Despite a slow start to the year, I feel I can make up for lost time. Let's list the production goals!New pages for Distortion:
I'm in the process of coloring these, and will be able to complete them
I'm going to do 12 page blocks of the three main comics I have in rotation.Secret Comics:
I'm refining/ generating new pages for everyone (After 90 days of their Patreon upload). The free pages are on my website, and I do it monthly (I probably should make announcement posts there). I'm starting to have a new think here- and maybe a little experiment. Perhaps every now and again, we can hold a little vote to continue more regular Secret Comics uploads, or get one of them refined into a full color comic for free. I'm looking to make "Lynn Vibe Giant" into a full color comic, and get a new page every week. It'll be a sort of a dual system, to see which one can work out better. I'll continue making the large comics and sell them in my store, but if crowd-funding on Patreon becomes viable, I may switch to that and make my comics free. However, this will have to be a long-term experiment. It's going to be a battle of the Lemonade Stand vs. Capitalistic Socialism.
Right now, the Lemonade Stand is a bit more sustainable, but it's also much more established. A smaller comic would be a good way to try out the other concept over a period of a few months, while being able to eat
Anyways, would you like me to try to get more Secret Comics going, or would you like to try getting more full colored comics at a slower pace?
I'll still upload Secret Comic Pages, but they'll be a little slower.
So my goal this month will be:
6 Distortion Pages
8-10 Secret Comic Pages (twice a week)Or
4-5 Secret Comic Pages + 4-5 Colored pages (each once a week)Commissions?
Well, these are a bit tricky for me. I'd like to, but they are also not very sustainable. I keep thinking that I'd be able to take some, but they do consume a lot more time than I ever plan. (I need to always do my best with them!) I usually prefer an interview-style preproduction before even putting ink to paper, and will make derivatives out of nowhere, like wallpapers. I also refuse to do anything less than full-color. It seems commission rates are too low around here, but I also don't want to charge unaffordable rates. Unfortunately they become unaffordable for me, and I end up getting about $6 per hour of work for an $80 commission. That can feel bad and discouraging. I'd prefer to use the time to make comic pages. I suppose I can try extremely limited slots per month, or if I get a proposal that really
appeals to me
Right now, I really don't have a lot of margin for error, but maybe in the future, one of my sites can give me a crutch to offset the total costs of commissions to be mutually affordable. I suppose it would be good to experiment a bit. I'm still super-on-the-fence about them.