This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, May 30 2019 11:15 AM UTC +00:00.
Welcome back, fans and friends alike. It's Max West here and I've got something off the beaten path for you today. I'd like to introduce you to two of my recent creations.
This is Dominic Duncan, the cousin of Rusty Duncan from Sunnyville Stories. He is 7 years old and lives in the mountain town of New Gestad with his father, mother and little sister. He is basically fun personified; while Dominic's physical appearance was inspired by Huckle Cat (Richard Scarry's Busytown), his personality is more like Groucho Marx.
Laughing at his antics there is Claire Adamsen, his teenage neighbor. Claire is a 14-year-old porcupine, lives next door to Dominic's family and loves to laugh. Lucky for her, Dominic excels at doing that. Oh, did I also mention that Dominic has the hots for Claire? To him, Claire is the most beautiful woman in the world...but enough about that.
Earlier this year, this magnificent duo made their print debut in the Dominic & Claire Funnies. In contrast to the more artistic Sunnyville, Dominic & Claire are gag-based comics, consisting of short vignettes loaded up with jokes. Looking to build on the early success of their first comic, we have produced a second comic with the duo.
Our goal is to raise US$625 to print 500 copies of a digest-size (5.5 x 8.5 inches) sequel comic to the Funnies titled "Dominic & Claire Return". Consisting of 20 interior pages, we join the witty Dominic and his pretty neighbor Claire for more zany antics and hearty guffaws!
In the superb comic Dominic & Claire Return, these two return for more wacky antics! Dominic wears an adorable costume while learning about rules, volunteers for a charity, makes refreshments for his hardworking parents and gets into all kinds of gut-busting mischief.
Our goal in 30 days is to raise US$625. So you're probably wondering how that money will be spent? Printing the comic itself will cost around $408. It should be a quick job once the funds clear. The firm that is printing this comic is right here in the United States, they offer free shipping if your order total is a certain threshold and their turnaround time is just a couple of days instead of several weeks. In other words, I can send everyone their rewards much quicker! Postage and shipping cost estimates will run around $130. This does take into account that I will have a handful of foreign backers such as in Canada and the United Kingdom. That brings us to a total of $538. We will need to add on an extra 10% to that figure. Processing fees take about 3-5% and Kickstarter takes a 5% cut for themselves; that raises the total to around $591.80. The final total we aim to raise will be $625 as anything extra is meant to cover unforeseen challenges.
You're probably eager to hear about rewards, right? Well...let's get to the REWARDS!
A simple pledge of US$3 will get you a copy of Dominic & Claire Return mailed out to you.
A pledge of US$6 gets you not one BUT TWO COMICS! You will get a copy of Dominic & Claire Return along with the Dominic & Claire Funnies! But wait...there's more.
A pledge of US$15 gets you both Dominic & Claire Return plus the Dominic & Claire Funnies. But you will also get a PDF of Sunnyville Stories Volume 1, starring Dominic's cousin Rusty, and one extra comic of my choice. That's four whole comics (counting one trade paperback) you'll get!
A pledge of US$30 gets you both Dominic & Claire Return plus the Dominic & Claire Funnies. But you will also get a PDF of Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 AND Sunnyville Stories Volume 2, starring Dominic's cousin Rusty, and one extra comic of my choice. That's five whole comics (counting TWO trade paperbacks) you'll get!
But that is still not all! The first two individuals who pledge US$100 get all the rewards from the above $30 tier and something very special - you will get you or your character drawn into Dominic & Claire Return! Yes, you will actually appear in the comic!
Plus we have one more special reward! Any one person pledging US$199 will get a mega-bundle! You will get TWO COPIES of Dominic & Claire Return (one of them signed by me), TWO COPIES of the Dominic & Claire Funnies (one of them signed be me)...
...plus you get the adventures of Dominic's cousin Rusty in the form of three whole trade paperbacks, Sunnyville Stories Volumes 1 through 3...
...and finally you will get original art! You'll get the original cover art from Dominic & Claire Return and you'll get both sketch cards of the characters! But this is only available to ONE BACKER who pledges $199!
I bet all of you readers are all fired up to pledge to Dominic & Claire Return. Good! But remember - this won't happen without your help. We need your support. Please pledge today and tell others!
ABOUT THE CREATOR
My professional name is Max West. Born & raised in New York City, I hold a degree in creative writing from Baruch College. I also went to night classes at the School of Visual Arts, where I got training from individuals like Tom Hart (Hutch Owen) and Matt Madden (Drawing Words & Writing Pictures). I developed Sunnyville Stories in 2009 and officially launched the series in 2010. I've since done three whole trade paperbacks collecting Rusty & Sam's exploits. I am also the creator of the gag series Tiffany & Corey.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
1. Spread the word! Tell people all about the Kickstarter and, even better, tell them of Sunnyville Stories!
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Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge is shipping the rewards. Unexpected delays from weather, postal workers, human error, etc. can happen but I am ready to meet these challenges as I have on past Kickstarters.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter