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About this project

The goal is to reprint SHAOLIN GRANDMASTER KILLER #1!

I selfpublished a very low printrun of SGK volume 1 in 2015 and sold it on conventions. But those are sold out by now. This time I would like to print more copies and add barcodes so they can be ordered in bookstores and webshops around the world.

This is what you get:

  • the size of the book is 8.27 x 11.69 inches
  • it counts 84 pages (74 pages of story, the rest is bonus material)
  • the book features high quality heavy paper (170g/m²) with black and white artwork on the inside and a sturdy full color cover (300g/m²)
front cover
front cover

 

back cover
back cover

 

Every physical book also includes:

  • 1 small signed SGK print
  • 3 ZTEROID universe trading cards

SGK is about the life of white-browed Gu, a mad misanthropic kung fu master, living in a kaiju infested post apocalyptic wasteland. The main character is actually the villain of this story and as the story progresses we dive into Gu's past to see how he became the hateful man he is in issue #1.

The character is loosely based on real life figure PAI MEI. Most of you will probably know the guy from Tarantino's KILL BILL, or from the great classic martial arts movies like Shaw Brothers studios' „Shaolin Executioners“ or „Clan of the White Lotus“. The white-browed badguy in kung fu movies became standard in the 70s and I always loved and cheered for those characters. But in the movies he is a very stereotypical badguy. I really want to explore his character and his past. Like I said it's LOOSELY based on this real life character. The known facts of the real Pai Mei's life are in there but I also created a whole new world and origin for him, making him my own character: the white-browed Gu, killer of the shaolin grandmaster! In this world I included pretty much everything I love about asian cinema: kaiju, martial arts, anime/manga-style action and stylish ultra-violence! It's gonna get bloody so this is definitely for adults! And of course you will find one or two references to classic kung fu flicks and 80s/90s anime & manga.

 

 

 


My name is Thomas Sluzalek. I'm a comic book artist from Germany and the creator of SHAOLIN GRANDMASTER KILLER!

I'm a passionate fan of asian cinema, especially martial arts & samurai movies, anime and kaiju movies for almost 25 years now. Also I'm a comic book fan since I was a little kid. I started with american superhero comics, but by now I'm reading stuff from all over the world. Especially american independant comics, european bande dessinee, japanese manga classics and Hong Kong martial arts comics.

A few years ago I wanted to do a creator owned story with all the ingredients from the movies and comics I just mentioned and mix all that into a unique character driven story about martial arts, monsters and inner conflict of the human mind. That's why I created SHAOLIN GRANDMASTER KILLER.

Here are some examples of my art:

Art by Thomas Sluzalek
Art by Thomas Sluzalek

 

Art by Thomas Sluzalek
Art by Thomas Sluzalek

For more art check my tumblr and facebook accounts.

The book is already finished, so you will not have to wait an eternity to get it.

As soon as this campain ends (successfully), I will sent the book to the printer and then it'll be send your way! All books should be shipped by June 2017.

That's fairly simple. It's gonna be spend on printing the books and the extra goodies. That will be the big chunk of it. Then some of it will be spend on taxes, isbn code and fees. If there should be something left after that, I will buy myself a milkshake and a new Shaw Brothers movie on DVD as reward for all the time and work I already have invested in this project ;D


Well, this is my dream project. I invested a lot of time and work in writing and even more in drawing this story so far. By now it was just a fun project, but I would really like to make this my career and to work regularly on this project so I can show you the whole picture. Because this is just #1. The whole story of SGK is huge! The script for the whole saga is almost finished by now and it's planned to be six story arcs, each consisting of four volumes. With each arc we travel back in time to see Gu's past. Before he became an evil maniac he was a headhunter, a soldier and a disciple of shaolin. Those stories want to be told. And I would love to see that happen more than anything else!

But for now I ask for your help to get #1 (re)printed, so I can make a great looking post-apocalyptic-kaiju-infested-wasteland-traveling-kung-fu-fighting comic book available everywhere through the internet.

Please SPREAD THE WORD and SHARE this like crazy!

If you know someone interested in martial arts, Kaiju, etc, please tell this person about this campaign!

Thank you very much!


10 HIT COMBO (10 €)

  • digital copy of SGK #1
  • exclusive wallpaper
  • ”THANK YOU!!!” E-mail by the creator

20 HIT COMBO (20 €)

  • physical copy of SGK#1, signed by the creator. It’s like pre-ordering the book, but signed
  • backer-exclusive “THANK YOU” postcard, signed by the creator

30 HIT COMBO (30 €)

  • physical copy of SGK#1, signed by the creator. It’s like pre-ordering the book, but signed
  • backer-exclusive “THANK YOU” postcard, signed by the creator
  • a physical copy of ZTEROID universe sketchbook-zine, signed by the artist


50 HIT COMBO (50 €)

  • physical copy of SGK#1, signed by the creator. It’s like pre-ordering the book, but signed
  • backer-exclusive “THANK YOU” postcard, signed by the creator
  • SKETCH! I'll draw a quick black and white sketch of SGK main character Gu!


LEVEL 1 MEGA COMBO (limited to 40) (60 €)

  • backer-exclusive hardcover edition of SGK#1, limited to 50 pieces, signed and handnumbered. Not available anywhere else, EVER!
  • your name will be mentioned in the “thank you”-section of the SGK#1 HC Edition!
  • backer-exclusive “THANK YOU” postcard, signed by the creator



LEVEL 2 ULTRA COMBO (limited to 9) (150 €)

  • SKETCH! I'll draw a full page black and white sketch of a character of your choice!
  • backer-exclusive hardcover edition of SGK#1, limited to 50 pieces, signed and handnumbered. Not available anywhere else, EVER!
  • your name will be mentioned in the “thank you”-section of the SGK#1 HC Edition!
  • physical copy of SGK#1, signed by the creator. It’s like pre-ordering the book, but signed
  • backer-exclusive “THANK YOU” postcard, signed by the creator



LEVEL 3 FULL RAGE GAUGE INSTANT KILL FINISHING MOVE! (limited to 1) (500 €)

  • ART COMMISSION! I'll draw a very detailed 11.69 x 16.53 inches, black and white illustration of whatever you want! Maybe your favourite comic book character? Or your own original character? A cover or pin-up for your comic project? It's all possible! You choose!
  • backer-exclusive hardcover edition of SGK#1, limited to 50 pieces, signed and handnumbered. Not available anywhere else, EVER!
  • your name will be mentioned in the “thank you”-section of the SGK#1 HC Edition on the top!
  • physical copy of SGK#1, signed by the creator. It’s like pre-ordering the book, but signed
  • backer-exclusive “THANK YOU” postcard, signed by the creator

 

Risks and challenges

There are no risks because the book is already finished and already was in print in 2015. The only thing that changed is the cover design (It looks cooler now). So I really don't expect any problems.

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    LEVEL 3 FULL RAGE GAUGE FINISHING MOVE!

    - ART COMMISSION! I'll draw a very detailed 11.69 x 16.53 inches, black and white illustration of whatever you want! Maybe your favourite comic book character? Or your own original character? A cover or pin-up for your comic project? It's all possible! You choose!
    - backer-exclusive hardcover edition of SGK#1, limited to 50 pieces, signed and handnumbered. Not available anywhere else, EVER!
    - your name will be mentioned in the “thank you”-section of the SGK#1 HC Edition on the top!
    - physical copy of SGK#1, signed by the creator. It’s like pre-ordering the book, but signed.
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