As you readers know, a Sunnyville Stories spin-off is scheduled for release in February 2019. This will be titled the Dominic & Claire Funnies.
My plans for the comic have changed. Instead of the planned standard comic book size, the comic will be a digest size of 5.5 by 8.5 inches. It will still be in color but only 12 pages instead of the original planned 16 pages.
While scouring the Internet for affordable printers, I came across PS Print. Until December 27, they are offering a special of 40% off comic book printing jobs. By next weekend, the final copy of the digital files will be sent to the printers and the comics should arrive in January, ready before the planned street release date of Saturday February 9, 2019.
The print run will be about 1,000 copies and the planned retail price will be US$1. At that price, not much more than a candy bar or a newspaper, customers will lose nothing by purchasing a copy. It’s even more of a bargain when you realize the standard superhero comic from Marvel and DC runs between $4-8 an issue!
The marketing part of my plan will involve this blog as well as Facebook and Twitter. Since Dominic & Claire is a spin-off of Sunnyville, I can piggyback off those channels. I am also going to reach out to some blogs, podcasts, print publications and other contacts of mine to see what sort of publicity they can give me.
For sales, the Dominic & Claire Funnies will be sold from my Etsy page and at conventions. I am going to be contacting some of my vendors and seeing if they’ll take copies of the comic to sell. At the low price of US$1, they should have no problem selling them. I have developed a plan for the convention circuit; I will be selling copies starting with the February FM Comicon.
It is important to do my best and sell as many copies as I can. If I can sell out all or even most of my copies, I would like to see about getting Dominic & Claire into the direct market. That means going through Diamond Distribution; they sell to nearly every comic shop. That’s a whole other challenge in itself and it’s best not to put the cart before the horse.
I’ll have more news once the printers get my digital files and the comics get shipped. Stay tuned!