What is "El Grande"?
"El Grande" is a graphic-novel meditation on mortality from Joseph Karg (Archer, Chozen) and Elio Guevara (Spectrum) that speaks with a skeptical voice about the future of our most closely held beliefs, our destiny as people, and our planet.
"El Grande Volume 1: The Worm" is the first installment of a six-part, genre-bending series set to feature tales of addiction, humor, love, and redemption in a drug-altered and chaos-fueled future that is already too close for comfort. At its heart is a mix of late-19th-century imagery and contemporary cutting-edge artwork by Elio Guevara giving form to a critical and comedic story by Joseph Karg.
An ominous figure has cast a shadow on Earth’s lone remaining city, Bramacas: El Grande is a god prophesied to return and wipe the planet clean of all life. Although there are many religious zealots who terrorize the city’s occupants in the name of El Grande, not everyone lives in fear, but will the only man standing in the face of terror be around long enough to save us? Aiming to capture the balance of order and chaos that could be experienced in a contemporary South American city like Caracas, Venezuela (the home town of El Grande illustrator Elio Guevara), this book portrays life in a potently imagined world that resonates with the one we live in today.
We follow the life of a man calling himself El Gusano—The Worm. He lives on the verge of suicide, though not by his choice—he’s trying his best to kill himself. Aided by a motley crew of futuristic eco-engineers, our hero finds himself at the center of a potentially world-ending event.
Created in the spirit of David Lynch and Jean “Moebius” Giraud, El Grande portrays a drug-fueled supernatural tomorrow that falls somewhere between Leaving Las Vegas and Groundhog Day. According to writer Joseph Karg, “This story is as much about an exploration of character as it is of shifting tone. Science fictional and supernatural events serve as our pathways into other genres and moods that we’re interested in investigating through the unique visual methods and worlds we’ve developed.”
**WARNING El Grande contains adult language and nudity.**
The goal for this project is to print the 72-page first volume of El Grande and ship it out to you. The book will consist of 62 pages of story and 10 pages of bonus content including a few pin-ups and designs from the series creators Joseph Karg and Elio Guevara.
We really hope this Kickstarter helps El Grande find a wider audience than the one we have been able to cultivate online. By attending conventions and shipping the book to every corner of the globe, we are confident that positive word about the project will spread and help to bolster our creative efforts.
Yes, the globe has neither ends nor corners, but those idioms are the ones we use .
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We will be doing special incentivized awards on our Twitter and Facebook pages, where people can win original artwork from the book as well as pages from our design bible, so please follow us and help spread the word about our project for a chance to get some cool stuff.
What is a Kickstarter?
For sixty days, you'll be able to make pledges to help make this project happen, ranging from $1 up to $10,000.
You have the option to donate without reward or you can select from a range of awesome reward packages including art prints, digital downloads, the book itself, commissioned arwork and a handful of other goodies.
For your pledge, you can select one of the reward packages—listed to the right—of equal or lesser value to your pledge. You can always pledge more than the minimum required to get a reward if you're feeling generous. Your credit card or other account will not actually be charged at the time you make your pledge, and you can change your mind right up to the final deadline.
If, at the end of the Kickstarter, we've reached our goal, then you all get charged the amount you pledged; if we don't meet our goal, then no one gets charged anything and the book does not go to print.
What do I get?
Take a look on the right hand side of this page and you'll see a list of different pledge amounts. Under each amount is a description of the rewards you'll get for that level.
Most of the levels include the El Grande book itself. These will be shipped when we have received the books back from the printer and completed any art commissioned by backers. Since we'll be finished with the book by the end of the Kickstarter, we will use the time that we're waiting for the book to ship to complete our commissions. This way, the books will begin to ship as soon as we get them.
Domestic shipping within the United States is included in the price of all reward levels. Anything shipped outside the US has been labeled appropriately below the reward information to the right. This price may seem high to some of you, but we can only charge one flat price for international shipping and we have to make sure that covers the most expensive ones.
Please look below at examples of our rewards. We've produced samples of each level of our commissioned artwork as well as our prints and our highest reward item; a one-of-a-kind fully painted sketchbook from Elio Guevara.
Over-funding and stretch goals
If we're lucky enough to reach our goal and go past it, we've got a lot of additional ideas for improving the project further. Take a look below and see what we're talking about.
Risks and challenges
As independant artists and professors we are well aware of the efforts that need to be considered outside of the production of the creative aspects of a comic book.
Our experience in the publishing industry and conversations over past Kickstarter successes has given us useful knowledge of the many possible ways to fail and how to avoid them. We have prepared for this Kickstarter for the past year in order to ensure we are able to meet the demands of the shipping, printing and production tasks we have in front of us and we have built in reasonable deadlines to account for any unknown troubles.
With the book only a few weeks from completion, we will be ready to send our files to the printer as soon as the Kickstarter is finished and begin to prepare everything necessary to ship and deliver our product on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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