Oz Barton is creating Werechild
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patron

$5
per new page
Werechild is a weird, sideways little story about a gender-nonconforming, biracial, ten-year-old werewolf overreacting/underreacting to stuff.

It's also a story about learning how to navigate unexpected or unwanted change without losing yourself, even when that change reveals things about yourself that you didn't know were there.



I've been working on some version or other of this comic since 1999ish. It's been in the works longer than any other story (I write long-form prose, too) and it wouldn't still be kickin' if there weren't something really special and worthwhile there. If I can tell the entire story, I think a lot of people will get a little something out of it.

The comic will always be available to read for free.

As of now there's still about 120 pages left to go. We haven't even gotten to the really good bits yet. I'd like you to help it get there.



Real talk:
It's no secret I've always had trouble Actually Making Pages. I'm autistic and have major depression; executive function is a huge area of struggle for me. On top of that, visual art isn't typically my go-to medium. I like doing it — and I love this story — but it's a real uphill battle to Do The Thing. My average right now is something like one new page every 2-3 months.

I'd like to get that higher.

With 120 left to go...? I don't want this project to take twenty more years to finish. I mean, I'll do it, but wouldn't it be way better if we could shave like a decade off the top?



One of my chronic obstacles, like many millennials and most autistics, is unemployment. The jobs I have managed to obtain have ended up damaging my health to the point that basic everyday functioning (and I mean basic) became hit-or-miss. Not to put too fine a point on it, but if I can't open my mouth to take a bite of a sandwich (much less get up and make a sandwich), then I'm not going to be working on the comic.

Sorry to get all personal on you, but I want you to see the link between money and my ability to make the comic.



And if that isn't concrete enough for ya, how about this:

If we reach a high enough goal, I will relinquish some of my rabid obsession with creative control and hire an independent artist to help with the pages — whom I will pay a fair amount (with your direct help!). If this happens, you'll not only be supporting two artists with one stone, you'll also be giving Werechild a turbo boost and, let's face it, probably a quality boost as well. (Plus, y'know. Getting some cool rewards for yourself.)

I think we can do it.



How much should you pledge?

Well, how much is it worth to you to get the next page of the story?

Most patreon creators ask you to pledge per-month; because my output is so irregular, I'm asking you how much you'd like to pledge per page. Patreon will let you set a limit on how many pages per month you're willing to donate to (so if you set your limit at 2, and I post 10 new pages that month — *snrk* yeah right — you'll only be charged for the first 2).

Thanks for reading this far! And I mean both this monster page and the comic. You're a rockstar!
Tiers
88 mph
$1 or more per new page
You'll get me to make a doofy face in gratitude, plus access to time-traveling, patron-only content — sneak peeks at future pages, development sketches of yore, and the next comic page at least one day early! Content requests considered.
Viewers Like You
$5 or more per new page
Access to patron-only feed, plus — if you want — you'll get a (text-only) name and link of your choice in a "brought to you by" section! The name/link can be anything you like — your blog, portfolio, webcomic, business, a charity — subject to approval (no nsfw, hate sites, etc). If no name/site is indicated, I'll use your patreon name with no link. And if you're shy, just say "no thanks" and we'll skip the public shout-out.
What Fourth Wall?
$10 or more per new page
  • My deep gratitude
  • Access to exclusive/early content
  • A name/link in a brought-to-you-by section
  • AND the opportunity to submit a question, comment, suggestion, or dare for any of the characters to respond to, ask blog style! The topic can be anything, but I won't give spoilers or go above a PG rating. (Response not guaranteed, but I'll answer at least one every other comic page, more if I can.)
Nor Gloom of Night
$25 or more per new page only 8 left
  • All of the above awesomeness
  • A few times a year I'll grab a postcard that seems worthy, deface it with a doodle and personal message, and mail it to you! (The health/promptness of delivered product subject to the whims and efforts of the postal service, but they're hard workers who do their best.)
Tonight's Guest
$50 or more per new page only 5 left
  • All that stuff up there
  • You (or your OC) get a guest appearance in the comic and a credit/shoutout in the description text. Visual reference required, and I have to operate within the story and the rules of the comic’s reality. (If your character’s anthro, I may have to make them human; if an adult, I may have to make them a kid; etc. I’ll clear your character’s depiction with you first, and if we can’t reach an agreement you may need to pick someone else.)
The Boa-Rat Horde
$100 or more per new page only 5 left
Umm, first of all, wow? Thanks? And on top of my bewildered gratitude and all the things listed above, after your first payment clears I will personally hand-craft you a plush boa-rat and ship it to you anywhere for you to love and cuddle and gaze upon in horror. (If outside the u.s., you’ll have to handle any duties charges, etc your country may levy. Nor can I guarantee that the plushie won’t come alive at night and eat all your ice cream.)
Goals
$5 of $25 per new page
This gets me most of a tank of gas, and gets y'all a special piece of thank-you art posted on the main site.
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Werechild is a weird, sideways little story about a gender-nonconforming, biracial, ten-year-old werewolf overreacting/underreacting to stuff.

It's also a story about learning how to navigate unexpected or unwanted change without losing yourself, even when that change reveals things about yourself that you didn't know were there.



I've been working on some version or other of this comic since 1999ish. It's been in the works longer than any other story (I write long-form prose, too) and it wouldn't still be kickin' if there weren't something really special and worthwhile there. If I can tell the entire story, I think a lot of people will get a little something out of it.

The comic will always be available to read for free.

As of now there's still about 120 pages left to go. We haven't even gotten to the really good bits yet. I'd like you to help it get there.



Real talk:
It's no secret I've always had trouble Actually Making Pages. I'm autistic and have major depression; executive function is a huge area of struggle for me. On top of that, visual art isn't typically my go-to medium. I like doing it — and I love this story — but it's a real uphill battle to Do The Thing. My average right now is something like one new page every 2-3 months.

I'd like to get that higher.

With 120 left to go...? I don't want this project to take twenty more years to finish. I mean, I'll do it, but wouldn't it be way better if we could shave like a decade off the top?



One of my chronic obstacles, like many millennials and most autistics, is unemployment. The jobs I have managed to obtain have ended up damaging my health to the point that basic everyday functioning (and I mean basic) became hit-or-miss. Not to put too fine a point on it, but if I can't open my mouth to take a bite of a sandwich (much less get up and make a sandwich), then I'm not going to be working on the comic.

Sorry to get all personal on you, but I want you to see the link between money and my ability to make the comic.



And if that isn't concrete enough for ya, how about this:

If we reach a high enough goal, I will relinquish some of my rabid obsession with creative control and hire an independent artist to help with the pages — whom I will pay a fair amount (with your direct help!). If this happens, you'll not only be supporting two artists with one stone, you'll also be giving Werechild a turbo boost and, let's face it, probably a quality boost as well. (Plus, y'know. Getting some cool rewards for yourself.)

I think we can do it.



How much should you pledge?

Well, how much is it worth to you to get the next page of the story?

Most patreon creators ask you to pledge per-month; because my output is so irregular, I'm asking you how much you'd like to pledge per page. Patreon will let you set a limit on how many pages per month you're willing to donate to (so if you set your limit at 2, and I post 10 new pages that month — *snrk* yeah right — you'll only be charged for the first 2).

Thanks for reading this far! And I mean both this monster page and the comic. You're a rockstar!

Recent posts by Oz Barton

Tiers
88 mph
$1 or more per new page
You'll get me to make a doofy face in gratitude, plus access to time-traveling, patron-only content — sneak peeks at future pages, development sketches of yore, and the next comic page at least one day early! Content requests considered.
Viewers Like You
$5 or more per new page
Access to patron-only feed, plus — if you want — you'll get a (text-only) name and link of your choice in a "brought to you by" section! The name/link can be anything you like — your blog, portfolio, webcomic, business, a charity — subject to approval (no nsfw, hate sites, etc). If no name/site is indicated, I'll use your patreon name with no link. And if you're shy, just say "no thanks" and we'll skip the public shout-out.
What Fourth Wall?
$10 or more per new page
  • My deep gratitude
  • Access to exclusive/early content
  • A name/link in a brought-to-you-by section
  • AND the opportunity to submit a question, comment, suggestion, or dare for any of the characters to respond to, ask blog style! The topic can be anything, but I won't give spoilers or go above a PG rating. (Response not guaranteed, but I'll answer at least one every other comic page, more if I can.)
Nor Gloom of Night
$25 or more per new page only 8 left
  • All of the above awesomeness
  • A few times a year I'll grab a postcard that seems worthy, deface it with a doodle and personal message, and mail it to you! (The health/promptness of delivered product subject to the whims and efforts of the postal service, but they're hard workers who do their best.)
Tonight's Guest
$50 or more per new page only 5 left
  • All that stuff up there
  • You (or your OC) get a guest appearance in the comic and a credit/shoutout in the description text. Visual reference required, and I have to operate within the story and the rules of the comic’s reality. (If your character’s anthro, I may have to make them human; if an adult, I may have to make them a kid; etc. I’ll clear your character’s depiction with you first, and if we can’t reach an agreement you may need to pick someone else.)
The Boa-Rat Horde
$100 or more per new page only 5 left
Umm, first of all, wow? Thanks? And on top of my bewildered gratitude and all the things listed above, after your first payment clears I will personally hand-craft you a plush boa-rat and ship it to you anywhere for you to love and cuddle and gaze upon in horror. (If outside the u.s., you’ll have to handle any duties charges, etc your country may levy. Nor can I guarantee that the plushie won’t come alive at night and eat all your ice cream.)