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Kun-ghur is Etorea's greatest hero - how far must a father go to prove to his young son that he's equal to the mighty barbarian?
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The mighty barbarian hero, Kun-ghur!
The mighty barbarian hero, Kun-ghur!

The hero: Kun-ghur  

(Sounds like "hunger") Emerging from distant barbarian badlands, armed with the ancient totem Babastyx, Kun-ghur has become the greatest hope that Etorea City can withstand the evil destroyer, Purplex. 

Kun-ghur has enormous physical strength and durability, but his greatest power is his strength of character. His limited vocabulary might suggest limited intelligence, but Kun-ghur has an unmatched raw nobility and gentleness. Kun-ghur never throws the first punch.

The villain, Purplex
The villain, Purplex

The book: Kuma's Hero

Seven-year-old Kuma loves his hero Kun-ghur more than his own father. While Kun-ghur is away from Etorea on a mission with Skylark, Kuma is so desperate for news that he starts missing important events closer to home...  

The book is an all-ages fantasy-adventure comic. "Kuma's Hero" is a tale in the vein of fantasy fiction such as "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" or the films of Studio Ghibli. It's about realising that the people who love you here and now are the greatest heroes in the world. Beyond a fantastic action-based story, Kun-ghur is ultimately about appreciating the heroes around us every day.

The creator

Dan Gilmore is a UX designer by day, and a comics artist after hours. He's been creating self-published comics and webcomics for the past four years. He co-created LUV Comics in 2014, and the acclaimed autobiographical Shell books in 2015 and 2016. The first Kun-ghur book was also co-created and published in 2016.

This book, "Kuma's Hero", has been created with the assistance of Darko Stojanovic (colours) and Ben Cox (original story). 

Kun-ghur's ally, Skylark
Kun-ghur's ally, Skylark

The ask

This is the first time I've come to Kickstarter to ask for your support. 

"Kuma's Hero" is a 40-page comic. The writing and linework are all done. The first 10 pages have been coloured; however the book's wonderful colour artist, Darko Stojanovic, is no longer available - he's super busy thanks to another well-loved Kickstarter project. I'm seeking funding for a colourist to bring life to the remaining pages. 

The funding goal covers the page rates for a new colour artist. 

The reason

When I show people the difference between the finished linework and the finished colours... the feeling is electrifying. Their faces light up. It’s the best feeling. 

Darko’s colours have brought this fantasy world to life. His colors bring a charisma and warmth to each and every page.  

When I’m writing and drawing Kun-ghur, it’s all about evoking the childlike joy in adventure and fantasy - in believing in a better world filled with inspiring heroes and evil warriors. I want that joy to continue. I want you to share that feeling as we fund a new colourist.

Kun-ghur needs colours. Comparison of linework and colours.
Kun-ghur needs colours. Comparison of linework and colours.

Risks and challenges

I'm currently negotiating with a new colour artist. What this means is that the book will proceed with an untested creative relationship. The creative briefs are written, the mood boards are prepared; I'm confident my 20 years of experience as a designer, artist, and teacher will be useful in establishing a healthy and mutually rewarding creative dynamic.

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    Your pledge will be rewarded with a high-resolution PDF copy of the completed book, Kun-ghur: Kuma’s Hero.

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    The Book plus PDFs

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    A print for your wall

    In addition to the rewards from previous tiers, you’ll receive a special A2 full-colour print of artwork from Kun-ghur: Kuma’s Hero. Limited numbers available, and only available to shipping addresses inside Australia.

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    A4 sketch commission

    In addition to the rewards from the tiers below $100, you’ll receive a one-of-a-kind A4 greyscale sketch commission artwork by Kun-ghur artist Dan Gilmore. Limited numbers available, and only available to shipping addresses inside Australia.

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    Detailed commission

    In addition to the rewards from the tiers below $100, you’ll receive a one-of-a-kind A4 colour commission artwork by Kun-ghur artist Dan Gilmore. Limited numbers available, and can be shipped to international addresses.

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    Appear in the next Kun-ghur book

    In addition to the rewards from the tiers below $100, your likeness will appear in the next Kun-ghur book, plus a high-resolution print of your page. Choose from a pirate-like character, or a blue-skinned winged hero character.

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Funding period

- (30 days)