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Comment on 4.43 of Bright Stars
maplebee, 13 Aug 2014 01:51 am
@YersiniaP: all of the pledges are there so you can pledge for them as you please, on a month-by-month basis - it doesn't have to be ongoing every month. So say you usually have like, a $5/mo pledge, but one month you can afford a $30 pledge, then you'd pledge $30 for that month, get the commission, and you can drop back down to your regular pledge the following month.

So basically you'd get that level of reward for any month you pledge for it, but you don't have to always pledge at that level :)
Comment on 4.43 of Bright Stars
maplebee, 09 Aug 2014 10:35 am
@Niggle: a kaon (kaont = plural) is a Veo hour, which is a bit longer than an Earth hour.

I think Patreon has the power to be leveraged much like Kickstarter, where even the $1 contributions add up. If each of the people who have my comic faved on SJ pledged $1, it would guarantee 4 pages a month; if each of the unique hits who read my page according to my analytics pledged $1, it would more than guarantee 8 pages a month. It's just a matter of whether people feel like contributing, even in a small way.

@Angel_Sin: thank you so much! It was really exciting to wake up to an e-mail that I already had a patron!
Comment on 4.42 of Bright Stars
maplebee, 02 Aug 2014 02:50 pm
@InsanieDestiny09: I considered doing some sparkly background with a nebula or a galaxy, but decided to go with a simple starlit sky to emphasize how vast, empty, and dark, much of space is.
Comment on 4.43 of Bright Stars
maplebee, 02 Aug 2014 02:49 pm
I decided to go for it and made a Patreon for the comic! I'm hoping it will at least fund the SJ premium account and the GoDaddy url for the year next year - I'm starting to give serious consideration to ads to cover that - but depending on how it goes it could get us back to 8 pages a month.

I plan to keep making Bright Stars even though there are times when I can't update for months (as recently), but it does end up having to take third place behind working for me, as I have to work two jobs most of the year (huzzah for supply teaching not being steady enough...). A successful enough Patreon could allow me to reduce some of my hours at my part-time job and focus more on comic making.

It could also eventually mean that I could look seriously at something like a print run of the comic (currently I don't have the upfront capital to order a batch of books).

Anyway, we'll see what happens.
Comment on 4.42 of Bright Stars
maplebee, 29 Jul 2014 12:51 pm
I could never be an astronaut. The high g training would wash me out even if I had the scientific knowledge; I get nauseous on swing sets, let alone being spun around at high speed.

But if I somehow got an opportunity for a spacewalk I'd say yes in .0001 seconds. It's documented that astronauts become captivated by staring at space, dangerously so, sometimes. There's a hypnotic effect in being surrounded by so much vastness. If one can feel so small looking up at the stars at night from the ground, I can only imagine what it's like to look up at the stars from among the stars.

On a completely different note: I'm thinking about setting up a Patreon account for Bright Stars. Any thoughts?
Comment on Happy Bday 2014 of Bright Stars
maplebee, 25 Jul 2014 12:27 pm
@Infinity.: I have looked at it before, but haven't had time this summer to leverage it, as I don't have time to create any bonus content.

I'm trying to get back in the groove and ramp up for the next chunk of the chapter, while also doing some backend stuff (like finishing incomplete pages in chapter 3), so I might look more seriously at Patreon soon.
Comment on Happy Bday 2014 of Bright Stars
maplebee, 23 Jul 2014 12:42 pm
2/2 today!

While I was too busy to update, the comic's 3rd anniversary slipped by! I basically forgot about it, but Alicia didn't :D

As always, June is when I renew the SJ premium subscription, which is $60 for the year and allows us not to be bothered by ads, and a much more custom theme so the site looks good for reading. I always pay it out-of-pocket since I don't generate income from ads, and donations are always extra appreciated this time of year. Usually they would go straight to the subscription; this year they'll help me recoup the cost since I already paid it. If you'd like to donate, the PayPal button is just to the right there, and there is a wallpaper pack available to you for donating more than $5 if you don't have it already!
Comment on 4.41 of Bright Stars
maplebee, 23 Jul 2014 12:22 pm
1/2 today! Scene break.
Comment on 4.40 of Bright Stars
maplebee, 15 Jul 2014 01:28 pm
And so ends the scene.
Comment on 4.38 of Bright Stars
maplebee, 10 Jul 2014 01:05 pm
@Toli B: thanks very much! I decided early on that, if I wanted to do a sci-fi comic, it would have to have something other than usual technology since I'm terrible at drawing mechanical things.

@ladybug: I'm so glad to hear that :D

@Niggle: I did finish the other pages! We're so close to the end of the scene that I figured it was a good time to do so, plus it took me so long to return to updating that I thought people might want to reread the chapter to remember what's happening, and this way it's all complete :D (More about Jetii will be revealed soon, ooooo.....)

@Shaleene: thanks very much :D

@YersiniaP: I'm glad Chal came off as seeming like he would drawl a bit anyway, haha. Jetii has the accent of a German who speaks very good English - that lovely crispness and preciseness Germans can have in English, not the "I vill taek ovehr ze voooorld, ahaha!" evil villain stereotype accent XD

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