I’ve spent the last year since my graduation from The Center for Cartoon Studies working diligently to become a full-time cartoonist. I’ve managed to make ends meet by working non-stop: taking every freelance project that comes across my desk, selling at conventions as frequently as possible, going out and wholesaling my books to shops in every town I visit, and through a part-time comics-related day job that takes about 15 hours of my week (on average).
I’m grateful for every one of the opportunities that I’ve had this last year. I’ve been cartooning non-stop since last June and that’s all I’ve ever wanted for my life. …but it’s been a financial struggle. A friend recently joked that being a freelancer means that someone always owes you $5,000 in perpetuity and I’ve found that their joke is 100% accurate.
I do my best to make all the work I do available online for free as much as possible. I have years worth of my journal comic online, hundreds of pages of older work up on Gumroad, and post finished work on my blog and here on Tumblr as frequently as possible. (Giving six month exclusivity to all my work that is in print. Get ready to read a TON of comics here for free in July and August.)
However, being a freelance cartoonist means I’m working regularly without getting paid regularly… In order to make ends meet, I’m still regularly putting mail order sales, comic conventions, my part-time job, and new freelance work ahead of making my own, original comics. And, frankly, the stress of working for a full year with no break (and still barely able to pay my bills) is really bumming me out.
That’s where you come in. If you become a Patron at a $2/month level, you will have access to sketchbook drawings, work-in-progress shots of all my comics, and a first look at most everything I create. I don’t have any delusions that my bills will be paid through a Patreon account; but having any additional support through Patreon means that I can take on less freelance work and create more comics for you, my Patron, to read online for free. It will also make me a much healthier, happier cartoonist.
If you think work-in-progress shots are neat and would like to get sneak peaks of all my work before the rest of the internet, please consider supporting me on Patreon.
A huge thank you to everyone that has supported me already this year: through custom commissions, buying books at conventions, etc. I’m so fortunate and so grateful to have made it this far in such a short amount of time. I just need to make it a little farther.
Rachel is such good people and a fantastic artist.