That said, I do recognize that funds might be tight. But if you have a membership of $5/month on Ko-Fi or Fan Clubs, you get exclusive discounts on my commissions (plus other perks)! Sometimes commission spots are available on Crowdfunding campaigns, like Mr. Dino Pride Keychains on Crowdfundr. (By the way, you have UNTIL OCT 6 to get Mr. Dino merch.)
For folks who liked my blue baby dragon keychains, you’re gonna LOVE these new Pride Baby keychains! They’re the same size as the blues, roughly 2 inches square (not counting the keyring). Plus they’re printed on one side in sturdy, clear acrylic. They also come with a protective film on the front to save the babies from scratches.
Why make a Dragon Baby keychain with LGBTQ+ pride colors? Well, to let folks know that they’re not alone. That they can be brave AND adorable at the same time. And if people take issue with that? Well, a baby dragon is still a dragon. Never meddle in their affairs (for humans are crunchy and good with ketchup).
While Crowdfundr is new (to me, and I’m sure to you, too), they’re actually sponsoring this year’s Small Press Expo – a show I’m going to!
I also spoke with a representative from Crowdfundr. These folks have worked with other comics artists, so they know what creators like me (and patrons like you) are looking for in a campaign.
Also…the platform is smooth as heck to work in. AND you can mix and match your own reward bundles!
Do you want just a keychain? You can do that. Or maybe a sticker, keychain, AND a painting? You can do that, too! Want 15 keychains and a page from Dragons: A Sketchbook? Make it happen! I’m already in love with Crowdfundr because of this mix-and-match reward system alone.
I want to talk a bit about how to set goals to be…more realistic. Because I have fallen a twee bit behind on a few things.
First, I wanna’ talk about this piece, pictured at the top.
Right now, the title is (tentatively), “Cryptid of Leaves.” I started this piece all the way back in 2019. So…it’s been A WHILE. I worked on it, then set it aside, because those leaves ALONE took effort to draw. And then I thought, “Let’s color this with colored pencil! That’ll get the look I want to achieve!”
And past me thought I could have this done in a month. On top of everything else I have going on. Which…(insert laughter here).
I have only worked on this in my free time, when I have the urge to do it. So I’m shifting the goal for this piece: I want it finished by…the end of October.
Why so late? Because I still have KickStarter rewards to fulfill and other books to put together. Speaking of which…
Second, I want to talk about the PDF for The Legend of Jamie Roberts, volume 1.
For KickStarter backers, I had said, “Oh this should be delivered to you by the end of May!”
It’s June 1st now. The PDF still needs put together. Oops.
To be fair, May was a big transition month. I quit working at NeverEnding (long story), and shifted back to freelancing full-time. Still, getting my freelance sea-legs back can only explain so much. All I can ask is please, continue to be patient. The PDF should still get done by the end of June. I’ll go more in depth about the process in a KickStarter update tomorrow.
Third, The Legend of Jamie Roberts.
So…I’m out of buffer. The month of May had some unexpected events that prevented me from keeping up with my usual production schedule. That means right now, I’m making the next updates as the story is going. That’s not a place I like to be in.
Does this mean that The Legend will get a temporary hiatus? I don’t know. But I’m tempted to have a short, two-week break from regular updates just so I can build the buffer back.