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An AKIRA/Bladerunner-inspired scifi adventure though the streets of Neo-Tokyo. Kickstarter for part 2 of 4, but you can get PART 1 too!
An AKIRA/Bladerunner-inspired scifi adventure though the streets of Neo-Tokyo. Kickstarter for part 2 of 4, but you can get PART 1 too!
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The Mindgator: book 2 is a 44-page deluxe comic in landscape format (i.e. horizontal).

マインドゲーター2は横長フォーマットの44ページからなるデラックスコミックです。

 

 

 

As with the first book, the cover unfolds into a beautiful 90cm (36 inch) panorama of the Mindgator world, future Tokyo. The cover of book 2 picks up where the cover of book 1 ended and when laid together the two covers present a 180 cm arc of the cityscape.

表紙には前作と同様、マインドゲーターの世界、未来の東京を90cmのパノラマで表現しています。前作の表紙とつながっていて、2冊並べて見ると180cmの未来都市になります。

The black-line image is drawn first on Japanese hanshi (handmade paper). Then I paint each bit of the shading on separate sheets of hanshi using sumi to create the grey tones. Each one of these pieces gets separately scanned into Photoshop where I blend and adjust the layers until they work together to create the final image. This method gives me a lot more control.

Here’s a fun video showing you how I build the layers to form the cityscape scene from book 1 of The Mindgator.

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 Miguel, a carefree messenger on a flying-bike sailing through the skies of Tokyo in the year 2066. Only his scars hint to a past that he almost didn’t survive. Flying home one night, he happened upon an old man shaking uncontrollably as he sat on the curb next to his bike. Something had clearly gone wrong. Miguel knew he should stop to see if the man was ok but he let it slide. He went on home and tried to forget it all, but the memory haunted him.

The next day Miguel went back to the scene, but of course the old man was gone and there was no way to know what happened to him. Miguel couldn’t help feel that in his inaction he had somehow failed. Next time he wouldn’t just let it slide.

 Mai, the mystery woman, believing in the righteous path. But what do you do when the path you thought you were on begins to twist around taking you ultimately to the destruction of everything you’ve fought for?

Anger — tempered only by the idea Mai must change it all before it’s too late. How did she ever let it spin so far out of control?

 Dean On the run from his past, Dean tries to make a new life in Tokyo but some things can’t be undone. “Make better choices”, his wife said. “Soon I‘ll be in no condition to keep running.” Dean needs cash quick. One last job just to get him and his wife on their way. All he had to do was smash and grab some data from a stupid bike messenger and they could have everything they need.

After rescuing a stranger from her deadly pursuers in Mindgator 1, Miguel retreats to the notorious Higashi Nakano: A once-obscure corner of Tokyo, now a lawless no-go zone ruled by killers, thieves and scoundrels and a sometime place for wary souls to hide. The woman needs medical attention; Miguel needs to assess the damage to his beloved bike.

前作で、謎の女性を追手から間一髪で救出した後、ミゲルは悪名高き東中野にやってきた。かつて東京の田舎といわれていたこの街も、今や泥棒や殺し屋といった悪党どもが支配する無法地帯に成り果てていた。だが時には用心深い人間の隠れ場所になることも。女性は医師による治療が必要な状態。ミゲルの大切なバイクも相当なダメージを受けていた。

Dean followed Miguel. If Dean was going to get paid, there was one thing he had to know — Is Miguel still a viable target for Kwok’s plan?

ミゲルを追うディーン。彼が金を手に入れるにはミゲルがクァクの計画の標的になり得るか知る必要があった。

The Mindgator Series

Following the success of our first kickstarter, The Mindgator: The Kiss, our primary mission in this Kickstarter is to print Book 2 of this 4-part series, with campaigns for Book 3 coming in April 2017 and Book 4 coming shortly thereafter.

おかげさまで前回のキックスターターは 成功することができました。今回も重要なミッションはマインドゲーター 2を出版することです。2017年4月に発表予定のマインドゲーター 3やその後発表予定のマインドゲーター4につなげたいです。

Some might ask: Why not a Graphic Novel? This 4-part miniseries is a throwback to the comics of my childhood with their short story form and cliffhanger storytelling in a 32- to 44-page comic floppy. Above all, I want to create a unique work of art that also re-creates that old-time physical sensation of comic books in a way that neither digital formats nor bloated Graphic Novels can provide.

なぜグラフィックノベルではないのかと疑問に思うかもしれません。この4部作からなるミニシリーズは、ショートストーリー形式とクリフハンガー手法を使った32-44ページのコミック本。私が子供の頃に親しんだ懐かしのスタイルで作られています。デジタルフォーマットや量産されたグラフィックノベルではない方法で、昔ながらの体感できるコミック・ブックとしてユニークなアート作品を作りたかったのです。

Below are 6 sequential pages from The Mindgator: book 2. Click on the images below to view the full size version.

マインドゲータ 2 の中から見開き6ページ用意しています。下の画像をクリックするとフルサイズの画像を見ることができます。

 

 

 

 

Become a character in The Mindgator 2!

You, yes you! can become a character in the book helping or thwarting the hero’s plans. Based on a photo that you send me and some e-mail interactions to get a sense of your preferences, I’ll develop you as a character appearing in the story! The exact role will be determined when we meet online.

For $300, you’ll be a minor character with some dialogue. You will appear in several panels in one of the action sequences occurring in the Mindgator 2.

For $500, you’ll be in a supporting role interacting with the main cast in multiple scenes throughout the book. You could even have a chance to ad lib some of your dialogue.

To help you imagine the possiblities, the image below was drawn for a backer of our first kickstarter, Mindgator: The Kiss. At the backer’s request, the bike was “chopper-style” with his beloved dog standing on the gas-tank and his favorite band’s emblem on the side.

 

These Ultimate Reward Tiers make a great gift for that special someone you’d like to immortalize on the pages of the Mindgator (or maybe even something you can hint to your loved ones in order to receive for yourself!)

Bonus Gift Card: Since the book will be out in February, anyone giving one of these two tiers as a holiday gift will get a hand-made card announcing their gift so they will have something to gift wrap for the big day.


 

Why Kickstarter?

Comics are not created equal and one format does not fit all. I believe each comic should have its own design and character that is strongly connected to its story and core aesthetic. Editors, of course, don’t see it that way. It is easier after all to shovel everything along the conveyor belt into the same pre-formatted standard commercial packaging.

コミックはひとつのフォーマットで作られるわけではなく、それぞれのコミックにはストーリーやその本質に強く関連付いたデザインやキャラクターがあると考えています。しかし編集者の考えは違います。あらかじめ用意された標準のフォーマットで作るほうが生産ラインも整っているし、もちろん販売しやすいと捉えているのです。

The Mindgator started as a webcomic on my own website (mulele.com), but I always intended for it to be printed someday. As the story arc evolved and my work on it progressed, it became clear that the luxuriously panoramic Tokyo cityscapes needed to unfold across a two-page landscape spread. To create a book with that kind of unique format requires publishing with an independent mind. With that, this Kickstarter was born.

マインドゲーターはわたし自身のウェブサイト(mulele.com)でウェブコミックとしてスタートしたのですが、いつも印刷物にすることをイメージしていました。ストーリーの大筋が見え制作が進むと、豪華で広大な東京の景観を表現するには折りたたみを展開して2ページ分の横長に広がるようなフォーマットが必要だと分かりました。このような特殊なフォーマットでコミックを作るには個人で印刷する必要があります。そこで、キックスターターを使わせていただくことにしました。

 

Risks and challenges

The artwork and formatting of book 2 are nearly complete, with the particular exceptions noted in the reward tiers above. Funds will be used for a full printing, which will take 2-4 weeks depending on the printer's schedule. I previously worked with this printer on the printing of The Mindgator: The Kiss (book 1) as well as other projects. I have always found them to be extremely reliable and their work is top notch.

マインドゲーター 2 はリターンとして描き足す部分以外はほとんど完成しています。基金は印刷するために使わせていただきます。印刷会社のスケジュールによりますが、2-4週間かかる予定です。この印刷会社はほかのプロジェクトと同様マインドゲーター 1の印刷にも利用しました。とても信頼できる会社で印刷技術も一流です。

Unsketched book rewards will be sent out when the printing is complete (estimate March 2017). Sketched book rewards and rewards with ink drawings will take a little longer.

スケッチなしのコミックは印刷が完成し次第発送します(2017年2月予定)。
スケッチ入りや墨絵ありのコミックはもう少しかかります。

Books 3 and 4 in this series are already in production and completion of the story is guaranteed.

マインドゲーター 3と4 のストーリーはすでに制作し完成しています。

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    The Mindgator Book 2: Sigined

    Book 2 of Mindgator signed by the Artist.
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    3 exclusive Mindgator postcards.

    作家のサイン入り、マインドゲーター 2です。
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    The Mindgator Book 2: Sketched

    Book 2 of Mindgator with a black and white ink sketch of MY CHOICE showing one of the characters from the story individually hand drawn on a blank page inside the book and signed by the artist.
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    3 exclusive Mindgator postcards.

    物語のキャラクターの一人を作家が選んで、個別にコミックの余白部分に白黒のインクでスケッチ、サイン入りのマインドゲーター 2です。
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    The Mindgator Books 1 and 2

    Book 1 and Book 2 of Mindgator.
    Both books signed by the Artist.
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    3 exclusive Mindgator postcards.

    マインドゲーター 1とマインドゲーター 2の2冊。
    どちらにも作家によるサイン入り。
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    The Mindgator Books 1 and 2 Sketched

    Book 1 and Book 2 of Mindgator.
    Both books with a black and white ink sketch of my choice showing one of the characters from the story individually hand drawn on a blank page inside the book and signed by the artist.
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    3 exclusive Mindgator postcards.

    マインドゲーター 1とマインドゲーター 2 の2冊。どちらにも物語のキャラクターの 一人を作家が選んで、個別にコミックの余 白部分に白黒のインクでスケッチします。 作家によるサイン入り。
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    The Mindgator Book 2 + INK WASH DRAWING

    A black and white ink wash drawing of a character of your choice form the Mindgator.
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    Book 2 of The Mindgator with a black and white ink sketch of MY CHOICE showing one of the characters from the story individually hand drawn on a blank page inside the book and signed by the artist.
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    3 exclusive Mindgator postcards.

    A4サイズの上質紙で、マインドゲーターの中からあなたが選んだキャラクターを黒と白のインクで描きます。
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    物語のキャラクターの一人を作家が選んで、個別にコミックの余白部分に白黒のインクでスケッチ、サイン入りのマインドゲーター 2です。
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    You on your dream bike

    You on your custom designed flying bike. A custom designed, black and white,
    hand drawn A4-size illustration of you in the Mindgator universe and your custom bike based on photo references and a brief email dialogue.
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    Book 2 of The Mindgator with a black and white ink sketch of MY CHOICE showing one of the characters from the story individually hand drawn on a blank page inside the book and signed by the artist.
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    3 exclusive Mindgator postcards.

    ご自身でデザインした空飛ぶバイクに乗っているあなたのイラスト:写真とメールを
    参考に、あなたとカスタムデザインのバイクをマインドゲーターの世界観に沿ってA4
    サイズの紙に白黒でスケッチします。
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    物語のキャラクターの一人を作家が選んで、個別にコミックの余白部分に白黒のインクでスケッチ、サイン入りのマインドゲーター 2です。
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    You in a limited role

    Want to appear in the Mindgator: book 2? The artist will draw you as a character to appear in several scenes throughout the book in a limited speaking role.
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    Book 2 of The Mindgator with a black and white ink sketch of my choice showing one of the characters from the story individually hand drawn on a blank page inside the book and signed by the artist.
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    3 exclusive Mindgator postcards.

    マインドゲーター2に登場したいですか?あなたがセリフのある端役でマインドゲーター2のいくつかのシーンに登場します。
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    物語のキャラクターの一人を作家が選んで、個別にコミックの余白部分に白黒のインクでスケッチ、サイン入りのマインドゲーター 2です。
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    You in a suporting role

    Want to appear in the Mindgator: book 2? The artist will draw you as a character to appear in several scenes throughout the book in a prominent speaking role.
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    Book 2 of The Mindgator with a black and white ink sketch of my choice showing one of the characters from the story individually hand drawn on a blank page inside the book and signed by the artist.
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    A hand-drawn ink portrait, on A4 size high-quality paper, of your character suitable for framing.
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    3 exclusive Mindgator postcards.

    マインドゲーター2に登場したいですか?あなたがセリフのある目立つ役でマインドゲーター2のいくつかのシーンに登場します。
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    物語のキャラクターの一人を作家が選んで、個別にコミックの余白部分に白黒のインクでスケッチ、サイン入りのマインドゲーター 2です。
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    A4サイズの上質紙で、作品の中に登場するあなたのキャラクターを描きます。
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