For TOMORROW JONES, being a teenager these days is hard enough. Throw in the fact that you’re part of a family of superheroes and that just amplifies the troubles. Adult superheroes have a hard time maintaining two different lives at times 14-year old girl Tomorrow, is asked to do it. But she refuses. Instead, she fights crime proudly displaying her real initials on a t-shirt foregoing the usual tight spandex and capes with a secret identity. Not much information about the story itself is given on the Kickstarter page so I sent a message to creator, Brian Daniel seeking more information.
AN: Where did you come up with this idea?
BD: Tomorrow Jones is partly based off of an old idea I had in high school about a teenaged super heroine. It was the recent surge of discussions about gender disparity and the depictions of female heroes in comics that brought me back to the idea. I honestly believe there is both a demand and a need for a character like Tomorrow Jones right now.
I agree with Brian. I think a strong, young female character who is paving her own way is a wonderful thing to put out in the world. And hopefully Tomorrow Jones will serve as a role model for readers.
AN: Is Tomorrow based on anyone you know? Minus the superhuman abilities of course.
BD: I have two older sisters, so they’ve given me some insight into what teenage girls go through during their high school years. But Tomorrow isn’t based directly off of anyone real. Strong characters like Kitty Pryde and the modern Lois Lane had a big impact on me when I read comics in my teens. I’d say Tomorrow is an amalgamation of a lot of women, both real and fictional.
AN: What drives Tomorrow to go against tradition and be open with her identity?
BD: Frustration. Both of her parents are super heroes. Her father doesn’t take her seriously and isn’t ready to see her as an adult. Her mother does believe in her abilities but wants Tomorrow to be her successor. Tomorrow is frustrated that she is expected to pretend to be normal at school and wear a disguise when she is fighting crime. But even when she decides to take her own path, she’s going to discover there are consequences to her actions she is going to have to live with.
Sounds like a normal teenage life to me. I can’t imagine having to fight crime and do all my homework on time!
AN: How many issues do you have scripted or at least planned?
BD: The first issue is fully scripted and I am working on the second. I always think very far ahead with my ideas, and if there is a demand for it, I could write Tomorrow Jones stories for many years. But we know the character is new, so we’re taking it one story at a time. If all goes well the first 3-4 digital issues will be collected into a print collection we hope to publish later in the year through Arcana studios.
AN: Is this an all-ages book?
BD: I would say 13 and up, like most Marvel and DC books.
The goal for TOMORROW JONES is $3,600. If reached, the funds will be used to pay the artist working on the book. Any additional money raised will be used for advertising purposes and to bring us more TOMORROW JONES books. The deadline for donations on this project is Saturday, March 31st.