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Rise of the Kung Fu Dragon Master

A 160-page comedy/action Graphic Novel about a small time crook who gets thrown into a mystical battle between good and evil.

Rise of the Kung Fu Dragon Master

A 160-page comedy/action Graphic Novel about a small time crook who gets thrown into a mystical battle between good and evil.

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About

Rick, a small time crook in Los Angeles, becomes an unlikely hero in the mystical battle between good and evil which has been fought since the days of Ancient China. And Rick is an angry, unfocused fight club member who is barely equipped to deal with…well…anything. Fans of action and comedy who like Shang-Chi, Army of Darkness, Big Trouble in Little China and even ’80s buddy comedies should all find something to like here.

160 pages of epic fights, Chinese Mythology, sinister villains and mouthy heroes.  

I've always been a fan of genre hopping. Some of my favorite movies, TV shows, and comics have all had genres mixing together. Army of Darkness, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sandman, Guardians of the Galaxy, and of course, Big Trouble in Little China. But I also loved it when there was more going on. Like, in Buffy, you're laughing, there's a jump scare, but then there's also a poignant moment to reflect on the nature of human emotion. Why not have everything? So I wanted to create a story that was funny, exciting and action packed. But I also wanted to create something that explored human connection, and the relationships we have with family, friends, and partners. And also how anger and violence can destroy those human connections. But it still needed to have roundhouse kicks, magic, monsters, giants and dragons. Truth. 

During the soft launch we were going to go all digital. Man, that went over like a palm strike to the nose. So we heard you, and we added a physical printing to the tiers! You spoke, we listened. That did change our budget since we had already launched, so we have to add the shipping costs separately after the campaign via BackerKit. 

We'll also have great ADD-ONS like physical copies of Long Ago and Far Away, Ear Buds: The Podcasting Documentary DVD, The Comedy Film Nerds Guide to Movies, and maybe even a few surprises... 

Also, the digital rewards will be fulfilled by ComiXology, so they'll go seamlessly right into your collection!

It was also important to me to give you the whole story. I didn't want to break up this project into multiple issues and kickstarter campaigns. That's why the goal is higher. We're not doing multiple issues or chapters. This is the whole 160-page story all together in one graphic novel.

 TEAM: We got the band back together, and it will be the same creative team from Long Ago and Far Away:  Click the links for more info!

Creator/Writer: CHRIS MANCINI (Comedy Film Nerds, Pacify Me: A Handbook for the Freaked Out New Dad, Ear Buds: The Podcasting Documentary)

Art: FERNANDO PINTO (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Starburns Presents)

Lettering: TROY PETERI/DAVE LANPHEAR/A LARGER WORLD (Ninja•K, Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia, Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises)

Editor: BRENDAN WRIGHT (Archie vs. Predator, MIND MGMT, Black Hammer)

Publisher: STARBURNS PRESS (Hellicious, Gryffen: Galaxy's Most Wanted, Trent: A Light Tragedy with Music)

Kung Fu/Story Consultant: RIC MEYERS (Kung Fu Panda, Films of Fury (book and film), Inside Kung Fu Magazine, San Diego Comic-Con Kung Fu Extravaganza)

REWARDS!

Please check out the amazing rewards we have for you. Thanks for the support and we could not do this without you.

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Risks and challenges

Ah, the classics. Budgets and timelines. Since this is my fourth kickstarter, I have somewhat of an idea on what to expect. Still, there are always wildcards and gremlins in the machinery. but working as an indie artist for so long, I've learned to overcome obstacles and make adjustments when needed to get to the finish line. Together, I know we'll get there.

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    Kung Fu Expert Ric Meyers will present his seminar “Kung Fu Real & Reel,” which includes the best fight scenes of all time, as well as smart and effective Kung Fu self improvement. This is a local reward for NEW YORK CITY AND CONNECTICUT ONLY! Travel not included. Presentation is scaleable: it could just be you and your buddies, or you and your entire office. Also includes a SIGNED Physical copy, and all non-limited digital rewards. Shipping will be added and charged by BackerKit at the end of the campaign.

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