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A nearly wordless 212 page cloth-bound graphic novel about cultural barriers.
440 backers pledged $16,688 to help bring this project to life.

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$12,500---Bookplates---UNLOCKED!
   Everyone getting a hardcover copy of Anasazi will get their pick of
   three bookplate designs, or opt out if you wish!  

$15,000---Marbled Endpapers---UNLOCKED!
   Another addition to the physical book in these wild, colorful, marbled endpapers.  

$17,324---Winner Takes All!

We raised $17,324 to make our previous graphic novel Book of Da. If we raise more than this amount for Anasazi, every backer will get access to a hi-res PDF download of Book of Da. 


What is Anasazi?

Anasazi is a nearly wordless 212 page, 8" x 8.5" full-color cloth-bound graphic novel. Its a story of war, assimilation, and cultural divisions on a colorful alien planet that combines elements of science fiction, fantasy, mythology, world history, and horror.  

Buckram Cloth Bound Hardcover with Paper Inset and Die-Stamped Spine
Buckram Cloth Bound Hardcover with Paper Inset and Die-Stamped Spine

Nearly Wordless?

16 chapters. 16 words.  There is no English dialogue or exposition in Anasazi. Instead each chapter heading contains an alien language glyph along with a non-English word or phrase meaning and its literal English translation. These glyphs then appear as dialogue throughout the story.  

Whats the story?

Two tribes, Malecite and Anasazi, are separated by a river, Fisterra.  A forbidden crossing of this boundary leads to a bloody massacre, and two orphaned Anasazi children, Ebere and Xenia, are taken in by the Malecite.  But divisions within the tribe sow bitter conflict and a mythical and monstrous enemy looms on the horizon. 

A  Little Backstory...

Several years ago Matt wrote a short comic story synopsis called “Others” about two clans of aliens that mistakenly go to war.  Children go missing  from each clan, a bloody massacre ensues,  and an entire clan is wiped out.  Returning home, the survivors discover that the children had found one another and were playing happily while the grown-ups slaughtered each other on their behalf.  The story was to include indecipherable alien dialogue, black and white art, and end at the eye-opening moment at which the surviving clan finds the now orphaned children.  

Matt showed it to Mike who thought it was an exciting story, but perhaps just the beginning, feeling that even more interesting stories lay in how the children and their new de facto guardians learn to live with such a haunting past.  Coincidentally, on a recent trip to the Grand Canyon, Mike had picked up the story of the European naming of the Native American Anasazi people(now called Ancestral Puebloans).  European settlers had taken the name the Navajo had given them for this group, a word that translates, roughly, to  “ancient enemy;” A kind of ugly systemic hatred captured in a beautiful and dangerous word. Something that fit the story nicely.   Mike offered up the title, to write the rest of the story, to expand on the use of non-English languages, and to color the thing,  but Matt was writing to submit to an anthology that wanted a short story with black and white art. Perhaps Anasazi was not meant to be.  

Luckily, “Others” was rejected.  And, this freed it to become “Anasazi”.  Matt’s original story became the first two chapters(“Anasazi” and “Fisterra”), and over the next year or so Mike wrote 14 more, each with its own non-English word/phrase title, some of which like “Anasazi” are also exonyms--names given to one culture by another-- while the two slowly built out the characters, their languages, and their colorful world.  A few more years of story boarding, illustrating, and coloring 16 chapters and 212 pages and voila! (“look there!”) We’re ready to share what we think is a challenging and unique graphic novel  with you.

Rewards

$1 - Digital Gratitude

Every language has a word to show gratitude. And, for backing, you deserve ours.  We're going to "Thank You Very Much" in as many languages as we can.

$5 - Postcard Gratitude

Thanks for the fiver.  To show our appreciation, we'll send an Anasazi postcard to your address with a personal "Thank You Very Much" in a language not native to your locale.  

$10 - PDF Book + Extras

In addition to the previous rewards, well send a download link to the entire Anasazi book in Hi-Res PDF form as well as digital extras including the PDF Weltanshauung Appendix, and a number of behind-the-scenes type goodies like scripts, storyboards, concept drawings, and the like.  

$25 -  The Book + Cheater's Bookmark

The main event!  You will receive a signed(if you want) copy of the 212 page library-grade buckram cloth-bound full-color book with paper inset cover image and removable paper book band around the back cover as well as the previous rewards. In addition we'll send along the Cheater's Bookmark:  A handy double-sided reference to keep track of the glyphs and their meanings as well as character names and faces.  "Who you calling a cheater?"  Ok. Yeah.  We're challenging you not to use it, but we're not really judging.   

$30 - BRYK Postcard Set

This set of four 4" x 5.5" postcards with printed backs suitable for mailing will whisk you away to some of the far-flung alien languages and locales featured in Anasazi.  These aren't all necessarily places you'd want to visit again, but we think you'll want some token of having made the journey.  Includes all previous rewards.  

$40 - Weltanshauung Appendix Zine

Weltanshauung = "World View."  This 8" x 8.5" 12-page zine with 12" x 12" center gatefold on translucent paper features full color maps, diagrams, and reference materials that will get you deeper into the world of Anasazi.  Zine fits and is shipped under book band at back of book. Includes all previous rewards.

$50 - Ancient Enemy Poster

The story's central character Ebere gets the spotlight on this 11" x 12" color poster featuring art and glyphs from the book.  


$55 - Quarter Page Original Art

This is 5" x 5.5" original black and white page art from the book on art board.  Each page of Anasazi is broken into four quadrants.  Each of these four quadrants can be one big panel or broken into its own four possible quadrants for a maximum of 16 panels per page.  You receive one quarter-page of your choice from the pages designated to be broken into 4 discreet piece of art.  These are limited to 180  and are first come first choice.  Includes all previous rewards.  


$70 - Full Page Original Art 

This is a full 11" x 12" black and white Original Art page from the book on art board.  These are limited to 130 and are first come first choice.  Includes all previous rewards except Quarter Page Original Art.


$80 - Laser Press Poster - 4 Color or 5 Color

Laser Press = Laser Cutting + Letterpress.  With some help from node.0 creative playspace and Central Print letterpress studio here in St. Louis, we've designed this Kickstarter exclusive poster.   This is an 11" x 12" letterpress print.  You choose between  the 4-color and 5 -color versions pictured above.    Limit of 50, and includes all previous rewards except Full Page Original Art. 

$100 - DIY Anasazi Poster

This is an 11" X 12" full color poster designed by you.  Choose from select full-color art and typography from the book and arrange it how you like on the book's 16-panel grid to create a unique poster image. We'll assemble and digitally print the poster for you on ivory colored cover stock.  One of a kind!  Includes all previous rewards except Full Page Original Art.


$150-Two Page Spread

Some things are too big to say in a single page.  Choose from one of three 2-page spreads from the book.  This is two 11" X 12" full pages of  black and white art from the book on art board that form one 22" x 12" image spread.  Includes ALL previous rewards except Full Page and Quarter Page Original Art, and DIY Poster.

$250-Four Page Ziggurat Spread

It takes four pages to build something this big.  This is four 11" x 12" full pages of black and white art from the book on art board that come together to form one 22" x 24" image. Includes ALL previous rewards except Full Page and Quarter Page Original Art and DIY Poster.

Risks and challenges

Creating a unique graphic novel is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor. But, not to worry, we've run several printing related campaigns and have worked out all the details with the same domestic printer we used for our previous hardcover graphic novel "Book of Da."

As of press time, storyboards are complete, all pages are penciled, and 10 pages remain to be inked and colored. No big. After 5 years in the making, this thing is as good as done!

Printing and mailing take time and we have accounted for that in our delivery estimate. Our goal reflects the minimum amount needed to make this project viable. Full color graphic novels can be expensive to print, but get cheaper with volume. Let's make it happen together!

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