My name is Ben Costa. I'm a cartoonist living in San Francisco. I've been working on this comic and publishing it on the web since 2006. In 2010 I put out the first volume with the help of a Xeric award. Now I’m ready to print the second volume!
About the Comic:
Pang, The Wandering Shaolin Monk is a comic about a Buddhist monk in 17th century China named Shi Long Pang, whose temple has been destroyed by the ruling Qing dynasty. Thinking that a couple of his brothers escaped the destruction as well, Pang sets out to find them. There’s kung fu action, drama, comedy, and lots of Chinese history packed into the story. I’ve done my best to give the comic an authentic feel of 17th century China. But the meat of the story focuses on Pang’s struggle as a naive monk trying to cope with life outside of the temple. Along the way he runs into corrupt officials, thugs, bounty hunters, and--perhaps most intimidating of all--a cute girl. Meanwhile, and unbeknownst to Pang, a mysterious group of Qing soldiers searches for one of the books of his temple.
Pang Vol. 1 won a Xeric Award and a 2011 Stumptown Comic Arts Award, and was named a Top Ten Comic of 2010 by Vulture Magazine. Here's what people have to say about it:
“A well researched saga, with wonderfully exciting action sequences.” --Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo
“Historically rich, Pang combines an action-intense personal quest with a philosophical drama to create a different and engaging comic.” --Newsarama
“Ben Costa's PANG began life as a webcomic, but he brings it to book form here in this handsome first collection with help from the fabled Xeric grant. Talk about a worthy recipient--this is a meticulously researched and stunningly drawn piece of work.” --Comics Waiting Room
“It's charming and entertaining and educational...It's an excellent read, and that it's couched in a significant historical context make it that much more worth your time and money!” --Kleefeld On Comics
Video Credits: Filmed and Edited by Luke Sharkey - shukelarkey (at) gmail (dot) com; Music by Darren Korb
Risks and challenges
Most of the risks and challenges for this project have already been dealt with--I'm nearly finished drawing the book, and will turn in the files to the printer by May 1st. The only potential complication would be the turnaround time for getting the books printed overseas. But that wouldn't stop the book from getting into your hands.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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