I hope you're safe and healthy in these crazy times we're living in right now.
I wanted to reach out as I've been doing some work to overhaul my Patreon. As some might have heard, Diamond (the main distribution channel for comic books in North America) is no longer accepting new product for the foreseeable future. This has largely meant many projects going on indefinite hold throughout publishing: If no new comics can be sold, then nobody is making new comics.
This is, hopefully, a temporary "lay off" for myself and so many freelancers. There's still lots of ways you can help support your local comic book stores that've been impacted by this decision: buying back issues, trades, or other in-stock merchandise! (Via curbside pickup or mail-order for safety!) And there's lots of ways you can support your favorite creators too - via commissions, purchasing original art or prints, or subscribing to their Patreon or similar service!
Currently I am in the process of catching up on a few long overdue commissions before I fully open up again. It's a slow-going process - with daycares also closed, I'm the main caretaker for our 8 month old son, limiting my available working hours to a small night shift after he goes to bed. I'm also trying hard to keep a fraction of cash flow generating, as we're not sure when this crisis will end: I have a couple projects that are so far not impacted by the industry shutdown, and I've also been doing some original art for sale.
And hence the overhaul, as I try to rework my Patreon into something I can hopefully dedicate a bit more time and attention to.
I've got a couple new tiers that hopefully cater to different interests:
Lvl 1: Patron - Most of the same as it's always been, with access to the Patreon feed and looks at new art as I work on it, sketches, blog posts, etc.
Lvl 2: Process Junkie - The new home for hi-resolution, layered art and breakdowns of different techniques and tips/tricks, for those that want to see and dissect how a particular piece or page is done.
Lvl 3: Backstage Pass - This is an exclusive look at upcoming projects, as well as never-before-seen stuff from my archives: concept art, unpublished art, pitches, etc.
Lvl 4: Art Collector - A very modest-size black-and-white single character commission. (The more sizeable commission tier will likely come back eventually, but not before I've caught up with previous commitments.)
The first Backstage Pass post went up over the weekend (and the rest of this month is already scheduled), and the first Process Junkie post goes up tonight!
Thank you as always for your support and understanding, especially in these trying times. Stay safe!!