All right, I have a question for you all. This is something that has been on my mind for a number of weeks now, ever since I heard Chris Oatley’s podcast, which you can listen to here. For those of you who do not have the time to sit down and listen to an entire podcast (which I totally understand), Chris and his guests talk about a new crowdfunding site called Patreon. It works similar to Kickstarter, except instead of funding one particular project with a definite beginning, middle, and end, it is similar to pledging to NPR or PBS, where you’re supporting the work of the artist(s) in question on a continuing basis. The larger the donation totals get per month, the more added bonuses would be unlocked on the MeatShield site for everyone’s enjoyment.
I am seriously thinking about doing this for MeatShield. Don’t worry, the comic strip would still be free regardless. I am simply exploring avenues to enable me to help support my family, as I would like to be cartooning professionally full-time. I would like to get your thoughts on this before I go ahead with it; whether you feel it would cheapen the site or that it would provide you an opportunity to help support a strip that you love and that I’ve loved (and still love) making for you all over the past 4+ years.
Let me know what you folks think in the comments below. Thanks.