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Hi everyone! My Kickstarter for the newest Modest Medusa book launches today! Please check it out! Modest Medusa Season 4 is all about Modest trying to find her new place in our world after returning from the Magical Land of Yeld and losing her best friend. Its sad and sentimental and a little depressing, but also pretty funny and life affirming. Thats what I think anyway!

I'm offering both a new book and all of my previous books, so this is a great chance to get caught up! Plus cool new stickers, art prints, a chance to be a Modest Medusa guest star and more!

You can back the Kicksatrter here!

Thanks so much for your support!
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Hi friends! Could I get you to help me out with something? It will only take a minute.I'm trying to get more attention for my comic Ghost Kiss over on the Webtoons site. Here's how you can help:

- Go to this link. On the right side of the page near the social media sharing buttons there's a subscribe button. Hit subscribe! Thats it. If you don't have a Webtoons account they'll ask you to make one. It only takes a minute. You can also sign up with your facebook account if you want to.

- Want to help more? Right under the subscribe button is a Rating button. Give Ghost Kiss a 5 star rating. That helps a lot!

- Want to help even more? Read the comic and "Like" the individual pages. Webtoon tracks page views and likes, and more always helps. Leaving comments is great too! You can also do this all on your phone through their app, by the way. Why does it matter?


Webtoon is an interesting new platform and i'm trying to build an audience there. So far Ghost Kiss has been very well received on Webtoon, but the more Subscribers, views and likes it gets the easier it is for people to find it on the site and the higher chance it has of getting featured. Webtoons pays their featured artists,and thats my goal here.

I really appreciate your help.

Thanks,
Jake
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  • Reading: Genshiken
  • Watching: Dirk Gently
  • Playing: Nier
  • Eating: Crunch n Munch
  • Drinking: Iced Tea
Can I ask your opinion on something I've been considering?

Lets say that I decided to build a site where you could read my comic Ghost Kiss (or possibly a brand new comic by me) as well as 9 other comics that I think are really neat and worthwhile. All 10 comics would update once a week (at least). So at minimum there'd be 4 new pages of each comic a month (which is much faster than I currently produce Ghost Kiss, by the way). The only way you could read these comics was to subscribe to this site, and the subscription fee is... lets say $5/month.


Okay, here are the questions:


1. Are you interested enough in my comic to pay a subscription fee to read it? or do you just stop reading?


2. Is 10 high quality exclusive ongoing comics, updated 4 times a month, enough to entice you to subscribe? Is 5? Is 20?


3. Is $5 a reasonable price to ask for a subscription to a site like this? What is a reasonable price?


4. Is exclusive content via subscription site attractive, or does the idea completely repel you?


5. Does knowing that the reason for the site would be to help creators actually earn money from their comics and that every dollar outside of operating costs would be split among contributing creators make you more likely to want to pay a subscription fee? 


This idea has sprang from a few conversations I've had over the last week about how difficult it is for webcomic creators to make even a small amount of money no matter how hard they work. Subscriptions sites have worked (and have not worked) in the past, but I'm curious if my readers, friends and fans would actually be interested in something like this.

If you decided to answer please answer honestly. You won't hurt my feelings by telling me you think this is a bad idea. 
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Do you have a webcomic or art project that you want to get more eyes on? A Patreon that needs more attention? A blog that needs more readers? Are you offering commissions? You should totally advertise in Combine!

Combine is a quarterly science fiction comic anthology. Each large format full color 88+ page issue is printed on glossy high quality paper. Combine is a premium magazine for readers who enjoy sci-fi comics. Currently we have about 100 subscribers through our Patreon, and while that isn't an enormous number, each of these subscribers is a dedicated comic fan that is interested in supporting independent creators. They're exactly the kind of people you want to expose your comic, art or whatever to!

We offer full page (8.5 x 10.5 inch) color ads for $40/issue. These ads appear in both the print and digital version of Combine. The ad deadline for our next issue Tuesday, May 30th. Contact me here on DA for more info or select the $40/issue ad pledge on our Patreon.

- Jake

Combine 5 cover by JakeRichmond
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  • Playing: Overwatch
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Back Issue Small by JakeRichmond

We'll be releasing a  new issue of our sci-fi comic anthology Combine at the end of May. Combine is a high quality full color quarterly comic anthology featuring 4 different ongoing science fiction stories, including Devil Spy by Jaymz Bernard, Shutter valley Record by Avery Robertson, The last Cowboy by Zoe Coughlin and Ghost kiss by me! Combine features women, LGBT characters and POC in lead roles and positive sci-fi stories. You can subscribe to the magazine starting at just $5/issue on our Patreon. You can also catch up on back issues with our discounted bundles available from our online store!

Because Combine is a print magazine it's an expensive project. We're trying hard to build our subscriber base so we can break even on printing and shipping each issue. So if you love sci-fi comics or would like to support this project please consider subscribing to Combine! I would really appreciate it and I think you'll love the magazine!

- Jake
  • Listening to: Brad Sucks
  • Reading: Genshiken
  • Watching: Coppelion
  • Playing: Overwatch
  • Eating: Nothing. Too poor
  • Drinking: Iced Tea

Hi everyone. This month I’m trying really hard to boost my Patreon. For those of you who don’t know, Patreon is a platform that allows the people who enjoy Modest Medusa and my other comics to give me financial support (if they are so inclined) and get rewards. My Patreon is absolutely vital to me since it accounts for about 75-100% of my monthly income (depending on the month). I’m very fortunate to have so many of you as patrons, and your generosity has allowed me to focus on making comics and art as my full time job. However, I really need to boost my Patreon income to cover basic living expenses, and I hope that introducing some new Goals and Rewards will encourage some of who can afford it to become patrons. Even a dollar or two every month really helps!

Last month I began offering a new $10 sketch pledge, where patrons will receive an original marker illustration of a Modest Medusa or Ghost Kiss character of their choice a few times a year. This is physical art mailed to your home! I’m also still offering rewards including new digital Modest Medusa wallpapers and Modest Medusa stickers.

Milestone Goals are unlocked when Patreon funding reaches a certain level. Right now my Patreon is at about $830/month (before taxes, which is what I live on). My upcoming goals are a monthly original art giveaway (unlocked at $1000),  new monthly updates of my Legend of Korra fan comic (unlocked at $1200) and a new ongoing Modest Medusa side-comic, updated monthly for Patreon patrons only (unlocked at $1500).  My short term goal is to reach $1200/month, which would allow me to actually meet my minimum monthly expenses. I really hope I can reach $1500/month later this year. This is important since income from Patreon allows me to spend my time making comics and art for you to read instead of having to take whatever freelance illustration jobs and commissions I can find just to make ends meet.

So if you’re already a patron, thank you so much for your support. You’ve paid for my food and my medicine and literally kept me alive. If you’d like to become a patron I would really appreciate it. As I said before, even $1 to $3 a month really helps! I know a lot of you are in the same boat I am and just can’t afford to become patrons. I also know a lot of you choose to show your support for this comic in other ways, and I totally appreciate your comments, your reblogs, your likes, your book purchases, your kickstarter pledges and your positive word of mouth.

Thank you all so much. You can check out my Patreon page here.

– Jake

  • Listening to: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Reading: Paper Girls
  • Watching: Star Wars Rebels
  • Playing: Breath of the Wild
  • Eating: Nothing. Too poor
  • Drinking: Iced Tea

Post Card Front by JakeRichmond


Until the end of the year you can get the first 4 issues of the science fiction comic anthology Combine in a special bundle for just $30. That’s a $10 savings! Check out the Combine store here.

Combine is a large format full color high quality quarterly science fiction comic magazine. Each issue features new chapters of Ghost Kiss by Jake Richmond, Shutter Valley Record by Avery Berkoff, The Last Cowboy by Zoe Coughlin and Devil Spy by Jaymz Bernard!

Back Issue Small by JakeRichmond


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  • Watching: Ajin
  • Playing: The Division
  • Eating: Avocado tacos
  • Drinking: Canada Dryila
You know about my sci-fi comic magazine Combine, right? No? Let me tell you all about it! Combine is a big slick looking comic magazine, printed at 8 x 10 inches on high quality paper. Each 80+ page issue contains new chapters of my comic Ghost Kiss, plus chapters of Micah Berkoff's Shutter Valley Record, Jaymz Bernard's Devil spy and (starting in issue 4) Zoe Coughlin's The Last Cowboy. Thats 4 great science fiction comics in each issue!
Ghost Kiss and crabs by JakeRichmond



You can try the first issue of Combine FOR FREE right now. Here's the link. If you like it you can subscribe to get new issues (we release 4 -5 issues a year) through the Combine Patreon. You can choose a magazine subscription for $10/issue (+ shipping)or a digital subscription for $5/issue. I hope you'll check Combine out! I think you'll like it!

- Jake
  • Listening to: Justice
  • Reading: Ancillary Justice
  • Watching: Ajin
  • Playing: The Division
  • Eating: Avocado tacos
  • Drinking: Canada Dryila


It's the last week of the Kickstarter for my new table top RPG The Magical Land of Yeld, so I'm doing something special to help promote the project: A COLORING CONTEST! Go the Yeld Kickstarter page to download one (or all) of the line art images to color and enter in the contest! Help me promote Yeld in the final week of my Kickstarter and have a chance to win one of 3 original Yeld illustrations by me!

Thanks so much! I hope you have fun coloring my art! I can't wait to see it!

- Jake
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  • Watching: Ajin
  • Playing: The Division
  • Eating: Avocado tacos
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Hi everyone! My newest kickstarter just went live today. The Magical Land of Yeld is a tabletop RPG (like Dungeons & Dragons) set in the world of my webcomic Modest Medusa. It's about a group of children from our world who discover and then get trapped in a dark magical land full of monsters, and have to find a way home. It's plays like a cross between Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy Tactics,  but with a focus on teamwork and shared story telling. I think you'll really dig it, especially if you like my comics. Oh, did I mention that it's full of comics? You can check out the Kickstarter here.



Yeld Ad by JakeRichmond
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I've just launched a new Kickstarter to produce a book collecting my 24 Hour Modest Medusa comics (with a special stretch goal to create a brand new 24 Hour comic). This Kickstarter lasts just 3 days and ends on Friday night. If the Kickstarter is successful my plan is to produce and ship these books within 24 days! Check it out here!

24 Hour Kickstarter Image by JakeRichmond
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  • Watching: Wayward Pines
  • Playing: Destiny
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  • Drinking: Water

 Last week I said I’d be announcing a new project today, and I hope you’ll humor me for a few minutes while I talk about it. Combine is a new sci-fi comic magazine that I’ll be publishing with Jaymz Bernard and Micah Berkoff. Each issue of this print magazine will feature new chapters of Ghost Kiss (by me), Shutter Valley Record by Micah and Devil Spy by Jaymz. This is a full color large format print magazine. Think Heavy Metal, but with less boobs. Or Shonen Jump, but in color (and with less boobs). The goal is to do a new issue every other month (which means I’ll be producing new Ghost Kiss comics a lot more frequently).  I’ve been wanting to do a regular print comic for years, so I’m really excited about this project.

We’ve set up a Patreon to act as a subscription service. Here’s how it works. You sign up to receive either a digital or physical subscription to Combine. Each time we release a new issue (about once every two months) you’ll be charged your pledge amounts. In other words, we’ll be release 6 issues a year so you’ll be charged 6 times each year. Once your pledge is processed we’ll send you the new issue of Combine. Shipping costs are included in your pledge!

Just to be super clear, Ghost Kiss will still be available to read for free online. New chapters will appear online about the sometime new issues of Combine are released. Likewise, my current Patreon is still the place to go if you want to help fund Ghost Kiss, Modest Medusa or any of my other projects. The Combine Patreon is a completely separate deal. It’s a subscription service designed to allow us to produce and distribute a bimonthly magazine. We make a little money off it, but not much. This is mostly just a “for fun” project for people who like to hold physical comics in their hand and might enjoy having comics show up in their mail.  I’ll still rely on your generosity through my Patreonfor most of my income.

We plan to release the first issue of Combine at the beginning of October. It will feature the first chapters of Ghost Kiss, Devil Spy and Shutter Valley Record. I’m more excited for the second issue though, which will have an all new Ghost Kiss story. I’m excited to be able to share a magazine with Jaymz and Micah too. They’re both doing great work and I think you’ll really dig Devil Spy and SVR!

Anyway, that’s the big announcement! I’m super excited about Combine and I hope you’ll check it out! Here’s the Patreon link.

Ghost kiss page


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 Artist Alley Comic Fest is this Sunday! This is a brand new comics fest in SE Portland put on by my friends Hunyh and Addam of Spritely Bean (Portland’s only comic cafe). Artist Alley is a small show focusing on local and small press comics. It’s an outdoor show, located in the Spritley Bean parking lot. Admission is free and there are over 50 exhibitors! Please come check out the show and support it in it’s first year. I’ll be there with a cool new thing! Here’s the site!

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Fig,eggplant,womens,ffffff.u1 by JakeRichmond

I made a new Korrasami t-shirt! It’s available in a bunch of different styles and colors. You can get it here!

Asami Loves Korra shirt by JakeRichmond

It’s also available as a pillow, in case you like pillows.



Tpr,875x875,s.6u1 by JakeRichmond



  
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This summer you can see some of my Modest Medusa art at the Portland Art Museum as part of the Mythos Challenge. I was invited by my friend Wolfie who is a member of the Mythos Youth Council to contribute two pieces of art that represent my modern take on classic myths.

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I chose to summit both a print of “The Kingdom Strikes Back, part 11″ and a hand drawn and colored recreation of “Sneaky Snake”, which was one of the earliest Modest Medusa strips (above).

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The exhibit also includes an audio interview which isn’t too awful (I always hate how I sound when recorded) and some nice photographs by the museum staff. And of course I’m just one of several artists featured in this gallery. There’s some really fantastic stuff on display. Please check it out!

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MM Patreon 2015 2-1 by JakeRichmond

February is Modest Medusa Patreon Month! Patreon is a way that fans and readers can support the artists who produce work that they enjoy by contributing a small amount of money each month. If you like reading Modest Medusa please consider supporting me through Patreon. Your support through Patreon helps me pay my bills and lets me spend more time making comics. I appreciate all the support!

My goal this month is to see my Patreon campaign reach the $1100/month mark. That would be huge for me, since it would mean Patreon would be paying for all my basic bills and monthly medical expenses. It would also allow me to start saving up for a new computer, which I desperately need. The most important thing is it would allow me to spend less time looking for freelance illustration work and instead focus on making more comics and art for you to enjoy. Like the new 4-page comic I’ll be posting either later this week or early next week!

So if you enjoy Modest Medusa and want to see more comics from me please consider contributing to my Patreon. Even just $1 a month really helps! You can check out my Patreon page here.

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  • Reading: Thieves at Heart
  • Watching: Workaholics
  • Playing: Dragon's Crown
  • Eating: a gross muffin
  • Drinking: Hi*Ball Energy
kORRASAMI+SHIRTS by JakeRichmond

I've been rooting for Korra and Asami to get together since Book 2, so after watching the Legend of Korra finale and seeing Korrasami happen for real I decided I had to have a shirt. So I made one. Well, I made two. These were supposed to be just for me, but a few friends asked for them too, so I decided to make them available to anyone who wants one. You can get them here in lots of different sizes and styles.
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  • Reading: Drowned Cities
  • Watching: Legend of Korra (over and over)
  • Playing: Destiny
  • Eating: Christmas cookies
  • Drinking: Iced Tea
Commissions! by JakeRichmond


Hey! I'm now taking commissions. if you're interested please send me a note describing what you'd like. the rates listed below are are only estimates. Some commissions will cost more or less depending on what you'd like me to draw for you.

Rates:

$40: Black and white line art illustration featuring a single character.

+$15: Color

+15: Each extra character.

Complicated backgrounds and stuff may cost more!

Send me a note for more details!

- Jake
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  • Reading: Ready Player One
  • Watching: Blue Exorsist
  • Playing: Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeros
  • Eating: pork tacos
  • Drinking: Ariba

A bunch of people have been saying that they're excited to see me at Kumoricon again this year. I've been doing the Kumoricon artist alley since before Modest Medusa, and I love the show, the attendees, the volunteers and several members of the staff. But...

I won't be at Kumoricon this year. Artist alley was so horrible last year that I won't be returning until they move it back to a proper room instead of a 90 degree parking garage with no restroom, air circulation, or water fountain. We were buried in the back of the garage, hundreds of feet from the nearest entrance. To find the artist alley you had to go to the parking garage (and why would you ever do that?), go past registration, go past the dealers area. Artist alley itself was split into two parts, the more visible section and the section hidden back behind a staircase. That's where I was. We had to bring our own fans for air circulation. It was so hot that my clothes were soaked through with sweat each day, which isn't ideal when you're trying to sell your artwork. A friend of mine passed out and had to be taken away by ambulance. The volunteers were very helpful and understanding though. They always do a great job.

I sent an email and a facebook message to Kumoricon staff expressing my concerns, but I never heard back. That's fine though. They don't need to respond to every complaint, as long as they hear it. Back during the winter I had a chance to speak directly to one of the organizers when I ran into him at Red Castle games. I told him everything I mentioned above, and he said that he didn't really think it was a problem. Artist alley wasn't a priority, and it would be in the same spot this year., although it might change next year. I repeated that the heat was pretty unbearable, and that my friend had been taken away by ambulance. He said that this wasn't true. I think he meant that he hadn't heard about the indecent, but saying that it wasn't true made it feel like he was calling me a liar. I don't think that's what he meant, but I was pretty astounded by that. When I said that I didn't think I'd be coming back to pay for a table until artist alley was moved to a better location he said that there's always someone else who would pay for the table instead

So I won't be back until conditions improve. If you like Kumoricon you should really demand better conditions for artist alley.

Here's some photos from the con of my booth and the area right in front of it. You can see that everyone is sweating, right? you can see how crappy the garage is?

Kumoricon 1 by JakeRichmond

Kumoricon 2 by JakeRichmond
  • Listening to: Charisma.com
  • Reading: Ready Player One
  • Watching: Blue Exorsist
  • Playing: Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeros
  • Eating: pork tacos
  • Drinking: Ariba

This month I’m trying hard to get m yPatreon campaign to the next Milestone Goal, which is $800. Right now we’re at about $540, which isn’t close, but also isn’t that far. Your Patreon contributions help me make a living doing Modest Medusa and allow me to focus on making comics instead of having to spend most of my time doing other work to pay the bills. I really, really appreciate the support! You can check out my Patreon page here.

And here’s a handy graphic to help track our progress! See, we’re already $41 closer than before!
MM Patreon chart 7-5 by JakeRichmond

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  • Reading: Ready Player One
  • Watching: Blue Exorsist
  • Playing: Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeros
  • Eating: pork tacos
  • Drinking: Ariba