JASON INMAN, ASHLEY VICTORIA ROBINSON AND BEN MATSUYA LAUNCH KICKSTARTER FOR “JUPITER JET” MINI SERIES
Los Angeles, CA – January 18, 2017. A married team of writers: DC All-Access host and writer Jason Inman (“Love is Love”, “Screen Junkies Movie Fights”), along with Collider Heroes panelist and Top Cow Talent Hunt winner turned Head Editor Ashley Victoria Robinson (“Apollo IX #1”, “Witchblade #175”), and artist: Walt Disney Imaginations Competition finalist, Ben Matsuya (“Criminal Macabre”), have teamed up to create a 5 issue mini series through that stars a spunky teenage girl with a jetpack, her genius mechanic brother and a
bad guy who wants to end the crusade of the “flying girl”! www.jupiterjetcomic.com
“Jupiter Jet” follows the origin story of the eponymous superhero as she must find a way to balance her Robin Hood-esque activities, support the family repair shop and keep her secret identity – Jacky Johnson – out of the hands of the mobsters that are always on their trail … and the mysterious man who controls them all.
Other characters include Jacky’s genius little brother Chuck (who can build and repair anything – including the jetpack!), the mysterious man: Pluto who is determined to take down “the flying girl”, Uncle Gabriel, who is concerned about Jacky and Chuck in the wake of their father’s death and Chuck’s best buddy, Tyson.
“I had the name Jupiter Jet swirling around in my head forever and ever with the image of a girl flying around and fighting crime,” says Robinson. “To see that name grow and become Jacky soaring through the skies has been such a wonderful experience.”
“Jupiter Jet” came to life in 2015 over dinner. Robinson shared this idea “All I have is a name!” with Inman who was immediately off to the races, creating characters and relationships out of thin air. And now they have a comic book.
“The name “Jupiter Jet” inspired and entire world to spring to life in my head, including the twist of the series that I don’t think anyone will see coming,” says Inman, “It was the combining of worlds that made me so excited for this to be my first comic book mini-series.”
Ben Matsuya (“Midnight Massacre”, “Criminal Macabre”), is providing the line work, Mara Jayne Carpenter (“Jade Street Protection Services”), colors and Ghost Glyph Studio’s Taylor Esposito (“Constantine”, “New Suicide Squad”), will letter.
The plan is produce a 128 page graphic now that will be released in single issues through Action Lab Comics and then in a collected trade paperback form.
“We are so thrilled that Action Lab welcome us into their publication family,” says Robinson. “Action Lab has some incredible YA books under their belt – ‘Molly Danger’ is outstanding – and it has been such an easy fit for us.”
Kickstarter backers can pre-order the original graphic novel during an exclusive window before the books are sold to general public and they come with an exclusive print by Tim Seeley (“Nightwing”, “Grayson”, “Revival”), and Nicola Scott (“Wonder Woman: Rebirth”, “Earth 2”, “Black Magick”), that will not be sold anywhere else. There is also the opportunity for backers to purchased signed copies of the book as well.
Some of the standout rewards include script and portfolio critiques by industry professionals including: Heath Corson (“Bizarro”, “Justice League Action”), Mitch Gerads (“Sheriff of Babylon”, “Batman”), and Cullen Bunn (“Sixth Gun”, “Uncanny X-Men”).
As well as several secret rewards that will be released throughout the length of the campaign!
The Kickstarter launches Wednesday, January 18 and will conclude in 30 days. www.jupiterjetcomic.com will take you directly to the campaign.
ABOUT THE CREATORS
Jason Inman is the co-host of DC All Access, DC comics weekly web show as well as the creator and co-host of the Geek History Lesson Podcast. He can be seen on both the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad Blu-ray’s teaching you about the characters starring therein. Plus you might have seen him on his multiple appearances on CW Fan Talk, Collider Movie Talk and Screen Junkies Movie Fights.
His personal Youtube channel, Jawiin, has over 8.1 million views and includes shows like The Red Shirt Diaries.
Plus, he was born on a farm in Kansas, so there’s a possibility that he’s also Superman. For more about Jason follow him on twitter @Jawiin.
Ashley Victoria Robinson is a Canadian actor/writer. She is the co-creator and star of The Red Shirt Diaries and can be seen on your tv in a couple different commercials. She hosts review shows for Jawiin (DCTV Recap, Game of Thrones Review Show), and Collider Video (biweekly on Collider Heroes!). Ashley is also the Head Editor at Top Cow and has had several comics works published through them.
Follow her on twitter @AshleyVRobinson
Together, Jason and Ashley have co-written The Red Shirt Diaries (and tie-in webcomic), Town Hall (stage play), Terrific (featured in Alterna Comics’ IF Anthology), Swan Story (featured in DC Comics/IDW’s Love is Love Anthology), as well as several projects to be announced.
Ben Matsuya is an illustrator and graphic artist, but above all, a storyteller.
Born and raised in Southern California, Ben has been heavily influenced by the unique community and amalgamation of subcultures. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a BFA in Illustration and won acclaim as a finalist in the 2009 Walt Disney Imaginations Competition.
His art has been featured in a variety of settings: from live theater and mobile apps, to animation and comic books – however, his main passion is character based storytelling and the comic book medium. Priding himself on his work ethic and versatility, Ben aims to uncover the soul and story of each new project with his collaborators.
Mara Jayne Carpenter is a professional comic book colorist. Based out of New England, she traded a comfortable life as a cog in the machine of corporate design to live out her passion of creating beautiful sequential art and walking dogs. She is best known for her eye catching palettes spanning from hyper-saturated rainbows to punky muted pastels. She debuted her talents this past year under one of Black Mask Studios latest titles, Jade Street Protection Services. She can be reached at @gingerjujju on Twitter and email@example.com
Taylor Esposito is a comic book lettering professional and owner of Ghost Glyph Studios. As a staff letterer at DC, he lettered titles such as Red Hood and The Outlaws, Constantine, Bodies, CMYK, The New 52: Future’s End, and New Suicide Squad. Prior to this, Taylor was credited on numerous titles for Marvel as a production artist. He is currently working on a new batch of creator-owned titles, such as The Paybacks and Interceptor (Heavy Metal Comics), Heroine Chic, Dents, Mirror, and Finality (Line Webtoon). Other publishers he has worked with include Rosy Press, Zenescope, Valiant, and Dynamite. He can be reached at @TaylorEspo or @GhostGlyph on Twitter and firstname.lastname@example.org
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