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A burned-out Santa Claus finds his Christmas spirit when a zombie apocalypse threatens to destroy the world.
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A burned-out Santa Claus reluctantly embarks on his last chimney crawl but finds his Christmas spirit when a zombie apocalypse threatens to destroy the world.

Meet Santa. He’s having a mid-life crisis. He hates his job and wishes he was doing anything else other than being Santa. He’s just going through the motions and that’s why he doesn’t notice the zombie apocalypse until it’s almost too late. Saved by two kids, he at first tries to get back to the North Pole only to discover that his reindeer have been eaten. On the run and just trying to survive, Santa befriends the kids and falls in love with their recently-divorced mother. Soon Santa rediscovers his Christmas spirit and does everything he can to save Christmas for the kids—even if it means his own death.

Hello there! My name is Koji Steven Sakai, the creator of Santa vs. Zombies!

Santa Vs. Zombies is a natural for me because it is the follow up to my well-received zombie book Romeo & Juliet Vs. Zombies (linked to Amazon). But I don’t just love to write about zombies. I love everything zombie related. I believe I have read every zombie book and seen every zombie movie ever made. Secretly, I’ve been prepping for the zombie apocalypse for many years. Just don’t tell my wife. She probably wouldn’t approve.

But Santa Vs. Zombies is more than just a zombie story. Because at its heart, it’s my way of conveying that all of us—even Santa—sometimes need to be reminded what Christmas is really all about. My hope is that Santa Vs. Zombies is the kind of holiday story that everyone can enjoy.

We've brought it to Kickstarter to help fund the printing of the book. The book itself is COMPLETE. It's a 60 page graphic novel that is completely finished! We just need a little help getting it into print and out into the world!

Right now, we're looking at printing 1000 perfect bound softcovers with 10 pt covers with gloss cover finish and 70 lb text interior gloss pages.

If we reach our goal of $3000 and go beyond, we'll increase the quality of all the books with these stretch goals!

$3500 - 12 pt cover with gloss cover finish.

$4000 - 85 lb text interior gloss pages.

$4500 - 14 pt cover with gloss cover finish.

$5000 - French fold covers added.

$5500 - Hardcovers!

Romeo & Juliet VS Zombies Novel (PDF)

“Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we raise our dead.”

Romeo — the only heir to the Montague name,  a socialite who dreams of making a name for himself as a playwright and  the consummate lover; he seems just as famous for his kissing skills as  he is infamous for his inability to do much of anything else.

Juliet — Capulet heiress, born soldier; in most every way, the  precise opposite of Romeo. She’s spent her entire life trying to find  some way out of her insufferable life as a noblewoman, and so far she’s  had precious little luck.

When a black plague breaks out in the city of Verona, these two  feuding families are met with far more trouble than a mere feud, no  matter how longstanding and bloody that feud has been. In this grim  reimagining of Shakespeare’s most famous tragic romance, Romeo and  Juliet must form an unlikely alliance if they ever intend to survive  being overrun by a horde of ravenous, flesh-seeking un-dead.

442 Graphic Novel (PDF)

Written by Koji Steven Sakai and Phinny Kiyomura, and illustrated by Rob  Sato, “442” is based on one of World War II’s most compelling and  important stories. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was the U.S. Army’s  Japanese American segregated fighting regiment. The 442nd would become  the most decorated unit of the War, and the most decorated unit of its  size and length of service in American history. Even with their families  confined behind barbed wire in American concentration camps, these  soldiers fought to rescue a Texas battalion lost behind enemy lines. A  fictionalized account based on the actual events, “442” follows young  Japanese Americans soldiers as they suffer prejudice, internment and  terrible casualties in in their battle to rescue the Lost Battalion. 

CREATOR - Koji Steven Sakai is the founder of Little Nalu Pictures LLC and the CEO of CHOPSO (www.CHOPSO.com), the first Asian English streaming video service. He has written five feature films that have been produced, including the indie hit, The People I’ve Slept With. He also produced three feature films, a one-hour comedy special currently on Netflix, and Comedy InvAsian, a live and filmed series featuring the nation’s top Asian American comedians. Koji’s debut novel, Romeo & Juliet Vs. Zombies, was released in paperback in 2015 and in audiobook in 2016 and his graphic novel, 442, was released in 2017. In addition, he is currently an adjunct professor in screenwriting at International Technological University in San Jose.

CREATOR - John Mayer is a well-published author both in fiction and non-fiction with three previous novels, two screenplays and a performed stage play. With over twenty non-fiction books published. His latest, Family Fit: Find Your Balance in Life, which was published by Healthy Learning, one of the world’s foremost publishers of instructional materials for health/wellness, fitness, exercise, sports medicine, and camp professionals.

Mayer’s day job as a clinical psychologist specializing in violent behavior has him consulting to law enforcement regularly. With his 10,000 Twitter followers (@DrJohnMayer) (@jemayerbooks) who look to his daily tweets on psychological issues. He is an associate staff psychologist for Doctor on Demand (doctorondemand.com ) as well as a provider (Telemedicine) on DoctoronDemand.

Mayer is also a writer for a cable TV series, The System, that is currently in production with the pilot episode completed. 

WRITER - CW Cooke is a comic  book writer living in the Midwest. He's worked for numerous publishers  such as Image, Devil's Due, Action Lab, Big Dog Ink, Arcana, and various  others. His first two creator-owned series, Solitary (Devil's Due  Publishing) and Stillwater (Action Lab), sold out and were met with rave  reviews. He has successfully launched a number of projects via  Kickstarter and has been featured in even more. 

ARTIST - César Sebastián is a cartoonist, illustrator and designer living in  Valencia (Spain). He graduated from the San Carlos Fine Art School at  the Polytechnic University of Valencia. As an illustrator, he has  created art for book covers, posters, story boards,  advertising and text books. He is also the regular cover designer for  El Nadir Gráfica, a Spanish publisher’s imprint specialized in  historical comics and artwork. As a cartoonist, his work has appeared in  several comics and anthologies, both in Spain and  the USA. He is also cofunder of the comics imprint Inefable Tebeos.

COLORIST - Andy Poole is a British artist who enjoys playing with conventions when  it comes to coloring comics. His work stretches from the small, short  comics like KING AND NO KING published by Image Comics, to the likes of the DEADLY SKIES installation at the Canadian War Museum.

LETTERER - Ed Dukeshire is a graphic artist and Harvey nominated comic book  letterer who has worked in the biz since 2001. He has lettered titles  from mainstream to creator-owned favorites like Hulk, X-Men, Buffy the  Vampire Slayer, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He also owns and  operates the Digital Webbing website, a gathering place for comic creators.

ART DIRECTION & PUBLISHER - Outland Entertainment is a publisher, located  in Topeka, Kansas, with a focus in fiction, comics, original graphic  novels, and games. Beginning in 2008 as a creative services house, we’ve  since worked with clients all over the United States and the world to  bring their ideas, concepts, and projects to life through illustration,  design, and narrative storytelling.

In 2014, we decided to take all our years of experience developing  projects for clients and plunged into publishing our own books and  games. We have a deep passion for trans-media, so the majority of our  projects are planned to be released in different media, comics, graphic  novels, games, and fiction as well.

In 2017, Outland Entertainment acquired Ragnarok Publications and brought an incredible library of intellectual property, anthologies, and a distribution deal through Independent Publishers Group (IPG) into the fold. We are currently in talks with several other distributors to carry our games and comics.

Risks and challenges

Common risks and challenges include poor production planning and unaccounted for shipping headaches. In this case, the production on the book is complete. All art is done and turned in. Lettering is final. And all design is finished. The book is DONE.

The only place where we may run into issues with is printing and fulfillment, as you can never account for printing or shipping delays. Fortunately, we have a reliable printer that we've worked with before. Our printer also offers fulfillment, which again, we've used before. So while it's possible there could be a hiccup with fulfillment, we anticipate that everything will go smoothly.

And in the event that it doesn't, we'll keep you updated. We will commit to bi-weekly updates on the project and we will make sure that you know everything we know.

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