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The Blaxploitation webcomic, WORLD OF HURT, needs your help to go from the web to your bookshelf as a hardcover graphic novel.

Hello! What you've just seen above is the promotional video for my online comic strip, WORLD OF HURT.  Right now, it exists solely as a webcomic, but with your help, hopefully I can realize my goal of publishing it as a hardcover graphic novel.  First, let me tell you a little bit about WORLD OF HURT.

WORLD OF HURT is a serial, B&W, adventure webcomic set in the early 1970s. WORLD OF HURT attempts to combine the format and storytelling traditions of classic newspaper strips like Peter O’Donnell’s Modesty Blaise and Alex Raymond’s Rip Kirby with the visceral energy and iconography of the Black action movies of the 1970s, such as Shaft, Trouble Man, and Super Fly. Although some of the more lurid and over-the-top aspects of the Blaxploitation film movement certainly lend themselves to satire or humor, the intent of WORLD OF HURT is to use the time period and setting as a departure point for dramatic, urban crime stories in the vein of some of the best Black action films of the 1970s. 

WORLD OF HURT follows the exploits of ISAIAH “PASTOR” HURT, a tough, mysterious, stylish, and streetwise “fixer.” He can handle any problem you’ve got…if you’re willing to pay the price. Pastor never asks for money, but as payment for his services, he demands two favors to be named later, each to be carried out at a time, place, and manner of his choosing: no questions asked.

The first storyline, entitled “The Thrill-Seekers” finds Pastor in the middle of a search for a missing college student named Alicia Patterson. When Pastor's missing person case turns into a murder investigation, his relentless quest for justice takes him from the city's ghetto to a secret club of powerful, high society hedonists.

This Kickstarter project was started out of my desire to raise the funds to self-publish a graphic novel which collects the The Thrill-Seekers storyline.  The graphic novel will also feature bonus material, such as production sketches, layouts and an introduction by author and filmmaker, David Walker of BadAzzMofo.com.  The graphic novel will be an 88-page hardcover book with a landscape format of 13" X 6.5" to match the original dimensions of the comic strip. Although the interiors will be black & white, the cover will be in full color. Part of the Kickstarter funds will also be used to pay for an artist to paint over my cover pencils to recreate the classic, pulp feel of a Blaxploitation movie poster.

Here's what people are saying about WORLD OF HURT (For more, please visit the "Word On The Streets" page on my site):

  • "WORLD OF HURT... is kind of fun. It’s serialised newspaper-strip style, in black and white, in a classical art style of the form. It looks like blaxploitation, but it’s not homage so much as an attempt to find a pure tone in the subgenre. Jay Potts is doing strong early work, and I see much potential.” - Warren Ellis
  • WORLD OF HURT creates a full realized world filled with characters that had lives before the first panel ever went on display and that’s just what a reader wants. [Pastor] especially fills every panel with his presence, being both larger than life and down-home all at the same time. And that’s his power both inside and outside the strip.” -Vince Moore , ComicsWaitingRoom.com
  • “Blaxploitation taken seriously. That’s what you find at WORLD OF HURT. For a long time, stories paying homage to such blaxploitation films such as SUPER FLY, SHAFT, and FOXY BROWN are often written as spoofs. In WORLD OF HURT, the danger is real and the tone is straight. Sure, the story is set firmly in the blaxploitation era, but it’s not played for laughs, and that’s an angle I can get behind...The fashions are right out of that glorious era, as are the gritty streets. Writer/artist Jay Potts does a great job of capturing the gritty feel of the streets and the people who live in them. The black and white panels really give off an authentic vibe, one that will guarantee I’ll be revisiting this site on occasion to catch up on this very cool premise and story. Not since those early LUKE CAGE: HERO FOR HIRE issues has comics come this close to treating blaxploitation era material with this much respect.” - AintItCool.com

Thank you very much for your time and attention and for helping make my dream a reality.

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