katastrophe is creating Sunset Grill, a webcomic.
27

patrons

$89
per month
Hi there! My name is Kat, and I have three jobs. I work full-time as office manager, code monkey, accountant, and general cat-wrangler for a small business; I have a two-year-old daughter; and I make the webcomic Sunset Grill, a science fiction ramble about gangsters, corrupt government, social inequality, and the people who drink beer and complain about all of it.

I love all my jobs. Lately, though, I've been having issues with all of them, struggling and frequently failing to meet my obligations and then suffering through the inevitable emotional backlash. After a particularly bad meltdown, in a desperate attempt to find and diagnose the problem, I sat down and did some math. I estimate that between the day job (35-40 hours), the kidlet (30-35 hours), and the comic (25-30 hours), ever since my daughter was born, I have been spending 100 hours a week -- 14 hours, 7 days a week -- working.

The good news is, I may have found my problem.

The bad news is I can't keep this up. I can't quit, because each of those jobs is doing something very necessary and vital for me. But some reorganization will have to happen. And, realistically, since the comic neither keeps me from starving nor runs around the house demanding food, attention, and/or pants at ear-splitting volumes, the comic is the most likely thing to suffer.

This is where you come in. 

At the moment I am between the proverbial rock and hard place. But if the comic is doing its bit -- even a small bit -- towards that goal of "not starving", then I get some wiggle room. I can talk to my bosses about cutting my hours or possibly even going down to four days a week. I can return the comic to the two updates a week I've been only haphazardly delivering for some time now. I can follow up on other stuff (like print collections or side stories) that I keep looking at and then helplessly putting away as too much time and energy that I don't have for no promised gain. I get options.

The great thing about Patreon is it lets a lot of people donate a small amount, every month, at the level they can afford... but from my end that small amount adds up. 

No matter what, I will keep making this comic -- but I would deeply appreciate making it at the pace I want without going completely insane. Thank you in advance for helping that happen.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
5 patrons
The beautiful, warming glow of altruism.
Pledge $2 or more per month
11 patrons
As above, plus access to the art blog (panel previews, character design, set work, and the occasional bit of non-comic art).
Pledge $5 or more per month
7 patrons
Warm glow, art blog, and:
  • Progress reports, most likely including rambling about writing and art
  • Post-update commentary. Ditto.
  • Writing samples (no spoilers). Aside from the comic, may include stuff from my other writing projects, most notably the novel I am diddling along at.
  • Book reviews, worldbuilding snippets, random neepery.
  • A monthly Google Hangout. I have no idea what people do in these, so this will either be "watch Kat ramble on in an interesting fashion for an hour!" or "watch Kat make a complete idiot of herself with a webcam!" Either way, it should be entertaining.
Pledge $10 or more per month
1 patron
Warm glow, art blog, writing blog, and:
  • Previews of any worldbuilding articles; occasional excusive worldbuilding content
  • An occasional chance to vote on which storyline or character I focus on next. I won't always offer this, but sometimes I genuinely have no idea which option would be best myself. :)
  • A chance to read unfinished work and offer commentary. This may include upcoming scripts (particularly ones giving me gyp), the out-of-sequence short story scripts I keep playing with, the novel I am working on, or anything else I think is finished enough that it would benefit from some extra eyes. 
Goals
$89 of $100 per month
Take one day off the day job every month. Spend it working on the comic.
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Hi there! My name is Kat, and I have three jobs. I work full-time as office manager, code monkey, accountant, and general cat-wrangler for a small business; I have a two-year-old daughter; and I make the webcomic Sunset Grill, a science fiction ramble about gangsters, corrupt government, social inequality, and the people who drink beer and complain about all of it.

I love all my jobs. Lately, though, I've been having issues with all of them, struggling and frequently failing to meet my obligations and then suffering through the inevitable emotional backlash. After a particularly bad meltdown, in a desperate attempt to find and diagnose the problem, I sat down and did some math. I estimate that between the day job (35-40 hours), the kidlet (30-35 hours), and the comic (25-30 hours), ever since my daughter was born, I have been spending 100 hours a week -- 14 hours, 7 days a week -- working.

The good news is, I may have found my problem.

The bad news is I can't keep this up. I can't quit, because each of those jobs is doing something very necessary and vital for me. But some reorganization will have to happen. And, realistically, since the comic neither keeps me from starving nor runs around the house demanding food, attention, and/or pants at ear-splitting volumes, the comic is the most likely thing to suffer.

This is where you come in. 

At the moment I am between the proverbial rock and hard place. But if the comic is doing its bit -- even a small bit -- towards that goal of "not starving", then I get some wiggle room. I can talk to my bosses about cutting my hours or possibly even going down to four days a week. I can return the comic to the two updates a week I've been only haphazardly delivering for some time now. I can follow up on other stuff (like print collections or side stories) that I keep looking at and then helplessly putting away as too much time and energy that I don't have for no promised gain. I get options.

The great thing about Patreon is it lets a lot of people donate a small amount, every month, at the level they can afford... but from my end that small amount adds up. 

No matter what, I will keep making this comic -- but I would deeply appreciate making it at the pace I want without going completely insane. Thank you in advance for helping that happen.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
5 patrons
The beautiful, warming glow of altruism.
Pledge $2 or more per month
11 patrons
As above, plus access to the art blog (panel previews, character design, set work, and the occasional bit of non-comic art).
Pledge $5 or more per month
7 patrons
Warm glow, art blog, and:
  • Progress reports, most likely including rambling about writing and art
  • Post-update commentary. Ditto.
  • Writing samples (no spoilers). Aside from the comic, may include stuff from my other writing projects, most notably the novel I am diddling along at.
  • Book reviews, worldbuilding snippets, random neepery.
  • A monthly Google Hangout. I have no idea what people do in these, so this will either be "watch Kat ramble on in an interesting fashion for an hour!" or "watch Kat make a complete idiot of herself with a webcam!" Either way, it should be entertaining.
Pledge $10 or more per month
1 patron
Warm glow, art blog, writing blog, and:
  • Previews of any worldbuilding articles; occasional excusive worldbuilding content
  • An occasional chance to vote on which storyline or character I focus on next. I won't always offer this, but sometimes I genuinely have no idea which option would be best myself. :)
  • A chance to read unfinished work and offer commentary. This may include upcoming scripts (particularly ones giving me gyp), the out-of-sequence short story scripts I keep playing with, the novel I am working on, or anything else I think is finished enough that it would benefit from some extra eyes.