Kathy Garrison Kellogg is creating comic strips
45

patrons

$186
per month
hirezfox.com/km/co/index.html

I've been drawing cartoons for as far back as I can remember, and "Carry On," specifically, since 2004. The characters are all drawn from facets of my personality, or are based on people I know and admire. Over the years, I've progressed from simple black and white drawings in ballpoint pen on typing paper, to more complex, multiple-layer images processed in Photoshop (although I still start with an ink pen on typing paper--it's archival ink, now!)

The main character, Kathy Grrsn, debuted in my husband Scott Kellogg's strip "21st Century Fox" as a wedding guest, and shortly got her own spinoff series, which evolved into the comic strip I draw today.

I draw "Carry On" for my own enjoyment, but also in the hopes of making other people laugh. I like getting feedback from the readers, letting me know how the characters and situations have affected them, and it pleases me to know that my strip is read by people from around the world.
I'd like to grow my audience. My comic strip is a humorous adventure/romance, with a touch of the absurd, and just enough peril to keep things exciting. I'm not into "dark" storytelling, so you can be pretty sure that everything will work out all right in the end. I'm also not into diatribes, although I do try to make a few not-so-subtle points about cultural differences in the societies I've created.

"Carry On" has been nominated several times for the Ursa Major Award for "Best Comic Strip," which is always an honor. I'm hoping to someday win the category.

I'm always trying to improve the strip, both in the artwork and in the storytelling. It's a fun challenge to figure out a new technique to create a visual or a texture--recently I've been experimenting with how to depict the four elements, with landscapes, clouds, fire, and moving water, along with the lighting effects for time of day and weather conditions. I've been doing research into African landscapes, animals, and architecture to try to get the "look" of the backgrounds right. I've also been studying hyenas in order to incorporate their body language into the characters.

My heroes are spotted hyenas--not usually a species seen as particularly heroic. The research I've done on hyenas has made me a huge fan of Crocuta crocuta--their intelligence, their social structure, their bizarre biology, and their personalities amaze and fascinate me. I'll admit that when I started out, I knew almost nothing about spotted hyenas, but now I hope to share my admiration of the species with others, because they really are incredible animals. And they make great cartoon characters--in fact, spotted hyenas are pretty much God's gift to cartoonists. The jokes write themselves! I guess that's why they're called "laughing hyenas."
Rewards
Tier One
$1 or more per month 21 patrons
  • The satisfaction of knowing you're helping to keep a cartoonist off the streets.  Thank you!
Tier Two
$5 or more per month 11 patrons
  • Getting to see the comic strips a day or two early. This tier will function as long as I have an adequate buffer.
  • Strips sent via email, so I'll need your email address.
Tier Three
$7 or more per month 9 patrons
  • A print of an unpublished piece of artwork, signed by the artist, one per patron year.
  • Plus the comic preview.
Tier Four
$10 or more per month 1 patron
  • A CD or zip file of the up-to-date Carry On archive.
  • Plus the comic preview.
Tier Five
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
  • One original piece of artwork, artist's choice, per donor per year. This will be an inked, uncolored sketch.
  • Plus the CD archive and comic preview.
Tier Six
$20 or more per month 1 patron
  • An original commission piece of artwork. This will be an inked, uncolored sketch, with a print copy of the Photoshop-colored version.  One piece per donor per year.
  • Plus the CD archive collection.
Tier Seven
$25 or more per month 1 patron
  • The whole goody basket, and my eternal gratitude.  (Commission artwork, original sketch, unpublished print, CD collection, comics preview.)
Tier Eight
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
  • The whole goody basket, two commission artworks, and a coupon for psychiatric evaluation, because clearly there's something wrong with you.
Goals
$186 of $1,000 per month
What I'm hoping to do by getting a Patreon account, is to "get back what I give to the world."

My goal is to use my comic strip to help contribute to the family finances. I can't say that I'd "be able to quit my day job and work full time on the comic strip" because I don't have a conventional "day job;" I'm a farmer, I raise sheep, and running the farm precludes being able to go get even a part-time job, as I never know from one day to the next what emergency will crop up, requiring my attention. In one way, I have a lot of free time--just not in any predictable amount. And my "paycheck" comes only once a year.

My comic strip is my hobby, and one that I spend almost all my available free time on, between the writing and the artwork. It would be nice to be able to get compensated for that time. I have an aversion to selling ad space on my web page because I kind of loathe ads, so I'd like to try to avoid having to go that route.

So I guess my immediate goal is to be able to help pay the household bills, and to start saving for the future.

A further-off goal I'd like to acheive is to be able to do a book print run of the comic strip, in color.

Another goal is to create 3D printed statuettes of the main characters, to be available for sale to fans.
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hirezfox.com/km/co/index.html

I've been drawing cartoons for as far back as I can remember, and "Carry On," specifically, since 2004. The characters are all drawn from facets of my personality, or are based on people I know and admire. Over the years, I've progressed from simple black and white drawings in ballpoint pen on typing paper, to more complex, multiple-layer images processed in Photoshop (although I still start with an ink pen on typing paper--it's archival ink, now!)

The main character, Kathy Grrsn, debuted in my husband Scott Kellogg's strip "21st Century Fox" as a wedding guest, and shortly got her own spinoff series, which evolved into the comic strip I draw today.

I draw "Carry On" for my own enjoyment, but also in the hopes of making other people laugh. I like getting feedback from the readers, letting me know how the characters and situations have affected them, and it pleases me to know that my strip is read by people from around the world.
I'd like to grow my audience. My comic strip is a humorous adventure/romance, with a touch of the absurd, and just enough peril to keep things exciting. I'm not into "dark" storytelling, so you can be pretty sure that everything will work out all right in the end. I'm also not into diatribes, although I do try to make a few not-so-subtle points about cultural differences in the societies I've created.

"Carry On" has been nominated several times for the Ursa Major Award for "Best Comic Strip," which is always an honor. I'm hoping to someday win the category.

I'm always trying to improve the strip, both in the artwork and in the storytelling. It's a fun challenge to figure out a new technique to create a visual or a texture--recently I've been experimenting with how to depict the four elements, with landscapes, clouds, fire, and moving water, along with the lighting effects for time of day and weather conditions. I've been doing research into African landscapes, animals, and architecture to try to get the "look" of the backgrounds right. I've also been studying hyenas in order to incorporate their body language into the characters.

My heroes are spotted hyenas--not usually a species seen as particularly heroic. The research I've done on hyenas has made me a huge fan of Crocuta crocuta--their intelligence, their social structure, their bizarre biology, and their personalities amaze and fascinate me. I'll admit that when I started out, I knew almost nothing about spotted hyenas, but now I hope to share my admiration of the species with others, because they really are incredible animals. And they make great cartoon characters--in fact, spotted hyenas are pretty much God's gift to cartoonists. The jokes write themselves! I guess that's why they're called "laughing hyenas."

Recent posts by Kathy Garrison Kellogg

Rewards
Tier One
$1 or more per month 21 patrons
  • The satisfaction of knowing you're helping to keep a cartoonist off the streets.  Thank you!
Tier Two
$5 or more per month 11 patrons
  • Getting to see the comic strips a day or two early. This tier will function as long as I have an adequate buffer.
  • Strips sent via email, so I'll need your email address.
Tier Three
$7 or more per month 9 patrons
  • A print of an unpublished piece of artwork, signed by the artist, one per patron year.
  • Plus the comic preview.
Tier Four
$10 or more per month 1 patron
  • A CD or zip file of the up-to-date Carry On archive.
  • Plus the comic preview.
Tier Five
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
  • One original piece of artwork, artist's choice, per donor per year. This will be an inked, uncolored sketch.
  • Plus the CD archive and comic preview.
Tier Six
$20 or more per month 1 patron
  • An original commission piece of artwork. This will be an inked, uncolored sketch, with a print copy of the Photoshop-colored version.  One piece per donor per year.
  • Plus the CD archive collection.
Tier Seven
$25 or more per month 1 patron
  • The whole goody basket, and my eternal gratitude.  (Commission artwork, original sketch, unpublished print, CD collection, comics preview.)
Tier Eight
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
  • The whole goody basket, two commission artworks, and a coupon for psychiatric evaluation, because clearly there's something wrong with you.