Jason Shiga’s Patreon for Demon reaches $1000 a month

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A lot of cartoonists—and many blogs, ahem—have taken to PAtreon as a means to finance the creation of comics. There are quite a few (a round up post is called for, maybe later this week) and Patreon doesn’t make it clear who makes the most, the way Kickstarter does, but Jason Shiga recently hit $1000 a month for his Ignatz winning webcomic Demon. Given his analytic background, there’s much of that in the post, but here’s an excerpt:

I know it’s an arbitrary number, but the $1000 mark is significant for a couple reasons. First, it amounts to the opportunity cost of not going with a larger publisher for this project. Second, someone could theoretically live on $1000. They’d have to be childless, live in a hovel in Detroit with 4 other dudes eating beans and rice 3 times a day. But man, if you were to describe that life to my 20 year old self, I’d tell you that sounds pretty nice. I know a lot of my readers here are cartoonists so maybe you can relate to that feeling of knowing so clearly in your bones that you were meant to do this one thing. But then there you are screwing in widgets all day, waiting for that whistle to blow so you can bike home and draw again. When I started out making comics, I didn’t want to be rich or famous. I just wanted to make more comics. I still do.

The lifestyle that $100 a month affords you is not a very appealing one, but, as he says, it makes the project officially a success. As he explains, he started out with usual business model of selling print editions, art and digital subs. This level of income for a regular webcomic would thrill many cartoonists, but given Shiga’s 15 year career, and the success of Meanwhile (which led me to coin the term The Shiga Index when analyzing sales charts.)

My own Patreon is nearing $700, which is a pretty good number all things considered. I’m very fortunate to have this level of success and appreciate each and every patron. Obviously it isn’t enough to live on, but it had taken care of paying for the backend, investing in the site more, and yes, paying some of those New York City bills. Patreon still doesn’t have the “excitement” level of Kickstarter, but it is beginning to afford a bunch of people at least some return on their work.

PS: Demon is totally dope. It’s a cross between Unbreakable, Groundhog Day and Shiga’s own classic Fleep. READ IT.

Jason Shiga’s Patreon for Demon reaches $1000 a month

A lot of cartoonists—and many blogs, ahem—have taken to PAtreon as a means to finance the creation of comics. There are quite a few (a round up post is called for, maybe later this week) and Patreon doesn’t make it clear who makes the most, the way Kickstarter does, but Jason Shiga recently hit $1000 a month for his Ignatz winning webcomic Demon. Given his analytic background, there’s much of that in the post, but here’s an excerpt:

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Jason Shiga’s Patreon for Demon reaches $1000 a month was originally published on The Beat

ALERT! Jason Shiga has a new webcomic called DEMON

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STOP THE PRESSES!!!!!

There’s a new Jason Shiga comic!

It’s called Demon and it seems to be about a guy with powers. Granted it’s only six pages in—but it already promises twists and turns and more of that Jason Shiga magic.

If you know who Jason Shiga is, you are already rushing to the link and reading the comic.

If you don’t…boy are you in for a treat. Shiga is the great formalist storyteller of comics. Okay that sounded boring. How about this: In Fleep, a webcomic which you can read right now, a man wakes up and finds himself encased in a phone booth buried in cement. Using only a phone book in a foreign language and a handful of change, he has to escape. It’s Buried only smarter and more interesting.

Shiga is also the author of Meanwhile, the choose your own adventure book told with tabs that features 100,000+ possible story lines all based on what kind of ice cream you chose at the beginning. Some roads lead to comedy, others to death. It’s been adapted into a web app, won an Eisner and has sold a ton of copies.

A mathematics teacher when he isn’t making comics, Shiga’s work features minamalist art but fully developed stories that feature locked room mysteries and ingenious deductions. They are amazing.

Shiga has been working on Demon for three years, he writes:

Can’t talk too much about it yet but if you’re wondering why I haven’t put out a new book out in a while, it’s because I’ve been hard at work on a top secret project for the past 3 years.

I’ll start posting pages every weekday starting Monday. Check back here for more info about the project itself. And in the meantime, enjoy the poster.


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