Smaller Totems is creating a webcomic
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patrons

$64
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Welcome!

So you might be wondering... Just What Is Smaller Totems?

First and foremost, Smaller Totems is a longform webcomic by Los Angeles writer Roby Duncan and illustrated by Chicago artist lewis lain. It updates every Friday at www.smallertotems.com, with new multi-page, multi-panel Installments, "comic cover" homages to our favorite slices of comic and cinema history , and our favorite, reader-submitted Fan Totems.

Smaller Totems tells the story of a band of magically awakened stuffed animals engaged in an ongoing nightly war with the horde of evil spirits attempting to feed off the nightmares of the family they protect. Caught between the mystery of a vanished younger brother (Brandon) and the battle to protect the dreams of his troubled older brother (Ian), the small guardians find their old traditions provide precious little help against a seemingly-endless horde of strange, new enemies. Simultaneously, in the daylight waking-world of older-brother Ian, the story follows his struggle to make sense of his little brother's disappearance while trying to keep a steady grip on the difference between bad dreams and grim reality.

Here are a few samples:
















The comic has been up for just over two years now, and we're over 50 Installments in. Being a labor of love, both Roby and lewis spend hours each week working on the comic, if not hours each day, and then also juggle day jobs and freelance work to cover the bills. That, dear potential patron, is where you can help! By pledging your support via this Smaller Totems Patreon campaign, you can help Roby and lewis not only keep producing content at the rate they've been going, but possibly increase their output, allow them to develop the story in new directions and mediums, and maybe even be able to push through for this to become that full-time dream job that they would both love... and that means more comic content for you!
So... to put it bluntly... Smaller Totems needs your support!

With your pledges, the Totems team can afford to cover the costs of their recent site redesign, upgrade some of the graphics gear being used to produce the comic, and eventually provide enough income for Roby and lewis to be able to design & release graphic novels. With enough support, we'll even be able to explore the possibilities of animation. OH... and who could forget conventions! If you opt to become a Smaller Totems patron, here's an idea of what the team will do with your donation:
  • Pay for hosting, advertising, and site design for Smaller Totems.
  • Cover computer/art supply expenses that we've already incurred, and will continue to incur.
  • Create an income buffer that will allow us to spend more time developing and producing the comic (and related projects) and less time in the salt mines.
  • Cover cost of travel and expenses for attending conventions.
  • Pay for the creation of new merchandise (we have lots of exciting ideas for this one)
  • Fund explorations of new, non-webcomic mediums for Totems (graphic novels, animations, etc.)

While Smaller Totems will always be a project we're passionate about, with the help of our patrons we're hoping it can be a project that also stands on its own two feet and learns to run!

In the meantime, we will continue to put out Smaller Totems once a week, in webcomic form, for our readers to enjoy for free. We love telling the story, and whether you can help support us getting it out there or not, we're super happy to have you along for the ride, and hope you enjoy the tale. Feel free to reach out and say hello if you like what we're doing!



Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
Patron Level: Silver Supporter
If you become a Silver Suporter, you'll have our sincere and heartfelt gratitude for helping us keep Smaller Totems running, and we'll add your name to the Wall of Thanks on our site (as soon as we get the page up). In addition, you'll have access to the Patreon feed of the comic, be able to ask questions, and whatever else we learn to use the awesomeness of Patreon for!
Pledge $3 or more per month
0 patrons
Patron Level: Gold Premium Supporter
In addition to our increasing appreciation that you're supporting our efforts to keep telling the Smaller Totems story, at the Gold Premium Supporter level we'll  pick out and send our patrons a cool new Desktop/Cover Image each month, as well as the Silver Supporter Rewards.
Pledge $5 or more per month
0 patrons
Patron Level: Platinum Outer Circle Supporter
Now you're entering the realm of obscure, esoteric membership classes that you only hear about when reading up on occult societies... or while watching other people board a plane ahead of you at the airport. Number yourself among the Platinum Outer Circle Supporters, and in addition to our gratitude, which you'll already be swimming in, you'll receive access to already released Installment scripts, a PDF copy of each new release (emailed to you directly), as well as the Silver and Gold Premium Supporter rewards.
Pledge $10 or more per month
2 patrons
Patron Level: Super Elite Diamond Chamber Supporter
If you go all the way to the Super Elite Diamond Chamber Supporter level... well... you're way beyond gratitude at this point. We'll make sure a full-color print of your choice shows up in the mail on each of your birthdays, access to secret Super Elite (man, I love writing this phrase) Diamond Chamber Supporter-only comic extras (early scripts, concept art, cutting-room floor material, etc.), and all the previous (Silver, Gold Premium, and Platinum Outer Circle Supporter) rewards.
Pledge $20 or more per month
1 patron
Patron Level: Triple-Obsidian Inner Circle Supporter
For those who take the plunge into the Clarified Slime Pools of Generosity and become Triple-Obsidian Inner Circle Supporters, we have a real treat: we've negotiated with certain members of the Guild of Hypothetical-Swag Merchants to have a shipment of Smaller Totems print material "fall of the back" of an as-yet non-existent truck, and into your hot little hands. All Triple-Obsidian Inner Circle Supporters will receive periodic Gratitude Packs (containing stickers, buttons, and whatever our most recent printed mini-collection is), as well as discounts on other merch in the store (T-shirts, Graphic Novels, etc) as we release it. And of course, this is in addition to all the previous (Silver, Gold Premium, Platinum Outer Circle, and Super Elite Diamond Chamber Supporter) rewards.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
Patron Level: Illuminated Ruby Dream Elder Supporter
Lets face it: we're not even sure Illuminated Ruby Dream Elder Supporters are real. I've taken this supporter level down from Patreon four or five times, and it keeps reappearing. I wrote technical support about it, and later that night received a menacing after-dinner fortune cookie message  about leaving the IRDES level up on the page... so here it is. 
When you find yourself an Illuminated Ruby Dream Elder Supporter, you find that you now receive a copy of each of our Graphic Novels as they are released. You will notice that your reflection sometimes shows you wearing a Smaller Totems t-shirt. You will also find that the Smaller Totems team is reaching out to you in order to gather the proper details to illustrate your Dream or Nightmare form (whichever way you happen to swing in that regard), which will be displayed in the Illuminated Ruby Dream Elder Supporter portion of the Wall of Thanks. And of course, all this is in addition to the Gratitude Pack and other previous supporter level rewards. 
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
Patron Level: Grand Participator
We're frankly having some trouble with this supporter level: seems that when you become a Grand Participator, you sometimes just vanish, transcending the fleshy bounds of the material world in a beam of conscious, flaming light. If you choose to remain corporeal and continue enjoying Smaller Totems, in addition to your new elevated state within the cosmic hierarchy, you'll be invited to collaborate with us on the creation of a piece of new content (a storyline, a deep conversation between characters, a new totem or nightmare, etc.) OR be able to commission a piece of Totems-related original art. And of course, you'll receive all the the previous rewards we have to offer to still time-and-matter-bound supporters.
Goals
$64 of $300 per month
Given that both Roby and lewis live in different parts of the country, being able to raise enough money for airfare, accommodations, and convention fees would finally become possible. Being able to get out and participate together as a team, in the wide, wonderful world of convention life would be an awesome thing! 
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Welcome!

So you might be wondering... Just What Is Smaller Totems?

First and foremost, Smaller Totems is a longform webcomic by Los Angeles writer Roby Duncan and illustrated by Chicago artist lewis lain. It updates every Friday at www.smallertotems.com, with new multi-page, multi-panel Installments, "comic cover" homages to our favorite slices of comic and cinema history , and our favorite, reader-submitted Fan Totems.

Smaller Totems tells the story of a band of magically awakened stuffed animals engaged in an ongoing nightly war with the horde of evil spirits attempting to feed off the nightmares of the family they protect. Caught between the mystery of a vanished younger brother (Brandon) and the battle to protect the dreams of his troubled older brother (Ian), the small guardians find their old traditions provide precious little help against a seemingly-endless horde of strange, new enemies. Simultaneously, in the daylight waking-world of older-brother Ian, the story follows his struggle to make sense of his little brother's disappearance while trying to keep a steady grip on the difference between bad dreams and grim reality.

Here are a few samples:
















The comic has been up for just over two years now, and we're over 50 Installments in. Being a labor of love, both Roby and lewis spend hours each week working on the comic, if not hours each day, and then also juggle day jobs and freelance work to cover the bills. That, dear potential patron, is where you can help! By pledging your support via this Smaller Totems Patreon campaign, you can help Roby and lewis not only keep producing content at the rate they've been going, but possibly increase their output, allow them to develop the story in new directions and mediums, and maybe even be able to push through for this to become that full-time dream job that they would both love... and that means more comic content for you!
So... to put it bluntly... Smaller Totems needs your support!

With your pledges, the Totems team can afford to cover the costs of their recent site redesign, upgrade some of the graphics gear being used to produce the comic, and eventually provide enough income for Roby and lewis to be able to design & release graphic novels. With enough support, we'll even be able to explore the possibilities of animation. OH... and who could forget conventions! If you opt to become a Smaller Totems patron, here's an idea of what the team will do with your donation:
  • Pay for hosting, advertising, and site design for Smaller Totems.
  • Cover computer/art supply expenses that we've already incurred, and will continue to incur.
  • Create an income buffer that will allow us to spend more time developing and producing the comic (and related projects) and less time in the salt mines.
  • Cover cost of travel and expenses for attending conventions.
  • Pay for the creation of new merchandise (we have lots of exciting ideas for this one)
  • Fund explorations of new, non-webcomic mediums for Totems (graphic novels, animations, etc.)

While Smaller Totems will always be a project we're passionate about, with the help of our patrons we're hoping it can be a project that also stands on its own two feet and learns to run!

In the meantime, we will continue to put out Smaller Totems once a week, in webcomic form, for our readers to enjoy for free. We love telling the story, and whether you can help support us getting it out there or not, we're super happy to have you along for the ride, and hope you enjoy the tale. Feel free to reach out and say hello if you like what we're doing!



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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
Patron Level: Silver Supporter
If you become a Silver Suporter, you'll have our sincere and heartfelt gratitude for helping us keep Smaller Totems running, and we'll add your name to the Wall of Thanks on our site (as soon as we get the page up). In addition, you'll have access to the Patreon feed of the comic, be able to ask questions, and whatever else we learn to use the awesomeness of Patreon for!
Pledge $3 or more per month
0 patrons
Patron Level: Gold Premium Supporter
In addition to our increasing appreciation that you're supporting our efforts to keep telling the Smaller Totems story, at the Gold Premium Supporter level we'll  pick out and send our patrons a cool new Desktop/Cover Image each month, as well as the Silver Supporter Rewards.
Pledge $5 or more per month
0 patrons
Patron Level: Platinum Outer Circle Supporter
Now you're entering the realm of obscure, esoteric membership classes that you only hear about when reading up on occult societies... or while watching other people board a plane ahead of you at the airport. Number yourself among the Platinum Outer Circle Supporters, and in addition to our gratitude, which you'll already be swimming in, you'll receive access to already released Installment scripts, a PDF copy of each new release (emailed to you directly), as well as the Silver and Gold Premium Supporter rewards.
Pledge $10 or more per month
2 patrons
Patron Level: Super Elite Diamond Chamber Supporter
If you go all the way to the Super Elite Diamond Chamber Supporter level... well... you're way beyond gratitude at this point. We'll make sure a full-color print of your choice shows up in the mail on each of your birthdays, access to secret Super Elite (man, I love writing this phrase) Diamond Chamber Supporter-only comic extras (early scripts, concept art, cutting-room floor material, etc.), and all the previous (Silver, Gold Premium, and Platinum Outer Circle Supporter) rewards.
Pledge $20 or more per month
1 patron
Patron Level: Triple-Obsidian Inner Circle Supporter
For those who take the plunge into the Clarified Slime Pools of Generosity and become Triple-Obsidian Inner Circle Supporters, we have a real treat: we've negotiated with certain members of the Guild of Hypothetical-Swag Merchants to have a shipment of Smaller Totems print material "fall of the back" of an as-yet non-existent truck, and into your hot little hands. All Triple-Obsidian Inner Circle Supporters will receive periodic Gratitude Packs (containing stickers, buttons, and whatever our most recent printed mini-collection is), as well as discounts on other merch in the store (T-shirts, Graphic Novels, etc) as we release it. And of course, this is in addition to all the previous (Silver, Gold Premium, Platinum Outer Circle, and Super Elite Diamond Chamber Supporter) rewards.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
Patron Level: Illuminated Ruby Dream Elder Supporter
Lets face it: we're not even sure Illuminated Ruby Dream Elder Supporters are real. I've taken this supporter level down from Patreon four or five times, and it keeps reappearing. I wrote technical support about it, and later that night received a menacing after-dinner fortune cookie message  about leaving the IRDES level up on the page... so here it is. 
When you find yourself an Illuminated Ruby Dream Elder Supporter, you find that you now receive a copy of each of our Graphic Novels as they are released. You will notice that your reflection sometimes shows you wearing a Smaller Totems t-shirt. You will also find that the Smaller Totems team is reaching out to you in order to gather the proper details to illustrate your Dream or Nightmare form (whichever way you happen to swing in that regard), which will be displayed in the Illuminated Ruby Dream Elder Supporter portion of the Wall of Thanks. And of course, all this is in addition to the Gratitude Pack and other previous supporter level rewards. 
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
Patron Level: Grand Participator
We're frankly having some trouble with this supporter level: seems that when you become a Grand Participator, you sometimes just vanish, transcending the fleshy bounds of the material world in a beam of conscious, flaming light. If you choose to remain corporeal and continue enjoying Smaller Totems, in addition to your new elevated state within the cosmic hierarchy, you'll be invited to collaborate with us on the creation of a piece of new content (a storyline, a deep conversation between characters, a new totem or nightmare, etc.) OR be able to commission a piece of Totems-related original art. And of course, you'll receive all the the previous rewards we have to offer to still time-and-matter-bound supporters.