Simon Ladd is creating Webcomics
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Hey there!  I'm Simon Ladd, sometimes knows as "Blitz the Comic Guy" if you ask the right person, and I draw webcomics!  You like webcomics, right?  YOU DO?  Great, 'cos I've got some!

Conventional Wisdom is a journal webcomic about anime conventions.  Want to know what it's like to go to an anime convention but don't feel like standing in line and bumping into cosplayers?  Sure, we all do!  Conventional Wisdom presents all the real life, non-fictional weirdness of REAL anime conventions, only with cute cartoon mascots thrown in!  Just like real life SHOULD be.

Far Out There is a manga-esque SciFi comedy where a lot of things happen... IN SPACE!  If you like zany futuristic shenanigans, lots of wacky characters, and a really honestly ridiculous ammount of older material to binge read, Far Out There is the webcomic for you!

And those are just the most regular comics I do.  I haven't even gotten into the other SciFi/Fantasy one-offs or comedies about a little girl and her pet alien or Digimon fancomics or who knows what.  All of which YOU could help support!

Your generous contributions will help with the cost of getting to those anime conventions, and occasionally even getting Artist Alley tables there to sell stuff.  And in the future, it could also go to cool stuff like print collections of Conventional Wisdom and Far Out There, or even some video projects based on them both!  That all depends on you being awesome and supporting this stuff, but you ARE awesome, right?  Come on, you know you're awesome!
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
3 patrons
LOTS AND LOTS OF EXTRA COMICS
Are the current amounts of Conventional Wisdom & Far Out There just not enough for you?  Well guess what?  Pledging even one single dollar will get you access to a wealth of additional comics weeks, or even MONTHS before the rest of the Internet gets to see them!  Things like:

Extra Conventional Wisdom pages
-all those convention comics not enough for you?  Patreon supporters will get a few EXTRA pages from each update, posted here a week after the main update
Far Out There side stories -an extra, once-a-week comic full of extra world building and fleshing out side characters and all that fun stuff!
Weekly Conventional Wisdom anime comics
-wish I was drawing comics about something a little less "real life?" Well, now you can see me watch through a lot of popular (or not) anime and draw whatever the heck they make me think of!  See me make really weird jokes about YOUR favorite show!
Even more Far Out There comics -not a long running, weekly story like the previously mentions comics, but a two-to-five page short series every month or so.  There'll also be something else special about them, If you bid a little extra.  Read on!
Pledge $2 or more per month
6 patrons
BEHIND THE SCENES BLOG POSTS
Want to know more about how Far Out There or Conventional Wisdom happen?  Want to hear about the stories or comic ideas that DIDN'T make it onto the internet?  Just want to hear me ramble on about some silly stuff that no one other than me finds interesting?  Well you're in luck!  Pledging an extra buck not only gets you all those comics I just told you about, but ALSO grants you access to extra blog posts!  Now, these won't come out as regularly as the comics, since I really only have so many ideas to talk about. BUT, unlike the comics, this will truly be Patreon-EXCLUSIVE content.  This stuff isn't going up on the websites next week, next year, or ever.  It's JUST for you, the Patreon supporter, because you rule!
Pledge $5 or more per month
3 patrons
TELL ME WHAT TO DO
Okay, now we're getting to the really fun stuff. Not only will you get to read all the comics and blog posts, but those pledging 5 Dollars a Month will actually get to control what those comics are!

Add An Anime To The Comic Queue -don't like the anime I'm watching for these things?  Want to see me do comics about YOUR favorite anime? Well here's your chance!  People pledging at this level can shoot me a request via message and get one anime of their choosing added to the list!  Of course, there are a few rules:
  1. ONE ANIME PER PERSON (AT A TIME) -You can make a new request once your last one is off the list, but not before
  2. NO REPEATS -Once I've watched an anime & added it to the "Done" list, it can't be requested again.
  3. NO SMUT -Duh
  4. NOTHING OVER 26 EPISODE -Honestly, I'm a bit flexible on the exact number, but no ten season 500+ episode epics.
  5. NOTHING STILL AIRING -I need to be able to binge watch the whole show, waiting for new episodes won't work
  6. NO SPECIFIC REQUESTS -That is, no "be sure to mention this part!" demands. You pick the show, but I need to pick the jokes.
  7. ONLY ACTIVE SUPPORTERS -I understand if money gets tight, but if you have to cancel your pledge, I'll still have to take your request off the queue (However, if you sign back up again, I'll put it back in its previous spot)
  8. I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SAY "NO" -You never know, sometimes I might have to reject a request or back out on one I'd previously said yes to.  (If this does happen, you can pick a new anime without losing your place in the queue)

Co-Write a Far Out There comic -remember when I said there'd be other Far Out There Patreon comics, and then to read on?  Well, here we are!  Those extra comics are going to be written with YOUR HELP!  Every so often, I'll post a two or three sentence plot summary, with several important words left blank, Mad-Lib style.  Submit your completed versions (either message me or comment on the post), and I'll draw up a two-to-five page comic version to share with everybody!  Once again, there's a few rules:
  1. ONE SUBMISSION PER PERSON (PER POST) -No sending me five different versions of the same Mad-Lib, guys.
  2. NO HOGGING THIS REWARD -Assuming there's more than one person who actually cares about this reward, of course. If there's several people interested, but the same guy keeps submitting ones that get picked, I reserve the right to ask that person to sit out a round and give others a shot
  3. NO SMUT -Duh
  4. NOTHING TOO ELABORATE -Remember, these things can't be more than five pages
  5. NO CROSSOVER/CAMEOS WITH OTHER STUFF -I might change my mind on this one, but for now let's avoid it.
  6. NO COMPLAINING IF I MAKE IT WEIRD -that is, if I don't flesh out what you wrote how you thought I would. I still need to be free to do whatever strikes me as funniest
  7. THIS AIN'T CANON -Don't think that slipping something into one of these comics means you've made it real forever, you clever little sneaks.
  8. I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SAY "NO" -Again, you never know.  Something could happen and a previously funny joke isn't funny now, I could realize something I didn't before, who knows?  (If, for some reason, I picked your idea then backed out, you get come up with a new one)
Pledge $10 or more per month
2 patrons
REALLY TELL ME WHAT TO DO
Don't think the 5 dollar level of control over me is enough?  Want to manipulate me even more directly? Well of COURSE you do!  Pledge 10 dollars a month, and here's how you can:

Bump An Anime To The TOP Of The Queue -want to see me do comics based on your favorite anime, but don't want to wait until I work my way through however many other shows are on that list?  Well, pledging at this level gives you the VIP treatment, and your request gets to cut right to the front of the line!  All the same rules as before apply, plus a few extra things:
  1. I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THIS SYSTEM -Obviously, this reward assumes that there won't be too many people pledging at this level.  If that changes, awesome!  But "cutting to the front" just won't be a viable option if there's too many people trying to do it all at once.  Actually, that's true for most of these rewards, but this seems like the one that break down the fastest, so be forewarned.
  2. "BUMP" DOES NOT EQUAL "PIN TO THE TOP" -that is, if you bump your request up to the top this week, someone else can do the same next week, knocking yours down to spot number two.  That's still a lot better than the bottom of the list, but nobody's "guaranteed" the top spot. (See what  meant about this breaking down?)
  3. YOU CAN BUMP SOMEONE ELSE'S REQUEST -If you're feeling generous, or someone else just beat you to your request, you can always use this reward to bump an anime that's already on the queue to the top.  Even if somebody else already bumped it up once, and it got knocked back down! (you can't bring back a show I've already done, though)
  4. ONLY ONE BUMPED ANIME PER PERSON (AT A TIME) -I can't think of a short way to say that without being confusing. This reward allows you to bump an anime up the queue once. That privilege is then used up so long as that anime is still listed. Only when that anime is over with and off the list will you have the option of adding to the list again.
  5. THIS DOES NOT EQUAL A SECOND ANIME -if you already pledged 5 dollars and added an anime to the queue then, you don't get to pick a second one after increasing the pledge.  You can only bump up the request you previously made.
  6. "TOP" ISN'T REALLY THE TOP -that is, even an anime that's been bumped up to the top of the queue will still have to wait for the current series of comics to end, no matter how many weeks that takes.  Once a series starts, it can't be interrupted.
  7. ONLY ACTIVE SUPPORTERS (AT THIS LEVEL) -I'm not suggesting that any of you would be unscrupulous enough to sign up for a ten dollar pledge just long enough to bump their show up to the top, then cancel before any payments went through.  But in the event that someone tried, the show would revert back to its previous spot as soon as I saw that the money didn't arrive.  Let's hope that never happens, 'kay?

Write a Far Out There Comic -don't want to put up with that whole Mad-Lib gimmick?  Well, you're in luck!  The 10 Dollar A month club has the option of submitting a two-to-three sentence plot summary that they made up from scratch.  You'll have COMPLETE CONTROL! ...provided you abide by all the rules of the Mad-Lib comics, plus these additional ones:
  1. THERE'S NO TELLING HOW LONG THESE WILL TAKE -Remember, this is on top of all the regular comics and all the other Patreon comics, and it's without the structure of the Mad-Lib format to keep it under what I know I can do.  These could take a while, there's just no way around it.
  2. ONLY ONE AT A TIME -I'll make a blog post announcing that I'm taking ideas, the first valid reply I get will be the one I do. No more ideas will be accepted until that one is finished and a new blog post is made.  
  3. NO HOGGING THIS REWARD -I mentioned this before, but it goes double here.  If one person consistently beats everyone else to the punch, I reserve the right to ask that person to sit the next round out.
  4. NO EPIC FANFICS -Another one that bears repeating.  These can't be more than two or three sentences, can't be something that'd require more than five pages, and can't be an idea I couldn't put my own unique spin on.  If you've got a big sprawling story you want told a certain way, I look forward to reading your fanfic, but I can't write it for you.
  5. ONLY ACTIVE SUPPORTERS -Again, I'm sure you have no intention of pledging just long enough to submit an idea, but I still need to state for the record that it's not allowed.
Pledge $20 or more per month
0 patrons
SUPER SECRET MYSTERY REWARD!!!
WOW!  You want to bid a whopping twenty dollars a month?  That demands a reward so awesome, so spectacular, so utterly fantastic, and so super duper top secret that even I don't know what it is!

Yeah, the truth is, I don't really expect anybody to sign up for this much per month, but I'm not about to turn down anyone who actually wants to!  If some wealthy eccentric actually DOES pledge at this level (and it actually goes through) I'll come up with something worthy of the gesture, but I don't know what that'd be just yet.  I'm open to suggestions for this mysterious upper-tier reward!

Of course, any potential reward ideas would still have to conform to all the rules that the previous rewards did, and I'd reserve the right to back out of any idea that turned out to be unrealistic.  Stupid reality ruining everything...
Goals
$46 of $100 per month
Add A New Convention To The List

Want to see more Conventional Wisdom? If I make at least this much per month, I can afford to add another big con to my yearly schedule!  Want me to finally do DragonCon or something like that?  Here's how you get me there!
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Hey there!  I'm Simon Ladd, sometimes knows as "Blitz the Comic Guy" if you ask the right person, and I draw webcomics!  You like webcomics, right?  YOU DO?  Great, 'cos I've got some!

Conventional Wisdom is a journal webcomic about anime conventions.  Want to know what it's like to go to an anime convention but don't feel like standing in line and bumping into cosplayers?  Sure, we all do!  Conventional Wisdom presents all the real life, non-fictional weirdness of REAL anime conventions, only with cute cartoon mascots thrown in!  Just like real life SHOULD be.

Far Out There is a manga-esque SciFi comedy where a lot of things happen... IN SPACE!  If you like zany futuristic shenanigans, lots of wacky characters, and a really honestly ridiculous ammount of older material to binge read, Far Out There is the webcomic for you!

And those are just the most regular comics I do.  I haven't even gotten into the other SciFi/Fantasy one-offs or comedies about a little girl and her pet alien or Digimon fancomics or who knows what.  All of which YOU could help support!

Your generous contributions will help with the cost of getting to those anime conventions, and occasionally even getting Artist Alley tables there to sell stuff.  And in the future, it could also go to cool stuff like print collections of Conventional Wisdom and Far Out There, or even some video projects based on them both!  That all depends on you being awesome and supporting this stuff, but you ARE awesome, right?  Come on, you know you're awesome!

Recent posts by Simon Ladd

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
3 patrons
LOTS AND LOTS OF EXTRA COMICS
Are the current amounts of Conventional Wisdom & Far Out There just not enough for you?  Well guess what?  Pledging even one single dollar will get you access to a wealth of additional comics weeks, or even MONTHS before the rest of the Internet gets to see them!  Things like:

Extra Conventional Wisdom pages
-all those convention comics not enough for you?  Patreon supporters will get a few EXTRA pages from each update, posted here a week after the main update
Far Out There side stories -an extra, once-a-week comic full of extra world building and fleshing out side characters and all that fun stuff!
Weekly Conventional Wisdom anime comics
-wish I was drawing comics about something a little less "real life?" Well, now you can see me watch through a lot of popular (or not) anime and draw whatever the heck they make me think of!  See me make really weird jokes about YOUR favorite show!
Even more Far Out There comics -not a long running, weekly story like the previously mentions comics, but a two-to-five page short series every month or so.  There'll also be something else special about them, If you bid a little extra.  Read on!
Pledge $2 or more per month
6 patrons
BEHIND THE SCENES BLOG POSTS
Want to know more about how Far Out There or Conventional Wisdom happen?  Want to hear about the stories or comic ideas that DIDN'T make it onto the internet?  Just want to hear me ramble on about some silly stuff that no one other than me finds interesting?  Well you're in luck!  Pledging an extra buck not only gets you all those comics I just told you about, but ALSO grants you access to extra blog posts!  Now, these won't come out as regularly as the comics, since I really only have so many ideas to talk about. BUT, unlike the comics, this will truly be Patreon-EXCLUSIVE content.  This stuff isn't going up on the websites next week, next year, or ever.  It's JUST for you, the Patreon supporter, because you rule!
Pledge $5 or more per month
3 patrons
TELL ME WHAT TO DO
Okay, now we're getting to the really fun stuff. Not only will you get to read all the comics and blog posts, but those pledging 5 Dollars a Month will actually get to control what those comics are!

Add An Anime To The Comic Queue -don't like the anime I'm watching for these things?  Want to see me do comics about YOUR favorite anime? Well here's your chance!  People pledging at this level can shoot me a request via message and get one anime of their choosing added to the list!  Of course, there are a few rules:
  1. ONE ANIME PER PERSON (AT A TIME) -You can make a new request once your last one is off the list, but not before
  2. NO REPEATS -Once I've watched an anime & added it to the "Done" list, it can't be requested again.
  3. NO SMUT -Duh
  4. NOTHING OVER 26 EPISODE -Honestly, I'm a bit flexible on the exact number, but no ten season 500+ episode epics.
  5. NOTHING STILL AIRING -I need to be able to binge watch the whole show, waiting for new episodes won't work
  6. NO SPECIFIC REQUESTS -That is, no "be sure to mention this part!" demands. You pick the show, but I need to pick the jokes.
  7. ONLY ACTIVE SUPPORTERS -I understand if money gets tight, but if you have to cancel your pledge, I'll still have to take your request off the queue (However, if you sign back up again, I'll put it back in its previous spot)
  8. I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SAY "NO" -You never know, sometimes I might have to reject a request or back out on one I'd previously said yes to.  (If this does happen, you can pick a new anime without losing your place in the queue)

Co-Write a Far Out There comic -remember when I said there'd be other Far Out There Patreon comics, and then to read on?  Well, here we are!  Those extra comics are going to be written with YOUR HELP!  Every so often, I'll post a two or three sentence plot summary, with several important words left blank, Mad-Lib style.  Submit your completed versions (either message me or comment on the post), and I'll draw up a two-to-five page comic version to share with everybody!  Once again, there's a few rules:
  1. ONE SUBMISSION PER PERSON (PER POST) -No sending me five different versions of the same Mad-Lib, guys.
  2. NO HOGGING THIS REWARD -Assuming there's more than one person who actually cares about this reward, of course. If there's several people interested, but the same guy keeps submitting ones that get picked, I reserve the right to ask that person to sit out a round and give others a shot
  3. NO SMUT -Duh
  4. NOTHING TOO ELABORATE -Remember, these things can't be more than five pages
  5. NO CROSSOVER/CAMEOS WITH OTHER STUFF -I might change my mind on this one, but for now let's avoid it.
  6. NO COMPLAINING IF I MAKE IT WEIRD -that is, if I don't flesh out what you wrote how you thought I would. I still need to be free to do whatever strikes me as funniest
  7. THIS AIN'T CANON -Don't think that slipping something into one of these comics means you've made it real forever, you clever little sneaks.
  8. I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SAY "NO" -Again, you never know.  Something could happen and a previously funny joke isn't funny now, I could realize something I didn't before, who knows?  (If, for some reason, I picked your idea then backed out, you get come up with a new one)
Pledge $10 or more per month
2 patrons
REALLY TELL ME WHAT TO DO
Don't think the 5 dollar level of control over me is enough?  Want to manipulate me even more directly? Well of COURSE you do!  Pledge 10 dollars a month, and here's how you can:

Bump An Anime To The TOP Of The Queue -want to see me do comics based on your favorite anime, but don't want to wait until I work my way through however many other shows are on that list?  Well, pledging at this level gives you the VIP treatment, and your request gets to cut right to the front of the line!  All the same rules as before apply, plus a few extra things:
  1. I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THIS SYSTEM -Obviously, this reward assumes that there won't be too many people pledging at this level.  If that changes, awesome!  But "cutting to the front" just won't be a viable option if there's too many people trying to do it all at once.  Actually, that's true for most of these rewards, but this seems like the one that break down the fastest, so be forewarned.
  2. "BUMP" DOES NOT EQUAL "PIN TO THE TOP" -that is, if you bump your request up to the top this week, someone else can do the same next week, knocking yours down to spot number two.  That's still a lot better than the bottom of the list, but nobody's "guaranteed" the top spot. (See what  meant about this breaking down?)
  3. YOU CAN BUMP SOMEONE ELSE'S REQUEST -If you're feeling generous, or someone else just beat you to your request, you can always use this reward to bump an anime that's already on the queue to the top.  Even if somebody else already bumped it up once, and it got knocked back down! (you can't bring back a show I've already done, though)
  4. ONLY ONE BUMPED ANIME PER PERSON (AT A TIME) -I can't think of a short way to say that without being confusing. This reward allows you to bump an anime up the queue once. That privilege is then used up so long as that anime is still listed. Only when that anime is over with and off the list will you have the option of adding to the list again.
  5. THIS DOES NOT EQUAL A SECOND ANIME -if you already pledged 5 dollars and added an anime to the queue then, you don't get to pick a second one after increasing the pledge.  You can only bump up the request you previously made.
  6. "TOP" ISN'T REALLY THE TOP -that is, even an anime that's been bumped up to the top of the queue will still have to wait for the current series of comics to end, no matter how many weeks that takes.  Once a series starts, it can't be interrupted.
  7. ONLY ACTIVE SUPPORTERS (AT THIS LEVEL) -I'm not suggesting that any of you would be unscrupulous enough to sign up for a ten dollar pledge just long enough to bump their show up to the top, then cancel before any payments went through.  But in the event that someone tried, the show would revert back to its previous spot as soon as I saw that the money didn't arrive.  Let's hope that never happens, 'kay?

Write a Far Out There Comic -don't want to put up with that whole Mad-Lib gimmick?  Well, you're in luck!  The 10 Dollar A month club has the option of submitting a two-to-three sentence plot summary that they made up from scratch.  You'll have COMPLETE CONTROL! ...provided you abide by all the rules of the Mad-Lib comics, plus these additional ones:
  1. THERE'S NO TELLING HOW LONG THESE WILL TAKE -Remember, this is on top of all the regular comics and all the other Patreon comics, and it's without the structure of the Mad-Lib format to keep it under what I know I can do.  These could take a while, there's just no way around it.
  2. ONLY ONE AT A TIME -I'll make a blog post announcing that I'm taking ideas, the first valid reply I get will be the one I do. No more ideas will be accepted until that one is finished and a new blog post is made.  
  3. NO HOGGING THIS REWARD -I mentioned this before, but it goes double here.  If one person consistently beats everyone else to the punch, I reserve the right to ask that person to sit the next round out.
  4. NO EPIC FANFICS -Another one that bears repeating.  These can't be more than two or three sentences, can't be something that'd require more than five pages, and can't be an idea I couldn't put my own unique spin on.  If you've got a big sprawling story you want told a certain way, I look forward to reading your fanfic, but I can't write it for you.
  5. ONLY ACTIVE SUPPORTERS -Again, I'm sure you have no intention of pledging just long enough to submit an idea, but I still need to state for the record that it's not allowed.
Pledge $20 or more per month
0 patrons
SUPER SECRET MYSTERY REWARD!!!
WOW!  You want to bid a whopping twenty dollars a month?  That demands a reward so awesome, so spectacular, so utterly fantastic, and so super duper top secret that even I don't know what it is!

Yeah, the truth is, I don't really expect anybody to sign up for this much per month, but I'm not about to turn down anyone who actually wants to!  If some wealthy eccentric actually DOES pledge at this level (and it actually goes through) I'll come up with something worthy of the gesture, but I don't know what that'd be just yet.  I'm open to suggestions for this mysterious upper-tier reward!

Of course, any potential reward ideas would still have to conform to all the rules that the previous rewards did, and I'd reserve the right to back out of any idea that turned out to be unrealistic.  Stupid reality ruining everything...