I need your help to cover some costs before production starts. A full breakdown is available on the Crowdfundr page, but here’s the TL;DR: help cover web hosting and domain costs, and all funding beyond that will cover producing pages for Vanita and the Demon King.
Almost all rewards are digital, with a handful of physical rewards. All of these will be easy to fulfill.
Rewards include early access to finished pages, commissions, and downloadable comic scripts!
If you’re able to pledge support to this cozy odd couple story, head over to Crowdfundr now and make your own reward bundles!
If you’re broke, share this campaign far and wide. Shares help more than you know.
A thousand years ago, the Demon King and his armies marched across the lands, terrorizing the people who crossed their paths. Only one man stood up to the Demon King, and his name…was Richard.
At least, this is the history Vanita grew up with her whole life.
Her story takes place in the present day. But one morning, on her usual jog in the park, she comes across the legendary Demon King himself – heavily beaten and close to exhaustion in the bushes.
And so begins this domestic story of a trans girl trying to make sense of the fabled Demon King passing out on her couch.
This concept all started with this sketch.
(In the beginning, the Demon was a Golem, but the more I researched it I went, “Nah. Demon.”) So I started with this sketch and the notion of wanting to make a slice-of-life/romance story. But I made it a fantasy with a demon king because…fantasy is my MO.
(To be honest, if I have an idea for a story but it doesn’t click with me for some reason, I’ll transplant it into a fantasy setting. Then the story clicks. It works 98 percent of the time.)
So I started scripting the story as part of the National Novel Writing Month challenge in 2021. I was a rebel that year and drew thumbnails for the script of Vanita and the Demon King.
As I scripted the story, something happened that surprised even me…
I know! I’m surprised, too. It only took…4 or 5 years from The Case of the Wendigo going to print to the beginning of production for Vanita and the Demon King.
The story is 90 percent scripted with an outline in mind for the very end. I only have roughly 20 pages or so left to thumb.
After That…Will There Be a Crowdfunding Campaign?
At first, I thought I would need to pivot because of Journey of the Mystery. But thankfully that project is being handled separately. By doing that, it frees up time to focus on getting Vanita and the Demon King funded before launch.
Well, I’m looking at running a campaign on either KickStarter or Crowdfundr. Both have their pros and cons, which I’ll talk about more tomorrow.
Whichever platform I pick, though, I hope to launch it soon.
The goal is to get certain back-end costs covered. A domain name for a website and website hosting are the two biggest concerns right now. Extra funding after that can help with overhead during production.
I had a chat with the project organizer of the Comic Book Jamboree. And we’re figuring out the next steps to get this book to print together.
It also means that any crowdfunding campaigns for this comic are not happening soon.
I think that’s fine for now. I had another crowdfunding campaign in mind anyway. One for another comic idea, Vanita and the Demon King. I’ll talk about that story in tomorrow’s update.
But I DID ask about one thing I wanted to do with Journey of the Mystery. And thankfully, I can move forward with this idea.
Here’s a Coloring Book download of Journey of the Mystery!
Believe it or not, I wanted this comic to do double duty from the start. I wanted a finished version and a coloring book version of this story, so that it can be told AND exist for you to make your own.
If you want to download this coloring book version, head over to my Ko-Fi shop. It’s there now for $2+, and any extra you give gets you access to behind-the-scenes things through the Digital Club for one month.