Often i get asked why i put my books online for free when i am trying to make a living of them
Well, here's why. Comics are a small and a very competitive market. Ten times so if you are working on creator owned stuff and ten times over if you aren't a big industry name.
And multiply it twice over again if you as a writer aren't a big name.
Now me, i am moderately known for my art. Trust me people being e-famous for some silly superhero jokes doesn't translate to comics sold XD
In fact there is a general prejudice about the priorities of artists who take up writing. I still remember early reviews that exclaimed genuine surprise that my stories were actual stories and not just excuses for splash pages and spreads.
So, with all of that working against me, here i am in the market that is fughting for a very small number of readers, all things considered. People buying comics have limited funds, so i am supposed to convince them to take a risk on me because...reasons?
Truth is, it's not even an option. Creator owned comics live and die by their sales even more so than your franchised ip stuff. I have seen many die. It is a terrible feeling to see your creations evaporate due to lack of awareness. Hell, we'll take it when they die because they're shit! That's on us as creators, you know... but seeing a good story die before it can even take off ...that shit hurts!
So what's with me and all of this free stuff left and right?
It's simple really. The way i got it figured, we live in the age of crowdfunding. For multiple reasons i will not partake in that but i do very much believe that people are willing to support good projects that they like.
So here i am with my simple premise: i make comics, if people like them, they can support them by buying them. That way i get to make more comics.
My way people actually get to see the comics in their entirety and decide whether or not they want to support my storytelling addiction XD
There are four books i am actively creating
Sunstone (for adult readers) you can read the webcomic on my shiniez.deviantart.com/ account
Ravine (with my friend and co writer ron marz)
there are volumes of these books available online through amazon barnes and noble, online comic shops and real bookstores and comic shops (that decided to carry them)
Oh... and once again, i don't do crowdfunding.
1 my country doesn't have the taxation for it quite worked out
2 the feeling of owing peope rewards would eat me alive and run me into an early grave
3 the lure of it deteriorating to on demand port scares the shit out of me XD
So yeah, that's it.
I make books, if you buy the books i get to make more books, if not...well, i can always find other stuff to do