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backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 7 2016

About

Welcome to the Art of Joe DeVito KONGStarter project. This is for all those with an irrepressible love of Art, King Kong, dinosaurs, ancient civilizations, an assorted variety of monsters, rockets, flying saucers, aliens, classic pulps, cool collectibles, nostalgia, real and speculative science + fiction, action, adventure, and other assorted knick knacks of imagination. With your help, this Kickstarter will launch TWO new books showcasing the unique and captivating art of Joe DeVito and revealing for the first time the origins of King Kong and Skull Island. Hardcover editions, as well as Deluxe Editions exclusive to this Kickstarter, of the two books are being offered.

It begins with the large and beautifully designed art book God, Myths, and Monsters: The Art of Joe DeVito. This retrospective work covers Joe’s 35 years as a professional illustrator, sculptor, and author. During that time, he has worked with a huge cross-section of the greatest pop-culture icons in history. His oeuvre includes a Who’s Who of the modern day mythology: King Kong, Tarzan, Doc Savage, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, MAD Magazine, dinosaurs and other extinct, non-extinct, and not-yet-known-to-exist wildlife, aliens and many, many, many more. Joe's works will all be displayed in beautiful detail from original, personal scans, in a first-time-ever comprehensive collection.

God, Myths, and Monsters Book Details  

 • The limited edition of God, Myths, and Monsters will be printed to order and only available through this Kickstarter.                                                  

• This lavishly illustrated art book will be printed as a 9” X 12” hardback, and initially 192 pages in length, though the page count can increase as Stretch Goals are unlocked.  

• The Deluxe edition of God, Myths, and Monsters will also be printed to order and will only be available through this Kickstarter. This edition’s cover will sport a black faux-leather and contain 16 additional pages than the limited edition, which can increase as Stretch Goals are unlocked. 

• Lastly, this handsome book will be signed by Joe DeVito and delivered in a custom slip-case. 

The Skull Island book contains two long-awaited additions to Joe’s original creation, Skull Island - Skull Island: Exodus and Skull Island: The Wall, both co-written by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland, with new covers and an extensive sketchbook section lavishly illustrated by Joe DeVito. Creating the original Skull Island and its ancillary work, The History of Skull Island brought into play a life-long fascination with everything King Kong. These were the first true expansions of the King Kong mythos since the creation of Kong himself. Conceived with the full support of Kong-creator Merian C. Cooper’s family, Skull Island and its derivative works are the only Cooper-authorized origin stories - not only of King Kong, but of all the Kongs and the human civilization that came to occupy Skull Island. The two novellas and the associated sketchbook drawings and details contained in this new Skull Island book reveals and explores the saurian evolution and adaptation that took place there over 65 million years, the origins of the enigmatic human civilization and the mighty Kongs, while digging deep into the very foundations of Skull Island itself as never before. This is done through the skillful use of ‘faction’, where woven throughout the entire tapestry of the stories are real facts and sciences that make Joe's creations plausible.

Skull Island Book Details  

• The limited edition of Skull Island will be printed to order and will only be available through this Kickstarter. 

Skull Island will be comprised of the two novellas, Skull Island: Exodus and Skull Island: The Wall. The two novellas will be released as e-books to backers as they are completed (Skull Island: Exodus approx. January '17 and Skull Island: The Wall approx. June '17), so you’ll be able to dive right into the story as you await the physical book’s publication.  

• The Deluxe edition of Skull Island will also be printed to order and will only be available through this Kickstarter. This edition will also contain an additional sketchbook section of approximately 18,000 words and approximately 50 sketches of various kinds that expand on and delve even more deeply into the utterly fascinating origin story of the Kongs, the human civilization, and their interaction with the unpredictable forces that rule the primordial biological and geological enigma that is Skull Island!  

• Lastly, this handsome book will enjoy a faux-leather cover, be signed by Joe DeVito and delivered in a slip-case.

 
 
Cooper Kong Statue Details

$45.00 - God, Myths, and Monsters Limited Edition

Add this amount for an additional copy of the God, Myths, and Monsters Limited Edition.

$25.00 - Skull Island Limited Edition

Add this amount for an additional copy of the Skull Island Limited Edition.

 

 

 The high cost of shipping worldwide is beyond our control and we’re working hard to make sure the backer pledge rewards will be shipped as quickly and inexpensively as possible. We do not expect to make a profit from the shipping charges, but by the same token, we also cannot afford to lose money on it either.  

After the Kickstarter campaign ends, we will send out a backer survey to collect your mailing addresses. Using this information, we will get the most accurate shipping pricing we can, based on our actual cost to ship your reward level to your home, and then charge you only that amount.  

Once the books are done and the surveys received, we will let you know the actual cost. We will also group orders together at your request to save on shipping costs.

Twitter: @JDevito_Art

Instagram: @joedevitoart

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Joe-DeVito-DeVito-ArtWorks-220239764734569/

The GAR! Podcast 141: Interview with Special Guest Joe DeVito http://www.garpodcast.com/2016/06/15/the-gar-podcast-141-interview-with-special-guest-joe-devito/#sthash.XDeY8oBD.dpuf

Risks and challenges

Although this is the first DeVito Artworks, LLC Kickstarter, Joe DeVito has been a professional artist, writer and sculptor for over thirty years with a sterling reputation. He is also working directly with his friend in this KickStarter venture, Henry Lopez, who is a veteran of multiple successful projects with an excellent track record, to make sure everything runs smoothly. This endeavor has been well-planned over many months, covering many years of work and will be conducted to the highest standards.

- All the art for "God, Myths and Monsters" is done and awaiting only layout and printing.
- The writing for "Skull Island: Exodus" is nearing completion, the writing for "Skull Island: The Wall" has been fully outlined, with extensive sketchbook text for both already completed.
- The cover art of "Skull Island" is ready for layout, that of Exodus is nearing completion, and that of The Wall already laid out.

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    King Kong E-book

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    Skull Island Limited Edition

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    Skull Island Deluxe Edition

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    Cooper Kong Statue

    You'll receive a beautiful solid bronze statue of Kong that stands over 14" tall. PLUS you'll receive BOTH Deluxe editions of the God, Myths and Monsters and Skull Island books!

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