Press Release: Stan Sakai Joins the Kickstarter Campaign for the Follow Up Volume to the All-Ages, Award-Winning Graphic Novel, "Monster Elementary"
July 31, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2015
STAN SAKAI JOINS THE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR THE
FOLLOW UP VOLUME TO THE ALL-AGES, AWARD-WINNING
GRAPHIC NOVEL, “MONSTER ELEMENTARY”
Los Angeles, CA (July 31, 2015) – Stan Sakai, celebrated creator of the critically acclaimed Usagi Yojimbo and artist for 47 Ronin, joins the Kickstarter campaign for Monster Elementary and the Egyptian Curse, the follow-up to Nicholas Doan’s all-ages, award-winning graphic novel, Monster Elementary.
Sakai will be contributing an 8 x 10 inch art print featuring one or more characters from the Monster Elementary universe. Sakai’s print will be available as a reward choice for backers contributing $35 or more to the Kickstarter campaign who choose a reward tier with a print included.
“If you told me that Stan Sakai would be drawing my characters, I would have thought you were crazy,” says Doan. “Monster Elementary continues to be my dream come true. No doubt, Stan’s print will be an outstanding piece of art that we will be blessed to have in the Monster Elementary family. Stan is a kind, generous man that we owe a debt of gratitude to for his time and energy supporting a fellow independent creator.”
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 Artist, 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”)
Patrick Ian Moss (Animator and self-published cartoonist, You Can’t Be Anything)
As with Volume 1, Doan’s wife and publishing partner, Gwendolyn Dreyer, will serve as Editor and Book Designer.
“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 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 and physical 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.
The Monster Elementary graphic novels are fun, witty, comedy/adventure comics for children of all ages written by Nicholas 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.
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.)”
ABOUT NICHOLAS DOAN
Nicholas Doan is an accomplished playwright and author of three 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.