There is a house on Fifth Avenue that no one talks about, except in hushed whispers.
Some say it's haunted. Others, that it's a sanctuary for bandits and monsters, or a gateway to Jigoku itself. As with most idle gossip about places best left undisturbed, nothing could be further from the truth. No, something much, much worse has made its home there.
After tonight, people will talk about the house on Fifth Avenue.
Tonight, a sixteen-year old boy will spend the night there.
His name is Yozei… and he is the Emperor of Japan.
Wavemen is an ongoing episodic comic blending Japanese mythology and Heian history.
In Episode 1 we met Momotaro, a troubled young man who fears he became a monster in order to slay the monsters on Oni Island. In Episode 2 we'll see how the world views Momotaro, discovering the ways his legend has grown and diverged from the person Momotaro believes himself to be.
You can also get Episode 1 of Wavemen in this Kickstarter. Each book is written as its own self-contained story. They can be enjoyed individually or as part of a series.
Printed books will be magazine size with full color cover and 50+ pages of gorgeous black and white interior illustrations.
$4,250 - Stretch Goal #1 - Spot Color
In episode one we sprinkled spots of color throughout the book. We'd love to give book two the same treatment!
$5,000 - Stretch Goal #2 - Alternate Cover for Backers Only
Jonas gave us four different ideas when planning the cover and it broke our hearts to pick just one! If we reach this stretch goal, we'll commission him to make another, which will only ever be printed for Kickstarter backers.
Head Writer - Cory Childs
Cory enjoys history and mythology and has embraced the challenge of weaving the Japanese legends of his childhood into the true events of days past. This story has been his passion project for nearly a decade, and he's excited to be sharing the second book with the world.
Co-writer - Robin Childs
Robin Childs is a creator of dark fantasy fiction and comics. When not crafting distressing stories, this obsessive polymath can be found stitching embroidery of Star Trek characters, teasing out themes and plot lines for clients, teaching children to unleash their inner monsters via the magic of the written word, and learning how to play guitar by making up songs about D&D. Robin hopes to emerge from this most recent chrysalis stage with a Clearly Defined Purpose In Life, but barring that would settle for a chitinous outer shell, wings, and a prehensile tail.
Cover artist - Jonas Goonface
Jonas draws comics a bunch and wears the same clothes everyday. He travels a lot, but right now he’s in Northfield, MN. Shout out to his road dogs, couch surfers, water protectors, and dear mother.
Currently, Jonas is illustrating Eseldorf, written by Jackarias and published by Slipshine.
You can find more of Jonas’ work at jonasgoonface.tumblr.com
Interior artist - Jackarais
Jackarais is a Canadian comic artist that draws, explores, and really likes dogs.
Bicycle Boy is Jack's main gig -- a post-apocalyptic adventure comic about a lost cyborg. The protagonist -- a cyborg that calls himself 'Poet' -- cannot recall anything before the day he woke up in the desert, surrounded by corpses. With no memories, no purpose, and no idea what the hell is going on, he sets out to find answers, and gets punched a lot.
The journey, rife with bruises and urban decay, is free to read online at bicycleboy.net
Risks and challenges
This will be the 6th book we've made. We've worked with both these artists and printer before and they have all been excellent, reliable people! While there is always the potential for unanticipated delays, we will maintain communication with our backers and do everything possible to deliver this book.
Currently 35 of the 50 comic pages for Episode 2 are completed. Funds from this Kickstarter would cover the remaining payment to the artists for their hard work, as well as printing costs for the books.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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