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Creating a 2015 daily calendar preceded by a daily comic-a-day e-mail to begin immediately. Start every day laughing...

Summary

I am launching a new single-panel cartoon series on December 23, 2013. The name of the comic is Lyon's Den and the concept is to make people laugh with a minimal commitment (single panel with only a brief comment or dialogue). No political or other agenda except humor - using a variety of subjects (human, animals, inanimate objects, etc.).

Will publish a 2015 daily calendar. With over 150 cartoons already drawn and ready to go, will initially launch the comic with a cartoon a day e-mail that will start upon conclusion of this project and last for one year. The long-term goal is to get Lyon's Den syndicated in newspapers and publish several years of calendars (along with digital distribution).

Lyon's Den

Several years ago,  I started writing down ideas for comics. This year I decided to leave my job, and focus my efforts on creating the comic, Lyon's Den. I have already finished the first batch of 150 and have barely scratched the surface of my notes/ideas. This Kick Starter project will be the official launch of the cartoon... starting with the first e-mail on December 23.

How it Started...

In 2003, I was standing in a subway in Taiwan during the height of the SARS outbreak. I looked around me and everyone on the train was wearing surgical masks. I started laughing out loud as a thought popped into my head...

Over the next 10 years, my life went on as normal, except for one thing... wherever I went, whether conscious or not, cartoon ideas popped into my head and I wrote them down...

More Cartoons...

My parents took me, along with one of my sons, to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Florida. While we were there, I met a possum and learned the origin of "playing possum"... hence the possum playground...

My brother, Robert, moved to Switzerland and I was talking to him on the phone one Memorial Day holiday... thinking about what a Memorial Day parade would look like there…

I watched Blake Griffin jump over a car to win the dunk contest in 2011...

I was on my honeymoon in an undersea restaurant in the Maldives laughing with my wife (after a few drinks)... "looking at fish and eating fish"...

Which led to this cartoon (which also became my gift to her on our anniversary and the inspiration behind the "immortalize yourself..." pledge)...

Some inspiration came while watching movies... A Christmas Story...

After drawing that one (one of my personal favorites and future Christmas card), the Cyclops character became the subject of a handful of other cartoons I created... this one inspired from An Officer and a Gentleman...

Other cartoons come from sitting down and thinking of what is unique and/or funny about certain animals and then coming up with ways to portray those qualities in a humorous picture... the cow...

or the cat...

I was not sold on this one (cat/catfish) before it was drawn (I thought it would just be a little cute)... but after getting some positive feedback it led to a few others… here is the horse/seahorse version…

Other themes emerged after drawing one cartoon and liking it... like animal court...

Some came from famous quotes... I have a slew of Shakespeare ones yet to be drawn... but one from PT Barnum...

A lot of sports inspired ones... and some combining sports and animals (this was the first Lyon's Den cartoon ever drawn)…

Lyon's Den Website and Twitter

  • Website: Lyonsden.co (will launch in late December / early January and will feature the comic of the week… including audio explanations of each cartoon featured)
  • Twitter: Jeff Ohlweiler@LyonsDenco (Ready now!)

Timeline

  • Kick Starter Project (estimated November 17 - December 8)
  • Official Lyon's Den launch (December 23, 2013 - start of comic-a-day e-mail)
  • Website launch (late December 2013 / early Janaury 2014)
  • Newspaper syndication (success unknown…)
  • Send out 2015 daily calendar and Christmas card sets (September 2014) 

Use of Funds

Funds generated from this Kick Starter project will go to publishing costs for the calendar and Christmas cards, as well as drawing / graphics (to Gin, the illustrator) and infrastructure (website / e-mail distribution) costs.

Thank You

Thank you for your time and support.

Jeff

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Potential Risks
1) Initial e-mail may be delayed beyond December 23 due to slower than expected building of proper infrastructure (obtaining everyone's e-mail address and implementing distribution model). Working on solution now (and e-mail will last for 1-year regardless of start date).
2) Publication issues with 2015 calendar (enough cartoons will be ready to publish the calendar in early 2014).

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    The Daily e-Mail: Start every weekday with a laugh. I will e-mail you a new cartoon every weekday for 1-year. Each week will have a different theme... starting on December 23, 2013 with a Christmas theme.

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    The 2015 Daily Calendar: A printed one a day calendar with a daily comic (weekdays) and one larger (color) weekend comic. This calendar will be fully pre-cycled for use again in 2026.

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    The Christmas Card Set: Order your 2014 Christmas cards early. Receive a set of a dozen (6 different x 2) Lyon's Den Christmas cards. For a preview, some of the card covers will be sent out as a daily e-mail comic during Christmas week 2013 (December 23-27).

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    The 2-Year Plan: A combo of a daily e-mail (weekday) throughout 2014 followed by a printed daily 2015 calendar (6-day/week). The 2015 calendar may include some "best of" 2014.

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    The Trifecta: A combo of a daily e-mail (weekday) throughout 2014 followed by a printed daily 2015 calendar (6-day/week) and including a set of 12 Christmas cards. The 2015 calendar may include some "best of" 2014.

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    Autographed Comic: Start with the daily e-mail (a new cartoon every weekday for 1-year starting December 23, 2013). Once you choose your favorite, I will mail you an autographed copy of it.

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    The Gift of Laughter: I will e-mail you and four friends a new cartoon every weekday for 1-year. Each week will have a different theme... starting on December 23, 2013 with a Christmas theme... can add a Christmas greeting with first mailing.

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    Early Christmas Shopping: A set of six 2015 daily calendars. You will also receive the daily e-mail (a new cartoon every weekday for 1-year starting December 23, 2013).

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    Limited Autograph Set: Receive a Set of autographs of your favorite comic - all the size of the original drawing (2-3x standard comic size). Each comic print will be autographed and hand numbered to 10 (set includes: the original pencil draft, the pen draft, the final B&W version and the final color version). You will also receive the daily e-mail (a new cartoon every weekday for 1-year starting December 23, 2013).

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    Original Artwork: Each comic has only 1 remaining original piece of artwork... the pencil draft is erased after it is penned over - and after being scanned it is finished on the computer. You will receive your selected cartoon's original artwork (signed and includes prints of the pencil and final cartoon's - both B&W and color). You will also receive the daily e-mail (a new cartoon every weekday for 1-year starting December 23, 2013).

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    Imortalize Yourself and/or Loved Ones: You or your designated loved ones will be featured in a comic... send me pictures, names, likes and/or stories to be incorporated into a cartoon. You will receive all of the original artwork and prints that mark each step of the process (autographed). You will also receive the daily e-mail for a year and the printed 2015 calendar (hopefully with your comic inside).

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