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a Dystopian Sci-Fi Story about Saving Money for Afterlife
a Dystopian Sci-Fi Story about Saving Money for Afterlife
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 Hi Everybody, Diego here!

After a year in the making, my new comic book INVISIBLE WAR is ready to be printed!

By contributing to this project, you will receive a Crazy Comic Book with a unique style, completely made of hand painted panels! 



We Made it!!!! 

The Invisible War comic book will be printed... I cannot describe my happiness!!!

If the first stretch goal was met, I was supposed to give a sticker as an extra to each backer of the campaign who purchased a book... I decided to change this stretch goal, but don't worry..  it's for the best: all the people who purchased a book will get the sticker! :-)

I decided to set the first stretch goal at 6000 € and if this amount is reached I will record a soundtrack for this book... I love messing around with synths and I would like to offer a surreal immersive experience. 

This will cause no delays! You will first get your book and only when all is shipped I will begin to work on the soundtrack in my spare time... so probably after a few months  I will send to all of you a link to the soundtrack and you will have the chance to read the book again with new eyes and new ears!! 

I really hope to unlock this stretch goal... this would be fun!!! :-)

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Some sounds I made just before the beginning of the kickstarter campaign... (this video was made for Instagram... you can ignore the text)

Invisible War is going to be my third book, it will be a 52 pages comic, all painted in acrylic colours. The story is about a baby girl named Jyoshimi, her father and her uncle living in a chaotic future plagued by a bloody global conflict. 

If you love monsters in comics, you'll be happy to know that you will find a LOTs! For those who are familiar with my previous works, you can already guess what to expect...  

If the project will be funded, I intend to print only the number of copies purchased by the campaign supporters, so this will actually be the only chance to get your copy! 

This is a mock-up cover of the book, the final version might be slightly different

The book is oriented to an "adult children" audience... even if presented in a soft and naive way, there are some mature content like people with no underpants or some flying guts every now and then. Anyway, there are no bad words in this book... I promise!

The dialogs will be written in English. Since I'm not a native English speaker, my friend Ricky Lima (a Canadian English mother tongue and amazing comic book author) will review the final version of the book as he already did for my previous book Aminoacid Boy.

This campaign is crucial to finalize the huge job I've been working on since 1 year ago and will be the completion of this creative process. Knowing that you will receive the book and hopefully love it, will be a great motivation to keep on working and put new efforts in my creative journey! 

The little Jyoshimi, her father Josh and her uncle Trent live in a near future in which poverty reached its highest level in human history. At this time, financial and religious institutions have definitely officialized their communion and instituted a new global government.

As a consequence of this new establishment, a new crypto-currency is created in replacement of the old Dollar. As the New Government stated, the main characteristic of this new coin is its transferability and usability in the afterlife.

These days, humanity finds itself in a situation of chaos. Gangs of militarised financial criminals, called Spekulators, fight against the New Government.

To counter the offence, the New Government placed rewards on the heads of these Spekulators. This last decision led to a wave of madness and spawned an intense war between the desperate civilians, acting as mercenaries, and the Spekulators.

The father of Jyoshimi is one of these mercenaries... I'll let you discover what's happening next! ;-)

It may sound a bit bizarre, but besides being an entertaining adventure, this book involves a reflection on how living in a financially dysfunctional society can affect specific aspects of our lives, such as intimate relationships as well as our beliefs and behaviours in preparation for afterlife. 


  •  JYOSHIMI is the 8 years Josh's daughter. Just like her father she loves a special brand of Japanese candies named Noushinbou
  •  JOSH is a desperate mercenary hunting Spekulators in order to guarantee himself and his daughter Yoshimi  a wealthy afterlife. Unfortunately his path to heaven is not going to be as smooth as he hoped... 
  •  UNCLE TRENT is Yoshimi's uncle. He's working as a mercenary with his stepbrother Josh. As you will discover soon, he's not a very lucky guy...
  •  SPEKULATORS are a gang of militarised financial criminals... they are the problem!
  •  THE WISE MAN... well , he is the wise man.
  •  WEIRD MONSTERS This book is full of monsters... they fly, they explode, and they invest in real estate!

Every supporter will have his name written in the "Thank you" page of the book!

This campaign is dedicated to INVISIBLE  WAR, but there are also Two Other Books available as rewards as well as more than 70 Original Illustrations of various size: 

 Aminoacid Boy and the Chaos Order is a 160 pages weird Graphic Novel. You can read details and see images from the book HERE

 Here is what some people said about Aminoacid Boy:

"The artwork is incredible. Superficially childlike, the lines skewed and haphazard in a very determined way, faces drawn with a contortion that makes them seem malformed, or melting as a result of a disruption to normal vision. As if Francis Bacon went to the funfair, ate something really bad, got food sweats and heatstroke, and ended up having a religious conversation on the ghost train."

Rebecca Gransden on Goodreads

"I have to recommend this comic. Despite the gore, nudity, and apocalyptic and gruesome imagery, there really is something so happy about the way everything plays out. It really is unlike anything you have ever read before, and it’s so very charming."

Joshua Davison on Bleeding Cool

  •  N-Euro C-Crack is a Silkscreen illustrated book printed with Le Dernier Cri in Marseille (France) in a limited edition of 150 copies... only 25 copies are available here. You can read a detailed description and see images from the book  HERE 

The Original Illustrations are all made in Acrylics and Inks on Fedrigoni Tintoretto Gesso 350 gr  paper. You will be able to choose among more than 70 drawings of various sizes.

 HOW TO CHOOSE AND BUY ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS:

  • Click HERE to open the catalog. 
  • Choose your favourite illustration in the page (every original will have an identificative number)
  • Purchase the reward level of your chosen illustration in this Kickstarter page and I will contact you in less than 24 hours (probably in a few hours) to reserve it for you. 

Oct 30 UPDATE - NEW PERK ADDED! 3 PAINTINGS ON CANVAS

Hello! I just added a new perk level to the campaign... these are 3 original Canvases I made for the book N-Euro C-Rack silkscreen printed by Le Dernier Cri in Marseille - France (the book is also available as a perk). They will be shipped unframed and rolled in a tube. The price is 400 €. They are painted in Acrylics and Inks and sized 100 x 80 cm approximatively (detailed sizes are in the Catalog Page).

  • To purchase a painting just choose your favourite one in the Catalog Page (they have an identification number)
  • Purchase the reward level Book + CANVAS in this Kickstarter page and I will contact you in less than 24 hours (probably in a few hours) to reserve it for you. 

You can view them in High Resolution by visiting the Catalog Page HERE (they're at the bottom of the page). 

This is one of the 3 paintings

The first days of the campaign will be the most important! This is why I've decided to send a special gift to all the people who will support the campaign at any perk level in the first 48 hours:

I've also set up two discounted rewards for the 20 fastest backers:  

  • the Invisible War Book  at 15 € instead of 18 €,Limited to the first 20 backers.
  • the 2 Books Bundle - Invisible War + Aminoacid Boy - at 30 € instead of 34 €, Limited to the first 20 backers.


The book will be a full colour, 21x 29,7 cm, 52 pages printed on Bio Next 160 grams paper, sewn binding. The cover will be printed on Fedrigoni Tintoretto Neve 300 grams.

I already took  contact with my trusted printer to agree on a high quality print run of the book. We already worked together for Aminoacid Boy, and he is also trusted by most of my favourite comic book editors in Italy.  


My primary goal is to raise 4.500 € to cover the cost of printing and the various fees (Kickstarter, and bank fees: approximately 10% of the budget). What's left is going to cover the shipping costs. 

The campaign is fixed funding so, if the goal isn't reached, all the money you paid will be automatically refunded to you. Your support is very important: any contributions will help make this hard work of love a reality!

What if this campaign goes over its funding goal ? :-)

This is what I really hope!!!

I will be able to create some additional rewards...I have many juicy ideas and I'll update you regularly about them in case the campaign will get off to a good start.

 On the 16th November the Campaign ends, and then?

The artwork for Invisible War is almost done ... if this campaign goes as well as I hope,  I should receive the funds from Kickstarter in early December. Then I will immediately send the files to my printer. As soon as I'll receive the books, I'll start shipping them.

I'll constantly keep you updated, even after the campaign ends!

I will commit myself to monitor the printing and shipping process. I will do my best to avoid delays and solve any eventual issue.

As you might know at this point,  my name is Diego Lazzarin, I'm from Italy.

Since 2005 I've been working in Stop Motion and CG animation, composing soundtracks, painting, making collages and sculpting masks and toys. In these years I participated to animation film festivals and painting exhibitions worldwide. In 2015 I published my first Graphic Novel "Aminoacid Boy and the Chaos Order" trough a crowdfunding campaign on another platform (at the time Kickstarter was not available in Italy). In the beginning of 2019 I published my firs a silkscreened illustrated book titled N-Euro C-Rack with "Le Dernier Cri" a collective in Marseille (France) which has already published many of my favourite artists.

I always have new ideas floating around my head, but in this moment, I'm mainly focused on making the Invisible War project a reality!

 This is the most tremendous picture of me I could find:

Noushinbou - のうしんぼう is a made-up brand of candies which are the favourites of Jyoshimi and her father Josh. The name was suggested by Masaharu Kuramochi, a Comic/Art journalist and Musician from Japan I met in 2019, when he interviewed me for my exhibition at Le Dernier Cri in Marseille (France). Masaharu told me that Noushinbou - のうしんぼうis the title of a Japanese avant-garde comic by Hajime Yamano, who is a cult Japanese Comic artist. Noushinbou is also the name of the fictional village of his story. Even if this word doesn't have a 'real' meaning in Japanese, we can hear intriguing resonances: Nou sounds like "brain" and Shinbou means "stem". Masaharu imagined this strange and scary scenery where people in Tokyo buy Noushinbou candies at the metro station, and instantly get mad eating them! Thanks Masahauru, I couldn't have found something more exciting :-)

I CANNOT CONTRIBUTE WITH MONEY... IS THERE ANY OTHER WAY I CAN HELP?

Yes, you can still help! Please tweet, re-link, or share this campaign on your socials. Use the Kickstarter sharing tools at the top of this page to spread the word! :-)

 CAN I BUY THIS BOOK FOR MY KIDS?

Even if there are no bad words, I guess this is not a very appropriate book for children. 

This book is oriented to an "ADULT CHILDREN" audience...Now you might ask yourself what exactly means "adult children"... well I'dont really know... I imagine this is a complicated topic... I would say an "adult Children" is an adult who has fun like a child reading a comic book and at the same time can face mature contents like nudity or violence (even if in my opinion they are presented in a very soft and naive way in this comic) understanding that what he sees is only fictional and aims at entertainment.

WILL THERE BE A .PDF VERSION OF THE BOOK?

No, there is no plan to make one. I want this book to be a beautiful object in the hands of my readers!

CAN I PURCHASE MULTIPLE COPIES OF THE BOOK?

Of course you can! If you wish to purchase 2 copies you just have to bake the project 2 times. If you manage a book shop or simply want to purchase 3 or more copies, you can purchase the first one and then write me through the Kickstarter messaging system, or if you prefer at invisiblewarcomicbook@gmail.com

I ALREADY PURCHASED A BOOK AND I WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE ALSO AN ILLUSTRATION... HOW CAN I DO IT WITHOUT BUYING ANOTHER BOOK?

This is great!! Get in touch with me through the Kickstarter messaging system, or simply write me at invisiblewarcomicbook@gmail.com

I ALREADY PURCHASED A BOOK AND AN ILLUSTRATION AND I WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE OTHER ILLUSTRATIONS... HOW CAN I DO IT?

Super great!! Get in touch with me through the Kickstarter messaging system, or simply write me at invisiblewarcomicbook@gmail.com

WHEN WILL I GET MY BOOK?

The artwork for Invisible War is almost done ... if this campaign goes as well as I hope,  I should receive the funds from Kickstarter in early December. Then I will immediately send the files  to my printer. As soon as I'll receive the books, I'll start shipping them.

WHAT IF I CHANGE MY ADDRESS BEFORE THE BOOK COMES OUT?

When the book is ready to ship I will put out a survey to give people the opportunity to change their shipping address. Unfortunately, due to shipping costs I cannot be responsible for adresses that fail to be updated.

I LIVE OUTSIDE EUROPE... WHAT WILL IT COST TO SHIP A BOOK TO ME?

You will be able to verify your shipping costs after you select your reward and before the money transaction. I'm doing my best to arrange a friendly shipping cost for the book outside Europe, specially for USA and Canada. Please note that for all the original illustrations, shipping costs are already included in the reward price!

HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH IF I'M NOT YET A SUPPORTER?invisiblewarcomicbook@gmail.com

Risks and challenges

I have already run a crowdfunding campaign for my previous book Aminoacid Boy on another platform (Kickstarter was not available in Italy at that time) so I know what the fulfilling process involves. I had almost no troubles with shipping and I learned how to take care and solve these issues in short times. All the artwork for the book is almost done and the printing file will be ready by the time I will receive the funds from Kickstarter. I already agreed with my printer that when I'll receive the funds we will start the production of the book. As soon as I'll get the books, I'll start shipping them. I am aware that circumstances can happen that are out of my control. In case it happens I will take care and be very communicative with my backers!

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    INVISIBLE WAR - Printed Book

    You will get the Invisible War Comic book + a special Sticker if you get this perk in the first 2 days of the campaign (until the 17th October)

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    Invisible War + Aminoacid Boy Bundle

    You will get the Invisible War book + the Aminoacid Boy book (34 € instead of 40€ retail price) + a special Sticker if you get this perk in the first 2 days of the campaign (until the 17th October)

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    Book + Original illustration SMALL

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    You will get the Invisible War Comic book + a Small Size Original Illustration.
    Shipping cost is included!

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    3 Books Bundle

    You will get 1 Invisible War Book, 1 Aminoacid Boy Book, 1 N-Euro C-Rack Limited Edition Silkscreen Printed Book (90 € instead of 113€ retail price) + a special Sticker if you get this perk in the first 2 days of the campaign (until the 17th October)

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    • Aminoacid Boy - Printed Book
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    Book + Original Illustration MEDIUM

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    By selecting this perk you will get the Invisible War Comic book + a Medium Size Original Illustration.
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    Book + Original Illustration LARGE

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    By selecting this perk you will get the Invisible War Comic book + a Large Size Original Illustration.
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    Book + Original Illustration EXTRA LARGE

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    Book + CANVAS

    Follow the CATALOG LINK in the description of the campaign to reserve your favourite canvas!
    By selecting this perk you will get the Invisible War Comic book + a Canvas painted in Acrylics and Inks.
    Will be shipped unframed, rolled in a tube. Shipping cost is included!

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    Printed Book - EARLY SUPPORTERS

    You will get the Invisible War Comic book (3 Euros discount on the Book price)
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    2 Books Bundle - EARLY SUPPORTERS

    You will get the Invisible War Comic Book + the Aminoacid Boy Comic Book (4 € discount)+ Special Early Backers Sticker

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