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The Redemption of Super-Champion Barron Drumpf Cancellation

This is a repost of my latest and final Kickstarter update for The Redemption of Super-Champion Barron Drumpf:

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Yesterday was a great day for the Super-Champion campaign--we pulled in a significant amount of funding and I had the opportunity to engage with a slew of new people who seemed genuinely interested in the work. I was very excited about what was in store for the campaign, and for myself, over the next two weeks and beyond. 


But last evening, I was sent an anonymous message on Twitter, the details of which I won’t go into on here. Simply put, serious accusations have been made against JD Faith, my longtime collaborator and my partner on The Redemption of Super-Champion Barron Drumpf. I have read and re-read the accusations and I take them very seriously. But I have also known JD for many years and I consider him a friend. So as you can see the situation is a very difficult one for me.


Because I do not have all the facts, and because I want to be sensitive to the person who has made these allegations, I can no longer--in good conscience--keep running this campaign. 


It breaks my heart to cancel this project. Over the last two years, I have poured my blood, sweat, and tears into Super-Champion. I have sunk an enormous amount of money and time into its production. I consider it one of the greatest things I’ve ever done. 


But Super-Champion was never just a comic book to me. It was meant to serve as a repudiation of the vile, un-American political environment we now find ourselves in. It was meant to be a clear statement against Donald Trump, his family, and his cronies. And I was honored to have the opportunity to be the one making that statement. I believe that cancelling this campaign is in keeping with the spirit of what I originally sought out to do.


I want to apologize to those of you who supported this campaign, who wrote about it, who retweeted it all over the internet--you have been such an amazing source of excitement and pride in my life. I want to apologize to Ben Wilsonham and the folks at AndWorld design--they did the best damn job on this book, and I’m sad that it won’t be able to see print. 


When I quit my 9 to 5 several months ago to devote myself fully to writing and creating, I knew that the road ahead of me was going to be a difficult one. But I’m not interested in taking shortcuts, or doing the expedient thing, or doing something that would harm someone else. So I’m going to take a step back from all of this, and come back with something new and different. And I hope I can count on all of you to give me a second chance. Thanks for your support. And see you at the next one.

Sincerely,

Jakob Free

Propaganda Minister for the Super-Champions of America Club

Everything that I watched, read, listened to, played, & wrote in 2017

1. Film

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(2017)

Silence; d. Martin Scorcese, w. Jay Cocks, Martin Scorcese 

John Wick: Chapter 2*; d. Chad Stahelski, w. Derek Kolstad

Get Out; d. & w. Jordan Peele 

Logan; d. James Mangold, w. James Mangold, Scott Frank, Michael Green  

Kong: Skull Island; d. Jordan Vogt-Roberts, w. Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly 

Power Rangers; d. Dean Israelite, w. John Gatins, Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless, Michele Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney 

The Fate of the Furious; d. F. Gary Gray, w. Chris Morgan 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; d. & w. James Gunn 

Alien: Covenant; d. Ridley Scott, w. Jack Paglen, Michael Green, John Logan, Dante Harper

Wonder Woman; d. Patty Jenkins, w. Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder, Jason Fuchs 

The Big Sick; d. Michael Showalter, w. Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani 

Baby Driver*; d. & w. Edgar Wright 

Spider-Man: Homecoming; d. John Watts, w. Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers 

War for the Planet of the Apes; d. Matt Reeves, w. Mark Bomback, Matt Reeves 

Dunkirk; d. & w. Christopher Nolan  

Atomic Blonde; d. David Leitch, w. Kurt Johnstad 

Wind River; d. & w. Taylor Sheridan

Logan Lucky; Steven Soderbergh 

Ingrid Goes West: d. Matt Spicer, w. David Branson Smith, Matt Spicer 

Good Time*; d. & w. Benny & Josh Safdie

Human Flow; d. Ai Weiwei, w. Chin-Chin Yap, Tim Finch, Boris Cheshkirov 

It; d. Andy Muschietti, w. Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, Gary Dauberman 

American Made; d. Doug Liman, w. Gary Spinelli

Jerry Before Seinfeld; d. Michael Bonfligio, w. Jerry Seinfeld 

Blade Runner 2049*; d. Denis Villeneuve, w. Hampton Fancher, Michael Green 

Spielberg; d. Susan Lacy 

The Babysitter; d. McG, w. Brian Duffield 

Brawl in Cell Block 99*; d. & w. S. Craig Zahler 

The Lost City of Z; d. & w. James Gray

Thor: Ragnarok; d. Taika Waititi, w. Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost 

Lady Bird; d. & w. Greta Gerwig 

Justice League; d. Zack Snyder & Joss Whedon, w. Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon, Zack Snyder 

The Disaster Artist; d. James Franco, w. Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber

Star Wars: The Last Jedi; d. & w. Rian Johnson 

(*Top 5)

 

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(1974-2016)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre; d. Tobe Hooper, w. Kim Henkel, Tobe Hooper 

Barry Lyndon; d. & w. Stanley Kubrick 

All the President's Men; d. Alan J. Pakula, w. William Goldman 

Midnight Run; d. Martin Brest, w. George Gallo 

Sex, Lies, and Videotape; d. & w. Steven Soderbergh 

The Fugitive; d. Andrew Davis, w. Jeb Stuart, David Twohy

Tombstone; d. George P. Cosmatos & Kevin Jarre, w. Kevin Jarre 

Before Sunrise; d. Richard Linklater, w. Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan 

The Game; d. David Fincher, w. John Brancato, Michael Ferris 

Out of Sight; d. Steven Soderbergh, w. Scott Frank 

The Thirteenth Warrior; d. John McTiernan & Michael Crichton, w. William Wisher, Warren Lewis  

The Limey; d. Steven Soderbergh, w. Lem Hobbs 

Traffic; d. Steven Soderbergh, w. Stephen Gaghan 

Before Sunset; d. Richard Linklater, w. Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Kim Krizan 

Shaun of the Dead; d. Edgar Wright, w. Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright 

Memories of Murder; d. Joon-ho Bong, w. Joon-ho Bong, Sung-bo Shim 

Pulse (Kairo); d. & w. Kiyoshi Kurosawa 

Marie Antoinette; d. & w. Sophia Coppola 

Hot Fuzz; d. Edgar Wright, w. Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright 

Super; d. & w. James Gunn

Before Midnight; d. Richard Linklater, w. Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke 

The Mermaid; d. Stephen Chow, w. Hing-Ka Chan, Stephen Chow, Chi Keung Fung, Miu-Kei Ho, Ivy Kong, Si-Cheun Lee, Zhengyu Ly, Kan-Cheung Tsang 

Swiss Army Man; d. & w. Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert 

Train to Busan; d. Sang-ho Yeon, w. Joo-Suk Park, Sang-ho Yeon 

The Magnificent Seven; d. Antoine Fuqua, w. Nic Pizzolatto, Richard Wenk 

Dr Strange; d. Scott Derrickson, w. Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill 

Moonlight; d. Barry Jenkins, w. Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney 

Edge of Seventeen; d. & w. Kelly Fremon Craig 

Nocturnal Animals; d. & w. Tom Ford 

La La Land; d. & w. Damian Chazelle 

20th Century Women; d. & w. Mike Mills 

 

2. Television

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(Arranged by air date of most recent season)

The Knick Seasons 1-2; Jack Amiel, Michael Begler & Steven Soderbergh 

Big Little Lies; David E. Kelley 

Rick and Morty Season 3; Justin Roiland & Dan Harmon 

The Leftovers Seasons 1-3, Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta 

Silicon Valley Season 4; Mike Judge, John Altschuler & David Krinksy 

Master of None Season 2; Aziz Ansari & Alan Yang 

Game of Thrones Season 7; David Benioff & D.B. Weiss 

Stranger Things Season 2; The Duffer Brothers 

 

3. Literature & Comics

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Childhood's End; Arthur C. Clarke 

The Stars My Destination; Alfred Bester 

Time and Again; Jack Finney 

The Greatest Sci-fi Movies Never Made, Revised and Expanded Edition; David Hughes 

Superman: The Unauthorized Biography; Glen Weldon 

Between the World and Me; Ta-Nahisi Coates 

But What If We're Wrong?; Chuck Klosterman

Normal; Warren Ellis 

The Wild Storm #1-5; Warren Ellis & Jon Davis-Hunt 

PayWall; Joseph P Kelly 

Grand Theft Imagination; Benjamin Andrew Moore 

 

4. Music

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Greatest Hits; Fleetwood Mac 

On Avery Island; Neutral Milk Hotel  

Cage The Elephant; Cage The Elephant  

Humbug; Arctic Monkeys 

Thank You Happy Birthday; Cage the Elephant  

Suck It and See; The Arctic Monkeys 

AM; The Arctic Monkeys

Melophobia; Cage the Elephant  

To Pimp a Butterfly; Kendrick Lamar 

Tell Me I'm Pretty; Cage the Elephant  

We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions; Bruce Springsteen  

Damn; Kendrick Lamar 

 

5. Videogames

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Wolfenstein: The New Order; MachineGames 

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood; MachineGames 

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild; Nintendo 

 

6. What I wrote/created

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Red's Journey; ClearVision Optical

Rabbit Hole #1; Self-published

World War Terminus; Self-published

The Cycle; Self-published

The Redemption of Super-Champion Barron Drumpf Parts 1 & 2; Study Group Comics

The Drakul Wedding; Self-published

Whatever Happened to the Superhero Writers of Tomorrow & Other Articles; Paste Magazine 

5 Rick and Morty Mind-Bending Season 3 Mysteries; Quidd

The Cycle on Comixology

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Written by: Jakob Free
Art by: Jon CairnsDaniel IrizarriJD FaithJoseph P KellyMark Pearce
Colored by: Michael Lee MacdonaldSloane LeongRenee Keyes
Lettered by: Nic J Shaw
Price: $9.99

The Cycle tells the story of Tommy Centro, your Average Joe working in finance in downtown Manhattan. Tommy's got a girlfriend named Telli Goldstein, an apartment in Chelsea, enough money in his pocket to get by and--oh yeah, a best friend named The Roman, who just happens to be New York City's premier disgraced former superhero.

Buy now on comiXology!

The Weekend in Review; June 12th, 2017

The Weekend in Review; June 12th, 2017

I recently made the mistake of trying to read three books at the same time. Well, four, if you count Batman and the Outsiders Vol. 1 as a book, and you know I do. Instead of allowing me to read more books in a shorter span of time, I just wound up reading them slowly, without making much progress in any of them. So lesson learned there.

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The Ring

Years ago, when I set out to make The Cycle, I thought it would be fun to do a series of "interludes." Each one would come at the end of a Cycle issue and flesh out the world by exploring background characters or historical events.

The Ring is the first of these in-between stories. It tells a tale of the band known as "Genetic Death." We catch a glimpse of these guys in the opening pages of The Cycle: Pax Romana, but they were too cool to leave alone. So I put them through the ringer. And they emerged stronger for it.

The characters were originally designed and drawn by Jon Cairns for The Cycle: Pax Romana. The Ring was drawn by JD Faith and colored by Matt Davis.

I will be publishing pages twice a week up until the end of January, at which point I will put up the next book in The Cycle. Here are a few sample pages.

Spider Jerusalem & These, Our Failed States of America

Spider Jerusalem & These, Our Failed States of America

White people did this, you’re told. Racism. Classicism. Voter suppression. The FBI. The DNC. The KGB. Russia. The media. During the twelve hour period following the announcement of Trump’s victory, you never once hear the same permutation of explanations. The complexity of it is astonishing. It’s like Matt Damon trying to solve the equation on the chalkboard.

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