I can never really tell if that feeling of getting your head above water is self-delusion or a genuine result of following through on your commitments and personal development. Regardless, it’s probably best to make the best of it. As I posted above, I’m going to start posting strips regularly again next month as well as get the look of my site back to where it was before the Comic Easel take over.
I’m not sure I have any readers left at this point, but I figure I can either keep putting things off and continue driving any progress I have made over the last 9 years (yes, 9 years!) into the ground or pick everything back up and continue the way I’ve always intended and leave a good looking corpse.
So, I’ve started a new Patreon page and I need some help in determining rewards.
For those of you who do not know, Patreon is a crowdfunding site that, rather than focus on one lump sum for a project like Kickstarter, helps creatives get ongoing support for their fanbase on a regular basis. The whole system is fueled by monthly micropayments that start at $1. If I were to not produce any strips in a month, I would not receive any support from my patrons, however if I were to produce 20 strips in a month, someone providing $1 would be providing $20, UNLESS they set a monthly limit, which they can do.
It encourages creatives to produce more and gives fans an opportunity to get more of what they like from creatives by providing direct incentives. I would use any support given to help get Abel Boddy back up to 3-5 strips a week and get my upcoming superhero project Hard Corps Action Force off the ground. Like any good crowdfunding, patrons also get rewards, which is what I need help with.
1) If you are one someone who uses Patreon, what sort of rewards have you seen provided by creators that you thought were worth it? Or have you thought of anything that you haven’t seen patrons offering that you think would be good idea?
2) If you are someone who doesn’t use Patreon, is there something that a creator could offer that would make it worth it to you?
I’d like to put up 2-3 patron-only updates a week and I was considering the standard original artwork/customized sketches and sneak peeks into current and upcoming storylines and pre-production work as well as a weekly video journal and discounts on future books. I’m going to be doing a second draft on the campaign details (with a new video) and would like to include the new rewards.
Is there something else you think I should consider?
(FYI: Abel Boddy has a new Facebook Page. If you are following the old one, please take a moment to “like” the new one. It’s located here.)
One of the perks of being an animation gadabout is knowing when foreign animated films are showing in the United States. Every year, I attend GKIDS’ New York International Children’s Film Festival, which premieres many of the buzzworthy animated features in North America. For those of you out there who believe that A) Children won’t read subtitles and B) This is a film festival exclusively for kids – I beg to differ. The festival took place in March and I had a list of about, 8 films I wanted to see this year, but, sadly, only had time for 4. Here are my reviews of those films in 140 characters or less.
A team of foosball figures come to life to help an emotionally distant young man save his town from a insane soccer star with an axe to grind.
— C. Edwards (@claudedwards) March 8, 2014
An army of ants (and a ladybug) fight another army for sugar cubes left over from a picnic in this insect battlefield epic – performed all in pantomime.
— C. Edwards (@claudedwards) March 16, 2014
Aunt Hilda!, French
A green house proprietress fights a big corporation with a menacing new genetically engineered plant.
— C. Edwards (@claudedwards) March 22, 2014
Ernest & Celestine, French-Belgian
A clever young mouse and a grumpy bear develop an unlikely friendship after they upset the balance between their separate, but mutually beneficial societies in this Oscar nominated animated film.
— C. Edwards (@claudedwards) March 27, 2014
Now that the 12-Inch Roommate kickstarter has wrapped and I’m halfway through getting out the rewards I’ve been trying to maintain that momentum by moving forward with my next projects. Abel Boddy is of course a number 1 priority since it’s been neglected over the last few months, but I’ve also been making more of an effort to streamline my online presence. I am aware of how pretentious this sounds, but when you consider that I have 3 blog websites, 4 Facebook profiles, 5 Twitter accounts and 1 Instagram, you may respond with: “Yeah, that’s way too much.”
At first, I was trying to figure out if I wanted to focus more on myself as an individual or on the projects I have and will create and I came to the conclusion that it should be a little of both. I mean, my sites have never really been about me as a person and I don’t want to keep launching new websites for every single idea that comes to mind. So, I folded my Facebook stuff down to one profile with 2 pages and stopped the use of 3 of the Twitter accounts. I’m thinking now that 12-Inch is done and I don’t really plan on doing too much NSFW work at this point, I will phase out the Meatcute blog. The Abel Boddy site won’t go anywhere, but will, in time, get re-designed. And my portfolio site will either become the front page that everything eventually gets connected to or will be a page that connects to a umbrella Tumblr page or something.
In the end, I want something that’s all-encompassing but contained, easy to maintain and, most importantly, something that I will only have to provide one URL if someone inquires at a cocktail party or if I’m networking.
So, as some of you have probably figured out, things have slowed down over here on Abel Boddy so that I could focus on completing my new book Attack of the 12″ Roommate, a collection of strips from my NSFW mini-webcomic 12″ Roommate, which I publish over on my sketchblog Meatcute.
Well, the book is done!! Which is good news for you, because now I can get back to focusing on Abel, Howard and their kooky pals. So, you should see some new strips, more frequently starting next week.
But until then please consider pre-ordering Attack of the 12-Inch Roommate, through my pre-order campaign on Kickstarter. It’s a simple, no-frills campaign with one thing in mind: getting copies of the book into the hands of readers as soon as possible.
As with all Kickstarter campaigns, if my goal is not reached, I will not receive any of the funds, so every pre-order counts toward covering my printing costs, so please help support the book by pre-ordering or forwarding the Kickstarter link along to any others who may be interested.