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THE LAST HOPE

50 Years of Guarding the Universe

An American Doujinshi by Matt Frank and Josh Bugosh

In the year 1965, from the depths of an arctic glacier, awoken by an accidental atomic explosion, came crawling the Friend of all Children, the Guardian of the Universe, the Terrible Terrapin of Tokyo, GAMERA. Sweeping the Japanese box office, and quickly becoming an pop culture icon in his own right, Gamera captured the hearts of kaiju fans the world over, both young and old. After 12 feature films, Gamera’s 50th anniversary is upon us in the year 2015…and any rumors of a celebratory film were quickly silenced. As the months march on, it seems less and less likely that the mighty reptile will recieve his due, even as the kaiju genre enjoys a resurgeance in popularity.
Ergo, kaiju artist Matt Frank, best known for his work on IDW Publishing’s various Godzilla comic series, has begun work on a standalone story, The Last Hope. Intended to be produced as a one-shot, self-published comic, The Last Hope is a purely fan-made, unauthorized celebration of the Gamera legacy.
Frank has also partnered with the fresh talent of Josh Bugosh, an up-and-coming writer with Lobsterdance Productions, who will be penning the story, based on a concept by Frank.

The Last Hope focuses on what may have transpired in the time before Gamera was known to the modern world - the great civilization that once thrived on Earth thanks to their alchemical command of Mana, the planet’s life energy. However, their decadence and complacency has given way to disaster, as monstrous serpents rise to wreak havoc on their world. To combat this threat, they create monsters of their own - winged beasts of war to wipe out their enemies. But will this savior give way to a new threat, one they cannot control? Will their hope lay in one last creation? Or will they fall to the shadow of evil?

Crafted in the style of classic Japanese manga, and penned with the flair of an epic poem, The Last Hope is PLANNED TO BE available online in its entirety in mid-July. It is also PLANNED TO BE available in printed form exclusively at conventions attended by Frank and will not be for sale online. The printed version will contain much more material, however, including concept art and testimonials from the team.
Everything here is subject to change, so stay tuned for more info!

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:iconagailazen:
AgaiLazen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018
Can't wait!
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:iconjw-gojifan:
JW-Gojifan Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well we got a trailer for Gamera and it was glorious.  Cannot wait to see it along with Ultraman.
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:iconearthsdefenders:
earthsdefenders Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Student Artist
i love Gamera just as much as Godzilla ^w^
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:iconslendercell-2:
Slendercell-2 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Student Artist
cool
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:iconblackvegetable:
Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Awesome - looks to be promising! :D
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:iconprimalbeastt-rex:
PrimalbeastT-rex Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Does this mean you'll have Gamera in your Godzilla comic?
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:iconkaizer617:
Kaizer617 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GAMERA!!!
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:iconthegman123:
TheGMan123 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
I kinda already covered an Atlantis-esque storyline involving Gamera and others :/

...........SORRY MATT FRANK!

Then again, it was only in writing, and probably isn't anything like this story :p
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:iconbraydon1954:
Braydon1954 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!Gamera,my second childhood hero!
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:iconhypergodzilla:
HYPERGODZILLA Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
amazing!!! this is a nice job!!!!
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:iconkaizer617:
Kaizer617 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GAMERA!!
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:iconscirel:
scirel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
Awesome! A Gamera prequel! That would be so cool.
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:iconcmeyer9542:
cmeyer9542 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GAMERA! yeah this is awesome!
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:iconrockor9:
Rockor9 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
cool Matt
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:iconsamist:
Samist Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Thanks for doing this, guys. Always been a fan of Gamera and I really look forward to story and action you guys come up with.
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:iconjw-gojifan:
JW-Gojifan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This may very well be the first Gamera comic I've heard of.  And it looks fantastic.
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:iconcatnamednorris:
catnamednorris Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, I know someone who's gonna shit himself in excitement over this one! Can't wait to hear Mike's reaction.

Can't wait to see what you produce!
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:iconkingkaijugojira:
KingKaijuGojira Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
So it's a Gamera comic?! Awesome!
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:iconkaijukid23:
Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
Serpent? Garasharp? Or the first forms of Gyaosses? 
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:iconjw-gojifan:
JW-Gojifan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If it follows the Heisei Gamera, my bet is that the Gyaos will be the main threat.
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:iconbulldan:
BullDan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I think that the Gyaos will fight Garasharp(s) then turn on the Atlanteans resulting in Gamera's creation.
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:iconjw-gojifan:
JW-Gojifan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Garasharp?  Good idea.  I never thought of that.
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:iconrandom-king00:
random-king00 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student General Artist
This song seems to fit the picture.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQq-_L…
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:iconlordgojira:
LordGojira Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought this was an announcement for the title of Gamera's latest film... well, there went my last hope :iconokayguyplz:
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Shampooboots Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
(You actually let "working on the Gamera Comic" slip during that Livestream of yours. I caught it and asked but then made the decision to shut up... I made a good choice, yes.)

Anyhoo. Looks awesome! Will be a good read. :)
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:iconformoy1:
Formoy1 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Awesome!!
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:iconrmc1618:
RMC1618 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
YYEEEEAAAHHHH!
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:iconmexicankaiju:
Mexicankaiju Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
We will get some Gamera this year after all, yay!!!:happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 

Serpents? Tell me they are Garasharps!!!!
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:iconjongoji245:
jongoji245 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student Filmographer
Gam-er-rah!!!
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:iconomegarex24:
Omegarex24 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
If you're going to Dragon*con again this year, I'll be sure to grab a copy if it's available.
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DanosaurusWrecks Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess now I have to go to cons.
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:iconkyotita:
Kyotita Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
W8 so this is actually being made! thats awesome ^^
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:iconkonggodamera:
konggodamera Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Sad for Gamera. He was supposed to show up in a "new and surprising form". I'm still holding out the naive hope that kadokawa has just been playing a really quiet game. But... it seems unlikely, or just impossible.
May be an inappropriate question, but does this mean that Godzilla has officially won the rivalry? He's had more movies, has been revived in a freaking awesome new form, and is getting a Japanese reboot as well. Sadly, I guess this means that Godzilla is the is the reigning champion of the kaiju cinematic world.
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:iconkaijusamurai:
KaijuSamurai Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional Artist
Oh, there hasn't been a "rivalry" since the 1960's when Gamera films were making comparable profits to the Godzilla series.
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konggodamera Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Oh yeah... because then Gamera heisei came out AFTER Godzilla Heisei, same with Gamera Millenium, and that was only one movie. Yeah, that makes sense.
Still a bummer that kadokawa said "eh, F@&K it" and either pushed back Gamera or cancelled him for a reboot. I wanted to know what a "new and surprising form" would be.
Speaking of, are you gonna be using your own Gamera design, or are you gonna use one of the standing designs?
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:iconenshohma:
Enshohma Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Daiei is a much more open and friendly company than Toho is...Ever thought about sharing this with them?
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:icondeadcobra:
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Cool
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:iconmindslave24-7:
Mindslave24-7 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
And now the MST3K Gamera song is going through my head.....:facepalm:
(Shouldn't have read the caption --when a I gonna learn?--- "friend to all children"....:facepalm: ) eeep!
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:iconfallenangel5414:
FallenAngel5414 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Yes! Finally a Gamera comic!!Squee! 
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:iconhaven-rpc:
Haven-RPC Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Cool!
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:iconenishi-san:
enishi-san Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Well then I'll be getting this at the next Dragon Con! 
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:icons7alker117:
S7alker117 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional Writer
Gamera! Gamera! :D
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:icontoonholt:
ToonHolt Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet Jesus of the Kaiju, Gamera!!!! 😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄
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:icondragokaiju2000:
dragokaiju2000 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
OH MY GOD!!! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!!
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:iconshin-ben:
Shin-Ben Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can't wait for this!
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:iconletdragon:
Letdragon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Ooooooooooooh! :)
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:iconkaijuduke:
KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
OH MY GOD! This will be awesome! Leave it to Matt Frank to plan such an awesome tribute to Gamera in time for his Anniversary, good luck! :D
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:iconwynterhawke07:
Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Showa Gamera, Heisei Gamera, or Millennium Gamera?
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:iconarwingpilot114:
ArwingPilot114 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww HELL YEA. :D 
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:icongabriele-t92:
Gabriele-T92 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But I can't go to ani con, I'm from Italy!
I guess I have to stick with the online version, oh well.
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