Let's Kickstart This! Tribes of Kai by Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue


By Nolan P. Smith

Welcome to another installment of Let’s Kickstart This! This is where we like to spotlight cool, original creative projects currently running on the crowdfunding website, Kickstarter. Throughout all of the spotlights we have done, we have seen everything from comic books, graphic novels, art books, video games, action figures, children’s books, and even a Steampunk rap album. But we have never spotlighted a six limbed lion. Ever. Welcome to the world of Tribes of Kai.

By Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue, Tribes of Kai introduces a world of six limbed animal warriors, and if the image above doesn’t pull you in, I don’t know what will. Here’s the info straight from the Kickstarter page:

The Mantakai prepare for a ritualistic rite of passage in which a new lord is to be chosen to rule over their five united tribes. The Tribes of Kai is a multi-layered graphic novel about honor, integrity and the trappings of war in which extreme circumstances call for unbridled decisions and finding the strength to cope with them. This is a barbaric and primitive world where the survival of the fittest is put to the test.

Artist Daren Bader and writer Lance HaunRogue bring this world to life with lush detail and an incredible sense of pace, color and lighting. They introduce the Mantakai (Man of Kai), a race of six-limbed, feline/humanoid, anthropomorphic creatures. The dominance of the five individual tribes of Mantakai are threatened by a highly evolved race of reptilian creatures called the Tobognai.

Tribes of Kai is an oversized, full-color hardbound book boasting sixty exciting pages of story and pinups by top creators.

The imagery looks amazing, I can’t wait to see what the end product ending up looking like. If you would like to check out their Kickstarter campaign, visit it at

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