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Kaiju

What if Doctor Strangelove created Godzilla? No really, let’s stop and think about that for just a minute. What if Doctor Strangelove created Godzilla? Well, truthfully, we really don’t have to imagine that, because Josh Finney, Patrick Mcevoy, Michael Colbert, and Kat Rocha have done that for us with their proposed upcoming book project, World War Kaiju. This unique alternate history tale is the story of a world in which the atomic bomb was never created, how the “ultimate weapon” that was developed in its place was — in truth — far more terrifying. That weapon of mass destruction was the Kaiju—50-foot tall radioactive beasts that were spawned from the mysterious KAI-235 isotope. This tale then is the journey of one brave journalist as he teams up with a retired CIA operative in order to uncover the truth about the conspiracy behind these giant behemoths.

World War Kaiju is a lovingly-rendered tribute to the kaiju genre in all its forms (both high and low). This story would never have been possible if not for the visions of Ishiro Honda, Eiji Tsuburaya, Shinichi Sekizawa, and Willis O’Brien. The brainchild of sci-fi author Josh Finney, WWK is a love letter to the golden-age of the kaiju genre. It looks to back an era when the world loved atomic monsters, but feared the atomic bomb, and warps history in ways that only men in rubber suits can. The World War Kaiju Kickstarter project is unique in that the incentives that help propel it forward actually enhance the telling of the story. For instance, the postcard set contains correspondence from the characters written on the back side. There are propaganda posters, kaiju shelter signs, as well as a “duck and cover” pamphlet to name just a few of the unique, interactive incentives.

World War Kaiju is being prepared to be told in three parts. Included in the team’s stretch goals are two critical benchmarks: $25,000 and $35,000. Hitting these goals will allows them to double or even triple the length of the story in the WWK graphic novel. That said, they also have some other fun unlockable goals such as the Kaiju Magnetic Poetry Kit, and even classic Bullmark-style WWK figures. Other rewards include

  • World War Kaiju Drinking Game Shotglass Set – $20.00
    Coffee Mug – $25.00
    Metal “What to do in a Kaiju Attack” sign – $35.00
  • Everyone who pledged $25+ will receive a bookmark with their copy of
    World War Kaiju.
  • Everyone who pledges $55+ will receive a kaiju-themed magnetic poetry kit.
  • Once this goal is unlocked EVERYONE’S copy of World War Kaiju will
    DOUBLE in length and contain TWICE as much story content!
  • Once this benchmark is reached Team Kaiju will hold a vote amongst backers to decide on what WWK monster will have an all-new propaganda poster made of it. All backers who pledge $50 or more will receive a copy of this poster.
  • Outfit your car, home, or even cubicle with this set of warning, instructional, and decorative stickers from the WWK world.

Everyone who pledges $50+ receives a bonus 48 page graphic novel that collects scenes and events within the WWK Universe. See Dr. Oppenheimer’s reaction when the first kaiju is hatched at Trinity! See Carl Sagan silenced by the CIA when he uncovers the truth about the Kaiju’s origin! Follow young Agent Nick Hampton during the Battle of the Gulf, when Tesladon fought the rogue beast, Monster 10! And witness President Harry S. Truman’s secret meeting with the men from Zillion in the New Mexico desert.

World War Kaiju is the brainchild of author Josh Finney. Known for his books, Titanium Rain and Utopiates. Teaming up with fellow writer, Michael Colbert (Crazy Mary), WWK promises a reading experience unlike any you’ve ever encountered. To capture the sheer scale of a story about 50-foot tall war monsters, Team Kaiju tapped the talents of renowned artist Patrick McEvoy. With more than a decade’s worth of experience illustrating one of the world’s most famous giant beasts, Cthulhu, McEvoy was the perfect choice for WWK. You may recognize McEvoy’s work from products such as: Arkham Horror, Boom Studios: Fall of Cthulhu, and The Call of Cthulhu.

Learn this and more within the pages of World War Kaiju, a graphic monster epic told in six parts, Read more at WorldWarKaiju.com

About the Author

Robert Sodaro

Robert J. Sodaro is a noted comicbook historian and journalist. He began reading “Funnybooks” while sitting on the newsstand in his Uncle’s “Mom & Pop” grocery store, and has been writing about them for so long that he’s become his own grandfather (we don’t really know what that means, we just like saying it). These days, he is just as likely to be writing comics, as writing about them.

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