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The almost autobiographical farce of one Poultry-American's journey through adversity,  and strangeness to find his place in the world.
The almost autobiographical farce of one Poultry-American's journey through adversity, and strangeness to find his place in the world.
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WHO OR WHAT OR HOW IS THIS CREATURE KNOWN SIMPLY AS CHICKEN?

Chicken came to me as a plush stuffed animal by my step-father, who worked at the Calvert Department of Waste Disposal in 2009.  He simply walked in and was curious to know if I wanted this strange totem he fished from being thrown away.  I said, "sure" casually and used him as a oddity of a home decoration.

Fast forward about a year.  I decided to bring Chicken to one of my comic book shows in Richmond, VA.  I dressed him up in some cosplay and threw up a sign, listing him as: THE OFFICIAL SPOKESCHICKEN OF 21ST CENTURY SANDSHARK STUDIOS.

Chicken at AwesomeCon 2015
Chicken at AwesomeCon 2015

I wont lie and say people immediately warmed up to him.  Most at first found him "a cute novelty" at best, and "strangely disconcerting" at odd moments.  But over time, he became a staple part of both my booth and 21st Century Sandshark Studios lore.  He has developed a small but loyal cult following, that has regaled in his various social media and meme related exploits of debauchery, alcoholic over-indulgence and philosophical introspection.

SAMPLE OF "THE WISDOM OF CHICKEN" MEMES
SAMPLE OF "THE WISDOM OF CHICKEN" MEMES

Over all these years, many people have asked the same question: WHEN IS CHICKEN GETTING HIS OWN COMIC?  The answer, up until recently, was: SOMETIME AFTER (INSERT COMIC BOOK HERE.)  Well that previous book is done and my plate is now officially clear to start this long discussed project!  Which I have thusly sought to entitle:

FRONT COVER FOR: CHICKEN- USDA REJECTED
FRONT COVER FOR: CHICKEN- USDA REJECTED

SO WHAT IS CHICKEN: USDA REJECTED ALL ABOUT?

In short: Chicken USDA Rejected can be "elevator pitched" as a FEAR AND LOATHING AT COMICON.  In longer terms.  It's the tale of a Saturday Night after a Comicon in Baltimore, where Chicken decides to leave the convention center, to have a night on the town with some friends, getting into various quasi felonious acts and quite possibly saving the world in the process...Or not?

This book will be different from my past books in a couple of ways.  1st off, where my previous books have ranged from my collaboration with Nick Davis on the all ages: TEDDY BEAR TALES, to my own creator-owned properties; Which range from PG to PG-13.  This book is a HARD-R rating as far as content is concerned.  So if nudity, harsh language and adult situations are not your strong suit.  Then this book IS NOT FOR YOU.  But for those looking for more ODD AND GROWN UP HUMOR.  This comic is RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY!



Preview Page for USDA Rejected
Preview Page for USDA Rejected
Preview Page from USDA Rejected
Preview Page from USDA Rejected
Preview Page for Comic
Preview Page for Comic

The other big difference is that we will have a companion COLORING AND ACTIVITY BOOK called respectively: 

CHICKENL THE NOT SAFE FOR KIDS COLORING AND ACTIVITY BOOK
CHICKENL THE NOT SAFE FOR KIDS COLORING AND ACTIVITY BOOK

The book will have 2 dozen images and various puzzles and activities and follow along both the themes of the book and Chicken's...Brand and idiom.  So how do we plan to go about all this?

INKS FOR ALTERNATE COVER A BY INDI MARTIN
INKS FOR ALTERNATE COVER A BY INDI MARTIN

 Our initial target goal is to raise about $2000 to help support the cost of both the comic and coloring books along with various rewards and their shipping costs.  

This will also be the first full comic book project, that I will be doing in full (Well, ALMOST FULL COLOR.  There will be a few pages in black and white for reasons I can not reveal here.)  

I at this point am planning to set the comic book at 72-80 pages of story material and will be a stand alone ONE-SHOT.  This means that you it's a "one and done" reading experience.  Which for you folks with low attention span looking for a good but quick read.  This will be something you may be interested in.  

The coloring book will be around 48 pages and will be a mix of coloring pages and various puzzle related activities.  It's a genuine spoof on the kids coloring and activity book.  But will not be safe for children!

On top of that we have a pretty nifty list of rewards lined up in addition to all this which will be used to fund with the proceeds of this project.  

 So what's in it for you? Besides bringing a cool, funny, and well crafted indie comic project to life and doing your part to promote the best Western Culture has to offer???

GLAD YOU ASKED!  

Some of our rewards will include:

-PDF COPIES OF THE COMIC AND COLORING BOOK!

-PAPER COPIES OF THE COMIC AND COLORING BOOK!

-STICKERS

-PRINTS

-ORIGINAL ART FROM THE COMIC

-ORIGINAL ART FROM THE COLORING BOOK

-T-SHIRTS

T-Shirt Design
T-Shirt Design

- MINI PRINTS


 Still not convinced to become a backer?


Okay!  Just scroll down to our next section here...

Do we have Stretch Goals?

YES INDEED WE HAVE STRETCH GOALS! 



And on top of this you can "spice up" your pledge with the following add ons!

- MINI PRINT SET $5 Each

- ADDITIONAL STANDARD EDITION COMIC (For pledges $17 and more) $10 Each

-ADDITIONAL COLORING BOOK- $15 Each

-11X17 PRINT (Either version)- $10 Each

-  INDI MARTIN VARIANT OR SKETCH COVER (No art included)- $15 Each

- T-SHIRT- $25 Each



-What will the retail price of the book be post Kickstarter? - While we do not have a final price yet, we are looking at a $8-$20  for general post-Kickstarter sales.

- How many interior pages will the book have?  It depends on stretch goals being reached.  But we are estimating between 72 and 80 pages.

-Is the comic BLACK AND WHITE or COLOR?- The comic will be full color covers with (mostly) full color interiors. 

-What is the difference between the Standard and Alternate versions of the book?  The Standard version will have a the brownish chicken on a stamp cover.  The Indi Martin Cover will have art from Indi Martin (See above), The Photo/Sketch Cover Variant will have an inner and outer cover.  The outer cover will be a blank sketch cover with photo of Chicken for the Interior.  

-Will the PDF version of the coloring book include the stretch goal bench marks?- Yep!

-When do you expect to ship out rewards?  We set a shipping date of December of 2019.

- I upped my pledge level and wanted to get an ADD-ON.  How do I go about doing that?  We will be sending out post crowdfunder surveys.  You will be able to specify your add-ons at that juncture.

- What does the Coloring and Activity Book include:  The book will have coloring pages as well as as fill in the word, mazes, and other such activity pages.  

- What sizes do the T-Shirts come in?- Small through 2XL


- Do you ship internationally?  Yes.  Though it will be a bit more expensive to do so.  

That's cool!  Just shoot us a message here or at 21Sandshark@gmail.com

Wanna Check out a 10 page preview of the comic to get an idea of what you are getting into?  CLICK HERE:  https://www.patreon.com/posts/26144265 

Risks and challenges

Every Kickstarter is a challenge. Some of those include: Printing problems, shipping and logistical hiccups, plus unforeseen work issues slowing things down. But, as my other Kickstarters have been fulfilled. I will make it a prerogative to fulfill the reward delivery of all of our backers!

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