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They're monsters, they're ninjas, and they're humanity's only hope. But can they stop bickering in time to save the world? Read it FREE

Update (07/14)

Success, again! You guys are awesome!!! The Motion Comic has already been put into, ahem, motion. I will make it available for download to ALL pledgers as soon as it is ready. That will likely be several weeks away.

It's a bit of a long shot, as we only have a day to go, but if we can get to $4,500, I will also produce a one-minute "cartoon." That would be pretty sweet!

Update (07/07)

Success! We passed $2,500 this morning. That means... 

your pledge of $25 or more now includes a MONSTER NINJAS T-SHIRT!

Please keep the pledges coming. At $3,000, I will be producing a MOTION COMIC of issue #1!!!!!

Update (07/05)

Just a really quick update: I wanted to share Shane's zombie warm-up sketch. For the fun of it, he made himself and me into zombies! (You can be one too... hint, hint.)

Update (07/03)

I have nothing but EXCITEMENT to share! First, I have been contacted by a cartoon developer who wants to pitch Monster Ninjas as a... wait for it... cartoon! It's all very preliminary, so let's not get (too) excited. But that is pretty cool, right?

Second, how would you like a FREE MONSTER NINJAS T-SHIRT?

If we make it to $2,500, everyone with a pledge of $25 or more is getting one!

Update (06/24)

Wow, we made it! Thank you so much for your support. If we can get to $2,000, I am going to have a book trailer made. So please help if you can.

In order to entice you, please allow me to show you these:

1.) A sample of a $49 character sketch

2.) A sample of a $79 inked character (it is still a pencil, so you have to imagine the inks.)

Pretty cool, huh?

Monster Ninjas

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 complete issue #3 of the amazing webcomic that was, well, 30-some years in the making. 

Monster Ninjas is 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. 

Issues #1 and #2 are written, and the pages are inked and colored. (A shout out to illustrator Shane Nitzsche and colorist Erik Korsgaard!) The webcomic is now up and running at www.MonsterNinjas.com. Now, if I could just cover the costs of getting #3 illustrated and colored, I could post more than one page per week. 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 July 15. 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 Are the Rewards

What’s the Money For? 

The money will be used as payment to the illustrator and colorist (Shane and Erik). It isn’t exactly enough, but no worries: I have enough saved up that I can cover the rest.

What if I Raise Even More? 

I’ll put that money to good use: Most of the overage money will go toward marketing Monster Ninjas—anything from web banners to a blog tour. The rest will go toward artwork for follow-up Monster Ninjas stories. And if we raise lots and lots more, um, maybe action figures?!

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! 

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

www.RyanJacobsonOnline.com 

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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). Every pledger also gets his/her name listed on a "SPECIAL THANKS" page of the website.

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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 first story (issues #1 and #2) before it becomes available to the rest of the world!

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

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

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    You get the eBook, autographed book, head sketch, and a very, very limited PREVIEW EDITION of issue #1, printed in 2009! (Additional shipping charges may apply to international addresses.)

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    You get the eBook, autographed book, and an ORIGINAL FULL CHARACTER SKETCH by Shane Nitzsche. (Additional shipping charges may apply to international addresses.)

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

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

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    4 backers Limited (16 left of 20)

    You get to MAKE A CAMEO in the comic—as a ZOMBIE!!! That's right: you will get drawn into at least one panel of the book. Plus, you will get an eBook and autographed book. (Additional shipping charges may apply to international addresses.)

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    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

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

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    RETAILER SPECIAL: We will have a Monster Ninjas 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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