A year ago, the art collective ApocaLobster was born! We met at coffee shops around Pittsburgh, art jammed, and gushed about our favorite comic book heroes and musicians. We are proud to share with you our first collective project!
The final product will be a perfect bound 70 plus page book and a downloadable album. The majority of the stories will be in full color and the book will be 8.25 inches by 10.5 inches. The anthology will include four comic stories, monster art, and the names and portraits of our Monster Patrons (some of our exciting reward tiers!)
Here are some of our images from the project:
The story takes place in an underwater city where a monster band rocks its heart out. Two of the members, a goo girl and a robot inhabited by a ghost fall in love. Tragically they can never touch, or the robot will short circuit.
This Green-eyed Monster can't terrorize the populace like the other monsters. An outsider of outsiders, he falls into despair.
In the woods a lone Bear with hands meets a playful Kirin.
A lowly goblin meets the love of his life in the forest.
Shawn Atkins http://atkinsportfolio.blogspot.com/
Jared Catherine www.incredimancomix.com
Cynthia Lee http://juniperfloor.tumblr.com/
Virginia Shields http://shieldsink.tumblr.com/
And here are our lovely musicians!
This musician is the creator of the album Brilliant Shower and the Ep Super Wet. His style covers a range from funk to electronic to hip hop beats. His alter-ego Nick Marino is often mistaken for other richer, more corporate Nick Marinos. His surreal email responses to these folks and his comics can be found here at www.nickmarino.net
The pianist from the progressive rock jazz band Eighth Whale. Jazz musicians call Eighth Whale progressive rock and progressive rock bands call them jazz. Whatever it is, we love it. His emotive songwriting and fresh transitions keep us coming back for more.
This guitarist/bassist/pedal effects guru currently hails from the not so far lands of Virginia. He has jammed and created for folk metal band Gnome Hut and for the experimental band Richard Muscle. His energetic improvisations range from hilarious to beautiful.
Those who buy at least the Premium PDF level will also get bonus art and stories. Bonus stories include PDFs of Mean Face by Jared Catherine, Girl with the Instant Camera by Shawn Atkins, Pellinore and the Questing Beast by Cynthia Lee and Virginia is a People Name: Volume 1 by Virginia Shields.
In the rewards we refer to musicians and artists. The musicians available are Nik Furious, Jesse Spillane, and Sam Star. The artists available are Shawn Atkins, Jared Catherine, Cynthia Lee, and Virginia Shields.
Here is an example of a MONSTER PATRON OF THE MONSTER ARTS (portrait). Folks who get this reward can send a sentence long description of what kind of monster they would like to be. Then they can send up to 5 reference photos of clothing, hats, and themselves. They will also receive a print of their portrait. They can add additional copies of print for 10 dollars each.
Add Ons are only available for those who are receiving the physical book. If you would like to purchase an add on, add the add on amount to your reward level cost. We'll send a survey after the campaign is over.
15 dollars- Mini-comic pack! Includes "Words and Phrases for getting around Pittsburgh" by Virginia Shields, "Incredi-Mutt" by Jared Catherine, "Bushido Revolver" by Shawn Atkins, and "Monster ABCs" by Cynthia Lee.
- $3500--Kickstarter Goal
- $3750--One new page by Seth Fronzoli and Shawn Atkins
- $4000--At least 10 new Love & Monsters pdf pages about Euryale, one of Medusa's sisters, in the present day by Cynthia Lee, and about the Last Warrior Hero finding the last Battle Monster by Jonathan Zora and Cynthia Lee, and a new song by Jesse Spillane
- $4500--T-shirts available for purchase
- $5000--At least 5 additional full color art Images printed in Book
- $6000--Additional Printed Comic about Euryale
- $6500--Additional Printed Comic about Last Warrior Hero and Last Battle Monster
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is juggling work, family and art time in order to bring you the best product that we can. None of us are lucky enough to create comics and music full time, but we put a lot of love into our craft.
Kickstarter allows us to address our biggest financial risk, the initial printing costs. Without your support we will not be able to print as quickly. It also saves us the anxiety of taking of the cost out of pocket.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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