It has been a hard week to draw comics. I was extremely upset by the 2016 election results, and I spent a lot of time this week online, listening to other people's perspectives on twitter, looking at lots of data, reading articles and trying to organize my thoughts. I did manage to drag myself to my drawing board, because I draw comics every day, no matter what, but it was hard to focus. This week I was penciling page 48 of Isle of Elsi.
As you can see here I originally scripted this page of comics on May 23rd, 2011, and came through on the fourth and final draft to revise it on June 18th, 2012 - four years ago. I noticed this and it really struck me, "Wow, it's taken me four years to finally draw this page of comics." And then I thought about where the United States was four years ago, where it is now, and where it will be four years from now.
On Wednesday night my wife Claire and I took a look at our budget, cut back where we could and then set up reoccuring monthly donations to the ACLU, the NAACP and Planned Parenthood. This was very easy to do. For example, I canceled my subscription to Apple Music - ta da! $10 a month freed up to do some good in the world. (I'll be okay listening to ads on Spotify).
So here's where you come in. Many of you are generously supporting me on Patreon. But you know what? There are people and organizations right now that are being threatened by the incoming changes to our government who need that money more than I do. I have never counted on my comics income to pay rent or to feed my family. I have a day job for that. I will be okay without this money.
In fact, nothing would make me happier right now than to see you cancel your pledges of support for me on Patreon and and divert those funds to people and organizations that can put them to better use. Isle of Elsi will always remain free to read online. I plan to draw it for many years to come whether or not I make a penny on it. You can always sign back up in four years when I hope I will be living in a country motivated less by racism, misogyny and xenophobia and more by love and acceptance.
If you do drop your pledge, please feel free to list the organization that will receive the funds in the comments below! If you are new to this Patreon and considering pledging your support, please ask yourself if this is actually the best use of those funds. Thanks, everyone! Have a good weekend.