Chris Schweizer is creating Comics, Paper Figures, and Historical Art
149

patrons

$1,650
per month



I’m Chris Schweizer, and I’m an Eisner Award, YALSA, and Stumptown Award-nominated cartoonist. I used to be a cartoonist and a college professor both, but for the past four years I’ve been doing art exclusively. My day job is writing and drawing graphic novels, and I couldn’t be luckier to get to do it for a living. But I also love to do other work, work that doesn’t have the kind of infrastructure that publishing does for bringing about a financial return. But Patreon offers that infrastructure, and as a result projects that might not otherwise be feasible for me are suddenly in the realm of possibility.

In addition to the books (usually about history), I like to make paper figure sets for display or gaming, papercraft dioramas, portraits of historical figures with accompanying mini-biographies, posters, and essays about the craft of comic-making.

I’m proud of this extraneous work. I enjoy doing it. It sharpens my skills, leading to better books. It allows me to dip my toe in a given research pool and do a project about, say, Mountain Men in the 1830s or Mamelukes in the 1500s without having to commit to a book about them at the expense of something with richer narrative possibilities. And, most of all, it’s a way to share something that excites me a great deal with others. Whether that be characters from a book I hold dear to my heart (like The Three Musketeers or Harry Potter or The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet) or historical figures whose exploits are less well-known than they might be (like black adventurers or warrior women of renown), or an aspect of comics-making that I find particularly important (avoiding tangents), I’ve found that it not only enriches my life to make these but it has the chance to enrich the lives of other folk, as well. If I can share an aspect of history that gets someone excited about history, or share a research experience that prompts someone else to take the same trek, or wax about a book and give someone else that nudge that will convince them to enjoy it, too, well, that’s about the most I could hope to do from a drawing desk, and it’s an opportunity that I welcome.

Your support will allow me to spend more time on projects like this rather than taking on freelance work to help pay the bills, and allow me to share those projects with whoever might find them to their liking.
Tiers
Powder Monkey
$1 or more per month 22 patrons
Shiver me timbers!  At this level, you'll receive:

• The digital weekly newsletter with behind-the-scenes process work and sneak peeks at upcoming projects 


Deckhand
$2 or more per month 43 patrons
Blister me buttons! At this level, you'll receive:

• The digital weekly newsletter with behind-the-scenes process work and sneak peeks at upcoming projects 

• Access to the backer-exclusive figures (pdfs).

Bosun
$5 or more per month 24 patrons
Scupper me supper!  At this level, you receive:

• The digital weekly newsletter with behind-the-scenes process work and sneak peeks at upcoming projects 

• Access to the backer-exclusive figures (pdfs) and a pdf of my 555 CHARACTER DRAWINGS (2015).

• The ability to vote on subject for each month's paper figure set.

Captain (North American)
$10 or more per month 11 patrons
Sugar me shrouds! North American backers at this level will receive: 

• The digital weekly newsletter with behind-the-scenes process work and sneak peeks at upcoming projects 

• Access to the backer-exclusive figures (pdfs) and a pdf of my 555 CHARACTER DRAWINGS (2015).

• A signed, printed copy of each month's Paper Figure set, including the Patreon backer exclusive figure, all ready to cut out and display (or play with). 


Captain (International)
$13 or more per month 3 patrons
Coddle me cannons! International backers at this level will receive: 

• The digital weekly newsletter with behind-the-scenes process work and sneak peeks at upcoming projects 

• Access to the backer-exclusive figures (pdfs) and a pdf of my 555 CHARACTER DRAWINGS (2015).

• A signed, printed copy of each month's Paper Figure set, including the Patreon backer exclusive figure, all ready to cut out and display (or play with). 

Commodore (North American)
$28 or more per month 35 patrons (sold out!)
Fester me futtocks! North American backers at this level will receive: 

• The digital weekly newsletter with behind-the-scenes process work and sneak peeks at upcoming projects

• Access to the backer-exclusive figures (pdfs) and a pdf of my 555 CHARACTER DRAWINGS (2015).

• A signed, printed copy of each month's Paper Figure set, including the Patreon backer exclusive figure, all ready to cut out and display (or play with). 

• An original 4x6" watercolor drawing featuring the character or historical figure of your choice, each month

Commodore (International)
$32 or more per month 8 of 10 patrons
Toggle me t'gallants! International backers at this level will receive: 

• The digital weekly newsletter with behind-the-scenes process work and sneak peeks at upcoming projects
• Access to the backer-exclusive figures (pdfs) and a pdf of my 555 CHARACTER DRAWINGS (2015).

• A signed, printed copy of each month's Paper Figure set, including the Patreon backer exclusive figure, all ready to cut out and display (or play with). 

• An original 4x6" watercolor drawing featuring the character or historical figure of your choice, each month

Admiral
$50 or more per month 4 of 10 patrons
Jostle me jib! Backers at this level will receive: 

• The digital weekly newsletter with behind-the-scenes process work and sneak peeks at upcoming projects 

• Access to the backer-exclusive figures (pdfs) and a pdf of my 555 CHARACTER DRAWINGS (2015).

• A signed, printed copy of each month's Paper Figure set, including the Patreon backer exclusive figure, all ready to cut out and display (or play with). 

• An original 4x6" watercolor drawing featuring the character or historical figure of your choice each month

• A surprise piece of original art each month.  Maybe it's a historic character drawing.  Maybe it's a sketch I do at a historic fort.  Maybe it's a page from one of my comics.  Something new each month that wouldn't usually be available to purchasers.

• 15% anything in my crogan.bigcartel.com store.

Monarch of the Sea
$350 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
Mottle me mainstay! Backers at this level will receive: 

• The digital weekly newsletter with behind-the-scenes process work and sneak peeks at upcoming projects 

• Access to the backer-exclusive figures (pdfs) and a pdf of my 555 CHARACTER DRAWINGS (2015).

• A printed copy of each month's Paper Figure set, including the Patreon backer exclusive figure, all ready to cut out and display (or play with). 

• A six-figure set of the historical era or genre of your choosing. Maybe get your gaming group's characters made to use as miniatures. You'll receive the print file and the original art, in addition to a printed copy sent with your Patreon paper figure set.

• 15% anything in my crogan.bigcartel.com store.

Goals
$1,500 – reached! per month
This would cover all of our regular work-and-fixed-household-related expenses like electricity, internet service, hosting, and the mortgage. Everything we're getting from Patreon is already a huge boon for our family, and this would take a lot of the stress off of making ends meet while creating comics, illustrations, and history projects.
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I’m Chris Schweizer, and I’m an Eisner Award, YALSA, and Stumptown Award-nominated cartoonist. I used to be a cartoonist and a college professor both, but for the past four years I’ve been doing art exclusively. My day job is writing and drawing graphic novels, and I couldn’t be luckier to get to do it for a living. But I also love to do other work, work that doesn’t have the kind of infrastructure that publishing does for bringing about a financial return. But Patreon offers that infrastructure, and as a result projects that might not otherwise be feasible for me are suddenly in the realm of possibility.

In addition to the books (usually about history), I like to make paper figure sets for display or gaming, papercraft dioramas, portraits of historical figures with accompanying mini-biographies, posters, and essays about the craft of comic-making.

I’m proud of this extraneous work. I enjoy doing it. It sharpens my skills, leading to better books. It allows me to dip my toe in a given research pool and do a project about, say, Mountain Men in the 1830s or Mamelukes in the 1500s without having to commit to a book about them at the expense of something with richer narrative possibilities. And, most of all, it’s a way to share something that excites me a great deal with others. Whether that be characters from a book I hold dear to my heart (like The Three Musketeers or Harry Potter or The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet) or historical figures whose exploits are less well-known than they might be (like black adventurers or warrior women of renown), or an aspect of comics-making that I find particularly important (avoiding tangents), I’ve found that it not only enriches my life to make these but it has the chance to enrich the lives of other folk, as well. If I can share an aspect of history that gets someone excited about history, or share a research experience that prompts someone else to take the same trek, or wax about a book and give someone else that nudge that will convince them to enjoy it, too, well, that’s about the most I could hope to do from a drawing desk, and it’s an opportunity that I welcome.

Your support will allow me to spend more time on projects like this rather than taking on freelance work to help pay the bills, and allow me to share those projects with whoever might find them to their liking.

Recent posts by Chris Schweizer

Tiers
Powder Monkey
$1 or more per month 22 patrons
Shiver me timbers!  At this level, you'll receive:

• The digital weekly newsletter with behind-the-scenes process work and sneak peeks at upcoming projects 


Deckhand
$2 or more per month 43 patrons
Blister me buttons! At this level, you'll receive:

• The digital weekly newsletter with behind-the-scenes process work and sneak peeks at upcoming projects 

• Access to the backer-exclusive figures (pdfs).

Bosun
$5 or more per month 24 patrons
Scupper me supper!  At this level, you receive:

• The digital weekly newsletter with behind-the-scenes process work and sneak peeks at upcoming projects 

• Access to the backer-exclusive figures (pdfs) and a pdf of my 555 CHARACTER DRAWINGS (2015).

• The ability to vote on subject for each month's paper figure set.

Captain (North American)
$10 or more per month 11 patrons
Sugar me shrouds! North American backers at this level will receive: 

• The digital weekly newsletter with behind-the-scenes process work and sneak peeks at upcoming projects 

• Access to the backer-exclusive figures (pdfs) and a pdf of my 555 CHARACTER DRAWINGS (2015).

• A signed, printed copy of each month's Paper Figure set, including the Patreon backer exclusive figure, all ready to cut out and display (or play with). 


Captain (International)
$13 or more per month 3 patrons
Coddle me cannons! International backers at this level will receive: 

• The digital weekly newsletter with behind-the-scenes process work and sneak peeks at upcoming projects 

• Access to the backer-exclusive figures (pdfs) and a pdf of my 555 CHARACTER DRAWINGS (2015).

• A signed, printed copy of each month's Paper Figure set, including the Patreon backer exclusive figure, all ready to cut out and display (or play with). 

Commodore (North American)
$28 or more per month 35 patrons (sold out!)
Fester me futtocks! North American backers at this level will receive: 

• The digital weekly newsletter with behind-the-scenes process work and sneak peeks at upcoming projects

• Access to the backer-exclusive figures (pdfs) and a pdf of my 555 CHARACTER DRAWINGS (2015).

• A signed, printed copy of each month's Paper Figure set, including the Patreon backer exclusive figure, all ready to cut out and display (or play with). 

• An original 4x6" watercolor drawing featuring the character or historical figure of your choice, each month

Commodore (International)
$32 or more per month 8 of 10 patrons
Toggle me t'gallants! International backers at this level will receive: 

• The digital weekly newsletter with behind-the-scenes process work and sneak peeks at upcoming projects
• Access to the backer-exclusive figures (pdfs) and a pdf of my 555 CHARACTER DRAWINGS (2015).

• A signed, printed copy of each month's Paper Figure set, including the Patreon backer exclusive figure, all ready to cut out and display (or play with). 

• An original 4x6" watercolor drawing featuring the character or historical figure of your choice, each month

Admiral
$50 or more per month 4 of 10 patrons
Jostle me jib! Backers at this level will receive: 

• The digital weekly newsletter with behind-the-scenes process work and sneak peeks at upcoming projects 

• Access to the backer-exclusive figures (pdfs) and a pdf of my 555 CHARACTER DRAWINGS (2015).

• A signed, printed copy of each month's Paper Figure set, including the Patreon backer exclusive figure, all ready to cut out and display (or play with). 

• An original 4x6" watercolor drawing featuring the character or historical figure of your choice each month

• A surprise piece of original art each month.  Maybe it's a historic character drawing.  Maybe it's a sketch I do at a historic fort.  Maybe it's a page from one of my comics.  Something new each month that wouldn't usually be available to purchasers.

• 15% anything in my crogan.bigcartel.com store.

Monarch of the Sea
$350 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
Mottle me mainstay! Backers at this level will receive: 

• The digital weekly newsletter with behind-the-scenes process work and sneak peeks at upcoming projects 

• Access to the backer-exclusive figures (pdfs) and a pdf of my 555 CHARACTER DRAWINGS (2015).

• A printed copy of each month's Paper Figure set, including the Patreon backer exclusive figure, all ready to cut out and display (or play with). 

• A six-figure set of the historical era or genre of your choosing. Maybe get your gaming group's characters made to use as miniatures. You'll receive the print file and the original art, in addition to a printed copy sent with your Patreon paper figure set.

• 15% anything in my crogan.bigcartel.com store.