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About this project

The 4th Monkey is a comic book anthology featuring stories to raise awareness about environmental and social issues. Brought to life by 20+ comic book creators, each team will be creating a story about something that is near and dear to their hearts... or just something that's been bothering them. The 100 page book will feature 8 short stories revolving around the following topics: Online Bullying. Poaching. Political Polarization. Mental Abuse. Ocean Pollution. Pesticides. Alcoholism. Suicide.

There are A LOT of problems in the world, and we can’t possibly tackle them all. The 4th Monkey is our attempt to do something about the ones pulled right out of the hearts of the contributing creators. Sure, you may feel stronger about some than you do others, but the quickest way to someone’s heart is through story. So, if you finish this book with even the slightest thirst for more knowledge, or were simply entertained, then I like to think that we did our job.

Myself and Co-Creator/Writer, Daniel Farrand, have personally funded much of the artwork you'll see on this page in order to bring you the best possible preview to the anthology and to show how dedicated we are to making this book a reality. With this Kickstarter we're looking to fund the completion of the artwork and a print run in order to get the book into the hands of backers and fellow creators.

Cover Art by Jose Johann Jaro - Logo by Kenneth Matthews
Cover Art by Jose Johann Jaro - Logo by Kenneth Matthews
 


But... The 4th Monkey? What does that even mean?

Playing on the 3 Mystic Monkeys proverb, “See No Evil - Hear No Evil - Speak No Evil”, The 4th Monkey is one who is not blinded. It is aware and wants the world to take notice, before it's too late.

***The "yes, we know all primates aren't monkeys" disclaimer***
When the 3 Wise Monkeys proverb originated, there was no distinction between apes and monkeys - hence much of the past (and current) artwork done as chimps. Scroll down further - we even have gorillas!

We need to all come together... right now... over this Abbey Road inspired pin-up by Salomon Farias!
We need to all come together... right now... over this Abbey Road inspired pin-up by Salomon Farias!
 


THE STORIES!

Due to the heavy subject matter of some of the stories, the tones range from serious, to sad, and even funny. There's action, drama, hijinks, and even super heroes. We're hoping that every story locks you in and takes you for a completely different ride from the next.

Now, without further ado, here's a 1 page preview from each of the current stories featured in The 4th Monkey. Every story is lettered by the great and power HDE.

'Dark Waters' - Ocean Pollution. (W) James E. Roche (A) Hus Ozkan
'Dark Waters' - Ocean Pollution. (W) James E. Roche (A) Hus Ozkan
 

 

'Painted Prey' - Poaching. (W) Daniel Farrand (A) Chris Madd (C) Shawna Madd
'Painted Prey' - Poaching. (W) Daniel Farrand (A) Chris Madd (C) Shawna Madd
 

 

'No Going Back' - Suicide. (W) Brian Hawkins - (A) Kristofor Harris
'No Going Back' - Suicide. (W) Brian Hawkins - (A) Kristofor Harris
 

 

'Empty Bottles' - Alcoholism. (W) Kelly Bender (A) Raphael Andrade (C) Tomas Marijanovic
'Empty Bottles' - Alcoholism. (W) Kelly Bender (A) Raphael Andrade (C) Tomas Marijanovic
 

 

'The Scout' - Pesticides. (W) Madeleine Holly Rosing (A) Ed Jimenez (C) Kote Carvajal
'The Scout' - Pesticides. (W) Madeleine Holly Rosing (A) Ed Jimenez (C) Kote Carvajal
 

 

'The Damaged' - Mental Abuse. (W) Bob Salley (A) Stan Yak (C) Josh Jensen
'The Damaged' - Mental Abuse. (W) Bob Salley (A) Stan Yak (C) Josh Jensen
 

 

'Social Consequences' - Online Bullying - (W) Rob Andersin (A) James Erik Hodson
'Social Consequences' - Online Bullying - (W) Rob Andersin (A) James Erik Hodson

 

'Rats in the Kitchen' - Political Polarization (W) Russell Nohelty (A) Nic Touris
'Rats in the Kitchen' - Political Polarization (W) Russell Nohelty (A) Nic Touris


Featured Pinups

By Francesco Tomaselli
By Francesco Tomaselli

    

By Hus Ozkan
By Hus Ozkan

 

An alternate universe where "The 4th Monkey" has had ENOUGH! By Andrew Huerta
An alternate universe where "The 4th Monkey" has had ENOUGH! By Andrew Huerta

  

'The 4th Gorilla' Pin-up by Joey McIntosh
'The 4th Gorilla' Pin-up by Joey McIntosh

 

By Francesco Tomaselli
By Francesco Tomaselli

 

By Stan Yak
By Stan Yak


***The "we know all primates aren't monkeys" disclaimer***

The Featured Creators!

 

Writer/Co-Editor James E. Roche (Wretches)
Writer/Co-Editor James E. Roche (Wretches)

 

Writer/Co-Editor Daniel Farrand (The Untold)
Writer/Co-Editor Daniel Farrand (The Untold)

 

Letterer HdE (Salvagers. Shelter Division)
Letterer HdE (Salvagers. Shelter Division)

 

Writer Bob Salley (Salvagers. Shelter Division)
Writer Bob Salley (Salvagers. Shelter Division)

 

Writer Brian Hawkins (America's Kingdom. Angelica Reigns:The Faith)
Writer Brian Hawkins (America's Kingdom. Angelica Reigns:The Faith)

 

Artist Ed Jimenez (Unit 44)
Artist Ed Jimenez (Unit 44)

 

Artist Criss Madd (The Untold. Voda)
Artist Criss Madd (The Untold. Voda)

 

 

Artist Hus Ozkan (Hellraiser: Beastiary. Five Ghosts: Sleepwalking)
Artist Hus Ozkan (Hellraiser: Beastiary. Five Ghosts: Sleepwalking)

 

Artist James Erik Hodson (Chad the Fat Kid. Topps Star Wars Sketch Cards)
Artist James Erik Hodson (Chad the Fat Kid. Topps Star Wars Sketch Cards)

 

Colorist Josh Jensen (Snarl)
Colorist Josh Jensen (Snarl)

 

Writer Kelly Bender (Snarl. Cyberforce: Artifacts)
Writer Kelly Bender (Snarl. Cyberforce: Artifacts)

 

Colorist Kote Carvajal (Clusterf#&k. Deliverance)
Colorist Kote Carvajal (Clusterf#&k. Deliverance)

 

Writer Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society)
Writer Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society)

 

Artist Nicolas Touris (The Fear Diaries. Franklin and Ghost)
Artist Nicolas Touris (The Fear Diaries. Franklin and Ghost)

 

Artist Raphael Andrade
Artist Raphael Andrade

 

Writer Rob Andersin (Jax the Andersin)
Writer Rob Andersin (Jax the Andersin)

 

Writer Russell Nohelty (Katrina Hates Dead Shit. Ichabod Jones Monster Hunter)
Writer Russell Nohelty (Katrina Hates Dead Shit. Ichabod Jones Monster Hunter)

 

Artist Stan Yak (The Boxmasters. Skeleton Inspectors)
Artist Stan Yak (The Boxmasters. Skeleton Inspectors)

 

Colorist Shawna Madd
Colorist Shawna Madd

 

Colorist Tomas Marijanovic
Colorist Tomas Marijanovic

The Rewards!


New Limited Commission Rewards Added!

Sooo the artists working on this project are AMAZING! After speaking to most of the creators during our first week here on Kickstarter we've gotten an overwhelming response from the artists involved. Many of them want to donate a "Commission Reward" to the project!
So, with the below artists all able to do ONE physical commission each to help support the project and push us closer to our goal (aside from Ed Jimenez who will be doing 5 digital headshots - so get ready to upgrade your online avatar!) we're able to offer YOU commission rewards from these amazing artists at a VERY reduced rate.

 

 

 


  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

BUDGET

We are asking for $7,500 in order to fund the completion of the artwork and a print run to get copies of the anthology into the hands of backers and the featured creators.

In order to keep our goal as low as possible, Co-Creator Daniel Farrand and I are personally funding the packaging and Kickstarter fee costs.

Risks and challenges

When working with this many people, unfortunately, things can happen. However, working on this project with many seasoned Kickstarter users, we forsee things going smootlhy.

Luckily for us, aside from "acts of god", every creator is fully committed to completing their parts by the deadline, allowing for the book to go out to the printer and make it into your hands during the promised month.

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