These publications are now confirmed:
David will start drawing strips 101-150 immediately, since Bulls want to use material not published in Dagens Nyheter and Larson.
- June 15 - July 28, 1997: Dexter runs every weekday plus saturdays in Dagens Nyheter, Scandinavias largest daily newspaper.
- July, 1997: Dexter will appear in the extended Summer issue of the Swedish "Larson"-magazine.
- Fall, 1997: Through an arrangement with Bulls Presstjänst, 60 different Dexter strips will be published in the following 10 newspapers:
- Östgöta Correspondenten, Linköping
- Östra Småland, Kalmar
- Hälsinge-Kuriren, Söderhamn
- Västerviks-Tidningen, Västervik
- Nerikes Allehanda, Örebro
- Älvsborgs Läns Allehanda, Vänersborg
- Trollhättans Tidning, Trollhättan
- KvällsPosten, Malmö
- Falu-Kuriren, Borlänge
- Norrbottens-Kuriren, Luleå
Meanwhile, Mårten is writing and writing and writing. The scripts for 151-200 are ready and waiting.
- February 1996: The idea of doing a daily comic strip is born during a really rather far-out trip to Karlstad. The following day in Stockholm, the main characters are outlined and sketched. A deadline is set for having 60 strips completed by May.
- March, 1996: Mårten delivers the first 30 scripts, and David concentrates on establishing the principal characters. Draws most of the strips in the first batch.
- April, 1996: Strips 31-60 are delivered and drawn.
- May, 1996: The first 60 strips are drawn, and looking good, with the exception of Tequila. She was originally a cat, but eventually changed into a rabbit. With some slight last-minute alterations, the first batch of strips 1-60 are sent off to various syndicates a few days before deadline.
These first contacts with the syndicates are accompanied by an elaborate promotion campaign, involving custom made Hockey pucks, Party Kits and Beer mats. Despite these alluring freebies, response is unexplainably cool.
- June, 1996: Universal replies. Mårten delivers scripts for strips 61-100.
- July, 1996: King replies. Chronicle and Creators politely decline our offerings. Undeterred, we send a second round of material to Swedish newspapers and syndicates.
- October, 1996: strips 61-100 drawn. The 40 new strips are sent to Atlantic Förlag, Europa Press, Bulls, Universal, King, Chronicle and Creators.
David meets Bud Grace (the man behind "Ernie", possibly the worlds funniest cartoon right now) at the Gothenburg Book Fair, and gives him a portfolio of Dexter material.
- January, 1997: First sketches of the web site.
- Nisse Larsson at Dagens Nyheter offers Dexter a six week run. We accept with great pleasure.
- Christer Andersson at Atlantic Förlag offers to include Dexter in the extended Summer issue of the "Larson"-magazine. We accept with enormous pleasure.
- Hedley Grönquist at Bulls Presstjänst offers to run 60 strips in ten different newspapers. We accept with almost delirious pleasure.
- February, 1997: David recieves a really cool e-mail from Bud Grace, check it out on the Classic mail page!
- March, 1997: David receives scripts for strips 101-150.
- Early April, 1997: Dexter's web site is up and running!