Jeff Smith, creator of one of the best-ever kid’s comics of all time, Bone, and the science fiction romp RASL, is crowdfunding his next project — the resurrected Tuki: Fight for Fire.
As longtime fans of the creator know, Tuki started life as a webcomic back in 2013. It grew from Smith’s love of fantastic heroes of pulp fiction, mythical lost realms and human evolution.
“I’ve always been fascinated by evolution,” Smith writes on the project’s Kickstarter page. “I visited Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, the famous archaeological site occupied by many early humans over time. Standing down amongst the rocks and dirt, looking up at the swaying trees above the gorge, I had a vision of multiple human species walking around and interacting with each other. It was almost like seeing an echo of something that really happened.”
Here’s the description from the Kickstarter page: At the dawn of humanity, during a prolonged period of hardship and drought, three lost children meet a mysterious traveler named Tuki. Together, their search for the Motherherd of all Buffalo leads them far north through the dangerous territory of a rival species called the Habiline. The Habiline hunt and kill anyone found using fire. Tuki’s reputation precedes them and soon they find themselves at the center of unwanted attention not only from Habiline warriors, but of gods and giants!
As for rewards, Smith is crowdfunding two volumes of Tuki, with the first one, “Fight for Fire” due out in July and the second, “Fight for Family” coming in October. You can get a digital copy of the first one for $10, or both volumes in digital for $15. The print tier offers both volumes for $40, while higher tiers offer bookmarks, art prints, book plates and more.
Check out a preview below, and you can see more preview art on Kickstarter.
You can find more art and details on the project’s Kickstarter page. The campaign is already funded and runs through June 2.