It’s been way too long since I’ve updated here, and I want to apologize to you, the patrons for this. There’s a few reasons for the delay. First, I’ve been eyeball-deep on a big graphics project for my alma mater, the University of Georgia. This has consumed a massive amount of time in January due to the size of the project and the timeframe (I got the project right after New Year’s Day and the show it’s for is this Saturday. That’s tight!).
It’s also very cold by the drawing table. The window is drafty and needs to be replaced, so it’s not a comfy place to be and draw. That’s whining, I know, but cold is cold.
However, there’s a third reason, and it’s one I’ve been avoiding addressing. I hate to admit it, but my heart’s just not in Accidental Centaurs right now. Readership is at a very low level, and this lead to a mixed level of success on the Patreon appeal.
I say “mixed” because if you look at it from a percentage perspective, the response was fantastic! Ten patrons out of about 300 readers? That’s what… three percent? When the rule-of-thumb is that only one percent of your readers will provide monetary support? Three percent is fan-frakking-tastic!
Unfortunately, percentages don’t feed the bulldog — or the Shelties (University of Georgia Bulldogs joke not intended). From the dollar perspective, a pledge total of $15 per page is not sustainable. After Patreon fees, I’m only getting $13.51, and that works to about $1.50 an hour.
Like I said, not sustainable. Especially now that there’s new projects that need my time, like “The Maykits”.
So, where does that leave Accidental Centaurs?
Here’s what I’ve decided I need to do:
- Finish “Negative Spaces”. I’m not going to leave this in the lurch. There’s not fixed time frame, so posts will be sporadic, especially when it’s too frakking cold in my studio.
- I’m cancelling the Patreon program. I won’t be soliciting new members, and I will be shutting it down entirely when “Negative Spaces” is done. If you want to stick around, that’s great, but if you want to unsubscribe, then that’s fine, too. I’m going to get the stickers made up and sent out, and if you’re due a drawing, let me know what you want. I’ll also email out details for the free eBook download when I have that nailed down.
- I’m putting Year Two on indefinite hold. I’ll do it, one of these days, but it won’t be soon. That’s a good thing, because it’s going to allow me to refine it and make it better. Maybe I’ll do it as a graphic novel one of these days. Who knows?
- There’s always more “PBW” and “Naughty Bits”. Great googly moogly, that stuff sells!
One thing I’ve learned is never to say that I’m “never” doing Accidental Centaurs again. I love these characters far too much. So this is not so much a “adieu” to the oatmunchers as it is “au revior”.
I will be busy developing new projects, such as “The Maykits”, which I think will have a broader appeal. I hope you will be kind enough to grace me with your patronage in the future and on my other projects, which I’ll be posting about here as they develop.
So, as I said before, not “adieu”, but “au revior”.