Jay Bell is creating gay comics and gay romance novels.
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The short version: I’m Jay Bell. If you’re heard of me, it’s probably because of Something Like Summer, which is the first book in a series of gay romance novels, a web comic, and also a movie. As an indie artist, it’s a struggle to keep my creative enterprises going. If you want to help support me, I can offer you:

-Early access to the web comic as new pages are produced. The first page is here!
-Exclusive art and stories featuring your favorite couples. 
Like this one!
-A slew of short stories and exclusive bonus material. 
Read a free short story here! Or see a texting session here!
-The opportunity to write a story together.

Sound good? Awesome! Pledge options are on the right, and a current list of the goodies you'll gain instant access to is right here.

Here’s the long story: The truth is, I’m doing okay for an author in my genre. That doesn’t mean I have an assistant, or a mansion, or a luxurious life. It means I don’t have a day job. I’m not forced to squeeze my writing into the wee hours of the night. I’m able to focus on the comics and books that I write so I can make them the best they can be. The problem is that the market has become very cutthroat. The big retailers pressure authors to sign an exclusivity deal which limits books to their site only. Not playing along means decreased visibility and less sales, which I’ve definitely seen. Another tricky thing about working in a niche genre is that there are only so many readers. Hitting the number one spot on the gay romance charts won’t make you rich. I’ve been there before. It was okay. Hitting number one in a mainstream genre? I’ve seen the numbers, and it’s beautiful. The stuff of dreams! I don’t want to stop writing gay fiction though. I love it too much. Some of you love my writing. Maybe we can work something out!

For those of you who enjoy the worlds I’ve created and want more, I can give that to you. In addition to writing my full-length releases, we have a new weekly Something Like...web comic. You may already know Ben and Tim’s story from the book series, but this isn’t a simple adaptation. It’s a new start, a retelling with fresh twists and surprises. These characters have burst into a colorful life of their own, thanks to the impressive artistic talents of Cassy Fallon. By supporting us both, you’ll get access to new pages of the comic, weeks before they debut on gaywebcomics.com. You’ll also get to see the rough pencils for each page, and the unobscured art without all the pesky text in the way. Not enough? You’ll also receive a monthly couples illustration where Cassy draws your favorite characters in romantic (and often sexy) scenarios, and I write accompanying mini-stories. Want to see Ben kissing Tim? Jace loving on Victor? No problem because those contributing five dollars or more will be able to vote on who is featured each month. If you prefer written prose, we’ll be starting a new interactive story called Blank Slate when we reach our milestone goal. Readers will get to vote on what happens at the end of each installment and steer the story. In other words, we get to collaborate! We did this last year and ended up writing an entire book together! That was tremendous fun and I’m sure it will be again. Fans of the Something Like… books will also enjoy regular texting sessions between two characters. You can see the first one here. And finally, joining gives you instant access to many stories, including the entire Loka Legends series, which is a lighthearted fantasy romp with a twist of gay romance. Those contributing eight bucks or more per month will also receive a free eBook copy of my future releases before they are made available to the masses.

If you can’t contribute financially, that’s okay, I totally understand. Please consider spreading the news about what I’m doing here, or better yet, about my books in general, to anyone you think would be interested. That’s more helpful than you might imagine. If you can join us, please check out the different pledge levels and choose the one most suited to your needs. Thank you!
Tiers
Winter Warrior!
$2 or more per month
This level grants you access to new pages of the Something Like Summer comic, weeks before anyone else sees them. You'll also get exclusive couples illustrations, text stories featuring your favorite Something Like... characters, the complete Loka Legends gay fantasy series and more. This tier includes reading-only access to Blank Slate, the new interactive story.
Autumn Angel!!
$5 or more per month
The power to vote! In addition to all of the above, you’ll decide who features in the monthly couples illustration. Want to see two of your favorite characters kiss? Or maybe three or four of them all cuddled up? You’ll be able to make your voice heard. This level is also required to vote on what happens in Blank Slate, when we reach that milestone goal. When the story gets published, your name will be included as one of the contriubtors!
Summer Savior!!!
$8 or more per month
All of the above, plus you receive my newest books as they are published in eBook format, BEFORE they get released to the public. No more waiting for that pesky preorder date to arrive! Likewise with any graphic novels we release. The electronic version will be yours. You’ll also receive Hell’s Pawn in eBook format after your first month. Sure, it’s a weird novel, but Jace makes a cameo, so you kind of need it! Please note that you’ll have to sideload the eBooks to your device of choice, but I’ll provide instructions on how to do this. Pledge level must have cleared for the previous month to qualify.
Goals
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Cassy gets an upgrade! On her career path to becoming a professional artist (and quite possibly a household name among comic book fans) Cassy will need the tools that professionals use. When we reach this milestone, we'll buy her a Wacom Cintiq 22HD, which will help increase her productivity and maybe even make her art better... if such a thing is possible. It's already phenomenal!
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The short version: I’m Jay Bell. If you’re heard of me, it’s probably because of Something Like Summer, which is the first book in a series of gay romance novels, a web comic, and also a movie. As an indie artist, it’s a struggle to keep my creative enterprises going. If you want to help support me, I can offer you:

-Early access to the web comic as new pages are produced. The first page is here!
-Exclusive art and stories featuring your favorite couples. 
Like this one!
-A slew of short stories and exclusive bonus material. 
Read a free short story here! Or see a texting session here!
-The opportunity to write a story together.

Sound good? Awesome! Pledge options are on the right, and a current list of the goodies you'll gain instant access to is right here.

Here’s the long story: The truth is, I’m doing okay for an author in my genre. That doesn’t mean I have an assistant, or a mansion, or a luxurious life. It means I don’t have a day job. I’m not forced to squeeze my writing into the wee hours of the night. I’m able to focus on the comics and books that I write so I can make them the best they can be. The problem is that the market has become very cutthroat. The big retailers pressure authors to sign an exclusivity deal which limits books to their site only. Not playing along means decreased visibility and less sales, which I’ve definitely seen. Another tricky thing about working in a niche genre is that there are only so many readers. Hitting the number one spot on the gay romance charts won’t make you rich. I’ve been there before. It was okay. Hitting number one in a mainstream genre? I’ve seen the numbers, and it’s beautiful. The stuff of dreams! I don’t want to stop writing gay fiction though. I love it too much. Some of you love my writing. Maybe we can work something out!

For those of you who enjoy the worlds I’ve created and want more, I can give that to you. In addition to writing my full-length releases, we have a new weekly Something Like...web comic. You may already know Ben and Tim’s story from the book series, but this isn’t a simple adaptation. It’s a new start, a retelling with fresh twists and surprises. These characters have burst into a colorful life of their own, thanks to the impressive artistic talents of Cassy Fallon. By supporting us both, you’ll get access to new pages of the comic, weeks before they debut on gaywebcomics.com. You’ll also get to see the rough pencils for each page, and the unobscured art without all the pesky text in the way. Not enough? You’ll also receive a monthly couples illustration where Cassy draws your favorite characters in romantic (and often sexy) scenarios, and I write accompanying mini-stories. Want to see Ben kissing Tim? Jace loving on Victor? No problem because those contributing five dollars or more will be able to vote on who is featured each month. If you prefer written prose, we’ll be starting a new interactive story called Blank Slate when we reach our milestone goal. Readers will get to vote on what happens at the end of each installment and steer the story. In other words, we get to collaborate! We did this last year and ended up writing an entire book together! That was tremendous fun and I’m sure it will be again. Fans of the Something Like… books will also enjoy regular texting sessions between two characters. You can see the first one here. And finally, joining gives you instant access to many stories, including the entire Loka Legends series, which is a lighthearted fantasy romp with a twist of gay romance. Those contributing eight bucks or more per month will also receive a free eBook copy of my future releases before they are made available to the masses.

If you can’t contribute financially, that’s okay, I totally understand. Please consider spreading the news about what I’m doing here, or better yet, about my books in general, to anyone you think would be interested. That’s more helpful than you might imagine. If you can join us, please check out the different pledge levels and choose the one most suited to your needs. Thank you!

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Tiers
Winter Warrior!
$2 or more per month
This level grants you access to new pages of the Something Like Summer comic, weeks before anyone else sees them. You'll also get exclusive couples illustrations, text stories featuring your favorite Something Like... characters, the complete Loka Legends gay fantasy series and more. This tier includes reading-only access to Blank Slate, the new interactive story.
Autumn Angel!!
$5 or more per month
The power to vote! In addition to all of the above, you’ll decide who features in the monthly couples illustration. Want to see two of your favorite characters kiss? Or maybe three or four of them all cuddled up? You’ll be able to make your voice heard. This level is also required to vote on what happens in Blank Slate, when we reach that milestone goal. When the story gets published, your name will be included as one of the contriubtors!
Summer Savior!!!
$8 or more per month
All of the above, plus you receive my newest books as they are published in eBook format, BEFORE they get released to the public. No more waiting for that pesky preorder date to arrive! Likewise with any graphic novels we release. The electronic version will be yours. You’ll also receive Hell’s Pawn in eBook format after your first month. Sure, it’s a weird novel, but Jace makes a cameo, so you kind of need it! Please note that you’ll have to sideload the eBooks to your device of choice, but I’ll provide instructions on how to do this. Pledge level must have cleared for the previous month to qualify.