Press Release: “Monster Elementary and the Egyptian Curse,” the Follow-Up to the All-Ages, Award Winning Graphic Novel "Monster Elementary," Launches on Kickstarter
July 6, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2015
“MONSTER ELEMENTARY AND THE EGYPTIAN CURSE,” THE FOLLOW-UP TO THE ALL-AGES, AWARD-WINNING
GRAPHIC NOVEL “MONSTER ELEMENTARY,” LAUNCHES ON KICKSTARTER
Los Angeles, CA (July 6, 2015) – Author Nicholas Doan has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Monster Elementary and the Egyptian Curse, the follow-up to his all-ages, award-winning graphic novel, Monster Elementary.
Monster Elementary, Volume 1, was funded by Kickstarter backers on August 7, 2013 after a hard fought, 30 day campaign. Since it was published in the spring of 2014, this 92 page graphic novel has gone on to win the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2015 Gold Medal for best “Graphic Novel / Drawn Book – Humor / Cartoon History (U.S.)”
“One of the really magical things about running the first Kickstarter is that it was just the beginning,” says Doan. “We didn’t just make a book and say, ‘Okay. We’re done!’ We kept going. We went to comic book conventions, met a lot of new fans and saw the response from people. We saw kids come to us with their beat up copies that they loved so much. That was really rewarding for the whole creative team. Then, at the end of May this year, I and other members of the Monster Elementary team went to New York to accept a gold medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards for the best humor graphic novel. It’s pretty incredible to see the reaction, meet the people who have really been moved by the book, and receive recognition for our work.”
The Monster Elementary graphic novels are fun, witty, comedy/adventure comics for children of all ages written by Doan featuring five monster children inspired by classic monster movie archetypes: Desmodus, a vampire; Lukos, a werewolf; Francesca, a Frankenstein monster; Rags, a mummy; and Gilda, a lagoon monster. 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 hiding their identities and growing up are the focal point of the book.
"I was a kid once. We were all a kid once. We all remember how weird and awkward that is,” says Doan. “Using the monsters like this shines a light on how we feel different and how we don't fit in when the fact of the matter is, we're all just people."
Like its predecessor, Monster Elementary and the Egyptian Curse will be a 90-95 page graphic novel made up of a series of short stories that range in length from 1 to 22 pages illustrated by a rotating cast of artists. The following artists who contributed to Volume 1 have committed to contributing to Monster Elementary and the Egyptian Curse.
Lee-Roy Lahey (Cartoonist and Storyboard Artists, Storyboards for Charlie Kaufman’s “Anomalisa”)
Cal Moray (Animator and Illustrator)
Christopher Tupa (Self-published cartoonist and illustrator, Hi There Mr. Moon)
Bobby Timony (DC/Zuda’s The Night Owls, Monkeybrain’s Detectobot, TK Press’ The Horror Lovers)
Patty Variboa (Fat Rabbit Farm’s Babee and the Valley of the Hungry Ninjas, Big T’s Big Adventure, Mutated Bill’s Sweet Revenge)
Daniele Serra (Best Artist - British Fantasy Awards 2012, Image’s Fade to Black, DC/Zuda’s “Pray for Death”)
In addition to the returning artists, Doan plans on adding more artists to the Monster Elementary team and will announce their involvement as they commit to the project. As with Volume 1, Doan’s wife and publishing partner, Gwendolyn Dreyer, will serve as Editor and Book Designer.
The Monster Elementary and the Egyptian Curse Kickstarter campaign started on July 6, 2015 and will end on August 5, 2015. Doan is asking for $19,000 to cover the costs of printing the book, rewards for the backers, payment for the artists, and the Kickstarter and payment processing fees. Rewards include PDF and physical copies of Monster Elementary and the Egyptian Curse as well as PDF copies of Volume 1. Also available are PDF’s of Doan’s previous work, five different prints, a t-shirt, original art, character naming rights, Skype conversations with Doan and the ability to submit comic book pages or scripts to Dreyer for editorial feedback.
In order to give potential backers a taste of what they’re backing, Doan has made 28 pages of Volume 1 available for reading at the Monster Elementary website.
Nicholas Doan graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Theater Arts, concentrating his studies in playwriting. A card carrying member of the Dramatists Guild, after having several of his plays produced, Nicholas has focused his writing on illustrated storytelling. He is the author of three children's books for Fat Rabbit Farm, collaborated with Monster Elementary artist Daniele Serra on “Pray for Death” for DC/Zuda, collaborated with Monster Elementary artist Josh Gowdy on their short comic, “Lost Boy,” for the Drawmore Inc. anthology, NOBODIES, Vol. 2, and is the writer/creator of the all-ages graphic novel series, Monster Elementary.
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