About this project
Furry. Loveable. Beer-and-stale-air-scented. Meet Bar Dog, canine denizen of Buz's, a neighborhood bar.
Thanks to readers like you, this Kickstarter raised the funds to create the Bar Dog website, where you can read episodes of Bar Dog, submit story suggestions and vote on what happens next.
Bar Dog was inspired by a few different things—my own goofy dog Asta, the years I spent working as a bartender and an old, rather jaded looking dog I saw lounging in an armchair in a neighborhood bar. I thought there was something really funny about the canine perspective of the human experience, and I loved the idea of a story that goes back and forth between the above-the-table human world and the under-the-table canine world.
As I was finishing the first episode and deciding what would happen next, I thought—what if I put Bar Dog online and let readers decide? So the idea of a "crowd-plotted canine comic" was born. Here's how it works:
This will be a really fun (and funny) way for readers to be involved in creating an ongoing story. So I'm raising funds to pay a designer and web developer to create a Bar Dog website, where people can read Bar Dog, submit story ideas, vote on what happens next and discover mouthwatering cocktail and dog biscuit recipes. (More about the website below the rewards.)
There will also be a lot of great rewards, ranging from Kickstarter-exclusive comic books to t-shirts, posters and original art.
Here are some pictures of the rewards.
How will the Kickstarter funds be used?
Most of the funds are going towards hiring a developer and designer to create the Bar Dog website. I'm hiring a professional team to create the site, not "my cousin who makes cool websites." This is because the website needs to not only be well designed, but have great functionality.
On my end, I need to be able to easily log on and upload new episodes, read through audience story suggestions and put my favorite suggestions up for the crowd's final vote. I am very right-brained, so it's important that I have a simple, hassle-free user experience on my end that doesn't involve me entering a bunch of code or doing anything too technical.
The Bar Dog audience also needs to have a seamless and easy user experience. They need to be able to easily read a Bar Dog episode, which will be followed by an entry form where they can enter a suggestion about what happens next and submit it. When it's time to vote they need to be able to easily enter their information or log on to vote.
In order to create a website that functions this well is a job that requires professionals who are on their game. I approached two different companies and received estimates of around $5000. I am upping that to $6500 to cover contingencies such as the site taking longer or being more difficult than expected and for updates or changes that need to be made in the first few months after the Bar Dog site goes live.
The remainder of the $10,000 I am asking for will be going toward the printing and shipping of the Kickstarter rewards as well as Kickstarter fees and processing fees.
And now, for your reading pleasure, here are the first 12 pages of Bar Dog. Each page is a photo of the original 11 x 17" art with some tools I used to create the art. I hope you enjoy it.
Bar Dog Episode 1:
Thank you so much for your support! Answers to some frequently asked questions are below.
1. Is Bar Dog a choosable adventure story? No, Bar Dog is determined by majority vote. Readers will vote on three storyline suggestions, and the one that receives the most votes will determine the next part of the story.
2. Why is Bar Dog green? I was doing lots of messy green and black drawings when I originally drew Bar Dog, so I decided to keep that look, since it creates an interesting nighttime feel and lends a grungy dive-bar texture to the story. Here's an old notebook page of one of my first Bar Dog sketches (warning: graphic puking visual):
3. Do you talk to your dog? If so, what are some of the topics you discuss? Yes, I do talk to my dog. It's usually about going for a walk or having dinner or a treat. Sometimes I talk to my dog about other topics, such as the presidential debates or red carpet fashions, but those topics are generally greeted with a blank stare.
Risks and challenges
I've already received an estimate and timeline from the Bar Dog website creators, and they'll start working on the site once the Kickstarter is successfully funded. It will probably take a few months to complete, as they have multiple projects going on, and we'll more than likely go through a few rounds of revisions. Ideally, I'd like to see the site up by the end of January and of course, I will keep all Bar Dog supporters informed of the project's progress along the way.
Regarding the rewards, I've created and professionally printed a few independent comic books, and I illustrated and designed an award-winning children's book. I've already received quotes from two printers for the Bar Dog project—the first will be creating the comic books, stickers and posters and the second will be printing the t-shirts. Also, in my years of working on the creative side of advertising, I've shepherded hundreds of projects from original concept to final development. In producing the Bar Dog rewards, I'll not only be creating many of them myself, but I'll also be supervising the production of all Bar Dog products, from t-shirts to coasters, to ensure that anything bearing the Bar Dog name is of the highest possible quality and, most importantly, delivered on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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