Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life is a 32 page, Black and White One-Shot describe as: "Batman: The Animated Series mashed into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles if Saturday morning cartoons came on after 10pm."
Knockaround-Guy feels like he's a fraud. He is a self-proclaimed superhero who isn’t taken seriously by the A-Listers of Struggle-Town. As a result he’s left to investigate the weird and unusual crimes beneath their notice.
But when a street mime is found dead (asphyxiated inside an actual invisible box), Knockaround-Guy soon finds himself wading through the ugly and dangerous underbelly of Struggle-Town.
After meeting Margot le Dieu, the beautiful, grieving fiancé of the deceased, Knockaround-Guy’s investigations lead from The North Poles Strip Club, through a slew of colourful criminals, and finally point to crime kingpin Lucifer and his Killer Klown Syndicate.
Knockaround-Guy and Margot decide to take the fight to the local crime boss and his crew, even if it kills them.
NEXT STRETCH GOAL!
$3,500 - UNLOCKED!! Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life Script PDF with Bonus 10 pages of page progression art. 41 pages total!
$4,000 - LOCKED: Gorilla my Dreams PDF for Knockaround-Guy paper toy!
My Motivation For Creating Gorilla my Dreams
Eight years ago I had a motor bike accident and shattered my right upper arm. From that day I've lived with chronic pain. Every second of every minute of every day I am in pain. Long story short, that's where the depression crept in, though I didn't realise it at the time. My body was broken, my mind was broken, and soon my relationship and family was broken too.
I know I got off easy with that accident. It could have been so much worse. I try to use it as inspiration. I try to use it as a beacon, a sign that I've wasted too many years on this planet and I have to leave my mark. I started creating instead of just existing.
I came up with Gorilla my Dreams in 2016 after stumbling across a number of detective noir stories that weren't set in your standard noir worlds. From that catalyst came Knockaround-Guy and Struggle-Town. As I wrote the character, I discovered that this guy, this Knockaround-Guy, possesses the same self-doubts that I do. He isn't your confident, star-spangled boy scout, or a powerful, unbeatable hero from the stars.
No, this guy is just like me. He's just like you. He is scared of screwing up, and worried that he'll never measure up, but he continues to go out there. He continues to try to find life's purpose. He continues to help people in need.
I went to Fiverr to find an artist to bring Struggle-Town to life, and by the greatest good luck you can imagine I found the incredibly talented Ahmed Rafaat. He embraced the characters and themes of Gorilla my Dreams, and made them so much more than even I thought they could be. Since then we've worked together to create a unique and dangerous superhero noir world where a talking gorilla who fancies himself a superhero thwarts crime.
THE OTHER CHARACTERS OF GORILLA MY DREAMS
Margot le Dieu
Every hard-boiled detective story needs a femme fatale, a mysterious and seductive woman whose charm leads to compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations. In Gorilla my Dreams she comes in the form of a street mime. Of all the comic books, in all the towns, in all the world, why did the beautiful and vulnerable Margot have to walk into mine?
Lucifer is the wannabe gangster son of the sadistic clown mobster Clovis Bacchius. Always trying to prove he is more ruthless and violent than his father, Lucifer is constantly getting himself into more trouble than he's worth.
PRAISE FOR GORILLA MY DREAMS
"The GORILLA MY DREAMS webcomic from Ahmed Raafat and Big Tim Stiles is some good good stuff." Ryan K. Lindsay, writer of Negative Space, Deer Editor, Beautiful Canvas
"It’s like a black and white Hellboy but with 300% more puns... Get in on this action while it’s still new. Gorilla My Dreams has a wonderfully user-friendly website, a great premise, and a promising future. Recommend to anyone." Aaron Sullivan of Comic Crusaders
THE PLEDGE LEVELS
Here's a quick rundown of the pledge levels and what you can expect in each:
If you want the digital PDF of Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life, pledge AU$2 for the GIBBON LEVEL. That'll get you the main 22 page story with art by Ahmed Raafat, exclusive 5 page back up story, page progressions, and character design pics. 32 pages in all.
If you pledge AU$6 for the CHIMPANZEE LEVEL, you get the hard copy, paper, 32-page version of Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life with the regular cover by Ahmed Raafat. In addition to that, you'll also get the Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life PDF.
We've heard the lamenting of our non-Australian friends about international postage and while I personally don't run the Australian Postal Services, I think we may have a bit of a solution. In an effort to make postage for affordable to our backers outside of Australia, Trev Wood & Dale Maccanti (creators of After the Snow #1) are teaming up with Big Tim to get you both comics for the one postage charge. Additionally, everyone that purchases this pack will get all the digital rewards from both campaigns.
If you love collecting variant covers, the TWIN MONKEY LEVEL is for you. Pledge AU$15 and you will get the hard copy of the Limited Edition Variant Cover Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life with cover by Craig Bruyn AND the hard copy comic with regular cover by Ahmed Raafat! 32 pages each. You also get the Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life PDF, just in case you don't want to crease your hard copies.
Want to go digital, but want something extra? How about a companion piece for your ears? Well then, BABBOON LEVEL is for you. Pledge AU$25 and I will record an audio commentary of Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life that you can listen to as you read the comic. You also get the Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life PDF to scroll through as you listen!
You know what's awesome? Covering your nakedness with clothes. T-shirts in particular. At the HOWLER MONKEY LEVEL pledge AU$50 and you get your choice of one of the two Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life t-shirts (see below for t-shirt sizing chart). You also get the regular edition Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life with Ahmed Raafat cover, and the PDF.
Now, here is the sweet spot. Pledge at the GORILLA LEVEL for AU$75 and you will score a signed and numbered hard copy of the limited Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life with the Sketch Variant cover, with one-of-a-kind hand drawn art by Big Tim (to get an idea of what it looks like when a writer draws on a limited edition sketch cover, you can see the covers I did for the Cthulhu Williams Kickstarter right here). You also get the regular edition Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life with the Ahmed Raafat cover, and the PDF.
If you can't make your mind up on which t-shirt you want, just pledge AU$100 for the ORANGUTAN LEVEL and score both of the Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life t-shirts. That's right. You can have Gorilla my Dreams on your body forever! Wear one, wash the other. Wear the second while the first one is in the wash! You'll be the Belle of the Ball (see below for t-shirt sizing chart). You also get the regular edition Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life with the Ahmed Raafat cover, and the PDF.
You want all-in? You literally want every physical thing on offer? Here's your one-stop shop. The FULL BARREL OF MONKEYS LEVEL is AU$150. For that you get everything! Two t-shirts, all three editions of the comic (Regular, Limited Edition, AND Sketch Variant covers), and the Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life PDF! (See below for t-shirt sizing chart).
This is where stuff gets serious. The HUMAN LEVEL is going for AU$300 each and there are only five on offer. Do you need a cover done for your comic book? Or do you have an idea for a hero or monster, and would like to see what it'd look like have her/him on a comic book cover? Gorilla my Dreams artist, Ahmed Raafat will draw a cover for your comic! How cool is that?! You also get the Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life Sketch Variant cover (individually numbered, signed and illustrated by Big Tim) and the PDF.
Ever wanted to be a superhero? Or have an idea for a hero that you'd like to see in a comic book? Then check out the MAKE ME A SUPER APE LEVEL* for the DISCOUNTED PRICE OF AU$500. Two lucky customers will work with Big Tim and Ahmed to design your own character powers, look, and even name. Your first appearance will be in the second instalment (and you'll be on the cover of the third instalment), you will be a main character, accompanying Knockaround-Guy for the rest of this four issue story-arc. And this will be YOUR creation, YOUR character (meaning that you will have the right to take your character and put them into your own projects; comic books, novels, films, t-shirts, whatever). You also get the Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life Sketch Variant cover (individually numbered, signed and illustrated by Big Tim) and the PDF.
* Your hero does not have to be an ape or ape themed. She/he can be whatever you want.
Finally we have the SASQUATCH LEVEL for AU$2,000. For this bucket of cash, Gorilla my Dreams writer Big Tim will come to your local comic book store, anywhere in Australia for a signing appearance. He will talk to you about all things comic books, movies, politics, and even have a drink with you and maybe even hit up your local karaoke joint (Does somewhere nearby do good nachos? Asking for a friend)! Oh... and I'll sign anything. ANYTHING (except for living animals)! You also get the Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life Sketch Variant cover (individually numbered, signed and illustrated by Big Tim) and the PDF.
I've tried really hard to have something for every budget. I really hope there's something on this list that interests you.
$2,000 - UNLOCKED!! Background wallpaper for your desktop computer!
$2,500 - UNLOCKED!! Exclusive episode of Turtle-Boy Podcast. https://turtleboypod.podbean.com/
$3,000 - UNLOCKED!! Bonus 4 page story written and illustrated by Big Tim Stiles.
$3,500 - UNLOCKED!! Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life Script PDF with Bonus 10 pages of page progression art.
$4,000 - LOCKED: Gorilla my Dreams PDF for Knockaround-Guy paper toy!
WHERE IS ALL THAT MONEY GOING?
The $1,500 I'm asking for is going towards paying for the initial print run of Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life. About 10-15% of that goes toward Kickstarter fees and processing fees. Misc will cover various costs like replacing lost or damaged books. Anything above the goal will go towards fulfilling stretch goals, and then any remaining funds will help get us started on the next Gorilla my Dreams comic (Working title right now is Gorilla my Dreams: Gorilla Tails).
GIANT-SIZE MARGO INCENTIVE REWARD
Giant-Size Margo and Gorilla my Dreams are collaborating on a cross-over pin-up! With art by Ahmed Raafat, I'm sure you'll agree that this A5 Army of Webcomics print is AWESOME!
You want one of these bad boys? Here's what you need to do:
You must pledge $20 or above to the Giant-Size Margo Kickstarter AND $6 or more to the Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life Kickstarter in order to get this awesome A5, full colour print. Once both Kickstarters are done, we'll cross-reference our backers and if you're on both lists (at the correct pledge levels) I'll be slipping one of these A5 prints in the cover of every book I ship out.
If you're unfamiliar, Giant-Size Margo features the return of the universe's most reluctant intergalactic trash collector. Giant-Size Margo is a 48 page comic that includes two full stories; Apocalypse in Pink and Attack of the Space Vampire. A book this big can only be called Giant-Size Margo!
Gorilla my Dreams has been hatched from the egg-like craniums of Ahmed Rafaat and Big Tim Stiles, with the assistance of S. Greenleaf.
Ahmed Raafat is an Egyptian comic book artist currently living in the UK. He is the co-creator of "El Osba" (Arabic for: The League), an independent Egyptian superhero comic book series, and has worked on various comic book projects in and outside the UK.
BIG TIM STILES:
Big Tim Stiles is an Australian writer, actor, and podcaster who has been working in the creative arts for over two decades. After four years of writing comic book reviews for GiantFireBreathingRobot.com he dove into writing his own comics, starting with his paranormal investigator/monster hunter Cthulhu Williams.
Quickly becoming known as ‘The Leditor,’ Shawn is the script editor & production manager for Gorilla My Dreams. He’s worked on almost all of Big Tim’s comic projects, contributing in various ways to the Cthulhu Williams comic as well.
His resume also includes Lettering & Editing for the following series: the apocalyptic horror series, Escape from Jesus Island, the Fantasy/Western, Oathbound, the grindhouse series,
The Infernal Pact/Whore of Babylon, and the all-ages ghost hunter story, Full Moon Fredo.
To be quite honest, that’s just a few of the projects he works on. He’s a proverbial ‘glutton for creative punishment’ and just can’t say ‘No’ when a new, exciting project comes his way.
THANK YOU FOR CHECKING OUT OUR KICKSTARTER!
Risks and challenges
There is always the possibility of an unexpected Drop Bear attack or a stampede of hungry bunyips, which could make delivery of the sketch variant Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life troublesome. However, nothing short of that will derail my plans.
Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life is already completed and the only hold up is going to be me drawing on each of the sketch variant covers. Should this become overwhelming for me, I will recruit a number of other artists to get them completed in a reasonable timeframe.
I've been a backer on Kickstarter for long enough to know that problems come up and delays happen. However Gorilla my Dreams: Mime of my Life is a project I want to see succeed and any future plans I have for the characters and comic book rely 100% on the backers being happy and wanting to come back for more.
I can't promise to know every unexpected hurdle that comes my way, but I can promise to keep you in the loop every step of the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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