Hey, thanks to everyone who participated in the polls that I've been running recently, and to who made them possible! Out of my original works, I asked you what you wanted to see most, and Jocelyn won by a large margin. But what specifically did you want to see of Jocelyn? By a margin of only two votes, a re-telling of Jocelyn's original story in comic form was the winner.
Since the next major project will be funded through patreon, I wanted to make sure it was, as much as possible, a project that you wanted to see. I realize that there was surprisingly quite a spread between the choices. Many people asked for Gaining Experience, several asked for Beth, and a few asked for The Crystal Conspiracy. There were also a good number of people who wanted to see a comic of Jocelyn and what happens with her 10 years down the road, and a large share of people who wanted to see a comic of Jocelyn that picks up where the original story leaves off.
The polls did not produce a landslide winner by any means, and that may mean that there are a lot of you who are disappointed with the result. I am sorry if this is the case. But I will say that even the projects that did not receive as many votes will continue to be developed behind the scenes, and you can see this process in its entirety if you provide a $5/page sponsorship on patreon. I've already posted the 3rd page of Gaining Experience there, for those who are interested. The Crystal Conspiracy will be continued there as well. I have a couple of sketches of the upcoming pages that I haven't had the time to scan and put together yet, but they will be up on patreon eventually.
Given the choices, I would have been happy working on any of the options put forward, but I am quite glad about the result. I've had great fun working on Jocelyn's tale, and I think bringing it to life visually will be rather enjoyable. Not to mention the potential for visual elaboration where it might not have been feasible through written words--and of course, the possibility of "deleted" scenes is always an interesting prospect.
To change gears a little, I wanted to talk briefly about patreon sponsorship since this is going to be a thing. There have already been two people who have provided $5 and $1/page sponsorships and removed them almost immediately. One reason I can of think as to why this would occur is that they want to gain access to the exclusive content, and then bail out after downloading everything and before they are obligated to contribute financially to my work. It could be for any reason, but this is a strong possibility. I am actively thinking of ways to prevent this, or at least make it more difficult to do, not just because it's unfair to me, but because it's unfair to people who are legitimate sponsors. I'd be happy to take any ideas regarding this. Some possibilities I've already considered are: 1) Only posting new exclusive content after I receive payment for sponsored content, and; 2) starting an emailing list and distributing exclusive content directly to sponsors' email address.
To end on a positive note, THANK YOU to everyone who has made the decision to support my work, even before knowing exactly what is was going to be. You are awesome. If you guys have any ideas as to what you'd like to see from me in terms of exclusive content in the future, please do let me know via patreon.