Shobana 'Bob' Appavu is creating Demon of the Underground
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Hi, I’m Bob.  I’m the creator of a webcomic called Demon of the Underground.

Demon of the Underground (demonoftheunderground.com) tells the story of Pogo, a big-mouthed young thief who falls through a hole and finds himself in a brutal underground world where survival is based on strength and intimidation.

DOTU is a paranormal/urban fantasy story with a strong focus on LGBTQ lead characters.  As someone who falls within the spectrum, it's meant the world to me to be able to reach others through this comic, and to be able to create a full universe and complex plot for the types of characters who rarely get such things.

In 2014, I launched my Patreon.  Thanks to the support from my amazing patrons, I was able to have some of my comic work covered financially for the first time.  Since then, we've gone from 26 patrons to 260+ patrons!  With demand for the story growing, my comic pages have gone from simple to complex, and my Patreon offers newer and bigger rewards and bonus content.

Six years later, I'm suddenly facing much greater housing and healthcare costs.  Creating Demon of the Underground is a greater challenge than ever, but I'm up for the challenge if you are!

Due to moving costs, I've had to decrease production in order to balance the comic with higher paying work.  But as long as I'm making a sustainable wage for the hours I spend on the comic, I can continue to keep it running.  With enough help, I can return to my previous weekly update schedule, or maybe even make DOTU the focus of my career and update twice a week!

I am hugely grateful for any support I get! To show my appreciation, here are just some of the things I'm thrilled to be able to share with you:



Rewards aside, my patrons are a treasured part of my DOTU family. 
We share laughs.  We chat about characters and deconstruct plot elements.  My patrons are always the first to know what plans are coming, and oftentimes they help me by making suggestions and requests for features and bonuses I'm considering.  I always look forward to hearing what they have to say.  And I'd consider it an honor to have you as part of the group.

Interested?  Check out my Patreon FAQ! Still have questions?  Shoot me a private message, and I'll be happy to help!
Tiers
Feed Tier
$1 or more per month
You will be granted access to my Patron-Only feed:
  • Larger comic pages
  • Exclusive wallpapers
  • Offsite gallery of past TopWebcomics voting incentives
  • Previews of my other projects, including Ludwig the Rock
Enhanced Feed Tier
$2 or more per month
Everything from the $1 tier, plus:
  • Access to MERRITT'S STORY
  • Behind the scenes/Comic process
  • Access to the North Star Lounge on DOTU's Discord Server
Includes Discord rewards
Pen Pal Tier
$5 or more per month
Everything from the $1-$2 tiers, plus:
  • Get EARLY ACCESS to comic pages! See pages hot off the press instead of having to wait till Monday!
  • Access to ALL PATRON LOUNGES in DOTU's Discord server!
  • Pogo is your pen pal!  Every month, you will receive a letter from Pogo, and he will tell you all about what he's been up to.  Beware: Pogo is Pogo, so some letters are a little risque.
  • [NEW] In 2018, we'll have a guest letter from a different character every other month!
  • Snail mail letters are only available to U.S. patrons who join the tier before April 1, 2017.  All other patrons will receive the letter by email.
Includes Discord rewards
Sketch Tier
$10 or more per month (sold out!)
Everything from the $1-$5 tiers, plus:
  • You'll receive a quarterly original sketch in the mail along with Pogo's letter.
  • Your letters from Pogo will also include a sketch from Pogo!
  • Original sketches by me are sent in February, May, August, and November.
Includes Discord rewards
Secret Gallery Tier
$10.01 or more per month
Everything from the $1-$5 tiers, plus Merritt's Story Extras and access to an OFFSITE GALLERY which includes:
  • Private blog posts
  • Top secret concept art (may contain spoilers)
  • Photos I take for DOTU inspiration
  • A monthly digital illustration
  • Occasional art tips, tricks, trade secrets
  • I will send you the gallery link and password after your first processed pledge
  • This tier does NOT include an original sketch in the mail!
Includes Discord rewards
Sketch + Secret Gallery Tier
$20 or more per month (sold out!)
You will receive everything from the $1, $2, $5, $10, and $10.01 tiers!
  • If you are currently in the Sketch Tier and wish to switch to this tier, I will open a slot for you upon request
  • Sketches will be sent in February, May, August, and November
Includes Discord rewards
Ad Sponsor Tier
$35 or more per month
I'm taking a pay cut in May 2018 because I have to remove ads from my site.  This tier is for anyone who wants to help mitigate the loss. You'll get everything from the Secret Gallery Tier, plus:
  • I'll credit you for keeping the website ad free when I post the next comic page, at least once for every month you pledge!
  • If you have a business or creative project, I will run your banner ad in one of the sidebar slots previously used by Google ads. (note that this may rotate with other patrons in the tier, and I won't link to objectionable or 18+ work, so read my Patreon FAQ!  Check with me before pledging if you're unsure.)
  • This tier does NOT include an original sketch in the mail!
Includes Discord rewards
Custom Card Tier
$50 or more per month (sold out!)
Everything from the $1-$20 tiers, plus:
  • Special thanks on DOTU's "support" page for being a top patron: Name/pseudonym and website link if applicable. I will contact you first to confirm.
  • Be on a DOTU playing card!  I'll message you, we'll figure out your sphere and rank, and I'll paint your portrait on a card.  You'll get a hi-res digital file.
  • You only need to pledge for one month to be eligible, but please allow up to two months turnaround for me to complete the image.
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
74% complete
3 Guaranteed Pages Per Month! At this level, I will be doing three pages per month and all bonus content at a living wage instead of minimum wage, so I can consistently produce 3 monthly pages without having to prioritize freelance.

I'll be adding some other bonuses on the way to this goal shortly!  Keep an eye out for more info.
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Hi, I’m Bob.  I’m the creator of a webcomic called Demon of the Underground.

Demon of the Underground (demonoftheunderground.com) tells the story of Pogo, a big-mouthed young thief who falls through a hole and finds himself in a brutal underground world where survival is based on strength and intimidation.

DOTU is a paranormal/urban fantasy story with a strong focus on LGBTQ lead characters.  As someone who falls within the spectrum, it's meant the world to me to be able to reach others through this comic, and to be able to create a full universe and complex plot for the types of characters who rarely get such things.

In 2014, I launched my Patreon.  Thanks to the support from my amazing patrons, I was able to have some of my comic work covered financially for the first time.  Since then, we've gone from 26 patrons to 260+ patrons!  With demand for the story growing, my comic pages have gone from simple to complex, and my Patreon offers newer and bigger rewards and bonus content.

Six years later, I'm suddenly facing much greater housing and healthcare costs.  Creating Demon of the Underground is a greater challenge than ever, but I'm up for the challenge if you are!

Due to moving costs, I've had to decrease production in order to balance the comic with higher paying work.  But as long as I'm making a sustainable wage for the hours I spend on the comic, I can continue to keep it running.  With enough help, I can return to my previous weekly update schedule, or maybe even make DOTU the focus of my career and update twice a week!

I am hugely grateful for any support I get! To show my appreciation, here are just some of the things I'm thrilled to be able to share with you:



Rewards aside, my patrons are a treasured part of my DOTU family. 
We share laughs.  We chat about characters and deconstruct plot elements.  My patrons are always the first to know what plans are coming, and oftentimes they help me by making suggestions and requests for features and bonuses I'm considering.  I always look forward to hearing what they have to say.  And I'd consider it an honor to have you as part of the group.

Interested?  Check out my Patreon FAQ! Still have questions?  Shoot me a private message, and I'll be happy to help!

Recent posts by Shobana 'Bob' Appavu

Tiers
Feed Tier
$1 or more per month
You will be granted access to my Patron-Only feed:
  • Larger comic pages
  • Exclusive wallpapers
  • Offsite gallery of past TopWebcomics voting incentives
  • Previews of my other projects, including Ludwig the Rock
Enhanced Feed Tier
$2 or more per month
Everything from the $1 tier, plus:
  • Access to MERRITT'S STORY
  • Behind the scenes/Comic process
  • Access to the North Star Lounge on DOTU's Discord Server
Includes Discord rewards
Pen Pal Tier
$5 or more per month
Everything from the $1-$2 tiers, plus:
  • Get EARLY ACCESS to comic pages! See pages hot off the press instead of having to wait till Monday!
  • Access to ALL PATRON LOUNGES in DOTU's Discord server!
  • Pogo is your pen pal!  Every month, you will receive a letter from Pogo, and he will tell you all about what he's been up to.  Beware: Pogo is Pogo, so some letters are a little risque.
  • [NEW] In 2018, we'll have a guest letter from a different character every other month!
  • Snail mail letters are only available to U.S. patrons who join the tier before April 1, 2017.  All other patrons will receive the letter by email.
Includes Discord rewards
Sketch Tier
$10 or more per month (sold out!)
Everything from the $1-$5 tiers, plus:
  • You'll receive a quarterly original sketch in the mail along with Pogo's letter.
  • Your letters from Pogo will also include a sketch from Pogo!
  • Original sketches by me are sent in February, May, August, and November.
Includes Discord rewards
Secret Gallery Tier
$10.01 or more per month
Everything from the $1-$5 tiers, plus Merritt's Story Extras and access to an OFFSITE GALLERY which includes:
  • Private blog posts
  • Top secret concept art (may contain spoilers)
  • Photos I take for DOTU inspiration
  • A monthly digital illustration
  • Occasional art tips, tricks, trade secrets
  • I will send you the gallery link and password after your first processed pledge
  • This tier does NOT include an original sketch in the mail!
Includes Discord rewards
Sketch + Secret Gallery Tier
$20 or more per month (sold out!)
You will receive everything from the $1, $2, $5, $10, and $10.01 tiers!
  • If you are currently in the Sketch Tier and wish to switch to this tier, I will open a slot for you upon request
  • Sketches will be sent in February, May, August, and November
Includes Discord rewards
Ad Sponsor Tier
$35 or more per month
I'm taking a pay cut in May 2018 because I have to remove ads from my site.  This tier is for anyone who wants to help mitigate the loss. You'll get everything from the Secret Gallery Tier, plus:
  • I'll credit you for keeping the website ad free when I post the next comic page, at least once for every month you pledge!
  • If you have a business or creative project, I will run your banner ad in one of the sidebar slots previously used by Google ads. (note that this may rotate with other patrons in the tier, and I won't link to objectionable or 18+ work, so read my Patreon FAQ!  Check with me before pledging if you're unsure.)
  • This tier does NOT include an original sketch in the mail!
Includes Discord rewards
Custom Card Tier
$50 or more per month (sold out!)
Everything from the $1-$20 tiers, plus:
  • Special thanks on DOTU's "support" page for being a top patron: Name/pseudonym and website link if applicable. I will contact you first to confirm.
  • Be on a DOTU playing card!  I'll message you, we'll figure out your sphere and rank, and I'll paint your portrait on a card.  You'll get a hi-res digital file.
  • You only need to pledge for one month to be eligible, but please allow up to two months turnaround for me to complete the image.
Includes Discord rewards