Kickstarter: Mutant World and Son of Mutant World

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A deluxe graphic novel and limited edition by Jan Strnad and Richard Corben

Pledged for US$ 51,200 goal (All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, September 16 2019 5:00 PM UTC +03:00.)

  1. Pledge US$ 5 or more: Karmic Kickback (Pledge of support of no reward other than our gratitude and a vague promise of Karmic compensation.
  2. Pledge US$15 or more: Printed trade hardback (Hardback copy of Mutant World and Son of Mutant World, 160 pages, full color. Mutant World runs 72 pages, Son of Mutant World is 60 pages. The original covers are reproduced with no logos or bullets to obscure the art. Bonus material also includes the original introductions from the first graphic novel printing and vintage photos of Richard Corben and Jan Strnad.) ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Dec. 2019. SHIPS TO: Anywhere in the world. UPDATE (Aug. 16, 2019): We’ll be automatically adding the Digital Edition to all print book orders. You don’t need to change your order or do anything–it’ll just happen.
  3. Pledge US$125 or more: Limited edition with art print. Orders are limited to ONE COPY PER PERSON and 200 copies total. This is the hardback edition of Mutant World and Son of Mutant World, 160 pages, full color with the addition of an exclusive art print tipped in, numbered and signed by Richard Corben, Jan Strnad, and Beth Corben Reed. Mutant World runs 72 pages, Son of Mutant World is 60 pages. The original covers are reproduced with no logos or bullets to obscure the art. Bonus material also includes the original introductions from the first graphic novel printing and vintage photos of Richard Corben and Jan Strnad.) ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Dec. 2019. SHIPS TO: Anywhere in the world. UPDATE (Aug. 16, 2019): We’ll be automatically adding the Digital Edition to all print book orders. You don’t need to change your order or do anything–it’ll just happen.
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  • 77% (circa US$ 39,425) in the first 24 hours
  • US$ 38,790 / 376 backers / 31 days to go (Aug. 16, 2019 @ 07:40 A.M. CET)
  • Pledge to limited edition (US$125) run out in less than a day
  • US$ 28,002 / 254 backers / 31 days to go (Aug. 15, 2019 @ 09:40 P.M. CET)
  • Estimated launch date: August 15, 2019
  • Link to Kickstarter
A preview of the possible front cover

A hardback, collector’s edition of two graphic novels for mature readers. Full-color, 160 letter-sized pages, with bonus material. Out of print for more than thirty years, this is the definitive edition. Written by Richard Corben and Jan Strnad, illustrated by Richard Corben.

Richard Corben was the Grand Prix winner at the  Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2018, named President of the festival in 2019, and honored this year with a 250-piece exhibit of his work. A page from his The Last Voyage of Sindbad was on exhibit in the Louvre in Paris from September 26, 2018 to July 1st of this year, and another page from that graphic novel is part of the traveling Guillermo Del Toro exhibit “At Home with Monsters.”

Back in 1978, Richard Corben and I created a comics series for a new magazine, 1984, published by the now-defunct New York company, Warren Publications, best known for their legendary Famous Monsters of Filmland and Creepy and Eerie magazines. 

The series was Mutant World, a post-apocalyptic tale about a mutant named “Dimento” and his quest for love and survival in a world that no longer harbors love for living things. In the course of his adventure he runs afoul of wild beasts, a religious fanatic, sewer creatures, mad scientists, and devious mutants determined to cheat him out of his hard-won foodstuffs.

The series’ publication in the pages of 1984 magazine was marred by the machinations of an editor who butchered dialogue and rearranged panels on a whim, without consent and sometimes blatantly against creators’ wishes.

The story was finally seen as we intended it a few years later when Richard and Catalan Communications published the graphic novel, restoring my original dialogue and adding eight new pages to deepen the story and smooth the transitions between chapters (bringing the total to 72 pages). 

Mutant World, 1982 graphic novel

We’ve long wanted to bring Mutant World back in a quality edition. Kickstarter is giving us that opportunity as well as a chance to sweeten the pot with the story’s sequel, Son of Mutant World.

Son of Mutant World was serialized in five underground comic books, twelve pages per issue, for a total of 60 pages. The story centers on Dimento’s grown daughter, Dimentia, her companion bear, Ollie, and a handful of other survivors on their journey to find safe haven on an island besieged by a mutant gang and brain-sucking plants.

The first two episodes were printed in color, the last three in black-and-white.

Son of Mutant World, 1990, underground comics

Son of Mutant World was collected as a graphic novel in Europe but it was never collected in the English language. We wanted to set that situation straight with this book, combining Mutant World and Son of Mutant World into one volume. 

The undergrounds were never known for their quality of printing and Son of Mutant Worldwas no exception. The paper for the color edition soaked up ink like a paper towel and the color came out too dark, obscuring much of the detail in Richard’s art. The black-and-white halftones in the last three episodes suffered from the same effect.

To make up for the printing sins of the past, Richard hired his daughter, Beth Corben Reed, an artist in her own right, to color Son of Mutant World all over again. Beth has been coloring her father’s work for a few years now. The result is the first English-language presentation of Son of Mutant World the way Richard wants it to be remembered.

Comparison (low-res) of the old and new versions of “Son of Mutant World.”
Comparison (low-res) of the original black-and-white version with the new, colored version.

As bonus material, we’ve added the original covers to Mutant World and Son of Mutant Worldwith and without the logo and bullets, a couple of vintage photos of Richard and me from the era, and our original introductions to the first Mutant World graphic novel.

We’re publishing two editions of Mutant World and Son of Mutant World: a trade edition and a Limited Edition. Both books are hardbacks but the Limited Edition also includes a giclée print of an original piece of art Richard created especially for this book, numbered and signed by Richard, me, and Beth. This edition will be limited to two hundred copies total and one copy per person.

Mutant World and Son of Mutant World is ready to go to press! We’ll be signing the art prints during the course of this campaign. We’re anticipating a three-month turnaround from the end of the campaign until backers receive their copies. All books will be mailed in sturdy cardboard boxes designed for shipping books worldwide.

Completing this project absolutely depends on meeting our Kickstarter goal, so please get your orders in now and help us make this book a reality. Thank you!

Jan Strnad

Updates

August 16, 2019 (Jan Strnad):

I was surprised by the number of people who wanted both a print copy and a digital PDF of Mutant World and Son of Mutant World.

We hear and obey, O Masters! (Hm, maybe I should have saved that line for another project.) 

We’ll be automatically adding the Digital Edition to all print book orders. You don’t need to change your order or do anything–it’ll just happen.

Son of Mutant World colored by Beth Corben Reed

Meanwhile, we hit 77% of our goal in the first 24 hours of our campaign.  This is an extraordinary show of support, for which we thank you! Now begins the harder, longer trek to achieve the remaining 23%. We’re confident that fans will take us to our goal, but it’ll take some work to get the word out. Please share the campaign on your social media platform of choice!

Here’s the link for sharing: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/janstrnad/mutant-world-and-son-of-mutant-world

FAQ

  • Who is the publisher of record for this book? Anomaly Publications, a registered DBA of Jan Strnad. Last updated: Fri, August 16 2019 7:27 PM UTC +03:00
  • I want both the Digital Edition and a print book. How do I get both? The Digital Edition comes with each print book automatically. Last updated: Fri, August 16 2019 7:27 PM UTC +03:00
  • How do I order multiple copies? Kickstarter limits pledges to one per account. You can “oversubscribe” and request more copies, but please note:YOU’LL NEED TO DOUBLE THE SHIPPING CHARGES AS WELL. They’re based on weight, and when shipping to Europe we have a strict four-pound limit. With each book weighing 2+ pounds, each book will be shipped separately. Last updated: Fri, August 16 2019 7:41 PM UTC +03:00
  • Will there be foreign language editions of Mutant World and Son of Mutant World? Yes, though not from us. There will be a French edition and maybe others. Last updated: Fri, August 16 2019 7:41 PM UTC +03:00

Risks and challenges

We committed to this book nearly a year ago when we began the pre-press work. We’ve already invested about $10,000 of our own money before launching this Kickstarter, so it’s a project we’re determined to bring to fruition.

We’re using Sheridan Books in the USA to avoid issues that can occur unexpectedly when printing overseas. Richard and I are both experienced publishers so we’re familiar with the processes and the potential stumbling blocks.

The book itself is ready. We need to sign the art prints and ship them to the printer. We’ll be doing this during the campaign.

Risks are delays in signing the art prints due to illness, loss or damage of art prints in shipping, delays for some reason on the printer’s end, or some unforeseen issue affecting fulfillment. 

Of course, we’ll keep everyone posted on the project’s progress and let you know if it’s delayed for any reason.

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