A’ight errybody, we’re getting pretty close to the big triple digits! The story has been fun just for me getting to look up different breeds of dogs. Dogs are much more varied than pigs!
I’ve got another set of designs for you to look at. This time, there’s no democracy, only the iron fist of facism to choose this of these armor ladies will something something something.
I’m leaning pretty heavily towards one, which is why no vote (though I was leaning towards the vote-winner of the last vote, so hey!)
I’m kind of hoping to be able to announce what all this stuff is in a few weeks. I think most people following my tumblr know (and all my patrons!), but I’d like things like names and dates to be locked down in the not-to-distant future.
But, before I can do that, I have to read a lot more color guidebooks! I’m learneding!
Unfortunately, learneding is pretty expensive.
My bank account has $5,000 less in it than it did at the start of May.
This is not entirely the fault of Legend of the Hare (I got some cool new headphones, etc), it’s really driven home how much I’ve been spending on this. ($120/week, plus ads, Saffron work, etc). I knew it was expensive and unsustainable long-term, and I’m realizing it’s maybe not sustainable medium-term either.
I wanted to keep LotH going to the end of chapter 3, and then my plan was to do an open ending (and move on to Saffron and the Sage, which would be one-a-week and thus half the cost), unless some some miracle I got picked up by Hiveworks.
There’s about ten more pages in chapter 3, after I cut a subplot so I wouldn’t have to pay for it. That’s about $600 in artist fees, while I’m also getting character designs made for Saffron (and advertising LotH, though I just stopped that).
I’m not, like, in danger of starving or anything like that, but I’m rapidly approaching the point where commissioning two pages a week at $60/page is moving from “expensive hobby” to “financially unsound”.
I need to be making nearly $500/month just to break even. My patreon is at a tenth of that. I have Amazon referral links like this one where you can buy things on Amazon after clicking the link and it supports me without costing you anything. And I have a Project Wonderful Ad over on the left there pulling in like a dollar a goddamn month.
I’m not sure what to do. Stick it out and just go all-in on a Hiveworks pickup that’s almost certainly not coming? Kill Saffron in the crib at do LotH one/week? Kill LotH for Saffron’s sake?
Let’s not get melodramatic, now. I don’t need this money to live comfortably, and my savings are still a bit above worrisome (and I worry easily). I just want to keep doing comics, and I want to offer something in exchange. Something of value that people would pay for and not feel like it’s charity. I thought the editorial stuff would do it, but no one was interested.
So I’m just going to ask, straight up. What can I do that you’d be willing to pay be for? Is my consultation service too expensive, or is it something you wouldn’t want anyway. Would you like to commission longform reviews of comics? Should I get a video camera and a better mic and just be Linkara? What kind of content are y’all interested in?