For this Kickstarter I'm printing The Thyme Bandit, the 9th book in the Dragon and Goat Series, as a small off-set print run. It will be a full-color, 48 page book with a soft cover. PLUS, I’ll also be creating a small batch of enamel pins, one for Dragon and one for Goat.
Dragon and Goat is an all-ages funny animal adventure comic about...a dragon and a goat.
Dragon and Goat: The Thyme Bandit
In The Thyme Bandit Dragon and Goat try to find out who or what is stealing Goat’s prized rutabagas. They stake out the community garden with Magnet their robot dog but when he goes missing, too, Dragon and Goat have go underground to find the thief and their metal buddy. Only they discover a much more sinister scheme hatching underground.
The book deals with themes of community gardening, how we use and misuse technology, and how to learn to see beyond how people look or what we’ve been told about them in the past.
(See samples and a free e-book below!)
Dragon and Goat:
We're also making a batch of enamel pins.
About the Dragon and Goat Comic Series
Dragon and Goat began as a Daily Comic strip that ran 5 days a week for about 6 years in University newspapers and one English language newspaper in Shenzhen, China. I created about 700 strips before turning it into a full-page, full-color comic book series.
There are 8 books in the series and The Thyme Bandit will be the 9th. Each book is self-contained, so you can read them in any order you like, but, if you don’t have any Dragon and Goat books it will be a great start to your collection.
So far I have been self-publishing all my books with various print on demand services, but with the success we’ve been having with the latest books, small print runs of the next books make mores sense, which is why I’ve turned to Kickstarter.
Want to check out a sample? Here are a few pages from the last full-page book The S'Parktacular S'Particles .
Plus! If you want to check out a full Dragon and Goat book for free here's Dragon and Goat Goes to Washington, when Dragon and Goat head to DC and expose a vast governmental conspiracy (and meet Obama!) FREE E-BOOK. It's from back in the day when Dragon and Goat was a daily comic strip before it became a full-page comic like it is now!
Where is the Project?
The Thyme Bandit is almost done. I’m kind of old school when it comes to making in that I draw in pencil first then ink. I'm done with the interior page inking and am now through 25 pages of the 36 pages in digital coloring. There will be some other extras in the book to round out the 48 page count that I’ve been drawing for Inktober.
Once files are finalized and sent to Krakenprint at the beginning of the year, I should be able to have books and other swag in the mail by June of 2018. Hopefully sooner, but since I’ll be hand-stuffing the envelopes, I want to give myself plenty of time to get things out to you guys.
In terms of the budget $1800 will go to the book production, while $800 will go to pin production while, reserving $400 for incidentals like shipping, Kickstarter fees, taxes, and sandwiches…while I finish the book…
So….Who are You?
I've been making comics the past 14 years, but I’m also an educator. I teach as a full-time lecturer at Chicago State University in the city and part-time at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL where I teach art and comics.
What Other Comics Have You Done?
Beyond Dragon and Goat my web comic Cloud Arcadia ran for 2 years while I worked on my graphic novel The Panopticorn, a 148 page full color book. I do all the writing, drawing, book designing, promoting, and whatever else I have to do to make my worlds come to life [picture of me selling my soul to Beelzebob sponge pants].
Teaching keeps me busy while tending to my own worlds but I’ve collaborated on some other comics projects. 5th House Ensemble, a fantastic music group in Chicago commissioned me to create a moving comic to accompany their performance of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 9 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/8OJl9bvDTzY
Currently I’m working on a top secret comics project with a genomics lab that will launch some time in January or February of 2018.
More About Dragon and Goat
Dragon and Goat is a comic about two unlikely friends who have been mismatched best buds since childhood, though now, Dragon sets Goat on fire a lot less. Kid friendly and also fun for older readers, the comic takes us along with Dragon and Goat on their wild adventures from seeking pi-rat treasure to spelunking holes in Space-Time. Dragon’s curiosity and impatience are the perfect kindling for misadventure while Goat is left stitching back together their robotic dog Magnet and sometimes the universe.
DRAGON Pendragon is a walking fire ball, but he’s working on his anger issues. Despite his occasional bouts of temper, he has a big heart and an even bigger stomach with a taste for all things spicy and meaty- much to the chagrin of his vegetarian friend.
GOAT Tenderhoof is a thinker and a tinkerer who would rather build a tin toy out of a tin can than eat it. A warm-hearted intellectual with just a pinch of mad scientist, despite his braininess, he’s insecure about all the things that he doesn’t know… like how to hold hands when you have hooves.
MAGNET is a robotic dog that Dragon found in a heap of nuts and bolt. Goat managed to put him back together but where the metal pup came from is still a mystery. He runs on a Fotonium core that somehow compresses light into a liquid state but more importantly he is Dragon and Goat’s faithful companion who is always willing to learn new tricks and help them pick up cute girls at the park.
When I was in my Freshman English class many moons ago, I wrote a letter to a friend who was about to quit her art degree. I had this theory at the time that everyone kind of has these creative creatures inside of them that with constant tending allowed us to become artists, musicians, or just creative people in general, making things and enjoying life. Admittedly it was partially influenced by playing too much Pokemon on my Gameboy as a high school senior, but it’s something I still kind of believe. You have to tend to your inner creative creatures so they can grow into something beyond yourself.
For me Dragon and Goat are manifestations of my creative creatures. I’ve been working on the comic for a long time, but I need help taking the comic to the next level and reaching a wider audience. I want to get my worlds out to more people than those in the Chicago area.
Risks and challenges
Right now I'm finishing the book, but I have 25 of 36 interior pages colored. Though, I have a heavy teaching load at two higher ed schools, getting into Winter Break I'll be able to hunker down and finish everything by the end of the year. It will be challenging but with over 14 years of experience and 12 or so comic books under my belt I know how to make it happen and juggle my time and energy (and coffee!)
Financing the print run is the biggest hurdle so Kickstarter is necessary for the book to be printed through Kraken Print. I'm doing Print on Demand right now, but it's not cost-effective, and the off-set printing is much better quality. Plus with the enamel pins the up-front costs are too large for me to do on my own, but with what are essentially pre-sales through Kickstarter, I will be able to make it happen.
Right now Dragon and Goat is kind of plateauing in a small Chicago-land market, but if the comic is to grow I need to plan, like this, to have a bigger impact and spread D&G throughout the land!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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