About this project
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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!!!
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!!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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