My name is Mark Savary, and
I make a rather unusual comic.
What's it about?A graphic novel-style comic set in the early 1990s, and meant for mature audiences, Dreaming of Utopia is an allegorical approach for discussing intolerance using furries as a metaphor. Unlike real world, actual furries, the furries in the comic are not anthropomorphic, or "sparkledogs," or magical animal people. In the world of DoU, furries are simply people who wear a fursuit as an outward sign of their faith. It isn't about "fursecution," but how a given minority group must cope with the situations and struggles that come from trying to coexist within a larger, sometimes even hostile society. A main theme of DoU is, "What do you believe in, how important is it to you, and what are you willing to sacrifice to preserve it?"
DoU first launched in February 2013. Since then, the comic has inspired and intrigued readers and generated both interest and discussion in various quarters of the Internet.
Why pledge?Well, I'm not sure I have a perfect answer for you, one made of bacon and fried gold. Basically, if you like DoU and the sort of thing I'm trying to achieve with it, if you appreciate what it tries to say, or if you just find it entertaining, then this is a perfect way to help support the project.
Now, I'm not looking to make millions from or take advantage of anyone's generosity, nor am I looking to buy houses or sports cars. What I would like to do is cover the basic costs associated with producing the comic (hosting, software and equipment upgrades, broadband access, art supplies, etc.). Also, up to now, I've not done much in the way of advertising or promotion for the series. Most of the readership for the comic has grown very organically, mainly by word of mouth, and while that's awesome, I'd like to spread the word even further. And if I want to put anything into print (which I do), and make other DoU stuff to offer (and I'd like to), or have the site upgraded (which I want to), and so on and so forth and so on down the line (which I hope to), well, honestly, those simply aren't expenses I can fully cover all on my own. So that's pretty much where any donations would go; covering basic expenses, promotion, site maintenance/upgrades, print projects, art supplies, and other DoU-related stuffs.
I've tried to keep the goals & rewards fun, or at the very least, realistic, but of course I'm open to any suggestions to make better categories or otherwise offer you better value for money.
And hey, this isn't like a cell phone contract, or a car loan, or a 30 year mortgage or anything like that. If you don't feel you're getting your money's worth, or your budget changes and doesn't allow for it anymore, you can always cancel the pledge.
It shouldn't be a surprise that I think the future for DoU is pretty bright, and I hope you do, too.