The Jam NON-STARTER campaign

The campaign was a success and is now over, but the books are still available and the sales links below still work!

The Jam creator Bernie Mireault and About Comics head-and-only honcho Nat Gertler were working together to bring you the first new The Jam comic book story in over a decade, and the first new full issue of The Jam of this century. And then we realize that as long as we’re doing that, we might as well do the first-ever The Jam trade paperback, and maybe even bring a related graphic novel back into print. And it was obvious that this would all make a great use of the Kickstarter-brand crowdfunding platform!

But then we got to thinking: Kickstarter’s gotten kinda wonky lately, with other publishers and customers abandoning them. And besides, when you do buy something through a crowdfunded platform, fun as it is, you’re looking at delayed gratification, with books coming months later… if ever.

But what if we just sold you the books, and acted like it was a crowdfunding campaign? Best of both worlds! So that’s what we’re doing. For one month, from January 2 to February 2, 2022, we’re running The Jam Non-Starter Campaign! Lower on this page, you’ll find links for ordering books — you can get them as PDFs, which you’ll get immediately, or you can order the from Amazon, which you’ll get at Amazon’s amazing speed. (And look at all those worldwide sales links! You’re not going to have to pay for international shipping.)

In order for this to work, we need you to play along. That means that you:

  1. Remember that you’re not just buying physical or digital objects, you’re supporting the creator who made these books, even encouraging him to do more.
  2. Sign up for campaign updates, so that we can keep you up with how the campaign is going. You don’t have to wait until you buy books to do that, just drop your email address here:

    • Spread the word! Again, you don’t have to wait until you buy something to do that — here are links to post about this on your social media. Or just share this URL: http://thejam.aboutcomics.com

    The books

    The Jam Super-Cool Color-Injected Turbo Adventure From Hell issue 2

    This new, full-color, square-bound paperback starts off with the 38 page The Jam story “A Secret Bowman”, Bernie Mireault’s gorgeously-colored never-before-seen comic book adaption of his own prose story. Someone is shooting arrows into the citizens of Montréal, and it’s up to The Jammer to do something about it. But are larger forces at play?

    But that’s not all. You also get another all new story, “Avatars of Adventure: Adepts of Arcana,” written by respected author and editor Claude Lalumière and drawn by Bernie. Plus the The Jam story The Chair is printed in color for the first time, and Bernie’s story Dr. Robot vs. Monster (from Madman #12) is reprinted as well. And then there’s a 6-page portfolio of color images in this 64 page issue.

    To Get Her

    In 2011, Bernie Mireault put out his only (to date) original graphic novel, To Get Her, telling the tale of the relationship of Gordon and Janet in the years after he retired being The Jammer. This 150+ page original story (plus appendices!) was award the prestigious Xeric Grant to bring it to market… where it got very poorly distributed. Most of you reading this have never seen a copy. Now it’s available again in 8.5″x11″ paperback, and for the first time in hardcover and as a PDF!

    The Jam: Beginnings

    The Jam collection cover and sample art

    The acclaimed original The Jam five-issue miniseries is collected in a trade paperback for the first time, in this black-and-white (as originally intended!) collection with new enhancements by Bernie Mireault himself. Plus, the original four The Jam chapters that introduced the series in the pages of New Triumph.

    NOTE: This book is taking longer than planned to prepare, because we want to make this the best experience possible. Sign up below for the updates, and we will let you know when it’s available!

    XVI Short Stories

    This is a book that we put out a few years back, but we’ll count new sales of it toward the stretch goals anyway. It’s a collection of short stories by Bernie, and we should warn you that it has some overlap with some of the new projects — most vitally, it has the early The Jam stories from New Triumph, which will also be included in the Beginnings collection.

    Retailer level

    For established comic book stores and bookstores only, we offer the retailer level… which is actually the standard About Comics wholesale terms. All books 50% off, with free shipping on orders of at least $96 retail (i.e., $48 wholesale; you’ll pass that if you order at least 6 of either the color issue or the paperback To Get Her, or mix-and-match.) In the US, they arrive in about 2-3 weeks. We’re still figuring out how long it will take elsewhere. Send orders or questions to questions@aboutcomics.com

    Stretch goals

    • Books Sold:
      304 books sold during the campaign.
      (PDFs were counted when purchased, wholesale copies when ordered, standard copies when shipped.)

      If we sell at least 100 books, we will make Bernie happy. ACHIEVED!!

    • If we sell at least 300 books,  Bernie will be quite happy. ACHIEVED!!
    • If we sell at least 500 books, Bernie will be very very happy.
    • If we sell at least 1000 books, Bernie will be happy and surprised.
    • If we sell at least 10,000 books, Bernie will be happy, surprised, and in better financial condition.
    • If we sell at least 100,000 books, that will be a lot of books. Bernie will be awestruck.
    • It we sell at least a million books, Bernie will be a millionaire. It may go to his head.

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    Give us your email address, and we’ll be using it only for campaign updates and, afterwards, any new The Jam/Mireault announcements. Bonus: when you sign up, we’ll send you a link to a free PDF of the prose The Jam story “A Secret Bowman”, which the new comics story is an adaptation and expansion of!

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