Comics Journalism: You get what you pay for

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We lost another one yesterday. David Harper of the oft-linked to and discussed Sktchd sitecalled it quits after a year of think pieces, surveys, podcasts and charts. He’ll continue doing his podcast after a break for the warm Alaskan summer, but those long investigations are a thing of the past. The reasons were the usual: burnout from writing about what you love.

MATT CHATS: Jim Zub on Joining the Crowdfunding Game with Patreon

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I first became a fan of Jim Zub’s because his tutorials on the comics making process, so it’s fitting that my next interview with him is about a platform that lets people who have enjoyed that content support him financially. His Patreon account has already amassed a sizable contribution from others who’ve enjoyed his comics or his writing about his comics […]

Wait…WHAT?! Jason Shiga’s Next Book, From First Second

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Jason Shiga, known for his multi-path comics such as Meanwhile, is scheduled to publish his next title, Demon, with First Second in October 2016. It say’s “Book 1” in the catalog, and given the description below, looks like it will run about six volumes. What’s the comic about? Well, from his patreon website: I’m currently creating […]

MATT CHATS: NHOJ on Doing a Brand New Comic (Almost) Every Day

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Irish cartoonist NHOJ (John Cullen) has been posting his Daily Comics for over 650 days at this point. They are often funny, sometimes poignant and always beautiful and entertaining. Here’s a look at his process. Fascinated by the kind of dedication such an effort takes, I asked NHOJ some questions about such topics as his […]

MATT CHATS: Thomas Boatwright on Puppets, Patreon and a Transition from Comics

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Rarely do I get to learn the story of people who have moved away from the comics industry. Artist and creator Thomas Boatwright is an interesting example of someone who did the comics thing for awhile but eventually, initially not entirely by choice, moved on to other ventures. As a fan of his comics I’ve been […]

Tom Spurgeon launches a Patreon campaign and a digital magazine

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After making some noises about it for a while, Tom Spurgeon has joined the crowdfunding world for his award-winning Comics Reporter site with a Patreon that is up to over $500 in less than 24 hours. I think I might have been in the first 10 supporters, and I urge all Beat readers to go […]

MATT CHATS: Dan Berry on Podcasts, Patreon and Handmade Art

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I first learned about Dan Berry due to my insatiable hunger for comics podcasts. Make It Then Tell Everybody consists of intelligent and insightful conversations with comic creators you may or may not be familiar with, each a great lesson in art, storytelling and the process of making sequential art. From Make It Then Tell Everybody, […]

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:

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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 […]

Interview: Wait, What? Graeme McMillan and Jeff Lester?!

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150 episodes in, and the Wait, What? podcast is undertaking a huge shift. No, it’s not relaunching, although it is spinning off in a whole new direction, and nothing will ever be the same again. Why? Well, because hosts Jeff Lester and Graeme McMillan, who have spent the last few years dissecting and reviewing all […]