The Jonathin Quackup series takes place in a dying world called Weralt. The inhabitants of the world (humans, hawkoids, pelishtees) are in constant war with one another.
And the lands are full of monsters that lurk in the shadows of night.
The World of Weralt is a very dark place. It needs a hero.
This is where Jonathin Quackup comes in. The first 3 issues are part of his "origin" story of where he came from and how he became a hero.
In issue #1, we are introduced to Jonathin Quackup and his family. They are a family of kehseb herders.
Jonathin's cousin Taeheed is a great soldier and war hero of the hawkoid people. Because he is loved by so many, the hawkoid overlord becomes jealous of Taeheed's popularity and plans to have him killed. Taeheed and Jonathin flee to the pelishtees, the enemies of the hawkoids, for help.
In issue #2, while Taeheed and his soldiers are away, the village is under attack, and Jonathin gets captured! Jonathin escapes and finds Taeheed. Jonathin, Taeheed and his soldiers come to the village's rescue. But Jonathin finds that he has come too late to save his family... His stepmother and stepbrother have died.
Issue #3 is about Jonathin's quest to find those evil cats that killed his family. That means journeying through the dangerous, icy cold wastelands in the north.
Will Jonathin be able to survive the long trek through the deadly wastelands?
Can he find those evil cats that killed his family?
It is a race against time as Jonathin must face war and tragedy - And to discover the true hero inside himself.
Here is the alternate cover to issue #3...
And here are some sample pages from the comic...
By backing Quackup, you're making a lot of great things happen...
1. You are getting an original, beautifully illustrated comic.
2. By showing your support for this comic, you are paving the way for more comics like this one. Support us AND there will be more!
3. And you helping make a dream come true for the people at Raytoons. We are people who absolutely love the medium and want to see it reach its full potential.
Here is what other people think of Quackup...
"At the cons I showed and told them [Quackup]. All positive feedback!" - Terry Pavlet (Illustrator/Graphic Designer for DC, Image, Malibu, Dark Horse, Wizards of the Coast, etc.)
"Raymond Mullikin [does] some great material. Particularly like the art in the introduction!" - Ryan Sook (Illustrator/Cartoonist for DC, Dark Horse, Marvel, etc.)
"[Quackup] reminds me of my youth, when I was watching animations like Alfred J. Quack (Ahiru no Kwak) & Donald Duck. NOW THIS comic hero is the reincarnation of my childhood visions." - Thomas Gosage (Online Sales Director)
"I'm a cartoonist myself and I can say without doubt that I am so inspired by this work! The final results are awesome! It gives you the feeling that I always admire about art. It makes me feel like for a moment I owe the world!" - Jhon Jhones (Cartoonist)
What will the money be used for?
The money will be used for paying for the printing of the alternate covers of Quackup #2. Not only that, but we need money to advertise the first and second issues and to pay the artists.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Back in 1992, cartoonist Raymond Mullikin first created the character Jonathin Quackup. (He was only 12 at the time.)
Over the years he has showed up on websites, comic books, and film festivals. (You can find him at the Raytoons Website at raytoons.net) Now, more than 20 years later, he has collaborated with other artists to bring this character to life in an ongoing comic book series, called Jonathin Quackup of the Planet Weralt.
Raymond has a very dedicated team for the Jonathin Quackup of the Planet Weralt series. Some are professionals in their field... and all are excellent at their work. He is glad to count them as part of the team.
Raymond Mullikin - Writer / Creative Director / Lettering
Brian Bicknell - Pencils (Issues 1 through 4)
Alex Hoffman - Inking / Coloring (Issues 1 through 4)
Crystal Harris - Artist (Issue 1 Back-cover)
Andrew Han - Pencils / Inking / Coloring (Issues 5 through 12)
Nick Palazzo - Artist (Issues 3 and 4 Front-covers)
Adisa Achaki - Artist (Issue 5 Front-cover)
Carla Mullikin - Assistant Editor
James Mullikin - Graphics Editor (Issues 7 through 12)
The AD Twins - Promotional Spokespersons
What do some of the rewards look like?
To get an idea of what the comic book rewards might look like, here are some pictures of the rewards made from the previous Quackup Kickstarter Campaign...
The first issue was already printed at PrintNinja. The second issue was printed through a US printer. Here is what the first issue looks like....
And here is a video showing what the second issue (the standard cover version) looks like...
Some rewards come with a certificate of authenticity...
There are also digital rewards where you get a special digital message and signature...
Some rewards give you the option to have your own "personalized" cover. It can have your face and name (or that of a family member or friend)...
Some rewards give you a page to advertise in my comic. Here is an example of an ad posted in my Quackup #2 Issue...
And, with some rewards, you get a really cool Quackup game app...
Some rewards include some other books that I have made as well...
I have handcrafted mini Quackup mini figurines available with some rewards:
I have also recently been putting together a prototype for my Quackup Collectible Card Game and will have the prototype as a reward option as well.
And everyone who pledges and sends me their email addresses, will get awesome updates one a month by email. You will also be notified of any free events that I would be involved in (like Free Comic Book Day).
Jonathan Quackup is also an "open-artist" project. That means we are open to other artists and writers contributing to our projects.
Other comic creators can learn more about contributing their work here: http://raytoons.net/ads.html
Don't see enough Quackup stuff here? Want to see more? Or maybe information about other upcoming Raytoons projects?
Risks and challenges
We have successfully fulfilled Kickstarter campaigns before and are now fairly familiar with the process, including printing/shipping times.
For printing, we often use the very reliable services of PrintNinja, Marquis, and Ka-Blam Printing. So the only real risks if there are delays in shipping or if there is some illness or injury.
I have also been very careful to create reward tiers that offer items that I would not have difficulty producing... and I will ensure delivery goes as smoothly as possible. Everybody here takes our responsibilities seriously!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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