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Anyway, I'll shed some light on what this scene was about about with the next page, but for now I actually wanted to talk about the future of the comic for a minute.
Yo, do both of us a favor and read this part.
Okay, I have an outline for the rest of the story, right? Up till now, it's just been kind of a couple pages of lose description of what happens. But yesterday, I started taking what I had and actually breaking it down into potential chapters, and...well, it's a /lot/ of chapters.
Basically, I did some math, and if I keep posting pages at the rate I am now, it could potentially take me another 25+ years to finish this comic.
I always knew this was going to be a long term commitment, and I've already put 7+ years into it, but when I'm only getting through 2 pages a week...well, it's taken me that long and I'm only 22 chapters in. This arc, that's happening right now? This is where the plot really starts to take off and get interesting. In my opinion, the rest of the story is way cooler than what you've seen to date.
What I want to do, and really probably need to do, is get that to you faster. However, I still have a life outside the internet and flat out do not have enough time in my week to really put any more hours into drawing pages than I do now.
So, I think it's probably time that I look into finding some help. Like a screentoner. Because that would literally cut the time I have to spend on pages in half. So theoretically, production could be doubled.
That said, while I'm clearly willing to do this for free and DC will always, always be free to read and enjoy, I don't like the idea of asking someone else to get involved for nothing.
Do you guys see where I'm going with this? I /can/ keep doing things exactly the way I have, that's fine, I'm not quitting or anything. But, it's probably in everyone's best interest if I figure out a way to monetize this comic enough to at least hire on one extra artist.
What I don't know is how to do that. There's a donation button on this page somewhere, yeah, but I don't expect people to just dump money on me. Anything I get on the ads goes right back into more advertising. Taking regular commissions is a short term solution and would just cut into my comicing time.
This is where I kinda need your help. I'm not asking for anything right now but input. I've considered stuff like Patreon or maybe even some kind of Kickstarter, but I have no idea how viable options like that are. So basically, your Question of the Update is to give me some ideas on how to go about this. Seriously, that'd be a big help.
All that said, if you think you might be interested in being that extra artist, shoot me a PM or email and we'll chat. I'm definitely down for teaching a little about how I do things, but I can't teach everything and I want to keep the comic to at least the artistic quality it is now. If you think you can pull that off, by all means contact me.
(By the way, according to SJ this comic now has a whooping 900 fans! That's a big number. I'll do something celebratory soon.)
I'd offer to help, but I've got my hands full as it is ^^U I hope you find someone to help you out soon, if nothing else, you can go on a hiatus for a few months and get some-odd number of pages done, but that's pretty much all I can offer you. I'm sorry.
I cannot contribute any money. However there are a few options I have seen a few other webcomic artist go to that haven't been listed yet.
The first one I recommend is Tapastic. It's a relatively newer comic hosting site but is already home for a nice array of lovely comics. They also have neat features, such as adding music to your pages and a really wonderful commenting system.
Tapastic offers two methods of supporting their authors.
1.) Ad Revenue: Where the creator receive a monthly paycheck based on readership.
2.) Support Program: Where readers agree to donate a certain amount of money to specific comics every month.
Alternatively, InkBlazers (aka MangaMagazine) has a tier system in place allowing it's premium and featured comic creators to share in the subscribe revenue.
You would start off as a "member comic", and receive no funding. However if DreamCatcher continued to update once a week and gain a fanbase (or if SJ members migrated) it would be upgraded to a "featured comic" and share in a smaller portion of the revenue based on comic traffic.
"Premium Comics" receive the largest portion of salary, however you would need to be willing to update 15 times a month.
Another thing to know about InkBlazers is their subscription policy for readers. While not required to read member and featured comics, premium comic's most recent two chapters are not available for non-subscribing readers. Subscription money is what is used to fund the creators ($2.99 a month to subscribe). Or if a reader shares a comic on facebook, twitter, or tumblr they can access the entire site for fifteen minutes (almost like a free trial for advertizing).
MangaMagazine also has added benefits to featured and premium comics. The ability to sell merchandise and free print-on-demand, for example.
I have seen several SJ authors move to InkBlazers and original webcomic artits move to Tapastic. Usually when you do this you update Tapastic or InkBlazers a couple pages ahead of SJ or give us fair warning before you move.
Also, I would recommend not doing a kickstarter. Kickstarters normally only work when there is a promising end goal and very high quality rewards. It also can only be open for a certain amount of time so this wouldn't help you out in the long run paying your secondary artist. (However you may if you wish, I'm just giving my opinion without experience).
Patreon can work very well when the rewards are enticing as well. Early page updates, WIP pages, behind the scenes, and even character cameos for larger donations.
You can also open up a merchandise store (bookmarks, posters, books in print). However, that can be extremely hard, especially if your fanbase doesn't have money to spend (like me). It really depends on your experience in this area.
Those are all ways to receive some funding without too much strain on the readers. My friend and I talked about it some and she suggest that you offer the secondary artist a specific percentage of whatever earnings you get from those places combined rather than a set amount of pay. None of these places are the most reliable, so it would be easier to promise a percentage than a number.
But anyways, that is my two cents. I hope you found this helpful.