The third and final book of a trilogy, "The Fantastic Adventures of Dog Mendonça and Pizzaboy", is currently in production and we would like to invite you to participate in this project. Your participation, more than welcome, it is essential.
“The Adventures of Dog Mendonça and Pizzaboy” is a trilogy of comic books written by Filipe Melo and illustrated by argentinean artists Juan Cavia and Santiago Villa.
These books tell the adventures and misadventures of an unlikely group of misfits: a werewolf with a bad temper, a pizza delivery guy, a six thousand year old demon living in the body of a child, and a Gargoyle's head. Together they are forced to save the world more often than they would wish for, facing the most terrible threats.
We work together in this books since 2005 and, until now, we were able to publish two volumes of the saga. We were very fortunate to have forewords written by John Landis and George A. Romero for our first two books and to be published by Tinta-da-China in Portugal and by Dark Horse Comics in the USA.
The third and last book “The Fantastic Adventures of Dog Mendonça and Pizzaboy” (Volume III) is currently in production and we want to invite you to be a part of this project. Your participation, more than welcome, is essential.
It´s very difficult to gather the necessary investment for this venture – it depends on a full year of a daily and constant work from the team. The script (already completed) also took about a year to be written. Even though the books were a relative sales success and have won some major comic book awards, they weren’t able to cover their cost, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading these lines. To finish these adventures we need your help!
The amount achieved will be used for drawing and coloring 105 pages and make the dialogue balloons.
Every penny you give us will be transformed in blood, sweat and tears to bring you the best of the three adventures.
Our main goal is to partwith the old tradition of blockbusting trilogies: the third part is always a piece of s****.
If this happens, we can only promise one thing: it will be the last!
Note 20-09-2013: acknowledgment rewards for any book (re-editions of Vol. I and II and edition of Vol. III) are only available until editions close, in September 30th.
About the author
Filipe Melo, escritor
Born in Lisbon, Filipe Melo was arrested and questioned at the age of 15 for computer hacking. Later on, he chose to commit himself to the piano, nurturing an early interest for Jazz and Improvisation. Ever since, he has played with countless musicians. He studied at the Hot Club Portugal and graduated at the Berklee College of Music in Boston Summa Cum Laude. He was awarded the Villas-Boas Award and the Best New Talent Award from the JazzPortugal Website.
He also works as a teacher and arranger and has worked with musicians and groups such as John Ellis, Peter Bernstein, Camané, Omer Avital, Carlos do Carmo, GNR, Donald Harrison Jr., Jesse Davis, Sheila Jordan, Paulinho Braga, Swingle Singers, Martin Taylor, Perico Sambeat, Herb Geller, the Hotclube Jazz Orchestra, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Lisbon Symphony, among many others. He has recorded over 12 albums, both as leader and as a sideman and played in many countries.
He is passionate about film: he has produced, written and directed several cult projects: I’ll See You In My Dreams, winner of the FANTASPORTO2004, Méliès d´Or, and 12 other international awards, as well as Um Mundo Catita, a television series broadcasted on Portuguese National TV. He also directed several music videos and commercials.
Currently, he teaches Piano and Harmony at Music University in Lisbon and keeps a busy schedule playing piano with several groups and writing stories for Dark Horse Comics.
Juan Cavia, Art
Juan Cavia was born with an innate talent for drawing. As a child, he spent hours copying his favourite comic books, but without great results. At the age of 10, after many failed attempts to create his own stories, he began taking classes with Professor Carlos Pedrazzini, who, for over a year, directed his studies to the perspective and synthesis of human anatomy so he could later focus more profoundly on narrative.
For over 11 years, without interruption, Juan Cavia developed his scope of knowledge on painting, drawing, composition, dynamics and several representation techniques. Following his high school education, he studied cinema, while working as a storyboarder and concept designer for advertising agencies. A year later he starts working with Marcelo Pont Verges (production designer and comic book artist), with whom he works as an assistant for over 2 years in different areas of expertise.
Since 2005, he is been working as an Art Director for cinema, advertising and theatre. In 2009, he was the set designer for the Oscar Winning film “El Secreto de sus Ojos”. He was also the art director of the 2011 film “Mi primera Boda”.
Santiago Villa, Colors
Santiago is self-taught in drawing and painting. Although he has started his studies in advertising, it didn’t take long to go back to his origins. It was then that he continued his studies in Instituto Universitário Nacional de las Artes (IUNA), then he move to a more specific area, finishing his studies in Animation Film in I.M.A.G.E. Institute.
Since 2006 Santiago has been working in audiovisual industry, editorial and video games, especially as a Director of Art and Animation.