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A science fantasy, kung fu epic of one young man's journey through the Triad owned streets of Neo-Chicago and toward his destiny.
A science fantasy, kung fu epic of one young man's journey through the Triad owned streets of Neo-Chicago and toward his destiny.
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THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF KO GAINE tells the story of KO GAINE, the adopted son of a Kung Fu master that runs a school in Neo-Chicago’s inner-city. The school and the secrets that its master, FE SHEUNG holds have garnered unwanted attention from the city’s underbelly. POISON TONGUE, a power hungry, young lieutenant in the Triad has been tasked with learning the secret of Fe’s life extending techniques for his organization’s aging leadership at any cost.

 

 

Cover & Page 1
Cover & Page 1
Pages 2 & 3
Pages 2 & 3

 

        
Pages 4 & 5
Pages 4 & 5

         

Pages 6 & 7
Pages 6 & 7

 

The book has 24 pages of story, with 7 pages of additional content and a thank you page. The book will be printed by DriveThruComics. We also have some cool additional rewards.

Shirts will come adorned with Poison Tongue's face similar to what is in the design mock-up pictured below. The shirts will come in varying sizes, and I will be collecting shirt sizes after the Kickstarter campaign ends. Shirts will be printed on Bella + Canvas 3001 Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tee or their 6004 Women's Favorite Tee. All shirts will be printed by E.Z. T'z in Olathe, KS.

Shirt mock-up
Shirt mock-up

 

These mini art prints will consist of the below pin-ups printed on high quality 4.25" x 5.5" glossy card stock. 

Pin-ups by Diego Guerra, Melody Often & Winston Gambro
Pin-ups by Diego Guerra, Melody Often & Winston Gambro

 

Either a bust or full figure piece of a character of your choosing drawn by series artist, Amanda Johnson and on 8.5" x 11" paper. 

Note: Artist has the right to refuse any subject. If your initial character request is denied, we will work with you on finding an agreeable alternative. 

Commission example
Commission example

 

After the campaign ends I will reach out to have you provide a decent quality digital picture of yourself. Once we have the picture, Amanda will draw your likeness into the issue as one of our background characters. 

Jacob Bouvet - Writer, Creator - Based in Springfield, IL and a regular contributor to the online comic collective, the Comic Jam. Jacob has stories featured in the upcoming anthologies, "Ever Afterwards" and "Colossal Chaos" from Stache Publishing as well as a story with Amanda in the third volume of "Speculative Relationships". 

Amanda Johnson- Artist - Growing up in California on a steady diet of anime and manga lead her to enrolling at an art school in San Francisco. After graduating she moved to the frozen lands of Michigan where she is currently juggling both freelance work and a day job. 

Melody Often - Colorist & Pin-up Artist - Colorist, illustrator, painter, public art maker and creator of the comic series "Trinadot", now on STELA. 

Javier Puga - Lettering - Javier is a writer and letterer living in Los Angeles, CA. He letters for several indie comics including "Dark Beach", "Half Life - A Place in the West" and "Dream State Radicals." 

Meredith Gerber - Logo Designer - A resident of Chicago, IL who spends most of her time working with Role-playing Game Publishers. When she isn't doing that, she's working as a freelance graphic designer and photographer. 

Diego Guerra – Pin-up Artist: Diego is an animator and comic creator who hails from Colombia. He got his start with several Colombian punk fanzines and working in a local TV studio before creating his animated feature, DESTERRADA. He is currently working as a freelancer comic artist for clients across the US, Canada and in the UK. 

Winston Gambro - Pin-up Artist: Winston is a Chicago-based writer and artist. He is the co-creator of Mother Nature and the EcoFriends, an ongoing comic series as well as a host of Legion of Reno, a comedy Dungeons and Dragons podcast. 

The majority of the funds, around $2000 will go to the art team to complete the rest of this first issue. They're putting a lot of effort into making this the best book possible and deserve to be compensated accordingly. Most of the rest will go to printing the comic as well as the other rewards. The remainder will go to shipping, Kickstarter fees and taxes. Any additional funds earned will go towards the funding of the second issue.

Budget
Budget

 

                            

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges

I am looking to pay our art team a fair wage for the rest of the book, and print and ship the book as well as the other rewards. Unforeseen obstacles do happen but I will keep backers up to date on progress of the book.

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    A helping hand

    Every little bit helps! Your name will be listed in the "thank you" section of the comic.

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    Issue #1 - Digital

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    Then this tier is for you!

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    • A pdf of the 32-page issue #1
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    Issue #1 - Digital Deluxe

    The digital comic and a behind the scenes PDF detailing the creation of the comic.

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    • A pdf of the 32-page issue #1
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    Issue #1 - Physical Copy

    This is it! A physical copy of The Trials and Tribulations of Ko Gaine #1.

    Includes:
    • A single print copy of The Trials and Tribulations of Ko Gaine #1
    • Digital Deluxe Content
    • A pdf of the 32-page issue #1
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    Issue #1 - Physical Copy & Mini Prints

    You'll get a copy of The Trials and Tribulations of Ko Gaine #1 as well as 4.25" x 5.5" prints of all three pin-ups.

    Includes:
    • Print Pack
    • A single print copy of The Trials and Tribulations of Ko Gaine #1
    • Digital Deluxe Content
    • A pdf of the 32-page issue #1
    • Your name in the "Thank You" section of the comic
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    Poison Tongue Shirt & Comic

    You'll get a Poison Tongue shirt designed by Amanda Johnson, a physical copy of The Trials and Tribulations of Ko Gaine and your name will be listed in the "Thank You" section of the comic.

    Includes:
    • Poison Tongue shirt
    • Print Pack
    • A single print copy of The Trials and Tribulations of Ko Gaine #1
    • Digital Deluxe Content
    • A pdf of the 32-page issue #1
    • Your name in the "Thank You" section of the comic
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    Commissioned Art (Bust)

    Get a custom bust drawing from Amanda Johnson of a character of your choosing.

    8.5" x 10"

    Includes:
    • A bust commission drawn by Amanda Johnson on 8.5"x11" paper.
    • Poison Tongue shirt
    • Print Pack
    • A single print copy of The Trials and Tribulations of Ko Gaine #1
    • Digital Deluxe Content
    • A pdf of the 32-page issue #1
    • Your name in the "Thank You" section of the comic
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    Commissioned Art (Full Figure)

    Get a custom full figure drawing from Amanda Johnson of a character of your choosing.

    8.5" x 10"

    Includes:
    • Full figure commission drawn by Amanda Johnson on 8.5"x11" paper.
    • Poison Tongue shirt
    • Print Pack
    • A single print copy of The Trials and Tribulations of Ko Gaine #1
    • Digital Deluxe Content
    • A pdf of the 32-page issue #1
    • Your name in the "Thank You" section of the comic
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    Original Page

    Get an original, one of a kind page of art from the first issue of Ko Gaine. Backers will get to choose their page in the order that they backed the project.

    Includes:
    • An 11"x17" page of original art from the comic
    • Poison Tongue shirt
    • Print Pack
    • A single print copy of The Trials and Tribulations of Ko Gaine #1
    • Digital Deluxe Content
    • A pdf of the 32-page issue #1
    • Your name in the "Thank You" section of the comic
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    Original Page

    Get an original, one of a kind page of art from the first issue of Ko Gaine. Backers will get to choose their page in the order that they backed the project.

    Includes:
    • An 11"x17" page of original art from the comic
    • Poison Tongue shirt
    • Print Pack
    • A single print copy of The Trials and Tribulations of Ko Gaine #1
    • Digital Deluxe Content
    • A pdf of the 32-page issue #1
    • Your name in the "Thank You" section of the comic
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    Ships to Only United States
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    Get Drawn Into The Issue

    Amanda will draw you into this issue of the comic.

    Includes:
    • Drawn into the issue
    • Poison Tongue shirt
    • Print Pack
    • A single print copy of The Trials and Tribulations of Ko Gaine #1
    • Digital Deluxe Content
    • A pdf of the 32-page issue #1
    • Your name in the "Thank You" section of the comic
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    Original Cover Art

    Get the original, one of a kind cover art from the first issue of Ko Gaine.

    Includes:
    • Original Cover Art
    • Poison Tongue shirt
    • Print Pack
    • A single print copy of The Trials and Tribulations of Ko Gaine #1
    • Digital Deluxe Content
    • A pdf of the 32-page issue #1
    • Your name in the "Thank You" section of the comic
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