Stuart McMillen is creating comics
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patrons

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About me


Hi, I’m Stuart McMillen and I’m a comics artist.

I aim to be the first Australian comics artist earning the median Australian income from crowdfunding, as I create and publish my thought-provoking comics.

I am motivated by discovering and communicating world-changing ideas. My principal interests include environmentalism, post-growth economics, and human psychology. But that’s just scratching the surface.

I’m a self-trained cartoonist, and have made this my full-time career since 2011. As a former bureaucrat, I love the independence of following my own path and freely expressing my views. I decided that our problems were too urgent to wait for politicians and bureaucracies, so I went it alone as an independent commentator, hoping to inspire change.

Born and raised in Queensland, I now live in the Australian capital of Canberra, where I am a studio resident at Gorman Arts Centre.



About my comics


I draw long-form, non-fiction comics about social issues, and self-publish to my website without cost to my global readership. The length of my comics can range anywhere from 8 pages (e.g. St Matthew Island ) to 120 pages (e.g. Peak Oil), depending on the complexity of the topics I choose to cover.

My most popular comics include Rat Park (about drug addiction science), Energy Slaves (about the superhuman, fossil fuel-powered basis of our lifestyles), Supernormal Stimuli (about the biological instincts behind our habits), and War on Drugs (about our flawed drug prohibition laws).



I focus on global issues that will be relevant for years to come. Consequently, many of my comics are translated by my readers into languages such as Spanish, French, German, and Brazilian Portuguese.

My website features a list of the topics that I cover, as well as a Top 10 countdown of my favourite works.

Why I draw my comics


I draw my comics because I am compelled to research and learn interesting things about the world, and then share my lessons in an inclusive way that can help inform and inspire others.

I absorb ideas from books, talks, and documentaries, and reflect them back into the world through my comics . Why comics? It is simply the medium best suited to my storytelling style.

Rather than fighting ‘us versus them’ skirmishes, I approach issues where everyone has lessons to learn. After all, I am most compelled by the times where I have shifted my worldview on topics. Consequently, I put my efforts into social commentary that will resonate broadly.


My impact


Many of my comics have ‘gone viral’ and been read by hundreds of thousands —even millions—of readers. For example, my comics Amusing Ourselves to Death (2009), Supernormal Stimuli (2012), and Rat Park (2013) were each upvoted to the front page of influential website Reddit on multiple occasions.

My work resonates with readers beyond the traditional comics-reading crowd. The star attraction is my thoughtful tone and unique worldview. Readers who may not usually read comics find themselves drawn in, as I explore issues of importance.

In private messages, my readers have shared the way my comics have inspired them to rethink their attitudes towards issues like drug addiction, or energy waste. This powerful feedback validates my decision to draw these comics as my full-time pursuit.

My comics form part of the base of evidence calling for inclusive social change, on issues as diverse as fossil fuel depletion, post-growth economics, drug prohibition laws, and racism.

Please help me to continue doing this work, by becoming my crowdfunding supporter.



Why crowdfunding?


I am a full-time comics artist. Every weekday, I research, write, draw, publish, and promote my comics. And because I am interested in creating the biggest splash possible, I always freely release my comics to my website. These comics are often translated into multiple languages.

This is me reaching out to those who value my art, and who value my social commentary. To those who value me as an independent thinker and spokesperson.

Funding my work with a monthly contribution shows that you understand that the final comic artwork is just the tip of the iceberg of effort that I invest in my work.

By donating to this crowdfunding campaign, you are essentially giving me some of your time, so that I can do this ongoing work on your behalf.

Please help me by generously joining this crowdfunding campaign with a recurring monthly donation.



About Beyond Average, my crowdfunding quest


Beyond Average is my quest to be Australia’s first fully crowdfunded comics artist who is earning the median income.

Not more. Not less. Just average.

I am shooting for the median Australian full-time income of A$72,591, to prove to you—to prove to myself—that I am doing valuable work that is worthy of remuneration.

My campaign is called Beyond Average, because I operate as a small business. Therefore, I need to aim higher than my desired personal income, in order to pay my fixed and variable business expenses.

Although my ideas are far from average, I aim to be Mr. Average on the spectrum of Australian full-time incomes.

Please help me achieve Beyond Average by donating some of your income towards my artistic practice.



Budget


What does it take to earn the median Australian income?

I have budgeted my fixed and variable expenses, to understand what I need to be earning for me to earn the median Australian income.

In a nutshell, in order for me to earn the median full-time Australian income of A$72,591 per annum as an individual, I need to earn A$113,428 per annum as a small business. This is where my campaign title Beyond Average comes from.

I need to earn this higher target to pay for fixed business expenses like office rent and insurance, as well as variable costs such as printing and posting rewards to my crowdfunding supporters. I need to overshoot my final personal target by more than 50% to pay for these business expenses.

To achieve my Beyond Average goal, I have calculated that I need to earn US$7,452 per month through this Patreon campaign.

(If you are curious about my calculations, see more information about my budget in this blog post.)

Many artists and freelancers remain ignorant of the financial reality of their practices. Instead of shying away from finances, I choose to face the facts. I understand what it will take for me to sustain a multi-year, multi-decade caree­r as an independent artist. Can you help to form part of my financial supporter base?

Rewards


Your main reward for donating to my crowdfunding campaign is the satisfaction of knowing you are a patron of the arts. Knowing that your donation gives me the time to create my thought-provoking comics.

However, I also offer my supporters a variety of digital and physical rewards. These include access to Patrons-only behind-the-scenes videos and blog posts, where I reveal extra insights into my working methods and worldview.

Physical rewards include limited-edition, hand-written postcards sent to you on a regular basis, featuring the best artwork from the most recent comic your patronage has helped to support. As well, I am offering parcels of goodness, featuring a variety of comic books, greeting cards, and other printed material representing my last six months of work. Also, patrons have the option of receiving limited-edition, archival-quality art prints on a regular basis.



For those who truly value my work and want to make significant donations towards my work, I have set rewards which focus around building connections with my high-value supporters. These include ongoing opportunities for phone conversations and face-to-face meetings, as we create a relationship based around shared values and mutual curiosity.

See the descriptions of each of my reward tiers for more information about these offerings.

Click here to become my patron now.
Rewards
Supporter
$1 or more per month 74 patrons
 Join this tier and I'll share news of my comics publications, including additional commentary about each comic.


This is a great way to directly fund my artistic practice, while being regularly informed about my latest releases.

Get on board, and feel the joy of micropatronage!

Behind the scenes with Stuart
$10 or more per month 23 patrons
 Donate US$10 per month, and your reward is feeling the inner glow of being the patron of a thought-provoking artist!

In addition, my US$10 per month supporters get extra insights into my works-in-progress. Rather than merely learning news about the comics that I publish, I take you deeper behind the scenes.

These insights include patrons-only videos every second month, where I discuss the aspects of my life and research that feed into my comics. As well as additional patrons-only announcements and insights.

Watch with pride as I regularly report back on the impact that your donations are making to my life and work.

Postcard penpals
$20 or more per month 12 patrons
Your main reward is the personal satisfaction of knowing that your patronage is allowing me to create ground-breaking art for you every month.

Remember: this feeling is the main reward of all my Patreon rewards tiers.

In addition to this main reward, I will mail you limited-edition postcards!


  • Access to all previous rewards, including my patrons-only videos.  
     
  • Every three months I will mail you a handwritten postcard featuring my artwork! Each postcard features eye-popping artwork from my most recent comic release.  
     
  • Each postcard is a hand-numbered collector's edition, with a print run restricted by the total number of supporters pledging at this US$20 per month tier.
     

Pledging US$20 per month and receiving regularly-mailed postcards is a great way to be physically reminded of the value that your ongoing patronage makes to my artistic practice.  

Parcels of goodness
$50 or more per month 3 patrons
 Your main reward is the glowing pride in knowing you are the patron of an independent artist and social commentator. Remember: I will be doing work on your behalf every weekday!


On top of this, I will let you feel a tangible connection to the work that you are investing in.


I will do this by sending you a parcel of my latest works every 6 months. These mail-outs will typically occur in May and November.


What will be in the parcel? It will depend upon what I've been creating lately! I will mix it up every 6 months, to keep things interesting.


Sometimes you'll get printed comic books. Other times, blank greeting cards. Other times, art prints. Usually, I'll send a combination of items in each parcel.


These parcels will be curated and packed by me with appreciation for your decision to donate.


Join this reward tier, and feel the connection of your patronage through my twice-yearly parcels.

Archival prints
$100 or more per month 1 patron
As you probably know, I am mostly motivated by the social commentary that sits beneath my comics. The words and ideas. But in order for those words and ideas to hit the mark, I need to wrap them in my distinctive artwork.

This is a rewards tier for those who value the artwork of my comics.

In addition to all previous rewards, I will regularly send you high-quality, archival art prints.

Every six months, I will allow you to choose from a handful of my favourite images that I have drawn within the last half-year. The choices will usually be detailed scenes like this, this, or this.

Yes, I will consult with each supporter personally, to learn which particular scene you want printed. The mail-outs will typically occur in May and November.

Whichever illustration you choose, I will print, sign, and post that print to you. These will be signed, numbered and limited to just 200 prints that I will ever produce for each artwork. Fair dinkum!

The default size of each print will be 21 x  29.7 centimetres (8.3 x 11.7 inches), unless you specify an alternative preference.

These prints are true collector’s editions, printed on archival paper using state-of-the-art equipment. My supplier guarantees that these archival prints will outlive you in their original condition, without fading.

These regularly-mailed high-quality prints signify the truly tremendous investment that your patronage makes to my career as an independent cartoonist.  

Champions
$200 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Donors on this tier get all earlier rewards, plus a personal connection with the artist behind the comics.

Every artist needs their champions. Donors on their tier are my super-fans who see something particularly special about my style and substance.

I am interested in building a relationship of mutual engagement with each of my highly generous donors. This will be a transformative relationship that benefits both donor and recipient. You and me.

To this end, I will arrange regular voice or video calls with each of my patrons who pledges US$200 per month. These one-on-one conversations could alternatively be conducted as face-to-face meetings, during the times when we are both in the same geographic location.

We can discuss our world views and mutual interests—perhaps using the topics of my comics as a starting point.

Unpacking our ideas and philosophies as we get to know each other more deeply with time.

These will be energising and inspiring conversations. It is thrilling to discuss ideas with those who enjoy my work the most, and I look forward to these greatly.

Benefactors
$500 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
A gift of US$500 per month is a significant investment in me as a cutting-edge social commentator.

As I've said elsewhere on this page, I need to earn at least US$7,452 per month in order to afford to exist as a small business, merely earning the median Australian income.

Your investment of US$500 per month would majorly elevate me towards my monthly goal. Your generous bedrock of funding will allow me to commit to cartooning for the long term, pushing aside significant financial uncertainty.
 

At this level, you are thinking about the widest possible reverberations of your donations. A ripple that goes beyond our patron-artist relationship. You are thinking about the hundreds of thousands of readers that I can reach and influence, as I keep drawing and publishing my thought-provoking comics with the world.

This tier includes all previous rewards, along with special thanks on the works that your patronage helps to support. After all, you will be a benefactor of my artistic practice.

(Aussie patrons considering this level: contact me and we can discuss obtaining DGR tax-deductible receipts for your donations.)

Major benefactors
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
This tier is for those who want to go above and beyond the call of duty. Those who want to show their support through a truly magnanimous gesture.


Donating US$1,000 per month would form a colossal core of support towards my budgeted goal of US$7,452 per month. In both time and dollar terms, a recurring donation of this magnitude would equate to the call centre job that I worked for ten hours each week during 2016 and 2017, to make ends meet while also working as an independent artist.


Think about it: your recurring gift of US$1,000 per month would single-handedly unlock 10 extra hours of time per week that I could spend creating and publishing my heartfelt, world-changing comics.


By donating at this tier, you will receive all other benefits from my earlier tiers, including the regular conversations via phone, or Skype.


However, by donating at this level, our orbits will circle even closer towards each other. Once a year, I will fly to your city—anywhere in the world—and stay in town for three nights. During that time, I will be available to collaborate or to converse. To be a sounding board for your ideas. To attend dinner parties, and to extend the relationship that we have already created from our earlier conversations.


Alternatively—if you prefer to be the one travelling—once a year I will fly you to visit me in Canberra, Australia. While in town, I will allow you visit to my art studio, and experience my day-to-day creative routine. This experience will give you tremendous insights into my creative process and worldview.


This tier is limited to just three spots. This tier is limited to my major benefactors.


(Again: Aussie patrons considering this level: contact me and we can discuss obtaining DGR tax-deductible receipts for your donations.)

Goals
$1,347 of $2,100 per month

Goal #1 – Mr. Frugal: the bare minimum

US$2,100 per month.

OK, the first goal is for me to earn the bare minimum that I need to operate as a business, and to afford my current frugal personal lifestyle.

Business expenses: paying my art studio rent, business insurance, accountant, website expenses, etc.
Personal expenses: are extremely cheap right now. This is largely due to me paying below-market rent in a five person sharehouse, not owning a car, not vacationing, and similar budget-saving measures.

Until February 2018, I was earning a significant chunk of this income from part-time job working in a call centre. This represented 10 hours per week that I was unable to spend creating my art. However, I have recently (March 2018) quit this job in a ‘leap of faith’ to dedicate myself fully to my heartfelt comics.

Goal #1 is for me to be able to cover these bare minimum expenses from my comics readers alone. Please help me to achieve this important milestone by becoming my Patreon supporter.
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About me


Hi, I’m Stuart McMillen and I’m a comics artist.

I aim to be the first Australian comics artist earning the median Australian income from crowdfunding, as I create and publish my thought-provoking comics.

I am motivated by discovering and communicating world-changing ideas. My principal interests include environmentalism, post-growth economics, and human psychology. But that’s just scratching the surface.

I’m a self-trained cartoonist, and have made this my full-time career since 2011. As a former bureaucrat, I love the independence of following my own path and freely expressing my views. I decided that our problems were too urgent to wait for politicians and bureaucracies, so I went it alone as an independent commentator, hoping to inspire change.

Born and raised in Queensland, I now live in the Australian capital of Canberra, where I am a studio resident at Gorman Arts Centre.



About my comics


I draw long-form, non-fiction comics about social issues, and self-publish to my website without cost to my global readership. The length of my comics can range anywhere from 8 pages (e.g. St Matthew Island ) to 120 pages (e.g. Peak Oil), depending on the complexity of the topics I choose to cover.

My most popular comics include Rat Park (about drug addiction science), Energy Slaves (about the superhuman, fossil fuel-powered basis of our lifestyles), Supernormal Stimuli (about the biological instincts behind our habits), and War on Drugs (about our flawed drug prohibition laws).



I focus on global issues that will be relevant for years to come. Consequently, many of my comics are translated by my readers into languages such as Spanish, French, German, and Brazilian Portuguese.

My website features a list of the topics that I cover, as well as a Top 10 countdown of my favourite works.

Why I draw my comics


I draw my comics because I am compelled to research and learn interesting things about the world, and then share my lessons in an inclusive way that can help inform and inspire others.

I absorb ideas from books, talks, and documentaries, and reflect them back into the world through my comics . Why comics? It is simply the medium best suited to my storytelling style.

Rather than fighting ‘us versus them’ skirmishes, I approach issues where everyone has lessons to learn. After all, I am most compelled by the times where I have shifted my worldview on topics. Consequently, I put my efforts into social commentary that will resonate broadly.


My impact


Many of my comics have ‘gone viral’ and been read by hundreds of thousands —even millions—of readers. For example, my comics Amusing Ourselves to Death (2009), Supernormal Stimuli (2012), and Rat Park (2013) were each upvoted to the front page of influential website Reddit on multiple occasions.

My work resonates with readers beyond the traditional comics-reading crowd. The star attraction is my thoughtful tone and unique worldview. Readers who may not usually read comics find themselves drawn in, as I explore issues of importance.

In private messages, my readers have shared the way my comics have inspired them to rethink their attitudes towards issues like drug addiction, or energy waste. This powerful feedback validates my decision to draw these comics as my full-time pursuit.

My comics form part of the base of evidence calling for inclusive social change, on issues as diverse as fossil fuel depletion, post-growth economics, drug prohibition laws, and racism.

Please help me to continue doing this work, by becoming my crowdfunding supporter.



Why crowdfunding?


I am a full-time comics artist. Every weekday, I research, write, draw, publish, and promote my comics. And because I am interested in creating the biggest splash possible, I always freely release my comics to my website. These comics are often translated into multiple languages.

This is me reaching out to those who value my art, and who value my social commentary. To those who value me as an independent thinker and spokesperson.

Funding my work with a monthly contribution shows that you understand that the final comic artwork is just the tip of the iceberg of effort that I invest in my work.

By donating to this crowdfunding campaign, you are essentially giving me some of your time, so that I can do this ongoing work on your behalf.

Please help me by generously joining this crowdfunding campaign with a recurring monthly donation.



About Beyond Average, my crowdfunding quest


Beyond Average is my quest to be Australia’s first fully crowdfunded comics artist who is earning the median income.

Not more. Not less. Just average.

I am shooting for the median Australian full-time income of A$72,591, to prove to you—to prove to myself—that I am doing valuable work that is worthy of remuneration.

My campaign is called Beyond Average, because I operate as a small business. Therefore, I need to aim higher than my desired personal income, in order to pay my fixed and variable business expenses.

Although my ideas are far from average, I aim to be Mr. Average on the spectrum of Australian full-time incomes.

Please help me achieve Beyond Average by donating some of your income towards my artistic practice.



Budget


What does it take to earn the median Australian income?

I have budgeted my fixed and variable expenses, to understand what I need to be earning for me to earn the median Australian income.

In a nutshell, in order for me to earn the median full-time Australian income of A$72,591 per annum as an individual, I need to earn A$113,428 per annum as a small business. This is where my campaign title Beyond Average comes from.

I need to earn this higher target to pay for fixed business expenses like office rent and insurance, as well as variable costs such as printing and posting rewards to my crowdfunding supporters. I need to overshoot my final personal target by more than 50% to pay for these business expenses.

To achieve my Beyond Average goal, I have calculated that I need to earn US$7,452 per month through this Patreon campaign.

(If you are curious about my calculations, see more information about my budget in this blog post.)

Many artists and freelancers remain ignorant of the financial reality of their practices. Instead of shying away from finances, I choose to face the facts. I understand what it will take for me to sustain a multi-year, multi-decade caree­r as an independent artist. Can you help to form part of my financial supporter base?

Rewards


Your main reward for donating to my crowdfunding campaign is the satisfaction of knowing you are a patron of the arts. Knowing that your donation gives me the time to create my thought-provoking comics.

However, I also offer my supporters a variety of digital and physical rewards. These include access to Patrons-only behind-the-scenes videos and blog posts, where I reveal extra insights into my working methods and worldview.

Physical rewards include limited-edition, hand-written postcards sent to you on a regular basis, featuring the best artwork from the most recent comic your patronage has helped to support. As well, I am offering parcels of goodness, featuring a variety of comic books, greeting cards, and other printed material representing my last six months of work. Also, patrons have the option of receiving limited-edition, archival-quality art prints on a regular basis.



For those who truly value my work and want to make significant donations towards my work, I have set rewards which focus around building connections with my high-value supporters. These include ongoing opportunities for phone conversations and face-to-face meetings, as we create a relationship based around shared values and mutual curiosity.

See the descriptions of each of my reward tiers for more information about these offerings.

Click here to become my patron now.

Recent posts by Stuart McMillen

Rewards
Supporter
$1 or more per month 74 patrons
 Join this tier and I'll share news of my comics publications, including additional commentary about each comic.


This is a great way to directly fund my artistic practice, while being regularly informed about my latest releases.

Get on board, and feel the joy of micropatronage!

Behind the scenes with Stuart
$10 or more per month 23 patrons
 Donate US$10 per month, and your reward is feeling the inner glow of being the patron of a thought-provoking artist!

In addition, my US$10 per month supporters get extra insights into my works-in-progress. Rather than merely learning news about the comics that I publish, I take you deeper behind the scenes.

These insights include patrons-only videos every second month, where I discuss the aspects of my life and research that feed into my comics. As well as additional patrons-only announcements and insights.

Watch with pride as I regularly report back on the impact that your donations are making to my life and work.

Postcard penpals
$20 or more per month 12 patrons
Your main reward is the personal satisfaction of knowing that your patronage is allowing me to create ground-breaking art for you every month.

Remember: this feeling is the main reward of all my Patreon rewards tiers.

In addition to this main reward, I will mail you limited-edition postcards!


  • Access to all previous rewards, including my patrons-only videos.  
     
  • Every three months I will mail you a handwritten postcard featuring my artwork! Each postcard features eye-popping artwork from my most recent comic release.  
     
  • Each postcard is a hand-numbered collector's edition, with a print run restricted by the total number of supporters pledging at this US$20 per month tier.
     

Pledging US$20 per month and receiving regularly-mailed postcards is a great way to be physically reminded of the value that your ongoing patronage makes to my artistic practice.  

Parcels of goodness
$50 or more per month 3 patrons
 Your main reward is the glowing pride in knowing you are the patron of an independent artist and social commentator. Remember: I will be doing work on your behalf every weekday!


On top of this, I will let you feel a tangible connection to the work that you are investing in.


I will do this by sending you a parcel of my latest works every 6 months. These mail-outs will typically occur in May and November.


What will be in the parcel? It will depend upon what I've been creating lately! I will mix it up every 6 months, to keep things interesting.


Sometimes you'll get printed comic books. Other times, blank greeting cards. Other times, art prints. Usually, I'll send a combination of items in each parcel.


These parcels will be curated and packed by me with appreciation for your decision to donate.


Join this reward tier, and feel the connection of your patronage through my twice-yearly parcels.

Archival prints
$100 or more per month 1 patron
As you probably know, I am mostly motivated by the social commentary that sits beneath my comics. The words and ideas. But in order for those words and ideas to hit the mark, I need to wrap them in my distinctive artwork.

This is a rewards tier for those who value the artwork of my comics.

In addition to all previous rewards, I will regularly send you high-quality, archival art prints.

Every six months, I will allow you to choose from a handful of my favourite images that I have drawn within the last half-year. The choices will usually be detailed scenes like this, this, or this.

Yes, I will consult with each supporter personally, to learn which particular scene you want printed. The mail-outs will typically occur in May and November.

Whichever illustration you choose, I will print, sign, and post that print to you. These will be signed, numbered and limited to just 200 prints that I will ever produce for each artwork. Fair dinkum!

The default size of each print will be 21 x  29.7 centimetres (8.3 x 11.7 inches), unless you specify an alternative preference.

These prints are true collector’s editions, printed on archival paper using state-of-the-art equipment. My supplier guarantees that these archival prints will outlive you in their original condition, without fading.

These regularly-mailed high-quality prints signify the truly tremendous investment that your patronage makes to my career as an independent cartoonist.  

Champions
$200 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Donors on this tier get all earlier rewards, plus a personal connection with the artist behind the comics.

Every artist needs their champions. Donors on their tier are my super-fans who see something particularly special about my style and substance.

I am interested in building a relationship of mutual engagement with each of my highly generous donors. This will be a transformative relationship that benefits both donor and recipient. You and me.

To this end, I will arrange regular voice or video calls with each of my patrons who pledges US$200 per month. These one-on-one conversations could alternatively be conducted as face-to-face meetings, during the times when we are both in the same geographic location.

We can discuss our world views and mutual interests—perhaps using the topics of my comics as a starting point.

Unpacking our ideas and philosophies as we get to know each other more deeply with time.

These will be energising and inspiring conversations. It is thrilling to discuss ideas with those who enjoy my work the most, and I look forward to these greatly.

Benefactors
$500 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
A gift of US$500 per month is a significant investment in me as a cutting-edge social commentator.

As I've said elsewhere on this page, I need to earn at least US$7,452 per month in order to afford to exist as a small business, merely earning the median Australian income.

Your investment of US$500 per month would majorly elevate me towards my monthly goal. Your generous bedrock of funding will allow me to commit to cartooning for the long term, pushing aside significant financial uncertainty.
 

At this level, you are thinking about the widest possible reverberations of your donations. A ripple that goes beyond our patron-artist relationship. You are thinking about the hundreds of thousands of readers that I can reach and influence, as I keep drawing and publishing my thought-provoking comics with the world.

This tier includes all previous rewards, along with special thanks on the works that your patronage helps to support. After all, you will be a benefactor of my artistic practice.

(Aussie patrons considering this level: contact me and we can discuss obtaining DGR tax-deductible receipts for your donations.)

Major benefactors
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
This tier is for those who want to go above and beyond the call of duty. Those who want to show their support through a truly magnanimous gesture.


Donating US$1,000 per month would form a colossal core of support towards my budgeted goal of US$7,452 per month. In both time and dollar terms, a recurring donation of this magnitude would equate to the call centre job that I worked for ten hours each week during 2016 and 2017, to make ends meet while also working as an independent artist.


Think about it: your recurring gift of US$1,000 per month would single-handedly unlock 10 extra hours of time per week that I could spend creating and publishing my heartfelt, world-changing comics.


By donating at this tier, you will receive all other benefits from my earlier tiers, including the regular conversations via phone, or Skype.


However, by donating at this level, our orbits will circle even closer towards each other. Once a year, I will fly to your city—anywhere in the world—and stay in town for three nights. During that time, I will be available to collaborate or to converse. To be a sounding board for your ideas. To attend dinner parties, and to extend the relationship that we have already created from our earlier conversations.


Alternatively—if you prefer to be the one travelling—once a year I will fly you to visit me in Canberra, Australia. While in town, I will allow you visit to my art studio, and experience my day-to-day creative routine. This experience will give you tremendous insights into my creative process and worldview.


This tier is limited to just three spots. This tier is limited to my major benefactors.


(Again: Aussie patrons considering this level: contact me and we can discuss obtaining DGR tax-deductible receipts for your donations.)