What are we funding?
This Kickstarter is to hopefully collect Unshaven Comics' first original, independently produced graphic novel... The Samurnauts: Curse of the Dreadnuts. The book itself is 192 pages, collecting issues #1 - 4 of mini-series, and includes nearly 50 pages of bonus content – never seen before by anyone! This includes:
- 150 pages all from the original issues
- Essays by comic book legends Mike Gold (former DC Comics editor, and founder of First Comics) and John Ostrander (acclaimed writer of the Suicide Squad, GrimJack, The Spectre, Wasteland, and more)
- A never-seen before backup story by Dan Dougherty
- A gallery of pin-ups by Unshaven friends Mikey Babinksi (Star Wars), Javier Avila, Jr. (Freelance Illustrator), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), Wesley Wong (Metal Locus), Don Kramer (Doctor Fate, JSA, Detective Comics), and more!
- Behind the scenes photos from all the Samurnaut model shoots
- Concept to page: how Unshaven Comics makes a comic book
- Other surprises we can't tell you about (cause we're sure we've forgotten something)
What's the story?
The Curse of the Dreadnuts is an all-ages team-action adventure that spans time and space. The Dreadnuts were one of the first enemies Master Al and his Samurnauts ever faced. Now, 1000 years in the future, the Dreadnuts mysteriously resurface with vengeance on their mechanically-altered minds!
As we love to tell our fans on the convention floor... this epic team-action adventure features giant robots, zombie-cyborg pirates, psychic nightmares, team combat, special moves, and of course, the immortal Kung-Fu monkey master leading the charge against an alien-tech-enhanced zombie pirate captain in a fight 1000 years in the making. Sound like fun? We sure hope so!
Who Are The Samurnauts?
The Samurnauts are a team of Samuraui-Astronauts, led by Albert V, an immortal kung-fu monkey master. As an immortal, Master Al has raised numerous teams of honorable men and women to defend humanity from threats from across the universe. This of course includes the zombie-cyborg pirate brigade... the Dreadnuts!
Sample pages, you say?
Watch this little montage. Enjoy!
How about some rewards?
Unshaven Comics is pulling out all the stops to deliver the biggest and best rewards we can possibly offer. Reward packages include:
The Curse of the Dreadnuts Original Graphic Novel – offered in both Digital and Printed formats.192 pages, including the original issues #1 -4 content, as well over 40 pages of bonus material!
Collectible Buttons – A set of 6 of our most popular designs. 2 versions of Albert V, the Samurnauts Symbol of Power, the Dreadnuts Logo, the whole book pitch (because being able to prove all that awesome fits on a pin makes you that much cooler), and how could we not include a giant robot!?
Collectible Stickers – We've got our original pair of Albert V and Captain Blackstar stickers of course... And backers stay tuned... NEW DESIGNS will be added as the campaign goes on.
Fantastic prints taken from the pin-up gallery (including the aforementioned superstars like Don Kramer, Mikey Babinski, Kristen Gudsnuk, Javier Avila Jr., Wesley Wong, and more!). NOTE: We will release more designs as we get funded! The graphic above showcases Wesley Wong's AWESOME print!
A limited edition T-Shirt – What better way to show you world you love the Samurnauts them making them read the pitch right off your chest! Backers will be able to choose from over a dozen shirt colors and black or white ink after funding.
A VERY limited-edition Albert V Figure (with bonus hat and staff!. We're elated to debut this very limited run Albert V, the Immortal Kung-Fu Monkey leader of the Samurnauts, as his own "Pop-Esque" Figurine! He comes in "Astral Projection White", and is individually numbered and boxed!
Original paintings or ink-toned pages from the actual book
Commissioned sketch art from Marc Alan Fishman and Matt Wright! That's right... literally anything you can think of can become a piece of original art! Matt will be offering a full color 9" x 12" commission level, and Marc will do the same, in digital art – allowing you to make a piece as large or as small as you'd like!
An opportunity to become one of the NEXT Samurnauts in future publications!
Add-On Rewards, and Super Size Your Contribution!
While we've tried to accommodate every iteration of reward package we could think of, no doubt you can make it better! Add on any of these items to ensure you're receiving everything you want!
- $10 – One poster print of your choice from our esteemed Unshaven Pin-up Gallery!
- $20 – One limited edition Samurnauts Tee-Shirt
- $30 – One very limited edition Albert V Figurine
- $75 – Digital Art Commission from Marc Alan Fishman. Marc will draw-up anything you desire in glorious digital color, and provide you with a file to print at your discretion!
- $75 – Original Art Commission from Matt Wright! Matt will draw up anything your heart desires, in a 9"x12" full color commissioned piece of original art
And now, for the emotional plea...
As we mentioned above, Unshaven Comics has been working on the Samurnauts now for over 4 years. Over the course of our indie comic publishing journey we've seen 8+ apartment moves, 2 state moves, 2 weddings, 2 births, a dozen day jobs, and an extremely forgiving set of wives / fiancés.
Throughout our journey, we've long said that our success is tied directly to those people we have met at over the two-dozen conventions we've attended – from amazing small shows like the Kokomo Comic Con, to gargantuan mega-cons like the New York Comic Con. The relationships and bonds we've formed with our fans, and compatriot creators has been worth all the work put in.
We're truly proud to be releasing The Samurnauts: Curse of the Dreadnuts, and we're hopeful that with your help... this graphic novel will become a success. We've put in 1000 man hours to make this book. We can't wait to get it into your hands.
How About Some Thank Yous?
Our sincere thanks go out to Mikel Pickett and Dan Panol of Rooftop Sessions Chicago for the video production. Thanks to Yoni Limor for the animation help. Thanks to Eric Abarbanell for his 3D modeling of the Albert V figurine. Thanks to Ben Krygsheld for production of the Albert V Figurine. Big thanks to Past Times Comics & Games in Niles, IL and The Zone Comics in Homewood, IL for use of their awesome shops to film. Thanks to Owen O'Malley for the Samurnauts Theme song. And big thanks to ComicMix and Kraken Printing for production assistance on the actual book!
But way more important than those folks....? Thank YOU for backing this campaign, and for helping us make Samurnauts the awesome property we know it can be.
Risks and challenges
As with anything in independent publishing, the risk comes in the creation in and of itself. We're proud to be partnering with ComicMix Pro Services and Kraken Printing to produce the book.
We have completed over 75% of the book to date. We ensure that we'll keep all backers up-to-date on the production of the book. We are ensuring to have the books and rewards in your hands by January, 2016.
If we are successful in our funding goals, we promise to give weekly updates on production progress, to ensure all backers know we're hard at work. And when we have all the rewards in hand? We'll be sure to let every backer know when their packages are on their way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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