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Help publish the second volume of Pang, The Wandering Shaolin Monk--an award-winning, kung fu adventure graphic novel series! Read more

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Help publish the second volume of Pang, The Wandering Shaolin Monk--an award-winning, kung fu adventure graphic novel series!

San Francisco, CA Comics
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About this project

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

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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.

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    56 backers

    THE SHAOLIN NOVICE - You get Pang Vol. 2, in all its full-color, hardcover glory.

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    55 backers

    THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN- You get Pang Vol. 2 Artist Edition (signed by Ben with a custom sketch of your choosing inside the book!)

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    136 backers

    THE SENIOR MONK - You get Pang Vol. 1 & 2, in all their full-color, hardcover glory.

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    80 backers

    THE KUNG FU GENIUS - You get Pang Vol. 1 & 2 Artist Editions + Eight Herbs Mountain PDF + Your name printed in the Thank You section of the book!

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    16 backers

    THE IRON CROTCH SPECIALIST - You get Pang Vol. 2 Artist Edition + Eight Herbs Mountain PDF + 3 Postcard Set + Windy Day Print + A Shirt of your choice + Your name printed in the Thank You section of the book!

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    10 backers

    THE SHAOLIN MASTER - You get Pang Vol. 1 & 2 Artist Editions + Eight Herbs Mountain PDF + 3 Postcard Set + Windy Day Print + Your name printed in the Thank You section of the book!

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    15 backers

    THE OUTLAW OF THE MARSH - You get Pang Vol. 1 & 2 Artist Editions + Eight Herbs Mountain PDF + 3 Postcard Set + Windy Day Print + Riverboat Print + A Shirt of your choice + Your name printed in the Thank You section of the book!

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    2 backers

    THE TRAVELING MERCHANT - RETAILERS only! You get 10 signed books (in any combination of Vol. 1 and 2 that you desire). You must be a store / store owner.

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    26 backers

    THE SUPREME ULTIMATE FIST - You get Pang Vol. 1 & 2 Artist Editions + Eight Herbs Mountain PDF + 3 Postcard Set + Windy Day Print + Riverboat Print + All 3 Shirts + Team Iron Crotch button + Pang RPG PDF + Your name printed in the Thank You section of the book!

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    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    THE GOLDEN ARHAT - You get everything from The Supreme Ultimate Fist tier + a black and white, high-res, 11 x 14 digital commission

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    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    THE PATRON SAINT OF SHAOLIN - You get everything from The Supreme Ultimate Fist tier + a full-color, high-res, 11 x 14 digital commission

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    1 backer Limited (5 left of 6)

    THE DRUNKEN MASTER - You get everything from The Supreme Ultimate Fist tier + Ben will personally GM (over Skype or Google Hangouts) a three-session campaign of the currently in development pen-and-paper Pang RPG for you and the other pledgers of this tier + Ben will also draw a digital, color picture of your RPG character! If no one else pledges, you’ll play with Ben’s friends!

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    1 backer All gone!

    THE STAR OF HEAVENLY EARTH - You get everything from the Supreme Ultimate Fist tier (or Drunken Master, if you want it) + your name and likeness will be the inspiration for the name and design of a minor character in Pang Vol. 3 (not Vol. 2). Keep in mind that all characters in Pang are Chinese, so that could potentially alter your appearance!

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Funding period

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