I've been sitting here thinking about the last year as well as possible plans for the next few months. It's been about a year since the issues with my right hand started to affect my ability to work. While we figured out what the issues were, there wasn't much that could be done. But thanks to a year of adjustments, PT, and occasional periods of rest, I've managed to get my grip back and can work for long periods with only moderate discomfort. Yay!
In a few months it will also be a year since the donation drive for the cintiq. Thank you again to everyone who donated. Levi has been working wonderfully and has been a great addition to the studio. I finished the three full color images, have been giving three updates a week, and have moved the two short, twelve page side stories into a full side series which will be starting once the "Fairy Tale" arc is complete. So, I've fulfilled / am in the process of fulfilling my obligations from that drive.
Thing is, I really wish CN:H was able to bring in a bit more income. While I love CN:H, the reality is this comic takes up a good chunk of my time. If I'm not drawing the comic, I'm scripting it, working on improving my art skills for it, or doing research for it.
So, I'm debating starting a Patreon account. For anyone not familiar with it, Patreon is a way to support people whose work you enjoy with small monthly, or weekly, donations. A few awesome people have been very supportive financially over the last few months which has helped Matt and myself immensely. The thing is, there are over 5,000 of you reading this comic every update. It doesn't seem fair to the few wonderful individuals to be the only ones helping to keep CN:H running. If even a fifth of you who enjoy CN:H would be willing to part with the price of half a cup of coffee a month it would help out a lot. That's a buck, folks. A buck a month. $12 a year. It would allow me to pay off a few bills faster as well as purchase materials to help me improve my art skills and do research. Not to mention it would help boost my eagerness to continue cranking out pages.
So why haven't I set one up? I don't feel I'm quite ready to just yet. I'd like to get the buffer built back up and have the upcoming side series closer to launch first. At the moment, it looks like "Fairy Tale" will take us through to mid-June with the goal of the side series starting soon after. Ugh, I still have so much research to do...
So anyway, about three months to build the buffer back up and get the side series ready for launch. If I do decide to create a Patreon account, I'll likely use that to gauge how many updates a week I do after that point. While I can handle three a week, four a week WILL require some compensation. Why? Because four a week leaves little time for anything else. Yes, I'd love to spend my time doing nothing but CN:H based work. Really, I would! But if it doesn't start helping to pay the bills I'm afraid I'll need to eventually go back to commissions, something that will cut greatly into comic-making time.
It's a balancing act and I'm trying to figure out how best to achieve it.
For the time being, my goal is to use up the remainder of my meds, get over what's left of the flu, and get ahead. I should be able to finish three more pages by the end of this weekend, leaving next week free to get even further ahead. All of which is very exciting. Hopefully you agree.
We'll see what the next few month will hold. For now, I better get back to work. Thanks for reading!