We’re just one week out from the launch of The Mindgator kickstarter! As we get closer to the launch, next Monday morning, I want to share some of the rewards I’ll have for backers.
Of course there’s a book tier featuring your own signed copy of The Mindgator Part 1, and you can also choose to have me sketch a character on an inside page and other drawing tiers. There will also be add-ons like stickers and posters.
But one of the more interesting backer-rewards is “You and Your Dream Bike”. You can join Miguel in the skies of future Tokyo riding your own custom-designed bike based on your ideas. The Mindgator is the story of the everyperson who want’s to do better. Here you can see yourself as one of the good guys riding high. Just send me some hints on how you’d like to see yourself, how your dream bike should be.
This post shows the first step in designing a bike and character. This one is based on my friend Noriko, who asked for the following things:
- The bike should be based on her favorite Japanese scooter, The Super Cub.
- Her cat should be riding on her shoulder.
- She should be wearing a cool leather jacket and riding boots.
Here, I’ve designed her bike and basic look in pencil. During the week, I’ll show you my inking process. The final product will be a beautifully rendered ink-washed painting showing Noriko on the bike of her dreams.
On the run from his past, Dean tries to make a new life in Tokyo but some things can’t be undone. “Make better choices”, his wife said. “Soon I‘ll be in no condition to keep running.” Dean needs cash quick. One last job just to get him and his wife on their way. All he had to do was smash and grab some data from a stupid bike messenger and they could have everything they need.
Mai, the mystery woman, believing in the righteous path. But what do you do when the path you thought you were on begins to twist around taking you ultimately to the destruction of everything you’ve fought for?
Anger — tempered only by the idea Mai must change it all before it’s too late. How did she ever let it spin so far out of control?
Meet Miguel, a carefree messenger on a flying-bike sailing through the skies of Tokyo in the year 2066. Only his scars hint to a past that he almost didn’t survive.
Flying home one night, he happened upon an old man shaking uncontrollably as he sat on the curb next to his bike. Something had clearly gone wrong. Miguel knew he should stop to see if the man was ok but he let it slide. He went on home and tried to forget it all, but the memory haunted him.
The next day Miguel went back to the scene, but of course the old man was gone and there was no way to know what happened to him. Miguel couldn’t help feel that in his inaction he had somehow failed. Next time he wouldn’t just let it slide.
Comics are not created equally and one format does not fit all. I believe each comic should have its own design and character that is strongly connected to its story and core aesthetic. Editors, of course, don’t see it that way. It is easier after all to shovel everything along the conveyor belt into the same pre-formatted standard commercial packaging.
The Mindgator started as a webcomic on my own website (mulele.com), but I always intended for it to be printed someday. As the story arc evolved and my work on it progressed, it became clear that the luxuriously panoramic Tokyo cityscapes needed to unfold across a two-page landscape spread. To create a book with that kind of unique format requires publishing with an independent mind. With that, this Kickstarter was born.
Happy New Year! Here’s hoping that all of you enjoyed your celebrations as much as I enjoyed mine.
And for this New Year, I’ll be launching my first-ever Kickstarter campaign on February 8th. This campaign will print the first book in a 4-part series called MINDGATOR. Maybe you are among those who remember my earlier and much simpler web comic of the same name. But my vision of comics is that the book itself should be a work of art. A comic book should be a real book.
To this end, I did a limited test run of the first book, which sold exclusively in Japan to a lucky few collectors. Now I want to do a proper printing to introduce the MINDGATOR comic worldwide.
The MINDGATOR is a 4-part Sci-fi, adventure series set in 2066 when Tokyo has become an international hub. In Part 1, we meet Miguel, a devil-may-care messenger careening through Tokyo on his flying bicycle.
What if that stranger standing next to you at the stoplight suddenly collapsed? Would you help or just move on when the light turned green? More than once, I’ve looked away when I could have helped. In The MINDGATOR, Miguel is an ordinary man who made a choice to help a stranger — perhaps he is just doing that thing you wish you had done.
After chancing to rescue a mysterious woman from violent attackers, they retreat to Higashi-Nakano a lawless corner of Tokyo, where she can recover and Miguel can catch up with his buddy, the Professor of All Things to get his beloved bike repaired — but then caught up in a spiraling web of developments, he follows on through to become a hero.
This first Kickstarter will cover the printing of MINDGATOR Part 1 as a 32-page book. As we get closer to the launch date I’ll be releasing more info about the project, the reward tiers and goals. Keep watching — more details to come!!
Oh, hello there! I’ll be attending The International Manga Festival, Table C-07, on November 15th in Tokyo. The event will be held at Tokyo Big Sight. This will be my last comic-con of 2015. I hope to see you all there!
The last logo was a bit obtuse so I’ve to decided to make it all a bit clearer. The name of the company and this website is Mulele Redux. The Kanji in the logo is the single-character kanji for my name, Mulele.
In other news, I have a table at The International Manga Fest at Tokyo Big Site on November 15th. I don’t have a map to my table yet but I’ll put one up as soon as I get one. I hope to see you all there.
This book is the square-bound, Japanese Language edition. Re-edited and updated for Japanese readers and collectors.
Part experiment in storytelling, part exploration of self, ELBIS is the story of Life, the sweet hereafter and the true nature of cats.
What started as a simple picture book of a supernatural cat, over a 2-year journey, culminated in this 44-page exploration of suicide and the healing power of cats.
People often ask me if I have some special feeling for cats or other animals.
No, not really. But I do think animals are cool. The have a different perspective to ours. Like they’re hip to what’s going on. The humans are just faking it but the cats know what’s really going down in the world.
Not my first time in the company of cats but it was the first time I had noticed a “neko no kaigi” or cat’s meeting. I hear they happen all over the world, cat’s just meeting up in small groups at night, all silent and sly, but nobody knows why.
What exactly is a cat? What are they up to? What is the relationship between cats and humans? It was really intriguing. In this small book, I answer these questions.
It’s been a week and a half since Comiket 88 and I’ve hardly had time to catch my breath but COMITIA 113 is coming up this Sunday! I’ll be there with my usual bag of tricks plus I’ll have copies of the new Japanese edition of elbis for purchase. Find me at Table: U18a.