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$375 to go--Roboy-Riffic!! This project will cover production costs of $6500 for release of a GNcollection with Buzzboy,Roboy, andLeon!
$375 to go--Roboy-Riffic!! This project will cover production costs of $6500 for release of a GNcollection with Buzzboy,Roboy, andLeon!
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JN Studios Spring Update

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Hello Backers!

This is Jamar's studio assistant, Sandra, here with a new post to the kickstarter! I hope you've all been well.

It's been a long while since our last post here as well as Leon's debut at Baltimore Comic Con last Fall, so we thought it'd be nice to give you guys an update on the fun things that's happened since then.

THE END OF 2017

Following Leon's big debut, we here at Jamar Nicholas Studios had a lot of hustle and bustle of handling book orders as well as appearances and interviews!  We rounded off the end of the year with Leon's first author signing event at Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, a fun but topical podcast appearance with Graphic Novelism, and some good news from Artblog where Jamar & Leon were announced among the "Author! Author! BEST Books by Philadelphians" for the 2017 Liberta Awards.

Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse Author Event
Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse Author Event

You can listen to the podcast with Graphic Novelism here: http://www.graphicnovelism.com/2017/11/24-hey-kidscomics-ft-jamar-nicholas.html

The 2017 Liberta Awards: https://www.theartblog.org/2017/12/the-2017-liberta-awards/

Jamar also did an AMA Event, where you could send him questions online about anything. Obviously you can't send anything in now, as the event is already over, but if you're interested you can check out the questions that were asked and his answers here: https://artistama.amafeed.com/20-year-cartooningcomic-veteran-jamar-nicholas-hosts-artistama-a-career-470558?partner=2242

2018 TO NOW

With 2018 rolling in right after, you've probably heard some of the splashes that Jamar and Leon have made this far into the year. With not only appearances made at this year's Cons, Jamar had collaborated appearance events with not only Oak Lane Library (which he will be returning to for another event on June 27th!), but also Comcast and Xfinity stores across 4 cities in 4 different states in honor of Black History Month (although because of timing, he ended up touring through the months of March and April).

Oak Lane Library Author Event
Oak Lane Library Author Event
 
Some really cool Leon themed Goodies provided by Comcast/Xfinity
Some really cool Leon themed Goodies provided by Comcast/Xfinity
 

Last but not least, we're still so proud to say that Leon: Protector of the Playground won the 2018 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity a few months back in February. And most recently, Jamar was announced as the winner of the Best Writer Category for the 2018 Glyph Awards, which he hosted May 18th.

Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity: http://www.comicsbeat.com/leon-protector-of-the-playground-wins-2018-dwayne-mcduffie-award-for-diversity/

ECBACC'S 2018 Glyph Awards: https://ecbacc.com/2018-glyph-comics-awards-winners/

And we're hoping to keep it going strong! Jamar and Leon will be trying for the 2018 Ringo Awards!

Voting surveys for the Ringo Awards are currently open to the public for nominations, but will be closing soon at the end of this month (May 30th).

So if you can, please consider casting your vote to Leon: Protector of the Playground (both heroes and villains) for the 2018 Ringo Awards!

You can find the Ringo Awards Survey and cast your vote here: http://ringoawards.com

That's about it for all the fun things that have happened and are currently happening with JN Studios. If you've reached the bottom of this update, thank you for sticking around and reading!

And of course, thank you again so much to those of you who have been patient, understanding, and supportive to not only Leon: Protector of the Playground, but to Jamar as well. It means a lot to us to see how enthusiastic the audience is to receiving Leon, and knowing that we've got people out here who are not only proudly supporting Leon, but also making it into a conversation.

Remember! If you guys have any questions or problems, or would like to get in touch with Jamar, please send me an email at Sandra@Jamarnicholas.com

We don't check comments on this kickstarter as frequently anymore since it's all wrapped up now, so if you post a comment instead of sending me an email, we won't see it!

Thanks again. And we hope you stick around to see Jamar and Leon's next big adventure!
- Sandra

JAMAR NICHOLAS STUDIOS // COMIC BOOK DINER

LEON: PROTECTOR OF THE PLAYGROUND HARDCOVERS ARE OUT THE DOOR!

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Hey Hey, Kickstarter backers!

Jamar here with the last update concerning the COMIC BOOK DINER campaign... that has to do with where books are. That must mean... we did it! 

Hardbacks are in... and out! Our work is done here.
Hardbacks are in... and out! Our work is done here.

I'm happy and relieved to report that the hardcovers have come in, and they are out the door! As of this weekend, all orders have been shipped, or if there's a special case, I'm aware of it and the team here at Jamar Nicholas Studios is making arrangements. 

One note: The hardcovers that we have are what are sometimes referred to as 'library and/or turtleback binding' and are the recreation of the softcover in a hardback format. The ROBOY RED and BUZZBOY books were made with dustjackets, and even though those are cool, John and I decided this is a sturdier and more permanent look for LEON. If there's enough interest in dustjackets, let us know and that can be something we can talk about for the future.

Like with the softcovers, I have tracking on all US orders but didn't have emails in my shipping manifest so if you want a tracking number, contact Sandra and we'll kick that info over to you. I have a feeling US people should be getting parcels on their doorsteps in the next day or so.

In other news, I have had some parcels return to the studio due to insufficient mailing addresses. I had asked repeatedly to send us your updated information, so I'm a bit unsure how to proceed with that. Sandra has reached out to some of you with address drama to see what we can do to get your book/s in your hands, but after that, there's not much else I can do if you don't tell me how to locate you.

SO, NOW WHAT?

It was a long, arduous road filled with lots of potholes and sinking hearts, but I appreciate those of you who stuck it out, as I knew I'd never give this up. Since day one, I was committed to Leon, and as some of you know, he existed before the kickstarter, so he'll also survive past this as well. 

LEON (as well as the other two books in the CBD line) are out in the world, and you'll probably see this book on Amazon or in bookstores soon, and cross your fingers, but maybe OTHER places soon as well... but your initial support, and the push the last year or so to see this through has helped breathe life into this universe, for that, I can't thank you enough.

I'm so happy with how LEON has been received in the world, and this little guy to me and to possibly, you as well, more than some other creations out in the world has value--I've already heard from families who have shared him with their kids, or read this book to their little ones. There's a good heart and a message there, so pass it on, give it away, tell your librarians, teachers and anyone looking for something different to check it out. That's the most important thing to me, and the whole reason COMIC BOOK DINER and KIDS LOVE COMICS exists--to share the joy of comics with young people.

LEON Cosplay at Baltimore Comic Con! No greater feeling than this...
LEON Cosplay at Baltimore Comic Con! No greater feeling than this...

 

DMC from RUN-DMC is a fan of LEON! Mind BLOWN!
DMC from RUN-DMC is a fan of LEON! Mind BLOWN!

It's my hope to, between myself, John and Rich, to throw updates on here periodically about new COMIC BOOK DINER business, but I encourage you all to follow us on social media.

And as usual, if you need to reach out, hit up my assistant Sandra at sandra@jamarnicholas.com.

Hearts,

Jamar/Comic Book Diner

Hey Leon, we made it!
Hey Leon, we made it!

 

LEON: PROTECTOR OF THE PLAYGROUND SOFTCOVERS ARE AWAY!

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LEON: PROTECTOR OF THE PLAYGROUND SOFTCOVERS ARE SIGNED AND SEALED!

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LEON: PROTECTOR OF THE PLAYGROUND SOFTCOVERS ARE IN!

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