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A man. A shrimp. A world unlike any other! Man-Shrimp Lives! is a 74-page graphic novel set in a vast comics universe. Humor! Pathos!
A man. A shrimp. A world unlike any other! Man-Shrimp Lives! is a 74-page graphic novel set in a vast comics universe. Humor! Pathos!
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WHAT IS MAN-SHRIMP LIVES!

Man-Shrimp Lives! is a 74-page graphic novel about a unique magical creature, Man-Shrimp, the world's most edible hero.
He has been cast astray in a brutal comics universe lorded over by a dark metaphysical squid. His friends have died or vanished, leaving Man-Shrimp to languish and rot on the ocean floor.
As our story begins, Man-Shrimp chooses to rise up from the briny depths! To LIVE! To fight! To stop The Squid once and for all and avenge the deaths of his fellow heroes!

ABOUT ME

I am an educator and writer who has always had a deep love for the art of comics storytelling. I began writing and drawing Man-Shrimp Lives! in January of 2015 (and recently finished the final page), but the characters and situations have been present with me for many years. It is so exciting to finally bring this mysterious world to life!

Imaginative locales...
Imaginative locales...

 

Bizarre underwater denizens...
Bizarre underwater denizens...

 

Strange creatures, besieged heroes, undersea adventures, ramen noodle soup, and TENTACLES!!
Strange creatures, besieged heroes, undersea adventures, ramen noodle soup, and TENTACLES!!

 WHY KICKSTARTER?

I have been publishing Man-Shrimp Lives! online but always intended to make it available as a trade paperback. My art style seems suitable for a larger format than the screen of a cell phone. In fact, the printed version I have budgeted for will be 9" x 12", over 50% larger than the average comic. The printing company I am using specializes in graphic novels, so you can be certain that this will be a high quality product. Feel free to check out their work:

 

 Overall, I believe I'm not alone in wanting to hold this book in my hands and flip through the pages, exploring the vibrant and surreal imagery and reading the tale of a little shrimp-man with a big, bold plan.

Help to keep Man-Shrimp alive by supporting the printing of this volume at one of the following Reward Tiers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

He lives!
He lives!

 

Risks and challenges

Fortunately, there are no risks with this project, as the work has already been completed. The complete 74-page story is finished and ready to print. In fact, I printed a few promo copies of the first half of the story to hand out at Comic-Con San Diego. The stickers have also already been printed.
Printing a smaller version beforehand gave me the opportunity to proof the work and make sure the vibrant colors reproduced well. I may make some adjustments to the cover as well as creating a back cover and writing the intro, but overall I am fully prepared to move forward with printing.

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    SquidSkin Glutton

    You will receive a personal letter of thanks on GorillaBear Comics stationery, along with 2-3 Man-Shrimp stickers! from at least 2 different promotional designs.

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    ShrimpSkin Gourmand

    In addition to a personal letter of thanks and 2-3 Man-Shrimp Lives! promo stickers, you will also receive a PDF version of the full Man-Shrimp Lives! comic, suitable for viewing on your electronic devices and/or tricorders.

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    • 2-3 Man-Shrimp stickers!
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    Man-Shrimp Connoisseur

    You will receive the trade paperback graphic novel, Man-Shrimp Lives! (74 full color pages + introduction by the writer/artist) as well as a personal letter of thanks and the PDF version.

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    Man-Shrimp Cognoscente

    Receive the trade paperback of Man-Shrimp Lives! the PDF, and a personal letter of thanks, as well as 2-3 Man-Shrimp promo stickers in appreciation of your extra level of support.

    Includes:
    • Trade paperback graphic novel Man-Shrimp Lives!
    • 2-3 Man-Shrimp stickers!
    • A personal letter of thanks on GorillaBear Comics stationery
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    GorillaBear Acolyte

    Not only will you receive all the items from the Cognoscente level of support, but you will ALSO receive a limited edition Man-Shrimp t-shirt!

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition Man-Shrimp t-shirt
    • Trade paperback graphic novel Man-Shrimp Lives!
    • PDF of Man-Shrimp Lives!
    • 2-3 Man-Shrimp stickers!
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    Certified Man-Animal

    The trade paperback! The PDF! The stickers! The thank you letter! And the t-shirt!
    PLUS you will also receive a page of ORIGINAL ART from Man-Shrimp Lives!
    AND you will receive certification that you yourself are a Man-Animal along with an original and exclusive ink illustration of that Man-Animal and a digitally-colored version.

    Includes:
    • Page of original art from Man-Shrimp Lives!
    • Limited Edition Man-Shrimp t-shirt
    • Trade paperback graphic novel Man-Shrimp Lives!
    • PDF of Man-Shrimp Lives!
    • 2-3 Man-Shrimp stickers!
    • A personal letter of thanks on GorillaBear Comics stationery
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