What is Patreon?

I revived my Patreon account, and I get a lot of people asking “what is Patreon?” The folks to established the site warn that half my job as a creator will be explaining what Patreon is *awkward laughing* so here’s my Patreon introduction blog post.

Patreon is a crowdfunding platform – not unlike Kickstarter. I have a product idea but don’t possess the funds to produce it. You love my idea and give me funds. We all walk away with said product. The major difference between Patreon and other crowdfunding sites is that Patreon is set up to be a long term solution for creators.

We want to help every creator in the world achieve sustainable income.

You read that correctly. Patreon was developed for you – fans – to help people like me – creators – live off our art. Monthly contributions through Patreon act like a paycheck. Creators are being paid through Patreon, so we don’t have to work 40+ hours a week to make ends meet (and then try to find time for our art).

But let’s not reinvent the wheel. The people over at Patreon have a great “what is Patreon” video. So let’s check that out.

Watch that Video Here

So now the big question: Why am I on Patreon?

The obvious answer is so I can spend less time working and more time writing. Being able to support myself on my comics is quite literally a dream. But that’s not my initial goal. If you check out my Patreon page – and you really should – you’ll see that I talk a lot about giving money to other artists.

I’m a creator first and a writer second. This means that I’m footing the bill for line artists, inkers, colorers and letterers. I’m hiring graphic artists and printers. A single comic issue costs literally thousands of dollars to produce – and that’s before I consider paying myself anything.

So I’m on Patreon so paying these (deserving) artists is a little easier. Everything I make from Patreon is funneled back into my comic books. I’m not looking to quit my job and live off Patreon (yet! I mean, getting to that point would be great). I’m trying to create more jobs for freelancers like myself. If I spent less money out of my own pocket on comics, maybe I’d be able to make ends meet finally. *insert another awkward laugh here*

So check out my Patreon and consider supporting my work. I post daily. Right now, The Martyrs is running as a free-to-read webcomic, and Patrons are getting weekly updates on Alex Priest. All my reward tiers are set up around comic books, so you’ll be able to grab a copy yourself.

Click the link.
Do it.

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