.
Dave Mims is an artist based in Pittsburgh, PA. He has 10 years experience in comic books and illustration. His projects have included 'The Infected', 'Scrimshaw' and 'All Hallows Eve'. He is prone to walks on the beach whilst simultaneously eating Chinese food and listening to 80's love songs.
Just a note on the rewards, all funds are in New Zealand dollars. On average the PDF of issue #1 should cost around $5 USD. Please check www.xe.com for more information on current currency rates.
The comic is complete, this Kickstarter is to repay the money that was used to fund it and to help pay for the printing costs. I'm hoping that we exceed the target goal so that the extra funds raised will roll over to issue #2. I'm looking forward to adding a special stretch goal later in this campaign.
As I am originally from New Zealand, I also accept payments in sheep! 2 sheeps will get half a comic (I'm not sure which half). A flock will get you a personalized letter!
The Chaosphere story was inspired from my love of reading American comics from Marvel, DC and Image. As much as I enjoyed them, I couldn't truly relate to the characters geographically or culturally. After a high school friend passed away from cancer, I started to think about my bucket list. Something I have always wanted to do was to make a comic book. With the help of a lot of friends I started working on it and this is how it turned out.
The story is set in the future after Earth's sea levels rose and swallowed islands and nations. A Wyrm was discovered in space and different corporations that had prospered from the rising sea levels offered to help people whose land was about to be lost. The catch was that they were given a time sentence that they needed to complete before being offered the chance to be repatriated back to one of the remaining countries. Those that were fortunate enough to be selected by the different corporations first had to fight in the Koudo wars that had started close to the Wyrm.
We follow the main character, Kurt and his group of Maori and Pacific Island friends as they struggle to make sense out of life after the war. They are on board a mining ship stationed close to the Wyrm where they face the same discrimination as on Earth. There is some respite from daily life in playing Chaosphere. A game that pits two teams against each other in a futuristic battle using medieval weapons. Chaosphere started during the Koudo war and has evolved into the most popular 'sport', with millions of people playing, watching and enjoying the spectacle.
Having grown up in Manurewa, South Auckland I have tried to incorporate characters from Polynesian and Maori backgrounds to help give the comic a more homegrown feel. I'm hoping to share the culture and language of these characters as the story progresses.
There are some cool rewards that will allow you, or someone you nominate to appear in a future issue of the comic. Appearing in a comic has always been a dream of mine, so I am happy to give you the chance too.
Kia Ora and thank you for your time.
Risks and challenges
The first issue of the comic is complete, the main challenge I face with this project is if another earthquake hits my town like the previous two. Barring that, unless something goes wrong in the printing process or shipping to backers, there should be no major problems. Touch wood.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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