Carla Speed McNeil is creating Comics
175

patrons

$1,186
per month
  My art already looks different because of your support.

  My watercolor skills are strictly first-year student at this point, but all of my friends and colleagues who have had to listen to me moan about how I wish I could find the time to learn to paint can tell you: it's practically a miracle that I got started at all!

 But I HAVE started, thanks to you. So THANK YOU. I'll keep posting.

  Check out this one:


  This is ONEIRADORA, which means DREAM GIFTS. I think the logo needs a little tweaking. I was looking at BONE when I designed it. It is, or would be, a webcomic, ideally fifteen pages a month.


 ONEIRADORA is about a college kid named Nira. Nira is "half magic," which means a lot of weird things are permanent parts of her life. She's a lucid dreamer, and her hair changes colors when she has a particularly vivid experience.

 Nira has a dream lover. She's always assumed that he's just part of the rest of the nonsense... it's just very nice nonsense. She's about to discover that he's a real person who lives far away in so many more ways than the obvious. It's a fantasy long-distance relationship.

 There is SO MUCH to this story. I have been picking away at it for nearly ten years, and I know almost everything about it, but here's the thing: I will never, ever find time to work on this. It's a big story, I don't think of myself as a writer, and so far no publisher has gone for this, for one reason or another.


 I'd love to do this as a webcomic here on Patreon. It literally will never exist without your support. If you guys want to see more of this, and you don't mind throwing me some coin, I can make this happen.

 FINDER will wrap up here in October, but if folks are interested, I can start posting pages from ONEIRADORA. I really really really REALLY want to do this book. It's so much fun. I could start blathering about all the stuff I have crammed into it, but if I'm actually gonna DO this book, they would be spoilers. I just want to do the book itself, and stop just thinking about it. So whattaya say, amazing Patrons? Get this horse over the jumps?



FINDER is a speculative fiction comic. That means I read all kinds of Science and speculate about how it might fit into the world I created, how it might change things and the people who have to live with it, and I'm sure I get it all wrong, but that's why I write fiction.

  I think I am moving into a new phase of my career in large part because of support on Patreon. When you're starting out, there's a long period of experimentation, figuring out how to get good results out of various tools. You get some success with a nib, a brush, a stylus, you get into a groove, and the need to focus reduces time to experiment. Life intrudes. A time-turner can put more hours into a day, but not into your life. For years I've been a dog between two bones: digital paint? Or watercolor? One requires a big outlay of cash. Both require a big outlay of time: time I didn't have.

 I didn't have it because freelancing is great, but strongly inclines the freelancer to work constantly. My own strategy was always to find steps in my drawing process that could be streamlined or eliminated to make it faster, so I could have time to focus on improving my work. But it's always been like only wearing one shoe. I could work on one thing, tentatively try one new tool, and then only when I had to. Time to learn a whole new discipline like painting just wasn't in the cards. I'm not a perfectionist, I'd tell myself, just kick it out there and keep moving. But I spent last week really throwing myself into learning some things about watercolor in order to make the cover for my next FINDER paperback better. I posted loads of scans of the stages of the first version of the painting here on Patreon.

 Yeah, "first version." I ended up doing three. I will post them here too. I can't say I'm Sargent or Homer or any great master, but I'm finally able to turn out a publishable painting, and I think this art phase of my career is partly due to Patreon.

 They say you have to make your work your best, because in the end, it's the work that has a chance to last. That can paralyze you. You can't spend a year redrawing one page or repainting one cover. At the end of that year, it won't be "perfect," it'll just be different. But the learning represented by the three versions of this cover, including the final, will show in my work going forward. I've always done my best within the constraints of the time that I had, but support here on Patreon has already had an effect on my work. I can do more. I'd like to know what you all would like to see me do for you. But your support so far has already enabled me to get the engine sloooowwwly turning over. Thank you all SO MUCH.
Tiers
$1 ARMY
$1 or more per month 64 patrons
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 60 patrons
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 8 patrons
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 20 patrons
 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 6 patrons
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 14 patrons
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 2 patrons
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!
Goals
$1,186 of $2,000 per month
ANTI-ANXIETY: Having met this goal I wouldn't have to panic every time I have to go check chasing (the freelancer's aerobic activity of choice). I'll start posting four pages of Oneiradora for FREE on my website every month. Patrons here would get to see these pages first. 
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  My art already looks different because of your support.

  My watercolor skills are strictly first-year student at this point, but all of my friends and colleagues who have had to listen to me moan about how I wish I could find the time to learn to paint can tell you: it's practically a miracle that I got started at all!

 But I HAVE started, thanks to you. So THANK YOU. I'll keep posting.

  Check out this one:


  This is ONEIRADORA, which means DREAM GIFTS. I think the logo needs a little tweaking. I was looking at BONE when I designed it. It is, or would be, a webcomic, ideally fifteen pages a month.


 ONEIRADORA is about a college kid named Nira. Nira is "half magic," which means a lot of weird things are permanent parts of her life. She's a lucid dreamer, and her hair changes colors when she has a particularly vivid experience.

 Nira has a dream lover. She's always assumed that he's just part of the rest of the nonsense... it's just very nice nonsense. She's about to discover that he's a real person who lives far away in so many more ways than the obvious. It's a fantasy long-distance relationship.

 There is SO MUCH to this story. I have been picking away at it for nearly ten years, and I know almost everything about it, but here's the thing: I will never, ever find time to work on this. It's a big story, I don't think of myself as a writer, and so far no publisher has gone for this, for one reason or another.


 I'd love to do this as a webcomic here on Patreon. It literally will never exist without your support. If you guys want to see more of this, and you don't mind throwing me some coin, I can make this happen.

 FINDER will wrap up here in October, but if folks are interested, I can start posting pages from ONEIRADORA. I really really really REALLY want to do this book. It's so much fun. I could start blathering about all the stuff I have crammed into it, but if I'm actually gonna DO this book, they would be spoilers. I just want to do the book itself, and stop just thinking about it. So whattaya say, amazing Patrons? Get this horse over the jumps?



FINDER is a speculative fiction comic. That means I read all kinds of Science and speculate about how it might fit into the world I created, how it might change things and the people who have to live with it, and I'm sure I get it all wrong, but that's why I write fiction.

  I think I am moving into a new phase of my career in large part because of support on Patreon. When you're starting out, there's a long period of experimentation, figuring out how to get good results out of various tools. You get some success with a nib, a brush, a stylus, you get into a groove, and the need to focus reduces time to experiment. Life intrudes. A time-turner can put more hours into a day, but not into your life. For years I've been a dog between two bones: digital paint? Or watercolor? One requires a big outlay of cash. Both require a big outlay of time: time I didn't have.

 I didn't have it because freelancing is great, but strongly inclines the freelancer to work constantly. My own strategy was always to find steps in my drawing process that could be streamlined or eliminated to make it faster, so I could have time to focus on improving my work. But it's always been like only wearing one shoe. I could work on one thing, tentatively try one new tool, and then only when I had to. Time to learn a whole new discipline like painting just wasn't in the cards. I'm not a perfectionist, I'd tell myself, just kick it out there and keep moving. But I spent last week really throwing myself into learning some things about watercolor in order to make the cover for my next FINDER paperback better. I posted loads of scans of the stages of the first version of the painting here on Patreon.

 Yeah, "first version." I ended up doing three. I will post them here too. I can't say I'm Sargent or Homer or any great master, but I'm finally able to turn out a publishable painting, and I think this art phase of my career is partly due to Patreon.

 They say you have to make your work your best, because in the end, it's the work that has a chance to last. That can paralyze you. You can't spend a year redrawing one page or repainting one cover. At the end of that year, it won't be "perfect," it'll just be different. But the learning represented by the three versions of this cover, including the final, will show in my work going forward. I've always done my best within the constraints of the time that I had, but support here on Patreon has already had an effect on my work. I can do more. I'd like to know what you all would like to see me do for you. But your support so far has already enabled me to get the engine sloooowwwly turning over. Thank you all SO MUCH.

Recent posts by Carla Speed McNeil

Tiers
$1 ARMY
$1 or more per month 64 patrons
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 60 patrons
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 8 patrons
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 20 patrons
 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 6 patrons
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 14 patrons
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 2 patrons
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!