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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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