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Preview: Ninja Sex Party: The Graphic Novel, Part I: Origins

Ninja Sex Party: The Graphic Novel, Part I: Origins

by Dan Avidan (Author), Brian Wecht (Author), Ittai Manero (Illustrator), Juan Riera (Illustrator)
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On May 5th, Fantoons brings this fully authorized real-life tale of the two-man band to a gorgeous graphic novel. Ninja Sex Party: The Graphic Novel, Part I: Origins is the all-new 120 page, full-color hardcover, and double story graphic novel that’ll make music fans, gamers, even newbies flip!

Based on personal in-depth interviews with band members Dan Avidan (Danny Sexbang) and Brian Wecht (Ninja Brian), this graphic novel is the first to tell the NSP Origin Story. Using a unique format, the book tells two biographical stories that meet in the middle. Read the book one way, and you’ll learn all about Dan’s life from childhood, through his early bands, up to the formation of NSP. Flip the book over and it’s about Brian’s life, growing up in New Jersey, pursuing his career in physics, meeting his wife, and ultimately, how he and Dan found each other. 

These stories have never been told before — this is a must-have item for any NSP fan!

Ninja Sex Party: The Graphic Novel, Part I: Origins

It’s a Ninja Sex Party… The Graphic Novel… May 5 from Fantoons

Ninja Sex Party has one goal: make you laugh until your heart explodes with their rockin’ melodies. They deliver just that to over 1.31 million YouTube subscribers with over 270 million views, not to mention they’re the #1 Billboard comedy band. But what happened before Dan Avidan and Brian Wecht formed the legendary explosive band.

On May 5th, Fantoons brings this fully authorized real-life tale of the two-man band to a gorgeous graphic novel. Ninja Sex Party: The Graphic Novel, Part I: Origins is the all-new 120 page, full-color hardcover, and double story graphic novel that’ll make music fans, gamers, even newbies flip!

Based on personal in-depth interviews with band members Dan Avidan (Danny Sexbang) and Brian Wecht (Ninja Brian), this graphic novel is the first to tell the NSP Origin Story. Using a unique format, the book tells two biographical stories that meet in the middle. Read the book one way, and you’ll learn all about Dan’s life from childhood, through his early bands, up to the formation of NSP. Flip the book over and it’s about Brian’s life, growing up in New Jersey, pursuing his career in physics, meeting his wife, and ultimately, how he and Dan found each other.

These stories have never been told before — this is a must-have item for any NSP fan!

Ninja Sex Party: The Graphic Novel, Part I: Origins is the first chapter of a two-volume set documenting their entire story and is available for preorder on the Fantoons websiteAmazonBookshop, Barnes and NobleIndigo, and other fine bookstores on May 5th!

Fantoons Announces Charity Partners for Tío Simón ABC

Musician Simón Díaz, known throughout Venezuela as “Tío Simón” remains a vital part of the country’s cultural legacy, and forever in the memory of all who knew his musical work. On October 15, Fantoons will celebrate his immense cultural impact with the release of a bilingual children’s book of Spanish and English words with a Venezuelan twist, Tío Simón ABC!

For every copy sold of the $12.99 book, the publisher will donate $1 to two different organizations providing help to Venezuelan children; Aid For Life/Healing Venezuela and Hogar Bambi.

Fantoons creative director, David Calcano will be joined by Simón’s daughter Bettsimar Díaz on Saturday, October 19 for a special launch event at Imago Art in Action, located at 165 Majorca Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida at 11:30am.

In this beautiful book, Tío Simón—beloved Venezuelan folk musician and children’s TV personality—will teach you words of every letter in both English and Spanish! Children will be able to learn with Tío Simón about his home, Venezuela, as well as traditional food like Arepa! with a beautiful full-color illustration on every page that will spark joy in families of every kind. 

Tío Simón ABC features a foreword about Tío Simón’s (Simón Díaz) life and legacy written by his daughter Bettsimar Díaz, and will be released in finer bookstores everywhere on October 15. This beautiful and charming book is available for preorder now through AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Indigo and will Indigo and will carry a cover price of $12.99.


Simón Díaz, a.k.a. Tío Simón, has been a cultural fixture for Venezuelan and Latin culture worldwide since the 1960s. His children’s TV show, Contesta por Tío Simón, aired for a decade, and its messages and popularity earned him the unofficial title of “the Mr. Rogers of Venezuela.” His music has been covered more than 200 times in a dozen languages, and Díaz is a known influence on artists such as Julio Iglesias, Plácido Domingo, the famous Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and The Gipsy Kings. He was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy from the Latin Grammys in 2008.

David Calcano is the creative director of Fantoons, an animation studio based in Los Angeles. David was born in Caracas, Venezuela and has been watching cartoons ever since he was inside his mom’s belly. As an adult, he moved to the UK where he worked as a systems engineer until he dropped his career many years ago, to pursue his true dream: to build an animation studio, create cartoons and publish books that combine music and creative art. Calcano has worked with some of the best companies and artists around the world, including Disney, Rush, Frank Zappa, Steve Martin, Poison, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Mr. Big, Universal Music, and Anthem, among many others! 

AID FOR LIFE (AFL) is a non-profit organization (AID FOR AIDS sister organization), founded in 2018, committed to generating social impact that enhances the lives of people at risk of social vulnerability in developing countries, implementing programs that increase their skills and abilities while providing access to essential survival products that allows them to strength their health and surroundings in their communities.

For the past two years, AID FOR LIFE has focused on the health crisis in Venezuela and has provided access to medicines to people in need as well as support to local civic organizations.

For more information and to purchase a Healing Venezuela t-shirt to support the cause, visit www.healingvenezuela.com .

Hogar Bambi Venezuela was born in April 1992, at the initiative of a group of people sensitized by the situation of children in the country, led by Ms. Erika Spillmann de Pardo, who with the support of her father Dr. Rupert Spillmann, decide take action to help solve this problem.

Since then, we have managed to open four home homes in Caracas, created national and international alliances, and most importantly, cared for more than 150 children every year. For more information, visit http://hogarbambi.org/

Fantoons is an animation studio & book publisher, comprised with artists who are passionate about music in every possible way. The studio creates books, animation, comics, pop-culture merch and alternative media inspired by the world’s greatest artists. Clients include Rush, Frank Zappa, Brian Wilson, Mr. Big, Motorhead, Steve Martin, Tom Keifer, Disney, TSN, Random House, Universal Music and many more.

Fantoons’ Tío Simón ABC Raises Money for Venezuelan Children’s Charities

Musician Simón Díaz, known throughout Venezuela as “Tío Simón” remains a vital part of the country’s cultural legacy, and forever in the memory of all who knew his musical work. To celebrate his immense cultural impact, Fantoons will release a bilingual children’s book of Spanish and English words with a Venezuelan twist, to encourage children to both learn the words themselves, as well as the culture behind them.

In this beautiful book, Tío Simón—beloved Venezuelan folk musician and children’s TV personality—will teach you words of every letter in both English and Spanish! Children will be able to learn with Tío Simón about his home, Venezuela, as well as traditional food like Arepa! with a beautiful full-color illustration on every page that will spark joy in families of every kind.

Assembled by Fantoons’ David Calcano, the Venezuelan-born creative director, recognized for his work with Disney Channel, alongside projects in publishing and animation with Rush, Frank Zappa and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Calcano, and his Fantoons team of illustrators and designers, assembled 60 beautifully illustrated pages inspired by images of Venezuela.

$1 for every book sold will be donated to charities dedicated to help Venezuelan children in starvation. It’s a small gesture to help a country, and its children, in need.

Simón Díaz, a.k.a. Tío Simón, has been a cultural fixture for Venezuelan and Latin culture worldwide since the 1960s. His children’s TV show, Contesta por Tío Simón, aired for a decade, and its messages and popularity earned him the unofficial title of “the Mr. Rogers of Venezuela.” His music has been covered more than 200 times in a dozen languages, and Diaz is a known influence on artists such as Julio Iglesias, Plácido Domingo, the famous Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and The Gipsy Kings. He was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy from the Latin Grammys in 2008.

Features a foreword about his life and legacy by Tío Simón’s (Simón Díaz) daughter Bettsimar Díaz.

Tío Símon ABC will be released in finer bookstores everywhere on October 15, and is available for preorder now through Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and will carry a cover price of $12.99.

Tío Símon ABC

SDCC 2019: Fantoons Debuts their Partnership with Ninja Sex Party

The LA-based animation studio continues to ramp up its publishing lineup, with plans to announce future projects at their first-ever Comic-Con panel!

Fantoons Presents: From Fan to Working With the Band

Thursday July 18, 2019 10:00am – 11:00am 
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

David Calcano is the founder of Fantoons, an animation studio and publisher of comics and art books dedicated to music. They have worked with bands such as Rush, Motörhead, Frank Zappa, Ninja Sex Party, and Rob Zombie, and they have many more collaborations in the works. A love of music, art, and comics has grown into a dream come true, leading to work with rock royalty on books, animation, live performances, and so much more. Moderator Ryan J. Downey and Calcano will take a look back at an inspiring journey to where Fantoons is today, alongside exclusive news about upcoming projects in books and animation.

Attendees will get the first news on the new publishing partnership with YouTube sensations Ninja Sex Party, including an exclusive message from the band themselves! To celebrate, Fantoons will have exclusive Ninja Sex Party merch available at their table in the exhibit hall while supplies last! Fans can pick up buttons for $5, t-shirts for $25, and limited edition art prints for $50.

Celebrate Rush with The Making of Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel from Fantoons

Fantoons has announced the official Rush graphic novel chronicling the making of the band’s classic album A Farewell to Kings; the first in their ongoing relationship with the famous rock n’ roll power trio.

The legendary Canadian band is one of the most influential rock bands in modern history, with more than 40 million records sold worldwide, with nods to fandom throughout pop culture, including such films as I Love You Man, and the popular television show Billions.

This epic, fully authorized graphic novel chronicles the birth of Rush’s classic album A Farewell to Kings. Relive the production trials and triumphs alongside Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart as they create the masterpiece of progressive rock that gave birth to such tracks as “Closer to the Heart,” and the majestic “Xanadu”. The book is co-written by Fantoons’ David Calcano and Lindsay Lee, and features artwork by Juan Riera and Ittai Manero. The story was written with input from Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and album producer Terry Brown, who also penned the foreword.

Previous releases through the partnership between the band and publisher have included 2015’s RUSHToons by Fantoons Vol. 2112, and Where’s Geddy, Alex and Neil Vol. 1. In July of 2019, Fantoons will release a unique, fully authorized coloring book, with 70 evocative illustrations packed with gorgeous RUSH artwork and references from Moving Pictures to Clockwork Angels.

The 144 page hardcover is out on September 10, 2019.

The Making of Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel
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