Munkao is creating South-East Asian Fantasy world building
37

patrons

$104
per month
Hi! I’m Munkao, and this is A THOUSAND THOUSAND ISLANDS.

What is this?
A THOUSAND THOUSAND ISLANDS is a Southeast Asian-themed fantasy visual world-building project.
The goal isn’t to imagine a bog-standard medieval fantasy world, superficially re-skinned with kerises and brown people. In my notes and illustrations, I will be digging deeper, looking into regional folklore and history – trying to discover what a fantasy world truly rooted in the myths and lived experience of Indochina, Suvarnabhumi and the Nusantara look like.

Who are you?
I am Munkao. I am an illustrator, contemporary visual artist, and game designer based in Malaysia. Under Centaur Games, I created POLITIKO, a cardgame about Malaysian party-politics.
I have been working on A THOUSAND THOUSAND ISLANDS since late 2015. I have barely scratched the surface. There are still piles of research materials to read, notebooks to fill, and drawings to complete.

What will this project eventually be?
To be really honest, I am not very sure of the output, it could be a game, a book of illustrations or a RPG world setting book, I don't really know yet. But that is deliberate, as I feel I am still in an exploratory phase of the project, hopefully the process will take me to the medium and output that would be best suited for this project.
Edit 2018: Zedeck Siew and I have started a series of zines of fantasy settlements, and I am in the really early stages of working on a small digital game. Fingers crossed!

Why should I support you?

Your support for A THOUSAND THOUSAND ISLANDS will allow me to spend less time trying to make rent, and more time reading, researching, travelling, interviewing – and drawing visions of the wonderful in-between world whose real-life geography I call home. Do note that this will be recurring support. (it's a bit different from Kickstarter)

What do I get in return?
I will be regularly sharing my illustrations -and occasional sketches, notes, and research stories - with Patrons.
- Edit 2018 - I've gotten too busy to regularly post exploratory drawings, so, for now, I will mostly post research and links I find interesting(it should all be public!), drawings and illustrations would be infrequent.

Please check out my very first sample post. It's free for everyone!
Tiers
I love rice.
$1 or more per month 13 patrons
I used to post links and trivia that I find interesting for this tier but have decided to make it all public, so this tier is really just for " I really like what you are doing and would pledge $1 just for the support!"

Thanks so much for the support if you do! I really appreciate it! :)
I love tempe.
$3 or more per month 23 patrons
I would be sharing any work in progress content made by myself or my collaborators into this tier.  I used to post once a month but postings would be more infrequent but with more content now.

Thank you very much if you do choose to support! :)
I love bananas
$5 or more per month 1 patron
Hey hey! Thanks for this! In addition to the links, you also get 


  • Access to 2 black and white illustration (ensemble of 2 to 4 characters)
  • Process notes - general thoughts on the approach and problems that I encounter for this project; as well as solutions if I have any
  • Design notes - thoughts, research, photos - related to the above illustrations


(I will be updating this on the 7th of every month. )

2018: This tier is no longer active: but you can pledge to view a year worth of old posts. 

I love durians.
$10 or more per month 4 patrons
Wow! I can watch a movie and eat a meal with this! (though I would most likely stay home and work on this project) Thank you.
In addition to all the above, I would like to share with you
  • An additional 2 black and white illustration, a total of 4 illustrations (ensemble of 2 to 4 characters)
  • Design notes - thoughts, research, photos - related to the above illustration(s)


(I will be updating this on the 21st of every month) 

2018: This tier is no longer active: but you can pledge to view a year worth of old posts. 

I love kerises.
$13 or more per month 3 patrons
Whoa! Thanks a lot for supporting my highest tier, you are super cool. In addition to all the links, drawings, notes, as above I would like to share with you
These are illustrations that I have done with SEA theme before I settled on this style, and it's not something I would usually show!
Thanks again!
  • 1 to 2 coloured illustrations 


(I will be updating this on the 21st of every month) 
2018: This tier is no longer active: but you can pledge to view a year worth of old posts.

Goals
$104 of $200 per month
Wooo!
Okay, for every $100 level this project gets, I will post a public post of an illustration to celebrate! :D
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Hi! I’m Munkao, and this is A THOUSAND THOUSAND ISLANDS.

What is this?
A THOUSAND THOUSAND ISLANDS is a Southeast Asian-themed fantasy visual world-building project.
The goal isn’t to imagine a bog-standard medieval fantasy world, superficially re-skinned with kerises and brown people. In my notes and illustrations, I will be digging deeper, looking into regional folklore and history – trying to discover what a fantasy world truly rooted in the myths and lived experience of Indochina, Suvarnabhumi and the Nusantara look like.

Who are you?
I am Munkao. I am an illustrator, contemporary visual artist, and game designer based in Malaysia. Under Centaur Games, I created POLITIKO, a cardgame about Malaysian party-politics.
I have been working on A THOUSAND THOUSAND ISLANDS since late 2015. I have barely scratched the surface. There are still piles of research materials to read, notebooks to fill, and drawings to complete.

What will this project eventually be?
To be really honest, I am not very sure of the output, it could be a game, a book of illustrations or a RPG world setting book, I don't really know yet. But that is deliberate, as I feel I am still in an exploratory phase of the project, hopefully the process will take me to the medium and output that would be best suited for this project.
Edit 2018: Zedeck Siew and I have started a series of zines of fantasy settlements, and I am in the really early stages of working on a small digital game. Fingers crossed!

Why should I support you?

Your support for A THOUSAND THOUSAND ISLANDS will allow me to spend less time trying to make rent, and more time reading, researching, travelling, interviewing – and drawing visions of the wonderful in-between world whose real-life geography I call home. Do note that this will be recurring support. (it's a bit different from Kickstarter)

What do I get in return?
I will be regularly sharing my illustrations -and occasional sketches, notes, and research stories - with Patrons.
- Edit 2018 - I've gotten too busy to regularly post exploratory drawings, so, for now, I will mostly post research and links I find interesting(it should all be public!), drawings and illustrations would be infrequent.

Please check out my very first sample post. It's free for everyone!

Recent posts by Munkao

Tiers
I love rice.
$1 or more per month 13 patrons
I used to post links and trivia that I find interesting for this tier but have decided to make it all public, so this tier is really just for " I really like what you are doing and would pledge $1 just for the support!"

Thanks so much for the support if you do! I really appreciate it! :)
I love tempe.
$3 or more per month 23 patrons
I would be sharing any work in progress content made by myself or my collaborators into this tier.  I used to post once a month but postings would be more infrequent but with more content now.

Thank you very much if you do choose to support! :)
I love bananas
$5 or more per month 1 patron
Hey hey! Thanks for this! In addition to the links, you also get 


  • Access to 2 black and white illustration (ensemble of 2 to 4 characters)
  • Process notes - general thoughts on the approach and problems that I encounter for this project; as well as solutions if I have any
  • Design notes - thoughts, research, photos - related to the above illustrations


(I will be updating this on the 7th of every month. )

2018: This tier is no longer active: but you can pledge to view a year worth of old posts. 

I love durians.
$10 or more per month 4 patrons
Wow! I can watch a movie and eat a meal with this! (though I would most likely stay home and work on this project) Thank you.
In addition to all the above, I would like to share with you
  • An additional 2 black and white illustration, a total of 4 illustrations (ensemble of 2 to 4 characters)
  • Design notes - thoughts, research, photos - related to the above illustration(s)


(I will be updating this on the 21st of every month) 

2018: This tier is no longer active: but you can pledge to view a year worth of old posts. 

I love kerises.
$13 or more per month 3 patrons
Whoa! Thanks a lot for supporting my highest tier, you are super cool. In addition to all the links, drawings, notes, as above I would like to share with you
These are illustrations that I have done with SEA theme before I settled on this style, and it's not something I would usually show!
Thanks again!
  • 1 to 2 coloured illustrations 


(I will be updating this on the 21st of every month) 
2018: This tier is no longer active: but you can pledge to view a year worth of old posts.