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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, July 20 2019 8:00 PM UTC +00:00.

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 Chapter One is available to read for free at my blog, The Eye of Mongomblog! 

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Thank you for checking out my Kickstarter! My name is Doug Gray, and I have been a professional cartoonist and animator for just over 30 years. Way back in 1988, I created a comic book series called "The Eye of Mongombo".

The series was a humorous mashup of the Indiana Jones movies and old Uncle Scrooge comics. It centered on Dr. Cliff Carlson, a rugged adventurer type, who has a valuable map stolen by a rival and must race him to find an ancient historical treasure. However, right before this happens Cliff is visited by Jumballah, an angry witch doctor from a past adventure who turns him into a duck. This of course provides a lot of angst and conflict between Cliff and his companions, Raquel (his girlfriend) and Mick (his student). The story was primarily character-driven, with few real-world facts getting in the way of each ridiculous episode. I know at least 12 people who thought it was hilarious!

Somehow, the kind folks at Fantagraphics decided to publish the series, which still puzzles me but I am grateful to them for giving me a shot. And I also got into comic conventions for free for a long time because of it! But because I was young and easily distracted, the issues came out late and the story meandered into a real mess...those 12 readers were pretty disappointed. We quietly buried the series deep in the forest around 1993 or so, never to speak of it again.

Since then I've written quite a few Disney comics and worked as an animator in a bunch of different fields, from TV cartoons and video games to mobile apps. This is the first time in many years I have focused mainly on my comics, and I knew the first thing I needed to do was revisit this incomplete series. I have edited and revised the old material, and completed the rest of the story...it's all laid out in thumbnail form and ready to go. My plan is to release it in 3 books: this first volume will contain chapters 1-4. Volume two will contain chapters 5-8, and the final volume will contain the longest chapters, 9-11.

If you look at all the info below, you'll see that I am chugging away on Book 1 already...it is all penciled and lettered, and about 25% inked. I am hoping to be 50% inked by the end of this campaign.

So please consider supporting me in this project...Cliff and his friends have been wandering around in the Amazon for 30 years; let's bring them home! Thank you for listening!


The Story

Dr. Cliff Carlson, famous adventurer, is having a crisis...one of many! It was bad enough that he got fired from his teaching job at Golden State University, but then his secret map leading to an incredibly valuable treasure was stolen by a rival! And before he had time to deal with any of that, the crazy witch doctor Jumballah returned from the past and cursed him!

Now Cliff is 2 feet tall, with flat webbed feet and covered in yellow feathers...changed by Jumballah's magic into a stupid duck!

Cliff is joined by his formidable girlfriend Raquel, and young intern Mick; together, they must embark on a race deep into the heart of the Amazon jungle against the worst, most vile pack of scoundrels, thieves and weirdos ever assembled to become the first ever to find the legendary...Eye of Mongombo!



Risks and challenges

As far as the book itself, I am so far along with the first 4 chapters that I am not worried about finishing Book 1 in a timely manner. How long it will take to turnaround the printing and shipping is an unknown, but I think it should be possible to have books in hand within a year. I put delivery at May 2020, but of course if things work out I will ship sooner. I won't send out the surveys until I am closer to having books to ship, so no one will have to worry if they change their address during production.

I will sign the books after they have been delivered, naturally, but I will make the doodles on sketch cards beforehand and either tip them in like bookplates or insert them loose into the books. Let me know in the comments which way you think is better!

A note on international shipping: I have included shipping rates for a relatively small number of countries, mainly because shipping estimates can be way off. For anyone not covered, please consider buying the PDF version or waiting until the end of the campaign, when you can buy a copy as an add-on or direct from me, and get a personalized shipping quote.

This is my first Kickstarter so I assume there will be hiccups. Whatever happens, I will keep everyone updated on all progress and obstacles as they come up!

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