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Jail Bait & Trailer Trash is a collection of heartfelt literary short stories illustrated by 3 talented sequential artists.
Jail Bait & Trailer Trash is now available on Comixology!
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Hi, my name is Justin, and over the past 16 years, I’ve been writing, co-writing and, creating comics and graphic novels for some of the largest publishing companies in the world. I also backed over 90 Kickstarter campaigns, and to date, I have been a part of 9 successful campaigns. 

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I’m back on Kickstarter looking to fund my latest project - a MATURE READERS collection of short stories called JAIL BAIT & TRAILER TRASH - a 64-page paperback graphic novel featuring sequential art from three diverse and talented artists.

In addition to writing the stories, I also lettered two and colored two of them under the pseudonym, Benny Lava. With the help of my pal, Bill Tortolini, I did the majority of the design work including the cover and chapter breaks. 

Despite the provocative title, Jail Bait & Trailer Trash was inspired by some of my literary and film idols including Barry Gifford and David Lynch as well as the short fiction of Raymond Carver and John Cheever. If you're familiar with the SEX AND VIOLENCE Kickstarters that Jimmy Palmiotti and I produced, then you'll probably enjoy JB & TT because it is the natural progression of the stories I wrote in those books.

These are engaging tales about people facing moral dilemmas, adversity, confronting prejudice, falling in love and struggling with the inevitable change that comes with age. 

There is some graphic violence, nudity, and coarse language, but all those things exist in service of the stories I tell rather than for shock value. Sometimes surreal and darkly funny, JAIL BAIT & TRAILER TRASH is undeniably my most personal sequential work to date and I'm extremely proud of the artists that have helped me craft these stories.

SUBURBAN INFIDELS is a darkly humorous tale of a middle-aged son taking custody of his estranged mother's remains and coming to grips with her mental illness and the darkness of their shared past.

In AN OBSCURE AND VANISHING TRIBE, a racist & misogynistic alcoholic named Ben tries to play cupid to a Korean American bartender in love with his African American co-worker.

The titular story, JAIL BAIT & TRAILER TRASH is a high octane teenage lesbian, spaghetti western set in the modern world.

I want to be personally invested in the kinds of stories I tell, and I want readers to feel the same. Also, I wanted to do as much of the production work as possible - including things I'd personally never done before, like color 40-pages of art in Photoshop using a mouse.

Not the actual mouse.
Not the actual mouse.

Sequential art is a collaborative art, and I've always believed you get the best product when you pair the right people with the right project. That's why I wanted to work with a diverse group of individuals who have different styles of art suited to the stories in the book as a whole; the JB&TT Kickstarter features artists from Canada, Mexico, the Phillippines, Italy, Spain and South America.

This collection started with COCO and ROSIE, two characters that drove 100MPH out of the toxic fog of moral outrage that blankets most of modern America. They came at me with very distinct voices and a ton of attitude. They screamed at me in Pulp novel cover blurbs like WILD, SAVAGE, AND LUSTY! THE STORY OF TWILIGHT LOVE ON A KILL CRAZY RAMPAGE!

The only place I can bring this project to life the way I envision it is with your help through the Kickstarter platform. 

Artist Jhomar Soriano is shy so he gave me this picture to use.
Artist Jhomar Soriano is shy so he gave me this picture to use.

 

Jail Bait & Trailer Trash Lettering by Challenging Studios
Jail Bait & Trailer Trash Lettering by Challenging Studios

 

Art by Jhomar Soriano colors by Benny Lava
Art by Jhomar Soriano colors by Benny Lava

 

Art by Jhomar Soriano colors by Benny Lava.
Art by Jhomar Soriano colors by Benny Lava.

 

Artist David Brame
Artist David Brame

 

Art by David Brame for An Obscure and Vanishing Tribe colors by Benny Lava
Art by David Brame for An Obscure and Vanishing Tribe colors by Benny Lava

 

Art by David Brame for An Obscure and Vanishing Tribe colors by Benny Lava
Art by David Brame for An Obscure and Vanishing Tribe colors by Benny Lava

 

Artist Paul Tucker
Artist Paul Tucker

 

Art and colors by Paul Tucker
Art and colors by Paul Tucker

 

Art and colors by Paul Tucker
Art and colors by Paul Tucker

REWARDS!!

I thought it might be interesting to package my scripts as a high quality square-bound paperback so that's what I did. 

Jail Bait & Trailer Trash companion book Art by James Broxton
Jail Bait & Trailer Trash companion book Art by James Broxton

Here we have a 6 X 9 paperback collection of my scripts from not only the core three stories in Jail Bait and Trailer Trash, but also my stories from Sex & Violence volumes 1 & 2! It also includes art and behind the scenes production images.

The COCO & ROSIE Mini-Poster illustrated by MELISSA BALLESTEROS!

 The Pier Brito Mini-Poster

Pinup by Pier Brito
Pinup by Pier Brito

 

 The Amanda Connor

print SETS only 4 available!

 

 

 

Jhomar Soriano Art
Jhomar Soriano Art

 

Risks and challenges

This book and these stories have been a year of my life. Behind the scenes, I've been the writer and production manager. I've been a colorist, letterer, and designer. This has been a passion project, a learning experience and a whole lot of work and personal investment. It has also been an opportunity to collaborate with some amazing artists.

I have done everything in my power to keep the cost of this Kickstarter to a manageable number while maintaining a high level of quality in the final product. I also wanted to give incentives that enriched the experience by adding fresh content instead of merchandise. There are 54 pages of story with three distinct tales, but the book will be closer to 86 pages if we unlock the stretch goals.

The money I'm hoping to raise is to pay these wonderful artists and all of the production professionals helping to make this project a reality. The remainder is to manage editing, print production, shipping costs, ISBN costs where they exist and any of those unexpected surprises that crop up in any given Kickstarter.

When it is all said and done, this will be the culmination of a year's worth of work, time, and personal investment, so yes, lots of risk and reward going on here but it has been worth every moment - even the sleepless ones.

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    THE DIGITAL EXPERIENCE

    THE DIGITAL BOOK: For this pledge amount, you get a digital download version of the Kickstarter edition of JAIL BAIT AND TRAILER TRASH, and the team's undying love and gratitude for backing the project.

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    BEHIND THE SCENES DIGITAL

    WRITERS SPECIAL: For this amount, you get the digital download version of JAIL BAIT AND TRAILER TRASH.

    You ALSO get a DIGITAL COPY of the Jail Bait and Trailer Trash 250 PAGE DIGITAL SCRIPT COMPANION BOOK - collecting three scripts from this OGN and the two scripts I wrote for both volumes of Sex and Violence. It gives you a look at the process of making written words into sequential art.

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    THE SEX AND VIOLENCE BUNDLE

    You get an UNSIGNED SOFTCOVER copy of JAIL BAIT AND TRAILER TRASH square bound graphic novel.

    You also get paperback copies of both Sex and Violence Volumes One and Two taken from my personal reserves. They will be mailed separately from JB&TT and the prints.

    You get all 3 COCO AND ROSIE mini-posters illustrated by artists MELISSA BALLESTEROS, ANDREA MUTTI & PIER BRITO!

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    LIMITED EDITION TEE SHIRT COMBO

    You get an signed SOFTCOVER copy of JAIL BAIT AND TRAILER TRASH square bound graphic novel.

    A beautiful Kickstarter exclusive Pier Brito pinup T-Shirt. Pier was kind enough to allow me to do a small run of shirts with his design. The shirts will ship separately and may or may not arrive in advance of the book. There will only be 10 of these combed ringspun cotton tee shirts made available! So you'll be special!

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    EXTREMELY LIMITED 6 PRINT COMBO PACK

    There are ONLY 4 of these! You get an unsigned SOFTCOVER copy of JAIL BAIT AND TRAILER TRASH square bound graphic novel.

    In addition, you also get all 3 mini-posters by artists Andrea Mutti, Pier Brito & Melissa Ballesteros.

    You ALSO get paperback copies of Sex & Violence volumes 1 and 2 PLUS 3 full-color prints by Amanda Conner and 1 full-color print by Jimmy Broxton FOR ADULTS ONLY.

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    MYSTERY COMIC BOX!

    If you like comics and surprises then this one is for you. In addition to the unsigned Softcover copy of Jail Bait & Trailer Trash, I'll be going into the basement vault and gathering up random goodies from over ten years of DC Comp boxes and more! Hardcovers, softcovers, floppies and a surprise or two will be packed up and shipped to you from me with love!

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    THE FIRESIDE CHAT

    Okay, not really a fire thing, more like a video conference. You get 1/2 hour of face to face time with me, Justin Gray, on Google Hangout to discuss your art, writing or just chat about whatever you like. Pick my brains about publishing, scriptwriting, Kickstarters, Self-publishing, Video games and more of the stuff I've been doing for 16 years! With this pledge level, you get the signed Jail Bait & Trailer Trash paperback and the script companion paperback book! Both will ship separately.

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