I have some exciting news for y'all!
The Weirdogs patreon just got a little bit better. I have added some new rewards and revised existing ones. Here is an overview of all rewards to give you an idea of what to expect:
Discord Channel (NEW!)
In case you missed it, I now have a proper Patreon/Discord integration set up.
Come say hi, talk about the comic, share your own creative work or chat about the latest movie/comic/song/whatever you've enjoyed! It's fun!
Patron Shout-Out (NEW!)
At the end of every episode of Weirdogs, both current and past patrons will now be thanked for their support, listed in descending order based on your lifetime support. Please notify me if you would prefer to remain anonymous or be listed by a name different to your Patreon name!
Sketch Requests (REVISED!)
I'm changing the current system of sketch requests soon.
Starting in October, there will be a monthly 1-2 hour livestream where I will be drawing the requests. I will announce this livestream a week ahead of time. Patrons may request a sketch in the comments of the Patreon announcement post. First come, first served. I will fulfill requests for the duration of the stream. If I don't get to your request in time, please try again next month. If all requests are fulfilled during the livestream and there still is time, viewers of the livestream may make new requests!
I have the right to deny any sketch request (such as NSFW content, I'll draw pretty much anything else).
(Also hey, if you still want to take advantage of the old system, make sure to do so during September!)
This is a big one. Starting today, patrons of Weirdogs will be able to have a cameo of themselves or their character in the comic! Here's how it will work:
Whenever a new page is sketched out that will include an opportunity for a cameo spot, eligible patrons will be messaged and asked if they want to take advantage of this cameo.
Every patron is eligible (even past patrons), but priority of cameo choice goes to the patrons with the highest lifetime pledges. The remaining cameo spots will be made available to the next patron down the list, and so on and so forth.
Patrons may also decline cameo spots offered to them. In this case, they will again be prioritized the next time new spots are made available.
Once a patron chooses a cameo spot, they will not be eligible for any further cameos. After all eligible patrons have had a turn, the process will be restarted for more cameos.
Please keep the following in mind:
Weirdogs is not a comic that features background characters or crowd scenes consistently. Cameo spots will not be made available in regular intervals. Pledging does not guarantee a cameo, it only makes you eligible for one.
Cameos need to fit the Weirdogs universe. If you want a cameo of yourself, I will need to draw you as a dog or a cat. I will not draw fantasy characters as a cameo (e.g. dragons, bird furries, furries with unnatural fur colors, robots, etc) unless you are okay with your design being adapted into a dog or cat; or unless the cameo spot explicitly states that fantasy characters are OK (cameo spots on posters / screens / costumed crowds / etc).
Cameos occasionally may come with outfit requirements (e.g. cameos during the paintball scene will need to be paintball clothes).
Some cameos will offer the opportunity to speak or interact with the characters. In some of those cases, I may offer the chance to customize the dialogue or interaction.
When you are eligible for a second cameo, I may request for you to choose a different character or design than your first cameo (e.g. when it would feel strange within the continuity of the comic).
Get access to concept art for Weirdogs, versions of panels without dialogue, random drawings unrelated to the comic, occasional wallpapers, behind the scenes info or other stuff along these lines!
PDF & Deluxe PDF Downloads
Download Weirdogs (and possibly other comics or art collections) as a PDF to keep and read on the go! Deluxe PDFs will feature bonus content such as the ability to peek behind the scenes with PDF Layers and view the different stages of creating various pages.
Early Updates & Super Early Updates
Get access to early (inked / colored) or super early (sketched) versions of comic pages as they are finished. Be in the know before the public! Brag about your knowledge!
Access to Old Scripts (NEW!)
Travel back in time to an alternative version of the comic. I'll upload an old draft of comic scripts after a chapter has been completed.
Occasional Tutorials (NEW!)
I cannot guarantee that this will be a regular occurence or when I'll get around to it, but since tutorials have been requested, I will try and see if I can explain my process of making comics. I'll probably split it up into multiple posts. These will be made available starting at the $3 tier.
I know that physical rewards are something that a lot of people enjoy. And I think a nice way to do that would be to mail a physical Weirdogs A6 (roughly 4" x 6") postcard to $7 tier patrons, 4 times a year! A month after mailing the postcards, the designs would also be made available as digital wallpapers for those at the $3 tier and higher!
However, I want to make sure that there is enough demand for it before I start offering this reward, so I've currently tied it to a $200 goal of total pledges per month from all patrons combined. There's a second, higher goal at $1,000 for custom stamps to go alongside the postcards! Paying for postage - the fancy way!
Starting in 2020, I will adjust my tiers slightly. I wanted to give everyone advance notice so that if this is change would require anyone to reconsider their pledge, they would have enough time to do so. No judgement if you decide to drop out or not raise your pledge, I fully understand and still greatly value and appreciate your support!
The changes will be as follows:
New $1 tier - Patron Shout Out and Discord Access
New $2 tier - includes all previous tier rewards, plus Art Gallery, Sketch Request Eligibility and Cameo Eligibility
New $5 tier - includes all previous tier rewards, plus Early Updates and PDF Downloads
New $10 tier - includes all previous tier rewards, plus Super Early Updates, Occasional Tutorials, Old Script Access and Deluxe PDF Downloads
Once we have reached the postcard goal, I will also consider adding a tier that allows you to receive a guaranteed custom quarterly pencil drawing alongside your postcard!
That's it for now, and I hope you're as excited about all this as I am! Let me know if you have any questions!