Rian Sygh is a brave man. Rian is a comics artist who’s worked at BOOM!, Oni and Z2. Here’s his Patreon page. (We’ll come back to that in a bit.) He’s put his finances on a Twitter thread for everyone to see.
If the topic is interesting to you, reading the entire thread is HIGHLY recommended, but here are some highlights:
Does all that sound a bit harsh? Probably. But it’s the very real situation of the cartoonist and if you ask around, you hear a lot of similar situations. There’s nothing sensational or eye-popping about Rian’s story, he’s just brave enough to share it.
Outside of his normal freelancing, what’s keeping him afloat?
Again, when you talk to people you hear many, many stories about how the person would not be able to do it without a supportive partner and Patreon. While he’s talking directly to _his_ experience, it’s an experience many creators share.
And we’ll leave this conversation with Rian making a valid point. Page rates and incomes tend to be tightly guarded secrets. It makes it hard to negotiate or even anticipate possible earnings if you don’t have marketplace data. That’s just a fact.