About this project
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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter