Haha, that was my spouse! You know us too well. ;)
And even though we struck out on anyone that specializes in it nearby, we have pretty much settled on designs.
We’ve been planning on getting matching tattoos to symbolize our relationship for years now — even before our actual wedding — and saving up for it. Originally we had the idea of getting a simple black band around one forearm apiece: not only would it be symbolic of a marriage ‘band’ (because we suck at wearing rings, or often do things that would endanger them) but it’s also a common criminal marker from ‘olden times’ — nothing that would get us into gang trouble, but a symbolic gesture of homosexuality being criminalized for so long.
We’ve been playing around with the idea of getting several bands tattooed (i.e., as criminals would have gotten extra bands depending on years of sentence or type of crime) or generally making the bands huge and gauntlet-like.
We’ve been together over a decade and have been legally married in exactly one State for four years — so 4 to 10 bands? An entire arm covered? That seems reasonable to me.
Thanks for the awesome question! <3
Future Tattoo Plans, Hooray!
Actually, no! That would be my wife’s voice. Basically, she has a girly lilt and I have a flat grunt. If you ever hear us together, it’s pretty easy to imagine which goes with who.
It’s officially one month since we launched our Patreon campaign and, needless to say, it has gone above and beyond our expectations already! K and I are really overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from our readers (who, again, deserve all of the thank yous and awkward hugging we can muster) and I don’t think I’m being hyperbolic by dubbing this an official game-changer. Still, if there’s one thing I’ve heard a lot of these last few weeks, it’s questions from people who have no idea how Patreon works, whether as patrons or creators. God knows I was pretty clueless when we got started! So, I thought I might take this milestone as an opportunity to fill everyone in!
As you can see, we’re officially at $226 per comic(!!!) at the time of this screenshot. Does that mean we’re literally getting paid $226 per comic? Yes and no! Yes, our very first comic of the month will be worth $226 (no pressure! o_o), but after that, no! The value of each following comic throughout the month goes down little by little depending on where our patrons have capped their total payments. Luckily, it’s not a complete guessing game on our end because Patreon has a system in place to estimate future values.
That value cap is actually a very useful system that goes woefully unexplained to potential patrons. Essentially, you might want to pledge $1 or $2 per comic, but can only afford to spend $10 an entire month, no matter what our output. That’s totally doable! Patreon lets patrons to cap their total spending amount at the same time as pledging — no scary “I just promised a ton of money, oh god, where are the settings and how do I find this stupid button” scramble that’s all too familiar to us, right? Is it just me? Maybe it’s just me.
So, what does the end of the month look like? Net? Gross? Scary Taxable Words? After all of the funds are collected, it looks something like this:
Naturally, a percentage goes to Patreon (so they can, y’know, operate), another chunk goes to credit card processing fees, and some is automatically deducted if you’re supporting any other Patreon campaigns. All of those factors are variable, but the average breakdown for creators is roughly 7-10% of your haul. As long as you’re taking advantage of Patreon’s direct deposit or check services, the rest is yours (after the obscene taxes you get to pay as a freelancer, yay)!
(Oh god, the taxes.)
Has Patreon worked for us? Yes, incredibly and with lots of amazement on our part. Will Patreon work for everyone? Of course not, crowdfunding is inherently unpredictable thanks to its myriad of variables that I can’t begin to list. Do I think Patreon is an important service? Absolutely, yes! There are several companies (i.e. Kickstarter, Indiegogo, etc.) providing the platforms designed ideally to fund finite projects like inventions, books, and films, but it wasn’t until Patreon that there was a trustworthy, streamlined way to fund ongoing projects like webcomics outside of advertising revenue and site traffic. And unlike the funding horror stories of “took the money and ran,” Patreon only charges you (and pays creators) when creations are delivered. As both a creator and a Patron, I can certainly appreciate that detail.
To wrap things up, I hope this breakdown helped to clear up things that even I didn’t understand about Patreon a short time ago, and I hope it might encourage some of you creators out there to give it a try! To all of our personal Patrons, thank you so much! A month into our campaign and we’re already obscenely close to another milestone I only fantasized about reaching. I’m over the moon imagining what this year is going to bring and I hope you’ll all enjoy the ride with us!