It turns out that not only are satellites catty, bitter creatures, they’re also horribly needy. This is the end of the story; I have a couple of one-offs line up, and this is quite probably the last short story I’ll do in a while. A longer piece will follow shortly.
I’ve been working on both of this week’s pages at the same time, so it’s now finished and I’ve got the rest of the week to bang out your postcards. There is not too much to report otherwise!
If you’re a person who does things that necessitate the use of icons, like, say, twitter, or gravitar, or livejournal, etcetera, you may be interested in knowing that my buddy Tod (you know, Tod) is in the middle of one of his celebrated Icon Days. The short explanation is: you give him a description, and he draws you a cute watercolor icon, or two if you give him a donation. The dude is a workhorse and if you are jonesing for a new face to represent yourself on the internet with, this is the sound of opportunity knocking.
Also on the subject of donations? Halfway to my donation goal. My heart is brim full, and my wallet is half full. Big ups, guys.
I was, uh, actually kind of surprised at people geeking out about the inclusion of the telstar satellite in this comic. I didn’t realize it had quite that much cultural cachet!
Also, the donation drive? You guys are superheroes, oh my gosh. I was not expecting a response of this magnitude so quickly. A lot – and I mean like, a lot – of the donations are in the $2-$10 range, so don’t feel bad if you haven’t got much you are able to contribute, because they stack up in volume. I’m more than a third of the way out of this hole and it’s only been a few days. I’ll be spending a lot of time next week plowing through a pile of postcards and getting them in the mail as swiftly as I am able.
If you missed the news the first time around, here’s the short, short version: I need to raise $2500 to pay off an outstanding medical bill. In exchange for donations of $2 or more, I am creating 4×6″ postcards. You can get more than one postcard if each successive donation is at least twice the size of the previous one. The donation link is in the sidebar, and every little bit helps.
Satellites are the worst to hang out with because they are such embittered, backstabby things. True story.
Dudes and ladies, I have a problem. Ordinarily I don’t believe in talking too much about my personal life in the newsposts but in this case I think it’s necessary:
A few years ago, I needed medical attention while uninsured. In America, as many of you know, that’s expensive. I’ve since been making payments on it, up until a few months ago, when a change in my employment situation made it difficult to make those payments – you may have noticed a peculiar increase in the weekly output of this comic, I will leave the math up to you – and I had hoped that Future Me would be able to do something about those payments.
That’s always a stupid financial decision, I know. Future Me turned out to be broke.
So I’m sure you can see where this is going: I got a letter from a collections agency, and they want their money right now. I owe $2500 (which is less than half of what I originally owed, but still, oof) and I have no way of producing that amount of money in the space of time that they want it.
Now, understand that I hate taking donations. I know that it’s a standard practice for ‘free’ entertainers on the internet to solicit financial contribution for their efforts, but I am a very proud person and just straight up asking for help I still have a very hard time with. There’s a reason I’m always talking up my store in the news posts, and it’s because I feel way less guilty about working my hustle to sell you things than I do about straight up just asking for money. You guys have been very generous to me in the past, and it’s had a direct impact on the strip – I started doing the watercolor comics as soon as I was able to purchase the giant printer/scanner with your help. And I absolutely don’t want to abuse that generosity. But at the moment, I’m short on options.
I’d like to do something for you if you donate, though, if you’ll let me: donate any amount equal to $2.00 or more (and you don’t mind receiving things in the mail), I will send you an original watercolor postcard. That is to say, I am going to take a 4×6″ piece of watercolor paper, put a watercolor drawing on one side, a thank you note, your address, and a stamp on the other, and drop it in the mail. I’m a big fan of mail art and I’ve always wanted to try it, and now’s as good a time as any. The artwork will get a little bit scuffed and printed on in the mail – that’s part of the appeal. What I put on your postcard is a surprise, though I will promise that they’ll all be different, and if you have a request for content, there’s a possibility I’ll honor it if I can do it quickly.
If you want a postcard, please be sure to include a mailing address with your donation.
(If you want to cheat the system and do multiple donations to get multiple postcards out of me, I’ll allow that, with one caveat: each successive donation must be no less than twice the size of the previous one.)
I’m putting this donation button in the sidebar and will be updating the progress bar as I get closer to the goal. If you would rather purchase something than donate, I will also include store revenue (less shipping expenses) in the progress bar.
Comicrank tells me there are something in the neighborhood of 1600 people reading The Dawn Chapel – if all of you had $2 to pitch in, I’d be there. If less than half of you had $5 you could throw my way, I’d be there. I have faith in you guys. Also, if I wound up being honor-bound to paint 500 postcards because of this, that would be kind of awesome. I am totes down for a marathon watercolor bender.
I don’t expect to be able to clear this bill immediately, so as soon as Telstar wraps up I am going to dial the comic back to once-weekly so that I can budget more of my time on commissioned artwork to knock this bill out. The sooner I get this monkey off my back, the sooner I can spend more time with you.
It’s amazing the kind of thrust you can get just on compressed air.
I hope that you guys liked the guest comics. I’m feeling better now. We are going to spend a few pages seeing where this bunny goes. This bunny has places in space to be.
If you’ve visited recently, you might have noticed from the images in the sidebar that I have a tumblr, which I mostly intend to use for posting my watercolorings, which of course are liable to mostly be silly drawings of the animal-headed people. I’m going to try to post stuff daily, some old, some new. You can follow me there, if you are a tumblr user, and if not, visiting this site regularly and checking the sidebar will work, too, since there’s a wordpress widget for everything.
Some of these paintings might hit ebay before too long, too, if there’s any interest in that. Or maybe I’ll just put them up in the store. I’ve been kind of sluggish about getting the store updated and need to make a bunch of the recent comics available. We’ll see!
It’s a little bit late and I’m behind (already!) and this isn’t finished, this is just the gray pass (I usually do the tonal modeling in some neutral tone and then come in with color afterward) but I don’t wanna be up for another two hours, so this’ll be updated later.
Also, because I know you want to know: Brad Dourif won, with about 75% of the vote. Blue Bengal, Joyce Melton (who herself does a webcomic), and CrowTRobot are the winners of the drawing, and they will be recieving their keyrings shortly. The rest of you will have to get them the old-fashioned way!