I'm trying to turn webcomics from a hobby to a job, and first I did that with preparing and creating a webcomic, established its updating schedule, and improved its quality over the past years. Spidersilk regularly updates twice a week here on smackjeeves.
Here's the thing. I do this completely for free. Each page takes me three to five hours, outside of a full-time job. I love webcomics very much and the community around it, but it is taxing. This is basically a second job for which I do not get paid. I like to eat and have a roof over my head! To that end, I have set up some methods on how you can show your support and enable me to continue creating Spidersilk! Imagine, some day I can call art my full time job and I won't even know what to do with my "free time." What is free time, anyway....
SO! How can you support my art?
1. Read it on Inkblazers.com. I am a featured author there now, which means I get paid monthly based on traffic. By simply reading it there, you are helping me. The only thing is that you'll have to make an account, but there is no upfront monetary contribution you have to make.
If you find yourself enjoying the comics there, you can become a supporter on inkblazers. This costs a few dollars a month, and it goes into the collective pool of money that we inkblazer artists are paid! You also get early access to premium comic content a month in advance.
I admit I am active on InkBlazers much more than here, and if you follow me from SJ to Inkblazers, let me know! I'm always excited about that. The comic updates more often on inkblazers because, well ... I get paid! Also, if you follow me as well as the comic, you will easily see my illustration updates, some WIPs, and my blogs (half of which are tutorials or tips).
Go here: http://spidersilk.inkblazers.com
2. Send a donation by PayPal! Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org Even a dollar would make my day. It can be one-off, or you can decide to do this whenever you feel like it. This lets me know that someone out there wants to support my artwork, and I'll be filled anew with cheer and energy to draw!
3. You can become a patron on patreon.com. Go to http://patreon.com/alakotila
That's right, you can become a patron of the arts!
You will need to make an account as a patron, and you can pledge anything from a dollar per month to fifty or more. There are perks you can choose to have access to (such as wips and behind-the-scenes workings as well as early access to artwork), or you can choose to simply support without the perks. It's up to you, and you can cancel your monthly patronage any time. Mine charges by month, not artwork or video, so the price will never change. For those that support artists that charge by artwork rather than month, make sure you set yourself a budget so you don't go over what you can afford!
Isn't it crazy how artists feel bad asking for money? In what other job are we "selling out" when we have begun to make money? Isn't that success? What a world! Thank you so much for reading Spidersilk, whether it has been a day or two and a half years!
I'll be opening commissions soon, so more on that later!