Support Samurai Dan & Jillian

Please help us recover from our nightmare and continue to bring our unique style of educational entertainment to people across the country!!
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Jillian Coglan
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Oxford, Iowa
United States
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Our Story

Samurai Dan and Jillian are stage performers that specialize in 16th century combative Samurai arts... Sword Fighting! :) In addition to engaging, educational, and entertaining shows, they provide a number of classes on varying topics from sword basics, self-defense classes, feudal Japan's weaponry, akitas, to just how to be funny onstage! They have dedicated their lives to these arts; teaching classes for the last 17 years, teaching self-defense units in public schools, and teaching all across the country at conventions & festivals.

What you may not know, is that Dan's lifelong dream has been to become a published author. This started as early as 3rd grade, when he would write 1-page monster stories for his classmates. In 6th grade he wrote a Christmas play for his elementary school that was used for over 20 years at the school! For the last 5 years he has been writing and developing novels, and we have been pursuing getting them published.

With that goal in mind, we had assistance from Fantastic Journeys in self-publishing 200 copies of Dan's first novel, The Pack, in April of 2012. The idea was to have physical copies of the book to sell, and to try to get the attention of a bigger publishing company that could help get Dan's works into bookstores.

In July of 2012, we thought this dream had been realized, when we signed on with Haven Publishing for a 5 year, 4 novel contract. We started working with Haven's owner and editors on revising The Pack, getting it a new professional cover, and making it ready for the big time. In February 2013, we got an excited call from our Publisher, saying that he had sold 50,000 copies of the pack! As the contract details were worked out, we were told that the deal was for 50,000 copies of each of Dan's four novels contracted with Haven, to be paid out over 4 years. That meant a check for $169,440 in 2013; and checks for $183,377.50 in 2014, 2015 & 2016.

Acting on these promises from our publisher, we began to rearrange our lives; turning our martial arts school over to our son to run, cutting back on fall convention appearances a little so that Dan had more time to write, and Jillian being able to leave her long-time part-time job to focus on being an agent for Dan's written works and for Samurai Dan & Jillian as performers.

In August 2013 we were given confirmation that our first royalty check was on its way to us! To celebrate the achievement of his lifelong dream, we went out and got Dan's dream car! We also purchased a used SUV to replace our old worn out car for traveling to conventions.

AND THAT'S WHEN OUR NIGHTMARE STARTED!!!

The day to cash the check had arrived, and there were insufficient funds available in the account(read-- NONE!). After 2 weeks of waiting everyday for news, and being assured repeatedly that things were being fixed, we were finally told that it was GUARANTEED to be fixed by the end of 2013...

And so we clung to that hope, believing the word of our publisher, and fell deeper into debt, waiting for and counting on the royalty paycheck to become valid. We had to take out $15,000 in loans to cover our loss of income, car payments, and bills through the end of 2013.

We waited and waited, being promised that Dan’s books would be on shelves in time for the Christmas rush, and that our check would be good any day…

5 days before Christmas we got confirmation from the company the book deal was supposed to be with(that we were being paid from) that the contract was a fraud! They had no deal with and had never heard of Haven Publishing. Our check was no good! Would NEVER be any good! And was not worth the paper it was written on! Additionally we have found out that Haven Publishing, LLC was dissolved by the state of Florida on September 28th, 2012—and is not legally allowed to conduct business of any sort. In other words, they can’t publish our books.

We enter 2014 facing the VERY REAL possibility of losing our vehicles, our home, and our career as performers because of this situation.

While we endeavor to find a legitimate publisher for Dan’s written works, and to pursue justice for what has happened, we are turning to you to help us keep our dreams alive. Please help us fight our way out of this mess!

Anything and everything you contribute to our campaign helps us to continue our careers as performing artists and bring our unique style of entertainment to people all across the country. We truly appreciate the love, support, and compassion that you show us!

Domo Arigato Gozaimasu!


What We Need & What You Get

We need your help! We live on approximately $38,000 a year of income, so this situation is a complete disaster for us. With our budget and bills, we were ok before all of this happened. We are working already on booking more performances and conventions for 2014 to put our income back to where it had been, and are both trying to find part time jobs as well. But we are left with $15,000 in loans; a $22,000 SUV loan; and a $42,000 car loan that we cannot afford. We are looking into giving back/selling the more expensive vehicle(Dan’s dream car), but we are still in trouble. The $35,000 goal of this campaign is to raise enough funds to pay off the bank loans and most of the SUV loan to get us back on our feet.

In appreciation of your contributions, you can claim a number of awesome perks! These include things like photos, DVDs, buttons, wristbands, stories, T-Shirts, having a book character named after you, and many more!!


The Impact

Your contribution will help allow us to continue our performing careers, and help allow Dan to continue pursuing his dreams as an author. Initial reviews from people in the industry and from early readers have indicated that his works have the potential to do very well.

Without your help it is very likely that we may have to cancel our convention appearances and both get full-time jobs to work our way out of this. We are willing to do whatever necessary to fix our situation, but your help in this struggle means we won’t have to start over with our lives entirely. Any and all contributions make a real difference to us.


Other Ways You Can Help

We thank you all for your contributions and for any help in this situation! Please remember to share this campaign and help us get the word to as many people as possible! Thank you so much!

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$16,841USD
raised by 297 people in 1 month
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$35,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on March 4, 2014
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  • $10USD
    'The Guardian' by Dan Coglan

    We will email you a pdf copy of one of Dan's short stories, 'The Guardian.'

    26 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $10USD
    A pic to scare the mice away!

    Ok, I'm only joking! This will be a nice, 5x7 autographed(and personalized upon request) photo of Samurai Dan & Jillian. :)

    15 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $10USD
    A Paw-tographed Photo!

    This will get you a 5x7 Paw-tographed(and personalized upon request) photo of Naya & Kuma, Samurai Dan & Jillian's fuzzy akitas!

    18 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $15USD
    Set of 3 Wristbands

    For your donation you will receive 3 rubber wristbands that say 'Fenris Firar' on one side(The infamous motorcycle gang in the pack- Dan's first novel) and Bite Me! on the other. They will also have the wolf head logo for the pack on them!

    4 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $15USD
    Samurai Dan & Jillian DVD

    Your choice of one of five DVD's produced by Samurai Dan & Jillian. Titles include: Samurai Swordsmanship Real Sword of Piece of Crap? Self-Defense Basics Fisticuffs of Fury Samurai Dan Comedy Club

    24 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $20USD
    Personal 'Thank You' Card

    Samurai Dan and Jillian will send you a personalized Thank You card for your generosity! :)

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $30USD
    Fenris Firar T-Shirt

    Wear this t-shirt proudly as a pack member of the Fenris Firar!(Werewolf gang from 'The Pack'-- Dan's first novel) T-shirt available in all adult sizes, is black with wolf head logo on front and back!

    12 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $30USD
    Motaku 2014

    This perk is for a weekend pass to Motaku! This Kansas City convention runs August 8-10, 2014 and has generously donated 10 badges to our campaign. http://motaku.org/

    10 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $35USD
    Become a Minion Member

    Receive your very own 6" personalized button and numbered certificate as a Minion Member!(Fan Club Member) Every minion is assigned to a division, and given their own 'SPECIAL' title!! ;-) Warning-- titles can and will get very silly!!!

    27 out of 500 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $35USD
    AnimeMidwest 2014

    This perk is for a weekend pass to Anime Midwest! This Chicago convention runs July 4-6, 2014 and has generously donated 10 badges to our campaign. http://www.animemidwest.com/

    10 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $35USD
    TriadAnimeCon 2014

    This perk is for a weekend pass to TriadAnimeCon! This North Carolina convention runs March 14-16, 2014 and has generously donated 30 badges to our campaign. http://triadanimecon.com/

    14 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $35USD
    Banzaicon 2014

    This perk is for a weekend pass to Banzaicon! This South Carolina convention runs October 10-12, 2014 and has generously donated 30 badges to our campaign. http://banzaicon.com/

    3 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $35USD
    AnimeSouthEast 2014

    This perk is for a weekend pass to AnimeSouthEast! This Tennessee convention runs May 9-11, 2014 and has generously donated 30 badges to our campaign. http://animesoutheast.com/

    0 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $45USD
    Colossalcon 2014

    This perk is for a weekend pass to Colossalcon! This Ohio convention runs June 5-8, 2014 and has generously donated 10 badges to our campaign. http://colossalcon.com/

    4 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $50USD
    No Brand Con 2014!

    This perk is for a weekend pass to No Brand Con! This Wisconsin convention runs April 25-27, 2014 and has generously donated 4 badges to our campaign. These 4 badges will have their own special commemorative artwork. Included with your pass you will also get a convention T-Shirt and if you wish, a photoshoot with the akitas, Naya & Kuma! http://www.nobrandcon.org/

    4 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $55USD
    Set of 5 DVDs

    All five DVD's produced by Samurai Dan & Jillian. Titles include: Samurai Swordsmanship Real Sword of Piece of Crap? Self-Defense Basics Fisticuffs of Fury Samurai Dan Comedy Club

    26 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $65USD
    'The Pack' by Dan Coglan

    This perk is for an original copy of 'The Pack' by Dan Coglan, personalized and autographed upon request. This is the original version that we had printed in April 2012 with Fantastic Journeys. This version will not be printed again, so they are first come first serve! We have 10 copies available! This book is Adult Horror Fiction, about an outlaw biker gang that are werewolves, and the young man forced to join them after getting bitten!

    6 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $100USD
    Dedication in Future Book

    Get your name listed in the book acknowledgements/dedication of a future work by Dan Coglan for your generosity!

    12 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2016
  • $400USD
    Be a Character!!

    Get a character named after you in a future work by Dan Coglan for your generosity! Warning: Creative liberties will be taken with your characters!

    1 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2010
  • $700USD
    Be Our Guest!

    Yes, that's a play on Beauty & the Beast! If you will be in the Iowa City, Iowa area, or in any or in any of the cities we perform in, we will take you out to a nice dinner(unless you REALLY want McDonald's), our treat! Contribute today and Be Our Guest!

    3 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2015
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