Max Boost! -Volume 1,The Original Import Tuner Racing Comic
Manga Cars, Tuners, and Hooligans - Import Tuner Magazine's original featured monthly comic in a collected edition.
Max Boost! -Volume 1,The Original Import Tuner Racing Comic
Manga Cars, Tuners, and Hooligans - Import Tuner Magazine's original featured monthly comic in a collected edition.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, October 12 2019 4:00 AM UTC +00:00.
MAX BOOST IS THE ORIGINAL IMPORT TUNER COMIC est. 1998 in IMPORT TUNER MAGAZINE!
For the FIRST TIME EVER, the early classic issues are available in a Max Boost, Volume 1 Collectors FIRST EDITION!
MAX BOOST - CELEBRATING OUR 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
My name is Dennis Caco and I am passionate about cars, racing, and making comic books and in 1998 I helped design Import Tuner Magazine, and combined my love for cars and comics to create Max Boost which was a monthly feature in the magazine.
Yes, Max Boost is now 20 YEARS OLD and was born during the heyday of import culture Supras, Rx7s, GTOs, GTRs NSXs - waaaayyyy before Fast and The Furious!
So, after we launched Import Tuner, we realized that Max Boost was a ABSOLUTE HIT with the readers, and MANY people subscribed to the magazine because of Max Boost. And over the years, the magazine grew, and the Max Boost Fanbase grew with it.
Additionally, the entire Import Tuner Culture started to become something. When I became a tuner in the early 90's, NO ONE believed that this culture would last and they thought that it was a fad.
Now, 20 years later, the culture has established itself and is as vibrant as ever. Which is why I decided it was time to bring back Max Boost for the original generation of readers, as well as new fans alike.
So - for the first time ever, ONLY here on Kickstarter, the long lost issues of Max Boost have been put into a collectible volume, plus new artwork, over 150 PAGES (first 4 years), so you don't have to spend $1000 on eBay to find all the old issues of Import Tuner - which is basically impossible - just to read it.
So I would hope that you would take a look, and "back this project", and help us make this Max Boost, Volume 1 a reality!
If you are new to Max Boost, WELCOME! And please watch the video above and keep reading below!
Max Boost is a story about Max and Otto, and their adventures in Motorville as Max, a hyperactive boy that dreams of horsepower and fast cars, and Otto, his trusty sidekick and voice of reason, are best friends.
They love cars and racing, and hope to have a racecar of their own one day so they can challenge the town bully, Todd, to a race to put him in his place.
Since his birthday is coming, Max THINKS his Mom is going to get him his dream car - an Integra Type-R, so he can finally beat Todd's V8 in a race - but Instead...
....his mom gets him a base model Civic Hatchback. No air conditioning, no electric windows or seats, and most importantly - no horsepower.
And it's even GREEN. (Oh no!)
But, there is not turning back for Max, as the race is still on.
Everyone at Motorville High School will be watching - and Max can't back out now. He's hoping for a miracle.
And, for the first time ever, he meets Todd at the local street races, ready or not.
Well, Max is definitely "NOT".
And so begins, Max's quest to keep himself from embarrassment, and for horsepower leads him to tuner culture and fast and furious hi-jinx.
...Meanwhile a bigger threat to ALL of Motorville looms overhead, and Motorville's existence is in question.
And from there, close to 200 total pages of Max Boost have been published to date about the misadventures begins - from tuning upgrades, to police, drag racing, drifting, burnouts and togue the story takes many twists and turns.
There is fun around every corner!
Max Boost Volume 1 has 100 Pages of the original comic, plus 50 pages of extras and never before seen art and is only available here on Kickstarter for you to enjoy. And exclusively for this launch campaign, you can get add-ons and never before seen extras (see below)!
WELCOME TO MOTORVILLE!
Max Boost - He is the underdog, and our unlikely hero. Max is absolutely passionate about cars and racing, and will do anything it takes to find, build, and race the car of his dreams. His number one enemy is Todd, and he is committed to bringing street-justice to Motorville by having Todd pay for all of the horrible things he does to those who have less horsepower than him.
And, as the story develops, we find out what roles these characters play, as the very existence of Motorville may actually depend on this young group of street-rascals...
Otto - is Max's best friend and voice of reason. Otto is basically the opposite of Max, as he is calm, collected, and is always thinking wisely. However, he also knows it's almost impossible to stop Max when he has a "great idea", and knows it's better just get out of his way (and sometimes more entertaining!). As a master tactician, Otto, has the skill of gently guiding Max along so he doesn't hurt himself... too much.
Todd - Big V8, BIG Pistons, and even BIGGER EGO. Todd is the town jock that you love to hate, and he makes it a "sport" to harass Max and Otto, and anyone else under 500 horsepower. Maybe one day, Max and Otto will be able to teach him a lesson in humility, but they will need to find some horsepower and torque first!
Papa Wheely and his henchmen, Yin, Yan and Wok - He has the Horsepower and Torque! Papa Wheely is the Proprietor of Papa Wheely's Performance Pagoda. He's the one to see if you want you tuner car, tuned - but for a PRICE!
AND, if you don't make your payments on time, you may end up meeting the his "Wu Tang Wack!"
Ese and 'Efe - The leaders of the Low Rider crew from Low Co., Ese and Efe' patrol the streets of Lotting Park - with 3 wheel motion, on chrome & white walls. Don't get caught by them at the wrong time, in the wrong place, or you might find yourself getting "hit by switches".
And, that's not all, there are many, many more characters in Max Boost for you to meet!
WIth ~150 pages, the First 4 years of comics (1998-2002 for Volume 1) plus never-before-seen art in a gorgeous, collectible hardcover, exclusively only for pre-order here:
- BEAUTIFUL, HEAVY WEIGHT, PREMIUM hard bound book
- Print size is just like original with heavy 150g Paper
- Glossy Printed Dust cover!
- and Heavy Weight Collectors Sleeve! (I plan on creating a more sophisticated design for this that I can get your input on, throughout the process!)
- Numbered Special edition* - only available here and may never be offered again!
BONUS ITEMS & EXTRAS - "Boost" your Pre-Order!
For a LIMITED limited time, you will have access to items only available here, and may NEVER be available any other time:
For the first time in YEARS - you will have access to The Last Race Movie (Produced by Max Boost Creator, Dennis Caco and directed by Alex Ranarivelo) Digital Access for those who get a Max Boost, Volume 1!
KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE - THE AUTOMOTIVE ART OF AUTOCANNON
Many of you may have remembered my clothing brand Autocannon / Shift Gear, and have probably worn or bought one of my t-shirts in the past (especially if you are a O.G. tuner from the 90's). Establishing one of the first clothing brands in the industry, our car designs and art became a huge part of our culture.
And, I thought it would be fun to add a little "something something" to this campaign with this art book to spark up some more nostalgia!
So, for First time EVER - we are offering a special "gallery preview book" of selected original Autocannon automotive and apparel designs, as well as more Max Boost coloring book pages!
This bonus special feature is only going to be available here, and we do NOT plan to have this book availble after this campaign is over. So if you want it, you have to get it here with Max Boost Volume 1! We HIGHLY suggest it!
If you want it, please pick the reward teir that includes this book!
We promise, it will be awesome:
- Select 90's and 2000's infamous Autocannon Artwork and T-shirt Designs
- Max Boost Coloring Pages (that are not available in Volume 1)
- 40-60 colorful premium pages (Depends on how many are ordered, more orders = more pages!)
- Limited Edition
- Prototype Shown*
Whew. Okay, that's a lot of SWAG for a Kickstarter... and I'm not even done!
- PLEDGE YOUR ALLEGIANCE TO TUNER COMICS!-
ALL COMIC BOOK BACKERS - To show my appreciation for backers like you, ALL BACKERS will have the option to have your name listed in the Book (you can choose any name you wish to display, within guidelines)
SUPER BACKER LEVEL- And for certain higher pledge levels (see rewards), you can have your own “Instagram squares” in a special Super Fan Section. You can also add your Instagram Profile name, for example.
SPONSOR LEVEL: Even sponsors and teams can get into the action by pledging for the Sponsor level tier!* (May not always be available)
Stretch goals are additional goals beyond the funding goal. In return for hitting each stretch goal, the creator will usually promise additional features, components, content, etc.
$5,000 in pledges - Dust Cover - ACHIEVED AND UNLOCKED!
$10,000 in pledges - Book Sleeve - ACHIEVED AND UNLOCKED!
$15,000 in pledges - All books get numbered!
MYSTERY CHASER PRINTS-
- Mystery Chaser Prints - If we hit certain stretch goals, each book may come with FREE Chaser Print (1 of 4) *
And, we may even have SURPRISE BONUS's - the more pledges we get, the more everyone gets!
THANK GOD FOR THE FANS AND FRIENDS! -
Despite that all those years I was in hibernation, I received a lot of love. One of my greatest joys is meeting Max Boost Fans in real life, and / or getting Fan messages.
In particular, I love getting messages from those who were too young to drive when they first read Max Boost and now have tuner cars of their own. These stories kept reminding me that I should never have stopped drawing Max Boost- and if Max Boost, Volume 1 is successful - I can bring Max Boost back for the next generation of tuner fans!
Even though I took a mental break for 10 years, inspiration came in an unlikely event. My younger brother (he's 18 years younger than me) got into the tuner scene (on his own, I had no influnce I swear!) and eventually asked me to bring him to the racetrack for the first time.
And little did he know, combined with support from one of our original Max Boost + Autocannon crew Memo Quibrera, and jumping into Sam Rothschilds Honda Challenge Series championship winning CRX racecar for the first time in YEARS - they reignited my need for speed, and my itch to bring Max Boost back!
So why am I on Kickstarter?
I put over a decade of my life and sweat into Max Boost. I invested everything I could to continue to make Max Boost for the people, and pursued the dream furiously.
8 years into it, in 2006, Everything was going perfect and Max Boost was on a roll. We got some serious momentum when we partnered with Playmates Toys (the Ninja Turtle Company) to make Max Boost Toys and we were even on our way to landing video games, and a deal for Saturday Morning Cartoons with Warner Bros.
And then suddently, the WB contract was cancelled -I hit rock bottom [Lost almost everything, and stopped drawing Max Boost to take a mental break. I was devasted, as everything seemed to have fallen apart, and the hard work from so many was not actualized.
And, well, my “short" mental break ended up being more than 10 years.
I never stopped believing in Max Boost. I never stopped loving cars, comics, and this culture.
So I'm here, to put the control back in my hands - and build a MAX BOOST TEAM with YOU (yes YOU) - to Kickstart more products that YOU WANT TO SEE without needing the studios or big names. I realized with the power of community, we can actually do this independently.
So Max Boost Volume 1 is the FIRST step of MANY. So, if this campaign is successful, it will allow us to continue with our NEXT STEPS:
- Max Boost Volume 2
- Netflix Show? :)
- AND MORE....
Like my own life, Max Boost is a true Underdog story, where you're put up against all odds and still have to find a way to succeed. Max Boost was simply a dream, and though hard work, long nights sleeping under drawing tables, and being a starving artist (literally), I was able to create something that fans worldwide loved.
Max Boost is perfect for all gear heads, tuners, and comicbook fans looking for something that has deep roots and history in the Car Culture Or anyone who just love anime, cars, hispeed hijinx, and a good ol' underdog story about a little hatch back “that could".
Unfortunately, this Max Boost, Volume 1 that I am holding in the video is just a prototype (1 of 1), and need Pre-Orders here on Kickstarter to hit our printers minimums. We have a limited time to gather orders, and to make the revival with Max Boost Volume 1, a reality!
So this is where YOU come in...Max Boost is ONLY available here, at a discount, with Bonuses in hopes you will become part of the Max Boost Fam reserve your very own limited first edition copies, today,
Simply click below to "Back this Project" to keep this dream alive!
Please pledge today, share with your friends, and become part of Team Max Boost!
Drive Fast. Race Hard.
Dennis Caco & Memo Quibrera, Marat Zabelinskiy, Dan Wilson, and the Max Boost Crew
I could NOT have done this without so many people through the last 20 years and need to say THANK YOU! (I am SURE I am forgetting a bunch of people, so please bear with me as I edit this from time to time)
Of course, I need to start with my original "Racerette" and my wife Rachelle, and my son, Drake "Max" Caco, (yes his name is Max!), and my very patient Mom, Dad my brothers Allan and Eric, and my super-sister Joann and her family.
And of course, this would have never have happened without Aldryn Estacio and Collier Mclennan (Online Performance) convincing me to be the first DRAG GEN II Turbo Kit car for Herman Chan, and subsequently meeting Michael Ferrara from Turbo Magazine (now publisher of DSPORT), to shoot my Black Turbo Intergra GS-R (RIP) for a feature back in 1995.
From there I met published Kipp Kington (RIP) and the team at IGC - Ed Eng, Evan Griffey, and that crew that invited me to help them design a brand new magazine from scratch, which eventally became Import Tuner. (I designed the original logo, cover concepts, and helped create the theme for Import Tuner- the public actually doesn't know this, well, I guess until now. :). Those were good 'ol days!
So that's the beginning ...
And since then I have met (and need to thank) so many friends:
Memo Quibrera, Allan Deguzman, and Sam Rotschild for inspiring me to get back to the racetrack and bring Max Boost back to life.
My studio peeps:
Nghia, Derek, Clydene, Batton Lash, Joe Philips, Lex Wolfcraft, Chris Neuhahn
Co-Workers and Friends; Memo Quibrera, Marat Zabeliskiy, April Estrada Rich Langi, Carter Jung, Rick, Andres the Car Kid, Wes Walz,
Artists and assistant artists:
Rich, Eddie, Ray, Melissa, Derek, Conrad, Trace
My OG race team:
Sam Rothschild, Dan Wilson, Lee Lim, Ian Penaflorida and Family, Gabe, Tim
Ground Zero Racing and Online Performance
Sponsors & Industry:
Nick Fousekis, Rich Langi, and the crew at Falken Tire, Import Fest Basit Mirza, Wes Walz at Elite Finish, CarTune Auto Repair, Edward Lee Titan 7, Philip Chase, Kenji, Mike and the crew at Greddy, Volk, Tein, Eibach, Eddie Kim Dynamic Autosport, Pann Auto, Rick from Legacy Auto Spa, Emil and Ed and the gang at Extreme Autofest, Jim Liaw and the team at Formula D, Robert at Comickaze in San Diego, Rich Calbay and Harry Kong (who was actually one of the first to bring Max Boost back about 4 years ago) from Nitto Tire, Thomas Okihisa and Toyo Tires, Note from Treefrog USA, Ryan and the Honda Challenge crew from NASA ProRacing...
Bruce and the team at Honda for believing in the Power of Dreams (like mine!)
The Last Race Team:
Alex Ranarivelo (Director) and Our Crew, and all the extras that stayed for 7 hours to shoot our racing scenes!
And of course YOU and all of our hardcore Max Boost fans!
~ And I am sure I forgot some people, so I'll be adding more as I remember! :)
THANK YOU ALL! LET'S MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
-Dennis and the Max Boost Crew
*all descriptions and products are subject to change in final production. All products are prototypes and may change. All prices are subject to change at anytime.
* Exclusives may be exclusive to this Kickstarter Campaign and any other platform we may continue this campaign on
*Stretch goals- each of these features are added when we hit certain pledge goals, see below for more details.
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Risks and challenges
There is very little risk or challenge in this project since all of the artwork is already complete, and we have already established our printing partner. We plan to produce this first collectible Volume 1 in a very quick turn around, to make sure you get Max Boost! as soon as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter