Jank

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Ordinary World

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$2
per month
The everyday world has its charms, but it’s time to see what’s beyond the farm.

  • Email thank-you from us.
  • Early access to behind the scenes videos of all the JANK Words & Pictures creative projects in development (includes our Blood Sucking Lawyers graphic novel, our depression and anxiety graphic memoir, as well as other videos of JANK happenings).
  • Early access to the Francidents video web series.

Call to Adventure

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$5
per month
When adventure decides to make a call, it’s not good form to hedge and stall.

  • We'll follow you on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter (send us your handles after you sign up).
  • Exclusive weekly live streams through Lens. We show you what we're up to at JANK. (Lens is a Patreon app. much like Stories in Instagram or Facebook).
  • Exclusive access to the JANK & File audio newsletter with Jamie & Frank (We’ll let you know what creative adventures we’ve been up to all month and what our plans are moving forward).
  • All of the previous rewards.

Cross the Threshold

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$10
per month
Sights and wonders to behold. They’re yours if you’re brave enough to step over the threshold.

  • Early access to a monthly Coffee Talk video with Jamie & Frank (over a good brew, we answer YOUR questions and talk about the stuff that matters to you... creative process, illustration, design, writing, collaboration, Italian food, you tell us).
  • Early access to a monthly video - Drawing From Intuition(let's chat and draw together and learn more about this intuitive drawing process being used to create our depression and anxiety graphic memoir illustrations).
  • Receive original JANK line art illustration print (4” x 4” printable PDF signed by us and shared monthly )
  • All of the previous rewards.

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About Jank


We’re Jamie Lees and Frank D’Angelo, we hail from the advertising and design industry with over 50 years of combined practical experience.

We’ve been exploring and celebrating our creativity our entire lives, first independently and then as a married couple, and now business partners as the creative force behind JANK Words & Pictures.

This year, we left the corporate-client-life in the dust and are kicking it into high gear – creativity with no boundaries.

Today we consider ourselves storytellers. We love what we do. We design, illustrate, write, publish, produce, as well as mentor. Our goal at JANK is to entertain, educate and inspire you through storytelling, all while wearing super cool shoes.

So welcome to Jank and to a thoughtfully considered entertaining creations, including our graphic novel, a graphic memoir, our accidental web series, and illustrated fashion and home decor items. 

We have several exciting projects currently in development and we want to share them with you!

We tried to explain a bit about our experience in the advertising world in the Who is JANK video below, but we got the giggles. Serious giggles. LOL. Instead we thought we'd SHOW you some of what we do in our JANK Trailer video. As well as explain three of our projects in the videos and copy below. Watch as we bring our creative dreams to life with your support.




Let's go on an adventure – to the day-to-day workings of JANK Words & Pictures. As a patron, you’ll get to go behind the curtain and see what it takes to build a creative project from the ground up. You’ll see everything from start to finish, warts and all.

Our 3 main projects...

Currently we have three projects cooking on high, with several others simmering on the back burners. Come behind the scenes. Have early access to the making of our graphic novel Blood Sucking Lawyers, a hilarious parody about the legal system.

The story is a comedy set in the present day. As in previous eras, vampires are part of the power structure -- today they fit right in: they're lawyers. Vampire lawyer, Gore -- lead counsel for the vampire law firm, Meretrix Domum Associates -- represents hemophiliac Henry Barnstable in a lawsuit against the city hospital after Henry is infected with tainted blood. Henry soon learns that it was, in fact, Gore who infected him with vampire blood as a means to fulfilling the vampire law firm's dream of taking control of the hospital as its own private blood supply.

You may notice, we're doing something completely different with this unique graphic novel. Instead of traditional pen and ink to create illustrations, we use a specialized photo illustration technique that has a rich cinematic look and feel. The other unique aspect of Blood Sucking Lawyers is we have 60 amazing character models who pose for every panel of the graphic novel.

By the end of this project, these dedicated actors and character models will pose for the over 4000 photos required to create Blood Sucking LawyersYou'll get to meet and know each and every one of the cast through our JANK Words & Pictures on the set, behind the scenes videos. 

NO ONE has been crazy enough to attempt a graphic novel using this technique before. It's the first time ever. YIKES. Are we crazy?

Here's a behind the scenes interview Frank did with CBC TV (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) while shooting Blood Sucking Lawyers on location at the historic Low Martin Mansion.


Second, you’ll have access to JANK's newest project all before it sees the light of day. We’re going to create a graphic memoir all about depression and anxiety (title to be announced and you will be the first to know).

You’ll get an insider’s look at this true-life story and watch as the script, layout and our illustrative style is developed from original intuitive drawings created while immersed in a deep depressive episode.

Our book challenges unquestioned popular beliefs and explores new thinking about emotional wellness. We'll look at how our repetitive behaviour leads to a reoccurring cycle of depression and anxiety. You'll hear from us directly; both perspectives – as a sufferer and partner of a sufferer.

Third,
Our web series.... 
Did we mention we are the creators of an accidental web series? It's called Francidents. It's hilarious. It's the true life saga of Frank's breaking, busting, burning and losing things. As he always says, "It's not my fault. Extraordinary things happen at the most inopportune time." 

Watch as Frank attempts to make repairs around the house, deals with mechanical things like cars, cooks, or share his thoughts and opinions on cheese, fine wines, or chickens. Here's Francidents episode #1 – See the Light



As a JANK patron, you’ll be more than a fly on the wall. We want you to be part of what we create by sharing your input in polls, questionnaires, our exclusive Patron JANK & File audio newsletter and our Coffee Talk videos . You'll help us shape works in progress and develop concepts for new projects too. 

As a thank-you for your on-going patronage and depending on the level of support you choose, you’ll receive exciting rewards, such as:
  • Exclusive behind the scenes videos of all the JANK Words & Pictures creative projects in development. 
  • Hilarious Francidents web series episodes.
  • Shout outs & follows on your social media.
  • JANK & File audio newsletter.
  • Drawing sessions with us.
  • Coffee Talk videos that answer your questions & concentrate on what's important to you.
  • Weekly JANK check-ins with Lens.
  • Original illustration prints sent direct to you.
  • And more to be announced!
$2 Reward

Ordinary World - $2 per month

  • Email thank-you from Jamie & Frank
  • Early access to behind the scenes videos of all the JANK Words & Pictures creative projects in development (includes our Blood Sucking Lawyers graphic novel, our depression and anxiety graphic memoir, as well as other videos of JANK happenings).
  • Early access to the Francidents video web series.



$5 Reward

Call to Adventure - $5 per month

  • We'll follow you on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter (send handles after sign up).
  • Exclusive weekly live streams through Lens. We show you what we're up to at JANK. (Lens is a Patreon app. much like Stories in Instagram or Facebook.
  • Exclusive access to the JANK & File audio newsletter with Jamie & Frank (We’ll let you know what creative adventures we’ve been up to all month and what our plans moving forward).
  • All of the previous rewards



$10 Reward

Cross the Threshold - $10 per month

  • Early access to a monthly Coffee Talk video with Jamie & Frank (over a brew, we answer YOUR questions and talk about the stuff that matters to you... creative process, illustration, design, writing, collaboration, Italian food, you tell us).
  • Early access to a monthly video - Drawing From Intuition. (let's chat and draw together and learn more about this intuitive drawing process being used to create our depression and anxiety graphic memoir illustrations).
  • Receive original JANK line art illustration print (4” x 4” printable PDF signed by us and shared monthly 
  • All of the previous rewards.

 

We want to entertain, educate & inspire you through our storytelling. Along the way, with the experience we’ve gained, we’d love to mentor and motivate you to create something yourself. In the short term, we’ll be working on graphic novels, writing scripts and illustrating graphic memoirs, web series, swag and more. In the not too distant future, we hope to expand into JANK Entertainment, where we’ll create screenplays, documentaries, short movies, podcasts, animations, games, expand our merchandise line and further develop workshops and creative courses too.



Vincent Van Gogh had his brother Theo. We’re hoping you’ll be our brother or sister – Theo. Thanks to Patreon, the gatekeepers are gone. Now, all of us can support the kind of content we care about. The kind we don’t see enough of, just as the creators intended, without the input of advertisers and other creativity-stunting influences.

By joining our exclusive community, is how with your help, we’ll create and grow JANK Words & Pictures and share more of our stories with you. It’s how we’ll free the content we create from other platform restrictions, algorithms, business plans and advertiser demands. Here on Patreon, you’ll see everything we offer, not just what some algorithm says you should see. You’ll get full access to everything, all exclusive for our Patreon subscribers.



Our First Level Goal is $5000. per month and it will support these goals:


Time 
Our goal is to work all day, every day developing the content you love to see from JANK. Your patronage will free up time to:
  • Complete the photo shoots for Blood Sucking Lawyers
  • Complete our manuscript & illustrations for our graphic memoir on depression and anxiety.
  • Compile & edit the endless Francidents video clips.
  • Complete the development & design of our merch.
  • Develop our courses & workshops.
  • Shoot, edit & format our videos.
  • Create a permanent photo set.
  • Build JANK Entertainment and studio.

Equipment
Computer - Our Macbooks have grown slow and it’s beyond time to upgrade. Frank's laptop (2009) has a cracked lid. It's basically in two pieces stuck together with an apple sticker. Francident? I digress. With a new system, we can edit Patreon videos, produce our graphic novel and more in less time, with a whole lot less swearing.
Camera - currently we shoot video with an iPhone 6. We really really need to upgrade to a SLR camera.
Gimbal camera stabilizer - So you won't get vertigo watching our content!
Lighting - Your patronage will allow us to purchase studio lighting for filming behind the scenes videos and additional creative content.
Sound - Sometimes our sound isn't consistent and that's because we need a couple of microphones and a proper sound recorder. Can you hear me now?
Software
Adobe software subscriptions - Got 'em, need 'em. Currently we are creating high-end graphics and content on outdated software. We need to update to the latest versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, PremierPro, After Affects and other apps in the Creative Suite
Mail Chimp - As our mailing list grows, so do Mail Chimp fees. (unfortunately they don't  take bananas for payment).
Bookkeeper (Part-time)
We want to be good stewards of your money!



Our Next Level Goals will support these goals:

Desktop Computer & Monitor - we need the big papa to get the job done. The Apple MacPro is on our wish list. Along with a large monitor to see what the heck we're doing in 1 billion colours. Super large video and photoshop files requires the right machine to get it done.
Hire a Videographer Editor
We'd like to develop, film & edit a video web series. It would feature chats with a list of top-notch, interesting, talented creators, who will share their creative process. We need an extra pair of hands to get this done.  
Hire a Graphic Designer (Project-based)
Although we're both designers, we could use an extra pair of hands to help us on a project-by-project basis.
Attract more followers for our graphic novel  
Facebook, Instagram & Google ads - We want to begin posting ads 6 months prior to our graphic novel going on sale.
Book sale advertising sites - Once complete, we need to position our two publications in the Amazon, Smashwords, etc. ranking systems.
Hire a near-full-time employee
We anticipate needing an individual to book cast members, secure locations, keep books, handle correspondence, file what needs filing, track expenses, post to social media, wrangle spammers and so on.
Build our Entertainment Company
We want to build JANK Words & Pictures and add JANK Entertainment. We want to tell more stories, bigger stories and share them with you. We want to story tell through documentaries, independent movies, animation, online games, expanded online courses that inspire and encourage curiosity and personal growth. 



Thank you in advance for joining our exclusive community on Patreon! We are incredibly grateful for your patronage. Please see the side bar for current reward levels. If you have any questions, please get in touch by clicking here. Be sure to scroll down and see all our open posts & videos!

The best is yet to come.
Thank-you,
Jamie & Frank
www.jank.ca/sign-up
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Jamie & Frank


Here are a few common questions about being our Patron.

Do I pay in US funds?
YOU MAY PAY IN ANY CURRENCY. Patreon is a US company, so although everything is written in US dollars, you may use your own currency and automatically it's converted.

How many videos will you release a month?
We will release two official JANK videos each month. We will also be posting a variety of short, fun, unedited video snippets and photos. We hope to be adding rewards and increasing our video content in the future with your support.

Can I still become your Patron even if I’m a bit strapped for cash?
YES. Please only sign up to donate what you can easily afford. Even $2 per month really adds up for us.

Can I stop or change my donation in the future?
YES. By all means. Log in and increase, decrease or cancel your pledge whenever you choose.

I’m still a bit confused with how this works. Can you help?
YES, ABSOLUTELY. If you have questions about using Patreon or encounter issues signing up, the Patreon Support Team is super helpful and very friendly. You can send them a message and a real person will get back to you. If you have any specific questions about our page, about us, want to say hello, want to know more about our rewards or our content, simply drop us a line by  clicking here.

Goals
$4.33 of $5,000 per month
FIRST LEVEL GOAL
Our goal is to work all day, every day developing the content you love to see from JANK. Your patronage will free up time to:
    • Complete the photo shoots for Blood Sucking Lawyers
    • Complete our manuscript & illustrations for our graphic memoir on depression and anxiety.
    • Compile & edit the endless Francidents video clips.
    • Complete the development & design of our merch.
    • Develop our courses & workshops.
    • Shoot, edit & format our videos.
    • Obtain a SLR camera and lighting kit.
    • Create a permanent photo set.
    • Build JANK Entertainment and studio.

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