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A rookie wrestler seeks to prove her worth against a quartet of deadly demons!  200 pages of Lucha Libre fantasy adventure!
A rookie wrestler seeks to prove her worth against a quartet of deadly demons! 200 pages of Lucha Libre fantasy adventure!
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The Legend of La Mariposa: The Demon Gauntlet

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As a rookie luchadora, La Mariposa has everything to prove.  Seeking initiation into the illustrious Sons of Justice, La Mariposa is dispatched on a quest to defeat a quartet of demonic warriors and return with their enchanted masks as proof of victory.

However, not all is as it seems. As the plucky purple powerhouse finds herself entangled in a web of secrets and ambition spanning generations, La Mariposa must learn the hard way that a warrior’s road does not always run in a straight line.

The Legend of La Mariposa is a colourful all ages romp that feels like a combination of Red Sonja and Nacho Libre filtered through adventure comics and Saturday morning cartoons.  You don't have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy it, you just have to like colourful characters, high-energy fight scenes, silly jokes and HEART. 

cover art preview
cover art preview

The Legend of La Mariposa: The Demon Gauntlet is a 200 page all-ages full-colour graphic novel collecting the popular webcomic of the same name.  Please note, this is a COMPLETE, FINISHED BOOK!  It's ready to print and that's where you come in, because we are gonna bring this beautiful beast into the world together through the magic of KICKSTARTER!!

 La Mariposa is a rambunctious and impulsive masked wrestler seeking to walk her Road To Glory in a cartoon fantasy world inspired by pulp fantasy, adventure comics and Lucha Libre.  

The Purple Powerhouse herself!
The Purple Powerhouse herself!

 La Mariposa wants nothing more than to join the elite Sons of Justice, but before she can, she has to journey far and wide, over water, underground, through dense jungle and along the streets of a forgotten city.  In the course of her adventure, La Mariposa will encounter

hungry sharks...  

 cute ghosts... 

one overambitious jaguar... 

The forbidden legacy of an ancient queen...

 and much much more!!

Being a print collection of a webcomic, this is a COMPLETE, FINISHED BOOK.  All the pages have been drawn, coloured and formatted, and all that's left to do is put in a Thank You page before sending it off to the printer!

I want this book to be something you're proud to have on your shelf, so I'm working with the best printer in the UK indie comics scene to make this collection the best-looking it can be.

Living a paper-free life?  Not bothered by physical rewards?  No problem!  The book's also available in a nice crisp digital format for the economically minded, and will be available immediately (give or take a couple of days) upon completion of the campaign!

I have a confession to make.  I... used to dog-ear the pages of books.  There's no excuse, but I'm trying to atone by making sure that you, dear reader, never make the mistakes that I did by providing you with this lovely bookmark, featuring La Mariposa giving a bunch of books the old what-for.

Stickers rule, don't they?  They go on almost anything! Sketchbooks, skateboards, laptops, amps, pets, guitars, the list goes on!  These images of La Mariposa busting out some sweet moves are UV safe and printed on vinyl, which means they'll probably outlast whatever you put 'em on!  That's value for money right there.

 Who doesn't like unique custom bespoke artwork?  No one I wanna know, that's for sure. This reward consists of a marker commission of one fully coloured figure drawing and it can be whatever you want: a wrestler, character from your favourite book/show/movie, loved one, or... I dunno... a potted plant?  I get final approval on subject matter though, okay? LIMITED TO 25 PIECES

 As we approach the goal, I've started thinking about what I can do to reward folks who've pushed us past the initial limit!  So, with 7 days left to go, let's see how far we can get!

  • £5,000 - Exclusive screenprinted Patch

If we can hit £5000 by end of funding, everyone who backs at a physical tier will get one of these bad boys thrown in with their order:

Pretty sweet, right?  These patches will be screenprinted, with an overlocked border and iron-on backing, so they're nice and sturdy while still being easy to apply to clothing.  Here's some I've made previously to give you an idea:

The Parts Unknown patch will be EXCLUSIVE to this campaign.  If we hit that goal, this will be the ONLY way you can grab one of these.

"A truly charming and great classic Adventure Story - A ton of fun if you're a fan of wrestling or not.  A wonderfully enjoyable 200 page romp." Kyle Starks, writer/artist Rick and Morty, Mars Attacks, Rock Candy Mountain

"If you want a fun – all ages read inspired by Lucha Libre then this is the read for you!" Michael Nimmo, 3 Million Years

"...A great all-ages super hero adventure for the young and the young at heart." Advance Comics

"...few comics do it better than James Lawrence’s The Legend of La Mariposa. ...Charming and hilarious, La Mariposa is your new favorite wrestler and your new favorite superhero." Kieran Shiach, Comics Alliance

"Lawrence’s love for his source material is evident and infectious as he synthesises influences as diverse as Lucha Libre, classic Hanna Barbera cartoons and Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. On the comic book front you can see the link between Lawrence’s black and white cartoon style, Chris Hastings’ Dr McNinja, Ethan Nicolle’s work on Axe Cop and of course Jeff Smith’s legendary BONE series. " - Michael Francis, Advance Comics

Don't mess.
Don't mess.

I'm a Manchester-based cartoonist and tutor and have been self-publishing comics for nearly a decade now.  Although my main project has been The Legend of La Mariposa (a story of which, by the way, was nominated for the 2017 Young Person's Comic Award), I've also worked on numerous other indie comics properties such as Afterlife Inc, Strange Romance and the upcoming Knifepoint Horror Anthology.

LET'S MAKE THIS BOOK HAPPEN!!
LET'S MAKE THIS BOOK HAPPEN!!

Risks and challenges

The book is FINISHED. Written, drawn, compiled, everything. All that needs to be done is get it sent off to the printer, who I've worked with many times in the past and know to be diligent, reliable and FAST.

The non-book rewards are simple to produce and I'm working with suppliers I've used many times before due to their good communication and fast rates of turnaround.

I've been making and self-publishing comics for a number of years now and while this is a step up logistically in terms of scale, I'm confident about getting all rewards shipped out to backers in good time.

I will be keeping full transparency on every step towards fulfilment, so if any unforeseen issues do arise, you all will be kept fully in the loop.

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    CHOP!

    A digital version of The Legend of La Mariposa - The Demon Gauntlet, available in PDF and/or CBZ format!

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    LARIAT!

    A beautifully printed and signed copy of The Legend of La Mariposa: The Demon Gauntlet in glorious full colour, posted to your door!

    I'll throw in the digital version too, although that'll go to your inbox instead.

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    A signed print copy of The Legend of La Mariposa: The Demon Gauntlet, a lovely, sturdy bookmark and a sheet of sweet stickers to festoon your laptop/sketchbook/pets with!

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    SUPERKICK!

    One for the early birds! Early backers get a beautifully printed, signed copy of the book at a special discounted price!

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    ELBOW DROP!!

    All of the above, PLUS an A5 custom marker commission!
    (max 1 character, content subject to artist approval)

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