Linda Medley is creating Comics & Graphic Novels including the CASTLE WAITING series
272

patrons

$1,600
per month

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Linda Medley's interview begins at 27:30

Hello, I'm Linda and I'm an illustrator and cartoonist. I've been freelancing since 1986 and have had work published by Golden Books, Grosset and Dunlap, DC Comics, and many others. Since 1994 I've worked on my own independent graphic novel series, Castle Waiting. The book has managed to weather quite a few publishing storms over the years with two volumes (close to 1000 pages) in print, with editions translated into eight languages available all over the world. 

Several years ago I was diagnosed with severe cervical spondylosis as well as carpal tunnel syndrome, and took some time off from creating artwork to rest, and adapt to new modes of working. Although my convalescence took longer than anticipated, I'm currently hard at work on Castle Waiting Volume 3 and hope to have the first 150-page installment ready for publication next year...but I'll need your financial help to be able to continue working on it.

I'm bringing some changes to the book with Volume 3, most importantly: full color! The pages will be rendered in a combination of watercolor painting and digital color; the pages are sized larger than in previous books; and the story has jumped back in time to tell of Lady Jain's life before she journeyed to the Castle. There are new settings, new characters, and a closer look at Jain's family and heritage (not to mention, Jain herself). 

If you're not familiar with Patreon and how the site works, please take a look here. I've opted for the monthly system; this means that you're pledging $1 or more, per month (it's not a one-time payment like Kickstarter or similar sites!) to help me. In return I'm offering what I hope are some enticing rewards to express how very grateful I am for your support. If we exceed my initial goal of Basic Expenses, I'll increase my goal to cover more dreams (like expanding my studio, and moving all my studio equipment that's currently in storage in California to Seattle) and projects (like producing color versions of Castle Waiting Volumes 1 & 2, and finishing other projects that are languishing in my files!)

Thanks so much for your assistance. See you at the Castle :)

~linda m.
Visit my Etsy Shop


Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
45 patrons
LEVEL A
  • All the good karma that a dollar can get you, plus my warmest thanks. Every little bit counts!
Pledge $3 or more per month
84 patrons
LEVEL B
All the goodness of LEVEL A, plus:
  • Access to my work-in-progress blog, where you can stay up-to-date on where I am in life and in my projects. NOTE: Due to Patreon's lack of private image hosting the blog is now hosted on Facebook in a private group, and can only be accessed from Facebook.
  • A spiffy Castle Waiting keychain!
Pledge $5 or more per month
47 patrons
LEVEL C
Everything in LEVEL A & B plus:
  • Access to my in-depth work blog (including video updates) 
  • Digital downloads of sketches and other art
  • 15% discount off everything in my Etsy shop

Pledge $10 or more per month
44 patrons
LEVEL D
Everything in LEVEL A, B, & C plus:
  • Print quality downloads (small prints, bookmarks, bookplates and other goodies)
  • Printed copies of all books I produce while your support is current (6 month minimum required)
  • Your name included in above-mentioned books
Pledge $10 or more per month
7 patrons
"READING IS FUN" LEVEL ($10/month for 1 year, or $120 one-time payment)
A special reward exclusively for teachers, librarians and other book heroes: you'll get two+ cases (depending on your class size) of the Castle Waiting Vol. 1 paperback edition to use in your classroom or library. I'll also provide printable downloads that you can use for coloring and storytelling activities, as well as access to kid-friendly author/artist videos; I'm open to arranging a classroom 'visit' via Skype as well. Contact me and we can figure out what works best for you and your students. 
Pledge $15 or more per month
22 patrons
LEVEL E

Everything in LEVEL A, B, C & D plus:
  • Signed character sketch (1 per year of patronage)--any character; one of mine or one of your literary favorites
  • Your books (see LEVEL D) will arrive signed & personalized 
Pledge $25 or more per month
8 patrons
LEVEL F
Everything in LEVEL A, B, C, D & E plus:
  • Exclusive viewing of finished pages. Read the books before they come out in print!
  • 25% discount off anything in my Etsy shop
(Requires minimum 1 year of patronage)
Pledge $50 or more per month
3 patrons
LEVEL G
Everything in LEVELS A, B, C, D, E, & F plus:
  • Original art from Castle Waiting Volume 1, 2, or 3, your choice. One page per year of patronage 
(Requires minimum 1 year of patronage)
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
"LEARNING IS FUN" LEVEL
You'll get monthly 1-hour (minimum) tutelage via Skype in the comics-related subject(s) of your choice (drawing, backgrounds, perspective, color, inking, world building, storytelling, whatever). Contact me first to discuss where you're at in your creative journey, what you'd like me to help you accomplish, and how many lessons you're interested in. (Minimum 1 month patronage, depending on how many lessons you want).
Pledge $500 or more per month
0 patrons
LEVEL H
Everything in LEVELS A, B, C, D, E, F & plus:
  • The opportunity to claim me as a dependent on your 1040
Pledge $1,000 or more per month
0 patrons
LEVEL I
Am I keeping my maiden name, or taking yours?
Goals
$1,600 of $3,000 per month
After Patreon's fees and taxes, this'll roughly cover my monthly expenses in Seattle (living cheap in an expensive city) and make it possible for me to continue working on my current project: Volume 3 of Castle Waiting.

Any excess donations I receive will be put towards my next-stage goals: moving and expanding my studio, devoting more time to finishing a wider range of projects, and offering in-studio lessons.
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Linda Medley's interview begins at 27:30

Hello, I'm Linda and I'm an illustrator and cartoonist. I've been freelancing since 1986 and have had work published by Golden Books, Grosset and Dunlap, DC Comics, and many others. Since 1994 I've worked on my own independent graphic novel series, Castle Waiting. The book has managed to weather quite a few publishing storms over the years with two volumes (close to 1000 pages) in print, with editions translated into eight languages available all over the world. 

Several years ago I was diagnosed with severe cervical spondylosis as well as carpal tunnel syndrome, and took some time off from creating artwork to rest, and adapt to new modes of working. Although my convalescence took longer than anticipated, I'm currently hard at work on Castle Waiting Volume 3 and hope to have the first 150-page installment ready for publication next year...but I'll need your financial help to be able to continue working on it.

I'm bringing some changes to the book with Volume 3, most importantly: full color! The pages will be rendered in a combination of watercolor painting and digital color; the pages are sized larger than in previous books; and the story has jumped back in time to tell of Lady Jain's life before she journeyed to the Castle. There are new settings, new characters, and a closer look at Jain's family and heritage (not to mention, Jain herself). 

If you're not familiar with Patreon and how the site works, please take a look here. I've opted for the monthly system; this means that you're pledging $1 or more, per month (it's not a one-time payment like Kickstarter or similar sites!) to help me. In return I'm offering what I hope are some enticing rewards to express how very grateful I am for your support. If we exceed my initial goal of Basic Expenses, I'll increase my goal to cover more dreams (like expanding my studio, and moving all my studio equipment that's currently in storage in California to Seattle) and projects (like producing color versions of Castle Waiting Volumes 1 & 2, and finishing other projects that are languishing in my files!)

Thanks so much for your assistance. See you at the Castle :)

~linda m.
Visit my Etsy Shop


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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
45 patrons
LEVEL A
  • All the good karma that a dollar can get you, plus my warmest thanks. Every little bit counts!
Pledge $3 or more per month
84 patrons
LEVEL B
All the goodness of LEVEL A, plus:
  • Access to my work-in-progress blog, where you can stay up-to-date on where I am in life and in my projects. NOTE: Due to Patreon's lack of private image hosting the blog is now hosted on Facebook in a private group, and can only be accessed from Facebook.
  • A spiffy Castle Waiting keychain!
Pledge $5 or more per month
47 patrons
LEVEL C
Everything in LEVEL A & B plus:
  • Access to my in-depth work blog (including video updates) 
  • Digital downloads of sketches and other art
  • 15% discount off everything in my Etsy shop

Pledge $10 or more per month
44 patrons
LEVEL D
Everything in LEVEL A, B, & C plus:
  • Print quality downloads (small prints, bookmarks, bookplates and other goodies)
  • Printed copies of all books I produce while your support is current (6 month minimum required)
  • Your name included in above-mentioned books
Pledge $10 or more per month
7 patrons
"READING IS FUN" LEVEL ($10/month for 1 year, or $120 one-time payment)
A special reward exclusively for teachers, librarians and other book heroes: you'll get two+ cases (depending on your class size) of the Castle Waiting Vol. 1 paperback edition to use in your classroom or library. I'll also provide printable downloads that you can use for coloring and storytelling activities, as well as access to kid-friendly author/artist videos; I'm open to arranging a classroom 'visit' via Skype as well. Contact me and we can figure out what works best for you and your students. 
Pledge $15 or more per month
22 patrons
LEVEL E

Everything in LEVEL A, B, C & D plus:
  • Signed character sketch (1 per year of patronage)--any character; one of mine or one of your literary favorites
  • Your books (see LEVEL D) will arrive signed & personalized 
Pledge $25 or more per month
8 patrons
LEVEL F
Everything in LEVEL A, B, C, D & E plus:
  • Exclusive viewing of finished pages. Read the books before they come out in print!
  • 25% discount off anything in my Etsy shop
(Requires minimum 1 year of patronage)
Pledge $50 or more per month
3 patrons
LEVEL G
Everything in LEVELS A, B, C, D, E, & F plus:
  • Original art from Castle Waiting Volume 1, 2, or 3, your choice. One page per year of patronage 
(Requires minimum 1 year of patronage)
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
"LEARNING IS FUN" LEVEL
You'll get monthly 1-hour (minimum) tutelage via Skype in the comics-related subject(s) of your choice (drawing, backgrounds, perspective, color, inking, world building, storytelling, whatever). Contact me first to discuss where you're at in your creative journey, what you'd like me to help you accomplish, and how many lessons you're interested in. (Minimum 1 month patronage, depending on how many lessons you want).
Pledge $500 or more per month
0 patrons
LEVEL H
Everything in LEVELS A, B, C, D, E, F & plus:
  • The opportunity to claim me as a dependent on your 1040
Pledge $1,000 or more per month
0 patrons
LEVEL I
Am I keeping my maiden name, or taking yours?