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The Only Living Boy

Since winning the first monthly Zuda contest, High Moon creators David Gallaher and Steve Ellis have gone on to work together on Deadlands: The Devil’s Six Gun, Box 13 and a couple of Winter Guard stories for Marvel. It’s a collaboration that works, and now the duo is re-teaming on a new Kickstarter-funded project called The Only Living Boy.

They plan to self-publish the project as a series of four 50-page comics, and they’re using Kickstarter to raise money to publish the first volume in time for the San Diego Comic Con this summer. Here’s how they describe the project:

THE ONLY LIVING BOY is a young adult graphic novel that tells the story of Erik Farrell, a 12-year old boy, who finds himself with alone and abandoned in a patchwork world. As the last human boy left on earth, he’ll try to piece his memory back together, while trying to piece together a new life for himself. Fighting beside Erik are the beguiling, insect princess Thea and the tenacious, mermaid warrior Morgan.

His opposition is a menagerie of exotic and dangerous creatures all under the command of the Dreaded Lord Baalikar and the fiendish Doctor Once.

The series, they say, is “inspired by pulp adventure novels and stories we grew up on — like John Carter, Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Killraven, and the Jungle Book — but with a flavor all of its own!” It seems like you could add Jack Kirby’s Kamandi to that list as well.

Rewards for the project include both digital and physical copies of the book, prints, sketches, a portfolio review for aspiring artists and the chance to have your business “littering the grounds” of their world. You can check out their trailer for the book after the jump.

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…in New York?

David Gallaher

March 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm

… in the world!

If only Kickstarter accepted paypal , I hoped for a digital copy but I dont have a credit card. The project seems fun and has nice art.

Uh, this looks cool, but it’s really just a repackaging of Kirby’s Kamandi:
–Post-apocallyptic crazy land? Check
–Single, blonde, human male survivor of human race? Check
–Mutant animal allies and enemies? Check
–“Boy” title: “Only Living Boy” or “Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth”

To top it off, they’ve even left Kirby and his character out of the official influences on their Kickstarter pag:

“The series, like our other work, is inspired by pulp adventure novels and stories we grew up on — like John Carter, Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Killraven, and the Jungle Book — but with a flavor all of its own!”

…Giving credit where credit is due would at least make this respectable.

Right now, passing this off as as original idea is highly douchey.

@Ramone You really think Kirby invented the stranger in a strange land genre? The novels that listed inspired Kamandi.

No Josh, I don’t think that–just that the similarities are too close to omit the obvious. Chris Jones notes another similarity–that the story occurs in NYC.

I don’t begruge them creative license at all, it’s just weird that they’re obviously re-doing Kamandi but won’t cop to it. JK was right to include it in his article, even if they didn’t.

David Gallaher

March 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Couple things:

1) I literally started reading Kamandi last night, on my iPhone as I was going to bed. I’m on on the cliffhanger at the end of issue 5 where the caption box asks ‘NEXT — is there hope for mankind in kamandi’s new world? Don’t miss FLOWER’ — I have no clue what happens next. I was always more of a Marvel kid.

2) We’ve been working on this for well over a year. And I’ve documented that we’ve been toying aroung with it here and other places: http://high-moon.blogspot.com/2011/03/only-living-boy-in-new-york.html

3) I honestly listed our influences in my piece, which are far more from the pulps than they are from comics — though I did have a fondness for Killraven.

4) As you can see from the video, there are aspects of New York in the story, but we make it clear it’s a patchwork world.

I’m not here to fight, but I did want to set the record straight.

David, I, personally, wasn’t ripping on you for having the city look like New York, I was just making a joke since “The Only Living Boy in New York” is the name of a Simon & Garfunkel song :)

David Gallaher

March 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Chris,

No worries. And thanks.

– David

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