Dominic and Claire Return: The Kickstarter!

Today is the day of the big announcement. I’m announcing my next Kickstarter and I am definitely fired up about this. How is that? Work on the Kickstarter page itself has already started before this official announcement.

Dominic & Claire Funnies Cover

Back in February, the Dominic & Claire Funnies was released. This digest-size comic, also available in digital format over on DriveThru Comics, is a humor spin-off from Sunnyville Stories featuring Rusty’s adorable and witty cousin Dominic. This comic got a good write-up over on Root Beer Party and I want to build on this success with another hilarious comic.

On Tuesday April 30, a Kickstarter will launch to raise a sum of US$625 to fund a print run of about 500 copies of “Dominic & Claire Return”, a 20-page black & white digest-size comic featuring about three funny stories with a page or two of filler gag material.

The printing of the comic itself will cost around $408. On that note, it should be a quick job once the funds clear. The firm that is printing this comic is right here in the United States, they offer free shipping if your order total is a certain threshold and their turnaround time is just a couple of days instead of several weeks. This is good for both myself and my backers as rewards can be fulfilled quicker.

Postage and shipping costs, based on my estimates and research, will run around $130. This does take into account that I will have a handful of foreign backers such as in Canada and the United Kingdom. That brings us to a total of $538. We will need to add on an extra 10% to that figure. Processing fees take about 3-5% and the people at Kickstarter take a 5% cut for themselves which raises the total to around $591.80. The final total we aim to raise will be $625 as anything extra is meant to cover unforeseen challenges.

The Kickstarter itself will run for about 30 days. Should it succeed (and I am optimistic it will), rewards will be mailed out by early June at the latest thanks to the quick turn around times. Now let’s get onto the rewards.

A pledge of $3 gets you a copy of Dominic & Claire Return mailed out to you anywhere in the world.

A pledge of $6 gets you both a copy of Dominic & Claire Return PLUS the Dominic & Claire Funnies mailed out to you anywhere in the world. That’s TWO WHOLE COMICS you’re getting.

A pledge of $15 gets you both of the above comics mailed out to you anywhere in the world. Plus you get a PDF copy of Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 featuring Dominic’s cousin Rusty and an extra comic of mine (which has yet to be determined).

A pledge of $30 gets you both the above comics, the PDF copies of Sunnyville Volume 1, the extra comic PLUS you will get a PDF copy of Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 featuring Dominic’s cousin Rusty.

A retailer special is being devised and will be announced later; this will be a good one for those who own any kind of storefront like a comic shop.

I will also offer two slots for a special $100 pledge. You will get all of the above rewards plus two extra ones! You will get a free 8.5 x 11 piece of color artwork with either Dominic or Claire (your choice). You will also be drawn into one of the comic pages inside Dominic & Claire Return! Yes, I will draw a likeness of you or a character of yours into the comic itself!

Remember that we launch on Tuesday April 30! Mark your calendars and get your money ready to back Dominic & Claire Return!

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Big Kickstarter Announcement this weekend

I have to apologize for not being able to update last weekend. My laptop was updating the whole weekend and I couldn’t use it.

Stay tuned for an announcement this weekend. There will be a Kickstarter around April 30 to fund my next comic, Dominic & Claire Return.

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Dominic and Claire on DriveThru

First, a few announcements before getting started…

This weekend has had me working on taxes.  As this post goes live, I am still working on them.  That’s an annual thing for me and is something you really need to think about if you want to make comics on the professional level.

Second, I am working to convert my webcomic Tiffany & Corey into a daily comic instead of the more sporadic one I currently update.  There’s more details on that site about my plans.

Also, I will be at the Toys Curiosities & Collectibles Expo on Saturday March 30 in Moorhead Center Mall of Moorhead, Minnesota.  Sunnyville comics will be for sale there so look for me there!  And now for a big announcement…   Continue reading

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Taxes, Kickstarters and More for 2019

I do have an announcement to make today.  The Kickstarter I announced recently for Tiffany & Corey?  It has been cancelled.

I have had some things come up.  One is that I have to take care of the annual taxes.  Also next month, I’ll be making a visit to New York and I won’t be able to adequately promote the Kickstarter in advance as I should.

I am planning more Kickstarters for this year though.  Next on my list (once my taxes are done) will be Sunnyville Stories #18.  This will the long awaited time travel story I have been working on.  On top of that, it will be the first of my comics done in the standard comic book size.  There will be a Kickstarter to fund this so stay tuned for more details about that.

Don’t forget that I will be at the Toys Collectibles & Curiosities Exposition over in Moorhead, Minnesota on Saturday March 30.  Sunnyville comics will be on sale along with Dominic & Claire.  It’s free to the public and worth checking out.

That’s it for now.  I’ll have more news for everyone next weekend!

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FM Comicon 2019 Day 2

The second day of FM Comicon 2019 didn’t see as much foot traffic as yesterday.  Part of that owed to the rough winter we’ve had in the area (there was a blizzard warning in effect and flights at the local airport were cancelled).

FM Comicon 2019 Sunday

As you can see, not as many people came this day.

My table display

There’s my table set up for the last day of the convention.  Here’s another photo.

FM Comicon 2019 vendors

So how did the convention go for me?

Better than I expected.  I sold more comics that last year, including some of the Dominic & Claire comics!  I didn’t break even but I still did better than the previous year.  However I don’t aim to rest on my laurels.

Another event is planned for March 30 but I’ll have another post on that later.

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FM Comicon 2019 Day 1

FM Comicon 2019 was quite intense yesterday!  I arrived and set my wares up.

FM Comicon 2019 merchandise

I just had Sunnyville volume 1 instead of all my usual books.  Also with me was the Sunnyville Super Special #2 from my Kickstarter last year.   Continue reading

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Dominic and Claire at FM Comicon

Welcome back, everyone.  Before we get to the meat of this post, don’t forget about the Kickstarter for Tiffany & Corey that is starting on Saturday April 13th!

Anyway, next weekend on Feb. 23-24 is my first convention of 2019, FM Comicon here in Fargo, North Dakota.

My stock will be more limited this year.  I’ll be selling just copies of Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 out of all my trade paperbacks; also available will be copies of Sunnyville Stories #17.  But those aren’t my main focus this year.   Continue reading

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The Tiffany & Corey Kickstarter

ATTENTION:  AS OF 3/3/2019, THIS KICKSTARTER IS CANCELLED DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND MY CONTROL!

Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to announce my next Kickstarter.  It won’t be for Sunnyville though (I will do them for both Sunnyville #18 and #19 but that’s for another day) – it will be for my webcomic Tiffany & Corey.

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, I will be launching a crowdfunding drive to fund a 24-page digest size comic (5.5 x 8.5 inches) titled “Tiffany & Corey’s Funhouse”.

Cover Mockup

(DISCLAIMER:  The above image is a mock-up and will not be the final cover.)   Continue reading

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The Dominic and Claire Funnies For Sale

The big day has finally arrived!  The Sunnyville spin-off, the Dominic & Claire Funnies, is now for sale!

The Dominic & Claire Funnies cover

These are now for sale on my Etsy store and will also be sold at various shows.  If you are a retailer who wants to carry these books, please contact me at maxwestart(at)gmail(dot)com for more information.

Well, what are you waiting for?  Get your copy today!

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Dominic and Claire page 24

And so we come to our final page of the 24 hour Dominic & Claire comic!

Dominic and Claire Page 24

And so it ends.

We hope you enjoyed this 24 hour comic.  Stay tuned in just a little while for a special announcement…



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