Monday, July 9, 2018

My Patreon Exclusives

As some of you may remember from this post, I decided to get rid of the $5 tier on Patreon, after losing all my pledges for it in under a week. The $5 tier was full of exclusive art and comics I never intended to post anywhere else. But since that tier is now dead, I’ve been browsing through all my exclusives to get a better sense of what I should do with them.

Most, as I expected, are pieces I don’t want to share again, so they’ll remain where they are. (Although I technically don’t have a $5 tier anymore, people can still easily up their pledge to $5, if they feel inclined, and download all those old exclusives that way.) There are a few I plan to make public, though…

The first is “Nicholas Learns to Cook,” which I’ve already posted here and here. This Echo Effect comic wasn’t intended to be a Patreon Exclusive originally, since I created it before I even had a Patreon. I had even shared a dialogue-free preview of it years ago, so it felt only right to make this public.

Two others I’m considering are “No Cats Allowed” and “Ethan’s Probably Fine.” (Previews for both can be seen here and here.) “No Cats Allowed” was only posted on Patreon this past June, so it didn’t have much of a chance to be an exclusive before I took away the $5 tier. And since it had taken me half a year to make, it’d be disheartening to let all that hard work be for nothing. “Ethan’s Probably Fine” is also fairly recent, and feels like a good piece to share since it would introduce you guys to a couple Undeath of Me characters you have yet to meet. (Ethan’s wife, for one. It also features a vampire my patrons have been getting glimpses of since January 2017.)

There are a couple other exclusives I’m considering making public, as well, but I’m far more indecisive about those, so I’m just going to forget about those for now and see how I feel about ‘em another time.

9 comments:

  1. Perhaps all of those exclusives need to come together one day in a book?

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    1. For years, I've toyed with doing art books for both Echo Effect and The Undeath of Me, so some exclusives could live on that way, but nothing will likely result from that, since publishing in color is expensive.

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  2. Good luck figuring out what to do with your exclusives!

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    1. Thank you! I pretty much know what I'm doing with all of them; there are just a couple I'm on the fence about, still. Two exclusives for sure will pop up on this blog within the next few months!

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  3. I agree with Alex, a book sounds good! How about self publishing? Still so expensive?

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    1. I know from past experience that self-publishing in color can get pricey pretty fast. Even if I were to keep the page count low, a single book would still end up costing around $30, if not more.

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  4. I'm with Alex and Stacy, Heather. That sounds like a great idea! Have you checked out Create Space? Could you do them in black and white if needs be?

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    1. When it comes to POD services, I personally prefer Lulu over CreateSpace, since I have past experience with them and like their overall quality and customer service.

      And converting my colored pieces to grayscale wouldn't exactly work. When I color something in grayscale from the onset, I can make sure there's a good contrast of light and dark tones. However, when I color in color, it's more about making sure the colors are complementary. So, converting a colored piece to grayscale could cause it to look like a gray blob. I'd have to recolor them from scratch with a grayscale color palette to ensure there's enough contrast for print, which would...be a lot of work, needless to say.

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  5. It's cool that you have tiers and exclusive content. It shows that you're generating lots of good stuff:)

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