The year 2019 is coming to an end, and what a year it was! So many comic pages have been created. So many fun Drawing events with my supporters have been organized. New stories have been written and some important existing articles have been edited and made better. This will sound like an exaggeration but I can safely say that this year have been the best in my whole life! Never before I felt so much freedom and inspiration… I mean it.
That’s why I wish to thank all my readers and supporters, old and new. Thank you so much for sticking around and for giving my art and stories your attention! I wish you all a happy New year!
Patreon and my productivity in the next year
As I’ve mentioned several months ago in one of the monthly conclusions, there will come some significant changes in the new year, in both my comic and in my Patreon. Changes that I’d rather not do, but have to.
While in 2019, unburdened by duties and work, I could focus my full attention on all things Monstroniverse. And I wish I would be able to do it in the next year as well, but… sadly some things are just not meant to happen. As you already know my expectations about Patreon growth were not met. There was a temporal growth but then some of supporters left, and right now we are standing at the same point where we were in the beginning of the year. What means – there is no progress at all.
To be fully independent and to be able to work at the same pace as I did in 2019, I need to reach 600$ a month goal. Even 300 would save the situation, but sadly it didn’t happen either. My exposure abilities are exhausted and I’ve no idea how else to attract new audience. My plan to create a small fundraising campaign also failed, as all 3 major sites, Gofundme, Kickstarter and Indiegogo do not provide service to my country. (And it’s not like I had any hopes for that plan to work, as it relies on exposure, which strangely alludes me, just as much)
Money is the greatest problem of mine, what I honestly hate. During the next couple of weeks, the country-wide holidays, I’ll keep working on the comic in the current pace. But after that the active job hunting will begin.
What it means for the comic and my activity:
1. First of all, I’ll no longer organize scheduled monthly events. The Participation tier will keep its identity, but the reward will be distributed in a less scheduled manner. What I mean is, I will organize Drawing events, polls and monstrology discussions only when/if I’ll have time for that, without long, prior announcements. It will look something like “This week I want to create a new monster, so tomorrow I’ll post sketches for you to discuss” or “I’ve got some free time and a desire to draw something ultra-smutty. Give me your characters and suggestions”. All of that will happen on Discord, as usual, and the announcement will come in form of personal messages via Patreon.
2. I am shutting down my commissions. When/if they will be reopened is currently unknown. It’s not like anyone was interested in them anyway. Last commission I made outside of the Drawing events, was like several months ago. Not a big loss, all things considered.
3. The pace or quality of the comic might suffer in a month or two. I absolutely love using current greyscale style with high attention to shading and tone, but it is extremely time consuming and demands job-like dedication. Yes, last months I’ve been drawing by 8+ hours each day. With a job that I’ll soon have to attend to, this luxury will no longer be available to me.
The degree of sacrifices made will fully depend on what kind of job I’ll manage to find and how much free time it will leave me with. So no details on this yet.
Regardless of what job I’ll end up with, I’m not going to stop making the comic. Even if I’ll be forced to post sketches instead of proper pages, I will not abandon my story. I am too invested in it, and I’ve got so much more to show you. This is my honest promise to you. Let’s see what the year 2020 has in store for us, and let’s hope that our desires, wishes and dreams will come true.
Tiny edits today
About those two edited pages from Chapter 7 that I've re-uploaded today:
Page 1 – I redrew the cat, making it a proper jungle predator. A simple house cat just didn’t look right in a place like that….
Page 87 – Added a mid-frame that shows that Aurele dodges the projectile, as previously it was unclear if she did that or if she took it. Trust me, if she did, she wouldn’t make it far from there. Despite her strength, she’s not a dragonball character ^^