In continuing Patreon news, pledges have now passed the $125/page threshhold, which means I’m now committed to weekly updates. Weekly updates or I don’t get paid. I’m comfortable with that arrangement. Let’s aim for fridays.
Rasselbock apparently knows so little about the business of being an airshipman it’s probably no surprise to anyone he’s the lowest-ranking member of the Blanco’s regular crew.
One of the rewards I’ve got open to Patreon backers is commenting privileges, and I’d like to extend that to everyone who’s financially supported the comic in the past, whether it’s through direct donation or through purchasing stuff in the store. But I’m creating the user accounts manually (otherwise I’ll just get hella spam accounts trying to register), so if you’ve done either of these things and you want to join the discussion, drop me a line with your preferred login username and registration email address, and I’ll get you set up straightaway.
It seems like Patreon’s been blowing up on my twitter feed in the last few months. My friends at the Tiny Cartridge blog and podcast have recently set themselves up with one, which is doing very well. A number of comics creators that I read and enjoy have also got theirs in place, too, like String Theory, Skin Deep, and Sfé Monster’s collected projects. One of the nice things about backing multiple projects on Patreon is that the donations are lumped into a single payment, keeping the transaction fees to a minimum.
My own patreon is, at the time of this blog post, up to $116 per page, which is $9/page shy of the weekly update promise. There’s enough backers now that I can still comfortably plan on updating weekly, without having to stress if I do let a week slip. It’s nice! You’re all wonderful people for making this happen for me, whether you’re a patron, a customer, someone who’s shared this comic with others, upvoted it on reddit or stumbleupon, or just enjoy casually reading. I’m aware that in reading and supporting this comic, you’ve come to expect a certain degree of finish in the storytelling and presentation, and I will do my best to meet or exceed those expectations.
Anyway. Till next week.
I mentioned last month that there were some pretty neat things that had happened in the intervening year and half while I was away, wanted to talk about some of them now! The first is back in September of last year, I got a very kind email from a composer named Aaron Hourie, who, after reading They Sit So Still, recorded this piece of music and sent it to me. The idea that anything I made would inspire anything as pretty as this is a concept that I’m still struggling to deal with. If you want to get absolutely emotionally wrecked, maybe try listening to it and reading the comic at the same time:
And, completely unrelated, before I ever got started working on the comic, I would periodically compete in Shirt.Woot’s weekly tee-shirt design contest. I never wound up winning, though I came close a few times, and eventually I realized I was doing an awful lot of work that I was never actually getting paid for, so I quit participating. And then about a year ago I realized that with the advent of crowdfunding, I could actually probably get some of the more popular designs printed on my own, and so in the summer of 2012 I launched a kickstarter and wound up having a whole pile of t-shirts made.
This was originally done with the intention of having some more varied merch to offer in the store, but I wasn’t really fully prepared for the complications that shipping a large number of orders would introduce, especially when international shipping was involved. So I sort of sat on them for a while, until I was able to get the bulk of the orders taken care of, and only just now have I gone through and inventoried what I can actually sell.
The executive summary here is I’ve fixed and reopened the store, and there’s now t-shirts available, though there aren’t too too many remaining – between 1-4 per design per size. Ideally, as the Patreon train picks up steam and I get enough of these sold, though, I’ll be able to order a second run.
I also want to add more metal tag designs, but of course my first priority here is getting the comic itself buffered and up to full functionality! I feel very optimistic about everything right now, so of course the temptation to over-promise is very strong.
I finished a batch of four pages, the rest should go up every friday of this month, thanks in no small part to the folks who’ve backed the comic on patreon. I had a lot of fun writing the dialogue for these pages, we’re going to get to know Rasselbock and Pedro a little bit better.
Also I get to draw cartoon food, so that’s fun.