PUNK TACO: Giant Problems! An All Ages Graphic Novel
An intergalactic, peace-loving, space-taco & his band of punk-rocking misfits battle an evil giant to save a planet from destruction.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, April 24 2019 12:00 AM UTC +00:00.
WHO ARE WE?
Adam and Makana Wallenta are the creators of PUNK TACO. Along with our friends Gabriel Mayorga and Lea Jean Badelles, we are artists who love to tell fun stories that inspire the imaginations of young and old alike. Adam has been working as an illustrator and professional comic book creator for more than 20 years and this is Makana’s 2nd book.
WHO IS PUNK TACO?
Punk Taco is a lovable sentient taco who rocks out across the universe with his band of misfits, fighting evil and helping those in need. Punk Taco believes in peace and love but has no tolerance for bullies and tyrants, so when he sees an injustice, he can't resist helping and joining in the fight.
He loves his friends and considers them family, and will do anything for them. His empathy and compassion for others and his willingness to sacrifice himself to help the downtrodden is legendary.
Check out the official PUNK TACO Theme song. Written and Produced by Adam Wallenta and ICBM. Performed by ILLUS and RoXXXteady. Wouldn't PUNK TACO make a great animated series?
VOLUME 2: THE STORY
Punk Taco and the band were on their way to a gig when we last saw them in the Volume 1 Epilogue, when a giant hand reached through a mysterious portal and whisked them away. Volume 2 picks up immediately after that and thrusts our hero and his friends into a dangerous new adventure to save a planet endangered by a greedy syndicate that is mining not just the resources, but also the very life essence of the planet itself. Punk Taco must join forces with a coalition of tribes to prevent an environmental disaster, but the problem is, they are the size of ants compared to the giant that threatens their planet. What’s a taco to do?
Punk Taco Volume 2 is a continuation of Volume 1, and picks up where we left off in the epilogue. The book is penciled and we are inking and coloring each page now.
We need to raise a minimum of $5,000.00 to print the book. This will cover the cost of printing an "8.5x12" hardcover with spot varnish and full-color interior pages, as well as shipping costs. We have a lot of great Stretch Goals including bonus stories, sticker sheets, coloring books and even PUNK TACO Volume 3! So let's get this funded on day 1 and make PUNK TACO a huge success!
International customers - The cost of shipping PUNK TACO Volume 1 from the previous campaign cost me between $28-$40 for a single book. I apologize for the high cost of shipping but it is not something I control. When I originally shipped Volume 1, I had to come out of pocket for a lot of the cost. Because of these high shipping costs I will be including some extra rewards exclusive for international customers including original sketches in each book.
Check out these sample pages of PUNK TACO Volume 2!
We have a lot of great rewards including stickers, bookmarks, enamel pins, buttons, magnets, T-Shirts and original art. There is something for everyone and we will post more as the campaign progresses.
The First 200 Backers to support PUNK TACO Volume 2 and pledge $25 or more, will get a FREE Copy of the official PUBLIC ENEMY Trade Paperback collecting issues 0-5 by Adam Wallenta and Chuck D.
The Adventures of GEO Issue 1 and 2!
Pledge $50 to get autographed copies of PUNK TACO Volume 1 and 2 and you will also receive autographed copies of The Adventures of Geo #1 and 2 by Adam Wallenta and Dr. Kanani Lee. The Adventures of Geo is an all-ages, educational, science, comic book series. Each issue follows our hero Geo, as he embarks on adventures of scientific discovery and learns about the world around him and beyond.
MORE REWARDS LISTED ON THE SIDE PANEL AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!
PUNK TACO Volume 1 is almost SOLD OUT!
There are only 300 copies of PUNK TACO Volume 1 left in stock for this Kickstarter campaign. If you missed out last time around, this may be your last chance to get one. They are available with the following Reward Packages.
- $25 for PUNK TACO Volume 1 (Only 100 copies available)
- $50 for PUNK TACO Volume 1 and 2 (Only 100 copies available)
- $100 for PUNK TACO Volume 1 and 2, both with original color drawings included. (Only 100 copies available)
- T-Shirts: Want an extra T-Shirt for yourself or a loved one? They are $35 each and you can choose which design, style and color you want. All sizes available.
- PUNK TACO Volume 1: Add $25.00
- PUNK TACO Volume 2: Add $25.00
- PUNK TACO Limited Edition Enamel Pin: $15.00
- Want more Bookmarks? Add $1.00 to your order for each extra one you would like.
STRETCH GOAL #1 is UNLOCKED!!!!!
- PUNK TACO STICKER #2! Everyone who pledges $25.00 or more will get a new PUNK TACO Sticker!
STRETCH GOAL #2 is UNLOCKED!!!!!
- PUNK TACO BOOKMARK #2! Everyone who pledges $25.00 or more will get a 2nd all-new, all-original, PUNK TACO BOOKMARK!
STRETCH GOAL #3 is UNLOCKED!!!!!
- PUNK TACO STICKER #3! Everyone who pledges $25.00 or more will get an all new, original PUNK TACO Sticker as well as Stickers #1 and #2!
- PUNK TACO Trading Cards! If we can raise $7,500.00, everyone who pledges $25 or more will get a complete set of original PUNK TACO trading cards.
- PUNK TACO STICKER SHEET! If we can raise $8,000.00, everyone who pledges $60 or more will get an 8.5x11 PUNK TACO STICKER SHEET with all new original stickers featuring PUNK TACO, DAHLILA, BOVO, BASH and friends!
- The PUNK TACO COLORING BOOK ADVENTURE! If we can raise $10,000.00, everyone who pledges $25 or more will get a copy of The PUNK TACO COLORING BOOK ADVENTURE as a bonus reward! Relax with a box of crayons and get creative while reading an awesome new adventure.
REVIEWS and INTERVIEWS
Ghosts of the Stratosphere April 9, 2019 https://gotstratosphere.com/2019/04/09/comic-bookworm-from-the-kids-shelf-punk-taco/
Outright Geekery March 25th 2019 http://www.outrightgeekery.com/2019/03/25/punk-taco-interview/
The Besotted Geek Podcast April 10th 2018 https://besottedgeek.podbean.com/e/95-bruce-vicki-batman-1989/ @BesottedGeekPod
Four Guys and a Comic Book Podcast April 14th 2018 Issue #93: Adam Wallenta, Punk Taco/Sin City https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-wk5te-8f4068 @4GuysAndAComic
So Wizard Podcast April 16th 2018 http://sowizardpodcast.com/comic-book-review-punk-taco/ @SoWizardPodcast
Super Hero Speak May 8th 2018 http://superherospeak.com/wp/review-punk-taco @SuperHeroSpeak
QUOTES FROM INDUSTRY PROS WHO LOVE PUNK TACO
“Punk Taco is a sci-fi infused punk rock anthem of a graphic novel, celebrating positivity, empathy, and – perhaps most importantly – nachos. It harkens back to the adventurous cartoons of the 90s, updated with frenetic energy and a few knowing winks sent toward adult readers, without losing its warm-hearted nature.”
- Pat Shand
Writer of Afterglow, Destiny NY, Spooky Girls
“Punk Taco is childlike fun at its best! Full of tacos, nachos, aliens and rock ‘n’ roll!”
Eisner and Harvey Award-Winning Writer/Artist of Tiny Titans, Itty Bitty Hellboy, Superman Family Adventures
“Punk Taco is like the dream you’d have after passing out from a great Mexican feast while bumping 90’s Hip-Hop through your headphones. Its psychedelic weirdness and social activism could only come from the combined minds of a kid and his dad, cracking up at a joke and then turning it into an entire galaxy. From radio station WKRS to the junk food villain’s plan to “Make the Galaxy Great Again,” its hidden gems sparkle bright. Throughout all the juvenile, hyper-colored fun, you can dig the central theme that love, art and being cool to one another make up the infinite power that runs this mothership we all happen to be traveling on, and that greed, selfishness and fear are all headed for self-destruction. Long live Punk Taco and his secret nachos!!!”
- Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Grammy Award-Winning Hip-Hop Artist for Best Children’s Album and Author of Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out
“Punk Taco is a fun, intergalactic action-adventure story full of the kind of love and optimism you’ll definitely want to upload into the brain of any kid you care about.”
- Chris Giarrusso
Harvey Award-Nominated Artist/Writer of G-Man, Mini Marvels, Encounter
“Adam and Makana Wallenta’s Punk Taco is a lush, sumptuous spectacle for both adult and children’s eyes, coupled with a crazy-fun story that wraps itself around important social issues... and nachos. It’s delicious!”
- Mark McKenna
2012 Inkwell Awards Hall of Fame. Writer, Penciller, Inker of Banana Tales, Combat Jacks, Batman
“Truth, justice and the quest for perfect nachos! Punk Taco is a fun-filled comic book burrito... an important tale of optimism wrapped in candy-colored art. Adam Wallenta created Punk Taco with his son, Makana. The result is a rockin’ all-ages book that can be enjoyed by parents and kids alike. All that’s missing is a side of guacamole!
- Bill Walko
Writer/Artist of The Hero Business
“At the same time it’s a kind of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure meets Axe Cop, Punk Taco is also a book that validates childrens’ emotions in these turbulent times. It's okay to be upset and angry over the injustices of the world, and channeling those feelings into something active is a good way to manage them”.
- Kelly Sue DeConnick
2014 Eisner-Award Nominated Writer of Pretty Deadly and Captain Marvel
“This Taco goes Hard (shell)! Here’s an intergalactic space adventure that feels foreign and familiar simultaneously. Punk Taco walks that same hero path I grew up admiring in my youth. With some incredibly beautiful colors, very unique character designs and an unpredictably building storyline, Punk Taco is an all-ages Sci-Fi comedy adventure that has a little something for everyone."
- Marquee Mark, Markellus Ragans
Host of So Wizard Podcast
Risks and challenges
There are no risks. If we do not meet our goal- you will not be charged a penny. If we meet our goal- the book will be completed and you will get your rewards no matter what.
There are delays at times and unexpected events that occur. So the delivery date can change but I always deliver. I have a solid 100% track record and I always openly communicate with everyone and keep everyone up to date on progress and delays.
I respect your hard earned dollars and I appreciate everyone that supports what I do. I will never betray that trust or support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter