Caytlin Vilbrandt is creating Tamberlane (webcomic)
150

patrons

$2,102
per month



Belfry is forgetful, accident-prone, and not ready for responsibility, but a snap decision to take in a young, abandoned creature will change her life forever.

In Treehollow, Belfry is well known as the bat with a heart of gold and penchant for accidents. All the residents love her and fear her in equal measures. So of course when she literally stumbles across a strange creature who seems to be some kind of abandoned kit, she wants to care for it… but is she truly up to the task? Or will it die a horrifying, accident-related death?

Tamberlane currently updates on Wednesdays. It is rated PG for occasional casual nudity.

By contributing to this Patreon you can get everything from early page updates to behind-the-scenes development sketches to even a character in the comic! Tamberlane isn't all that I create, so when I have other things I do I'll put them up here too. But for the most part, enjoy the fuzzy animal comics!




What is Patreon? 
Patreon is a service where you can basically pledge to pay a certain amount of money per month to support my art! In return, depending on how much you pledge, you get all kinds of goodies, which you can see down below in the Incentives section. For more information on Patreon, you'll probably want to check out Patreon's homepage!

What does it mean for Tamberlane? Your support means that this comic can happen at all! Thanks to Patreon, I've been able to go to the doctor as frequently as I've needed to; the comic has continued persistently and with great attention to detail; and I've been able to pay rent and bills and generally continue to crank out awesome work. It's because of you that Tamberlane continues at the pace and quality it has and I'm so, so grateful every day for all of you. Every dollar means so much to me. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

What does it mean for YOU? You get awesome and exclusive rewards, you get to join an awesome community, and you get to support an LGBTQ lady artist making a project she's super passionate about! Plus, it means you're very nice and have great taste. I mean, obviously.

When am I charged?
When you first sign up, you are charged immediately for the month. This is to prevent people from signing up, stealing rewards, and then quitting before they're charged.
After that, you will be billed at the beginning of every month.

When do I get my rewards?
I do my best to deliver rewards as promptly as I can, but please be aware that I am also battling chronic illness. Most times, $50+ sketch rewards are delivered within the first 14 days of the month after.

You're late getting to X!
Regrettably, I have chronic pain and fatigue problems and sometimes I can't get to things as quickly as I'd like. When that happens, I will usually put out an announcement on the Tamberlane channel on the Discord. If it pertains to something that was specifically announced on here, like a sketch stream, then I will make an announcement here too.

How do the Comic Cameo rewards work?
I'm glad you asked, invisible question-asker! It all starts by you submitting your cameo survey, which you can get to by clicking the button up above ($X Patron? Click here!) that corresponds to your tier.
For $50 cameos, every few months I go through the submitted cameos and assign each one a career and a role in Treehollow. Then, as the story progresses, I keep an eye out for where each cameo could fit. Sometimes it takes a while to appear, but rest assured I am always looking for more places to fit cameos!
$100-Henry cameos are a little more complicated. Because the character needs to have an up-front role in the story, the planning process is quite a bit more involved. Sometimes it will take a while for them to come up in the comic; sometimes it will take a while for them to play an important role. But they definitely have several pages of screen time and are an important driver of the story at that moment.

Once I have my cameo in the comic, I won't have any more, right?
Not so! The longer you're pledged to a cameo tier, the more likely you are to come up again. In fact, if you've been a patron for a long time, it's entirely possible I'll even bump your cameo to a higher tier as a thank you for your long-term patronage.
On the other hand, if you've only pledged for a single billing cycle, your cameo will be just as short.

I've seen you do YCH ("Your Character Here") Cameo auctions. Don't you have enough cameos from your Patreon?
Sometimes I need a cameo that a patron character can't fill. For example, I needed an additional child character, but no one had selected "child" as an acceptable age in their cameo survey. Therefore, I had to look elsewhere.
Plus, it's nice to give other people a chance for single-shot cameos! Not everyone can afford to pledge every month.

Oh my god, why are they naked? With... bits?
It was a difficult design decision to make but one I stand behind. I think in America we are very squeamish about non-sexual nudity and it's a stance I want to challenge. I think it's important that we acknowledge that we all have bodies and that they are not inherently sexual. I tried to draw inspiration from a lot of Japan's simplified nudity: none of it is drawn with any detail. In fact, they aren't drawn with more than two total lines. It's just an acknowledgement of what a naked body looks like -- and since they're animals, it worked for me.
I would like to also acknowledge that it has been very difficult challenging my own notions on this. It frequently makes me mildly uncomfortable to draw it. But I really do think it's important to confront these biases and do my best to break down some of those barriers. Will it change the world? No. But it might help others get more comfortable too.
Tiers
Tamberlane
$1 or more per month 73 patrons
  • See Comic Pages 1 Week early! That means you get to be 2 PAGES ahead of everyone else!
  • A Thank You in all printed books you support!
Includes Discord rewards
Oakewood
$3 or more per month 3 patrons
There is no change for this tier! This is just the $1 tier but with more money. The only difference in value is you!
Includes Discord rewards
Belfry
$5 or more per month 18 patrons

  • Early Videos! Any time I make a video -- time-lapse, animation, or otherwise -- you'll be the first to see it!
  • ...and all previous rewards!
Includes Discord rewards
Briar
$10 or more per month 28 patrons
The Best Bang for Your Buck!!
  • See EVERY PAGE as it's completed! You get to see my whole buffer, no matter how far ahead I am. Sometimes that's as much as 10 pages ahead!
  • The Secret Club! Access to backers-only private Twitter account where I post behind-the-scenes art, WIP, and more!
  • Composition Notes! Sometimes I write out my thought process for how I put a particular page together! Great for fellow comic artists!
  • ...and all previous rewards!
Includes Discord rewards
Tess
$25 or more per month 7 patrons

  • Monthly Postcards! Every month, you get a postcard with my art on it and a nice little inspirational message delivered to your door, the way postcards often are!
  • Movie Night!  Join me, LeekFish and other patrons in a streaming room to watch stuff together once a month!  
  • ...and all previous rewards!
Includes Discord rewards
Piper
$50 or more per month 10 patrons

  • Design a character for an incidental cameo! Your character will show up in the foreground comic and even speak a few lines -- maybe ordering food or saying hi to another character! 
  • Receive a free bust sketch commission every month!
  • ...and all previous rewards!
Includes Discord rewards
Marie
$100 or more per month 5 patrons

  • Your monthly sketch commission is a full body picture instead!
  • Get a character designed! One-time-only: You give me five descriptive words, a species, and a gender/sex, and I'll design a character for you!  Doesn't have to be Tamberlane universe!
  • ...and all rewards $50 and below!
Includes Discord rewards
Henry
$100 or more per month 7 patrons (sold out!)

  • Be a Part of the Story! Your character will become a tertiary character, fulfilling a need for the story!
  • Your monthly sketch commission is now full body!
  • ...and all rewards $50 and below!
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$2,102 of $2,700 per month
If we hit this goal, I'm making minimum wage in my area!!
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Belfry is forgetful, accident-prone, and not ready for responsibility, but a snap decision to take in a young, abandoned creature will change her life forever.

In Treehollow, Belfry is well known as the bat with a heart of gold and penchant for accidents. All the residents love her and fear her in equal measures. So of course when she literally stumbles across a strange creature who seems to be some kind of abandoned kit, she wants to care for it… but is she truly up to the task? Or will it die a horrifying, accident-related death?

Tamberlane currently updates on Wednesdays. It is rated PG for occasional casual nudity.

By contributing to this Patreon you can get everything from early page updates to behind-the-scenes development sketches to even a character in the comic! Tamberlane isn't all that I create, so when I have other things I do I'll put them up here too. But for the most part, enjoy the fuzzy animal comics!




What is Patreon? 
Patreon is a service where you can basically pledge to pay a certain amount of money per month to support my art! In return, depending on how much you pledge, you get all kinds of goodies, which you can see down below in the Incentives section. For more information on Patreon, you'll probably want to check out Patreon's homepage!

What does it mean for Tamberlane? Your support means that this comic can happen at all! Thanks to Patreon, I've been able to go to the doctor as frequently as I've needed to; the comic has continued persistently and with great attention to detail; and I've been able to pay rent and bills and generally continue to crank out awesome work. It's because of you that Tamberlane continues at the pace and quality it has and I'm so, so grateful every day for all of you. Every dollar means so much to me. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

What does it mean for YOU? You get awesome and exclusive rewards, you get to join an awesome community, and you get to support an LGBTQ lady artist making a project she's super passionate about! Plus, it means you're very nice and have great taste. I mean, obviously.

When am I charged?
When you first sign up, you are charged immediately for the month. This is to prevent people from signing up, stealing rewards, and then quitting before they're charged.
After that, you will be billed at the beginning of every month.

When do I get my rewards?
I do my best to deliver rewards as promptly as I can, but please be aware that I am also battling chronic illness. Most times, $50+ sketch rewards are delivered within the first 14 days of the month after.

You're late getting to X!
Regrettably, I have chronic pain and fatigue problems and sometimes I can't get to things as quickly as I'd like. When that happens, I will usually put out an announcement on the Tamberlane channel on the Discord. If it pertains to something that was specifically announced on here, like a sketch stream, then I will make an announcement here too.

How do the Comic Cameo rewards work?
I'm glad you asked, invisible question-asker! It all starts by you submitting your cameo survey, which you can get to by clicking the button up above ($X Patron? Click here!) that corresponds to your tier.
For $50 cameos, every few months I go through the submitted cameos and assign each one a career and a role in Treehollow. Then, as the story progresses, I keep an eye out for where each cameo could fit. Sometimes it takes a while to appear, but rest assured I am always looking for more places to fit cameos!
$100-Henry cameos are a little more complicated. Because the character needs to have an up-front role in the story, the planning process is quite a bit more involved. Sometimes it will take a while for them to come up in the comic; sometimes it will take a while for them to play an important role. But they definitely have several pages of screen time and are an important driver of the story at that moment.

Once I have my cameo in the comic, I won't have any more, right?
Not so! The longer you're pledged to a cameo tier, the more likely you are to come up again. In fact, if you've been a patron for a long time, it's entirely possible I'll even bump your cameo to a higher tier as a thank you for your long-term patronage.
On the other hand, if you've only pledged for a single billing cycle, your cameo will be just as short.

I've seen you do YCH ("Your Character Here") Cameo auctions. Don't you have enough cameos from your Patreon?
Sometimes I need a cameo that a patron character can't fill. For example, I needed an additional child character, but no one had selected "child" as an acceptable age in their cameo survey. Therefore, I had to look elsewhere.
Plus, it's nice to give other people a chance for single-shot cameos! Not everyone can afford to pledge every month.

Oh my god, why are they naked? With... bits?
It was a difficult design decision to make but one I stand behind. I think in America we are very squeamish about non-sexual nudity and it's a stance I want to challenge. I think it's important that we acknowledge that we all have bodies and that they are not inherently sexual. I tried to draw inspiration from a lot of Japan's simplified nudity: none of it is drawn with any detail. In fact, they aren't drawn with more than two total lines. It's just an acknowledgement of what a naked body looks like -- and since they're animals, it worked for me.
I would like to also acknowledge that it has been very difficult challenging my own notions on this. It frequently makes me mildly uncomfortable to draw it. But I really do think it's important to confront these biases and do my best to break down some of those barriers. Will it change the world? No. But it might help others get more comfortable too.

Recent posts by Caytlin Vilbrandt

Tiers
Tamberlane
$1 or more per month 73 patrons
  • See Comic Pages 1 Week early! That means you get to be 2 PAGES ahead of everyone else!
  • A Thank You in all printed books you support!
Includes Discord rewards
Oakewood
$3 or more per month 3 patrons
There is no change for this tier! This is just the $1 tier but with more money. The only difference in value is you!
Includes Discord rewards
Belfry
$5 or more per month 18 patrons

  • Early Videos! Any time I make a video -- time-lapse, animation, or otherwise -- you'll be the first to see it!
  • ...and all previous rewards!
Includes Discord rewards
Briar
$10 or more per month 28 patrons
The Best Bang for Your Buck!!
  • See EVERY PAGE as it's completed! You get to see my whole buffer, no matter how far ahead I am. Sometimes that's as much as 10 pages ahead!
  • The Secret Club! Access to backers-only private Twitter account where I post behind-the-scenes art, WIP, and more!
  • Composition Notes! Sometimes I write out my thought process for how I put a particular page together! Great for fellow comic artists!
  • ...and all previous rewards!
Includes Discord rewards
Tess
$25 or more per month 7 patrons

  • Monthly Postcards! Every month, you get a postcard with my art on it and a nice little inspirational message delivered to your door, the way postcards often are!
  • Movie Night!  Join me, LeekFish and other patrons in a streaming room to watch stuff together once a month!  
  • ...and all previous rewards!
Includes Discord rewards
Piper
$50 or more per month 10 patrons

  • Design a character for an incidental cameo! Your character will show up in the foreground comic and even speak a few lines -- maybe ordering food or saying hi to another character! 
  • Receive a free bust sketch commission every month!
  • ...and all previous rewards!
Includes Discord rewards
Marie
$100 or more per month 5 patrons

  • Your monthly sketch commission is a full body picture instead!
  • Get a character designed! One-time-only: You give me five descriptive words, a species, and a gender/sex, and I'll design a character for you!  Doesn't have to be Tamberlane universe!
  • ...and all rewards $50 and below!
Includes Discord rewards
Henry
$100 or more per month 7 patrons (sold out!)

  • Be a Part of the Story! Your character will become a tertiary character, fulfilling a need for the story!
  • Your monthly sketch commission is now full body!
  • ...and all rewards $50 and below!
Includes Discord rewards