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In the world of Terrasfumato, sea apes roam the land, eel-riders stalk the fathoms, and one family is adrift in adventure!
In the world of Terrasfumato, sea apes roam the land, eel-riders stalk the fathoms, and one family is adrift in adventure!
In the world of Terrasfumato, sea apes roam the land, eel-riders stalk the fathoms, and one family is adrift in adventure!
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Sea Urchins Book II

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About Us

Hey, I'm Jason, and I’ve been a cartoonist since I was a kid. Scott has been writing stories since he was a kid. We launched Sea Urchins at The [Myrtle Beach] Sun News in 2001. Scott planted the idea for a comic strip by sending me a copy of Hogan’s Alley Magazine and disappearing for a few months. By the time he'd resurfaced, I'd talked to my editors (thanks Denny, Trisha, and Mike) about about the possibility of a comic strip and a vague notion of its premise. I promised the strip if the writer, Scott, could commit to it. When Scott returned, we set sail.

About Sea Urchins

The Sea Urchins story as told by Rudy the Red, from Book One
The Sea Urchins story as told by Rudy the Red, from Book One

Half obscure early 1900s comic strips, half Popeye, half Little Rascals, and half Scott and Jason, Sea Urchins is a comic done in the classic adventure comics style.

"Olie Unrun always wanted to live a life at sea. Instead, he worked at his dad's fish-oil factory and began the life of a family man. One day, something in Olie snapped and he built a ship in his yard... then he relocated his house to the deck of that ship and christened the whole shebang "The Banana Moon." All Olie had to do was wait for the right storm to lift his house to the sea."

Now adrift, the Unruns piece together each day through a host of uncommon creatures and comic calamities.

Sea Urchins Book One is the first in a series of books collecting the comic-strip adventures of Olie and Ali Unrun, their children: Cuss, Sherfew, Ella, and Darla. 


A Sea Ape watercolor
A Sea Ape watercolor

Sea Urchins also appeared in Penn State's Blue newspaper, and was one of Hogan's Alley's top 25 undiscovered gems. Plan 9 Publishing printed the first Sea Urchins comic strip collection in 2003. Though the print edition sold out long ago, Book One is now available for Kindle.

Sea Urchins Book One
Sea Urchins Book One

About the Campaign

This Kickstarter campaign is to provide us with the means to bring you Book Two, In The Shadow of the Sea Apes. Book Two digs deeper into the Unrun family mythos by introducing the Nauticles, the Eel-Riders, and an adventure focusing on the Sea Apes.

Stretch goals

Every $500 increment will unlock a surprise digital goal.

Every $1000 increment will unlock official swag for everyone donating $50 or more.

$3,850 prints the book, allows for a small advertising budget
$5,000 stretch goal = book plus full color ebook
$10,000 stretch = full color print book two
$15,000 stretch = full color print book two and black and white book three
$20,000 stretch = full color print book two, black and white books one and three
$30,000
stretch = full color print books one, two, and three

The Sea Urchins launch from The Sun News, and Book One in print
The Sea Urchins launch from The Sun News, and Book One in print

Risks and challenges

We didn't need a Kickstarter for Book One, because the Sea Urchins book series was being published by Plan 9 Publishing. Plan 9 went out of business in 2004.

Sea Urchins Book Two is a low-risk venture. The content and design is complete. We might run into problems at press (if they reverse the pages, etc).

Fulfillment is a challenge, as we will be handling that ourselves. But that is a challenge we’re willing to risk, because our goal is to keep the Unrun family afloat! What’s life without taking risks, anyways? If we didn’t think Sea Urchins was something special, we’d be drawing comics with talking animals and teenagers.

We will be using Kickstarter funding to print the book, to fund advertising, and to help with distribution.

If any delays occur, backers can expect honest updates. We will provide regular updates to backers so they will be aware of any issues, and answer messages when we’re able.

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    • PDF book 1
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    • Plus a print copy of The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson
    • Custom sea urchins strip on a topic (situation or gag or otherwise) you suggest

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    • Work with Jason and Scott to create a new character and 3 page comic strip where you have a fun creative opportunity- you will get your name on the back cover of the book.

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    • A 3D-printed Banana Moon (The Sea Urchins ship)
    • Scott will buy you a meal at a hippie cafe in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and we’ll go shoot pool at a nearby bar OR Jason will create an oil painting on canvas of a 8x10 picture of your pet(s) in any setting you choose.

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    • You will get your name above the title, which means your name will appear in any Google or Amazon search. So technically, you’ll be a published author! Amaze your future descendents! Delight your self-esteem! You will also be invited to a major comic convention where you can stand with us at the official Sea Urchins table- we will buy you dinner and weekend convention pass (in the United States, meals, transportation, and hotel are included. Outside of the United States, only meals and hotel are included. Good for one person, only). Jason will also paint a small watercolor of your favorite person. in the world.

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