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Shogun Rising is a near-future love story, set in a banished Samurai village that must fight to survive the zombie Apocalypse.
Shogun Rising is a near-future love story, set in a banished Samurai village that must fight to survive the zombie Apocalypse.
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Shogun Rising is a collaboration between Writer/Producer Jonathan Mayor and Awesome Horse Studios being Marc Scheff, Noah Bradley, Aaron Miller, and Cynthia Sheppard. We also have seasoned comic layout artists and colorists including Tim Paul who has colored for Marvel, DC, and Disney.

What is Shogun Rising?

Shogun Rising is an original story and full 64 page color illustrated graphic novel about love, samurai, and zombies. Near-future Tokyo is zombie apocalypse ground zero. Survivors are forced to flee to a remote samurai village. Hiroshi, a samurai prodigy, and Mizuki, the daughter of a ruthless Tokyo crime-boss, attempt to navigate the new world and their forbidden love. Tensions arise as cultures clash and the chances of survival diminish. And yes, samurais will totally fight zombies. But who will win?

PRINTS!

For print-based rewards, you can choose any image from the book, any page or panel, or something from the trailer. See all trailer images here.

UPDATE!

We are very excited to announce two things. 1, add ons. At funding levels of $27 and up, you can add more books, calendars, and prints at steep discounts.

AND We have three special rewards for Olivia Wilde fans! Olivia gave us permission to create this one of a kind art piece for a special fan who wants to join the zombie resistance by her side. See below!

And check out our great deals on add-ons!

Jonathan Mayor
Jonathan Mayor
Cynthia Sheppard
Cynthia Sheppard
Noah Bradley
Noah Bradley
Aaron Miller
Aaron Miller
Marc Scheff
Marc Scheff
Brian Rosko
Brian Rosko
Matthew Devoe
Matthew Devoe
Alexandra Metz
Alexandra Metz
Larry Winslow
Larry Winslow

Risks and challenges

The major hurdle for this project is the actual making of the art and production of the book. Once we have funding, we can start the wonderful, if not brief, process of creating all the pages for this world. We would start page layouts now, and we have a few in the works to show you, but the level of funding we reach will determine how long we can make the novel.

The good news is that as we do this, we will be setting up all our production processes for when the book is complete, so we can get it to you as soon as we are done. We will keep a blog on Kickstarter for you to see what we're up to as we go. You will get to be a part of this process and see it all unfold during the creation process.

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    “GOOD VIBES” and A SPECIAL THANK YOU on our Facebook page.

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    "THE BASIC DIGITAL BUNDLE" -
    A PDF of the Graphic Novel and Custom Wallpaper art.

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    "THE DIGITAL TREASURE BUNDLE" -
    PDF of the full Graphic Novel + Sketches and Concept Art + Custom Wallpaper Art.

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    “THE DAILY” -
    A stunning Shogun Rising Calendar with our favorite scenes and characters from the book + the Digital Treasure Bundle.

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    "THE SHOTO" (SHORT SWORD) -
    The full paperback Graphic Novel! +
    the Digital Treasure Trove.

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    "THE SHOTO DAILY" -

    The calendar + the paperback + the Digital Treasure Trove.

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    "THE DAITO" (LONG SWORD) - The hardcover book + the Digital Treasure Trove.

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    "THE ZOMBIE DOUBLE TAP" - Two copies of the paperback + the Digital Treasure Trove.

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    "THE DAISHO" (PAIRING OF THE LONG AND SHORT SWORD) - One hardcover and one paperback graphic novel + the Digital Treasure Trove.

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    LIMITED SIGNED/NUMBERED 11X14 PRINT CHARACTER OR KEY SCENE OF CHOICE" +
    the hardcover + the Digital Treasure Trove, You can choose any image from
    the book or any of the images at the link on the side "See all trailer
    images here."

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    "emBOSSed" - Limited signed/numbered character or scene embossed with Shogun Rising custom stamp. WE WILL ONLY EVER MAKE 100 OF THESE + the hardcover + the Digital Treasure Trove.

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    "GET BIT"
    THE Zombie portrait artist SAM FLEGAL, will draw head shots of you or a human/animal of your choice as a zombie!
    ADD A SECOND PERSON for $50 + the hardcover +the Digital Treasure Trove.

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    FIGHT ALONGSIDE OLIVIA WILDE, Hand Drawn Print. Olivia Wilde, star of "TRON" and "COWBOYS AND ALIENS" has kindly allowed us to create this unique gift with her. Get a LIMITED EDITON PRINT, with YOUR FACE hand drawn as her Samurai partner fighting Zombies!!! SEE SIDE FOR PICTURE +the hardcover + the Digital Treasure trove

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    "SHOGUN RISING CUSTOM PLAY MAT" -
    For our TCG-Playing friends, a Shogun Rising Custom Play Mat signed by the Artists! + the hardcover + the Digital Treasure Trove.

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    "FULL TRANSFORMATION" - 11" x 17" FULL FIGURE Full figure color. THE Zombie portrait artist SAM FLEGAL, will draw you or a human/animal of your choice as a zombie! ADD A SECOND PERSON for $100 + the hardcover +the Digital Treasure Trove.

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    'THE PRODIGY TRAINING PACKAGE" -
    45 MINUTE SKYPE DRAWING SESSION with the Shogun Art team member of your choice
    + the hardcover + the Digital Treasure Trove.

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    FIGHT ALONGSIDE OLIVIA WILDE, ORIGINAL DRAWING. Olivia Wilde, star of "TRON" and "COWBOYS AND ALIENS" has kindly allowed us to create this unique gift with her. Get THE ORIGINAL DRAWING, with YOU as her Samurai partner fighting Zombies!!! SEE SIDE FOR PICTURE +the hardcover + the Digital Treasure trove

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    "YOU'RE IN THE BOOK!" - as an extra, zombie, or fleeing citizen!
    Credited on our "CAST MEMBERS" page + Signed/Numbered 11x14 print of your scene + the hardcover + the Digital Treasure Trove.

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    "NOW YOU'RE SPEAKING ZOMBESE" -
    Get a SPEAKING ROLE interacting with a main character or A WICKED ZOMBIE KILL! Credited on our "Cast Members" page + Signed/numbered 11x14 print of your big scene + the hardcover and paperback +the Digital Treasure Trove.

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    "PERSONAL COMMISSION" - of a digital illustration, printed on fine art canvas, featuring you and/or someone you know battling zombies. Special thanks in acknowledgment section of the book + 30 MINUTE SKYPE session with the CREATOR and WRITER, JON MAYOR + the Hardcover + the Digital Treasure Trove + 20 Minute Skype with artists drawing you.

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    FIGHT ALONGSIDE OLIVIA WILDE, OIL PAINTING. Olivia Wilde, star of "TRON" and "COWBOYS AND ALIENS" has kindly allowed us to create this unique gift with her. Get an ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING, with YOU as her Samurai partner fighting Zombies!!! SEE SIDE FOR PICTURE +the hardcover + the Digital Treasure trove

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    "THE ASSOCIATE PRODUCER" - AN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit, a signed full color personal commissioned piece of art with you (or someone you know) and the character of your choice battling zombies, + the Digital Treasure Trove + 2 Copies of the hardcover + a very Special Thank You in book + a 30 minute Skype session with artists to discuss your commission + a 30 minute Skype Session with creator Jon Mayor.

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    "BE AN ORIGINAL" -
    EPIC ORIGINAL PAINTING From the Shogun World by AARON MILLER 18x24 Oil painting

    (The artist will collaborate with you on 2, 30 min Skype sessions where you work with them to help realize your vision) + the Hardcover and the paperback + the Digital Treasure Trove.
    DOES NOT INCLUDE US or INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING of PAINTING, shipping will be determined based on your location and current rates. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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    "BE AN ORIGINAL" -
    EPIC ORIGINAL PAINTING From the Shogun World by NOAH BRADLEY 18x24 Oil painting
    + the Hardcover + the Digital Treasure Trove.

    (The artist will collaborate with you on 2, 30 min Skype sessions where you work with them to help realize your vision). DOES NOT INCLUDE US SHIPPING or INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING of PAINTING, shipping will be determined based on your location and current rates. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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    "THE MASTER V.I.Z. (Very Important Zombie) PACKAGE" -
    BE AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE BOOK, the Book is dedicated to and for you, get a speaking role in the book with interaction with a main character. In the book your character will go into the hills to the Samurai Village and be trained by the samurai. VIP Shogun Rising Launch Party Invitation in New York or LA (Travel not Included). 10 copies of the hardcover book + the calendar + the Digital Treasure Trove + three 18x24 prints of your choice + SKYPE session with artist and creator Jon Mayor.

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Funding period

- (32 days)