This is going to be a semi-serious post, so you have my apologies in advance! This week, Mike and I were suddenly hit with several big bills. Some of them aren’t your fault, but some of them are. :) We incurred some hefty fees from an attorney in regards to the future of The Dreamer. It’s good stuff, but it still costs money. You guys also like The Dreamer way too much: this past week you officially maxed out our bandwidth. Which is another good thing, but we had to upgrade our service. Things that weren’t your fault: a simple floor repair in the kitchen turned into having a 4′ x 8′ hole cut through our kitchen floor, a 4′ x 4′ hole cut in our wall, and another big hole cut into our bathroom. All on top of the repair we were initially anticipating.
So here’s how The Dreamer works right now: I make absolutely no money. But it’s my full time job. That’s only possible because Mike is all sorts of awesomeness and works his butt off so you guys get this web comic each and every Friday for free. Don’t panic: we have absolutely no plans to change that. But Mike’s job only covers our living expenses. And over this past year that I’ve been doing The Dreamer, we’ve incurred all sorts of expenses on the webcomic that have drained our savings. I’m sure you like getting paid for your job…? It would be nice to get paid for mine. :) Out of pocket we’ve had to pay for comic printing costs, convention costs (table space, travel expenses, lodging, food, etc), travel costs (to do my fancy pants research), web hosting space, advertising, art supplies, a new computer/monitor (mine died) which required buying a software upgrade on the entire Adobe Suite, a new scanner (mine died), and my printer died but I haven’t been able to replace it yet. Not to mention attorney fees, copyright fees, printing fees, post office fees, accounting fees, small business registration fees, etc, etc. Oh yeah, and the transmission went out on my car and I spent all winter here, trapped at home without any transportation. (I got a little batty!)
Right now we’re in the middle of convention season again and all the costs which that incurs, and with these unexpected major home repairs I’ll be honest–we just can’t do it. Here’s the truth: Right now I don’t make enough off The Dreamer to cover the cost of my pencils and paper for each issue. Some of you are the awesome and donate regularly each and every month, and if you don’t know this yet: I love you!! The old familiar ring of Paypal emails in my inbox makes me happy that some of you think this project is worth keeping around.
So we’re not going to quit The Dreamer, but what happens next is up to you. You can help us out, and help us get this business out of the red, or I’m going to have to take a break from The Dreamer for a couple of weeks and do some freelance work that pays. That sounds like suck to me, so I surely hope that you guys will help us out! I came up with a few ways that you can donate to the cause so you will get something back besides warm and fuzzy feelings:
-Any sized donation will receive our brand new spring/summertime Bea & Alan wallpaper. If you can’t make out the image, Bea is letting Alan listen to a song on her pink iPod under one of his apple trees. It’s so cute for the summertime! And… I’m just noticing that it matches the neon-puke green wall in my office!
-A $5 donation will get you a downloadable PDF of the brand new short story I wrote about Nathan Hale, with an all-new cover image. This is the story of how Nathan went from being a school teacher to an army officer. It also sheds some light on his love life. If you like Nathan Hale, this story is full of info on him that you’ll never read in The Dreamer.
-A $25 donation will get you an autographed 2008 sketchbook. Even if you watch me on DeviantART there’s stuff in there that hasn’t been anywhere online. Including some of my work for DC Comics. If you don’t watch me on DeviantART then this is a real treat. And its all new material from last year’s edition.
-A $50 donation will get you a (signed if you want it) Dreamer mini-poster. (They’re 11 x 17). We have four images to pick from: The new Issue #1 cover, the Issue #2 cover, the First Kiss, and the old donors-only wallpaper of Bea & Alan walking through the snow.
-A $100 donation will get you an original page from The Dreamer. (Except the First Kiss. Can’t sell you that one because it’s actually a page in my sketchbook.)
(Use the “Donate” button (on the top of the side bar here at The Dreamer Comic.com) for all donations except the short story. For the Nathan Hale story, use the “Buy Now” button underneath. Make sure to save it to your computer when it’s finished downloading!)
So that’ll be the deal for the next week. If we make enough to keep our heads above water, then I’ll see you back here on next Friday. If we don’t, I’m going to have to spend a couple of weeks doing freelance work and making some real money. So help out the cause! Because Issue #4 is so much fun from start to finish you don’t really want to have to wait for it! And be honest, you don’t need one more frappuccino this week do you? Or another pair of GAP jeans..? Not when Alan’s life hangs in the balance!
In all seriousness, I love you guys! There will still be an update tomorrow, have no fear! I’ve been working all week on it, even as the repair guys rip apart my house. All that hammering and sawing and interruptions of, “Um, ma’am, you really need to see this…” has made for some unusual but unforgettable work days…! :P