THE JUMP 1-2 from Ringo Award-winner Rylend Grant

Created by Rylend Grant

A kick-you-in-the-teeth paranoid thriller set in the world of astral projection from the creator of Action Lab's ABERRANT and BANJAX.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Word Balloon Podcast! $13K Coming Fast!
almost 2 years ago – Wed, Apr 14, 2021 at 09:39:13 PM

Hey Jumpers,

As I type this, we're sitting at 289 Backers and $12,892... we very well may kick our way through that $13K stretch goal by the end of the day. Fingers crossed. I'll hit you up once we do and give you a right and proper "HELL YEAH!" Here's the news of the day...


I hung out with HOF broadcaster Join Siuntres on his WORD BALLOON podcast on Sunday. I really dig talking with John because he always manages to get something odd ball and crazy out of me. We cover THE JUMP here, of course, but then we also have a long conversation about STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS, the film I wrote starring Emile Hirsch that shot during the COVID Pandemic underneath and active volcano in Guatemala... and we really get into some deep state of the comics business stuff.

Anyway, you don't want to miss this on. CHECK IT OUT HERE!

Until next time!


P.S. There are some really great campaigns runing concurrently here on Kickstarter. Here's some stuff you should take a hard look at:


Are you tired of the same old super heroes or wannabe Jack Bauers? Do you enjoy mind-blowing action, fun, and excitement in your comics?

Savage Sasquanaut is a sci-fi adventure comic about the legendary Bigfoot, and he is lost in space! Join the real king of the monsters as Bigfoot fights aliens, steals spaceships, and confronts his biggest fears, as he arm-wrestles his way across the universe!

READING WITH A FLIGHTRING describes SAVAGE SASQUANAUT as "...Galaxy Quest with a touch of Paranormal Survivor and… is truly inspired..." and Eisner winner artist/writer Gene Ha says that it is “fun fast paced art and story.”

Writer Wes Hartman is an award winning freelance comic book colorist (BD Price Audience Award), who has spent nearly 20 years working for every major publisher as a colorist and has created, written, edited, and published countless indie comics. Outstanding newcomer Gab Santos and a who’s who of some of the industry’s best artists provide sensational variant covers (Marat Mychaels, Paolo Pantalena, Kelsey Shannon, Giuseppe Cafaro, V Ken Marion, and more) join him to bring the wild journey of Bigfoot in space.

One small step for man, one Bigfoot for mankind!


The Milford Green Saga

Milford Green is a normal Victorian village in the rolling hills of southern England. That is, until one summer's evening, when Alfie Fairfield, a socially awkward inventor, sees some kind of flying vehicle crash land into a field. Being a curious fellow who's interested in any type of machinery, Alfie investigates to find out that we are not alone in this Universe.

The Milford Green Saga is the entire collection of the Victorian space series, which follows the adventures of Alfie Fairfield and Mary Wells. Where they travel beyond Milford Green and have to defend Earth at all costs.

Who will enjoy The Milford Green Saga?

  •  Fans of Saga, Valérian & Laureline and science fiction comics at large.
  • Collectors of high quality independent comic books.
  • If you like the idea of Victorians in space.
  • And if you'd like to somewhat try before you buy, you can download and read the first instalment of the series for free by clicking here.


Immortal Era

Once again, we return to the world of Immortal Era. A hopeless world where death has not occured in over 200 years. Join our heroes on a quest where the only way to save humanity is by killing them.



Occulus #1 follows our protagonist, Esme Eldritch. The self-proclaimed master of mystery and sovereign of sorcery known as Occulus, who has been fighting monsters and evil forces for millennia. The first issue of the series focuses on how she became such an iconic name in the world of magic, and what sorts of threats hide in the darkness waiting to be unleashed.


CHEERS TO COMICS and $13K is coming!
almost 2 years ago – Wed, Apr 14, 2021 at 03:10:52 AM

Hey all,

  We're about $311 shy of that $13K stretch goal as I type this. Hopefully, we blow past that in the next day or two and get you guys some shiny new trading cards. I'm more excited that that backer number is screaming towards 300. The monetary stuff is fine, but I'm all about getting books in people's hands... that's what lights my fire. So, tell a friend we've got a pretty cool book waiting for them here.


I had the pleasure of sitting down with Brian Wayne over at the CHEERS TO COMICS Podcast this week to talk all things JUMP. This is the 4th time I've been on the show. Brian and I have some really great, oddball conversations. This one is definitely worth a listen.


I'll be back tomorrow with more fun. Until then!


P.S. There are some other really great campaigns running concurrently on Kickstarter. Here are a few to take a look at:

Walo: A Central American Odyssey (Vol. 1)

“Walo” is a graphic novel about a young man from a small town in Nicaragua who flees a violent conflict in his country and sets off on a migrant odyssey through unfamiliar Central American territories with his unhinged uncle and best friend. Along the way he encounters dangerous gangs, corrupt land owners, and mythical beings from Central American folklore come-to-life, all in his quest to earn a few bucks.



Ahmose: Book I is the first of a two-book, bande dessinée format graphic novel series created and written by Ben Slabak (Exilium, The Mapmaker).

It is set in ancient Egypt and is inspired by real individuals and events during an extremely turbulent period in Egypt's rich history. It is presented from the point of view of King Ahmose and the famed warrior Ahmose, son of Ibana, as they struggle to reclaim their kingdom from a people known as the Hyksos who had gained control of much of Egypt. An epic story not to be missed!


Billy The Kit

An original supernatural horror western comic. Billy's entire family is slaughtered by a tornado God and he is out for revenge. Yes, you read that right - a tornado God, one of many that have begun to return years after the Sunslinger wars, when an army led by brave rabbits wielding weapons powered by the fire of prometheus, pushed back the darkness. Now that darkness is creeping back into the world, bringing demons, devils, witches, vampires, and more. Billy has vowed to avenge his family but his responsibility extends beyond the killer as he now stands as the last of the Sunslingers and the only line of defense against supernatural evil. 


The Veil Walker: Issue 1

Filled with 24 pages  of Action-thriller and mystery, with a unique blend of horror, The Veil Walker #1 is the introduction to a world ruled from the shadows by an ancient institution of witches and warlocks called The Order Of The Veil Guard. Readers will follow the exploits of the Veil Guards most decorated Inquisitor, Alexander Salvador nicknamed The Veil Walker. Brought to you by an insanely talented team at Oasi Comics.


The House of Indie Pod and Some Shout Outs
almost 2 years ago – Sat, Apr 10, 2021 at 02:13:27 AM

Hey Jumpers,

  We've had a stellar 48 hours here... about 40 new backers joined us at the midpoint - during a time when most campaigns get stuck in the mud... I'm really excited about where this thing is headed. Again, if you like what you're seeing - and you're here, so I think you do - don't hesitate to invite a friend to the party.

I had the priveldge of guesting on THE HOUSE OF INDIE Podcast this morning, where I talked all things JUMP with Joey Galvez. Give it a listen if you dig such things:

I'll be back tomorrow with more fun. Until then!


P.S. - There are some really amazing campaigns running concurrently here on Kickstarter. Here's what you should take a hard look at:

The Dusk

THE DUSK is a modern reimagining of the superhero vigilante that flips the script on the traditional “might makes right” approach while adding the grounded, socially conscious perspective that modern crime fiction has become known for.

The graphic novel blends the dark deco of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES with a dose of moral complexity and dark humor, creating an engaging and witty look at the inner workings of a beloved genre through the eyes of a flawed, human, and heroic figure.

Aided by an all-star team of fan favorite creators: Howard Chaykin, FrancescoFrancavilla, Jamal Igle, Rebekah Isaacs, Gabriel Hardman and more, Jamie Nuñez has begun to fight the never-ending battle for the heart and soul of Blackstone City.

I backed this on day 1 folks! It's an incredible project. CHECK IT OUT HERE!

KILLEROO: Semper Fidelis

If you loved the movie PREDATOR, you'll love this Aussie comic book that pits a squad of US Marines against the Killeroo, in a fierce battle in Kakadu to protect an illegal Uranium Mine.  KILLEROO is a long-running Australian comic book series, and SEMPER FIDELIS is written by Matthew Soall and drawn by Ignacio Di Meglio - and It might just be the best of the series so far!

This is a FUN one, guys! CHECK IT OUT HERE!

ThoughtScape Comics #1

ThoughtScape Comics is an anthology series serving up sci-if action, thrills and chills in the tradition of 2000 AD, Black Mirror and The Twilight Zone.

Anything is possible in these taut tales of trauma and transformation, of people pushed past their limits by the gods and monsters they meet - or become - at the edges of reality.

Each issue will run approximately 44 pages and feature both serialized and self-contained stories written by Matt Mair Lowery (Dark Horse Comics’ Lifeformed) and drawn by some of the most compelling artists in indie comics today. Oh, and each issue will have a killer cover from one of Matt's favorite artists. And gorgeous graphic design/packaging from one of his oldest friends, multimedia artist John Larsen. The series is planned to run eight or more issues (with a Kickstarter for each issue).

Great concept! Great art! CHECK IT OUT HERE!

$12K+! Trading Card Set Firmly in Sight! Also... a Little Rankings Love!
almost 2 years ago – Sat, Apr 10, 2021 at 01:25:01 AM

Hey Jumpers,

  We are still cruising headed into the weekend. We're about $900 away from hitting that $13K stretch goal and dropping a new series of bad ass Rylend Grantverse Trading Cards in your lap... and we have some really special stuff planned at $16K and beyond, so tell a friend, tweet that link out, and let's keep building this party out.


I was honored and elated to find out this week that I was #2 on Soda and Telepaths list of 51 Indie Comic Creators to Keep and Eye On...

I was slightly miffed at first that Kickstarter legend Charlie Stickney (WHITE ASH) edged me out for the top spot... until I saw that David Pepose (The O.Z) was stuck all the way down at #5 and so I've slept just fine since. HA!

All joking aside, this is a really great list of uber talented creators with links to their social media and wares. So, if you're looking for some new writers to follow on the twitters... or if you're looking for new books to read, check it out! You really can't go wrong with anyone here, but let me give a personal thumbs up to close friends like Stickney and Pepose... my podcasting partner David Avallone (DRAWING BLOOD)... Clay Adams (RED X-MAS)... my old NYU roommate Sean Lewis (BLISS)... and David F. Walker (BITTER ROOT), Madeleine Holly-Rosing (BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY), Kat Calamia (see below), Rich Douek, Brian Hawkins... anyway, give everyone a look see, huh?

I'll check in over the weekend with some news. Until then!


P.S. There are some really amazing campaigin running concurrently here on Kickstarter. Here are some things you should take a hard look at:

The Dancer #1 - A Psychological Martial Arts Thriller

They Call Her...The Dancer is a story that focuses on the beauty and brutality of dance and martial arts, delving into the morally gray psyche of a professional dancer and assassin.

At first glance, They Call Her…The Dancer is about analyzing the similarities and differences between dance and martial arts. Dance is something that is seen as beautiful, but many don’t think about the pain that is done to one’s body to truly be a dancer. Martial arts are thought of as violent because it’s a form of “fighting”, but there’s also a dance like quality to this work of art.

But once you dig deeper, the reader will quickly realize that The Dancer is actually a story about mental health. Mia is forced to face her own childhood trauma of witnessing her parents’ murder when she becomes the enemy that she once dedicated her life to fight against. The Dancer is a morally gray story that shows that good and evil aren’t so black and white.


Blanco Volume One

In a post-apocalyptic future where man has long since been gone, and medieval kingdoms control their people with an iron fist, religious rule is the order of the day. And Blanco is one of the most beloved warriors in the kingdom of the seraph Azrael.

He and his brother Cane hunt the heretics who dare defy their father's law. Zealots of a new apocryphal belief that is spreading across the Five Kingdoms and the Middling Lands.

When Blanco discovers a band of heretics is heading through the Outer Zone to a safe haven, they call New Eden. He decides to make an example of them, but what he finds in the Outer Zone will literally change his perception of the world he lives in.


Kia Wordsmith - The Inbetween

Kia Wordsmith lives in city where Magic and Science work in harmony, a city that has known peace for centuries.

A city now at war.

Bored by the city's attempts to carry on as normal, whilst its soldiers and mages wage war, Kia searches for excitement, and even welcomes a little danger.

In the Kickstarter funded first issue (Kia Wordsmith Issue 1) we saw how this leads to her stealing from a wizard. She then escapes the wizard's tower by following the strange little creature into a different realm. Issue 2 then picks up with the day that follows, where Kia tries to carry on as normal.

This comic shows what happens between issues 1 and 2 of Kia Wordsmith as she flees into The Inbetween with her strange little companion


Impound Comics Returns

Impound Comics is back with two new amazing comic books that contain epic stories to expand their storyverse! Here, they present to the comic-loving community, Impound #2 which is the next segment of Impound's journey of becoming a hero. Along with Decymus #1 which is an introductory story to a new alien character and series. Two new installments for an endless saga between good in evil.

Every series they Introduce is directly or indirectly tied into the story of their main character Impound and eventually will all tie in together! This Kickstarter is full of epic, EXCLUSIVE content that ONLY backers will receive before it is available to the general public!

Check it out HERE!

$10K Stretch Goal SMASHED!
almost 2 years ago – Thu, Apr 08, 2021 at 02:32:28 AM

Hey Jumpers,

  Well... we had QUITE a day yesterday... 18 or so backers in 24 hours and we just SMASHED through that $10K stretch goal. That means it's PRINT REVEAL TIME!

So, now... in addition to THE JUMP... to digital versions of ABERRANT #1, BANJAX #1, and the PEACEKEEPERS Preview... in addition to the 12+ comics in our Bonus Digital Extravaganza... each and every backer will now receive this BAD ASS Mike Mignola-inspired print from Ringo-nominated artists Fabio Alves and Edson Ferreira:

This piece was very much a labor of love for Fabio and I think it turned out BONKERS good. Let us know what you think!

But the fun won't stop there... I am so wildly excited about our next stretch goal (at $13,000). That'll mean three brand new additions to the Rylend Grantverse trading card set. That set is very much MY labor of love and I can't wait to get this new series out to you.

Anyway, I'll be back soon with more news! See you on the flip!


P.S. There are some other WONDERFUL campaigns here on Kickstarter. Here are some I'm taking a hard look at:

We Are Scarlet Twilight Issue #1

We Are Scarlet Twilight #1 is the first issue (24 pages) of a 4 part comic series inspired by 1930's and 40's pulp adventure comics and art deco imagery.  As a comic fan, there are so many cool design elements and visuals in golden age stories that always capture creator Ben Morse's attention- but sometimes the stories aren't quite up to 2021 expectations. He wanted to find a way to dust off all the good stuff there and bring it into a modern story... and hopefully throw in a few twists that will surprise!

Enter the story's hero-- Captain Lancet. He's a 1930's All-American crime buster* who accidentally creates the world's greatest villain before waking up a century in the future. He'll need to adjust to a strange new world-- Fritz Lang's Metropolis with some cyberpunk dystopia sprinkled in-- if he wants to overthrow the totalitarian vampire cult that now dominates the future.


The Monuments

THE MONUMENTS is a 140 page, beautifully illustrated, mystery/adventure story about a fantasy world in which four warring city-states are forced to come together to face a common enemy: giant mysterious mechs. Right before wiping out the entire civilization, the mechs all power down for no clear reason, leaving the survivors to rebuild their world together.

800 years later. The world has moved on. The city-states are now united as one nation: a land littered with massive robotic relics that serve as monuments to a long-forgotten war.

After centuries of dormancy, one of these long-frozen mechs suddenly powers up, revealing a man who is confused, misplaced in time, and still very much alive.



The FALLEN series is back with it's 3rd issue in a 6 part series. FALLEN blends the genres of mystery and fantasy by creating a thrilling mythological noir story for mature readers. The story takes place in the vibrant, synth-pop filled era of the 1980's in the loud, crowded streets of New York City.

FALLEN 3 continues along as Casper Clay hunts for clues on who killed his boss Zeus. As he starts to pull on the threads woven throughout the criminal underworld of gods, more questions begin to pop up. As he gets closer to the truth, invisible walls begin to close in on him and if he's not careful he could be next.