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Marcos GaribayBy Marcos Garibay
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Marcos GaribayBy Marcos Garibay
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About

What is A for Authentic?

A is for Authentic, is an original graphic novel written by Marcos Garibay and illustrated by Riki Takaoka. The book is accompanied by an original soundtrack that is produced by Marcos Garibay and features himself with a small handful of some great local independent artists from many different genres. The book and soundtrack are both packaged in a unique gift set that includes a bonus comic book, a limited edition sketch book, stickers, book mark, original artwork and additional downloadable content.

The Book:

A is for Authentic chronicles the life, times and outlandish adventures Marcos Garibay, a young man with a distorted view of fantasy and reality who is determined to leave his mark on the world. A is for Authentic is filled with true tales that include heart racing action sequences, tearful moments of pain and loss, a mysterious romance and a reoccurring and underlying theme that screams “follow your bliss, follow your passion and expect an adventure”. 

 The unbelievable true stories in this graphic novel includes many costumed adventures, hard life lessons about pain, poverty and inequality as well as a section of stories that take place in a period of time that is referred to as “Marcos’ vigilante years”. Murky swamps surrounded by a gang of angry dirt bikers, life altering midnight rumbles and various disaster situations that all involve string pulling animals, are just a few of the places Marcos’ quest to find his place in the world takes him.

The Music

Unlike any project of this kind, the A for Authentic graphic novel is accompanied by an original soundtrack. This album, with the same title as the book, features 10 brand new recordings produced by Marcos Garibay with assistance from his brother and fellow producer and partner, Armando Garibay. The Garibay brothers are both halves of The Blackout Beat, one of Denver, Colorado’s leading music production camps who have made a name for themselves with their ground breaking music that includes the popular performing group, The Circus House. The sound of the soundtrack is best described with Marcos’ own words. “It is going to be a mainly latin album. There will of course be Hip Hop, R&B and dance influence but each track will have a Latin soul. I think this is appropriate considering the content of the book, especially where the dance group is concerned.” Bachata, Merengue, Salsa, Reggaeton, Flamenco and Rumba sounds are all elements that Marcos Garibay (with his vocals and a handful of talented local artists) intends to blend into a fusion sound that gives the A for Authentic graphic novel an equally moving and heartfelt musical component. 

Who’s behind it? 

Marcos Garibay’s (Blackout Beat co-founder and producer) words are beautifully brought to life by the artwork of the amazingly talented Riki Takaoka.  Marcos and Riki both attended the same high school together in Pueblo, Colorado.  The two would spend many hours (at the expense of other classes) drawing, dreaming and laughing in art class. In the years following high school, Garibay and Takaoka left Pueblo in pursuit of their dreams and over the last decade they have accomplished many things worthy of praise in their respective fields of music and art. “A is for Authentic” is a project both, Takaoka and Garibay have been excited about for years. They see it as an exciting way to tell some great true stories in a unique way that should entertain as well as inspire. 

What do we need the funding for? 

Your generosity is needed to fund the book manufacturing, CD manufacturing and all packaging. Additionally, the funding will help us pay for the cost to bring all the talent together needed to make such an ambitious project possible. This includes the artwork that will bring the words to life and the musicians who’s sounds will complete the musical vision for the soundtrack. We have also budgeted a small portion of the funding to put towards a spot at Denver’s 2013 Comic Con.  

So many awesome rewards! 

Since your helping us make this dream project come true we are going to do our very best to make it worth your while!   Our rewards are personal, heartfelt and entertaining.   Rewards include singed copies of the music and book, original artwork, hand made origami thank you cards, exclusive sketch books, exclusive remixes, limited edition hard covers and A is for Authentic Apparel. As if that wasn’t enough we are also offering some really special and personal rewards for those that are able to contribute the most.  These rewards include special live performances of the soundtracks music and a invite to a dinner that Marcos will prepare for you at the recording studio where the project is being made! 

Stretch Goals: 

If we are fortunate enough to reach our goal  we have a short list of some things that would help make the road to A is for Authentic much easier for all of us!  This includes: 1. additional funding to get A is for Authentic in trade shows, 2. the purchase of some equipment that will help make the music production process smoother, 3. The press up of additional copies of the gift set to get into comic, music and book stores all through out the us and 4. the production costs to convert stories from A is for Authentic into a motion comic book. 

And Last But Not Least: 

Last but certainly not least, we wanted to thank you all for taking the time to see what A is for Authentic is all about.  And for all those how have shown your support by contributing we want to send you an extra special thanks! There is no way we would be able to bring this project to life without your generous help!  We can’t wait for you all to see and hear the finished project!

Risks and challenges

There are a few risks and challenges that come with bringing this project to life. But none of them are greater than raising the fund raising that you are all helping us with. Beyond that the biggest challenge is staying on schedule with the artwork work and recording process. The entire book and songs for the soundtrack are all written. The next step is to bring them both to life through the recording process and working with Riki Takaoka. It will be a demanding schedule to get this project done in time for Comic Con but it will also be an exciting adventure.

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    You just scored a sincere Facebook, Twitter, website thank you as well as a thank you that will appear in our next update video! Since every backer counts your name will be included in the book’s thank you page & in the CD book!

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    Shout outs plus a handmade origami thank you card with a hand written message. You also get an “A is for Authentic” sticker, a hand made bookmark and an advance download of the soundtracks first single and music video!

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    Excelsior!! On top of everything else you get an advance digital download of the soundtrack, a signed poster and a Kickstarter exclusive comic book edition of chapter 1 with signed variant cover!

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    Now we’re talking! Since your such a generous person you get your own signed gift set! That includes the graphic novel & the soundtrack! You're also getting the exclusive behind the scenes sketch book that includes character designs, story-notes and more.

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    Bang for your buck! Your getting all of the above with two original pages singed by artist Riki Takaoka. Your also getting a radical trucker hat (the one Marcos wears in the book and in real life) or American Apparel T-shirt!

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    You are so nice! Thanks so much for your support! You're getting all of the above plus a sketch inside the book of any character you like drawn by Riki Takaoka, an extra gift set of "A is for Authentic", a release party invite for you and 4 guests & an exclusive remix of the first single off the soundtrack!

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    Wow... We are blown away by your support & generosity! You will now be getting 4 gift sets (a great gift idea), a vinyl sized soundtrack cover that is framed and signed, concert tickets to our next live performance & we will send you text message or email sound samples after each recording session so you can hear the making and progress of the soundtrack!

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    Consider yourself super-sized! In addition to everything else you're getting a limited edition signed hardcover edition of the book, a total of 7 gift sets, a giant signed poster, and and two extra T-shirts!

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    Gift set upped to a dozen, an extra hardcover edition, an exclusive hoodie, a framed sketch of you drawn by Riki Takaoka, an exclusive bonus 4 track EP with exclusive material that is not on the soundtrack, and a special invite to a dinner party at our recording studio! Marcos will cook you and a guest a delicious meal, show you the recording studio, and personally show you all the progress your generous backing made possible!

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    Ok this is the big one! You're getting everything above with the addition of an extra hardcover, 2 of the 10 original covers drawn and signed by Riki Takaoka, your name will be featured (in a big way) in the music video for the soundtrack's first music video, and we will give you a special live performance of the entire soundtrack (we will perform and stream it for you live if you are far from Colorado). Thanks so much! You're amazing!

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