Satalite09 continues his guest run with this offering. You can find his work over at Magical Girl Neil And I think we all owe him at least a link click, don’t you?
I have to say that the artists that chose to help me out this time really took one for the team, giving me time they could hav e spent on their work. I really appreciate it. This comic is my primary source of income now, so if it falters I’m well and truly ruined. It may seem like a small thing, but not having content when you say you will loses the casual readers than make my ad money. I know that there are at least 100 truly dedicated readers who buy art and support me on patreon, but you can’t discount the casual reader who can’t contribute monetarily. Their views are important too. A glance at the page, even if this is your tenth favorite comic is just as good to me as if I’m number one. Also, if you are truly dedicated, but can’t help out any way other than reading, don’t feel bad. Being here is enough. I’m glad yopu come here at all and allow me to do this for my living.
That right there is why I’m obsessed with working on the comic. You guys are my employer. If I don’t live up to your expectations you fire me by way of never coming back. I take this seriously because it’s my main job now. I’ve worked for a lot of shitty companies that I didn’t care about. I never worked very hard though. I’ve given up so much to do this and worked harder at it than anything. It may not always show by way of skill, but I’m always trying to do better. I want to bring you the best comic I can and continue telling my stories as long as you’ll indulge me. I know you guys want me to take it easy, but I just can’t. I can’t lose this, not ever. If I didn’t have this comic I would have no reason to live. That’s not just hyperbolic talk. I can’t imagine not being able to do this. The thought of it keeps me awake. I gambled my entire life on this. And knowing what I know now I’d do it again! In a heartbeat. In fact i’d do it faster. Because this is the only thing I’ve ever done in my life where I felt like I was contributing to the world in a positive way.
Every email I’ve ever gotten where someone told me that I helped them get through a hard time makes it worth it to me. Every date I could have gone on, children I’ll never have, places I’ll never see, are all worthy sacrifices for the altar of my art. I made my choice and stand by it. I’ll burn myself down to nothing to tell you my stories.
Other artists coast along, with more talent, training, ect… They go on vacations, take breaks, have hiatuses, but I do everything in my power to keep working. And they should fear me, because while they play I’m always coming for them. Slowly, inexorably, gaining ground, until one day I will take away some portion of what they take for granted, and forge it into my iron throne, where I will draw comics in the blood of my rivals…
I will never be the best, but as long as I draw breath I will be here for you. I will find a way to make sure something is always here an new when you come to this place 3 days a week. Because you are important to me. Don’t ever doubt it. As long as you support me I will be here.
My friend Ian set up this go fund me to give people who want to donate a place that’s just for straight up donating. Here’s the link. I still haven’t finished paying the $4000 dollars back from the last time I went to the hospital. I was there almost 3 times as long this time. The bill will be significant even with my insurance. It’s decent for the affordable care act, but in reality it’s not very affordable. Seriously, every little bit helps. Even if you only throw in a dollar, I’ll never sneer at that. A lot of little kindnesses add up to a lot way faster than people realize. Don’t think that your contribution is too small because there’s no such thing. I don’t know if you have to hit the goal to get the money generated, or what, but even if $4000 ends up being half of what I owe it will ease my payments at least enough to set me back to where I was before I went to the hospital the first time. And don’t think I believe that I shouldn’t be responsible for paying my own bills. I absolutely belive that each person should be responsible for themselves, but some of you want to contribute and I am not proud. I want help and I’m not afraid to ask for it.
I very much like Patreon because it recurs each month, so even if it’s only a dollar. People are more likely to keep contributing for longer if it’s a small charge once a month. I help out the podcasts I listen to with a dollar micropayment from paypal every month. If you want to go that route please do. I try to have a few extra things to make it seem like you’re getting your dollar’s worth. You can have a sketch or an avatar, and if I have timer I’ll let you have another every other month or so. I don’t encourage big patreon pledges, but if you go really high I will be forced to do something special for you every month. You can share with the group, as my top patron has, or keep it to yourself. That said, I have about 6k readers. If even half of them pledged $1 a month there’s no end to what I might be able to turn this comic into. And I could certainly pay my medical bills. Nina is the link on the sidebar, but here it is in case you don’t want to scroll. LINK