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Hello friends, it’s been hectic as I’ve been focusing on Dracula and trying to get Revolver Four out asap, and getting the final batch of Dream Life books out the door? Taking too long, not helped by nasty cold bug last month. Back at it now, playing catchup… sooo late late late.
The only upside of being sick is I got a lot of writing done, including a workable draft of the Patreon page text I’d been meaning to attempt to write since signing up in the summer. Important bit of business as it’s planned to be a key aspect of the market presentation of Revolver Four. The issues will still be available as individual downloads, but with #4 I wanted to offer subscriptions of some kind, and then had a better idea.
It was a good call. Just a few days in I’m already up to $30 pledged a month from my first three patrons! I look at this as a slow and steady thing, that does not need huge numbers to work. So that’s an inspiring nice early start for me. Already time to thank some Patrons!
One wished to be anonymous. Thanks very much for your patronage. Shannon Becker. A long time fan from back in the days of Saint Sinner [she had proof!]. And Ian Hodgkinson! One of my Dracula Kickstarter backers in fact! Thanks for the faith in me Ian!
Thanks to all of you! :)
I have one in the works. But no pitch video so far. I noticed a number of comics related patreon pages without them and doing fine. So not rushing that. I am doing a regular patreon podcast, and the 3rd episode is mostly a discussion of the campaign, you can listen to that here.
Here’s pitch text!
Welcome to The Spilt Ink Patreon!
Hi. My name is Max, aka Salgood Sam. An artist and storyteller. For the last 20 years I’ve primarily made comics and drawn for a living. I also sometimes work as a Designer, Editor and part-time Art Teacher.
I’m developing a patreon clip for my youtube channel, but for the moment I’m just going to post a trailer for my latest book. Dream Life | a late coming of age, above. For the significance of that, read ahead to“The First Goal is $350 monthly”. And for an audio version of some of this, I’ve posted a launch episode of the podcast! I explain in text below and in the podcast what I’m hoping to accomplish.
For those of you new to it, Patreon lets you support creative types like me via a pay-what-you-can sliding scale financial considerations–You can change or cancel your pledge at any time.
A lot of the content I’m posting is already free to read or watch online.
Check out the activity blog to see what I’ve been up to over the past year I’ve been posting content to it pretty frequently and plan to keep the Patreon blog here, current with content I post across the web from Youtube clips, webcomics, sketchbooks, tutorials, my fathers photos and words, to blogging & blogging! I keep busy.
The very short pitch is I’m looking for patrons from as little as $2 monthly, to as much as you feel comfortable pledging! You can even pledge less than $2 if you just want to help out at a minimum with a monthly tip. I’ve set up a range of rewards to accommodate a lot of possibilities. All limited in availability to keep fulfilment from swamping or profit from obscuring the core goals of making and publishing great comics and other creations! And if enough of you choose to support my work in this manner, everyone will get to read all of it, digitally for free!
Ok, here’s a slightly longer version.
Over the last couple of decades I’ve financed my personal projects* via grants, investing portions of my freelancing income, selling a decent number of books and art now and then. And in the last few years crowdfunding has become a serious factor with three modestly successful endeavors so far. More than 20 years and I’m still learning, especially since I’ve been pursuing self publishing more.
*I should note, my personal projects don’t JUST include comics, though most of it is comics or comics related now!
I’ve also been experimenting with formats, webcomics and other digital modes, attempting to move with the changing market and find what suits me best. A diverse range of platforms seem to be the road to go, but what’s missing still is a bit more stability and a simple way to get my content to readers without paying too much of my two bits in fees. I could get a lot more done I think if I could just simply resolve that set of problems. It’s in that hope that enough of you choose to pitch in a cup of coffee’s worth a month on this page, and make it happen!
A few years back I started working on re-booting Spilt Ink–a boutique self-publishing imprint first launched back in 2002 for websites and small press zines and active ever since–as a more focused, dedicated venture to publish my own serialized solo anthology Revolver Quarterly, and possibly all my future books!
Why Revolver Quarterly? I think a print ready, digital anthology series is best suited to my style of comics. It’s a format and strategy I’m passionate about. And Patreon seems a practical and appealing alternative to traditional subscription models, and includes a viable distribution platform for patrons as well.
If you dig it and want to help keep it all happening,
pledging $2 monthly will make you my Patron!
Only $24 a year!
[All prices on Patreon are in $US dollars.]
I have two Phases of Goals planned.
For the minimum pledge Patrons will get digital subscriptions to Revolver Quarterly, and be members of The Spilt Ink Patrons club! The club will grow to be an extended suite of digital & print ready publications. Not just my own comics, but also publications related to the websites sequentialpulp.ca, theitalianmachine.spiltink.org, and dd.salgoodsam.com. From the start it will include Revolver Quarterly Vol One, Two & Three, and Therefore, Repent! And free to read online already is Sequential Pulp Vol One, Two & Three. I hope you stick around for coming issues of Revolver and more, but out of the gates you’ll have 260 pages of comics waiting for you to read!
The First Goal is $350 monthly! When we reach it, my newest graphic novel Dream Life | a late coming of age will be added to the library of books patrons can download anytime!
The Second Goal is $650 monthly, and if we achieve it, along with getting more comics done faster thanks to seriously taking care of most of my expenses, I’ll make the 20 min patreon podcast bi-weekly.
The Third Goal is $950 per month, and I’ll be so happy when this happens I’ll throw a Comix Jam Party! You’ll all be invited virtually.
WE REACH THE 1250K MONTHLY GOAL!
At which time, Revolver and the ENTIRE Spilt Ink digital line,
will go PBS, or if you rather, Open Media!!
100% digitally free!
It will take just 625 generous patrons
$2 a month to unlock this goal.
Obviously the main reason for charging for my work is simply to make a living – it is already how i do it generally as a freelancer. But doing it on my own terms and just for my own projects is what Spilt Ink is all about. And my experience with books like Sea of Red, Therefore, Repent! & now Dream Life, Is that I think i have at least that many potential fans and readers out there? Maybe…
Fingers crossed. I think people enjoy the idea of helping make cool things happen and introducing others to something we like by making it easy to get at.
I’ve never really liked adding adds to my sites to try to make it all pay for itself. We tried it on Sequential for a while but were never happy with the results either financially or aesthetically. So I don’t take that seriously as an option. It’s a lot of work, a whole job, getting The Right advertisers and managing that. And it looks so much better without all that noise on my sites.
A lot of the culture of the web is built around the idea of open media. And at the same time, my experience from crowdfunding is there are also lots of people who are willing to put a couple of dollars on something they like. A tool to address that dynamic is exactly what Conte and company have built here with Patreon I hope, which is potentially pretty amazing.
If my Patron base can become a viable solution to earning a living, you’ll make it easy to give it all away online so everyone can enjoy it with you!
I’ll still be selling print copies of things, after all I like paper and getting to sign books! But I’ll be more than happy if this works In the long run and a large portion of my readers are digital. You could help make that happen by pledging and joining The Spilt Ink Patrons club.
The Patrons blog includes exclusive video & blog posts, zines of comic jams, live drawing sessions, sketches, and deals on material goods I sell on my site. Premium rewards Include postcards, physical copies of mybooks, handmade things? Art lessons, original art & commissions!
There’s more info here about
the planned contents
of Revolver Quarterly,
check out the rewards
and goals, and thanks for
I own none of that, if you dig it go buy their music!
Links to things mentioned!
That last is of course my personal site, there’s a lot of work up in there. Animation design work is documented in this set of galleries. I only mention one job on the episode but then thought better of listing it all off. You can find pretty much everything here.
The EN MASSE mural work is documented here
Jed Alexander asked the first Questions!
Past two episodes of the podcast are here
Hey all, just a update for the site here about what’s up for the new year.
I’ve got a lot on my plate, trying to prioritize things and be more organised than the last couple months. :P
Something to check out, on Carte Blanche we’ve posted a spoken work clip from the launch of issue 14.
“Bring the Doll to Life” was told by Taylor Tower at our storytelling evening, This Really Happened, at Café Sarajevo on December 6, 2011.
We’ll be presenting regular audio content from now on, keep your eyes out for the next This Really Happened.
For Dream Life i just completed the second act!
And posted the tittle card for act two : here’s a rough comp on the left of that, and on the right if you click through you’ll get the full final act.
Wrestling with the layouts now of act 3. And some work on Vlad as well. Going to try to get out and walk every day, then sit and treat myself to something hot and sketch page layouts. Plan for the week . [23-27/01/12]
Been mulling over plans with Bryan and folks about what to do for Sequential’s 10th anniversary, problem for me is I’ll have less time than usual this year to give over to producing the magazine. Need to find a designer[s] and funding solutions if Sequential Pulp is going to happen or be a part of the festivities. Anyone interested in participating should drop me a line. I’ll be posting a more formal note about this on the site later in the week.
Been at the desk a lot this week trying to get ahead of myself for a change. So far so good. First things first, new pages are up on my comics sites…
And a peek ahead, after the jump you can check out my pencils for some upcoming pages of Dream Life.
How ya been? I’ve been busy, doing shows like TCAF always take it out of me.
Takes a while to get back into the routine and catch up. I warmed up by rebuilding my home web page here, like the new look. Really converted to WP in a big way [have five sites working on the platform now] and i’m loving the themes from graphpaperpress.com [this is one with a few small mods and so is this and this]. I’ve installed wpStoreCart, working on building one now, wondering what kind of things to sell? Would love to have some feed back from you all. I’ve got posters and some books to start, anyone interested in that? What other sort of things would you be interested in?
Ok, comics, comics, comics.
On Revolver, PIN CITY, with new lettering.
And that’s just to start!
The newest edition of Carte Blanche is up – I’m the graphic fiction editor there. For lucky #13 we are happy to present a special feature on CRISIS. There’s a lot of great stuff in the issue, including two excellent graphic fictions stories by some heavy hitters.
From the Eisner Award–winning creator of ‘Too Much Coffee Man’,
Shannon Wheeler, a classic gag comic, ‘Oil Spill’.
And from James Romberger, of ‘Seven Miles A Second’, ’2020 Visions’,
‘Bronx Kill’, and ‘Aaron and Ahmed’, we are very proud to present
a 16 page short story, called ‘Raymond’.
We had many other excellent submissions we couldn’t accept,
but i’m pleased to present a few of them on Sequential HERE instead!
That’s two pages of my own comics and 5 other short stories!
PS: My editor In chief says we’ve not gotten enough feed back from the comics crowd yet so if you check out the site, take a second to tell carte blanche what you think about about it by filling out their short readers’ survey.
Just transferred this from my camera, it’s The Blocky Thing from Dream Life. All to aprorately as I was walking to the cafe to enjoy some AC, i was listening to this, Anime – the philosophy of Japanese animation on The Philosophers Zone [2010 repeat]. Interesting show, and relevant to the sketch by the fact that The Blocky Thing is very much influenced by the films of Hayao Miyazaki.
Two nice pages done today, was working till sun up. Wanted to show them off.
Dream life, a wordless one. Some of my favorite pages are.
And by contrast, one with some poetry, our first good look at Elmo, the other main character in The rise and fall of it all.
Webcomic overlook is really one of the best review sites for the medium though, so i was pretty happy to see Dream Life is the subject of the 42nd review! As an h2g2 fan this has and extra bit of WIN for me.
Did good, got a 4 out of 5!
To answer one critique/question, “Sometimes, though, his focus on the imagery can be detrimental. I felt key details (like character names) were unnecessarily banished to the margins of the blog post. Shouldn’t this information be incorporated in the comic somehow?” – Yes, it just has not happened yet.
This is a totally fair point. As a web comic with one page a week going up, the pacing is slow enough i felt it was a good idea to add some notes. But the story was plotted for a book, where you would get to later pages where people address each other by name in a natural context as fast as you feel inclined to read the pages. It crossed my mind this could be a problem online, but I didn’t want to add cheats to the art itself, hence the notes.
I’d also say it’s actually a very story intense comic but the way i’m building it up, and with what has been posted so far, i can totally see how it would seem the story is secondary at this stage. Hopefully El Santo stays tuned long enough to see it come together. Muchas gracias for the attention Señor!
For some great tips on where to find the best comics on the web go check out his site.
Oh, and here’s the latest page!
And an old funny on RevolveR
Did some nice pencils
for the next page of Dream Life – 52 – Want to do till 61,
the end of act 1 in the next week or so as pencils,
get tha chunk ready to ink and colour soon as the Busch project wraps.
Also today, just before those
i was getting into a nice groove
drawing roughs/story boards for
the Adolf Busch project.
Here’s some more of that.
And some of
Also the last page of Misplaced has gone up on
the new RevolveR site,
completing that story.
So some time ago i met Bruno Steppuhn, founder of thefabler.com – comics site and home to the very excellent fabler blog. It’s a cool idea of a comics site, still in it’s early stages of being developed but very promising from my talks with Bruno. They plan to have quite comprehensive services to help you self publish comics. I’ll let them tell you themselves here.
One of the things he’s doing to help kick start the site is holding a contest to get creators to upload content and promote it. As it happens i have some older stuff I’ve been meaning to get a few pages done on, that’s just about perfect for the job i think.
The rise and fall of it all is a short graphic novel and multi media project i started in the early 2000’s with John O’Brien, that got stalled and shelved and I’ve felt much self recrimination over.
Happily i think I’ll have the time and means to get the next ten done to make the 25 pages needed to qualify, in fact about 4 or 5 are already and just lack lettering.
Unfortunately you do have to join the site to vote, it’s kind of like Zuda that way. But if you dig what I’m doing and what to help make my job getting it done a heck of a lot easier and faster, then take a second to register, and vote please!
Hey all! So did you have a good free comic book day?
I hope the local shops did well. I’m kind of trapped by work right now and had to stay in.
Not sure if it has anything to do with it, people looking at more comics today maybe – but a good turn from a friend was the main thing. About 1200 new readers from reddit clicked on Dream Life and did a fair bit of page turning, thanks to Keiren ‘MrsComics‘ Smith who first listed it! I suspect it might be that Mrs Comics. ;) Merci Keiren.
New page went up today by the way [as seen here].
Added the social network links to the site from it’s birth a few months ago. My Facebook Group
as been the work horse, 400 on it as of today, and a lot of daily visits through them. I have a fan page
too here if you’re looking for one. Digg has been anemic, i enjoy their vodcasts, but i think i can see maybe why a web comic hasn’t been to the site’s taste yet. More of a trailer and gag oriented scene i’m thinking. Stumble upon has been sending fair bit of trafic to me now and then, but i think reddit blew them away with one click. Clearly a superior web-comic listing is on Reddit! Looking at close to or more than 2500 page views in 48 hours. hope some translate to ongoing readers.
And a couple of days ago I added the first track in the ‘sound track’ of the comic, go to the cover, open the youtube link in a new page, hit play and give about 4 bars per page.
I also just wrapped up Sequential Pulp, sent it off to the printers – god speed! – 30 pages of awesome in the end, already spotted a few typos including the one the bottom of the cover. oh well. Hundreds of collective man hours in it, think we did good. Thanks to everyone who submitted both that got in, even just under the wire, and those that did not. There was a surplus of potential content which is pretty amazing news in of itself. And to our sponsors. We had a surplus there too. feels like people are feeling bullish about comics and TCAF, bodes well. :) It’s super tight on Dream Life, I’m optimistic but it’s a race to the line.
Something kind of interesting going on at Zuda. I just submitted something to them with Mark Sable, he sent me the link last night – this is big news for us. I kind of think it’s going to be good news. In general for creators.
The way i see it, this probably means you’ll be able to put more time into the work itself and a little less into anxiety expended in a pubic popularity contest. It sounds like maybe they will be moving towards an editorial board model or something? Which i have a lot of experience with. Used to those terms in general.
Well, i have a crap tone of inking to do this weekend so out and over!
Also good to read today!
Hark a vagrant!
Mortimer the slug
A softer world
Dream life continues afoot. Or no, it’s in the air. well, whatever, :)
There was a rewarding surge in traffic when the latest page dropped. Need to get the last few dream sequence pages uploaded tonight. I posted a clip of script that was cut out along with page 16 today.
Just completed a total renovation and conversion of Sequential to a word press site. Came out well i think. Lot of new functions possible now, Bryan Dave and I have been throwing round a lot of ideas. Need to catch up with TCAF things but so far everything seems to be coming together.
So I’ve been wanting to add comics to Sequential.spiltink.org for a while, and was wondering how to go about it.
Then i realized, hey, i draw comics! duh. Been working on a graphic novel called Dream Life for the last while, and it’s been begging for a better site.
To be honest I’ve been reluctant to use Sequential to promote my own work, feel a bit funny about it. But it increasingly seems the best way to continue doing both, and truthfully it was while working out how to get my own work out there that i realized there was a need for something like it in the first place, so of course i should be using it.
Over the last 6 months I’ve been trying to remind myself of that. I’ve Just added a new area to the site, a WordPress webcomics page, hosted at sequential.spiltink.org/comics [rss] – for now the main attraction is Dream Life. I had been publishing it on Live Journal but it’s needed a new easier to read/follow site for a while.
For the last week there’s been a new post each day, after page 9 I’ll have new updates every Wednesday.
I want to expand from there, eventually to be a fully online version of RevolveR. I’m still working out how WordPress works, when i get it sorted I’ll be adding an index for other stories of my own….
But if you draw comics, then consider this -
Sequential is looking for creators to publish on site.
If you’re interested contact me about publishing your comics on sequential.spiltink.org/comics Directly. Ongoing and short stories are both welcomed submissions. I want to leave the subject open on subject matter for the moment, but looking for good story telling and consistent work and i do plan to be picky. It would be great to have s traditional style strip to post right on the main Sequential blog too! Canadiana is very welcomed. Cheers – max.
More inking tonight. This is going to be a fun project….
…Don’t know, but it looks pretty good to me. And starting at $499 i might even be able to afford it, dang, didn’t see that coming.
The IPad seems like a decent entry in the Tablet category, and yeah, i bet my Dream Life art would look good on it, It’s even the exact same dimensions! :)
I’m working on a new Zuda project too, if we’re lucky and land the deal, this could be a big boost for it.
I’ve posted more about it here on Sequential, along with some clips. It’s pretty exciting to think about what this might do for print and web based media, i for one am optimistic.