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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Dominic and Claire Kickstarter Day 5

The Dominic & Claire Kickstarter enters its fifth day.

As it stands right now, the Kickstarter is around 25% funded. That’s a quarter of the way. That’s not bad, but we have to keep this up. If it doesn’t hit 100% funding by the early morning hours of May 30, it will all be for nothing.

The first Kickstarter update has been posted. Two more are forthcoming both today and tomorrow. I might do another update on Monday. My work this weekend has been entirely on Dominic & Claire Return. As this post goes live, I am designing the cover.

Inking Claire on the cover

I will be sharing the cover creation process over the weekend on the Kickstarter.

Stay tuned to the blog for more details and also pledge to the Kickstarter today!

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Dominic and Claire Kickstarter Launched

It has begun! Early this morning, the Kickstarter for Dominic & Claire Return kicked off!

Screenshot of Dominic & Claire Kickstarter Launch

We have until the early morning hours of May 30, 2019 to meet the goal of US$625. While this is modest compared to many other Kickstarters (which often have goals in the thousands), it will not be easy to meet this goal as this is more money than I’ve aimed to raise before.

The first update on the Kickstarter itself will be this evening and there will be blog posts throughout the campaign. But I can’t do this alone – I need all of you out there helping me. Please pledge today to the Dominic & Claire Return Kickstarter and be sure you tell others!

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Dominic and Claire Kickstarter Preparations

First, before we continue, I want to mention another Kickstarter. Sinopa Publishing has a neat RPG campaign running for the Sinopa Omnibus Volume 1. If you can, please pledge to it and spread the word.

On Tuesday April 30, we launch the Dominic & Claire Return Kickstarter. The goal is a modest one of US$625 but this is higher than usual as I tended to stick to the $200-500 range.

I’ve devised a basic strategy of promotion. There will be daily updates on both Twitter and Facebook. The blog and Kickstarter updates will be used. I am on the fence about whether to write up another press release. I’m also reaching out to bloggers and podcasters about coverage. (Incidentally, if you are such an individual, please contact me at maxwestart(at)gmail(dot)com.)

The campaign will launch in the early morning hours. I will take a screenshot of when it is launched and post a blog update with said screenshot. The site Kicktraq will get monitored too as they track all kinds of Kickstarters. I wouldn’t mind being listed on the Kickstarter page as a “Project We Love”, but the chances of that are realistically slim to none.

Promotional art will be composed today to use in tweets and Facebook posts.

A lot is riding on this. My hopes that a second Dominic & Claire comic combined with publicity from the campaign will give me enough momentum to get them into the direct market. It should help that the Dominic & Claire Funnies (their first comic) will be a reward for certain backers along with this comic.

Stay tuned for more updates and get your pledges ready! We launch Dominic & Claire Return on Kickstarter this Tuesday!

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Kickstarter Approved and Ready to Go!

We are good to go! The Dominic & Claire Return Kickstarter has been approved by the staff.

We are set to launch on Tuesday April 30 so get ready!

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Kickstarter Work Ninety Percent Finished

Today’s post is a short one but does follow up from yesterday.

The Dominic & Claire Return Kickstarter is ninety percent completed. I have spent all day working on it. Only two vital components remain.

The first is the video. It’s not finished but I have been working all day. It will be wrapped up tomorrow night and put on the Kickstarter then. Some of you are wondering what the big deal is. Not having a video is fatal to a Kickstarter; I may fail without one and I am NOT taking any chances.

The second requires approval of the Kickstarter people. That takes about three days but I have plenty of time for that.

That’s it for now. I will update all of you again once the Kickstarter is finished & approved. We launch on Tuesday, April 30 so be ready!

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Dominic and Claire Kickstarter Work

To that end, I am working

Welcome back, friends. I apologize for not updating last week but I have been busy. As you all know, the Dominic & Claire Return Kickstarter is launching on Tuesday April 30. It is imperative that by Sunday night tomorrow on April 21 that I finish the Kickstarter and its video for submission to the Kickstarter staff.

To that end, I am working on the first few pages of the comic. These will be used in the Kickstarter page itself as well as the video.

This is one of the new characters introduced in the comic for a one-page gag. His name is Pinky. He’s a pig who is one of Dominic’s friends. His gimmick is that, like comedian Harpo Marx, he never says anything. Everything he does is pantomime.

These are the thumbnails that I’ve devised for the first story in Dominic & Claire Return. I spent time on those thumbnails as these pages will be used for the Kickstarter sample images and the video.

As you can see here, my sketches and thumbnails are set to go. I’ll be getting to drawing in a bit.

I will share another blog post tomorrow once I get everything finished and running. Stay tuned!

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The Future Ahead for Rusty and Dominic

This second entry today on Sunday March 31, 2019 AD is a personal one but also a big one for my comics.

There will be NO update next weekend as I will be in New York City visiting family.

Next after that, my webcomic Tiffany & Corey will be getting daily updates Monday to Friday all through the month of April. So be sure to check that out.

As I announced before, the Kickstarter for Dominic & Claire Return will launch on Tuesday April 30. For the rest of today and into the week, I will be contacting potential backers.

To be honest, I am strongly debating investing more in Dominic, Rusty’s cousin, as opposed to Rusty, the protagonist of Sunnyville. I do feel strongly about Dominic & Claire as it is humor and that has a broader appeal to the more artistic and “personal” Sunnyville. What I am trying to say is that I can’t guarantee a set date for when I will work on Sunnyville #18 and #19. Once I return from New York, I will be throwing 100% effort into Dominic & Claire. Besides their Kickstarter and its comic, I’m drafting notes for a mini-series of about two to four comics involving those characters. If things go well, I want to see about getting Dominic & Claire into the direct market, either through Diamond or through another source.

It is hard to predict what will happen for Sunnyville and I haven’t plotted out an exact schedule. Once I return and see how the planned Dominic & Claire Kickstarter fares, I hope to plan out a better strategy.

That’s it for now. See you in two weeks, fans!

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Toys Collectibles Curiosities Expo March 2019 Report

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back. This is the first of two blog posts today. I need to get this event report out of the way. Yesterday on March 30, 2019, the Toys Collectibles & Curiosities Expo was held in Moorhead Center Mall in nearby Moorhead, Minnesota.

The one-day event saw the sales of comic books (such as mine), toys, videocassettes, videodiscs, books, artwork and other merchandise. Of course, a farmers market was also held in the Moorhead Center Mall that day; fruits, vegetables, bread, meat, pastries and other such comestibles were available. This helped pull in a lot more traffic than usual. That worked to my advantage which I will get to in a bit.

I was set up with my various comics. Some of my older comics stock was put into envelopes which I dubbed “mystery packs”. Also there was Sunnyville volume 1, Sunnyville #17 and the Dominic & Claire Funnies (still for sale on DriveThru).

I was aggressively pushing the Dominic & Claire Funnies since it was in color, all ages and had a low price point. I sold some of the copies. What helped even more was because of the farmers market, a ton of foot traffic came by my table.

People attending the Toys Expo

So how did I do?

I ACTUALLY MADE A PROFIT!

I made back my table fee plus extra by selling off a number of my older comics stock as well as copies of the Dominic & Claire Funnies! To say I’m excited is an understatement. However, I do not plan to rest on my laurels. I have a Kickstarter to launch on April 30. I will continue to pitch the Dominic & Claire Funnies too. And there’s my webcomic…but that’s for later.

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