Taking the Bite Out of Cancer: The Mantasy Series

Help us print, share and bring a little respite and escapism to those in need, all while helping the author survive a rigorous cancer treatment!
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Lyle Christie
Writing
Sausalito, California
United States
4 Team Members

What is this Mantasy all about?

My name is Lyle Christie and I’m a writer, director, and martial arts instructor — or at least I used to be. Unfortunately, everything came crashing down in September of 2013 when I had a minor recurrence of lymphoma cancer and began the grueling treatments of chemotherapy, radiation, and rabbit serum. This was in preparation for a donor bone marrow transplant at Stanford which my doctors believe will cure me, once and for all. Now, facing yet another course of difficult treatment and an even longer period of isolation, I have decided to use this time to make the world a little brighter by bringing my humorous, action-adventure "Mantasy" Series alive. If I could manage to write myself out of my own personal hell, then why not bring that joy to everyone, especially fellow sufferers of cancer or any other life threatening diseases.

How is this going to work?

All you generous contributors will receive our deepest expressions of gratitude in the form of public thanks and perks {e-books, paperback copies, Mantasy coffee cups, Soft Taco Island T-shirts, 11x17 collector Posters}. Your name (or one you submit) will be given honorable mentions on the Special Thanks page at Lylechristie.com! 

All Contributions are Tax Deductible!

Every action from YOU to make this campaign a success is an act of love, support and encouragement for myself as an artist, writer and cancer survivor!

We are looking to raise $20,000.00, which will provide enough funding to:

  • print the first three books in the Mantasy Series
  • produce sweet swag to share with our supporters
  • cover shipping expenses
  • send paperback sets to various cancer centers around the world

Of course, if we don't reach our entire goal, we will use the contributions to print as many books as we can and share them in the same way, though on a smaller scale!
*detailed budget available upon request - just email: kmochristie<at>gmail.com
**T-shirts, coffee cups, posters and paperbacks will be mailed to you at the end of this campaign. We will email you the e-books and cover art immediately.

MAKE THIS SERIES SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE: as soon as you support this Indiegogo Campaign, PLEASE TELL EVERYONE YOU'VE DONE IT, AND SPREAD THE LINK FAR AND WIDE.... (we borrowed this from Amanda Palmer)

These books were created by the author in his fight against cancer as a means of survival! Everyone can help him continue by sharing the word about the Mantasy Series. We want you to know that your involvement is helpful whether you're the most generous or the most excited fan! Help us spread the word - share the link + feel free to tell everyone about the books in the Mantasy Series.

For your efforts and generosity you will have our endless gratitude and respect! We will add your name (or the name of a loved one) to our special thanks section at Lylechristie.com — Immortalized on the web! We may even write a song for you! 

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Born of Tragedy

It all began back in 2010 when I was unexpectedly diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma. I went into immediate chemotherapy treatment at Kaiser and began reading the Harry Potter series, spending the many anxiety filled hours with the boy who lived, hoping to be the man who survived.  I achieved remission and was transferred to Stanford University for specialized treatment and what would be a year of intense pain, suffering, and isolation. Upon finishing the Harry Potter series, I tried my best to find new reading material but few books offered the same level of escapism of J.K. Rowling’s imaginative masterpiece.  I therefore set about creating my own world, writing my own book, and jokingly referring to it as Book 1 in the Mantasy Trilogy — Mantasy being the combination of male and fantasy.  While chemo dripped into my veins and my white blood cell count dropped to zero, I escaped the misery and confines of my veritable prison by retreating inward, writing the adventure I wanted to read.  Staring at nothing but four white walls and a clock, I took my character (and myself) on an exotic journey to the Caribbean — engaging in wacky hijinks, action, adventure, sex, food, alcohol, and most important of all, adequate alone time in the bathroom.  You see, the nurses at Stanford were obsessed with my bowel movements, which in turn made me obsessed with my privacy.  It would grow to become one of the many funny nuances of my hero and in turn, the entire series.  Book 1, Soft Taco Island was finished by the time I returned home and I had three glorious years of remission during which I managed to finish the Trilogy and write three more books, eventually changing the name to the Mantasy Series. 

My writing Background

I have been writing professionally for the last twenty years, primarily doing screenplays. I've had two optioned for feature films and another four pushed into development (whatever the hell that means). I've also been directing music videos and creating all number of wacky projects. I transitioned to proper book writing during cancer treatment because it afforded me the ability to relay a more detailed story than screenplay format.

Below is an example of the two different styles:

Screenplay Format:
INT. HOSPITAL ROOM MORNING
Lyle is sitting on the toilet in his hospital bathroom arguing with his nurse who is standing outside.
                                         Nurse Ratched
                   Please Mr. Christie, I really need to see your stool.

                                         Lyle
                   Then you'll have to pry it from my cold dead hands.


Traditional Format:
Lyle, sporting an unusually ripped physique for a cancer patient, sat crying on his hospital toilet, desperately hoping that his overbearing nurse would leave him in peace so that he could finish his morning business.

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  • $5USD
    Bridgette

    THANK YOU! We will send a {high resolution PDF of the Soft Taco Island book cover via email} PLUS the Soft Taco Island e-book! This will get you hooked on Mantasy and provide hours of joy, laughter and fun! And of course we will add your name to our Special Thanks page at Lylechristie.com and you will be helping Lyle share the love!

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    Tiffany

    THANK YOU! We will send you all three e-books: Soft Taco Island, The Topless Agenda, and The Gordita Conspiracy PLUS an 11x17 collector’s poster of the Soft Taco Island book cover to keep you company while reading and laughing through the Mantasy Trilogy! Of course for we will add your name to our Special Thanks page at Lylechristie.com and you will be helping Lyle kick cancer where it hurts!

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  • $35USD
    Estelle

    THANK YOU! We will send {all three e-books} along with a Soft Taco Island paperback book signed by the author and an 11x17 collector’s poster of the book cover art of your choice – just pick one! And of course we will add your name to our Special Thanks page at Lylechristie.com where you can order extra posters if you want to cover all your walls in Mantasy! Your contribution will help Lyle create the #1 cure for monotony!

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    Mr. Tan & Teeth

    THANK YOU! We will send 3 of each {3 paperback books signed by the author PLUS collector posters of the cover art PLUS e-books} And of course we will add your name to our Special Thanks page at Lylechristie.com and together we can beat the crap out of cancer!

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    Captain Billings

    THANK YOU! We will send 3 books {e-books PLUS soft cover books signed by the author PLUS collector posters of the cover art} PLUS an awesome Soft Taco Island t-shirt which will make you the envy of all your friends! And of course we will add your name to our Special Thanks page at Lylechristie.com and you will be helping Lyle put the MAN in Mantasy!

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    The Babineaux

    THANK YOU! We will send you {all three soft cover books signed by the author, e-books, and Posters} PLUS an honest to goodness Male + Fantasy = Mantasy coffee mug to remember the significance of some quality time on your commode! And of course we will add your name to our special thanks section at Lylechristie.com and you will be helping Lyle bring spread the literary Viagra!

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    Lux Vonde

    THANK YOU! We will send {paperback books signed by the author; collector posters of the cover art; Soft Taco Island t-shirt; Mantasy coffee mug} PLUS some really funny outtakes from the making of this Indiegogo video that is sure to make you chuckle as well as a secret link to one of Tag’s signature self defense techniques! And of course we will add your name to our Special Thanks page at Lylechristie.com all of which will add a little lead to your pencil!

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    Tag Finn

    THANK YOU! You will receive {paperback books signed by the author; collector cover art posters; Soft Taco Island t-shirt; Mantasy coffee mug; a secret link to one of Tag’s signature self defense techniques} PLUS an advanced preview e-book edition of Book 4 in the Mantasy series… the long awaited Mr. Pickles! PLUS your chosen name for a future character And of course we will add your name to our Special Thanks page and you will be helping Lyle spread awareness about the origin of yellow pants!

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