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The Return of the Samurai Slasher puts you right in the middle of an 80s-style slasher story. But do YOU have what it takes to survive?
The Return of the Samurai Slasher puts you right in the middle of an 80s-style slasher story. But do YOU have what it takes to survive?
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1) What is The Return of the Samurai Slasher: A Survive your own Adventure Story?

The Return of the Samurai Slasher is an all-new story, which puts you in the path of the ominous killing machine known as the Samurai Slasher. Your choices dictate what happens, and if you and the other characters in the book survive. 

You drive to a remote cabin in the woods, and quickly start to get set up for a night of partying, but it soon becomes apparent that you and your friends are not alone. You'd heard of the myth of the Samurai Slasher but you never thought it could be true. But after you see him with your own eyes you have no choice but to take action. So... what are you going to do?

Cover design by Samantha Holmlund
Cover design by Samantha Holmlund

Drugs, booze, cops, gore, and a deadly killer samurai are just a page turn away in The Return of the Samurai Slasher.

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Are you new to the Samurai Slasher and unsure what it actually is?  Go to 2 for more information.

Already up to date with the Slasher and want to know more about this specific campaign? Skip to 4 to learn about this campaign.

2) What is the Samurai Slasher?

The Samurai Slasher is a homage to 80s horror - or more specifically 80s slashers. The Slasher made his debut as a comic and has since fought drunken teens, the US army, an undead samurai army, and a koi carp-inspired wizard... 

It's fair to say that the series doesn't take itself too seriously.

Artwork from Samurai Slasher part one - art by Andy Clift
Artwork from Samurai Slasher part one - art by Andy Clift
Artwork from the Samurai Slasher part 2 comic - art by Caspar Wijngaard
Artwork from the Samurai Slasher part 2 comic - art by Caspar Wijngaard

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Want to know more about me (the creator of Samurai Slasher)? Read part 3 for more information.

Do you want to know more about this specific campaign? Skip to 4 to learn about this campaign.

3) Who am I?

My name is Mike Garley and I'm an EMMY nominated writer best known for writing comics for Adventure Time, Wallace and Gromit, as well as creator-owned projects The Kill Screen, Samurai Slasher, and Eponymous.

This will be my first 'book', but I have written several short stories before including stories for Cartoon Network's Adventure Time.

I'm a massive fan of using Kickstarter - for both the obvious financial help it offers, as well as the incredible community that uses it. This is my ninth Kickstarter. I'm really proud that (so far) every project has been fully funded and fulfilled.

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Confused about why there are choices at the end of each section? Skip to 6 to find out more.

Do you want to know more about this specific campaign? Go to 4 to learn about this campaign.

4) What can you expect?

A book perfect for new or existing readers of the Samurai Slasher. You don't need to have read any of his previous exploits, but if you do want to check them out then there's a bunch of pledge levels that allow you to catch up with either physical or digital copies of the comics.

Reviews for the Samurai Slasher one-shot - Late Fees - which is only available as a physical comic.
Reviews for the Samurai Slasher one-shot - Late Fees - which is only available as a physical comic.

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Want to know what you can get for backing this campaign? Go to 5 to learn more about the perks on offer.

Confused about why there are choices at the end of each section? Skip to 6 to find out more.

5) What perks can you get?

There are multiple pledge levels available to you. Below are the detailed breakdowns of what you can expect. If you would like something that isn't mentioned then please drop me a message and I'll do my best to accommodate all requests.

The Return of the Samurai Slasher: Survive your own Adventure DIG. A digital copy of the all-new The Return of the Samurai Slasher Survive your own Adventure book. I'll be working on making the book available in ePub, PDF, MOBI, and potentially more digital formats.

The Return of the Samurai Slasher - Survive your own Adventure. A physical/paperback copy of the all-new The Return of the Samurai Slasher Survive your own Adventure book.

A signed and numbered copy of Late Fees. Late Fees is a non-continuity one-shot comic (which means it's a complete story - not based within the normal world of the Samurai Slasher). The comic itself is currently only available as a physical comic and is limited to just 666 copies. As such it will come signed and numbered. Late Fees is semi-autobiographical and explores my love of the video store experience. It also includes the Samurai fighting hideous monsters...

The wraparound cover for Samurai Slasher Late Fees - art by Lukasz Kowalczuk
The wraparound cover for Samurai Slasher Late Fees - art by Lukasz Kowalczuk

Samurai Slasher book #1. A physical copy of the first Samurai Slasher comic anthology - you can see details of it on its Kickstarter.

Samurai Slasher #1-3. Physical copies of all three comic anthologies. The full series is over 250 pages long and features 20 stories illustrated by a whole host on incredible artists. There's more details of book two here (as well as the 3D stories it includes), and book three here.

Samurai Slasher comic anthology books #1-3 PDF. Digital copies of the three comic anthologies (details above).

Badge pack, mini poster, numberplate, and 3D Glasses. A four-pack of Samurai Slasher pins, the signed and numbered numberplate from Samurai Slasher book 3, a Slasher 3 mini poster, and the 3D glasses for reading the 3D story included in Samurai Slasher book2.

Enamel Pin badge. A hard enamel pin badge - limited to just 100 as they were part of Kickstarter's make 100 campaign

T Shirt. One of the Gavin Mitchell-designed Samurai Slasher T-shirts. Available in Sizes (Chest to fit): S - 34/36" // M - 38/40" // L - 42/44" // XL - 46/48" // XXL - 50/52"

Cameo. Have a character named after you within the book. Various different options are available but there's one constant... The Samurai Slasher is most probably going to get you... Please note, you MUST reply with name/description/and confirmation that I can use your name and likeness within seven days of the Kickstarter finishing or you may lose your opportunity to have a cameo within the story. My aim is to give everyone a sizeable appearance within the book.

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Do you want to know more about what a Survive your own Adventure book actually is? Read on to 6.

Want to know what you can expect from this campaign? Check out 4 to learn more.

Seen enough? Back and share the project if you like the look of it. The END.

Seen enough? Close this tab if you don't like the look of it. The END.

6) What exactly is a Survive your own Adventure story?

The Return of the Samurai Slasher is a (prose) book where you assume the role of one of the main characters. As a character you will get several choices at the end of each chapter (for example: turn to page 35 to search for a weapon, or turn to page 58 to attempt to run and find help), which dictates what you do next. Repeated readings will give you the opportunity to respond in different manners and explore the story in its entirety. Your choices will dictate if you manage to survive your own adventure.

Would you like to know more about this campaign? Head back to 4 for more info.

If you want more details on the perks on offer head back to 5.

Seen enough? Back and share the project if you like the look of it. The END.

Seen enough? Close this tab if you don't like the look of it. The END.

Risks and challenges

I'm currently putting the finishing touches on the book, and - after the Kickstarter finishes and all cameos are added into the book - it will be sent for editing.
I normally use Kickstarter once projects are completed but for this project I will need the funds for editing before I can continue. For this reason I've left a longer turnaround time then I normally need (October) to allow for any unforeseen delays.
Although this is my first 'book' this is my ninth Kickstarter and all previous campaigns have been successfully fulfilled.

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    Pledge £5 or more About US$ 6

    Survive your own Adventure Digital

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    A digital copy of The Return of the Samurai Slasher Survive your own Adventure book.

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    Survive your own Adventure Book

    A physical copy of The Return of the Samurai Slasher Survive your own Adventure book.

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    The Book and a copy Late Fees

    A physical copy of The Return of the Samurai Slasher Survive your own Adventure book, plus a signed and number copy of the Samurai Slasher: Late Fees.

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    The Book and a copy Late Fees

    A physical copy of The Return of the Samurai Slasher Survive your own Adventure book, plus a signed and number copy of the Samurai Slasher: Late Fees.

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    Survive your own Adventure Plus 1-3 PDFs

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    A digital copy of The Return of the Samurai Slasher Survive your own Adventure book, plus digital copies of Samurai Slasher #1-3

    Includes:
    • The Return of the Samurai Slasher: Survive your own Adventure DIG
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    The book, Late Fees and PDFs of 1-3

    A physical (and digital) copy of The Return of the Samurai Slasher Survive your own Adventure book, a signed and number copy of the Samurai Slasher: Late Fees, plus digital copies of Samurai Slasher books 1-3.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    The book, Late Fees, #1 and 2-3 PDFs

    As above but with a physical copy of Samurai Slasher book #1.

    Includes delivery in the UK.

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    • The Return of the Samurai Slasher: Survive your own Adventure DIG
    • A signed and numbered copy of Late Fees
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    The book and all the comics.

    A physical (and digital) copy of The Return of the Samurai Slasher Survive your own Adventure book, a signed and number copy of Samurai Slasher: Late Fees, plus physical (and digital) copies of Samurai Slasher books 1-3.

    Includes delivery in the UK.

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    • The Return of the Samurai Slasher: Survive your own Adventure DIG
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    The book, all the comics and perks

    As above but with 3D glasses, a mini poster, a signed numberplate, and a badge pack.

    Includes delivery in the UK.

    Includes:
    • The Return of the Samurai Slasher: Survive your own Adventure
    • The Return of the Samurai Slasher: Survive your own Adventure DIG
    • A signed and numbered copy of Late Fees
    • Samurai Slasher #1-3
    • Samurai Slasher comic anthology books #1-3 PDF
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    Ultra Pack

    As above but with the limited edition enamel pin badge, and the Samurai Slasher T Shirt.

    Includes delivery in the UK.

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    • The Return of the Samurai Slasher: Survive your own Adventure
    • The Return of the Samurai Slasher: Survive your own Adventure DIG
    • A signed and numbered copy of Late Fees
    • Samurai Slasher #1-3
    • Samurai Slasher comic anthology books #1-3 PDF
    • Badge pack, mini poster, numberplate, and 3D Glasses
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    Cameo

    You can be a character in The Return of the Samurai Slasher survive your own Adventure story. Will you survive? Probably not... Comes with a digital copy of the book.

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    Cameo, a copy of the book and Late Fees

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    Cameo, a copy of the book and all comics

    A cameo in the book as well as a physical and digital copies of the Samurai Slasher survive your own Adventure story, and Samurai Slasher 1-3. And a copy of Late Fees.

    Includes:
    • The Return of the Samurai Slasher: Survive your own Adventure
    • The Return of the Samurai Slasher: Survive your own Adventure DIG
    • Samurai Slasher #1-3
    • Samurai Slasher comic anthology books #1-3 PDF
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    Everything

    As above but with a badge pack, a mini poster, a signed numberplate, the 3D glasses, the enamel pin badge, and a Samurai Slasher T shirt

    Includes:
    • The Return of the Samurai Slasher: Survive your own Adventure
    • The Return of the Samurai Slasher: Survive your own Adventure DIG
    • Samurai Slasher #1-3
    • Samurai Slasher comic anthology books #1-3 PDF
    • A signed and numbered copy of Late Fees
    • Badge pack, mini poster, numberplate, and 3D Glasses
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    • The Samurai Slasher T-shirt
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