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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About Max West

I am a freelance artist and the creator of Sunnyville Stories, an independent slice-of-life comics series.
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