Press Release: "Monster Elementary," an All-Ages Graphic Novel Launches on Kickstarter and Premieres First Six Pages on Emanata
July 10, 2013
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July 10, 2013
“MONSTER ELEMENTARY,” AN ALL-AGES GRAPHIC NOVEL LAUNCHES ON KICKSTARTER AND PREMIERES FIRST SIX PAGES ON EMANATA
Los Angeles, CA (July 10, 2013) – Nicholas Doan brings Monster Elementary, an all-ages graphic novel, to Kickstarter and premieres the first six pages on Emanata, the preeminent independent comics mobile application.
Monster Elementary is a fun, witty, comedy/adventure comic for children of all ages written and published by Doan featuring five monster children based on classic monster movie archetypes.
Desmodus is a vampire child that looks down on humankind. He is the leader of this group. He loves being a monster and all the powers and privileges that come with it. Des wears a daylight ring that allows him to walk safely in the sunlight.
Lukos is a boy werewolf and Des' best friend. He usually has to rein Des in and keep Des from doing anything drastic. Lukos has developed an unhealthy addiction to juice boxes.
Francesca was assembled in a laboratory by her mother. She has a very simple view of life, a big heart, and doesn't understand why others are afraid of her.
Rags is a mummy that doesn't really know who he is underneath his wrappings. His identity issues lead him to try on different personalities.
Gilda is a fun-loving lagoon monster. She has an untainted view of her world and has never even considered what other people might think of her. Gilda proudly and happily marches to the beat of a different drummer.
These five monster children are forced to attend a human public school after their monsters-only private school is raided by the FBI. To their surprise, they're not allowed to eat any of the other students. The monsters’ adventures and experiences are the focal point of the book.
“I have had some incredible opportunities with this project that include offers and contracts from major publishers as well as some heartbreaking setbacks that were out of my control,” says Doan. “In March 2013, I heard Jimmy Palmiotti talk about Kickstarter at WonderCon in Anaheim. Before that, I was terrified of crowdfunding. I didn't understand it and I didn't believe that I could manage a campaign. But Jimmy's optimism and advice left me excited and eager to come to Kickstarter. He simplified it all for me and took the time to answer my exhaustive questions. With Kickstarter, I can eliminate all of the elements that prevented me from finishing this book two years ago.”
If successfully funded on Kickstarter, Monster Elementary will be 90 pages containing a series of short stories that range in length from 1 to 22 pages. The stories will be illustrated by a rotating cast of artists including the following:
Josh Gowdy (Comic Book Resources’ “The Line It Is Drawn,” Drawmore Inc.’s Nobodies: Vol. 2)
Lee-Roy Lahey (Storyboards for Charlie Kaufman’s “Anomalisa”)
Cal Moray (Publishing newcomer with a background in animation)
Daniele Serra (Best Artist - British Fantasy Awards 2012, Image’s Fade to Black, DC/Zuda’s “Pray for Death”)
Bobby Timony (DC/Zuda’s The Night Owls)
Patty Variboa (Fat Rabbit Farm’s Babee and the Valley of the Hungry Ninjas and Big T’s Big Adventure)
“A large chunk of the budget for this project will pay the artists for the work that they have done so far as well as the work yet to be done,” says Doan. “I have not budgeted any compensation for myself. These people deserve the world and I would give it to them if I could!”
The Monster Elementary Kickstarter campaign started on July 8, 2013 and will end on August 7, 2013. Doan is asking for $19,000 to cover the costs of printing the book, rewards for the backers, payment for the artists, and the fees paid to Kickstarter and Amazon Payments. Rewards include PDF and physical copies of Monster Elementary, PDF’s of Doan’s previous work, five different prints, a t-shirt, original art and character naming rights.
In order to give potential backers a taste of what they’re backing, Doan has partnered with Emanata, the preeminent independent comic mobile application, to give away the first six pages for free.
“If I was in a comic shop, I wouldn't buy a book without picking it up and thumbing through it,” says Doan. “I needed to give potential backers a way to get a taste and decide if Monster Elementary is for them.”
Nicholas Doan is an accomplished playwright and author of two children’s books for Fat Rabbit Farm. He was the first ever user-submitted contest winner for Zuda Comics along with artist Daniele Serra for their webcomic, “Pray for Death” which can be read on Comixology.com. Nicholas has also collaborated with artist Josh Gowdy for their short comic, “Lost Boy,” in the Drawmore Inc. anthology, NOBODIES, Vol. 2.
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