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Life long friends/comic fans (Jesse & Shawn) start their own comics to debut at Baltimore Comic Con featuring Sock Drawer!
25 backers pledged $1,592 to help bring this project to life.

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This project is a sleeker version of the "Launch the Counter Monkeys!" project.  It is only 10 Days long, and has an adjusted Reward list, though most of them are the same or comparable.

Counter Monkey Comics
is all about imagination and creativity.  We're not doing this because we want to be in business.  We want to tell stories and draw awesome characters.


Shawn and I have been friends for 25 years now.  Comic books, imagination, and creativity have been the cornerstone of that friendship.  We spent countless weekends engrossed in comics and creating our own stories and characters.  We'd geekout over pizza and movies followed by hours and hours on sketchpads and drawing boards.

Shawn and Jesse 1993
Shawn and Jesse 1993

Not much has changed in that process.  There is probably a small book that could be written about some of these things, and in fact our friendship is the basis for the two main characters in my comic Sock Drawer.

Jesse Arnold's "Sock Drawer" - The Gang
Jesse Arnold's "Sock Drawer" - The Gang

Sock Drawer will tell the misadventures of Phil, an average college guy who just wants to finish school and get on with life.  This all gets thrown for a loop when Phil unwittingly becomes the ambassador for the I.D.T.S.P.A.  That's the Inter-Dimensional-Time & Space-Port Authority.  He has to host whoever and whatever enters our world through a portal in his sock drawer.   And we have title.

I am writing and doing the art on this book.  This Kickstarter will get the first full issue into your hands!  Also a few prints and other goodies!

Shawn Skvarna's "Failsafe" - Designs
Shawn Skvarna's "Failsafe" - Designs

Shawn is bringing Failsafe to life in the form of various prints!  He's co-writing an idea he's had for about 7 years now, with plans on publishing the start of this adventure in 2014.  For now, the prints and posters will introduce you to the characters and the world of Failsafe.  A world where the heroes are just normal everyday folk.  Well, mostly.

The goal is to launch at the Baltimore Comic-Con.  Our booth is reserved for the con!  We've got our logo and all our company material ready for printing.  We are both hard at work finishing our respective projects which will be completed in July!  We'll be keeping you updated here on Kickstarter, and on our website, www.countermonkeycomics.com

So that's Counter Monkey Comics!  Two fans who just want to dive into the world we love.  We hope you have liked what you've seen here, and join us in launching the Counter Monkeys!

Creative Monkey Business
Creative Monkey Business


Thank you!
-Jesse Arnold

Risks and challenges

This is a trimmed down version of our previous project. We've lowered the goal by reducing the out put a little. What is still getting made: Sock Drawer #1 (24 pages B&W) Counter Monkey T-Shirts, 6 poster prints, and Counter Monkey stickers.

We are still debuting at Baltimore Comic Con Sept 7-8!

This is a completely new experience for both of us. I think clear communication and meeting deadlines/goals will help in reducing obstacles. The only thing that has me with any concern is the printing and deadline for the convention. This will be our first time getting something like this printed. We have to have this stuff in hand before we head to the convention in September, so you can expect your rewards to start arriving that month as well!

We will be putting forth all our effort to completing our projects, delivering everything in a timely manner, and communicating fully with our backers!

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    This reward will get you behind the scenes with our weekly updates and our progress on the multiple projects underway!

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    "Sock Drawer" #1 signed by writer/artist Jesse Arnold!

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    2 copies of "Sock Drawer" #1 signed by writer/artist Jesse Arnold! And an exclusive mini-print from Shawn or Jesse (approx 8x5.) Also you name printed on the Thank You page!

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    2 copies of "Sock Drawer" #1 signed by writer/artist Jesse Arnold! And an exclusive mini-print from Shawn or Jesse (approx 8x5.) signed by the artist! Also you name printed on the Thank You page!

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    Limited Edition 11x17 Print: Full Color. Get the #1 Cover of "Sock Drawer" as a full color poster! Signed by Jesse. Also included 2 issues of "Sock Drawer" #1 and your Name in the Thank You page! (Print will ship rolled in a tube.)

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    Limited Edition 11x17 Print: Black & White. The Black and White version of Reward #5. All items are the same except for the print which will be B&W.

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    "Authentic Bundle" this Limited Bundle features a set of 4 books written by "Failsafe" co-author J.R. Broadwater, with covers by Shawn! Books will come signed by both.

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    This reward offers all the goodies from the $25 reward, plus an 11x17 full color print. This print will be one of 6 featured at the Convention. (11x17 Print will ship rolled in a tube.)

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    Limited Offer! "Sock Drawer" Bundle. Same as $75 Reward adding all 3 11x17 "Sock Drawer" Prints and the Kickstarter Exclusive "Sock Drawer" T-Shirt! Books and prints will be signed by Jesse. (Prints will ship rolled in tube.)

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    Limited Offer! "Counter Monkey Bundle" this reward gives you all the goodness that is Counter Monkey Comics! 2 issues of "Sock Drawer" #1, a Counter Monkey Comics T-Shirt, Counter Monkey Sticker, Counter Monkey Comics Poster, and 6 11x17 Prints! 3 from Jesse, 3 from Shawn. All but sticker and shirt will be signed.

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    Original Commission Art from Shawn Skvarna: any character of your choosing! 11x17, will ship rolled in tube.

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    Original Commission Art from Jesse Arnold: any character of your choosing! 11x17, will ship rolled in tube.

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    Appear in "Sock Drawer!" If you land this reward you, or your likeness will appear in one of the first two issues of "Sock Drawer" with a line of dialogue! You will also get both issues and a sketch of you with a "Sock Drawer" character! (Issue #2 due late 2013.)

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    ORIGINAL Print Art! This is the most exclusive offer for this project. These are one of a kind rewards. If you are one of the first 3 to pledge $500, you will receive one of Jesse's original hand drawn 11x17 images. There is only one of each of the three. They are pencil on Bristol with Pitt pen inks.

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