An irreverent kung fu epic set in the mythical land of fast food. Inspired by the greatest Chinese story ever told. And video games. Read more
This project was successfully funded on March 1, 2014.
About this project
Have a Fishy Day!
Equal parts fairy tale fantasy and postmodern fever dream, Monkey Fist is an irreverent kung fu epic, inspired by one of the greatest Chinese stories ever told. It’s the classic tale of one monkey’s obsessive journey through life and madness, set in the mythical land of fast food. Fueled by rage and driven by insatiable ego, Monkey steps out from behind his cash register and into the nightmarish downtown offices of Fishy Burger in search of answers. But it’s a long way to the top of the labyrinthine corporate headquarters, and on his journey he’ll encounter an unlikely cast of maniacs, misfits, and monsters. As reality warps and fantasy takes over, Monkey presses on toward his goal — but is he prepared for what awaits him at the end of his quest?
Monkey Fist is a full color, 150-page graphic novel. It will feature a beautiful card stock cover and be printed on high quality paper with rich, vibrant inks. Over a year in the making, Monkey Fist was written and illustrated entirely by the Sun Bros - Wesley and Brad Sun. Monkey Fist is a demented mix of mythical storytelling and ridiculously awesome fight scenes, with a tasty blend of our shared cultural experiences – classic Chinese folktales, epic big screen kung fu flicks, and plenty of hours watching anime and playing video games.
The Rage Edition
Ready for the full Monkey experience? Monkey Fist: Rage Edition is packed with all kinds of bonus content. You’ll get to see concept sketches and earlier designs for the characters and world of Fishy Burger. Plus, you’ll be able to read a fully-illustrated deleted scene of Monkey journeying through the caverns of Fishy Burger HQ and encountering the mysterious Kelp Queen! And on top of all that, we’ve also included an annotated script, complete with notes, interviews with the Sun Bros, and a behind-the-scenes look at everything that went into the making of Monkey Fist. All this, and a limited edition T-Shirt too (sizes S-XL)! If you’re the kind of person who enjoys checking out the Director’s Cut of your favorite blu-ray loaded with special features, then the Rage Edition is definitely for you.
Original Art & Custom Drawings
Scroll through the right side of this page, and you'll find plenty of backer rewards available only through this Kickstarter. You can get original art from Brad's drawing table or even commission a custom 11x14 drawing of yourself beating up anyone you want! For example, here's a drawing of our Dad beating up Godzilla.
More Fishy Fun to come!
Thanks for checking out our Kickstarter. We can't wait to show you Monkey Fist, and as our campaign continues we'll be releasing plenty of updates and sneak peeks. Check back here and on our official website as we showcase more of what's waiting for you in Monkey Fist!
Risks and challenges
"Monkey Fist" is nearly complete and there are just a few challenges left before it goes to print. While the primary art for the book is finished, it still needs some refinements and coloring on certain pages. The greatest challenge before us is completing the book on schedule. Based on our previous Kickstarter experience, we've projected what we believe is a realistic timetable, and anticipate mailing out our books in the first week of May 2014. We expect to be shipping out copies of our special Rage Edition no later than the first week of June.
Once our Kickstarter campaign concludes, we will finish the special thanks section, add the names of our Rampaging Immortal donors, and head to the printers. Although we are promised a quick turnaround time, we will first have to examine and sign off on the proofs, and there could potentially be a few delays in that process. We have no doubt that this book will be completed—it's nearly done as is. The only risk here is perhaps getting it out a little later than we anticipate. At most, we would be delayed by only a month.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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For a buck, you get our eternal gratitude. Thanks for backing us!Estimated delivery:
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You get a high quality digital copy of "Monkey Fist" with an exclusive variant cover. The download link will be e.mailed to you when the book is released!Estimated delivery:
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You'll get a copy of "Monkey Fist," signed by the Sun Bros and delivered right to your door! On top of that, you'll be thanked by us on our website and get the digital copy as well. Plus, everyone who buys our book gets an invitation to the Monkey Fist Launch Party this summer in Chicago!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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THE RAGE EDITION!!! You get a signed copy of our Kickstarter exclusive "Monkey Fist: Rage Edition." This special edition includes a ton of bonus content, including a variant cover, concept sketches, a fully annotated script, and a deleted scene. But that's not all! You'll also get your name printed in the book itself and we'll send you a limited edition Monkey Fist T-Shirt! All this, plus the digital copy, a thank you on our website, and an invitation to our Launch Party!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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The Sun Bros Classics Collection. Missed out on our first Kickstarter? Hoping to get your hands on all three Sun Bros books? Now’s your chance! We'll send you signed copies of "Chinatown" (2012), "Apocalypse Man" (2013), and of course, "Monkey Fist" (2014), all in one Kickstarter bundle. You’ll also get digital copies of all our books, plus a thank you on our website and an invitation to our summer Launch Party.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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The Barrel of Monkeys.
Maybe you're a comic retailer looking to stock your shelves with "Monkey Fist." Maybe you just want to buy in bulk and give copies to all your friends. Whatever your reasons, we'll ship you 10 signed copies of "Monkey Fist," thank you (or your business) on our website, and invite you to our summer Launch Party!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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The Friends of Fishy Special. Not only do you get everything in the RAGE EDITION reward, you'll also receive a piece of original art straight from Brad's drawing table! Plus, you'll get a personalized note explaining the art you receive and the process involved in creating it. We'll also print your name in the book as one of our super special Rampaging Immortal Donors!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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The Great Sage Equal to Heaven. You get the RAGE EDITION. You get the original art page. You're recognized as a Rampaging Immortal. But what would make you a Great Sage Equal to Heaven? How about a customized drawing by Brad of you beating up anyone you want? You tell us who, provide reference photos, and Brad takes care of the rest. Ka-pow!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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The Heavenly Peach Banquet. This is it, folks. The Sun Bros are giving you and a guest a personal tour of the Art Institute of Chicago ... and will cook you up a feast you won't soon forget! Plus, you get absolutely everything else - "Chinatown," "Apocalypse Man," both editions of "Monkey Fist" (including the super special RAGE EDITION), the T-Shirt, the original artwork, a drawing of you beating up anyone you want, recognition as a Rampaging Immortal, the digital files, and a VIP invitation to the Launch Party!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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