Hey. I'm jason. I'm a rapper.
I grew up reading Wizard Magazine. Running to my local comic book store (Captain Blue Hen Comics) to flip through Detective Comics and Spawn back issues. Groaning at the Spider-Clone saga and collecting variant covers. They weren't just pictures on paper: these were our role models. Our heroes. Our legends.
As I get older, real-life issues have overshadowed my dreams of heroes and villains: ISIS. Ebola. Ferguson. The job market. Divorce. Cancer.
But even - especially - in this complicated grown-up world, part of me still clings to the childish notion that we need heroes. That their stories of justice, truth, and bringing hope to the powerless... might actually be true.
My creative team and I have been working on a new project code-named MARVELS. It's a music video about the heroes who taught us how to dream.
MARVELS is a video inspired by floppies and trade paperbacks. Age of Apocalypse, Fables, and Kingdom Come (Alex Ross, not Jay-Z). Incredible Hulk #181 and the Bone Complete Collected Epic.
It's a love letter to every unsettled "Superman vs. Batman?" argument, small town comic-con, and the bagged and boarded collection still sitting in long boxes in my mom's basement.
MARVELS is a story about a kid who looks up to superheroes, but grows disillusioned. It's about real supervillains: Cancer. Addiction. Broken relationships. It's about a young man who learns how to dream again.
MARVELS is not MY story, but OURS: the kids who read, watched, and gamed because we knew, hidden beneath our awkward youth, we were secretly already heroes. The kids who, like the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Aang, felt trapped in a society confused and scared of what it didn't understand.
Through the Kickstarter campaign & afterward, we'll be posting storyboards, location scouting photos, and video updates in this space - stay tuned!
Together, The Team has decades of experience using music and film to tell stories. But it's dangerous to go alone! - we need and want the fan community involved. Throughout this project, we are committed to representing the diversity of comic book fandom.
Whether on camera with your comic collection, cosplay, and other gear (Interested? Email jasonchumusic(at)gmail.com), or helping to support and share this Kickstarter, YOU the awesome and eclectic fans and fandoms are the ones keeping our modern myths alive.
Connect with The Team online:
- jason chu (Website | Bandcamp | YouTube | Facebook | IG | Twitter)
- ElyonBeats (Bandcamp | YouTube | Facebook | IG | Twitter)
- Claudeo (Website | YouTube | Facebook | IG)
- Jason Poon (Vimeo | IMDB)
- Jason Hampton (Website | IMDB | Facebook)
- Sarah Jake (Website | Facebook)
STRETCH GOAL UPDATE: EVERY pledge level with a physical reward now ALSO includes two full-color "Some day soon..." stickers AND one of six illustrated trading cards (randomly chosen) featuring a member of The Team!
I loved arriving home from the comic store with a brown paper bag heavy with new issues (still do). They may not be $1.99 for 32 pages plus polybagged inserts, but these special-edition variant-cover Kickstarter-only rewards just might make every day feel like it's Free Comic Book Day.
(Listed prices include FREE domestic shipping within the US and 10% Kickstarter & Amazon fees)
- $1 - BOY WONDER - I'll email you an individually-personalized thank-you picture PLUS a high-quality download of MARVELS (320 kbps MP3) when it is released!
- $5 - EMERALD LIGHT CORPS - You get a high-quality (320 kbps MP3) download of my upcoming Some day soon... EP with high-resolution artwork PLUS "BOY WONDER" tier rewards!
- $20 - GALACTIC GUARDIAN - I'll mail you (1) an autographed physical copy of the Some day soon... EP with (2) a Kickstarter-exclusive artwork card, PLUS digital downloads of (3) ElyonBeats' Mindless Beats album AND (4-6) the EMERALD LIGHT CORPS rewards!
- $30 - DEVILISH DARING - Lossless/High-Quality (FLAC, ALAC, AAC, Ogg Vorbis) digital downloads of my entire discography (The Uncool, Much Love, MILLENNIAL, Some day soon...) with high-res artwork PLUS ElyonBeats' album AND "BOY WONDER" tier rewards!
- $45 - THE DARK NIGHT - I'll mail you a USB filled with music (from me + others), comic book surprises (??), and a personalized letter (hand-written & scanned .pdf). Maybe I'll ramble; maybe I'll tell a story. Maybe even a secret. PLUS "EMERALD LIGHT CORPS" rewards AND ElyonBeats' album!
- $50 - CLARK - We'll chat over email, then I'll mail you a comic book chosen for you from my collection (either bagged & boarded OR signed with notes for you throughout)! PLUS receive the 6 "GALACTIC GUARDIANS" rewards!
- $75 - PROFESSOR - I'll choose a Superhero toy or action figure from my collection to ship to you PLUS the "CLARK" tier rewards (personally chosen comic book, autographed EP, art card, etc.)
- $100 - TRUE BELIEVER - You'll be shipped (1-4) autographed physical copies & high-quality (320 kbps MP3, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, or Ogg Vorbis) digital downloads of my entire discography (including out-of-print The Uncool, Much Love, MILLENNIAL, and Some Day Soon...) PLUS (5) a behind-the-scenes photograph taken on-set during the filming of the MARVELS video AND (6) we'll throw in stickers, wristbands, or some other stuff! AND ALSO "DEVILISH DARING" tier rewards.
- $150 - CEREBRAL - For an hour, ElyonBeats and/or I will video chat with you about anything you want: production/music/writing advice, hip-hop culture, comic books, anime, superheroes, or any other mutually agreed-upon topic. PLUS all 6 "GALACTIC GUARDIAN" tier rewards!
- $200 - SUPER - I will record, burn, and ship you a ONE-OF-A-KIND version of the "Some Day Soon..." EP with a PERSONALIZED interlude (20-40 seconds) talking or rapping about a topic you choose, over a brand new ElyonBeats instrumental! AND send you an mp3 for your ringtone or answering machine! PLUS all the "GALACTIC GUARDIAN" tier rewards.
- $350 - ALFRED - Come grab dinner (my treat!) with me and either (a) director Jason Poon, (b) video producer Jason Hampton, OR (c) engineer Chris Changchien @ our favorite spot in the LA area. We can talk art and nerd culture, hear your song or video pitch, whatever you like! PLUS all 6 "GALACTIC GUARDIAN" tier rewards!
- $450 - JARVIS - I'll mail you one of the trusty Shure SM58 microphones we used in-studio to record reference vocals for my Some day soon... or MARVELS projects! PLUS "THE DARK NIGHT" AND "CLARK" tier rewards!
- $700 - WONDER - I'll write and record a PERSONAL THEME SONG about you, your favorite superhero, or any topic we agree on. You'll get a high-quality mix and tracks stems of the recording that you can remix or use for whatever you want. PLUS "GALACTIC GUARDIAN" tier rewards (Autographed album, KS-exclusive art card, digital download, ElyonBeats download, single download, etc.)
- $1000 - TONY - I have a "LV" duffel bag bought in China years ago... I'll fill it with 4-8 comic books, 3-6 action figures, and other comic book and music stuff, and ship it to you. INCLUDED INSIDE will be "TRUE BELIEVER" and "PROFESSOR" tier rewards (full autographed physical discography, Superhero toy, specially-chosen comic, autographed album, KS-exclusive art card, downloads, etc.)
- $1500 - ASSEMBLE! - MAKE A MUSIC VIDEO WITH THE TEAM! ElyonBeats, Claudeo, and I will write and record a song with (or for) you. THEN, work with my videographer and me to create a concept and film a simple music video! This includes GALACTIC GUARDIAN rewards (autographed album, KS-exclusive art card, digital downloads, etc.)
- $2500 - D'POOL - Another member of my music team and I will fly to your town (within the continental US), hang out with you, and do a 30-40 minute performance at your event, school, backyard, etc. Includes practically everything (full autographed discography, lossless digital downloads, ElyonBeats' discography, comic books, action figures, etc.) (If you are interested in this tier, please email management(at)jasonchumusic.com before pledging!)
GOAL ACHIEVED! $3500 - Stay on target - Every backer receiving a physical reward will also be mailed two full-color "Some day soon..." stickers!
GOAL ACHIEVED! $4000 - Wouldn't trade it - Every physical order will also receive a random trading card featuring an illustration of one of The Team members!
CURRENT STRETCH TARGET: $4500 - DC - Every physical order will receive FOUR stickers and TWO trading cards. I'll also record a MARVELS remix for Kickstarter backers to stream and download, featuring a remixed beat and different rhymes than the single!
$5000 - holo-variant embossed retailer-specific chase-cover - All copies of Some day soon... ordered through Kickstarter will be upgraded to a special variant artist cover ONLY available through Kickstarter, featuring different comic-inspired cover art from the regular retail version!
- $6000 - The Elite - $20 and higher backers will receive a free digital download of the ...we will be Heroes EP (featuring MARVELS) when it releases at the end of the Winter!
Last but NOT least: Our deepest thanks to men and women like Neil Gaiman, Louise and Walt Simonson, Chris Claremont, Len Wein, John Byrne, Alex Ross, Mark Waid, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Bob Kane, and so many more - for telling us our stories.
Risks and challenges
Most of the video budget will come out of revenue from jason's touring and merchandise. This Kickstarter will help pay for additional resources (actors, vfx, postproduction) to increase the production quality of the video. There is no danger of a budget shortfall.
The MARVELS song is in postproduction, being mixed by Chris. At the same time, Jason Poon, Jason Hampton, and jason chu are starting preproduction on the music video. We are aiming for a month and a half of location scouting, camera/animation tests, casting, and other prep work before shooting in early December. After this, postproduction will take 1-2 months, and we will premiere the video in February 2015. All creatives involved are full-time working creative professionals and regularly deliver under time constraints.
The jason chu Music team is used to taking and fulfilling webstore orders, and will have no problem ramping up production and shipping to meet Kickstarter demand.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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