As I mentioned in my “Good News” post I am currently not in paid employment, having taken a redundancy last week from my job of almost 16 years. The good news being that it gives me a lot more time to work on Magellan… and already I’m six pages ahead in drafting/scripting and have just posted my first second update a week in well over, what, a year or more? So yeah, a big “wooo” for spare creative time!
Problem is, indulging in creative time won’t ultimately pay the bills; while I have a nice redundancy to live off for a few months and I am looking for other work I can’t necessarily rely on either. Which led me to thinking that trying to turn a dime (or ten) from my cartoon work, especially Magellan, would not be an unreasonable proposition. A number of readers have suggested Patreon to me – Patreon is a means to “enable fans to support and engage with the artists and creators they love” (their words, not mine), and I had already been looking at that angle. Certainly Patreon seems like a good way to engage on a regular ongoing basis with the work I am doing (instead of attempting a massive one-off kick starter style campaign for a specific product/concept/thingy). And wow, some web cartoonists, the ones with really popular comics naturally, appear to be doing very well for themselves through Patreon. While I’m not delusional enough to think I could get a liveable income through that means alone it seems reasonable enough to see how it might work.
I’m curious to get a sense of what you and other readers of Magellan might like in return for your support. The system is generally geared towards offering incentives for different levels of monthly patronage – for example, a basic level, a general level and a mega level. Some creators offer more levels, some offer fewer. I was thinking that the basic level would be one US dollar per month which would allow a patron to feel like they are helping out and get the warm-fuzzies in return. That’s the easy part – for the general level I was thinking that offering those patrons/subscribers access to a Magellan process diary which would include drafts, black & white art, commentary, character designs and early access to upcoming material including previews, etc, for say $US10 a month. I’m less convinced of the need for a mega level since I’m not sure what I could offer on an ongoing basis that would be worth, for instance, $45 a month. But as I was saying, I’d like your feedback – would you be interested in supporting my work on Magellan through Patreon?; are the two levels I’ve proposed reasonable?; any ideas for a mega level?; other goals/incentives?