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An anthology comic book that re-tells classic hero myths in the modern day.
An anthology comic book that re-tells classic hero myths in the modern day.
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Cover art by Angela Oddling, logo design by Trey McDonald

Mythology is timeless. We've been telling the same stories for thousands of years because they speak to us in a way that no other stories can. I have always loved mythologies, and that's what inspired me to create this anthology.

My name is Caleb Palmquist, and I am the creator and editor of Modern Mythology. I gathered a team of writers and artists from around the world, and challenged them to create stories that retold classic hero myths set in the modern day. They delivered in spades. This is a 160+ page softcover book featuring 17 stories by 29 talented creators, plus a collection of incredible pinups by additional independent comic book artists. It is also packed full of facts about the myths in the book including information about the cultures, histories, and storytelling traditions they come from.

Creators like Greg Anderson Elysee, Angela Oddling, Noah Mease, and so many more brought their A game to tell stories that range from somber and beautiful to lighthearted and sad. The stories are inspired by hero myths from all around the world, from ancient Mesopotamia to ancient Greece, and everything in between. 

So, what are the stories?

Glad you asked. There are seventeen total stories in Modern Mythology: The Hero's Journey, including an exclusive 14-page Is'nana the Were-Spider story from Greg Anderson Elysee and David Brame. Here's a quick rundown of all the stories:

Will This Book Teach Me Things?

If you want it to! Every story in the book is preceded and followed by a textbook page that will teach you the basics about the myth, the mythology of the culture it comes from, and other interesting and relevant facts. You'll find information about cultural influences, the evolution of stories and faiths, geography, linguistics, and more. There are even recommendations for further reading after each story, in case you want to learn more! Here's a sample of the textbook pages:

What About Rewards?

We have so many rewards to choose from! You can get Modern Mythology as a digital book or a physical book, but we have a lot more to offer too! If you're interested in getting caught up on other books by Enkidu Studio, you can get the A Small Favor bundle, which includes both books in our sci-fi series, A Small Favor. If you're interested in Is'nana the Were-Spider, we are offering the complete collection of Is'nana  books right here on the Kickstarter, including Volume 1, Volume 2, and the one-shot (The Ballads of Rawhead & John Henry) in addition to Modern Mythology, which includes the newest Is'nana story, exclusive to this collection! Check out all our rewards in the rewards section of the Kickstarter.

When we get closer to the goal, we will reveal more stretch goals!

Add-Ons

Everything available as a reward for the Kickstarter can be added on individually to your pledge. Just add the amount shown below to your total pledge, and we will collect information about which add-ons you want when we send out backer surveys after the campaign ends:


Where Does the Money Go?

We are asking for a lot of money - more money than we've ever asked for before. There is a good reason for that. In addition to paying for the books to be printed and shipped to the backers, every contributor is either getting copies of the book (to sell, or whatever they'd like to do with them) or a monetary payout. Because we have over 29 contributors including pinup artists, that adds up. If we exceed our funding goal, all the contributors will get additional monetary compensation. We (Enkidu Studio) will not be putting any of the money we make from this Kickstarter into our own pockets. Here's a quick breakdown of where the money will go:

Previews:

Want a sneak peak? Here are some pages from a few of the many stories appearing in Modern Mythology: The Hero's Journey:

The Hunter and the Lion by Greg Anderson Elysee and David Brame:

Written by Greg Anderson Elysee, illustrated by David Brame, letters by Andworld Design

 Jason and the Golden Jacket by Angela Oddling:

by Angela Oddling

Hercules and the Wild Hunt by Jonathan Fisher: 

by Jonathan Fisher

 Theseus, by Russell Nohelty and Nicolas Touris:

Written by Russell Nohelty, illustrated by Nicolas Touris, letters by Dave Lentz

 Pinups

Modern Mythology will feature a collection of incredible pinups by amazing artists putting their own spin on mythological characters. We will reveal more pinups as the campaign progresses. Here are the ones we have revealed so far:

Sun Wukong by Daryl Toh
Merlin by Jonathan Fisher
Medusa by Daniel Hooker
Huitzilopochtli by Nick OG
Zeus by Loc Nguyen
Susanoo fighting Yamata-no-Orochi in Toyko, by Luca Bulgheroni
Heracles by Eraklis Petmezas
Ra by Rose Honey
Sundiata Keita and Thakane by Sheldon Fisher
Persephone and Hades by Cammry Lapka

Risks and challenges

This is my fourth Kickstarter project. I have a reputation for delivering quality products in a timely manner, and I don't anticipate many problems fulfilling this project. The book is already completed, so as soon as the funds from the Kickstarter are delivered the files will be sent to the printer, and the books should be in the hands of the backers by the end of the calendar year. There is always a chance that unexpected problems will cause delays, but my team and I are prepared and we expect to deliver on time.

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    Is'nana The Were-Spider Bundle

    Get Modern Mythology, which has an exclusive new Is'nana story, PLUS get the entire collection of Is'nana the Were-Spider books, including Volume 1, Volume 2, and the one-shot, The Ballads of Rawhead & John Henry. Catch up on the whole series in one go!

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    Uplifting Skype Session with Caleb

    Get the physical book PLUS a one hour Skype (or Google Hangouts) video session with Caleb Palmquist, where he will tell you how awesome you are, and talk about whatever you want! He's a totally positive dude, like, all the time.

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    Get All the Stuff! Super Bundle

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    -Modern Mythology: The Hero's Journey
    -A Small Favor: Welcome to Earth World
    -A Small Favor: The Ruins of Enkidu IV
    -Is'nana the Were-Spider Volume 1
    -Is'nana the Were-Spider Volume 2
    -Is'nana the Were-Spider One-Shot
    -Angela Oddling "King Arthur" print
    -Cammry Lapka set of 3 prints
    -"Kronos Book Club" seal of approval sticker
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    You get the printed book, all of Caleb's previously published comics, the entire Is'nana the Were-Spider collection, and Caleb will take a nice road trip down the California coast, sending you personalized postcards along the way. He will even make a cardboard cutout of Kronos and take selfies with it everywhere he goes, posting them on his Instagram account.

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    Loc Nguyen Sketch Card (Early Bird)

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