BEAST MODE is a 64-Page, Paperback graphic novel, the first of six in the BEAST MODE series which tells the story of how aliens invade Earth by possessing and mutating the bodies of Earthly beasts! BEAST MODE also comes with its own "read-along" soundtrack, complete with score, sound effects and character voices, no matter what your Pledge amount may be! Tons of work has gone into character design, vehicle and weapon design, and sound design as well! BEAST MODE is not just a long-format comic book, BEAST MODE is an experience!
An Alien Armada emerges from the dark abyss of space, but an invasion begins in our own homes! Across the globe tens of millions are killed invasion day since it is their own pets who are possessed and wage war!
But there are complications to the invasion! Many pets have such a strong bond with their owners that they manage to fend off possession to a point where they remain loyal to their masters and act as protectors and not predators. BEAST MODE follows one such pet and owner in particular: Monique and Rufus. Monique is saved by Rufus, her lovable Polish Lowland Sheepdog, from certain doom when her now-alien pet anaconda almost tears her apart!
BEAST MODE follows Monique and Rufus as they try to survive the hellish landscape as a crazed madman looms in the background. Hordes of possessed alien-animal hybrids pour into human communities from the wilderness and even the sea. How can a small-town girl survive, much less fight back against an alien slaughter! But in BEAST MODE nothing is guaranteed, not even survival.
On top of an Alien invasion, BEAST MODE contends with themes of religion, sexuality, and existentialism. BEAST MODE also looks at the consequences that such an invasion would have on local and global eco-systems. And above all, BEAST MODE examines the behavior of humans during such an invasion, when humans are now the prey. As you can see, BEAST MODE is chock full of new ideas, even cool new tech and weapons such as the SwitchBlade, so it has been a struggle to decide how much to reveal.
Your pledge will go towards the funding needed to print 2,300 copies of BEAST MODE.
It will also cover:
The recording of actor's voices in a professional studio. The recording and mixing of the score and sound design. Sound design equipment and software. The printing of T-shirts, CD's, Postcards, Stickers, Prints on Canvas, Art supplies, the BEAST MODE website, the printing and creation of the BEAST MODE Ashcan, and the printing of the BEAST MODE concept art book.
All materials are KickStarter Exclusive except for the BEAST MODE comic book.
Domestic Backers: Shipping is included with your pledge! It will be USPS. However, if you want delivery via FedEx with tracking and delivery confirmation, please include an extra $20 with your pledge. The $20 FedEx shipping must be added in manually to your pledge. If you change your mind either way, you can edit your pledge in your account. Please send me a note if choose the FedEx route. Thanx!
International Backers: A $60 dollar fee will be automatically be charged to your pledge. The cost will cover FedEx shipping and may include tracking and delivery confirmation. This is to insure that any extra items such as stretch rewards are covered in shipping. Anyways, I will refund the difference between the $60 and the actual shipping fee when that time comes. Thanx!
The pledge rewards are pretty straightforward, however I want to clarify a few details. First, All materials are KickStarter Exclusive except for the BEAST MODE comic book.
For those who pledge at the Rhino Rage! Package or higher, you will get the original PSD file for page 19 as demonstrated above! It will be the PSD for the whole page! You will get some idea on how I worked on that page! No collapsing or merging of layers, every single embarrassing layer is there in all its glory, even patch up layers! Haha!
Beginning with the Furious Chihuahua! Package, backers can have their pets appear in BEAST MODE! They will appear as possessed, mutated animals who will terrorize humans! Just send me pics of up to 5 of your pets, along with names and any notes, I will draw them into BEAST MODE!
For those lucky few who chose the Wicked Walrus Alternate! Package, you and your pet will both appear in BEAST MODE, but as good guys! Your pet will serve as your protector, and you both will appear briefly in BEAST MODE! Just send me pics along with names and any notes!
* Of course, with those packages, you give me the right to use your likenesses for this book only and you forgo and forfeit any claims to royalties, monies, ownership, etc.
As for packages with tattoo design, you have certain Rights to use it. You have the Rights to use the design for your own tattoo or flash for your shop. You do not have the Mechanical Rights to the design, meaning that you cannot just throw the design on a T-shirt and sell it for mass consumption. You also cannot take full credit for the design.
Those who pledge at the Tyrannic Turtle! Package tier or higher, when the BEAST MODE series concludes and is collected in a Hardcover Edition, you will receive that book for free! Shipping costs will also be covered!
And for those who pledge at the Great White Shark! tier, you will get everything included in all previous packages, as each ascending package does, but you will have the option of choosing which 5 pages you want the PSD files! Any 5 pages, you get the PSDs and on top of that you still get the PSD for page 19!
The SwitchBlade is cool! It is a
close-combat weapon with "switch"-able laser templates. So, for
instance, if you need a sword you would slide your fingers across small
nodules on the handle in the combination needed to erect a sword (kinda
like unlocking your Droid phone with the password) and a
semi-transparent laser sword would pop out of the top of your handle!
There are many templates including Swords, Axes, Whips, Ball and Chains,
Staffs and even double sided swords! You can even design your own
custom template. The only tangible part of the weapon is the handle. It
has 3 port holes. One on either end of the handle and the third in front
of the handle which actually shoots bolts of lasers.
Overall my risks and challenges are living life as an artist! It is not easy. You must work hard always and often times work on several different projects at once. Deadlines are a constant point of stress, but I work well under pressure!
With that said, I wish to tell you that I am extremely grateful for all pledges, and am indebted to those who support me! If you are reading this, I hope that you join me with the creation of BEAST MODE because this is not just MY experience, it's OUR experience.
Tyrannic Turtle! Includes Furious Chihuahua package + BEAST MODE T-Shirt + Full Body Commission of any character of your choice (BEAST MODE or otherwise) + Free Hardcover Collected Version of all 6 BEAST MODE Issues! (when becomes available)
Wicked Walrus Alternate! Includes Tyrannic Turtle package + Free Tattoo Design + High Quality Canvas BEAST MODE Print + You & Your Pet appear in BEAST MODE as heroes in lieu of your pet appearing in BEAST MODE as a villain! Your Pet will still be possessed and mutated, but will be your protector!
Great White Shark! Includes Wicked Walrus Package + You & your Pet appear in BEAST MODE + BEAST MODE Canvas Print #2 + BEAST MODE Tote Bag + PDF of BEAST MODE #1 sans lettering + PSD of 5 pages of your choosing!