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Fear no squid. Resist the Octopocalypse. Get a graphic novel / art book about suburban octo-doom from Red Rage Comics.
Fear no squid. Resist the Octopocalypse. Get a graphic novel / art book about suburban octo-doom from Red Rage Comics.
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Creating the Octopocalypse:

OCTOSPORE BOOK ONE: SUBURBAN SQUID is a 9x6 art book/graphic novel prize book from Jesse James Higgins and Scott Dewey, the Red Rage Comics team that brought you The Tasting and Nuclear Circus!!!

Octospore Book One: Suburban Squid began when Jesse and Scott started watching "River Monsters" during Red Rage Comics work breaks. Already terrified of sharks, etc, Jesse and Scott found their water phobia increasing exponentially. Jesse was then sent a Youtube video by a friend. This video was a clip ripped from a BBC documentary about Cordyceps, a terrifying fungus that mind controls ants in the Amazon Jungle, forces them to climb, then grows out of the back of the ant's head like a freaky tentacle... (The video is below). Thus, Jesse and Scott immediately began fashioning the Octopocalypse when challenged to create a new take on the zombie apocalypse, a nightmare vision born of Youtube and Netflix terror. 

Book 1 of the Octospore saga chronicles the beginning of the Octopocalypse as madman, Octavius Du Pont, gives rise to the End Times Squid. He adapts a human strain of Cordyceps and releases the virus at a massive cosplay contest. The Octopocalypse then spreads like wildfire into an unsuspecting and unprepared American suburbia. One moment neighborhoods are white picket fences, happy laughter, and bar-b-que smells. The next moment neighbors disappear in squiddy explosions and the survivors are overwhelmed by the danger and stress of unthinkable disaster.

Octospore Book 1: Suburban Squid is an experimental graphic novel from Jesse James Higgins and Scott Dewey that explores human communication within a disaster scenario. Sometimes funny, more times tragic, the Octopocalypse provides a living window into the vagaries of being human and the indomitable spirit that keeps people whole even when their worlds fall to pieces. Join the OCTOSPORE BOOK 1 Kickstarter and help Jesse and Scott spread the Octopocalypse!

The best way to resist the squid!?! Join Team Tentacle by getting your Octo Toques and Octo Toys!!!

Hand made with certificates of authenticity, these toques and toys are squimazing!!!

There are only 8 toys and 8 toques available. Make sure you get yours. And make sure you tell us your favorite color! We wouldn't want your evil little squid hat to be the wrong color!!! 

Check out these pages from OCTOSPORE BOOK 1!!!

And here's a page spread from Rocket Ship to Octo Doom, the Octopocalypse origin story that is unveiled in Octospore Book One!!!

The first 40 pages of Octospore Book One are ready. Be sure to ask us if you have any questions about the project!

OCTO NEWS!!! A print of Scott's painting, Spidey's Octo Doom, got signed by Stan Lee at PacCon Spokane! Now we're offering this one-of-a-kind collector's item as a draw prize for all of our supporters at the end of our campaign! Join the Octo-fun!!! We hope you win!!!

And here's some Octo Art Prints!!!

Chewy!

 Darth Squideous!

 Deadpool!!!

 Dr. Squid... 

Every time, Mr. Fett. Every damned time...

 Our anime heroes!!!

And would it be complete without Rainbow Dash, the ultimate squid stompin' lady!?!

 And there's many more prints to choose from!!!

Octospore Book 1: Suburban Squid is a 9x6 art book/ graphic novel, a mini prize book, that begins a proposed 8 book series (See what we did there? Octospore... 8... whatever...). Reaching our base funding goal allows us to produce 500 professional quality copies of Octospore Book 1. This basic printing will be a forty page book that includes the first 8 pages of "Rocket Ship to Octo Doom" and the union of Jesse's writing and Scott's art as they publish the first 40 pages of the Octopocalypse art book project. 

More Kickstarter funding means that we can produce and print a bigger Book 1!!!

The $5,000 Stretch Goal: We've partnered with professional cosplayer Ashley "Undead Du" Duhaimie to create a fantastic 4 page addition to the Octospore story world called "Undead Du vs. the Octopocalypse." Undead Du begins her day at a typical photoshoot on Octopocalypse Day Zero. Then all hell breaks loose as her photographer and his helper explode into various squid parts. Undead Du then fights to survive the subsequent squiddy mayhem.

The $7,500 Stretch Goal: Reaching our $7,500 stretch goal allows us to add 8 pages to the core section of Octospore Book 1. This stretch goal addition accounts for cost of art production, cost of printing with additional pages, and the cost of shipping a larger book.

The $10,000 Stretch Goal: We extend the "Undead Du vs. the Octopocalypse" from 4 pages to 8 pages in the printing of Octospore Book 1: Suburban Squid.

The $12,000 Stretch Goal: Wowf Dog and Prrrow Cat get their own 4 page story in addition to their character introductions in Book 1.

Look below for additional stretch goals!

$2,500: All our backers at $18 and above get an signed 4x6 Octopocalyptic print as part of their rewards package!

$3,250: We give everyone a free digital copy of The Tasting, our first full length graphic novel!

$4,000: All of our backers get a free digital copy of Nuclear Circus, the second graphic novel from the Red Rage Comics story world.

$5,000: We add 4 pages of "Undead Du vs. the Octopocalypse" to the printed version of Octospore Book 1: Suburban Squid!!! 

$6,250: All backers at $18 tier and above get a secret "Sign of the Squid" reward!!!

$7,500: Jesse and Scott add 8 pages to the Suburban Squid story core!

$10,000: We include 4 more pages of "Undead Du vs. the Octopocalypse" to the printed version of Octospore Book 1: Suburban Squid!!!

$12,000: Wowf Dog and Prrrow cat, two characters introduced in book 1, get their own 4 page story in addition to their character introductions!!! And, because we're so pumped about breaking $12,000, we give everyone an additional 8X12 signed print!!!

$15,000: Can you say hard cover squid?

$18,888: Ummm... You don't even want to know how sweet this stretch goal reward is going to be. We will spoil you, then tell you you're acting spoiled, then spoil you again....

More stretch goals are on tap. Tell your friends. Tell your enemies. Help us bring our book series to life!!!

Join Team Tentacle, resist the squid, and kick some octo-butt!

Risks and challenges

Octospore is our second Kickstarted project. The biggest challenge we faced with our first Kickstarter (The Tasting) was press time and unexpected shipping costs. We now know the lay of the self-publishing landscape and feel prepared to deliver a project worthy of your support within the time frame we're projecting.

The first 40 pages of "Octospore Book One: Suburban Squid" are finished. We've also finished the prep work to prepare for possible project expansion depending on the amount of funding we receive.

Unexpected elements are inherent to every project. However, we've made made every effort to ensure that Octospore is streamlined from campaign to printing press to our backer's mailboxes!

Thanks Team Tentacle. It's a privilege and an honor to pursue your support!!!

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    Octo-thanks. Pledge allegiance with the End Times Squid. Escape obliteration. Be part of our thank you page.

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    DIGITAL SQUID. You get a digital copy of OCTOSPORE BOOK 1: SUBURBAN SQUID. You get the OCTOSPORE ART COMPENDIUM as a digital sketch book. You then get the next 7 books in the OCTOSPORE graphic novel series in digital format as we release them!!! All other reward tiers get this reward for free. We love this reward - we hope you do as well.

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    EARLY BIRD BOOK. You get a signed and numbered copy of OCTOSPORE BOOK 1: SUBURBAN SQUID!!! You also get the amazing DIGITAL SQUID rewards! WOWF!

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    OCTOSPORE BOOK 1: SUBURBAN SQUID. You get a signed and numbered copy of OCTOSPORE BOOK 1. You also get the DIGITAL SQUID rewards. Blam!

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    EARLY BIRD BOOK AND PRINT. You get OCTOSPORE BOOK 1 and your choice of OCTOSPORE PRINTS. Your book will be signed and numbered. Your print will be signed and sent to you with love. You also get the DIGITAL SQUID rewards.It's squidarific!!!

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    BOOK AND PRINT!!! You get OCTOSPORE BOOK 1 and your choice of OCTOSPORE PRINTS. Your book will be signed and numbered. Your print will be signed and sent to you with love. You also get the DIGITAL SQUID rewards.

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    BOOK 1 + LIMITED OCTOSPORE PRINT. You get a signed and numbered print copy of OCTOSPORE BOOK 1: SUBURBAN SQUID! You also get 1 of 8 copies of an 8X12 limited edition OCTOSPORE print that no one else will ever hold. You also get the squidtastic DIGITAL SQUID rewards.

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    ULTRA-LIMITED VARIANT COVER. You get a 1 of 8 Kickstarter exclusive cover on your OCTOSPORE BOOK 1!!! Only 8 available. You also get a OCTOPOCALYPSE PRINT of your choice. You then get the DIGITAL SQUID rewards. WOWF!

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    OCTO-TOQUE. We call them toques in Canada... You get a custom, hand-crafted OCTO-TOQUE by a local artist. Your OCTO-TOQUE will have a certificate of authenticity. You also get a signed and numbered copy of OCTOSPORE BOOK 1: SUBURBAN SQUID. You then receive a signed Octospore print of your choice! You then get all the amazing DIGITAL SQUID rewards!!! Only 8 available!!!

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    THE #1 BOOK. The ultimate OCTOSPORE collector's item... You get the first book from the OCTOSPORE BOOK 1: SUBURBAN SQUID print run. Your book will be signed, numbered and personalized. You also receive a signed Octospore print of your choice! You then get the amazing DIGITAL SQUID rewards. Better yet, you survive the OCTOPOCALYPSE through the sheer awesomeness of this Red Rage Comics talisman. Guaranteed...

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    SQUID SALAD SANDWICH. We think this reward is really cool... We package your OCTOSPORE BOOK 1: SUBURBAN SQUID in drawings by Jesse (WUH? he's the writer) and writing by Scott (WUH? he's the artist)!!! We're only doing this 3 times... You then receive a signed Octospore print of your choice! You then get all of the DIGITAL SQUID rewards. Great Odin's raven!!!

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    CUSTOM OCTO SKETCH. Scott hand sketches you a 1 of a kind 6x9 OCTO SKETCH. Your sketch will be signed and personalized by Scott. You also get a signed and numbered copy of OCTOSPORE BOOK 1: SUBURBAN SQUID. You then get your choice of a print from the Red Rage Octospore vault! You then receive all the amazing DIGITAL SQUID rewards!!! Wooohoo!

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    OCTO-TOY + RED RAGE INSIDER BONUS REWARD... This reward is for lore lovers. You get a hand-crafted OCTO-TOY we've commissioned from a local artist complete with certificate of authenticity. You receive your signed and numbered copy of OCTOSPORE BOOK 1: SUBURBAN SQUID. You then get an insider's look at the Red Rage story world complete with Yorick's Octospore origin story. You also receive a signed Octospore print of your choice! You then receive the super amazing DIGITAL SQUID rewards. Only eight of these rewards are available!!! Run!!!!!

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    MINI SQUID. We've designed a custom miniature in association with OCTOSPORE BOOK 1 and we're offering 5 of them as rewards. You choose if you want to paint your miniature or if you want us to paint it for you! You also get a signed and numbered copy of OCTOSPORE BOOK 1 and all of the amazing DIGITAL SQUID rewards. You even receive a signed Octospore print of your choice! Cowabunga!!!

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    HEROES OF THE OCTOCON. You get at least 8 of the superhero/supervillian prints from the Octospore print vault. You then get a signed and numbered copy of OCTOSPORE BOOK 1: SUBURBAN SQUID. You then receive another signed Octospore print of your choice! And you get all the amazing DIGITAL SQUID rewards!!! Only 4 available!!! Whammy!

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    SQUID WARS. You get at least 8 of the Star Wars prints from the Octospore print vault. At least 8... there might be more! You then get a signed and numbered copy of OCTOSPORE BOOK 1: SUBURBAN SQUID. You then receive another signed Octospore print of your choice! And you get all the amazing DIGITAL SQUID rewards!!! Only 4 available!!! BLAAAMMM!!!

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    THE #1 OCTO-TOY. You get the first hand-crafted OCTO-TOY that we commissioned for our project! Your toy is numbered and comes complete with a certificate of authenticity. You also get a signed and numbered copy of OCTOSPORE BOOK 1 and all of the fantastic DIGITAL SQUID rewards. You also receive a signed Octospore print of your choice! Double WOWF!!!

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    ORIGINAL ART PIECE - BECOME AN OCTOZOMBIE!!! Scott is offering 3 three massive commissions where he turns you into a raging Octo-Zombie! Or maybe you turn someone you love into an Octo-Zombie... for Christmas! Great Poseidon's Squid! That's a wonderful idea! You also get a signed and numbered copy of Octospore Book 1 and every squidderific DIGITAL SQUID rewards. You also receive a signed Octospore print of your choice! Cool! P.S. If you want the sketch for Christmas, we can facilitate - please be willing to help with the extra shipping costs.

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    CUSTOM DIGITAL OCTOSPORE PORTRAIT. Scott wants to convert you to the Octo Horde. Skype with Jesse for 1 hour to discover your ultimate OCTO MOMENT. Scott then captures your OCTO MOMENT in a beautiful art piece. The Red Rage Studio then sends you a signed 12X18 print of the moment you either join or resist the Octo Horde. You then get a signed and number copy of OCTOSPORE BOOK 1 and all of the delicious DIGITAL SQUID rewards. (We'll also send you something cool in your reward package that no one else gets!). And don't forget to pick your signed Octospore print! But seriously... don't forget.

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    YOUR OWN SQUIDDY NIGHTMARE. This reward is Jesse's favorite. Spend an hour on Skype with Jesse and help him write your own, personal 3-page OCTOPOCALYPSE comic book story. He then turns the panels over to Scott who makes beautiful squiddy art! You get the only printed copy of your story!!! You then receive a signed Octospore print of your choice! You also get a signed and numbered OCTOSPORE BOOK 1: SUBURBAN SQUID and all of the DIGITAL SQUID rewards! Have some fun with the Red Rage Studio!!!

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