Carla Speed McNeil

Carla Speed McNeil

is creating Comics

189

patrons

$1,075

per month
Patrons, followers, and all cool folks: it's time for a reorganization.

I plan to devote the next two years (minimum) to my own creator-owned work. It's gonna be a pretty bumpy road, not taking other work. I love collaborating, and I've had some fantastic jams with other writers and artists. But I've always thought of them as side jobs, when in fact they were massive, forty-hours-plus-beaucoup-de-overtime day jobs. I used to be able to put out a new FINDER TPB every year, and like so many of us, I figured I could just keep working harder.

Smart people will tell you "You can't do everything. You have to choose." and I'd say "I know" but think "I can't." Because there are a lot of books that are wholly mine that aren't FINDER that I'd also like to do... But I'm choosing FINDER. You'll see me noodle around with all kinds of things here, from loose, rubber-hose style cartooning to much more detailed art, you'll see me play with all the different styles I love. But FINDER's my choice. What I'm doing, you'll know. 

The big question: WHEN WILL FINDER: CHASE THE LADY BE A PROPER BOOK? I'm typing up the last of the footnotes, resisting the desire to add incidental art, and waiting to hear back from Dark Horse. I will post the dates here as soon as I know them.

Another big question: WHEN WILL I GET MY COPY IF I PAID FOR THE DEAD-TREE VERSION? You will absolutely get one when I have them to give, shipping's free, and as soon as I have a PDF put together, you'll have that. I hope the PDF will be ready before July 1st.

I will be doing a lot of writing for the next several months. I have an outline for the next four to seven FINDER books. I tried color-coding it to keep track of threads and connections, and it looks like a kid's board game in beta. But it is ALL. IN. THERE. All of it. Everything I've ever said "Yeah, I'm gonna get back to that and do..." It's there. Yes, Lynne's story too, peeling her black little heart back like an onion. More Marcie. How Emma and Brigham met. Jaeger's whole backstory. Jack and the rest of the kids. I may be blown out like a bicycle tire once I finish the last of these. 

Thank you all for your support. You are literally my only income at the moment. I don't say that to make anyone feel guilty if they have to tighten up their own finances! But if you've got a friend to nudge into throwing me a buck or two, that would help enormously.

If you are a patron already, I will be asking you for feedback! If you're a follower or just happen to be in the neighborhood, I do want to hear from you. Come find me on Twitter, @CSpeedMcNeil. The main question I need answered now is this: when I'm writing and not drawing much, what do you want to see here on Patreon?

Tiers
$1 ARMY
$1 or more per month
There's absolutely nothing wrong with supporting someone at the $1 or $2 or $3 level. For you, that's $12 to $24 a year, but for the creator, if their $1 army is big enough, it's EVERYTHING. 


At this level, you get a snapshot of whatever I'm working on for any given workday.

GUEST IN MY STUDIO
$5 or more per month
If I do any non-FINDER thing, I'll post it here. Many things masquerading as fanart are actually fishing for jobs, but not knowing which is which is part of the fun. It's not like I know either, at the point I publish these things!
HANGING OUT
$10 or more per month
At this level I will give you all kinds of process posts. Thumbnail to pencils to inks etc, plus experiments with new materials, talk about what I do, advise folks on technique. Ask me anything! Videos, maybe?
READING MY BOOKS
$15 or more per month
 This is where you get the comics. Right now, the story is FINDER: CHASE THE LADY, which has been published in eight-page chunks in DARK HORSE PRESENTS. But aha: the wham finish will be published HERE first! Story! Footnotes! Process materials! 
TAKING UP RESIDENCE
$20 or more per month
My subscribers at this level appear in a comic. You might be a diva in an opera poster. You might be a kid on a box of cereal. You could be an elegant extra. Or be rescued! The possibilities are, well, not endless, but fun!
DEAD TREE EDITION
$25 or more per month
When CHASE THE LADY finally drops, at this level you'll get a copy of the book, signed, plus a piece of original art from the book, and my profound thanks for supporting me. Shipped anywhere in the world.
ORIGINAL ART
$50 or more per month
If there was an 8-bit game based on being a cartoonist, in it you would run around creating stacks of pages, bing bing bing, which you then have to sell or they fall over and you will be crushed by them! At this level, you get a page of inked story art, my choice, shipped anywhere in the world. If you have preferences, I will try to accommodate them, but you are saving a life here!
Patrons, followers, and all cool folks: it's time for a reorganization.

I plan to devote the next two years (minimum) to my own creator-owned work. It's gonna be a pretty bumpy road, not taking other work. I love collaborating, and I've had some fantastic jams with other writers and artists. But I've always thought of them as side jobs, when in fact they were massive, forty-hours-plus-beaucoup-de-overtime day jobs. I used to be able to put out a new FINDER TPB every year, and like so many of us, I figured I could just keep working harder.

Smart people will tell you "You can't do everything. You have to choose." and I'd say "I know" but think "I can't." Because there are a lot of books that are wholly mine that aren't FINDER that I'd also like to do... But I'm choosing FINDER. You'll see me noodle around with all kinds of things here, from loose, rubber-hose style cartooning to much more detailed art, you'll see me play with all the different styles I love. But FINDER's my choice. What I'm doing, you'll know. 

The big question: WHEN WILL FINDER: CHASE THE LADY BE A PROPER BOOK? I'm typing up the last of the footnotes, resisting the desire to add incidental art, and waiting to hear back from Dark Horse. I will post the dates here as soon as I know them.

Another big question: WHEN WILL I GET MY COPY IF I PAID FOR THE DEAD-TREE VERSION? You will absolutely get one when I have them to give, shipping's free, and as soon as I have a PDF put together, you'll have that. I hope the PDF will be ready before July 1st.

I will be doing a lot of writing for the next several months. I have an outline for the next four to seven FINDER books. I tried color-coding it to keep track of threads and connections, and it looks like a kid's board game in beta. But it is ALL. IN. THERE. All of it. Everything I've ever said "Yeah, I'm gonna get back to that and do..." It's there. Yes, Lynne's story too, peeling her black little heart back like an onion. More Marcie. How Emma and Brigham met. Jaeger's whole backstory. Jack and the rest of the kids. I may be blown out like a bicycle tire once I finish the last of these. 

Thank you all for your support. You are literally my only income at the moment. I don't say that to make anyone feel guilty if they have to tighten up their own finances! But if you've got a friend to nudge into throwing me a buck or two, that would help enormously.

If you are a patron already, I will be asking you for feedback! If you're a follower or just happen to be in the neighborhood, I do want to hear from you. Come find me on Twitter, @CSpeedMcNeil. The main question I need answered now is this: when I'm writing and not drawing much, what do you want to see here on Patreon?

Recent posts by Carla Speed McNeil

Tiers
$1 ARMY
$1 or more per month
There's absolutely nothing wrong with supporting someone at the $1 or $2 or $3 level. For you, that's $12 to $24 a year, but for the creator, if their $1 army is big enough, it's EVERYTHING. 


At this level, you get a snapshot of whatever I'm working on for any given workday.

GUEST IN MY STUDIO
$5 or more per month
If I do any non-FINDER thing, I'll post it here. Many things masquerading as fanart are actually fishing for jobs, but not knowing which is which is part of the fun. It's not like I know either, at the point I publish these things!
HANGING OUT
$10 or more per month
At this level I will give you all kinds of process posts. Thumbnail to pencils to inks etc, plus experiments with new materials, talk about what I do, advise folks on technique. Ask me anything! Videos, maybe?
READING MY BOOKS
$15 or more per month
 This is where you get the comics. Right now, the story is FINDER: CHASE THE LADY, which has been published in eight-page chunks in DARK HORSE PRESENTS. But aha: the wham finish will be published HERE first! Story! Footnotes! Process materials! 
TAKING UP RESIDENCE
$20 or more per month
My subscribers at this level appear in a comic. You might be a diva in an opera poster. You might be a kid on a box of cereal. You could be an elegant extra. Or be rescued! The possibilities are, well, not endless, but fun!
DEAD TREE EDITION
$25 or more per month
When CHASE THE LADY finally drops, at this level you'll get a copy of the book, signed, plus a piece of original art from the book, and my profound thanks for supporting me. Shipped anywhere in the world.
ORIGINAL ART
$50 or more per month
If there was an 8-bit game based on being a cartoonist, in it you would run around creating stacks of pages, bing bing bing, which you then have to sell or they fall over and you will be crushed by them! At this level, you get a page of inked story art, my choice, shipped anywhere in the world. If you have preferences, I will try to accommodate them, but you are saving a life here!