Monster Lands is a fantasy webcomic that takes its tonal cues from Saturday morning cartoons, featuring lots of humor along with episodic, largely standalone chapters but with, uh, more violence and bad language.
The story follows many, many characters, but the main character is this lady named Othera who carries around a huge axe while riding around on her monster through the eponymous Monster Lands. Through her travels she meets many people who can be described as total dicks, some of which learn to be better people, and others who… don’t, and pay for it dearly. Some of these sucky people happen to work for Eren Lorry, the evil queen who rules over the Monster Lands. She doesn’t take kindly to Othera killing her minions and wants her dead.
It’s a rather simple story. It also tackles subjects such as paranoia, abusive upbringings, toxic friendships, naivety, desperation, attention-seeking behavior, what it means to be a hero, and how things are not what they seem on the surface.
But it’s mostly about funny adventures with monsters involved. I’ve been working on it for a while, so there’s a good deal of it to read.
I recently completed the 9th chapter of Monster Lands, which has now reached 154 pages. A lot has happened in those pages and I think now might be a good time to collect them all into a printed graphic novel. You see, webcomics are fine and good, but reading stuff from a physical book? Now, that is for the elite… the thinking fellow. It also gives the comic a different level of accessibility. Dragging your laptop into the bathroom to read Monster Lands on the toilet can be a chore, but reading a physical copy of Monster Lands on a toilet is just natural, such a thing is human nature and should be encouraged. And if this Kickstarter gets funding, that utopian dream can become reality.
Monster Lands vol.1 will be printed in color at 5.25 x 8”. It will feature chapters 1 through 9, with 156 pages. I’m printing 100 copies at Keness.com, so the Kickstarter money will go towards paying for the printing job and the shipping fee. I’ve printed books with Keness before on tighter schedules so I’m confident they will do a good job. Monster Lands has been something I've been working on for a long time and it means a lot to me for this project to happen.
So, what do you get for helping me print this graphic novel? Just take a look at these rewards and stretch goals!
Risks and challenges
This is my first time running a Kickstarter, so there may be a few bumps in the road. That being said I know a lot of other creators who have done Kickstarters and I'm making sure to listen to their advice so that this will turn out successful. I am just one guy, so once all the books are printed, it may take some time for me to get them all mailed out, but I'm going to make it happen. I intend to get it all done before the end of the year.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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