Garth Ennis, the comics scribe best known for his ultra-violent and satirically sexual comics including "Preacher" and "The Boys," has written his first children's book – a project he's funding through popular web portal Kickstarter.
The book "ERF" is a story for kids centering on four primordial creatures making their way from the ocean to life on the land, and it will be drawn by Rob Steen, best known for collaborating with comedian Ricky Gervais on the award-winning picture book "Flanimals." The pair's Kickstarer website launched this week, and describes the project as follows:
"ERF is the story of four friends at the dawn of time; Figwillop, KWAAAH!, the Booper, and Erf himself, and their adventures in the primordial world of long ago. The four take their first nervous steps out of the ocean and onto the shore, and are soon exploring the exciting new lands beyond. But danger lurks in the prehistoric jungle, and soon our heroes come face to face with the mighty and terrifying Colossux . . . An evolutionary tale of love and loyalty for children aged four and up."
The creators are hoping to raise $12,000 dollars to print up to 2,000 copies of the book with incentives for various backers including everything from a credit in the text to free limited edition print copies of the final product to having themselves drawn into the story. The funding run ends on March 18 and has so far raised almost $800.
Of course, the project is likely to turn heads due to the adult nature of Ennis' work and the kid-friendly final product being worked on, but perhaps more interesting is the writer's choice to join the ranks of Kickstarter. The crowd-funding site is well known in indie comics circles for floating a number of projects from the highly publicized "Womanthology" to the alt comix line "Retrofit Comics" to politically minded projects like "Occupy Comics." However, "ERF" represents the growing number of Kickstarter campaigns begun to fund the passion projects of established print creators such as Tony Harris. As these kinds of projects gain in popularity, the potential of creators taking their rights and ideas into their own hands more frequently has grown alongside debate over whether Kickstarter projects truly result in finished publishing efforts.
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