About this project
World War Kaiju is the story of an alternate history, one in which the atom bomb was never created and the ultimate weapon of mass destruction is the Kaiju—fifty foot tall radioactive beasts spawned from the mysterious KAI-235 isotope. Follow the journey of one journalist as he teams up with a retired CIA operative to uncover the truth about the conspiracy behind the monsters...
...who are the architects of the inevitable Kaiju War?
...what is the shocking secret behind the mysterious KAI-235 isotope?
...where did Cuba manage to hide a crab monster the size of an aircraft carrier?
...why are rogue monsters appearing all over the world?
...how long can Tricky Dick keep these truths from the people?
Learn this and more within the pages of World War Kaiju, a graphic monster epic told in six parts!
World War Kaiju is a tribute to the kaiju genre in all its forms (both high and low). This story would never have been possible if not for the visions of Ishiro Honda, Eiji Tsuburaya, Shinichi Sekizawa, and Willis O'Brien. The brainchild of sci-fi author Josh Finney, WWK is a love letter to the golden-age of the kaiju cinema. Brought to life on an epic scale by renowned fantasy artist Patrick McEvoy, it looks back to an era when the world loved atomic monsters, but feared the atomic bomb, and warps history in ways that only men in rubber suits can.
Upon achieving our initial goal of $15,000, World War Kaiju will be an 80 page graphic novel presented in 9x6 landscape or “widescreen” format.
If we make our $35,000 stretch goal your copy of World War Kaiju could go from 80 pages to 200+ pages at no extra charge to you, the backers.
World War Kaiju is unique in that its incentives enhance the telling of the story. For instance, the postcard set contains correspondence from our characters written on the back side. There are propaganda posters, kaiju shelter signs, and a "duck and cover" pamphlet to name a few interactive incentives.
We have been receiving requests to purchase certain items offered as incentives as add-ons and I am happy to announce that the following items can now be purchased separate with your incentive of choice. Just make sure you add the extra amount to your pledge and tell us what it is for when we send out the survey at the end of the Kickstarter.
Additional Copy of World War Kaiju Graphic Novel - $25.00
World War Kaiju Drinking Game Shotglass Set - $20.00
Coffee Mug - $25.00
Metal “What to do in a Kaiju Attack” sign - $35.00
Signed Book Plate - $10.00 (limit 100. first come first served)
As stated previously, World War Kaiju is told in three parts. Included in our stretch goals are two critical benchmarks: $25,000 & $35,000. Hitting these goals will allows us to double or even triple the length of the story in the WWK graphic novel. That said, we also have some other fun unlockable goals such as the the Kaiju Magnetic Poetry Kit, and even classic Bullmark style WWK figures.
Everyone who pledged $55+ will receive a bookmark with their copy of
World War Kaiju.
Everyone who pledges $55+ will receive a kaiju-themed magnetic poetry kit.
Once this goal is unlocked EVERYONE’S copy of World War Kaiju will
DOUBLE in length and contain TWICE as much story content!
Once this benchmark is reached Team Kaiju will hold a vote amongst backers to decide on what WWK monster will have an all-new propaganda poster made of it. All backers who pledge $55 or more will receive a copy of this poster.
Outfit your car, home, or even cubicle with this set of warning, instructional, and decorative stickers from the WWK world. For backers who pledge $55 or more.
Unlocking this goal will TRIPLE the amount of story content to appear
in EVERYONE’S copy of World War Kaiju! That’s right, your book will be
three times as long for the same price of $25.
Full color enamel pin bearing the insignia of the Kaiju Science Task Force to everybody who pledges $55 or more
Who doesn't want a beautiful hardcover book on their shelf? If we reach this stretch goal, everybody's books will be upgraded to hardcover.
Not only does the previous stretch goal get you a hardcover copy of the book but now you will get a beautiful slip case to go around it.
Everyone who pledges $55+ receives a printed edition of the Kaiju
Science Task Force Intel Guide, a 20 page, full-color booklet
detailing all the known monsters of the WWK world, plus a signed
letter from Secretary of Defense James Forrestal, welcoming you to
For everyone who pledged $55+. This is a bonus 48 page graphic novel that collects scenes and events within the WWK Universe. See Dr. Oppenheimer’s reaction when the first kaiju is hatched at Trinity! See Carl Sagan silenced by the CIA when he uncovers the truth about the Kaiju’s origin! Follow young Agent Nick Hampton during the Battle of the Gulf, when Tesladon fought the rogue beast, Monster 10! And witness President Harry S. Truman’s secret meeting with the men from Zillion in the New Mexico desert.
World War Kaiju is the brainchild of author Josh Finney. Known for his books, TITANIUM RAIN and UTOPIATES. Teaming up with fellow writer, Michael Colbert (CRAZY MARY), WWK promises a reading experience unlike any you’ve ever encountered. To capture the sheer scale of a story about 50-foot tall war monsters, Team Kaiju tapped the talents of renowned artist Patrick McEvoy. With more than a decade’s worth of experience illustrating one of the world’s most famous giant beasts, Cthulhu, McEvoy was the perfect choice for WWK. You may recognize McEvoy’s work from products such as: ARKHAM HORROR, Boom Studios: FALL OF CTHULHU, and THE CALL OF CTHULHU.
Read More at WorldWarKaiju.com
Risks and challenges
Fortunately, the obstacles for World War Kaiju are few. Part One of the series is roughly 50% complete—this includes the most time consuming aspect of any graphic novel, which is rendering the art.
The only foreseeable delays would be the following:
1. Printing delays. Since the graphic novel will be printed overseas there is always the possibility of issues related to shipping and getting the book through customs. If this happens, a project can be late by up to three months.
2. Depending on if we achieve certain stretch goals, Parts 2 & 3 will be included in the graphic novel. If this happens, naturally it will take more time to produce the book as neither of these parts have artwork yet. This could push back the release date by up to a year. Then again, backers would also be receiving up to 200+ pages of story, so it’ll be worth the wait.
That said, if the release is pushed back while we complete Parts 2 & 3, Team Kaiju will release the digital versions of the chapters as they are completed to our backers only. We’ll also issue monthly updates on the book’s progress.
3. Artist Patrick McEvoy gets eaten while working with the kaiju involved in the project. If that were to happen, the process of resurrecting his corpse by way of alien cybernetics could take time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Currently the posters are 11x17. If we are able to achieve our stretch goals we will scale them larger.
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