Master Jeffrey is the totally made-up true story of my late brother-in-law, Jeffrey. When I first thought about doing a graphic novel about his life, I realized that it would inspire a lot of people, but Jeffrey would hate it because he never asked for pity (just an extra scoop of ice cream now and then.)
So I decided to make him a hero, smart and saving the world on a regular basis. Master Jeffrey is now a 120 page web comic, which I wrote for release one page at a time, three days a week. Because I was writing a true novel, it is also intended as a book, and the reading experience is amplified when you can go through the story in book form.
I'm proud of the piece, and I want everyone in the world to learn a little about Jeffrey through the story. To use Kickstarter terminology I have already met my initial goal, because the story is already drawn, but the success of this fundraiser will allow me to write more stories as well as create a book that will serve in part as his legacy.
I am using local printing, so the cost is a little higher, but the quality will be first rate. The printed version will include improved art, plus additional stories and artwork, including the original Magic Bullet strips. Please consider a contribution to this project - if for no other reason, the fun story I've told, but also for a chance to create a legacy for a good little guy whom I loved a lot.
Here are the sketches for the set! All will be in full color with standard backs, ready to mail!
I had to stop working on this sketch because I kept adding details, and I want to save more for the final inks. I'm looking forward to this one!
The original line art is now a reward! I used a process where I scanned in sketches, converted them to non-photo blue, printed them on Bristol and inked the line art. All pages are available right now!
Just added - the fantabulous Master Jeffrey T!
Risks and challenges
The story is already written and drawn, but I plan on cleaning up the art a little, especially in places where "the dreaded deadline doom" (for all you older Marvel-ites) forced me to put up a page drawn at two in the morning. The only thing I worry about is that once I get started, I'll start tweaking forever, but my wife has promised to remind when it's time to stop and get the files to the printer (she's a big shot Art Director, so she's also going to get her hands on the final book design - pray for me.)
Other than that, I am using a local, disabled veteran-owned printer, so I don't anticipate any problems beyond the "doing this for the first time" learning curve.
I will be including the Magic Bullet one-page Master Jeffrey stories, as well as sketches and details about the book. If I get enough backers, I'll create an original story that will nly appear in this book.
I followed Kickstarter guidelines in coming up with my target goal. If successfully funded, this will pay for printing and production of all the rewards. Any books and materials not rewarded will be given away or sold to raise funds for site rental and materials for producing the story.
The "shirt off my back" special. A previously only available at shows or from the trunk of my car Master Jeffrey T-shirt! EXTRA SPECIAL - All contributors at the $100 level or more automatically get a T-Shirt! Below $100, add $25 to include a T-shirt in your reward!
The "It's all about the doodle" Special - gratitude, the secret handshake, a signed softcover print edition of the FIRST Master Jeffrey story, "When Hadrons Collide" with a sketch of Master Jeffrey expounding one of his universal truths inside.
The "I like stuff but books take up too much room" special... the gratitude, the secret handshake, the limited edition button, postcards and limited edition print, plus a PDF of the FIRST Master Jeffrey story, "When Hadrons Collide"
The "Whole Magilla" special - the gratitude, the secret handshake, the limited edition button, postcards and limited edition print, plus a signed softcover print edition of the FIRST Master Jeffrey story, "When Hadrons Collide" with a sketch of Master Jeffrey expounding one of his universal truths inside.
The "ooo I love that page!" Special - A signed print edition of the FIRST Master Jeffrey story, "When Hadrons Collide", and the original art from a page of the book of your choice (subject to availability.) Signed and dedicated, these will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.
The "I'm Ready for my Close-up" Special. The signed, sketched book AND you appear as a character in the next story. Several people will die a gruesome death - if you want, it could be you! Or you could just be eating ice cream. Your choice, but first come, first severed, er, served.
The "Iron City" Special - I come to Pittsburgh or nearby, upon a mutually agreed day and time, and present you with a signed softcover print edition of the FIRST Master Jeffrey story, "When Hadrons Collide", sketch inside the book for you, bring a pizza from Jeffrey's favorite pie shop, and discuss the project with you and some friends.
The "Deus Ex Machina" Special - You get 500 copies of the book, all signed, 50 with original sketches in them, your choice of original art from the story, 50 buttons, fifty postcard sets, 50 signed and numbered prints, the secret handshake, a pizza dinner,caricatures (black and white) of you and fifty of your friends, and your name tattooed on my body in a secret location. Shipping extra.