FindChaos: The Official Blog of A. Stiffler

Professional illustrator, comic artist, graphic designer and avid birder. Stuff I draw and other nonsense.
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FindChaos: Unkindness, Page 22

Fair warning.

And a final reblog for the evening crowd!

spikedrewthis:

Smut Peddler is currently the most popular project on Kickstarter.

Not the most popular comic project. the most popular project, period.

We are just speechless at this response to our anthology. Thank you so much for your support, everyone! And if you haven’t backed us yet, please head on over to the Kickstarter page and check us out!  

findchaos:

FindChaos: Unkindness, Page 22

Fair warning.

Into the thick of it.

Konstantin Gets Hate Mail

One of our “Meet the Cats" comic has been making the rounds on the internet lately, which always brings in new people, new comments, and — because it’s the internet — new hate messages. We decided to pass along some of the angry sentiments directly to Konstantin, for a change. I’m sure his reply is forthcoming, once he decides to give a shit.

corvidblog:

(via Ravens at Wellesley | Wellesley College)

RAVEN CAM GUYS RAVEN CAM RAAAAVEN CAAAAAMMM!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D

whowasntthere:

Freak-Face Friday

I’ve been having a weird (ick, mental-stuff) time recently, but accomplishing a lot of physical, non-social tasks. I haven’t been as outgoing online (or off) as I want to, so here are some pictures of my face for social reasons. My nose has been growing steadily, I think soon it will have enough rings to be classified as a Redwood. Please imagine that the last three images are my best impressions of Boomer from Fraggle Rock. Because they are.

K, doing nothing to disprove that I’m a very shallow person.

Got that on lock-down.

alexquintas:

aburningrose:

whowasntthere:

alexquintas:

I’m finally ok with this. I had a nightmare and I think I’m actually ok with it now. Some people say that when you have a dream about something it’s your subconscious way of letting something go. Maybe it is. Personal comic while I wait for traffic to die down. :)

I’m sorry about the hurt, but I’m also really glad you’ve come through it and made this beautiful comic. I really love the static, it struck a chord. Dreams are weird.

Dreams are weird, but sometimes, even with all the surreal stuff they bring about, a bit of truth likes to nudge it’s way through and with it comes a wonderful comic like this from a super gal like you.

It’s a lot sadder than it should be (the comic). I’m actually in a really good mood (tired but good) but it’s something I had to get out. Especially after that dream. It’s like a cleanse. But, having pretty boss kids that think I’m cool/like it is always a good thing. You kids
You mentioned on reddit a while ago that you were looking for a Blackwork tattoo shop. Do you have a design in mind, or have you not yet settled on anything?
findchaos findchaos Said:

whowasntthere:

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!

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Is that your voice in the Konstantin video?
findchaos findchaos Said:

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.

Wake Up, Konstantin!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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)!

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(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.

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(GIMME COMICS.)

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!

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