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Meet millennial dogs CHAI and MULLIGAN in a comic strip book about an imaginary world ruled by canines.
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Hello Kickstarter! My name is Francis Baytan. My friends and family call me Phranz! I’m a Filipino-American graphic artist, photo retourcher,  and cartoonist. I created "Chai and Mulligan! Unleashed" as a way to introduce my comic to the world. This book is complete and ready to be produced.

Chai and Mulligan!™ Unleashed
Chai and Mulligan!™ Unleashed

Do you ever imagine your dog with an iPhone? Now you can!

Hit the dog park with Chai and Mulligan!™ the Instagram comic strip that brings to life two dogs who are the talk of the backyard! And talk they do!

Chai and Mulligan keep boredom away by sharing insight into human lives, scanning social media and showing love for all things technology. 

Sample comics
Sample comics

In 2012, I created the original characters while I was using an app called Paper. Fiftythree, the developer, created a fancy drawing app for the iPad and slapped a moleskin interface to it, which helped it become an overnight internet sensation.

Early drawing for Chai and Mulligan! comic strip
Early drawing for Chai and Mulligan! comic strip

Today, there are a lot of drawing apps, but I’ve stuck with Paper because of it’s pen tool. It’s what gives Chai and Mulligan their signature look. The whimsical line quality, which has varying  thickness as you draw, is created not through pressure sensitivity, but relying on the built-it accelorameter of the iPad.  The faster your draw the thicker the line and vice versa. The paint roller tool makes coloring fun and easy, so I can be done with drawing a strip in less than half an hour. Writing for the comic can take much longer though.

Paper app gives Chai and Mulligan!™ it's signature look.
Paper app gives Chai and Mulligan!™ it's signature look.
Sample comic from Chai and Mulligan! Unleashed
Sample comic from Chai and Mulligan! Unleashed
Sample comic from Chai and Mulligan! Unleashed
Sample comic from Chai and Mulligan! Unleashed
Sample comic from Chai and Mulligan! Unleashed
Sample comic from Chai and Mulligan! Unleashed
Top: circa 2012. Bottom: Circa 2018. From left to right, Mulligan, Chai, Fluff and Cubi
Top: circa 2012. Bottom: Circa 2018. From left to right, Mulligan, Chai, Fluff and Cubi

Chai is a Male Shiba Inu. Adopted as a pup. Chai loves youtubing, tech gadgetry and coffeehouse banter.

Mulligan is a Female Australian Stumpy-tailed Cattle Dog. Rescued from shelter. Mulligan loves to sleep, eat and be Chai’s comedic foil.  

Cubi is a Male Havanese. Cubi likes to keep up-to-date with the news, which probably started  from when he was trained to “go” on recycled newspapers that were used as puppy pads.

Fluff is a Female Maltipoo.Rescued from the shelter, Fluff is feisty and sassy. She’s an  aspiring Instagram star and tirelessly works at increasing her follower count.

Chai and Mulligan, the comic, had been evolving in my iPad for many years. Only to be let out surreptitiously for a brief cameo in a one-off greeting card to friends and family, but I knew at some point it necessary to introduce Chai and Mulligan to the world. How better than a book, I thought. But first, I needed to reformat and update the comics to be more cohesive and have a more polished feel.

Converted single panels to multi-panel comic strips and a more refined drawing style.
Converted single panels to multi-panel comic strips and a more refined drawing style.
Creating Chai and Mulligan!™ from drawings on iPad, to compiling strips, and designing the cover.
Creating Chai and Mulligan!™ from drawings on iPad, to compiling strips, and designing the cover.

As I was working to reformat my comics for the book, Mulligan became ill. Her health quickly deteriorated and she had succumbed to cancer. Her passing brought a new resolve to finish the book, and to ensure her legacy would continue.

Mulligan's legacy.
Mulligan's legacy.
Printed on an industrial offset printer in full-color on 150 gsm matte paper
Printed on an industrial offset printer in full-color on 150 gsm matte paper
Durable perfect sewn binding
Durable perfect sewn binding
Protective matte laminated cover with a luxurious ultraviolet spot gloss finish highlighting Chai and Mulligan!
Protective matte laminated cover with a luxurious ultraviolet spot gloss finish highlighting Chai and Mulligan!

Book rewards start at the $25 level. A stretch goal of $5,000 releases "Pin" reward to all who purchase a copy of Chai and Mulligan! Unleashed.

4.72" square Chai and Mulligan! collectible art cards, printed on a durable card stock with a soft touch finish (Randomly Selected)
4.72" square Chai and Mulligan! collectible art cards, printed on a durable card stock with a soft touch finish (Randomly Selected)
Limited first edition Chai and Mulligan! Unleashed. Initial print run of 500.
Limited first edition Chai and Mulligan! Unleashed. Initial print run of 500.
8.5" x 11" framable mini posters, printed on thick matte paper. (Randomly Selected)
8.5" x 11" framable mini posters, printed on thick matte paper. (Randomly Selected)
Drawing of your pet in the style of Chai and Mulligan!
Drawing of your pet in the style of Chai and Mulligan!
Stretch Goal!!!! 1.25" pin for all backers purchase copy of "Chai and Mulligan! Unleashed" book.
Stretch Goal!!!! 1.25" pin for all backers purchase copy of "Chai and Mulligan! Unleashed" book.

 To my entire family, Thank you!!!!! To the talented Ms. Louise Yorath with her ever so British accent that really took my product video to the next level. To my gifted musical genius friend, Mr. Elvis Lederer, for the awesome musical score (sorry for using canned music under the product video) To Ms. Judy Choi, who so tirelessly worked on making the Chai and Mulligan outfits on what little down time she had from her normal career. And all the free kickstarter advice after her own successful campaign. And to Francis George, you get nothing! He knows what he did ;)

Kickstater success is only the beginning. I created the following animated comic strips to show the potential for what could be an animated Chai and Mulligan! series.

Risks and challenges

The risks are fairly low with this project. I have worked as a professional graphic artist for well over 20 years and have managed many large print projects. The book has been totally vetted and is ready to go. However with anything, I have no control over external forces like natural disasters, political upheaval, or global climate change, and content of plastics in the oceans. Delivery dates are a conservative estimate.

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    Receive (1) numbered copy of the limited first edition of Chai and Mulligan! Unleashed book. Receive (1) 4.72" square Chai and Mulligan! collectible art card printed on a durable card stock with a soft touch finish. Card selected at random from a set of 25+ originals.

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    Super Fan Plus

    Receive (1) numbered copy of the limited first edition of Chai and Mulligan! Unleashed book. Receive (1) framable 8.5" x 11" mini poster printed on thick matte paper. And receive (2) 4.72" square collectible art cards printed on a durable card stock with a soft touch finish. Art cards and mini poster are selected at random from a set of 25+ originals.

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    Receive (1) numbered copy of the limited first edition of Chai and Mulligan! Unleashed book. Receive (3) 8.5" x 11" framable mini posters printed on thick matte paper. And receive (2) 4.72" square Chai and Mulligan! collectible art cards printed on a durable card stock with a soft touch finish. Art cards and mini posters are selected at random from a set of 25+ originals.

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    Collector w/Signed Book & Custom Drawing

    Receive (1) original 5"x7" drawing of your pet in the style of Chai and Mulligan! This includes (1) medium resolution digital copy and (1) custom 5"x7" print of that drawing. Custom print will be shipped separately from other rewards at a yet to be determined date. Artist retains all rights to images for commercial or promotional purposes. Receive (1) signed and numbered copy of the limited first edition of Chai and Mulligan! Unleashed book. Receive (1) 8.5" x 11" framable mini poster printed on thick matte paper. And receive (2) 4.72" square Chai and Mulligan! collectible art cards printed on a durable card stock with a soft touch finish. Art cards and mini poster are selected at random from a set of 25+ originals.

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    Ultimate Collector w/ Signed Book

    Ultimate Collector's custom illustrations will be upgraded to 8"x10" prints. Choose up to 3 different pets to be drawn individually or the same pet drawn in 3 different situations. They will be drawn in the style of Chai and Mulligan! (3) medium resolution digital copies and (3) custom signed 8"x10" prints included. Custom prints to be shipped separately from other rewards at a later date. Artist retains all rights to images for commercial or promotional purposes. Also receive (1) signed and numbered copy of the limited first edition of Chai and Mulligan! Unleashed book. Receive (5) 8.5" x 11" framable mini posters printed on thick matte paper. And receive (5) 4.72" square Chai and Mulligan! collectible art cards printed on a durable card stock with a soft touch finish. Art cards and mini posters are selected at random from a set of 25+ originals.

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    The Dog Star

    Have your dog be the co-star in one post of Chai and Mulligan! Instagram feed and a shoutout* to your Instagram account. Also receive (1) signed and numbered copy of the limited first edition of Chai and Mulligan! Unleashed book. (1) digital copy and (1) custom signed 8"x10" prints included to be shipped at a later date. Receive (5) 8.5" x 11" framable mini posters printed on thick matte paper. And receiv (5) 4.72" square Chai and Mulligan! collectible art cards printed on a durable card stock with a soft touch finish. Art cards and mini posters are selected at random from a set of 25+ originals. Artist retains all rights to drawing and characters for promotional and commercial use. ••••••• *Instagram account for shoutout must be appropriate for all ages, non-commercial, and must not have obscene or political content. Artist reserves final approval of shoutout.••••••

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