As seen above - the promo artwork created exclusively for this Kickstarter. Line work by Tyler Sowles and digitally painted by Chris Scalf. We will send EVERYONE, even $1 backers, a high resolution, 11x17, printable file of the awesome promo poster!
zBrush 3D Durontus Image - $4,000 - UNLOCKED!
If we can hit $4,000, the amazing dopepope http://dopepope.deviantart.com/ will do an amazing 3D art piece of Durontus! How DOPE is that? That means backers will receive the digital file as well! Oh man! Check the project updates for more!
Digital Copy of Pencil Work & CKC Card- $3500 - UNLOCKED!
At this level, everyone that has pledged $10 or more will receive a downloadable version of Tyler's pencil work for this issue. This will be the full comic at it's base level, some of the most beautiful raw work that Tyler creatives is his pencil and layout work. You'll be able to see the way he works out layouts and how the book starts out before it's inked and colored.
In addition to the digital version of the pencil work, anyone that is at the $25 reward level or above will receive a limited edition Durontus Colossal Kaiju Combat card! That's right folks! Durontus will be a guest character in Colossal Kaiju Combat!
Gargantua Bestiary - $3000 - UNLOCKED!
Our first stretch goal will be a digital concept bestiary involving some of the other gargantua from Durontus: TLS! If we can reach $3000 I will compile and sketch concept work for a 10 page digital booklet that will go to all backers who received a digital copy of the comic. There will also be classified information on each of the illustrated critters that isn't published anywhere else. Here's a taste of what will be inside:
Indie Comics Mega Pack Preview
The Indie Comics Mega Pack reward tier ($35) includes these awesome indie titles by us and our talented friends:
Durontus: The Lost Serpent is a classic sci-fi comic book story written for monster fans by monster fans.
Let's start at the beginning. Scott and Tyler grew up loving old monster movies, dinosaurs and classic science fiction tales. Durontus spawned out of Tyler's love for Japanese giant monster films and claymation features such as Godzilla, The Giant Behemoth and Gorgo. Between the two of them, Scott and Tyler love this stuff so much, they really had no choice but to try their hand at a monster tale of their own.
Tyler Sowles is an art guy and a full-time freelance comic illustrator. When he's not juggling indie titles (Fallstreak, Renegade, Frankenstein's Giant) and small press books (The Numbered - Arcana Studio, Tandoori Apocalypse - Storyboard GN, Deadworld - Transfuzion Publishing), he's working on his own titles like Hank Steiner: Monster Detective and Durontus: The Lost Serpent. He has even been lucky enough to have several pinups in IDW's Godzilla: Ruler's of Earth, and some cover/interior illustrations for G-Fan Magazine.
Scott R. Schmidt is an independent comic book writer, retro-gamer and beer lover. His work has been published by 215Ink, Ink & Drink Comics and 8th Wonder Press. Thanks for a successful Kickstarter, he also self publishes Steele Vs: The legendary Adventures of Sam Steele, North-west Mounted Police.
Sara Sowles is a painter, comic colorist and designer. Sara's work includes coloring for Source Point Press' Step Right Up; coloring, layout and lettering for Source Point Press' Wild Bullets, Hank Steiner: Monster Detective, Tandoori Apocalypse and Durontus: The Lost Serpent. She's also colored almost everything Tyler's ever submitted, basically making his art look good.
The first issue of Durontus: The Lost Serpent, released in 2013, represents Tyler and Sara's first venture into the world of comics. The story centers around a mysterious serpent that surfaces off the coast of Norway and is observed by a dedicated task force known as the GWG (Gargantua Watch Group) in order to avert possible disaster. Things come to a head when a swarm of moth-like insect mutations engulf the island of Svalbard and awaken Durontus. The creatures fight and the moths quickly head toward the mainland, leaving the story at a cliffhanger ending. Fans of the first issue deserve a resolution and that's where Kickstarter comes in!
Here's where you can help. We need funds to cover the production costs associated with printing, distributing and marketing the second issue of Durontus: The Lost Serpent. The story would pick up directly after the end of the first book and will center on the GWG's struggle for survival and the mighty Durontus regaining his strength in order to battle the insect threat. The story will be a full color 24+ page comic. The art has been revitalized, updated for a more modern audience. The overall look of the comic will be more intense, dynamic and professional than its predecessor, but will still continue the same story, characters and setting as before.
Scott and Tyler have already been hard at work. Here are some exciting concept images and teasers:
We've got some seriously talented friends and fellow kaiju lovers pitching in with our rewards. Nolan Nasser is coloring our wrap cover for issue #2! Get a digital download of the cover for our $15 donation incentive!
Make sure to look at our $25+ pledge option, which gets you an awesome set of prints from the likes of James Biggie, Carter Allen, Chris Martinez, Jason Strutz, Nicholas Myers and Chris Scalf (Who also generously provided our Durontus promo color work.)
We're also lucky enough to have our long-time friend Matt Frank, known for his work on IDW's Godzilla: Ruler's of Earth and contributions to kaiju fandom, doing a sketch for one of our $100 pledge options. Check it out!
Our friend Jason Jimenez is also contributing an 11x17 original piece of artwork. That's the largest size we're offering, folks! Make sure to jump on it!
We've also added some original kickass art from Frankie B Washington, of Colossal Kaiju Combat fame. Be sure to snatch it up! Only 1 available!
If you like the project but can't donate (Trust us, we understand.) please do us a favor and share it on twitter, facebook and wherever you can. Every little bit helps!
Be sure to check out Durontus.com for even more info on the Lost Serpent and Gargantua Watch Group.
Feel free to follow me on twitter @Killustration and share your thoughts!
Thanks again for taking the time to look at our proposal. If you're a fan of giant monsters or indie comics, this project is for you.
Risks and challenges
The largest challenge that we face is getting people to know about this project. There are a large number of fans who have been patiently waiting for this follow up issue, but we'd love for this book to hit a broader audience. Once we get funded, we'll get to work completing the remainder of the story and securing everyone's rewards. We've got lots of experience making comics and we know what it takes to fully produce them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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