Hello, I'm Daniel Kornguth. I live and work in the vibrant town of Brattleboro, Vermont. I make a living providing care to a gentleman with special needs and continue to maintain my carpentry business. I practice and teach Shorin Ryu Karate, I host an artist's collective known as the Brattleboro Comix Lab as well as organize community events such as monthly figure drawing sessions and an annual D.I.Y. soap box derby.
I am trying to produce, publish, print, promote and distribute my first comic: Equinox.
I co-wrote the story with H. Rob Hunter III. I knew how to draw and paint, and I felt confident in the story, but it was also clear to me that there was a lot i didn't know about making comic books.
In the summer of 2009 I took some time off from work to attend a summer session at the Center for Cartoon Studies. I was privileged to meet some amazing artists during my week in White River Junction; I was awed by their talent, dedication and determination. One thing I took from that experience was the realization that one can go to a store, buy a bunch of yarn and needles, go on-line, get some patterns but, unless you actually sit down and knit, you won't end up with a sweater.
There was so much I had to learn and hardly knew where to begin besides the obvious step of simply drawing.
I reached out to my community and found a wealth of resources; over the next few months, I acquired a good computer, a Wacom tablet, the Adobe Creative Suite, and recruited knowledgable individuals willing to share their skills. I learned to use a new set of media and overcame many technical, logistical, artistic and emotional challenges, including simply finding the time and motivation to work while maintaining jobs, relationships, and other obligations.
I have finally hit a stride with this project and, as I close in on getting the art work done, I am ready to start looking at the next step(s).
The bulk of the money I raise will go towards printing costs. I hope to print 1000 copies of a full color, 40 page comic.
In the Vermont tradition, I try to support local business; all my printing needs will be provided by businesses right here in Brattlevegas. Other expenses include some wages to sub contractors such as graphic design assistance, web production and map making.
I am negotiating with a map maker from New Zealand who has worked with directors famous for epic, big-budget, fantasy films.
I was told that, like drugs, you always give 'em the first one for free, therefore, I have allocated a portion of the budget towards distribution costs, promotions and kickstarter backer rewards which include posters, t-shirts, and an art exhibition.
Thank you for helping me create this comic.
- (40 days)