Cottonstar is creating comics
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patrons

$17
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Hello there! We are Danelle Malan and Ben Geldenhuys, two artists from Cape Town, South Africa.

We're very passionate about art and comics. Besides being huge amounts of fun to make, Cottonstar gives us a great platform to work from in terms of encouraging and expanding the ready-to-explode comics scene in South Africa.

We launched Cottonstar in August 2011, and have never looked back. It's been an amazing journey. There aren't a whole lot of other webcomics coming from SA at the moment, and we'd love to see that number grow. There's so much talent here - people just need to start telling their stories! Hopefully Cottonstar is only the first of many.

FAQ

What is Cottonstar?

Cottonstar is a webcomic set in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian Southern Africa. The story follows the adventures of a moody lad named Renier, who accidentally got himself hired as a crew member aboard the pirate ship named Cottonstar. Things just kind of go downhill for him from there... or do they?

How often will you be updating (and what does that mean to my wallet)?

We aim to have a page up each Friday night/Saturday morning (GMT+2), so 4 per month. This means if you pledge $1 per comic, you'll be charged $4 at the end of the month. Sometimes, due to circumstances beyond our control, we might skip a page or update at odd times. You will only be charged for the content we actually put up, so if we miss a page and only upload three that month, you'll only be charged for three, and not the four we planned to upload.

Can I set a limit to how much I get charged per month?

Yes! You can do this by logging in, going to the creator’s Patreon page, and clicking the blue “Edit Patronage” button.

This way, you can put a cap on your pledge amount, and don't need to worry about overspending if we upload more content than you were anticipating.

Oops, I need my money for something else! Can I cancel my pledge?

Yes, as long as it hasn't been charged to your card yet (usually the end of each month). You can do this by logging in, going to the creator’s Patreon page, and clicking the blue “Edit Patronage” button.

If you must.

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Can I do a once-off donation?

Patreon is looking into adding this feature, due to popular demand. However it is not possible at this point in time. To make a once-off donation directly to us, please do so via the "donate" button on our page!

What's in it for me?

We currently have a list of rewards which you can see below this post. We'll add more in time as new kiff ideas occur to us.

Do you have lions in your back yard?

Yes, we feed them the bodies of people who have cancelled their pledges.

(Spoiler: This is where we live, pretty much right in the middle of that photo. Actually, the mountain does have a bunch of wildlife, including zebras and antelope. Table Mountain is a nature reserve. They are fenced in for their own safety. That's about as exciting as it gets in our back yard in terms of big animals.)

For a more thorough FAQ about Patreon specifically, please go here.
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We don't make comics full time, because we can't afford it. While the content of the Cottonstar site has been, is, and will always be free, we still incur running costs for the site, maintenance, advertising, art materials and such. We also spend a lot on printing each chapter and buying booth space at conventions and expos. Travel costs for two people also add up really fast if the event is far away!

Cottonstar is a love project and takes up most of our spare time, but we would love to be able to turn it into a full-time project. That would be pretty neat. With your help, we could put the gears in motion to make that happen.

To those that have pledged, or are planning on pledging: THANK YOU, you are awesome. If you can't afford to pledge, please share this page with people who might be interested.

Thank you!
Ben & Danelle
Rewards
Pledge $5 or more per page
1 of 50 patrons
Pledge $5 and receive a hand-written thank you postcard from the creators, all the way from sunny South Africa!
Pledge $10 or more per page
0 of 40 patrons
Pledge $10 and receive a hand-written thank you postcard which includes a little drawing from the creators, all the way from sunny South Africa!
Pledge $15 or more per page
0 of 20 patrons
Pledge $15 and receive an original handmade thank you postcard which includes a special drawing from the creators. This is different to the previous two tiers in that the postcard won't be store-bought but in fact lovingly made by the authors themselves.
Pledge $30 or more per page
0 of 10 patrons
Pledge $30 and receive an original handmade card with special drawing from the creators. In this case the "card" will actually be a small artwork in itself - it will be larger than a postcard and be mailed sealed in its own envelope.
Pledge $50 or more per page
0 of 5 patrons
Pledge $50 and receive a full-colour commission from either Ben or Danelle, which we'll livestream for you, or, if you cannot make the livestream due to timezone issues, we'll send you a timelapse video of your commission being made, complete with funky soundtrack! We will mail you a signed print of said commission.
Pledge $100 or more per page
0 of 5 patrons
Pledge $100 and receive a full-colour commission from either Ben or Danelle, which we'll livestream for you, or, if you cannot make the livestream due to timezone issues, we'll send you a timelapse video of your commission being made, complete with funky soundtrack! Along with a signed print of the commission, we will send you a set of our comics.
Pledge $150 or more per page
0 of 5 patrons
Pledge $150 and receive a full-colour commission from either Ben or Danelle, which we'll livestream for you, or, if you cannot make the livestream due to timezone issues, we'll send you a timelapse video of your commission being made, complete with funky soundtrack! Along with a signed print of the commission, we will send you a set of our comics, plus a handwritten letter and print of your choice from our collection.
Pledge $200 or more per page
0 patrons
Pledge $200 and receive a full-colour commission from either Ben or Danelle, which we'll livestream for you, or, if you cannot make the livestream due to timezone issues, we'll send you a timelapse video of your commission being made, complete with funky soundtrack! Along with a signed print of the commission, we will send you a sketched copy set of our comics, and a print of your choice from our collection.
Pledge $500 or more per page
0 of 5 patrons
We will mail ourselves to you and massage your feet. Please allow 3-5 months for delivery.
Goals
$17 of $1,500 per page
If we get $1500 a page, we will do our darndest to attend as many cons and expos as possible. We'll try for USA and UK cons, as well as the local ones.

(*all goal amounts go on the assumption that we will be updating 4 times a month and that the full or near the full amount is pledged on each page*)
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Hello there! We are Danelle Malan and Ben Geldenhuys, two artists from Cape Town, South Africa.

We're very passionate about art and comics. Besides being huge amounts of fun to make, Cottonstar gives us a great platform to work from in terms of encouraging and expanding the ready-to-explode comics scene in South Africa.

We launched Cottonstar in August 2011, and have never looked back. It's been an amazing journey. There aren't a whole lot of other webcomics coming from SA at the moment, and we'd love to see that number grow. There's so much talent here - people just need to start telling their stories! Hopefully Cottonstar is only the first of many.

FAQ

What is Cottonstar?

Cottonstar is a webcomic set in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian Southern Africa. The story follows the adventures of a moody lad named Renier, who accidentally got himself hired as a crew member aboard the pirate ship named Cottonstar. Things just kind of go downhill for him from there... or do they?

How often will you be updating (and what does that mean to my wallet)?

We aim to have a page up each Friday night/Saturday morning (GMT+2), so 4 per month. This means if you pledge $1 per comic, you'll be charged $4 at the end of the month. Sometimes, due to circumstances beyond our control, we might skip a page or update at odd times. You will only be charged for the content we actually put up, so if we miss a page and only upload three that month, you'll only be charged for three, and not the four we planned to upload.

Can I set a limit to how much I get charged per month?

Yes! You can do this by logging in, going to the creator’s Patreon page, and clicking the blue “Edit Patronage” button.

This way, you can put a cap on your pledge amount, and don't need to worry about overspending if we upload more content than you were anticipating.

Oops, I need my money for something else! Can I cancel my pledge?

Yes, as long as it hasn't been charged to your card yet (usually the end of each month). You can do this by logging in, going to the creator’s Patreon page, and clicking the blue “Edit Patronage” button.

If you must.

e-e

Can I do a once-off donation?

Patreon is looking into adding this feature, due to popular demand. However it is not possible at this point in time. To make a once-off donation directly to us, please do so via the "donate" button on our page!

What's in it for me?

We currently have a list of rewards which you can see below this post. We'll add more in time as new kiff ideas occur to us.

Do you have lions in your back yard?

Yes, we feed them the bodies of people who have cancelled their pledges.

(Spoiler: This is where we live, pretty much right in the middle of that photo. Actually, the mountain does have a bunch of wildlife, including zebras and antelope. Table Mountain is a nature reserve. They are fenced in for their own safety. That's about as exciting as it gets in our back yard in terms of big animals.)

For a more thorough FAQ about Patreon specifically, please go here.
~~~~~~~~~~~~

We don't make comics full time, because we can't afford it. While the content of the Cottonstar site has been, is, and will always be free, we still incur running costs for the site, maintenance, advertising, art materials and such. We also spend a lot on printing each chapter and buying booth space at conventions and expos. Travel costs for two people also add up really fast if the event is far away!

Cottonstar is a love project and takes up most of our spare time, but we would love to be able to turn it into a full-time project. That would be pretty neat. With your help, we could put the gears in motion to make that happen.

To those that have pledged, or are planning on pledging: THANK YOU, you are awesome. If you can't afford to pledge, please share this page with people who might be interested.

Thank you!
Ben & Danelle

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Rewards
Pledge $5 or more per page
1 of 50 patrons
Pledge $5 and receive a hand-written thank you postcard from the creators, all the way from sunny South Africa!
Pledge $10 or more per page
0 of 40 patrons
Pledge $10 and receive a hand-written thank you postcard which includes a little drawing from the creators, all the way from sunny South Africa!
Pledge $15 or more per page
0 of 20 patrons
Pledge $15 and receive an original handmade thank you postcard which includes a special drawing from the creators. This is different to the previous two tiers in that the postcard won't be store-bought but in fact lovingly made by the authors themselves.
Pledge $30 or more per page
0 of 10 patrons
Pledge $30 and receive an original handmade card with special drawing from the creators. In this case the "card" will actually be a small artwork in itself - it will be larger than a postcard and be mailed sealed in its own envelope.
Pledge $50 or more per page
0 of 5 patrons
Pledge $50 and receive a full-colour commission from either Ben or Danelle, which we'll livestream for you, or, if you cannot make the livestream due to timezone issues, we'll send you a timelapse video of your commission being made, complete with funky soundtrack! We will mail you a signed print of said commission.
Pledge $100 or more per page
0 of 5 patrons
Pledge $100 and receive a full-colour commission from either Ben or Danelle, which we'll livestream for you, or, if you cannot make the livestream due to timezone issues, we'll send you a timelapse video of your commission being made, complete with funky soundtrack! Along with a signed print of the commission, we will send you a set of our comics.
Pledge $150 or more per page
0 of 5 patrons
Pledge $150 and receive a full-colour commission from either Ben or Danelle, which we'll livestream for you, or, if you cannot make the livestream due to timezone issues, we'll send you a timelapse video of your commission being made, complete with funky soundtrack! Along with a signed print of the commission, we will send you a set of our comics, plus a handwritten letter and print of your choice from our collection.
Pledge $200 or more per page
0 patrons
Pledge $200 and receive a full-colour commission from either Ben or Danelle, which we'll livestream for you, or, if you cannot make the livestream due to timezone issues, we'll send you a timelapse video of your commission being made, complete with funky soundtrack! Along with a signed print of the commission, we will send you a sketched copy set of our comics, and a print of your choice from our collection.
Pledge $500 or more per page
0 of 5 patrons
We will mail ourselves to you and massage your feet. Please allow 3-5 months for delivery.