Hellooo, just made this poll as kind of an extra text widget, and hoping you could help if you can and wish to, just to maintain my premium account going and help other artists which I think deserve some points for their polls O:
Thanks in advance <3
Note: Slots are filled once I have confirmation of the client being okay with the price.
Also, commissions can be cancelled as late as in the red dot stage.
Commission information and pricing can be seen here
How does progress works:
Slot Taken, Planning
Background, Shading, Text
I draw TG (Gender Transformation) AR (Age Regression) WG (Weight Gain) and More (As in, more stuff <3)
I live in Cuenca, Spain, but I was born in Santiago de Chile
ahm, more about myself? That's on my second id, wait up, I'll link it... here :
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The title says it all, this has been a constant problem since over a year after the comic started, each update going increasingly further apart from each other, even though I had planned on using a patreon milestone to ensure at least a page a month that ended up failing, pledge come and go too often and I still end up having to take care of rewards from patreon first.
Truth is Patreon Rewards tend to suck out quite a lot of time, specially since people can claim them at any time. It can't be helped and they're definitely a fundamental support for me to be able to focus on drawing exclusively, but they always end up being the highest priority.
That added to the fact that I keep doing commissions in the same or even bigger amount that before means IISY ends up constantly being pushed back, since it's either a commission or a patreon reward that's keeping me busy.
So I started to think some way around it a couple weeks ago, after exchanging a couple of comments in what was currently the latest page of IISY, you can see the comments exchange here. Since I'm guessing most people won't want to read through all that, a summary would basically be:
Drawings are my only source of income, this means I need to constantly keep drawing if I expect to make any money, so basically I need to take commissions in order to survive. sentzeu3 suggested "commissioning" the updates of IISY, this meaning the readers would pay for the new pages, and I could give them a much higher priority since I could get an income off these updates and I wouldn't need to be taking as many commissions.
With such system I could keep a scheduled deliver, which would work nicely if set at a certain day each month.
Of course I'd make sure not to slack with these updates, and in all the time I've been here I can say I'd pride myself in being honest and transparent when it comes to commissioned work, so I'd keep a status for each page being worked on and of course any time I knew I would be unable to deliver I'd let everyone know in advance.
If it's decided then I guess the only things that'd need to be discussed is if there would be a set price for each page and what method would work best for the readers to donate at (Directly to Paypal, Patreon, etc.).
BUT of course this needs to be talked through, which is the reason why I'm making this journal, any ideas and opinions on the matter would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reading
From the information I've gattered off comments, notes and emails, I could see the crowdfunding system actually working, setting a maximum amount of pages that could be released each month (Let's say 3 for starters), I'd also make sure to do a free update once in a while, I feel that specially in pages where there's just one character not moving much and with little to no dialogue it'd be kinda pointless to ask money for it.
The only questions now being which system to use exactly and what'd the exact amount per page be, regarding the system, amongst the ideas I got, the two that seemed the best were simply:
-Set up a tip jar on my account here with a direct link to Paypal with an icon I'd change once the amount is reached.
-Set up a Patreon Account exclusively for IISY
Now while the Patreon Account seems like it'd be the simplest solution to handle, there are some tiny details that'd need consideration:
-Patreon has it's own percentage fees alongside Paypal's, which means less money than if it was directly donated to Paypal
-I currently dont' know if I would set rewards for this patreon account, simply because I can't think of any, the reward with which people can add background characters to the comic is already in my current patreon account. Only one I can think of atm is to give people early access, I usually post each page as it's finished, but I guess the crowdfunding thing will probably make things different.
Second question is the exact amount per page, I've reached an exact amount based off the price of my commissions, since after all the initial idea was to be able to give more focus to IISY than what I've been giving to commissioned comics, so the price per page would be 250 USD, this of course it's still subject to change, but considering the amount of characters that'll be showing up as regulars it's around the price a normal commissioned comic page of mine would cost.
I'd really need any comments you could give me here to help set things up, both regarding the system and the total price, as well as any other points or ideas you may have, if this does get up and running I'd expect to start it as early as May and as late as June, but of course we've yet to see.
Again thank you very much for reading
--A B-Day pic ans some more stuff no one requested.
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