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 imagination for all ages. Adam has been working as a professional illustrator for over 20 years and this is Makana’s 2nd book.
Who is Punk Taco?
Punk Taco is a lovable alien 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.
Despite his intergalactic celebrity, Punk Taco's origins still remains a mystery. What's his real name? Where does he come from? Is he the only one of his kind? All of these questions will be answered in time, but for now- enjoy the adventure.
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 all ready to give up and run for their lives. What’s a taco to do?
Check out these sample pages of PUNK TACO Volume 2!
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 $15,000.00 to bring this to life. This will cover the cost of printing an 8x12 hardcover with spot varnish and full-color interior pages, as well as production (inking, coloring editing) and shipping costs. Stretch Goals will be added on if we go beyond our initial funding.
The art will be completed by the end of December, after which we will ship the book to the printer once it is edited. We are looking to have it back from the printer by May 2019.
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.
I try and keep the rewards simple because I want to focus all my energy on making this the best book possible. Rewards will consist of copies of Punk Taco Volume 1 for those who missed out, sketches, original art, commissions, older books and comics I worked on, as well as stickers and a digital download of the official PUNK TACO theme song. If we can reach our stretch goals I can possibly produce some shirts or maybe even put together custom PUNK TACO Lego sets. For now, I just want to create the best comic book possible and I hope you will join in the adventure.
If you don't own PUNK TACO Volume 1, the deal for you is the BOOK LOVER SUPREME for $50. This will get you copies of both PUNK TACO Volume 1 and 2 plus a lot of great extras.
Reviews and Interviews
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 Reviews on Amazon Check out PUNK TACO on AMAZON and read some of the awesome reviews for Volume 1. The Creators Adam and Makana Wallenta The Fans We’ve been travelling all over the country and are so grateful to everyone that has supported PUNK TACO Volume 1.
Quotes from Professionals Endorsing PUNK TACO Volume 1
“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
Reviews for PUNK TACO Volume 1
Everyone LOVES Punk Taco!
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