With Your Help, Demon Can Update 7 Days a Week!!
by Jason Shiga | 2014-11-18 23:22:48
Greetings everyone! Hope you're enjoying this month's Demon. Just wanted to take a sec and let you know about a milestone goal I just threw up on my patreon page. In the past, I've always felt reluctant about contributing to these types of campaigns myself. I come pretty close to being the idealized homo economicus and collective action type pleas like these never seemed to garner any traction in my Spock-like mind. I remember I once found my wife listening to a PBS pledge drive. She told me she felt bad about not donating so the least she could do was listen to an hour of mind numbing pledge breaks. All I could say was, "highly illogical" before turning off the radio. These days, however, I love donating to people's Patreon and Kickstarter campaigns. It's almost like a form of voting, except instead of politicians, I'm voting units of pop culture or art into existence. Unlike most of the things I spend money on, pop culture and art are a huge and important part of my life. I spend so much of my day immersed in one narrative structure or another, it just feels really good to support the fabric of my own reality when I can. Which I guess brings me to the topic of this post... I've worked out the numbers pretty thoroughly at this point and if I can get my patreon campaign up to $1,700 I should be able to turn down future contract work, focus full time on Demon and begin updating 7 days a week. This could potentially be a win for everyone. For me, it means doing what I love full time. And I can tell you being able to work full time on Demon would be a dream come true for me. For you, turning Demon into my full time job means updates 7 days a week. No longer do you have to curse the weekends, waiting with bated anticipation for Monday to arrive. According to my stats, I've got about 1000 regular daily readers and I'm getting more every week. This is great, but the flip side of all these readers is higher bandwidth charges for me. I've never put ads on this comic and never will. Unfortunately, that means it actually costs me money to bring Demon to every one of my readers. Demon is free and always will be. But not for me. Fortunately, catastrophic financial ruin can be flipped into a dream career and a thriving webcomic on a dime. Literally. If my regular readers were to donate just 50 cents, that should be more than enough to get us to our $1700 goal. That's 2 quarters peoples! Maybe you paid $8 to see Big Hero 6 last weekend and you think Demon has brought you 1/16th as much entertainment. Maybe you're already donating at the $5 level and you think the value of the booklets is considerably more, so you up your pledge to $5.50 or $6. I know a lot of my readers are students or teenagers and can't afford $1, so maybe instead you'd like to support the comics you like by tweeting or telling your facebook friends about Demon. Maybe you're just a self interested homo economicus like me and want to be able to read Demon 7 days a week. Then may I suggest you multiply the amount of joy reading Demon 7 days a week would bring you by the probability that your $1 would bring us to our goal. Then compare this value to the marginal gain your $1 would have brought you spent on a differing form of entertainment. Even if you can't do any of these, I really do appreciate you reading Demon and reading this far into the post. Maybe you're like my wife and show your support by slogging through a mind numbing essay about why I want your money. Although it would serve me right, I'm hoping your husband doesn't close your browser on me.
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While I'm currently dividing my time between puking my guts out and urinating into paper cups, my husband Jason Shiga is jet-setting across the country, speaking at schools and libraries. You can keep up with his busy schedule here in the events section of the site.
August 30-31, 2014
SF Zine Fest | San Francisco, CA
August 9, 2014
Dr. Comics and Mr. Games | Oakland, CA
The kind folks at Dr. Comics and Mr. Games in Oakland will be hosting my first and only in store signing for Demon. If you want your own personalized copy, now’s your chance! Or just stop by and ask me any question about the series or life in general. Contact the store for more details.
October 4-5, 2014
Alternative Press Expo | San Francisco, CA
If you’re in the Bay Area, please feel free to come by and say hello to me at the Alternative Press Expo. I don’t have too many details yet. But I will be tabling, signing books and giving out comics to whomever can solve my impossible brainteasers. See you there!