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She’s tough as nails. She can breath fire. She has her own dragon. She’s Shanghai!
She’s tough as nails. She can breath fire. She has her own dragon. She’s Shanghai!
She’s tough as nails. She can breath fire. She has her own dragon. She’s Shanghai!
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An origin story twenty years in the making! When Corinne found a magical amulet that linked her soul with an ancient red dragon, she gained fantastic powers and fought against those who wanted what she had, but she never imagined how things would work out, or what it would cost her. She has a living computer named Cygnet as a sidekick, and can often be found fighting robots and the undead.

Quinton Hoover Special Edition Cover
Quinton Hoover Special Edition Cover

The first issue of Shanghai was published in 1997. The story has been updated for the modern era, much of the art has been re-worked and there are many new pages continuing the story. All of the inked art for the book is already complete. They need to be colored and lettered, and the project will be ready to go to press.

George Perez standard edition cover
George Perez standard edition cover

The book will feature a special-edition cover commissioned by the late, great Quinton Hoover (Magic: the Gathering). He completed this piece in 1997, and it's never been published as a cover There is also the standard edition cover, penciled by the legendary George Perez. And to top things off, we have pinups included by guest artists like Douglas Schuler (Magic: the Gathering), and John Royle (Danger Girl, GI Joe). All of the interior art is drawn and colored by myself, Jeff Whiting. Over the years, in addition to publishing my own books, I've worked as an inker for DC Comics, Malibu Comics and on the Tick!

Jeff Whiting Shanghai art - Face2Face
Jeff Whiting Shanghai art - Face2Face
Jeff Whiting Shanghai art - SugarSkull!
Jeff Whiting Shanghai art - SugarSkull!

Earlier this year, I ran a successful campaign for a new comic book I wrote and illustrated called Extraterrestrial, and with your help was able to get that into print and delivered the rewards. Let's do it again!

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John Royle Shanghai Pin-up
John Royle Shanghai Pin-up

 

Shanghai interior art page coloring test in progress.
Shanghai interior art page coloring test in progress.

 

Sample Interior Art
Sample Interior Art

 

Sample Interior Art
Sample Interior Art

 

Sample Interior Art
Sample Interior Art

 

Sample Interior Art
Sample Interior Art

 

Sample Interior Art
Sample Interior Art

 

Sample Interior Art
Sample Interior Art

Funding Uses
We'll be using the funds raised for coloring, lettering, production costs, and a promotional budget. I'm looking at a coloring tool on the iPad Pro called Procreate that I think will be perfect for this project. While Procreate is very affordable, the iPad Pro is still on my wish list, so some of the funding will likely go there!

Douglas Schuler Lithograph Art
Douglas Schuler Lithograph Art

Stretch Goal -There are lots of possibilities for additional goals if we hit our funding, and I'll announce them in updates as we go through the month. I'd love to do some cover enhancements, and maybe even addition pages to expand the book.

Promotion
Help me push the book! Share this where you can and tell your friends. I’m available for interviews, both in print and for podcasts.

If I get to 1000 "Likes" on the Shanghai Comic Facebook page, and the project is funded, I'll give all backers who receive shipped rewards a free printed Shanghai trading card!

Risks and challenges

I've tried to take all of the printing and shipping costs, plus any additional reward expenses into account, so that everyone gets taken care of. Most of the art is complete, so it's just coloring and lettering that needs to be done. I ran a successful campaign for Extraterrestrial a few months ago and am confident I'm ready to do it again and apply what I learned on a larger scale. We'll be using the same printer, who did an amazing job on the previous book.

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    Double Trouble

    Two printed comics - Shanghai, Breathing Fire, and Extraterrestrial #1, plus the digital copy.

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    Two Faced!

    Two copies of the comic with both covers, standard and collector's cover

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    Printed Book + Sketch Card

    Printed copy of the book and a hand drawn sketch card featuring a character of you choice in black & white

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    Four on the Floor

    Both the special and collector's edition covers of Shanghai, plus, the standard and Kickstarter only covers for Extraterrestrial. 4 comics, signed by Jeff Whiting

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    Book and Lithograph

    A printed copy of the book, plus a large lithograph of the Shanghai painting done by Douglas Schuler (Magic: the gathering)

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    Printed book and backing board sketch

    A printed copy of the comic, and a marker sketch on a backing board by Jeff Whiting, featuring a character of your choice.

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    Retailer 10-Pack

    Ten copies of the printed comic, Shanghai: Breathing Fire, signed by Jeff Whiting - 5 Hoover covers and 5 Perez covers.

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    The Dragon's Stash

    Both standard and collectors cover for Shanghai, both standard and Kickstarter only cover for Extraterrestrial #1, and a backing board sketch featuring a character of your choice.

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    • Kickstarter only cover for Extraterrestrial #1
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    The Drawing table

    Original art 11x17 inked on comic paper with single character of your choice, by Jeff Whiting, and printed copy of the book.

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    Original Art Page from the Comic!

    Choose from selected pieces of Shanghai original art from the book! Backers will get to choose in order of pledges!

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    You Make a Cameo appearance in the book!

    See yourself drawn as a minor character making a cameo appearance in the book! You'll provide photo reference.

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    George Perez Cover Original Art

    For this level, I will take the George Perez original art that I inked down from my wall and send it to you. Not an easy thing for me to part with!

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