Hi! I apologize for the brief delay. There were a few reasons for that unplanned hiatus, and I should probably address those, and how I hope to be able to prevent any more of them.
I don’t mean to get too saccharine on you, but I feel like this comic is the most important creative work I’ve ever done. It kills me to have had to set it aside in order to concentrate my attention on paying work. And I have every intention of continuing the story at a more respectable clip going forward, though I’m sure you know how reliable the promises of a longform webcomic artist’s are, especially mine.
One of the problems with doing a comic that is completely watercolored, especially using the techniques that I do, is that it’s very time-consuming. (I would say that I regret not choosing a simpler, more efficient method of comics storytelling, but honestly I really enjoy working in watercolor, and like having originals I can hold in my hands too much to do it digitally.) And right now, commissioned illustration is my only source of income, which means I need to spend a lot of time working on them. I’d like to be able to spend more time working on my comic, but it would be a lot easier to do that if it was earning me some kind of income.
So to that end I’ve set up a Patreon campaign.
Patreon is a crowdfunding platform that launched earlier this year that’s turning out to work really well for webcomics. It differs from Kickstarter in that rather than pledging a fixed amount to reach a fixed goal, the pledges are recurring, like the public television model. You pledge an amount per page, and every month your payment method (paypal or a credit card) is deducted for the number of pages I’ve posted, up to a monthly maximum you declare. Your monthly limit can be as little as $1, and if I had a hundred or so people who had each decided that The Dawn Chapel was worth spending a buck a month on to keep it running, it would be so much easier for me to post regularly.
It’s also helpful to bear in mind if I don’t update the comic, and you’re a backer, you will not be charged. Patreon’s structure is kind of brilliant in that it rewards creators who are actually creating, rather than expecting backers to shoulder the risk of supporting someone who might disappear with the pledge money. There’s a video from their site that explains how the process works:
I would also like to emphasize that I’m not holding the comic hostage for pledges. I floated the idea of using Patreon to revive my comic on a few of the social networks I’m active on, and already have enough backers to comfortably take enough time to produce two or three pages a month, and I’m honestly over the moon about the amount of support folks have shown this comic already.
If you enjoyed the comic, though, and if it’s comfortably within your means to pledge a modest amount to allow me to do this, please have a look at the fundraising page I’ve set up and consider becoming a patron of The Dawn Chapel.
More news soon. It’s wonderful to see you again, I’m looking forward to catching up.