I’ve set up a Patreon – check it out here.
I’ll be sharing my work in progress on The Noisy Valley – 12 stories of protest from the Rhondda – over the next 12 months, as well as thoughts and advice about comics. My sort of comics, that is: political, personal, a bit scribbly.
I think most people are familiar with what Patreon is by now, especially if you follow arts-related people, but if not: it’s a platform that allows you to support creators with micropayments. Your few quid each month helps contribute to a larger pot, and in return the artist shares content that you might not see elsewhere – artwork, conversations, merch… and community.
If you enjoy this blog, you’ll get the same kind of writing over there, plus I’ll share the actual comics from The Noisy Valley that I haven’t yet shown in public. Twelve people telling stories about all kinds of protest, large and small. If you’re in need of inspiration for activism, you’ll get some!
The biggest frustration for me in creating this project hasn’t been material – there’s plenty of that – or inspiration – I could hardly ask for more. It’s time. With a 9:00-5:30 day job, time and energy are very rare commodities. If enough people chip in with a couple of quid, I am hoping to put some of that time into my creative work.
Obviously money can’t make more hours in the day (imagine if it could! Elon Musk would be fiddling with Twitter 240/7), but it does help in the very practical sense of making up for time taken off my paid work to make comics.
And for you? The reward will be better comics, made with more energy and enthusiasm. You’ll have helped those come into the world.
I’ll also be blogging on Patreon – occasionally in public posts, but mostly for patrons only. I’ll post on here to let you know every time there’s something new to see on Patreon.
I hope that all sounds good – if so, head over and sign up. Thanks!