One of the rewards I offer on Patreon is a chance to be pen pals. Really. Well, kind of one-way pen pals, but that’s better than nothing. Right? Sure!
At the $10 a month reward level, I will send you a hand-written letter a month, every month, along with an inked drawing on the same page.
So, for the price of two fancy coffees you can get a piece of original art and a personal message from me, every month, right to your mailbox. Plus, this also gets you full access to my Patreon blog posts and early access to the newest Foxes & Boxes comic before anyone else.
How does Patreon help me make comics?
Making “free” entertainment is not without its costs. Patrons will help me cover my costs for making a new comic every week. Costs like:
- Biannual Website hosting fees.
- Yearly domain registration fees.
- Monthly website back-up services.
- Website plug-ins and updates.
- Design work (like the Foxes & Boxes logo) and promotional items (business cards, etc).
- Art supplies (pens, paper, etc).
- Equipment and software (drawing tablets, drawing programs).
- Monthly utilities and Internet service costs.
- Online advertising (Bing, Project Wonderful, Facebook).
- My PO Box address.
- Table fees for appearing at comic shows.
- Travel costs for appearing at comic shows (food, gas, hotel).
- Costs for making art prints, books, comics, and other items to sell at comic shows.
I’m happy to send the letter/drawing to someone else on your behalf. Do you have a son/daughter, niece/nephew, hermit uncle or family pet you would like to see get more mail? That’s totally doable! It doesn’t matter where I send the letter/drawing, all I need to know is the address and the person’s name.
(In the case of young children, maybe let me know their age so I don’t accidentally write something PG-13 or make off-hand remarks about paying taxes or lamenting the onset of lumbago).
Of course, there’s also the $20 a month level where I send a watercolor post card instead of a letter. Like with the letter, I can send it to someone else if you want.
I’m eager to give these a shot and see what I can come up with every month—and it helps cover my website costs too. You get a goofy message and a silly drawing every month, and I keep the lights on (and/or cats fed).
Paying It Forward
From now until April, for every three new patrons I get, I will back another artist on Patreon. I will pledge at least $1 a month and keep the pledges going for at least six months.
Daniel J. Hogan is a geeky cartoonist and writer living in Michigan. Daniel is available for freelance writing and cartooning commissions (Contact Daniel). This post contains affiliate links, unless it doesn't.