When walking and cycling are banned in New York City, it’s up to a young female bike messenger and her team to save the city in this colorful project from Kathleen Hiraga.
Taking their interactive active ebook and turning it a webcomic is the aim of the Samurai Bike Messenger: smart girls, smart stories Kickstarter campaign from Kathleen Hiraga of Pop-Post. The company focuses on female characters that push beyond typical stereotypes in ways that are entertaining to everyone of all ages. As mentioned in the campaign video, Kathleen speaks to the fact that girls and women are demanding more interesting and diverse stories, but that the team finds it equally important not to create a “girls-only culture” but instead keep boys involved and show boys and girls working together.
Inspired by her own passion for bike racing, Kathleen created the story and characters for Samurai Bike Messenger. The story follows Mona-Star and her bike messenger team as they save NYC from the Guzzle Thugs. After the invasion of the Guzzle Thugs, Mona is pushed into a leadership role where she’s helped by her best friend, not rescuer, Merx.
Backer rewards include the usual suspects such as PDF downloads of the webcomic, buttons and bags. The levels start at the $1 level for a Thank You and run up to $10,000 level for your own in-home party. The limited $15 level includes a PDF dowload, 4 songs and your name in the digital and printed versions on the acknowledgment page. And, as an extra bonus, during the campaign, you can download the interactive Samurai Messenger ebook for free.