About this project
Help publish a brand new book from Mike Dawson, the Ignatz award winning cartoonist behind Freddie & Me, Troop 142, and Angie Bongiolatti as well as the host of the TCJ Talkies comics podcast.
“I loved these so much!" - Lisa Hanawalt, My Dirty Dumb Eyes, BoJack Horseman
"Interesting, and worth a read" - Zainab Ahktar, Comics & Cola
“(Mike’s) comics are just blowing me away!” Keith Knight, The K Chronicles
“Weird and vaguely sociopathic” Kim O’Connor, The Hooded Utilitarian
Rules For Dating My Daughter: Cartoon Dispatches from the Front-Lines of Modern Fatherhood is my new book of comics about marriage, parenthood, politics, and raising two small children in present day America.
The comics in this collection examine a wide variety of topics, from after-school pickup and Disney’s Sofia the First, to gun control issues and impending environmental collapse. Simultaneously political, philosophical, and humorous, these first-person cartoon essays all seek to answer the book’s central question, Am I Good?
Hi, my name is Mike Dawson and I’m a cartoonist. I’ve written a ton of comics, including three full-length graphic novels.
Writing Rules for Dating My Daughter has been a fun and exciting creative experience. The comics are autobiographical, but unlike in the past when I've tried my hand at memoir, I’m less concerned with constructing an accurate facsimile of the narrative that I believe to be true about myself, but more interested in using life-experiences as springboards to ask myself tricky questions.
The origins of this book lie in late 2013 when I was fighting through a patch of creative burnout. I decided to try something different and began putting short original comics on Tumblr. The immediacy of publishing online, combined with the rush of reaching a large audience, got me amped up and driven to keep making new work.
I wrote about that here, in this widely read essay: Advice to the Mid-Career Cartoonist Who Has Failed to Build An Audience.
Advice to the Mid-Career Cartoonist briefly seemed to capture the attention of the comics world, much more because of what I revealed about the reality of my book sales than anything else. If I had to choose a reason for my career to become a focus of discussion, I don’t think this is what I would have picked, but it was what it was. In an industry where everybody struggles to balance making comics with earning an income and living a life, numbers are the thing.
But, for me, the piece was never about the money, but about encouraging myself (and others) to keep striving to find a way to make comics and be happy. Because not making comics isn’t an option. And I found that satisfying way of working, doing it online, making the material that eventually led me to this book.
This book is a journey. It begins with the simple question, Am I Good? and expands from there. Am I good because I try to be an engaged father? What does being an engaged father mean? What does it mean to respect my children as separate individuals apart from myself? I like the sound of being a "Feminist Father", but what does that really entail? Can it even be considered ethical to have brought children into such a terrible world?
This is going to be an attractive book, with fancy french flaps, interior cover artwork, and 140 pages of comics that make you think. A very pleasant object, at 6x9 inches in size, and some sections of full-color. You'll like how this thing looks and feels.
Best of all, this book is almost complete! Over 120 pages of material has already been finished and polished, with only another 10-15 pages left to make, there's going to be no issue getting this put to bed and sent to the printer's before Christmas. This book will be ready to mail out to supporters by March.
Strips from this collection appeared online at The Comics Journal, Slate Magazine, and The Nib, a few were spotlighted by Upworthy and The Daily Kos, and some were also selected by the Society of Illustrators 2015 Comic and Cartoon Annual. And some of the comics are brand new, and exclusive to this collection.
What I Need the Money For
$3,300.00 = Printing Costs
$1,500.00 = Shipping Postage for minimum orders to meet goal
$600.00 = Cost to produce my nice Print
$600.00 = Kickstarter Fees
Total Funds to be Raised: $6,000
Credits: The song featured in my Kickstarter video is called Air Hockey Saloon, and it was composed by Chris Zabriskie, and is being used under a Creative Commons License.
Risks and challenges
Low Risk! The comics are almost all drawn, and scanning and layout has already begun. Any delays from the printers will be communicated quickly to backers with an adjusted ship date corresponding. When this project gets funded YOU WILL get this book + rewards that you are owed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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