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Love and Monsters is an Anthology of comic shorts and songs about monsters dealing with the riotous nature of love.
Love and Monsters is an Anthology of comic shorts and songs about monsters dealing with the riotous nature of love.
115 backers pledged $4,181 to help bring this project to life.

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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!

Final Product

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:

Shawn Atkins

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.

Goo Girl and Robot page by Shawn Atkins
Goo Girl and Robot page by Shawn Atkins

 Jared Catherine

This Green-eyed Monster can't terrorize the populace like the other monsters. An outsider of outsiders, he falls into despair.

Green-Eyed Monster by Jared Catherine
Green-Eyed Monster by Jared Catherine

 Cynthia Lee

In the woods a lone Bear with hands meets a playful Kirin.

Kirin by Cynthia Lee
Kirin by Cynthia Lee

 Virginia Shields

A lowly goblin meets the love of his life in the forest.

Goblin and Sloth page by Virginia Shields
Goblin and Sloth page by Virginia Shields

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!

Nik Furious
www.nickmarino.net/music/

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

Jesse Spillane
http://www.jessespillane.com/

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. 

Sam Star
https://soundcloud.com/man-thing

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.

Rewards

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.

Musician sketch "Sharkhandbirdblog" by Jesse Spillane
Musician sketch "Sharkhandbirdblog" by Jesse Spillane

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.

Monster Patron of the Monster Arts: Stephen Dickson by Cynthia Lee
Monster Patron of the Monster Arts: Stephen Dickson by Cynthia Lee

Add Ons

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. 

http://shieldsink.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/39/

Stretch Goals

Euryale, one of Medusa's immortal sisters
Euryale, one of Medusa's immortal sisters
  • $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
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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.

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    SAMPLE REWARD- Just want a taste of the project? A random pdf of one of the comic stories and their corresponding songs. One of the creators will do a happy dance.

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    PREMIUM PDF/DIGITAL REWARD- You will receive everything in the BASIC PDF/ DIGITAL REWARD and bonus digital stories.

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    EARLY BIRD PHYSICAL BOOK REWARD- In addition to previous rewards, you will receive a physical copy of Love & Monsters and save 5 dollars off of PHYSICAL BOOK REWARD for being an early backer.

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    PHYSICAL BOOK REWARD- In addition to the PREMIUM PDF/DIGITAL REWARD you will receive a copy of Love & Monsters.

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    PHYSICAL BOOK & NON-MUSICIAN SONG REWARD- Everything in the PHYSICAL BOOK REWARD plus a song about your choice of monster made by a non-musician. Choice of Shawn Atkins, Jared Catherine, Cynthia Lee or Virgina Shields. Warning: The non-musicians are non-musicians.

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    PHYSICAL BOOK & MUSICIAN DOODLE REWARD- Everything in the PHYSICAL BOOK REWARD plus a doodle of your choice of monster from a musician. Warning: The musicians are audio artists.

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    PHYSICAL BOOK & SIGNED SKETCH- Everything in the PHYSICAL BOOK REWARD plus a little signed sketch by artist (Shawn Atkins, Jared Catherine, Cynthia Lee or Virginia Shields) in the front of your book.

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    MONSTER VALENTINE REWARD. Everything in the PHYSICAL BOOK REWARD plus a custom made valentine with blank interior for a loved one by artist of your choice (Shawn Atkins, Jared Catherine, Cynthia Lee or Virginia Shields). Valentine can be 8.5 inches by 11 inches or smaller and will be on sturdy card stock.

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    MONSTER PATRON OF MONSTER ARTS REWARD- Everything in the PHYSICAL BOOK REWARD plus your name drawn in monster related letters of your choosing in our "Monsters Patron of the Monster Arts" Section. You will receive a print of your monsterized name, signed by the artist.

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    MONSTER PATRON OF MONSTER ARTS REWARD (PORTRAIT)- Everything in the PHYSICAL BOOK REWARD plus a portrait of you as a monster by an artist (Shawn Atkins, Jared Catherine, Cynthia Lee, or Virginia Shields) based on photo reference. If you wish, your image will be put in the anthology under our "Monster Patrons of the Monster Arts" sections. You will be sent a printed copy of your portrait, signed by the artist.

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    MONSTER PATRON OF MONSTER ARTS REWARD (SONG)- Everything in the PHYSICAL BOOK REWARD plus a song about you as a monster by a musician (Nik Furious, Jesse Spillane or Sam Star). If you wish, your song will be put in our album as a bonus track. Your name will also appear in our "Monster Patrons of the Monster Arts" Section drawn in monster-related letters of your choosing.

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    MONSTER PATRON OF THE MONSTER ARTS (DOUBLE PORTRAIT) - Everything in PORTRAIT LEVEL but with 2 people as monsters by artist of your choice. You will be sent two printed copies of your portrait, signed by the artist. (Extra copies of prints will be 10 dollars each).

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    MONSTER PATRON OF THE MONSTER ARTS (FAMILY PORTRAIT) - Everything in PORTRAIT LEVEL but with 3-5 people as monsters by an artist of your choice. You will be sent three printed copies of your portrait, signed by the artist. For additional persons after 3 add 60 additional dollars each. Limit to 5 person portrait.

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    MONSTER PATRON OF THE MONSTER ARTS (BALLAD) -Everything in the PHYSICAL BOOK REWARD plus an epic 7-ish minute ballad about chosen monster/ theme by musician of your choosing.

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