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Captain Gaia

Edgy parody of 80s cartoon Captain Planet. In this version, Earth's conservation champion gets extreme makeover and takes on Putin!

Captain Gaia

Edgy parody of 80s cartoon Captain Planet. In this version, Earth's conservation champion gets extreme makeover and takes on Putin!

CA$ 4,900
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11
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, July 24 2014 7:09 PM UTC +00:00

About

Is the environment a concern? More than ever! Are the stories meant to inspire conservation too preachy? Sadly, yes... and mostly to the tune of “Save the bees, save the trees, save the whales, save those snails…”

Can there be a fun and exciting story on conservation? Why not??

How about an edgy comic that parodies the old cartoons ‘Captain Planet’ and ‘Dragon Ball’, packed with pop culture references and starring real-world villain Putin? 

This can happen! With my team, I plan to produce 'Captain Gaia, Issue #0: Reunion', the pilot issue of a possible larger series. This project includes:

  • A comic (Issue #0) - nearly 50 pages. Available as e-book and LIMITED EDITION print - published for this campaign and a fixed pre-order period
  • A compendium - about 80 pages of 'behind-the-scenes' material, such as design notes, original script, inked pages, and coloured pages without the speech. E-book only
  • A website - for promo, character profiles, sample pages, commissioned art, etc.

So if you want a conservation-focused story that doesn't take itself too seriously but still delivers, read on!

The Setting

Note: image subject to further changes
Note: image subject to further changes

Many years have passed since Team Gaia spread their message for saving the environment. After turning edgy and disenchanted, the ‘five special teenagers’ drifted off to pursue their own goals. But now, they are reunited once more to solve an international crisis.

Members of the radical environmental group Code Blue have been captured by the Russian navy, led by Putin himself. Code Blue entered Russian seas only to hold a peaceful protest against Arctic oil drilling, but Putin intends to teach them a lesson…

The Russian fleet soon discovers and attacks Team Gaia. Their only hope is to combine their powers and summon Captain Gaia. However, his personality is a combination of theirs. How will he turn out after all these years?

'Issue #0: Reunion' references a real event spanning 2013-4, when the Russian military arrested Greenpeace protestors against Arctic oil drilling.

The Cast

The 'five special teenagers' chosen to save the planet have abandoned their feel-good optimism and drifted to controversial occupations... 

“Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.”
“Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.”

Kagiso (Element of Earth) – A warlord fighting foreign exploitation in Africa.

“You pigs got nothing on me~!”
“You pigs got nothing on me~!”

Justin (Element of Fire) – Has become a homegrown extremist of sorts in North America. Against the 1%, globalization, corporatism, and so on. 

“Some dealz, you can refuze.”
“Some dealz, you can refuze.”

Lilya (Element of Wind) – Runs the mafia in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Soviet bloc. 

"Don't ask for an easy life; ask for the strength to endure a hard one."
"Don't ask for an easy life; ask for the strength to endure a hard one."

Miki (Element of Water) – Spreads the message of good using her newfound status as a celebrity and porn star in Asia.

“The spirits are restless…”
“The spirits are restless…”

Leticia (Element of Life) – Accepts that s/he is transgender, becomes a shaman, and fights mass deforestation in South America.

"The planet is fine... YOU are fucked!"
"The planet is fine... YOU are fucked!"

Captain Gaia – Grittier and grouchier, the Earth's warrior-spirit reflects Team Gaia’s realist attitudes towards conservation. Now he uses more ‘direct’ methods to spread his message, as reflected by his Dragon Ball-inspired look and George Carlin attitude.  

“You are not born into this world; you are born out of it.”
“You are not born into this world; you are born out of it.”

Ayahuasca – Mother-spirit of Earth who first chose the members of Team Gaia and bestowed their elemental powers. Her name is based on the real mother-Earth spirit in South American shamanistic folklore.

And there’s Putin

“It izz you who are zee terrorists…”
“It izz you who are zee terrorists…”

The Crew

We are three experienced creators working across the Atlantic. Check out our websites and portfolios to see what we are capable of!

Giuseppe Pica (inks/colours)

Portfolio / Website

Giuseppe lives in Rome and has worked in comics since the year 2,000. He writes, draws, inks, and letters; but his forte lies in digital inking and colouring. He has plied his trade with many U.S. publishers, including Image, Viper Comics, Outlaw Entertainment, Th3rd World Studios, Speakeasy, and Ape Entertainment.

Stefano Realdini (concepts/pencils)

Portfolio / Website

A graduate of the International School of Comics in Florence, Stefano offers more than 20 years’ experience in illustration, storyboarding, and advertising. He has designed and illustrated for Italy’s leading publishing houses, such as Tornado Press and Mad Maxx, and worked with established Italian writers such as Marco Innocenti and Giuseppe Di Bernardo.

Johny Tay (story/mastermind)

Portfolio / Website

Born in Singapore and residing in Toronto, I have produced and published several titles internationally. My work has received recognition and one, ‘Seven Years in Dog-Land’, is being produced as a play in the U.S. Beyond comics, I have crafted stories for publishing and entertainment giants such as Blizzard, EA Games, Discovery Channel Magazine, and Reader’s Digest.

The Pitch

We are ready to roll and need your support in making Captain Gaia a reality! Funds will be used for illustrators’ fees, book design, printing, and shipping - the works. 

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Production should take about 4 months and physical copies should be in your mail a couple of months after. Please allow more time if you are expecting commissioned art, signed books, or original pages. 

Check out your possible Reward choices on the right column. All amounts INCLUDE mailing and miscellaneous fees. Printed materials will use recycled or sustainable paper sources. You can also add the poster (for $25) or two extra copies of Issue #0 (for $30) to any Reward choice.

Write me from here or my website if you want to support Captain Gaia in another way, or request a Reward not listed!

Step-by-step guide on signing up and backing Captain Gaia:

1. If you haven't, get a Kickstarter account and pick your payment method

2. Pick a Reward from the list on the right; your card will be charged ONLY IF this campaign exceeds the funding goal and succeeds

3. Watch for updates at every step of the project, here and on my Facebook page

4. Tell everyone you know about Captain Gaia!

Here's a table; Earth image courtesy of NASA
Here's a table; Earth image courtesy of NASA

The Stretch

This is an ambitious project. So we're offering a few extra perks. Also, we have cookies.

Early preview! (reach funding goal in 15 days)

We will complete and deliver the first few pages of Issue #0 within 2 weeks after this campaign ends! These will introduce the story. ALL backers get this special early preview in PDF format!

Expanded compendium! (next $5,000)

Get a first-hand account of the comic production process between three creators coordinating across the world! The digital Compendium will include a new section on how the story and characters were conceived. About 20 extra pages of sketches, iterations, detailed creation notes, and more!

Special preview of Volume 1: Earth! (next $5,000)

We will produce an 8- to 10- page preview of Volume 1 (Earth), the next story in the possible Captain Gaia series! e-book only, sent to ALL backers. Please give us more time for the extra work. Here's a sneak peak:

A secret war brews in Africa. The world’s superpowers have deployed their secret armies to ensure that the continent’s natural resources remain under their control. Kagiso (Element of Earth) fights desperately to defy the poverty and pollution caused by this pillage. At the same time, he needs to stave off challenges from the crazy warlords General Butt Naked, General Peanut Butter, and General Mosquito (yes they are names of actual African warlords!). With the help of the reunited Team Gaia, Kagiso might finally stand a chance…

Credit for future issues! (further excess funds)

Excess funds after all of the above will go into financing future issues. I envision FIVE FULL VOLUMES, each focused on one member of Team Gaia and the political/ environmental issues on his/ her part of the world. 

All stories will be based on real-life events and crises... parodied badly. The volumes are: Earth (set in Africa), Fire (North America), Wind (Eastern Europe), Water (Asia), and Life (South America).

A lofty dream. But we can dream, can we? “Save the bees, save the trees, save the whales, save those snails…”

So if you want a conservation-focused story that doesn't take itself too seriously but still delivers, support Captain Gaia now!

Risks and challenges

With decades of experience and published work between everyone in the team, we can deliver a production of high quality and on time.

That said, it’s just the three of us collaborating from three different cities across the Atlantic, on top of other commitments and day jobs. Personal emergencies and other matters might cause delays. You’ll be fully informed of our progress here and on my Facebook page (facebook.com/Johnyscrapbook).

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    SPECIAL APPEARANCE - Become a character in the story! You have the choice of a CIA agent, U.S. navy crewperson, or Russian fleet crewperson. A total of 10 roles to fill, first-come-first-served. Plus, all content including one extra copy of Issue #0, signed and numbered by Johny (TOTAL LIMIT: 150).

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    INK COMMISSION - We will draw an ink commission of a Captain Gaia character of your choice (LIMITED TO 8). You can even have your likeness on the character instead. This will be showcased on the website with a dedication message to you. You will receive a print signed and numbered by Giuseppe. Plus, all content and one extra copy of Issue #0, signed and numbered by Johny (TOTAL LIMIT: 150).

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    ALSO STARRING: DAVE TUCKER - Become a star in the story! We will star you (or someone of your choice) in the role of Dave Tucker, leader of the radical environmental group Code Blue and held hostage by Putin. We can change this role’s name and/or gender to yours. You will have your own character profile page in the comic and website. Plus, your own full-colour poster and dedication as in the $450 Reward. You'll get the signed ink and pencil of that poster commission. Of course, you get all content and one extra copy of Issue #0, signed and numbered by Johny (TOTAL LIMIT: 150).

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    ALSO STARRING: AGENT SMITHERS -
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