The Jacket: Volume 1 (Superhero-Noir Graphic Novel) project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
$424 pledged of $1,500 goal
backers
By Randy Haldeman
$424 pledged of $1,500 goal
backers

About this project

 

 

The world of The Jacket is one where absolutely anybody can be super. All they need is any ordinary looking object that unlocks their true potentials, their true selves.

Our story follows Colton Emerson as he finds his, a jacket that gives him abilities that he never knew he possessed. Unfortunately, the government doesn’t take kindly to such people, and his discovery quickly makes him public enemy number one. Pursued by a government consisting of an elite, structured military unit known as the DOGS, and a President whose silver tongue enraptures all who listen, Colton steps into a world where beneath the sleek and orderly surface is a hidden, circuitous truth deep down.

Welcome to Diamond City. Everything is about to change.

 

The Jacket is a comic written by Jason Biamonte and illustrated by Randy Haldeman. We have been posting our comic on our website and Tapastic for about a year. You can read the entire comic (and the ongoing Chapter 3) for free at our website: www.TheJacketComic.com. With this Kickstarter, we want to finally bring The Jacket to a whole new audience that love printed books in their hands as much as we do.

Jason and I built this world starting back in 2009 when we found ourselves in a mall store that had a jacket that we now refer to as The Jacket. Over the course of 8 years consisting of countless Starbucks meetings, casual video game hangouts, and even hyper-focused writing/drawing sessions; we were left with a product. A living, breathing world that is still growing to this day. We edit, rewrite, redraw, and recreate until every last detail is they way we want it. Inspired in part by our favorite music (see Spotify Playlist), we created a world with characters that began one day when we found (and purchased), THE Jacket.

Volume 1 compiles the first three chapters of The Jacket, along with three side-stories that expand upon the lore of our world. Colton isn't the first to find an item, and he won't be the last!

The side-stories include one about Templar Knights and their historic discovery, another about a fiery origin in ancient times, and the "last stand" of one of our secondary characters. The first two will only be available in this printed edition.

Scroll down to see the rewards!

Chapter 1's Cover
Chapter 1's Cover

 

WEBCOMIC PREVIEW PDF ($1 PLEDGE)

You'll receive an email/message with a link to download the PDF of the webcomic. You are able to read it without pledging anything however, just go to www.TheJacketComic.com. We're aiming for convenience here.

PDF VOLUME 1

This is a finalized, high-quality (and resolution) copy of The Jacket: Volume 1. The PDF will be the digital version of the printed book, with refinished pages (that haven't been refinished for the webcomic), all three side-stories, and all extra art pages.

YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK

Your name will appear alongside everyone else who has pledge their support to print our book. It will be on a special page for Contributors, printed inside the book and published in all PDF's of the book.

DIGITAL WALLPAPER

This reward will be a digital wallpaper for tablets, desktops, laptops, and easily trimmable for mobile devices. Art is to be determined, but will be solidified prior to the end of this campaign.

CHAPTER 1 DIGITAL SCRIPT

This is a simple PDF of the finalized script for Chapter 1. Compare how the finalized comic differs from the script, or even practice creating comics as a writer or artist. Use it as inspiration to create your own comics, or try your hand at drawing your best page of The Jacket.

SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

As you've probably noticed, music is a HUGE inspiration to The Jacket. Certain songs, albums, and artists were here for us while we made (and continue to make) this comic; now we want to share that music with you! Who knows, perhaps you too will find inspiration in the music.

 VIDEO CALL

We'll give you an hour of our time to talk about ANYTHING your heart desires. It can be about creating comics (or webcomics), for help with your writing (Jason), for help with your art (Randy), or even to talk about how your week is going. The hour is yours.

 5"x7" COVER PRINTS

You'll receive all three Chapter Covers, on high-quality, sexy, glossy cardstock.

Button mock-up is just for example. Final button designs may change before the end of the campaign.
Button mock-up is just for example. Final button designs may change before the end of the campaign.

1.75" BUTTON SET

The button set will be delivered on a printed backing board, each one being art customized to fit the buttons.

BOOKPLATE DRAWING

Each book will have a blank page inside the cover. It will be specifically for us to sign, and Randy to draw a custom ink drawing on. If you don't have a preference, you'll get a character from The Jacket. If you want Deadpool, you'll get Deadpool. The only thing you won't get is "Adult Content." NSFW imagery is fine, but nothing you wouldn't show your mom.

Final Volume 1 cover will be different from the Chapter 1 cover that is shown. Art to be revealed soon.
Final Volume 1 cover will be different from the Chapter 1 cover that is shown. Art to be revealed soon.

SIGNED, PRINTED BOOK - THE JACKET: VOLUME 1

You'll receive a signed (inside on the bookplate), high-quality softcover copy of The Jacket: Volume 1. It comes with the first three chapters of The Jacket (73 pages with covers), plus three side-stories (38 pages with covers), and a handful of extras like the Contributor's Page, additional illustrations, and a sample of how Randy takes a page from start to finish. Outside and inside covers will be in full-color. All internal pages will be in black and white with tones. Check out the comic page above, or the webcomic (www.TheJacketComic.com) to see what we mean. All spot colors on the webcomic will be in black and white.

LAMSTER DRAWING

You'll need to supply us with a nice image of yourself (full body, please), and tell us what you want your item and your ability to be. If the item is a personal one, send us a few high quality pictures of that too! Randy will take your images and draw you in a Jacket-worthy outfit, with your item, using your ability. They'll be drawn in ink, colored with watercolors, and done on 7"x10" watercolor paper. You'll get to keep the original art, and with your approval we'll add you to a new Fan-Lamsters page on our website.

*NOTE: This reward may take longer than others. Expect your finalized package no later than November.*

| | • • • MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD EXCLUSIVE REWARDS • • • | |

WEBCOMIC FOLDER ACCESS - You'll have direct access to Randy and Jason's Webcomic Folder, where you'll be able to read the webcomic pages before they're posted. This reward lasts as long as it isn't abused (don't share the link, don't post pages online, don't spoil the comic for others...use your judgment).

EVERY PDF, EVER - You'll receive every Volume PDF we ever create. It will be emailed to you directly, and we would expect you to keep your email address updated with us in case anything changes. Sure, the main comic will be posted on our website. However, each Volume (THREE Volumes with TEN Chapters) will have a ton of extra content and world-building side-stories.

OKAY, SO WHERE DOES MY MONEY GO EXACTLY?

I'm so glad you asked!

For you to have complete faith in our campaign, we understand that you (the backers) need to know what's going where, and why. Here's a circle chart (formerly a delicious pie chart) that breaks down where we see the funds going.

Okay, now that you're done adding up those percentages to hit 100%, know that these are approximate figures. They do however, serve a purpose; to demonstrate that we understand your money is not a "donation." Your pledges will be used to print the book, create the final rewards, ship those rewards, and then give "Uncle Sam" and Kickstarter their fair shares. Any leftover money will be put right back into The Jacket, and continuing to run the webcomic that we've been running consistently for a year. We owe it to you, our fans (and hopefully future fans), to deliver the best, most consistent experience to the world of The Jacket in all of it's forms. That means, we deliver every week on our webcomic, and we deliver on the Kickstarter. We're here to bring our world to people that haven't had the chance to experience it yet, and to bring it to the fans that have already experienced it, but now they get to see it in a whole new way.

**The only caveat may be that some rewards ship a couple of weeks later, but that is mostly geared towards the rewards containing original art. ALL DIGITAL REWARDS WILL BE SENT OUT EARLIER THAN PHYSICAL REWARDS. Once the digital rewards are done, you'll have them.**

Risks and challenges

At present time, The Jacket's first three chapters are 5-pages away from complete art and the three side-stories are written, only awaiting the art. We have done our best to minimize the amount of extra work by selecting rewards that are mostly completed. We have been diligently working at this comic for years and have no intention of stopping tomorrow.

However, in the unlikely event that anything gets in the way, please know that you will receive very public messages from us detailing what is going on and how we plan to fix it. At this moment in time, everything is on schedule and we have no reason to believe there will be any issue with completing this project. Our aim is to have this comic ready in time for Baltimore Comic-Con at the end of September, come hell or high water.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Do you have the time? (INSTANT REWARD)

    Don't feel like trying to read the webcomic? Commit to this tier and we'll email you a PDF of The Jacket, up to the most recent page (Chapter 3: Page 18) within 24 hours.

    The choice is then your own: Back out of pledging, keep your $1 pledge to support us, or select a better reward. Either way that PDF is your's to keep as a thank you.

    Includes:
    • Emailed Webcomic-Quality PDF (within 24 hours)
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $7 or more About $7

    DOGS - Wolfhound

    You may not be high on the DOGS totem pole, but you're number one in our hearts.

    Get a PDF copy of The Jacket: Volume 1. Also, your name will be added to the "Thank You" section of the book.

    Includes:
    • Your Name in the "Thank You" section
    • PDF - The Jacket: Volume 1
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    DOGS - Bloodhound

    Your promotion to the Bloodhound's team is a huge gain for the DOGS. Your mission: take out the lamsters. Now you'll have the tools to do so.

    You'll get a high-quality, softcover copy of The Jacket: Volume 1. Your name will also be added to the "Thank You" section of the book. Don't forget your PDF copy!

    Includes:
    • Your Name in the "Thank You" section
    • PDF - The Jacket: Volume 1
    • Signed, Print Copy of The Jacket: Volume 1
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    DOGS - Mastiff (Digital Deluxe Package)

    The DOGS elite special force is only attainable through hard work, determination, and a little brainwashi--courage. Yes, courage.

    This is the deluxe digital package. Along with the PDF, your name in the Contributor's Page in the book and on the website, you'll get a Kickstarter exclusive digital wallpaper, Chapter 1's PDF Script, and the link to The Jacket's Spotify playlist.

    Includes:
    • Your Name in the "Thank You" section
    • PDF - The Jacket: Volume 1
    • Kickstarter Digital Wallpaper
    • PDF - Chapter 1 Script
    • Spotify Playlist Link
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    DOGS - Suit Upgrade

    Your squad was able to get in line before the suit upgrade stockpile was gone. What luck!

    You'll get a custom ink sketch on the bookplate located inside your very own signed, print copy of The Jacket: Volume 1. Plus, everything else!

    Includes:
    • Your Name in the "Thank You" section
    • PDF - The Jacket: Volume 1
    • Kickstarter Digital Wallpaper
    • PDF - Chapter 1 Script
    • Spotify Playlist Link
    • Signed, Print Copy of The Jacket: Volume 1
    • Bookplate Drawing
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    Diamond City Agent

    Agents are identified as wearing sleek suits and a lapel pin of the government's Double Diamond logo. You'll get to live like that.

    Get the set of The Jacket's three 1.75" buttons. PLUS everything else, including the a signed print copy of the book with a bookplate sketch!

    Includes:
    • Your Name in the "Thank You" section
    • PDF - The Jacket: Volume 1
    • Kickstarter Digital Wallpaper
    • PDF - Chapter 1 Script
    • Spotify Playlist Link
    • Signed, Print Copy of The Jacket: Volume 1
    • 1.75" Buttons - Set of Three
    • Bookplate Drawing
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    The Director

    The Director always gets what his agents get, but his status in the government commands more.

    You'll get a set of three 5"x7" Chapter Cover prints. Plus, you know, what the agents get.

    Includes:
    • Your Name in the "Thank You" section
    • PDF - The Jacket: Volume 1
    • Kickstarter Digital Wallpaper
    • PDF - Chapter 1 Script
    • Spotify Playlist Link
    • Signed, Print Copy of The Jacket: Volume 1
    • 1.75" Buttons - Set of Three
    • Bookplate Drawing
    • 5"x7" Chapter Cover Prints - Set of Three
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    Retailer Tier

    This tier is for US RETAILERS ONLY. Comes with 5 signed books, with random characters from The Jacket drawn in the bookplate. Shipping is covered. If you'd like 1.75" button packs (set of 3), just add $5 per pack.

    Includes:
    • RETAILERS ONLY - 5 Signed/ Sketched Books
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    The President

    While most other people like to be behind the scenes, the President loves to be on screen. In fact, he lives for it.

    Live like the President, and get some screen time with the creators, Jason Biamonte and Randy Haldeman. We'll give you up to an hour to talk with us about anything you want. We can talk about The Jacket, coach you with your novel or comic, give you pointers of what to eat for dinner (hint: chicken fingers), or anything in between. We can talk via Skype, FaceTime, or Google Hangouts. We will also indicate your name as presidential status in the "Thank You" section of the book. Plus, get everything else!

    Includes:
    • Your Name in the "Thank You" section
    • PDF - The Jacket: Volume 1
    • Kickstarter Digital Wallpaper
    • PDF - Chapter 1 Script
    • Spotify Playlist Link
    • Signed, Print Copy of The Jacket: Volume 1
    • 1.75" Buttons - Set of Three
    • Bookplate Drawing
    • 5"x7" Chapter Cover Prints - Set of Three
    • Video Call with Jason and Randy
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Lamster (EARLY BIRD SPECIAL)

    You've found your item. You feel a surge of energy throughout your body that makes you feel...super.

    You tell us what your item and your powers are. We'll also need a high quality image of you, that Randy will then turn into a Lamster right out of the world of The Jacket. You'll get the original art included in your package containing everything else.

    *Does not include the video call*

    Includes:
    • Your Name in the "Thank You" section
    • PDF - The Jacket: Volume 1
    • Kickstarter Digital Wallpaper
    • PDF - Chapter 1 Script
    • Spotify Playlist Link
    • Signed, Print Copy of The Jacket: Volume 1
    • 1.75" Buttons - Set of Three
    • Bookplate Drawing
    • 5"x7" Chapter Cover Prints - Set of Three
    • Original Lamster Drawing
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Lamster

    You've found your item. You feel a surge of energy throughout your body that makes you feel...super.

    You tell us what your item and your powers are. We'll also need a high quality image of you, that Randy will then turn into a Lamster right out of the world of The Jacket. You'll get the original art included in your package containing everything else.

    *Does not include the video call*

    Includes:
    • Your Name in the "Thank You" section
    • PDF - The Jacket: Volume 1
    • Kickstarter Digital Wallpaper
    • PDF - Chapter 1 Script
    • Spotify Playlist Link
    • Signed, Print Copy of The Jacket: Volume 1
    • Bookplate Drawing
    • 1.75" Buttons - Set of Three
    • 5"x7" Chapter Cover Prints - Set of Three
    • Original Lamster Drawing
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    The Man Who Sold the World

    Everything. You will literally get all of the rewards (including the video call). Your name will be prominently placed as the "Man/Woman Who Sold the World" in the "Thank you" section of the book. We'll also give you access to a special Webcomic folder that you can view the pages before they are posted. Sometimes that's weeks, days, or minutes before they go live. You'll also get every single comic (including side stories) we'll make for The Jacket, in PDF format, delivered to your inbox the moment they are finished.

    We're talking about 400 pages of finished comics delivered to you without ever lifting another finger.

    (Free US Shipping and discounted International Shipping on this reward only!)

    Includes:
    • Your Name in the "Thank You" section
    • PDF - The Jacket: Volume 1
    • Kickstarter Digital Wallpaper
    • PDF - Chapter 1 Script
    • Spotify Playlist Link
    • Signed, Print Copy of The Jacket: Volume 1
    • Bookplate Drawing
    • 1.75" Buttons - Set of Three
    • 5"x7" Chapter Cover Prints - Set of Three
    • Video Call with Jason and Randy
    • Original Lamster Drawing
    • Lamster Webcomic Death
    • Webcomic Folder Access
    • Every PDF, Ever
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)