– I’m launching a Patreon page today. I’ve been thinking about Patreon since I was in the hospital last month and I think this is the right direction for both myself and Modest Medusa. I’ve created a comic to explain what this is all about, but first I want to say that Modest Medusa will always be free to read. That won’t ever change. Here’s the comic:
Okay, so what is Patreon? Patreon is a way for my readers, friends and fans to give me direct financial support by becoming a Patron. As a Patron you’ll choose an amount to give for every month of comics that I make. You’ll get billed at the end of the month, and I’ll get that money (minus a very small amount that goes to Patreon).
Do I have to contribute? Nope! Patreon is there for people who want to support my comic work and can afford to give a little money every month. It’s absolutely not mandatory and you shouldn’t feel like you have to give. I know that some of you like to support my work by buying my books. Some of you click on my ads, share my facebook posts and tweets, vote for Modest Medusa on Top Web Comics or recommend the comic to your friends. Patreon is another option for people looking for ways to support Modest Medusa.
Why do you need the money? I’m pretty poor. That’s not a secret. My recent medical problems and hospital stay have introduced new expenses to my life. I’m finding that I’m spending more time than I want to working to pay the bills and far less time than I’d like making comics. Patreon will help me pay some of my bills, giving me more free time to make more comics for you all to enjoy!
What is a “Month of comics”? I’m doing a monthly Patreon campaign, which means I’m asking for contributions for every month of comics I make. You all know that some months I make more comics than others. My goal is to be making at least 10 comics a month, with an average of 12-15. These will mostly be Modest Medusa comics, but I’m hoping to also start posting Ghost Kiss comics every now and then, plus some other cool stuff! If I don’t produce at least 10 pages in a month my Patrons won’t be charged for that month!
What do we get out of it? The big benefit of this Patreon campaign is that I’ll be able to make more comics. That’s a benefit for everyone, whether you choose to give or not. I’ve also introduced several Milestone goals. If we reach certain amounts of monthly giving I can afford to do some cool stuff like get rid of the ads on this site, do a regular live drawing thing or even a monthly 24 hour comic.
I’m also offering some Rewards for people who want to give generous amounts each month. These aren’t extravagant gifts, but small things to let you know that I appreciate your support. I want to focus on making neat comics for everyone instead of providing exclusive content for just a few people. You can find out more about Milestone Goals and Rewards on my Patreon page.
Will there be special “Patron only” stuff? Not really. The Milestone goals are set up to provide new content for everyone. Some of the Rewards include stuff like wallpapers and stickers, but I’ll be posting that art for everyone to see. So don’t feel like you’ll be missing comics if you decide not to become a Patron.
How much should I give? Any amount of money is appreciated, really. Even 50 cents or a dollar a month will help out. You can pay by card or paypal. You can also cancel your monthly payments at any time if you need to.
I want to help out but I can’t afford to be a Patron! That’s okay. Patreon isn’t for everyone, and that’s fine. Please don’t contribute if you can’t afford to. Recommending Modest Medusa to a friend is a great way to show your support for free!
Will you still use Kickstarter? Yes I will! Kickstarter and Patreon are very different things. I’ll continue to use Kickstarter to raise money to print books and do other large projects.
Anything else? Patreon will be a part of this comic from now on. I’ll be talking about it from time to time and there will be a small ad on this site directing people to the Patreon page. Please feel free to ask questions and make suggestions!
I think it’s probably not so much that the others left her behind, as she played around in the water like a ditz while the others were getting ready to depart the very dangerous location… ^^;
Wow i popped on just in time. too bad i’m not seeing the comic yet.
My connection glitched. Welp it’s time to go throw a buck or two ino patreon
The cap’n forgot to include – “Sleep well. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.”
I didn’t see this until after I posted mine.
“Goodnight Gordon, good work, sleep well at most I’ll kill you in the morning.”
Ok the last strip made me so sad, this makes me feel a little better.
My expense situation is similar to yours, but give me a month or two to try and controlthe bills, then maybe so…
And I echo Modest: I like the ads! Today, Quantum Vibe is very prominent, and it is one of my 15 favorites. I’d say, keep them.
YEHAARRGH! ME HARTY!
Medusa: “But I like the ads!”
I thought that was funny too! 🙂
Jake I wanted to sign up for Patreon but it says you won’t bill me to the start of next month. I have money now and I never know when i’m going to be charging my card usually before the sixteenth though. So how can I do Patreon?
Good question. I’m not entirely sure about an answer. If you have a Paypal account you could put some moneny aside there and then pay that way.
I do have a paypal haven’t used it in a while i’ll see about doing it that way.
I’m not sure if that’s the best solution, but that’s the first thing that occurred to me.
Also, wow, I didn’t see this coming at all! Though I can’t help but feel a certain Princess Bride vibe at the offer of becoming a Dread Pirate (Roberts)
A life of piracy huh? Are we talking about sailing the seven seas or downloading MP3s?
Does it have to only be one or the other?
Oh hell yeah! I would want to be a pirate too! 🙂
And Jake, I hope support you in this Patreon Quest of yours! ^-^
Ahhhh the pirates x3 pirate medusa sounds fun.
I shall call her… Carlos!
Maybe break with precedence, like a bold buccaneer, and call her … Carlotta?
Oh, dear. The name, “Carlotta” has been forever ruined for me because of events which predate this comic.
I had a supervisor while I was in the Marines who liked to pull pranks on people, including trying to bait people into asking him about, “these [anything]” so he could reply, “Deez nuts!”
He had a similar joke with Carlotta. I’ll use the cupcake version. Usually he would say that he saw someone with “Carlotta.” Then they would ask about Carlotta, and he would reply, “A Carlotta [chocodiles]! Ahhhh ha ha ha!”
Or you could go with a simpler solution: Carla.
You should get Medusa a 3DS!
Well, I’m pleased to see the pie rats are doing alright.
Man, this Medusa got a way better deal than the others.
I’m not really sure that anyone wants you to get rid of those ADs. One can always hide them by using adblock, and you would loose quite some money if you’ll remove them entirely.
Besides, great idea Jake!
You might be surprised to know that a lot of people complain about the ads. I also really don’t make much money from them. $100 a month, on a good month. If it makes some people happy I’d be happy to get rid of them. I’m thinking I might replace them with something more useful. Links to comics I like, Kickstarters or charities that I think deserve support… stuff like that. I guess that’s still ads, but it wouldn’t be paid ads, and I think it would be more interesting for everyone.
Yep, I’m officially surprised. Have you considered just telling those who complain about ADBlock? 🙂
And so we discover that Medusa’s imprint their personalities on whoevers around them. I.E. If they are around human gamer’s they develop human gamer personalities. If they are around medusae they continued to remain naieve in ignorant. And the list goes on.
I am a bit concerned though on whether it or not it was the negative emotions that caused withered away or not. I can imagine a bunch of adult medusa living in one place. But if they all become giant snakes that could pose a problem to both the ecosystem and each others ability to eat.
Well anyway *Tosses Carlotta an orange* Remember oranges prevent scury not orange colored food like cheetos.
*Tosses Modest a box of Banana Moonpies and runs off whooping into the night.*
I will help out whenever I can Jake
“Your name isn’t Carlos is it?”
My name is Maureen!
I like it.
“All my life, I have been consumed by this quest for revenge. Now that I’ve got it, I don’t know what to do.”
“Have you ever considered a life of piracy? You’d make a wonderful Dread Pirate Roberts.”
I was wondering if her name was going to be Carlos. Seems the consensus here is “Carlotta.”