A cosmic event sparks an invasion of giant monsters in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the only effective weapon the military possesses to combat them is a hybrid soldier sharing both Human and Daikaiju DNA.
I wanted to paint a comic book epic about giant monsters beating the tar out of each other and wreaking havoc, but also explore the catastrophic effects of such an event on the area of Northern California where I grew up, in the shadow of Mount Diablo.
I began sketching and plotting what would become my obsession for the next two years. As the character of Jack (affectionately named "Yochu" by his creators) began to take shape, so did rogue Special Agent Jill Sleet. A tough, independent outsider with gifts of her own, thrust into the monster invasion, Jill is a pivotal character (with a wicked crossbow!)
The story takes us deeper into the Monster Territories as Yochu and Jill face one menace after another.
The by-product of the emerging storyline resulted in the development of enough menacing new Daikaiju to fill an entire FIELD GUIDE TO BIG MONSTERS. Not only does the FIELD GUIDE figure into the story itself, a separate bonus issue #0 came out of it as a happy result ( and is included here - with all its original art re-scanned!)
Making GIANTKILLER happen was one of the great storytelling experiences I've ever had. I take great pleasure in bringing it back, expanding the art and story, presented in a larger format- as always intended.
To quote Maurice Sendak, "Let the wild rumpus start!"
A MONSTROUS HARDCOVER
To mark the 20 years since the first issue of GIANTKILLER hit the stands, we present a whopping 240-page, 8.5x12.5 inch Hardcover Monster Edition with expanded story content, Galleries of Concept Art and the work of several Guest Artists, along with a few surprises we hope to bring to light as the book is funded. I'll need your enthusiasm and support to make it happen the way it should be done: BIG!
- We're talking a hardcover graphic novel over 20% larger than comic book size, to really let the bombastic, fully-painted story come to life in your hands.
- I will be adding brand-new story pages in the form of an epilogue scene to the tale, as Jack and Jill reunite for a new mission!
- An expanded Concept Gallery of sketches and art taken from my sketchbooks
- A Rogues Gallery of Guest Artists who love monsters as much I do, masterfully depicting the world and characters of GIANTKILLER.
- And with your help—a LOT more. (here's a hint: there's always room for more monsters, and more surprises)
A TREMENDOUS DELUXE EDITION
The DELUXE Edition comes with a SIGNED PLATE, A 'VIRGIN' DUST COVER, (featuring a new cover painting) in a killer full-color SLIPCASE.
We're offering a pandemonium of rewards!
A Limited Quantity of Art Rewards are Available for this Campaign
SKETCHES, WATERCOLORS and REMARQUES are all available rewards for this campaign.
SKETCHES and WATERCOLOR plates are available with the DELUXE Edition:
A Bestiary of Possible Characters for your Sketch and Watercolor Reward:
REMARQUES —small head sketches done inside the hardcover edition:
[NOTE: Artist reserves the right to choose characters for Remarques, but will field suggestions for Watercolor and Sketch plates. Copyrighted characters not owned by Dan Brereton are not allowed (But they'll still be cool!)]
Previously created Original Art will be made available as we go along, but why not get right to the crown jewel of the Dragon's hoard?
THE ARTWORK USED FOR THE DELUXE EDITION DUST COVER
The original cover painting created just for this project, measuring 13x20 inches on Heavy Crescent Illustration board.
JILL SLEET Watercolor 8.5x11 inch
(Receive the watercolor art used as an example of the Watercolor reward)
Original Art fit for a KING of Monsters-
A "YOCHU" (Jack) PIN WILL BE ADDED TO EACH PHYSICAL COPY OF THE BOOK!
2/7/19 UNLOCKED !
A "YOCHU" (Jack) PIN WILL BE ADDED TO EACH DELUXE REWARD TIER!
ADDITIONAL ENHANCMENTS UNLOCKED:
-Full color illustrated end papers to all books
-Foil stamping on cover of all books
In addition to physical enhancements for the book like foil stamping, and full-color illustrated end papers, I have plans to embark on a project-within-the-project:
Further Expanded Content
MISSION CODE NAME: DECEPTION ISLAND
What this basically means is an expansion of the FIELD GUIDE TO BIG MONSTERS - more Daikaiju added in a special annexed section!
More on this as we go along, but suffice to say we will all be very pleased to have realize this goal.
Please bear in mind—with what I have in mind for the big stretch goal, which is adding even more new content to the book, it could mean extending things a bit, which will definitely be worth the delay to create.
The books should be back from the printer in the Fall, shipping to you in November, but much of this will depend on finishing the expanded material for the book, which Im already working on. I wanted to be both realistic about the production schedule and how it will coincide with my work schedule, to make sure nothing is rushed, and everything looks beautiful. Barring another giant monster invasion in Northern California, we are looking good.
After the campaigns ends, production on the book will continue (we are currently in production now) until all design and layout is completed, as well as all additional art. I'd like to be ready for the printer by July.
Dan Brereton is an award-winning artist and creator of the monster/pulp/noir comic book series, NOCTURNALS. Along with creator-owned titles like THE PSYCHO and THE LAST BATTLE, Dan has worked for most major comic book publishers as artist ans writer on titles such as JLA, VAMPIRELLA, RED SONJA, LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT and countless more. In 2014 Big Wow Art (the brain child of Steve Morger) published ENCHANTRESS, Dan's fourth art book and first funded through Kickstarter. Since then, Dan and Steve have continued to create successful projects on the Kickstarter platform, including the NOCTURNALS: THE SINISTER PATH graphic novel, and last year's IN THE NIGHT STUDIO art book. Dan also created the monster girls wax wrapper trading card set CREEPING FLESH with SideKick Labs on Kickstarter, and more recently the NOCTURNALS ART PORTFOLIO. He's currently working on the next NOCTURNALS graphic novel. His latest art book NIGHT OWLS, also a successful Kickstarter project, hits stores this Spring. Dan lives with his family and an army of giant monsters and robots in Northern California.
Project video by Jon Olsen
Risks and challenges
the bulk of the work is done: story, cover art, and printer's quote, with just some further expanded content to add and design. This is our sixth Kickstarter book project and we're excited to be making this happen in time for the 20th Anniversary of GIANTKILLER!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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