Dominic and Claire Fun-Size Kickstarter Details

Welcome back, friends. Just as I said I would, I want to go more into detail about the Kickstarter for Dominic & Claire Fun-Size. We launch on Wednesday morning of September 4, 2019.

A brief DISCLAIMER before we start: All information in here is subject to change. In the buildup to the actual Kickstarter, I may adjust the numbers and rewards. I’ll try to share that as often as possible with you fans.

Anway, the planned goal is a more ambitious one. This time the goal is US$800. While still below the $1000+ mark, I feel it can be done. I have some new strategies to be unleashed both before and during this Kickstarter; this time, I’m confident we can win.

As for cost breakdown, the item we aim to fund is a 5.5 by 8.5 inch (digest size) comic book with a black/white interior count of 16 pages. It will contain short vignettes with Rusty Duncan’s cousin, Dominic, and his teenage neighbor, Claire. The print run of this comic will be 500 copies; an American printer called Dazzle Printing will be used. Besides free shipping to me, their turnaround time is quick at about 4 business days. This means I will get the items quickly and send them out to backers without having to wait on delays. That printing will run around $411.73.

A sufficient supply of 6 x 9 inch padded envelopes will run around $76. Estimated postage to domestic backers (first class mail) will run around $175 while postage to a handful of expected international backers should run around $28.35.

That brings our total to $691.08. Adding on an additional 10% to that (covering Kickstarter’s take and processing fees) brings it to $760.18. Adding on a little extra to cover anything unexpected brings it to $800.

Now let’s get onto the rewards! The basic reward tier is $10. That will get you a copy of Dominic & Claire Fun-Size plus a copy of the Dominic & Claire Funnies. On top of that, you will get a black & white inked drawing of Dominic or Claire (your choice)! All these will be mailed out to you anywhere in the world!

A special early bird reward tier at $15 will be available too. That will include the above rewards and you will get two extra digest size comics of mine sent to you. This will be limited to only 5 backers.

Next up is a $25 reward tier that is limited to only 4 backers. You get copies of both Fun-Size and the Funnies, the character sketch, plus you will get original color comic art of one of the four milestone bonus comics I’ll be doing (I’ll explain that in a bit).

A bigger reward tier of $75 is limited to only two backers. You will get both comics and the character sketch mailed out to you plus two special items! You will get the original cover art, either for Dominic & Claire Fun-Size or the unused cover for the first incarnation of this comic (Dominic & Claire Return). You (a character or caricature) will also appear as a cameo in a one-page gag in the Fun-Size comic!

A reward tier will be offered to anyone with a retail business too. Each and every one who backs the Kickstarter will get their name printed in the comic. There’s going to be a unique strategy employed here called a milestone bonus. When we reach the following funding levels – 25 %, 50%, 75% and 100% – everyone who pledged will get a milestone bonus in the form of an extra comic…in color! It will feature Dominic and/or Claire in a humorous situation!

Now doesn’t that sound awesome? Remember that we need your support for funding so mark your calendars for Wed. Sept. 4! Subscribe to my mailing list and this blog too for more news!

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Dominic And Claire Fun-Size Kickstarter

Today is the day of the big announcement!

On Wednesday, September 4, 2019, I will be launching a Kickstarter to fund a print run of a digest size comic called Dominic & Claire Fun-Size. It will be 16 pages interior count and in black & white loaded up with humor.

The goal will be around US$750. It is my aim to succeed this time and I’ve been devising new strategies to achieve this end.

This is also a threshold point for me. My past Kickstarter have had goals in the $100-500 range. I hope to break into the $501-999 range; if I can succeed there, I have a shot at getting the $1000 and above range for future work.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing pages and planned battle strategies for the Kickstarter. On that note, I’ve reactivated the Max West comics mailing list so go subscribe if you haven’t already.

The exact details like the funding breakdown are still being worked out. I hope to have that up tomorrow and adjustments will be made as the day of the Kicsktarter approaches.

That’s it for now. Subscribe to our mailing list if you haven’t already and watch for the Dominic & Claire Fun-Size Kickstarter on September 4!

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Kickstarter Announcement Next Weekend!

Greetings, Sunnyville fans. The reorganization of my studio is nearly completed.

On the agenda for next weekend will be the Dominic & Claire Fun-Size comic for my upcoming Kickstarter in September. As a reminder, during the week, I will be taking a Kickstarter workshop as a refresher. With the knowledge from that, the official announcement for Dominic & Claire’s Kickstarter will be next weekend.

Anyway, the comic itself was left unfinished after the last Kickstarter did not fund. I have that plus some extra material to throw in. This comic will be a funny one along the lines of the Dominic & Claire Funnies. I should have more news on that soon.

In August, I will begin work on a new webcomic planned for next year; that will be revealed in due time. Once September rolls around, the Kickstarter will launch and work on Sunnyville #18 will start. I’ll update you on that soon too.

That’s it for now! Until next time!

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Kickstarter 2019, Webcomics 2020

This is a short update today but still an important one. As you all know, due to a variety of personal factors, not much comics work has been done this month. As of today, I am still busy with cleaning and reorganizing the layout of my art studio.

As you all know, a new Kickstarter featuring Dominic and Claire is planned for September. On July 10, I will be attending a Kickstarter workshop as a refresher as well as for preparation for this; it is imperative that I succeed so I need to be ready. That following weekend, I will make an official announcement about the Kickstarter such as when it launches plus other details like rewards and funding tiers. In fact, once that gets resolved, I need to assemble the comic that will be featured in the Kickstarter!

Work on Sunnyville Stories #18 will start in September. I am also planning a brand new webcomic that should launch in 2020. I won’t be revealing information until later but those who are following me on Twitter might be able to guess what it’s about.

That’s it for now. Watch for more news soon!

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Updates for June 22, 2019

Good day, everyone. I am sorry that I did not update the past two weeks.

Besides a nasty cold, I am busy with personal things like cleaning and reorganizing my studio.

My plans for a new Dominic & Claire Kickstarter in September are still on track. It will not be until July that I announced a final date for the launch and concrete plans to go with it.

As for more adventures with Rusty and Sam, Sunnyville Stories #18 will NOT enter production until September too. I’ll have more news on that soon.

Until next time, friends!

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Looking Ahead to Summer and Fall 2019, Part 2

Picking up from where we left off yesterday, my plans for Sunnyville and its expanded universe are as follows.

One of the goals over the summer months for me is to create some more picture book “dummies” (that’s publishing lingo for a rough draft complete with art and text) for Hilda and Richie. I have two ideas I have been wanting to draw with them. I aim to shop this work around to picture book publishers in the future. Oh, Hilda and Richie do exist in the Sunnyville universe; I’ll have to see about a crossover one day.

More importantly, I need to prepare better for the next Kickstarter with Dominic & Claire. That will launch in September and I’ll eventually share more details once they are worked out.

After careful thinking, I came to two conclusions about what went wrong with that Kickstarter. The first problem was that I asked my backers out of the blue to back a creation of mine mostly unfamiliar to them. In spite of declaring it a spin-off and part of the Sunnyville universe, they didn’t have much exposure. The only comics I’ve done so far with them (other than the incomplete Kickstarter comic “Dominic & Claire Return”) is the 24 hour comic and the Dominic & Claire Funnies. My backers and fans have not had time to connect with Dominic & Claire as they have with Rusty, Sam and the Sunnyville gang.

Do you remember how I shared whole comics stories here with Rusty and friends? Plus I posted up profiles and artwork of the characters. I have NOT done with that with Dominic, Claire or Rusty’s relatives in Dominic’s hometown of New Gestad.

Over the next few months, I aim to share artwork and profiles of the characters to this Sunnyville spin-off. There’ll also be a few short vignettes with Dominic and Claire; this will feed into another strategy of mine for the next Kickstarter. A free sample comic will be offered to potential backers. I made the first episode of Sunnyville free; this strategy will be used with Dominic & Claire too.

The second problem: the adage “show, don’t tell” applies here. I declared that Dominic was Rusty’s cousin and Dominic’s hometown of New Gestad was part of the Sunnyville universe. But I didn’t show that. Some of the art and comics I’ll share will involve Rusty with his cousin Dominic; Rusty will actually state in-universe he is visiting. Plus the newer Dominic & Claire comic for the Kickstarter will contain a story or two with Rusty. The logic behind this is to help bridge these two settings and clearly establish to readers that Dominic’s world is indeed part of the Sunnyville canon.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned to this blog as I’ll have more news on the Kickstarter in the future. Plus there’ll be more material with Dominic and friends soon so keep an eye out for it!

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Looking Ahead to Summer and Fall 2019

This is a personal entry but also one that concerns the future of Sunnyville Stories and my comics in general.

As you know, my recent Kickstarter for Dominic & Claire Return didn’t make its goal. For the whole week, I was demoralized. The drive to do anything was gone; my heart wasn’t just in making any kind of comics anymore. I was planning to make an announcement today that Sunnyville would be ending for good and I would stop drawing anything.

Last night, I was just laying around moping and had YouTube playing on my television. Playing were some videos from Tyler James, a guru behind the website Comix Launch. I was halfheartedly listening to his visage spouting advice on comics and crowdfunding. As these videos played, I was feeling down about my planned retirement from comics. I really didn’t want to do it, but I felt I had no drive anymore. Then two videos played on my YouTube television app. One of them was about 3 common mistakes made about Kickstarter project images and the second one was choosing a good Kickstarter project image.

When I saw those videos, I swear that a thunderclap went off in my mind – it was enough to snap me out of my depression and make me sit up. These videos were full of information that were quick fixes, albeit minor ones, to Kickstarter projects. But they worked.

In less than one hour, I had gone from being ready to quit making comics to being fired up again to make comics and plot out my next Kickstarter.

So what’s next? From here on, I am going to continue work on Dominic & Claire comics and plan the next Kickstarter. They will star in another Kickstarter launching in the first week of September. I know that you may be expecting details right now…that will have to wait. I still need some time to relax after this gut-wrenching Kickstarter experience and to “recharge” my batteries. I also need to have a refresher on crowdfunding. Therefore, I’ll be taking part in a July workshop that Tyler James (the guy I mentioned above) is holding.

There is more…but that will have to wait until tomorrow.

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Dominic and Claire Kickstarter Fails

The Kickstarter for Dominic & Claire Return is over. It failed.

I’m more confused than angry or depressed. I contacted over 30 people well ahead of time about backing this campaign.

Did they just drop off the face of the Earth?

I did everything right and still failed. I really don’t get that.

This isn’t the end however of either Dominic & Claire or Sunnyville. Already, a new Kickstarter is being assembled. Stay tuned as this isn’t the final curtain; I’ll have an announcement this weekend.

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10 days left for Dominic and Claire

Dominic & Claire Return is currently entering its final 10 days.

The latest update is now posted and we made the Comix Launch Podcast #199 (listen around the one hour, seven minute mark).

However, we have yet to make our goal. I honestly don’t understand what is going wrong. I did everything I did before and this is not a question of me being stupid or my comics being bad (contrary to what some clueless idiots out there think). As I did before, I contacted a number of backers well in advance. Are they just not interested? Or maybe it’s a bad time of year to launch a Kickstarter.

No matter what happens, I am going to see this Kickstarter through to the end, win or lose.

As this post goes live, I’m already assembling a contingency plan. Once this Kickstarter ends and pending the results, I will unveil this plan.

Stay tuned and make sure you pledge today to Dominic & Claire Return!

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Kickstarter Update 5/12/2019

Welcome back, everyone. The Dominic & Claire Return Kickstarter continues and has 17 days to go.

It isn’t going well right now as we haven’t even hit the 50% funding mark. But in spite of this, I will be seeing this through to the end no matter how it turns out.

Updates are on the Kickstarter on how I designed the cover; it is broken up into a part 1 and a part 2.

Work will continue on that comic, whether or not the Kickstarter succeeds. I’m also working on more updates for Tiffany & Corey so look for that.

I should have another update later on. Keep watching and pledge to the Kickstarter!

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