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An Illustrated field guide for monsters and lore from all over the world.
An Illustrated field guide for monsters and lore from all over the world.
An Illustrated field guide for monsters and lore from all over the world.
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As fans of lore and beasties, we knew it would only be a matter of time before we created our own monster field guide! Spanning myths, legends, and tales from around the world, this bestiary is a labor of love that follows The Panagakos family. 

 As direct descendants of Pandora and Epimetheus, the Panagakos’ task of putting monsters back in Pandora’s box is one that spans generations (see below). From hydras to chupacabras, they’ve seen it all. And now you can too can get in on the action with this world building guide! 

This book will be 100 pages of content and 6x9 in size, the perfect travel size! Part professional field guide/part running commentary on the wonderfully weird (and often times dangerous) mission of the Panagakos family, inside you can expect to find: 

  •  Detailed statistics for each creature.
  •  Field drawings from gifted (and less artistically inclined) adventurers
  •  Photos from the field 
  •  And of course notes from the family! (informational and sarcastic) 

With your help we'd love to bring this family field guide to life with lore, notes comparing different creatures and of course amazing art!

Thank you so much! 
-Kara, Kelly and Nichole! 

 Our Version of The Myth

Before mankind was created Titans resided on the earth with the animals. One Titan, Prometheus, loved playing with clay and one day he made a lot of small humans from the wet earth. Zeus was taken with the figures so much so he breathed life into them.

At first, the humans worshipped Zeus. But Prometheus was a mischievous soul and he convinced the humans to play a prank on Zeus. The prank was a success. Yet Zeus’s pride was hurt and in his anger he took fire away from the earth.  

Cold and hungry, the humans complained to Prometheus. Feeling responsible, Prometheus snuck up to the sky and stole a piece of the sun. Prometheus’ gift brought fire back to the earth, and the humans rejoiced. 

Zeus, however, punished Prometheus harshly. Chaining Prometheus to a big rock, Zeus left him to have his liver eaten every day by a big eagle. Yet Prometheus’ immortality meant he could never die. Each night his liver regrew and each day he was forced to relive his torment as the bird returned. 

Prometheus was eventually freed by Herakles but before that, determined to punish his cousin further. Zeus ordered Hephaestus and Athena to create a woman, Pandora, ​and had all the other gods give her gifts of both blessings and curses. Then, Zeus offered Pandora to Prometheus’ younger brother, Epimetheus. 

Young and in love, Epimetheus took Pandora as a bride despite his brother’s warnings. On their wedding day, Zeus gave Pandora a sealed jar as a present. Unable to stop her curiosity, Pandora opened the jar released a swarm of evil spirits that would forever plague and curse mankind. Only Elpis (hope) remained inside, a single blessing to ease humanity’s suffering. 

 The evil spirits slowly took the forms of monsters and bad energy that​ ​caused​ ​the human’s to suffer. Pandora, feeling responsible for the misery she unwittingly caused, made a deal with Elpis. She and Epimetheus would sacrifice their long lives and immortality to give Elpis strength to help the humans. Elpis agreed on the condition that she would gift their descendants with the ability to trap the evil spirits back into the jar and she would stay with them until their mission was accomplished. 

Thus, the Pangakos family came to be, and to this day they seek to seal Pandora’s box once and for all....

 What do you get?

 $1 - Access to our blog and updates about the Kickstarter! 

$10 - An adorable sticker sheet with 6 baby monsters!  

15$ - A digital pdf of the book! 

20$ - A physical copy of the book

35$ - A physical copy of the book and One mini print (6x9)

40$ - 2 physical copies of the book and 2 sticker sheets! 

50$ - A physical copy of the book and All the mini prints (6x9)

 Who are We?

 The Writer and Designer

Kara Leopard is the creator of the webcomic Mr.Hare & Mr.Bear as well as the writer of Brooke St. with artist Alex Wang. They are a  professional comic book designer for BOOM! studios. Kara was also the artist for the successful kickstarter [super]natural Attraction with writer Kel McDonald. When they aren't working on comics, annoying their twin sister or playing with their cat they are currently taking classes to learn Korean! (to read more webcomics of course!) Twitter link. Portfolio

The Artists 
Kelly and Nichole Matthews are a twin art team specializing in comic art and illustration. They have illustrated such works as Mairghread Scott’s Toil and Trouble, The Jim Henson Company’s The Power of the Dark Crystal, and Hivework’s SYMBOL, by Audrey Redpath. Twitter link. Portfolio.

Mini Print Artists 

Monarobot is an independent artist from Chiapas (Mexico) who draws monsters inspired in Maya culture, aesthetic and mythology, she loves film and animation. Patreon linkTwitter Link.

Meredith McClaren lives in a hole in the ground. She emerges once a week to throw comics and fan art out of her hovel. If she sees her shadow she will spend three more weeks in bed. Meredith might be responsible for drawing HINGES, HOPELESS SAVAGES v4, JEM and the HOLOGRAMS v4. But that may have been a fever dream.

You can find just about everything she does at meredithmcclaren.tumblr.com and https://www.patreon.com/meredithmcclaren Some of it is nsfw. Because she was a fool, and didn't think to set up a separate account. And it's too late now.

 


Stretch Goals 

$7k - A variant sticker sheet with more baby beasties!

$13k - A green foil design on the cover!

$16k - A gold foil bookplate with the family crest and digital signatures as well as a limited edition and numbered print by Kelly and Nichole Matthews! 

Where does the Money go?

 Timeline

Kickstarter ends Feb 28th. 
All final art and design for the book will be finished by April 31. 
Printer ships books by the end of June. 
We mail off all the books and extras by the end of July of 2018! 

 

Risks and challenges

We are professionals who've worked on industry as well as their own books and deadlines. Our goal is to finish the book by the end of April. The printer we are working will takes two months to ship so we should get them by the end of June. The only delays we should have would be on the printer's side or if there are any issues with shipping but we will keep everyone updated as things progress!

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