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Mega Ran's next project is a doozy: a 3-part album, a comic book series and even a video game experience!

UPDATE: $15,000 gets us:--- 

  • TWO high quality videos and an advanced radio promo campaign
  • 80+ Page graphic novel version later this year
  • iOS and Android touch screen version of the game

$20,000 gets us

  • A NEW, all original album based on whatever video game you like! I'll let YOU, the backers, vote on the game. Mario? Zelda, Sonic? Halo? Pac Man??
  • Hard copies of the video game soundtrack

$25,000??? impossible? Maybe. But if we make it:

  • A 3-Disc Special Edition version of the album and DVD of the game, in a replica Playstation-Style game box!
  • or VINYL!

Many of you may know that I've been working on an album called "Language Arts" for quite some time..3 years to be exact! This album has undergone some HUGE changes and now will be a threefold project: 3 separate EPs (releasing May, August and November 2012), a COMIC BOOK and web series by the awesome folks at J1 Studios, and now even my very own VIDEO GAME with help from Lunar Giant Studios.  The game will be FREE for all!

The new goal amount we earn will be used to fund the mixing and mastering and packaging of the album, the production, art and duplication of the comic, and the production of the game, a professional video shoot, a special touchscreen ANDROID/iOS app store version (also free), and an 88 PAGE GRAPHIC NOVEL

Beating our goal means BETTER PRODUCT! glossier comics, smoother graphics, fancier videos, better cd packaging....you name it! We goin' big on this one.

Mega Ran in Language Arts is a story-driven album loosely based on my own life, showing the many struggles of a teacher who also juggles a music career as well as a personal life, while battling an evil much worse than he could ever imagine. In between that I hold "class" by doing several tracks based on some of my favorite middle school level literary works. Think Dangerous Minds x 8 Mile x Spider-Man. 

The 3 album set has some spectacular folks helping out, from producers EOM and DN3, to famed voice actor KYLE HEBERT (Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, Bleach, Street Fighter IV and so much more), who narrates the story, to associate production by composers BEAR McCREARY (THE WALKING DEAD, Battlestar Galactica) and DANNY BARANOWSKY (Super Meat Boy, Canabalt) Others on the albums include some of my favorite people in the world: mc chris, MC Frontalot, MC Lars, Storyville, Wordsworth, Punchline, Ariano, K-Murdock, Writers Guild, and many more. 

The video game will be a classic 8-bit styled side scrolling platformer with elements of some of my favorite games (I'd like to say Mega Man meets River City Ransom). The game soundtrack will feature all-original chiptune themed hip-hop tracks composed by the homie DN3.

We're offering some great incentives, from copies of the albums to posters, T-shirts, USB Drives to the opportunity to help create characters in the video game and comic. I'm even giving away my retro systems and my mic and audio interface.

Thanks so much for your support and for helping me to make this Language Arts project just as amazing as I envision it. 

Peace and blessings,

Raheem "Random" Jarbo

Megaran.com 

megaranmusic.com

Facebook.com/megaranmusic

Twitter.com/megaran

FAQ

  • Good question! the early prototypes are very similar in play style to some of my favorite 2-D side scrolling platformers with elements of RPG. So think Mega Man meets River City Ransom and early Final Fantasy. The graphics and music are 8-bit, and the game soundtrack will contain chiptune hip-hop tracks.

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  • If you can, please pledge a little more to handle shipping costs. Past Kickstarters has shown me that shipping eats a good chunk of money earned. Thank you!

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    PLUG and PLAY: The digital package, no waiting! 4 albums, one price. You get digital copies of Language Arts Volumes 1-3, pdf comic AND the videogame soundtrack emailed to you as soon as they're ready. Also a Facebook and twitter shout out.

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    PRE-SHOW DINNER - Check Ran's schedule, because if he's playing in your town, you and him will hit your favorite local restaurant for food and drinks before the show. you (and 2 friends) also get free admittance into the venue early to watch sound check, or just hang out. You also get your name in the credits and all digital album and comic downloads. good for any 2012 appearance.

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    TEAM MEGA BEATS. You get an original custom beat from K-Murdock, DN3 or Lost Perception, sampling whatever song/game/theme you like, for your own use however you like! Also get digital copies, all 3 LA CDs, comic, T-shirt, video game soundtrack, name in the game credits, USB and a PERSONAL video where Ran will thank you.

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    YOU in the COMIC! YOU will appear somewhere in the comic book (or game) as an extra! You also get digital copies, 3CDs, comic, t-shirt, poster, your name in credits of the comic AND video game, first access to new comics and game levels and a USB Drive.

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    digital copies, all 3 LA CDs, comic, poster, T-shirt, video game soundtrack, Facebook and Twitter shout out + A CUSTOM SONG will be created FOR YOU, sampling any video game of your choice, and mentioning your name somewhere in the song.

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    FOR THE RAPPERS and PRODUCERS: digital copies, all 3 LA CDs, comic, poster, T-shirt, video game soundtrack, name in the game credits, USB containing special early art proofs from the game and comic, physical discography of ALL OF Random CDs, a personal thank you freestyle recording, keychain, and YOU GET RANDOM's STUDIO MIC and AUDIO INTERFACE that he recorded "BLACK MATERIA" and other albums on, signed!

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    FOR THE GAMERS: digital copies, all 3 LA CDs, comic, poster, T-shirt, video game soundtrack, name in the game credits, USB containing special early art proofs from the game and comic, physical discography of ALL OF Random CDs, a personal thank you freestyle recording, and YOU GET TO HELP DESIGN A LEVEL in the GAME! you also get mentioned in the game and comic under EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY. (only 2 of these)

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    PARTY AT YOUR PLACE: Ran will come to your city, perform at any venue you book, or your garage, or on Rock Band, and hang out with you and document the experiences.

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    HYPE (MEGA) MAN- digital and 3 physical copies, comic, t-shirt, poster, game soundtrack, Pin Pack, name in credits on game/comic/album, and YOU get FLOWN to any Mega Ran show of your choice to help with merchandise and hang out for that show! We'll have dinner and all that, AND you get to come onstage to help me sing any song you want...at ANY show you want! Contact us if you're outside the US. (Conventions are based on availability of passes)

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    STAR IN MY MUSIC VIDEO: I'll fly you to Phoenix or wherever we're shooting, and you will cameo in my next video! I'll call you to go over the details. Must make lodging arrangement. Outside US please contact me first!

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    YOUR FAVORITE CITY: Me and you will go to your favorite city (Continental US only, email me if out of the country), hang out for a weekend and all get together at a studio and create a song together.

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    UK TRIP! - This donation will get you and Ran to The London Anime Con, June 30-July 2, and you and Ran will travel the UK for shows, dinner and fun!

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    MEGA RAN and YOU in JAPAN! Me and you will go to Tokyo, Japan for a few days and hang out, buy retro games in Shibuya, ride the bullet train and record in my label River City Records' recording studio in Yokohama.

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    MAUI WOWEE! That's right, in addition to the albums, you and Team Mega will fly to beautiful Hawaii for a weekend and book a session at the famous Grace Recording Studio (http://www.gracerecordingstudio.com/) in Maui and create a new song together! Carlos Santana, Britney Spears and many other greats have recorded here. The process will be documented and blogged on Ran's YouTube, MegaRan.com and Ran's facebook and tumblr. WHOA! (outside continental US please contact me!)

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