A graphic novel based on the songs of Jonathan Coulton, written by Greg Pak and drawn by Takeshi Miyazawa.
PLEASE NOTE: The graphic novel will be a trade paperback, not a hard cover. We only used the term "hard copy" to distinguish the physical copies from the digital copies. And yes, all trade paperbacks at the $35 level and above will be signed by Jonathan Coulton and Greg Pak. Thanks so much for the support!
UPDATE 05.14.2013: YOU DID IT. You magnificent, fancy people hit $325,000 and now we're adding a short "Mr. Fancy Pants" story to the trade paperback of "Code Monkey Save World"! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, and THANK YOU!
Because you hit the $130,000 stretch goal, the trade paperback of the graphic novel has been bumped up from 60 pages to 96 PAGES! That's 80 story pages, four covers, the back cover, and a bunch of extras and goodies!
Because you hit the $200,000 stretch goal, Jonathan Coulton will record a BRAND NEW ALBUM of gorgeous acoustic renditions of the songs that inspired the graphic novel! And everyone who has backed us at the $15 level and above will get the digital version of this brand new album FOR FREE, as a BONUS.
Because you hit the $250,000 stretch goal, every backer at the $15 level and above will also get a FREE digital download of a bonus children's book based on Jonathan's song "The Princess Who Saved Herself"!
Because you hit the $270,000 stretch goal, everyone at the $35 signed paperback level and higher gets a FREE, BONUS "Princess Who Saved Herself" MINI-POSTER! The mini-poster will be approximately 10.5" x 13" and will be folded once in the middle for shipping.
Because you hit $280,000 stretch goal, we're adding 4 pages to the book for a total of 100 pages and Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey will do a "Kenesaw Mountain Landis" two page bonus story!
Because you hit $300,000, we're increasing the page count to 104 pages and adding several pages of JOCO FUNNIES, newspaper-style strips by amazing cartoonists like Adam Koford, Ruben Bolling, and David Rees!
And because of your amazing support, all printed paperbacks will now include a bonus 2 page story by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey - probably riffing on the Coulton song "Mandelbrot Set"!
All mailed rewards ($25 pledge level and above) now include STICKERS!
All rewards levels at $35 and above now include a free 10.25" x 13" POSTER! The poster will probably feature the "Code Monkey Save World" cover art by Tak Miyazawa and Jessica Kholinne and will be folded once for mailing.
The trade paperbacks included in all rewards at the $50 level and above will be SIGNED by Jonathan Coulton and Greg Pak. And all rewards at the $50 level and above now include PDFs of some Greg Pak short comic book stories, including "Rio Chino" and "The Citizen."
All of the $150 retailer packages will include 10 of the 10.25" x 13" posters and 10 sets of digital downloads of the four issues of the graphic novel.
Comics writer Greg Pak ("Planet Hulk," "Batman/Superman," "Magneto Testament"), internet superstar musician Jonathan Coulton, and artist Takeshi Miyazawa ("Runaways") have joined forces to create a graphic novel that stars the much-loved monsters and super-villains from classic Coulton songs like "Code Monkey," "Skullcrusher Mountain," "The Future Soon," and "Re: Your Brains."
"Code Monkey Save World" follows Code Monkey, the put-upon coding monkey from the eponymous Coulton song, as he teams up with the seething, lovelorn super-villain from Coulton's song "Skullcrusher Mountain." The unlikely duo fight robots, office worker zombies, and maybe even each other as they struggle to impress the amazing women for whom they fruitlessly long.
Other characters include office-worker-turned-action-heroine Matilde (the "you" to whom the song "Code Monkey" is sung), Laura the Robo Queen (from the song "The Future Soon"), Zombie Bob (from "Re: Your Brains") and the heroic curler (from "Curl").
The project was born last November after Pak joked on Twitter about writing a supervillain team-up comic based on Coulton's characters. Coulton tweeted back "DO IT." And so they did.
"What I love about this project is that it's the crazy kind of thing that just had to happen, and because of Twitter and Kickstarter and the internets, it actually can," says Pak. "Jonathan and I are both working here as independent creators who own our own work. So if he says yes and I say yes and then whoever wants to buy it says yes, this beautiful thing can actually happen."
Takeshi Miyazawa ("Runaways") will provide pencils and inks, Jessica Kholinne ("X-Treme X-Men") will color, and Simon Bowland ("Incredible Hercules") will letter.
"This thing has monkeys, robots and zombies. It hit the trifecta," says Miyazawa. "How could I say no?"
"We're very excited to be working with Monkeybrain and comiXology," says Pak. "Monkeybrain has done an amazing job of getting fantastic, genuinely independent creator-owned comics out into the world and comiXology has developed a phenomenal app for viewing comics on digital devices."
Kickstarter backers will get each of the digital comics and the hard copy of the graphic novel during an exclusive window before the books are sold to general public. And there are multiple added bonuses possible for Kickstarter backers, including first dibs on a brand new song written and performed by Coulton.
Another standout reward is the limited edition Code Monkey figure, sculpted by the acclaimed comic artist Sean Chen from the Takeshi Miyazawa character design.
ABOUT THE CREATORS
Greg Pak is a comics writer and filmmaker best known for his feature film "Robot Stories" and comics such as "Planet Hulk," "Magneto Testament," and "Doctor Strange Season One" for Marvel and the upcoming "Batman/Superman" for DC. His acclaimed graphic novel "Vision Machine" is now available as a free iPad app. For more about Pak and his work, visit www.gregpak.com.
Jonathan Coulton is a musician, singer-songwriter, and internet superstar best known for his nerd-friendly songs such as "Code Monkey," "Re: Your Brains," and "Still Alive" (the credit song from the video game "Portal"). Coulton shot to fame in 2005 after launching his "Thing a Week" project, during which he released a new song on the internet every week for a year. For more about Coulton, visit www.jonathancoulton.com.
Takeshi Miyazawa is a Japanese Canadian artist whose work includes pencilling "Runaways" for Brian K. Vaughan and co-creating the Marvel character Amadeus Cho with Greg Pak. Aside from comic work he has also been involved with storyboarding for games and design work for film. For more about Miyazawa, visit www.takeshimiyazawa.com
Jessica Kholinne is an Indonesian comic colorist who grew up loving comic books, movies and games. Her recent projects include "X-Treme X-Men," "Voodoo," "Weirding Willows," and many more. Kholinne is also part of a bigger studio called STELLAR Labs. For more on Kholinne's work and STELLAR Labs, visit http://jessicakholinne.deviantart.com and http://www.facebook.com/STELLARLabs
Born and bred near Manchester, England, Simon Bowland has been lettering comics since 2003 and has worked on titles such as Marvel’s "Incredible Hulk," "Spider-Man," "Incredible Hercules," and "Alpha Flight." His work can currently be found in the pages of the UK’s "2000AD" and Judge Dredd Megazine publications, as well as titles such as "The Boys," "Red Sonja," "Battlefields," and "Kirby: Genesis" for Dynamite Entertainment, and "HAPPY!" for Image Comics, collaborating with the likes of Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis, Kurt Busiek, Kevin Smith, Darick Robertson, and Matt Wagner. What little spare time he has is usually spent obsessing over football and motor-racing. Visit Simon on Twitter at www.twitter.com/simonbowland.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
All of the comics creators involved in this project are professionals with years of experience and excellent records in making tough deadlines. We've already mapped out the entire story and Tak has designed most of the characters -- we're ready to pull the trigger as soon as we're funded. Of course, unavoidable personal mishaps, acts of God, or global disruption could throw us off schedule, and we will keep Kickstarter backers updated if we do encounter any delays.
On the $50 T-shirt pledge, the description says "Add $15 for shipping outside the US," but directly beneath that, it says "Add $12 to ship outside the US." Which is right?
Sorry, we goofed up in the description text. International shipping for the T-shirt package is just $12. Kickstarter will add that automatically when you pledge. Thanks!
UPDATE 04.17.2013: You guys got us to our first stretch goal on the first day without our even having to announce it! So we're upping the page count of the book from 60 to 80 pages (4 covers, 66 story pages, 10 pages of extras and cool stuff). And every mailed pledge now includes stickers! More stretch goals and bonuses to be announced soon!
You bet we do! First goal will be to increase the page count of the book. More to be announced as we get closer!
YES! Jonathan Coulton and Greg Pak will sign all the trade paperbacks that are included with all pledge levels above $50. (Thanks for asking!)
We haven't decided on the design just yet -- we're going to wait a bit as we see any additional art that comes in from our brilliant artist Takeshi Miyazawa during the course of this campaign. But the designs will feature Tak's awesome art! More news as we get it.
I've already pledged. But I also want a mug or T-shirt added to my pledge. Is there a way for me to kick in some more money to get an add-on?
Many people have asked about this and we're working on a good solution! We're definitely planning to find a way for folks to make multiple combinations to get the items they want, so please hang in there!
In the meantime, we highly recommend pledging for an limited or exclusive item that you're interested in. We can always find a way to add other items to that pledge. But we won't be able to add sold-out exclusive items once they're gone.
More soon on all of this!
As the project description states, we'll be printing trade paperbacks. We used the term "hard copy" in some of the pledge descriptions, but those are all paperbacks -- we only used "hard copy" to differentiate the physical books from the digital books. We sincerely apologize if we confused anyone with our terminology and hope that the expanded page count and various bonuses we've added make up for it.
We're releasing the books digitally through Monkeybrain using the comiXology website and app. With comiXology, you can download the book to your iPad or other tablet or phone and read it from the comiXology app, or you can read it through a web browser on the comiXology website. But no, you won't get a PDF that you can save to your hard drive separately and use in any program.
Would it be great if we could release a DRM-free PDF as well? Sure. But for this project, we chose to go with Monkeybrain and comiXology instead because first, we love everything that Monkeybrain does. It's a genuinely independent company run by comic book creators in order to help other independent creators distribute their work digitally. The folks who run the company are absolutely fantastic and we very much wanted to be part of what they're doing. Second, we frankly just love reading comics using the comiXology app. The folks at comiXology have done an amazing job developing the best comics reading software around and they're incredibly friendly and helpful to independent creators as well.
For what it's worth, the bonus "Rio Chino" and "Citizen" Greg Pak comics included in some of the higher pledges will be released to you as DRM-free PDFs.
Yes! After the Kickstarter is over, if you've bid on a T-shirt you'll receive an email with instructions on how to pick the size/style of T-shirt you want. And yes, women's sizes will be among the options.
We'll provide options to download it in FLAC, mp3, or apple lossless.
I'm at at one of the higher pledge levels but would love to add a T-shirt, mug, big poster, or challenge coins. How do I do that?
As requested by many of you, we've figured out a plan for higher level backers to add the Challenge Coins, Mug, T-Shirt, or 24" x 36" Poster to their packages.
For those who selected the $75 Signed Script level, the $100 Jonathan Coulton Music level, or any rewards at the $125 level and above, you can add items to your order by increasing your pledge by the amount noted below and by sending me a message describing what items you're adding.
***Please note this only applies to those who are already bidding at the $75 signed script level, $100 Jonathan Coulton Music level, and all levels at $125 and above.***
For an extra $25 - add one item from this list: the Challenge Coins, the Mug, the 24" x 36" Poster, or the T-shirt
For an extra $50 - add two items from the above list
For an extra $75 - add three items from the above list
For an extra $115 - add the Super Swag Pack, which includes all four items listed above plus three extra Challenge Coins plus the signed script plus all the Jonathan Coulton music in digital form (minus the Christmas album).
For international orders, please add $10 if you add a mug and $10 if you add a poster.
Will there be a physical copy of the "Princess Who Saved Herself" book? Or is it only a digital download?
We've gone over various possibilities for getting physical, printed copies of the "Princess Who Saved Herself" children's book out into the world, and our tentative plan is to figure out a way to let you order physical copies some time in early 2014, when the children's book is actually done. We've decided against including an order option as an add-on within this Kickstarter -- after we went through everything that would be involved, we realized the logistics are frankly too much for us to handle right now and we don't want to run the risk of delaying the shipping of the main "Code Monkey Save World" book. So please stay tuned -- we'll let you know what we come up with early next year!