Sunnyville Blog Turns 9 Years Old!

I will keep this brief.

The Sunnyville Stories blog is NOW 9 YEARS OLD!

That’s right – nine years ago today, on August 1st, in my former home of New York City, I launched this blog.

Let’s hope that there’s more great things in store for me, Sunnyville Stories and its spin-off Dominic & Claire.

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Dominic and Claire Short Takes 7/28/2019

And now, for a few Dominic & Claire short takes! Don’t forget their Kickstarter launches on 9/4 and subscribe to my email list too!

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Comics Plans for 2019, 2020 and 2021

Ladies and gentlemen, I have news for what you can expect from me and my comics from now into the early 2020s.

The main priority right now through September will be the Dominic & Claire Fun-Size Kickstarter, launching on Wed. Sept. 4. Also over the next few days, I will be giving the Max West comics mailing list an overhaul; it’s badly needed as the list is NOT working at all and it needs to be a big tool for my Kickstarter work. Incidentally, if you haven’t done so, please subscribe to my mailing list.

Come September, besides running the Kickstarter, I will commence work on Sunnyville Stories #18. When that kicks off, I’ll have news on that to share. So once the new decade of the 2020s end the 2010s, what should you expect from me?

Convention appearances will continue and so will my comics. Comics planned for the year 2020 include Sunnyville Stories #19, Sunnyville Stories #20, and two more comics with Dominic & Claire. The pending titles for these works are Dominic & Claire Circus and Dominic & Claire Extravaganza. It is still up in the air whether or not they’ll be digests like their first two comics or if I will go to the standard size comic book.

More Kickstarters are planned for 2020 as well and definitely for 2021. As some of you may know from here, my Twitter or the mailing list, I’m undergoing some special “training” for Kickstarter and how to really make it work. If all this works out, I will be able to fund ALL my comics through Kickstarter. I hope to run 2 to 4 Kickstarters a year going forward if all goes according to plan.

Kickstarters pending for 2020 include (and this is still subject to change):

  • Sunnyville Stories #18 (Jan/Feb 2020)
  • Dominic & Claire Circus (Spring 2020)
  • Dominic & Claire Extravanganza (TBD)
  • ????????? (TBD)

That last one is tied to something I will start work on in 2020. You’ll find out about that soon enough.

That’s all for tonight. Make sure you stay tuned here for more news. I will also have comics up tomorrow. Subscribe to the mailing list today while you’re at it. And get ready for Dominic & Claire Fun-Size on 9/4!

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Back Dust Bunny Mafia Kickstarter

I have come today before you with a special announcement. One of Sunnyville’s allies is on Kickstarter and needs your help.

Bret Juliano, creator of Dust Bunny Mafia, has launched a Kickstarter to fund a mini collection of his comic strips. While the goal is a modest one of US$800, he has only about twenty days to make the goal.

I recommend pledging as Dust Bunny Mafia is a fun read. Also be sure to spread the word about his Kickstarter today!

As a reminder, my next Kickstarter – Dominic & Claire Fun-Size – will launch on September 4. Get ready for it and subscribe to my mailing list if you haven’t yet for more news!

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Meet Claire

Welcome back, friends. Yesterday, I introduced Dominic, the protagonist of the upcoming Kickstarter (launching on Wed. 9/4). Let’s introduce the deuteragonist, Claire. But first, be sure to subscribe to my comics mailing list if you haven’t.

Claire color concept
Claire Adamsen

Claire Adamsen is a 14-year-old teenage girl who lives next door to Dominic’s family. She has an older brother, Chester (Dominic’s main rival), and her parents.

Claire is a typical teenage girl. She goes to high school, loves hanging out with her friends, blows bubble gum and makes extra money by babysitting.

Claire finds Dominic adorable in his raccoon costume

Claire cares a lot about Dominic. She has known him since he was born and has been close by his side, cuddling and kissing him frequently. She finds Dominic hilarious, often laughing at all the funny things he says and does. Claire plays the straight man role to Dominic’s wise guy, much like how Sam does this with Rusty.

She’s often happy and upbeat but even she has her limits. Sometimes, Claire will get upset at her brother for his jerk behavior or at Dominic if his jokes go too far. But she will not stay that way for long.

That’s it for now. Watch for the Dominic & Claire Fun-Size Kickstarter on 9/4. Subscribe to the mailing list too for more updates on that!

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Meet Dominic

Today’s blog post (and tomorrow’s) is meant to introduce Rusty’s cousin Dominic Duncan. I believe one of the reasons the first Kickstarter failed was that there was NOT enough of a connection between readers and Dominic; therefore, this post is a brief profile of Dominic. I did this with Rusty too back when I first launched the blog. Before we start, don’t forget that you should subscribe to my mailing list and that the Dominic & Claire Fun-Size Kickstarter launches on Wednesday 9/4.

Anyway, let’s meet our adorable protagonist.

Dominic Duncan

Dominic Duncan is a 7-year-old kitten who lives with this family (I’ll introduce them in a moment) in New Gestad, a mountain town founded by Swiss immigrants.

Dominic is like any other little boy; he goes to school, he plays sports, he loves video games…but he’s also a wisecracker just like his cousin Rusty. His appearance was influenced by Huckle Cat from Richard Scarry’s Busytown but his personality is based on American comedian Groucho Marx. He is quite close to Claire Adamsen, his teenage neighbor, and has a crush on her. Dominic likes Claire a lot because she is incredibly pretty and she laughs at his jokes.

Dominic’s main nemesis is Chester, Claire’s older brother. Chester objects to Dominic’s closeness with Claire; for this reason, Chester is on the receiving end of Dominic’s insults and antics.

The Duncan Family Pencil Sketch Concept

This is a rough pencil sketch of Dominic’s family. On the left is Harald Duncan, Dominic’s father and Rusty’s uncle. He is the town’s clockmaker and runs the family business. Next to him is Abigail, his wife and mother to both of the children. That kitten you see in the lower right is Lori, Dominic’s 5-year-old sister.

I guarantee that we will be seeing more of Dominic’s family in future comics.

Come back tomorrow as I will introduce Dominic’s friend Claire. Meanwhile, subscribe to the mailing list and get ready for our Kickstarter launching 9/4!

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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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