By Dustin Cabeal
Alright, alright, I know I said I wouldn't do any more kickstarters, but hey... every now and again I'm going to find one that needs to be pushed or cool people to support. I don't know much about Jupiter Jet that isn't in the video below or the press release that follows, but I do know one of the writer's (Jason Inman) and he's a hell of a dude. Check out the Kickstarter by heading to www.jupiterjetcomic.com and support the book if you're interested. Maybe you're just interested in the perks which include a portfolio review or script review? Maybe you looked at that bomb ass art by Ben Matsuya and thought, what type of story are Ashley Victoria Robinson and Jason Inman telling here? Either way, check it out.
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!