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Monsterwood: Book 1 Graphic Novel is a coming of age, fantasy story, set in an ancient, haunting, and beautiful world of Magog.

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ATTN: WE WILL SHIP TO U.S., CANADA, AND U.K.  

FOR CANADA AND UK ONLY: Please add 45.00 shipping for Book. Please add 80.00 shipping for BOOK AND SCULPTURE. Outside the U.S., the sculpture reward package will be held and mailed with release of book to avoid double shipping costs.

We want to put MW in everyone's hands,and hope to expand our distribution, but this is what we can commit to at this time. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

MONSTERWOOD

Monsterwood: Book 1 Graphic Novel is a coming of age, fantasy story,set in an ancient, haunting, and beautiful world of Magog.

BEHIND THE STORY:

As creator of Monsterwood, this is not "just" a graphic novel property. It is my passion project, to be sure, started many years ago when my first son was born. Caught by the awe of first time parenting, I found myself staring into those tiny eyes staring back at me. I could not chock the mystery of it all to simple biology and instead started to fantasize of who this little, not quite blue boy really was, and the purpose and role he would play in this world! In this sense, Jovis ( our main hero) was born.

I am beyond excited to be here at this place, at this time, to offer you what has taken me and a few very talented people who believed in both Myself and Monsterwood enough to walk with me on the path, years to perfect.

Now we have arrived, but it is up to YOU to help us over the finish line. Friends, family, fellow comic fans, we need you to help us through this last phase. With our goal reached, there will be no more "maybes" or "what ifs", there will be the MONSTERWOOD graphic novel! 

It will be sent to you. It will rock and you will dig it! 
Thank you for your support!

 MONSTERWOOD: THE STORY

Fourteen years ago, the king and queen of the fantastic land of Magog met mysterious, violent deaths at the hands of a group of deformed outliers known as monsters. Now, as a new ruler is about to be crowned, two young people from completely different backgrounds--Jovis, a scrappy, independent young commoner, and the Princess Jocosta, herself the courageous, willful heir to the throne--will reluctantly join forces on a journey into the dark and forbidding forest known as Monsterwood. There, they will discover the truth about what really happened in those dark days of betrayal and murder...and begin to fulfill their own destinies.

Monsterwood: Book 1, is the first of three, 60 page Monsterwood
graphic novels, which together, will comprise the first story arc.

Monsterwood: Book 1 will initially be offered for pre-sale only through the Kickstarter campaign. 

Monsterwood falls squarely in the coming-of-age mythos, but contains significant twists, outlandish creatures, strong female characters, plenty of sinister villains, and tons of action and adventure. Monsterwood has a fairy tale like aesthetic with appropriately dark edges, resulting in a look and feel that is at-once ancient, mysterious, haunting, and beautiful. 

Monsterwood: A world and story that feels fresh and innovative, and yet, classic in it's emotional resonance. If you love all things Harryhausen, Henson, Star Wars, and all that 70's and 80's heart and soul storytelling goodness of those times ( and even if you don't!), we feel strongly that you will love MONSTERWOOD: BOOK 1.

 

"MONSTERWOOD's fantasy landscape includes both frighteningly gnarled creatures and a story brimming with compassion and humanity. The theme of betraying cultural norms to follow a personal moral code will resonate deeply with audiences." - Beth Murphy |Founder, Principle Pictures

"Monsterwood , an engrossing and visually stunning revival of the golden age of imaginative story telling. Pure magic ." - Paul Gerrard | GerrardArt.com

"My brother and I are really excited about Jason Rosen's Monsterwood. It looks to be filled to the brim with awesomeness!" - Brandon Shiflett | www.ShiflettBrothers.com

Jason Rosen’s Monsterwood is the most ambitious project I’ve read in years, Monsterwood not only plays with the expected code of Fantasy, but it also brings to the plot new twists and turns, making that book really addictive. Once you open it, you’re in for one hell of a ride, perfect mix of Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal and Tolkien’s best work. Jovis’ quest will haunt you for days, even once back on the shelf, that tale will stick with you. -Hugues Barbier | Aquisitions, Raven Banner Entertainment and Co-Founder of the Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?  

$10,000 goes to finishing up the art and production of the book including inking, coloring and lettering. 

$3,000 - Printing, mailing Graphic Novels (Based on 500 books).  

We understand this may be a little higher than some print quotes, but we are really looking to do something special here, because Steve's art commands it, and because MONSTERWOOD deserves it, but also because YOU deserve it. Without your support, this would be much harder to complete and take much longer to produce. We really do appreciate your support and want to put everything we raise right back into the project! That means the best paper and the best printing we can buy within budget.  

$1000 - Supplies, additional print costs ( Glicee print rewards), molding costs ( Zumari Bust reward), material costs ( MW shirt rewards),additional shipping on rewards (other than graphic novels) ,etc. 

Risks and challenges

Like any Kickstarter project, there are risks and challenges. Other than publishing/shipping, it all remains in our direct control. To mitigate any risks and challenges we have:

• calculated our costs as diligently as possible so there are no surprises.

• plotted out our deadlines realistically, but promise to communicate minor delays and try our absolute best to not have any major ones. We really have done our homework here. We are ready to roll!

• weighed our distribution options. At this time, WE WILL ONLY SHIP TO U.S., CANADA, AND U.K. We want to put MW in your hands,and hope to expand that distribution, but that is what we can commit to at this time. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

• Everyone involved is professional, experienced, and highly motivated to bring you the first MONSTERWOOD GRAPHIC NOVEL!

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  • You selected
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    63 backers

    MONSTERWOOD : Book 1
    Downloadable copy of the GN in PDF/CBR format, when completed. Plus, your choice of downloadable MONSTERWOOD wallpaper.

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    6 backers

    MONSTERWOOD : Behind the Scenes Level

    Exclusive access to a behind the scenes blog, detailing the development of each page from sketch to finished plate. When complete, a Downloadable copy of the GN in PDF/CBR format. Plus, your choice of downloadable MONSTERWOOD wallpaper.

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    4 backers Limited (5 left of 9)

    RETRO-MONSTERWOOD shirt-
    adult, small, Black.
    See update #6 for shirt image.

    VERY LIMITED RUN of the first MONSTERWOOD® shirt we ever made! Printed EXCLUSIVELY by our friends over at Emulsion Apparel of Boston! These will never be printed again and are great piece of Retro MONSTERWOOD goodness! Let everyone know that you were down with the MW crew from the beginning!
    $20 includes shirt and shipping!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
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    1 backer Limited (8 left of 9)

    RETRO-MONSTERWOOD shirt-
    adult, small, white.
    See update #6 for shirt image.

    VERY LIMITED RUN of the first MONSTERWOOD® shirt we ever made! Printed EXCLUSIVELY by our friends over at Emulsion Apparel of Boston! These will never be printed again and are great piece of Retro MONSTERWOOD goodness! Let everyone know that you were down with the MW crew from the beginning! $20 includes shirt and shipping!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
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    3 backers Limited (4 left of 7)

    RETRO-MONSTERWOOD shirt- adult, medium, Black.
    See update #6 for shirt image.

    VERY LIMITED RUN of the first MONSTERWOOD® shirt we ever made! Printed EXCLUSIVELY by our friends over at Emulsion Apparel of Boston! These will never be printed again and are great piece of Retro MONSTERWOOD goodness! Let everyone know that you were down with the MW crew from the beginning! $20 includes shirt and shipping!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $20 or more

    2 backers Limited (5 left of 7)

    RETRO-MONSTERWOOD shirt- adult, medium, white.

    See update #6 for shirt image.

    VERY LIMITED RUN of the first MONSTERWOOD® shirt we ever made! Printed EXCLUSIVELY by our friends over at Emulsion Apparel of Boston! These will never be printed again and are great piece of Retro MONSTERWOOD goodness! Let everyone know that you were down with the MW crew from the beginning! $20 includes shirt and shipping!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $20 or more

    4 backers Limited (4 left of 8)

    RETRO-MONSTERWOOD shirt- adult, large, Black.

    See update #6 for shirt image.

    VERY LIMITED RUN of the first MONSTERWOOD® shirt we ever made! Printed EXCLUSIVELY by our friends over at Emulsion Apparel of Boston! These will never be printed again and are great piece of Retro MONSTERWOOD goodness! Let everyone know that you were down with the MW crew from the beginning! $20 includes shirt and shipping!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
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    10 backers Limited (90 left of 100)

    Monsterwood Concept Images
    Limited Edition Glicees
    Each signed by artist Steve Ellis.

    $30 each per print, (all four Glicees for $100 is offered below)

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $30 or more

    119 backers

    9" X 12" , Full color, 60 page Graphic Novel ( Includes $5 for Shipping).

    This is what it is all about!
    This introduction to the world of Monsterwood is a labor of love, and we are sure that you will love it just as much!
    This is what we have been working on for so long and are pleased to share with you, our friends and fans!

    Each Graphic Novel is signed by Jason Rosen and Steve Ellis.

    This is MONSTERWOOD!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $60 or more

    23 backers

    Monsterwood® T-Shirt Tiberius' Council.
    Exquisitely drawn by the Amazing Paul Komoda!
    SUPER Soft, Black tees, Size Youth large to XXL, printed front back and MW tag printed inside (so no annoying tags)! These rewards will ship out the soonest in Mid-August to Mid-September. Trust us... they are KILLER, quality shirts and Komoda has completely rocked the Evil Council something proper! Plus you get the PDF, BTS Web Access, choice of wallpaper, and the hard copy of the Graphic Novel!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
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    12 backers Limited (38 left of 50)

    Special Edition- Pencil Sketch Edition.

    Steve Ellis will hand draw a Monsterwood Pencil Sketch inside the front cover of your graphic novel!

    Limited Edition: signed and numbered 50 books.
    Plus you get the PDF, BTS Web Access, and your choice of wallpaper!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
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    10 backers Limited (15 left of 25)

    Special Edition- Tonal / Ink Sketch Edition.
    Signed and numbered.

    Steve Ellis will hand draw a Monsterwood tonal/ink sketch inside the front cover of your graphic novel.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
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    6 backers Limited (94 left of 100)

    ALL FOUR Monsterwood Concept Image Limited Edition Glicees! A savings of $30 when you buy the complete set! Exclusive Kickstarter run of only 100 prints per image! These will not be reprinted! Each signed by artist Steve Ellis.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
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    3 backers Limited (97 left of 100)

    Zumari Foot Soldier Resin Bust-
    Limited edition of 100 unpainted castings

    A fully assembled, but unpainted 8" Zumari Foot soldier bust, ready for priming, painting and begs for customization ( As the Zumari use horrifying acts of body modification to make the most terrifying visage of themselves possible). Sculpt by Jason Rosen. Cast by Ahren Gauthier of Improbable Cast (http://improbablecast.com/), mold maker to the stars!

    Plus, you get the PDF, BTS Web Access, choice of wallpaper, and the hard copy of the Graphic Novel!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
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    12 backers Limited (8 left of 20)

    SPECIAL REWARD-BE PART OF THE CROWD! THE MAHEEKANU CROWD!

    Your face. we want it.

    No seriously, if you really want to be a part of Monsterwood, we will be happy to oblige! We are reserving up to 20 "faces" in the crowd scenes that occur in the graphic novel for your likeness! You will be made into one of the blue humanoids that inhabit the world of Monsterwood known as the Maheekanu! As you may already know, Steve Ellis is amazing at capturing the likeness of famous people in comic book style line art. AMC has sought Steve Ellis out to do both The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad comics for this very reason! Now is your shot! Be immortalized forever in a great work and make that Monsterwood graphic novel even more special!

    Winners of this reward will be required to provide a few descent reference photos from which to work from.

    Plus, you get the PDF, BTS Web Access, choice of wallpaper, and the hard copy of the Graphic Novel!

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    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    $150 THE MONSTEROUS MUG REWARD

    Includes the book and a seperate, frame worthy, beautiful original Monstrified pencil and tone, 8 x 10 portrait of yourself, a friend, or family member created by Steve Ellis!
    (NOTE: For $100 more Steve will fully watercolor the piece. Pledge $250 on this reward and make note for color portrait.)

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
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    4 backers Limited (6 left of 10)

    Special Edition- Watercolor and Ink Edition - Signed and numbered

    Steve Ellis will hand draw a Monsterwood watercolor and ink illustration inside the front cover of your graphic novel.

    Plus, you get the PDF, BTS Web Access, choice of wallpaper!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
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    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    SPECIAL EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER EDITION FULLY PAINTED ZUMARI ! VERY LIMITED AT 5 PIECES!

    Hand painted by Monsterwood creator and sculptor of the bust- Jason Rosen!
    A very rare opportunity to have a piece not only sculpted by the creator of Monsterwood, but a piece he finished by hand, ready to display! Each one will be slightly different to give each piece a distinct character and make these ultra rare pieces even more unique.

    These pieces are sure to go FAST!! Don't sleep on these!!

    Plus, you get the PDF, BTS Web Access, choice of wallpaper, and the hard copy of the Graphic Novel!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States

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