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Fund drive time!

If patronage was good enough for Michaelangelo, it's good enough for me. Now that Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan is a free comic again, I'm going to try the donation/sponsoring campaign thing again. Give money to keep Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan afloat! Get stuff in return! Here's what I just posted on the Fund drive page:

Why a donation drive

Over the past year, business hasn't been great for me. My own state of mind had a lot to do with that - I'd cut down on my activities, because I'd got a bit burned out. I'm better now, and I'll get by, but if I don't make up the shortfall in my income over this year, I'll need to get a job in the final months to get by. And that will mean I won't be getting back to producing new Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan stuff. I can't combine the two, and the last time I tried was a disastrous period for me.

Of course, I can get by for a long time without actually needing to make new work. I've got all the old stuff that I can publish. But I have this idea for a 20-episode story that would fit very neatly just after The Green Knight's Belt, which I very much want to make in November/December so it can go live in January when Belt ends. So I'm trying to raise money to stay off the labour market and go on with webcartooning for another few months.

But it's not all about getting something for nothing. I want to give back to people who donate. Donors over $50 will get a limited-edition print volume of the new story, the first time in five years that Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan has appeared in print anywhere. I will make as many copies as I get donors over $50, plus five to give away on special occasions. They'll be signed and numbered, have a colour cover and documentary material about the creative process. Donors over $150 will get the original artwork of a page of their choice, plus the limited-edition book. Donors under $50 will get access to extra wallpapers, plus the ability to read Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan Modern Tales-style in multi-episode archival pages. Finally, everyone gets the story itself, right here on this website, updating regularly and looking the best I could possibly make it.

The target amount is US $750 a month. That's not all I need in any given month, but I can make the rest through my regular cartooning work for Hello You! and eventually through advertising on the new Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan website. The money will go towards living expenses, tools and materials, the cost of producing the physical goodies and the occasional bit of newly released music.

I've told a few people privately about this fundraiser and got a few pledges in already. You can donate using Paypal:

All of the above is still subject to tweaks. The version of the text on the funddrive page is the authoritative one. I've got one large donation informally pledged already, so the targets are reachable.

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