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They're monsters, they're ninjas, and they're humanity's only hope. But can they stop bickering long enough to save the world?

Update (06/13)

Hi Everyone,

Here are a couple of really quick announcements:

  • Check out the new rewards: #11, #16, #20
  • MONSTER NINJAS is getting its own webcomic and blog, beginning June 18!

In a Nutshell

You “preorder” cool, exclusive stuff to support the Monster Ninjas graphic novel.

A Bit More Info

Hi, I’m Ryan. I read my first comic book 30-some years ago, and I’ve had an itch to scratch ever since. So, this is me, scratching that itch. I’m a writer from a small Minnesota town you’ve probably never heard of, and you’ll be my new best friend if you help me publish this amazing comic that was, well, 30-some years in the making.

With your support, Monster Ninjas is ready to become the first of many 48-page hardcover graphic novels. It’s Bone meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as four ninjas (who also happen to be monsters) fight amongst each other and against the forces of evil, with hilarious and sometimes surprising results.

The story is written. The pages are inked and colored. (A shout out to illustrator Shane Nitzsche and colorist Erik Korsgaard!) The book is ready to go. (See the sample pages below.) We even have distribution!!! Now, if we could just cover the costs of printing. Hmm . . .

You Can Help!

The way Kickstarter works is brilliantly simple. You pledge an amount toward my fundraising goal by clicking the “Back this Project” button in the upper right corner of this page. After that, one of two things will happen:

  • A.) I achieve my fundraising goal by June 18. You get charged—and you get my eternal gratitude and some cool incentive(s) as described at right. Plus, you can tell everyone that we’re best friends.
  • B.) I do not achieve my fundraising goal, and nothing happens. You are not charged. You don’t get any cool incentives. But, hey, I’ll still give you my gratitude, and we can still be best friends, if you want.

Let’s not worry too much about option B, though. I am confident we can do this! So please take a look at the incentives, find a deal that sounds good to you, and pledge.

What’s the Money For?

• $5,100 to print 3,000 books in the USA

• $750 to pay the costs of incentives (i.e. lots of shipping)

• $650 to pay the Kickstarter/Amazon fees (they get about 10%)

What if I Raise Even More?

No worries! I’ll put all of that money to good use: Most of the overage money will go toward marketing Monster Ninjas—anything from magazine ads to a full-blown book tour. The rest will go toward artwork for a follow-up Monster Ninjas story, which is already in the works.

Thank You

The fact that you’re here means you at least stopped to take a look, and I sincerely thank you for it. If you choose to pledge, well, I thank you even more!

Click here for a press release.

For more information, for interview opportunities or just to say hello, please feel free to contact me:

www.RyanJacobsonOnline.com

Twitter

Facebook

Sample Pages

Monster Ninjas is registered trademark of Ryan Jacobson.

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    You get my eternal gratitude. Plus, with each pledge, regardless of size, I will donate one children's book to charity (up to 1,000 books total).

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    Along with my eternal gratitude, you get an eBook version of SCOTTIE STEVENS' 17 SUPERPOWERS, the now out-of-print comic that gave the world its first glimpse of Monster Ninjas.

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    Congratulations! You get to be one of the first people ever to read MONSTER NINJAS. You get an eBook version of the story almost three months before it becomes available anywhere else!

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    Get the early eBook plus a copy of MONSTER NINJAS, autographed by writer Ryan Jacobson, as soon as it becomes available. (Additional shipping charges may apply to international addresses.)

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    You get the eBook, the autographed book and an 18" x 12" MONSTER NINJAS POSTER. (Additional shipping charges may apply to international addresses.)

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    The eBook, the book, the poster, plus an ADVANCED PREVIEW COPY sent right away and your name listed in the final book under a "SPECIAL THANKS" section. That means braggin' rights! (Additional shipping charges may apply to international addresses.)

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    You get the eBook, the autographed book, Special Thanks and an ORIGINAL SKETCH drawn by Monster Ninjas illustrator Shane Nitzsche. (Additional shipping charges may apply to international addresses.)

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    You get the eBook, the autographed book, Special Thanks and an INKED ILLUSTRATION drawn by Monster Ninjas illustrator Shane Nitzsche. (Additional shipping charges may apply to international addresses.)

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    You get a very, very LIMITED EDITION "behind the scenes" book that details the development of Monster Ninjas. Emails, character development, early designs, even Ryan's terrible attempt at sketching the pages for Shane to build upon, they are all collected here! Plus, you get the eBook, autographed book, Special Thanks and original sketch too. (Additional shipping charges may apply to international addresses.)

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    You're Christmas shopping is done because you get 20 COPIES, autographed and personalized, of Monster Ninjas, plus the eBook and the Special Thanks.

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    You get the eBook, the autographed book, Special Thanks and a FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATION of one character (inked original art + full-color print), drawn by Monster Ninjas illustrator Shane Nitzsche. (Additional shipping charges may apply to international addresses.)

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    Along with the eBook, autographed book, Special Thanks and original sketch, we'll throw in a (mostly) random page of ORIGINAL ART from the comic. (Additional shipping charges may apply to international addresses.)

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    You get to NAME A RECURRING CHARACTER! The Monster Ninjas' pet dog needs a name, and you get to choose it. (I reserve the right to approve the name; I will not allow, for instance, a vulgar name.) Plus, you get an eBook, autographed book, poster and Special Thanks too. (Additional shipping charges may apply to international addresses.)

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    You get to NAME A(NOTHER) RECURRING CHARACTER! The Monster Ninjas befriend a little girl, and you get to choose her name. (I reserve the right to approve the name; I will not allow, for instance, a vulgar name.) Plus, you get an eBook, autographed book, poster and Special Thanks too. (Additional shipping charges may apply to international addresses.)

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    You choose the book's DEDICATION/IN MEMORY OF. From now until the end of time, anywhere a version of this book appears, your dedication will be right there with it. Plus, you will get an eBook and 10 copies of the book to pass along to your friends. (I reserve the right to approve the dedication/in memory of. I will not, for instance, dedicate the book to Hitler.) (Additional shipping charges may apply to international addresses.)

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    You get the eBook, the book, Special Thanks, and your very own, exclusive, one-of-kind, FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATION of the team (inked original art + full-color print). We'll even draw you in as the "fifth Monster Ninja" if you'd like! (Additional shipping charges may apply to international addresses.)

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    You get to MAKE A CAMEO in the comic. That's right: your face will get drawn into at least one panel of the book. We'll even write you a line of dialogue! Plus, you will get an eBook and 10 copies of the book to pass along to your friends. (I reserve the right to approve the dedication/in memory of. I will not, for instance, dedicate the book to Hitler.) (Additional shipping charges may apply to international addresses.)

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    Along with the eBook, autographed book, Special Thanks and original sketch, we'll select for you one of three deluxe pieces of ORIGINAL ART from the comic: either Shane's original cover or one of two super-awesome splash spreads. (Additional shipping charges may apply to international addresses.)

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    CREATOR SPECIAL: You get the eBook, the book, the poster, and up to three hours of my time giving you my best advice on your comic, children's book or publishing project. (NOTE: I do this sort of thing for a living.) My advice/consultation does not come with any guarantees, but I will do my best to make your book better. (Additional shipping charges may apply to international addresses.)

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    I'm going to let you play in my sandbox. That's right, you and I will work together to CO-AUTHOR one of the next Monster Ninjas stories.

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    RETAILER SPECIAL: We will have a Monster Ninjas book release party at your store! I will come to your retail location (must be in the continental USA) for one day, for up to four hours. I will also bring 50 books with me that are yours to sell, giveaway or hoard for yourself.

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