Nwain March 2016 Pledge Drive!

March Pledge Drive

Dear Readers,

Nwain: The Knight Who Wandered Dream is created by one person (me).  It’s a surprising amount of work!  I spend over 40 hours a week doing work on the comic, from animating and writing to marketing and bug fixing.  It leaves me no time to work at a traditional 9-5 job.  To make ends meet, I occasionally take freelance illustration commissions.  Sadly that work isn’t steady, and it can take time away from Nwain.  There are better options out there.

Merchandise is one option.  At the Nwain Gumroad shop, you can buy Nwain-related items, or download digital goodies at a pay-what-you-want price–great for a one-time donation!  I also sell the physical items at conventions, such as the Evergreen Tabletop Expo in Tacoma (May 27-29) and possibly Geek Girl Con in Seattle (Oct 8-9).

Patreon is another option.  Patreon allows you to make monthly pledges.  Depending on your pledge level, I can send you rewards.  I like Patreon because it is very steady and low hassle.  An increase in support means I have funds for getting new merchandise printed or crafted.  The only catch is that my Patreon tends to grow slowly.

So that’s why I’m holding a pledge drive!  Like pledge drives for PBS, I’m doing a month-long reminder: if you’re interested in supporting Nwain, now is a great time!

Thank you,

Terrana

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Patreon Milestone Met: Nwain Sketchbooks!

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Hello Everyone!

Thank you for reaching the Monthly Digital Sketchbook milestone!  Hooray!

Here’s the first sketchbook pdf: Sketchbook October 2015.

This is the first in a monthly series of free collections of process art, concept sketches, and other things related to Nwain.  It’s a little peek behind the scenes.

The series will be available here on the Nwain website, on my Patreon, and on my Gumroad.  If you would like to support Nwain, but prefer to make a small one-time payment, you may pay what you want for the sketchbook through Gumroad.

The sketchbook is FREE and SHAREABLE under a creative commons license. Feel free to make backup copies, print, or share the file according to the license in the pdf.

New Nwain Patreon Goals

 

I’m holding a pledge drive!  If you’ve been thinking of supporting my patreon, now could be good time to start!

Over the last few months, my intent about the future has shifted.  I want to make Nwain financially sustainable sooner rather than later.  I’ve spent the last two years working full-time to bring this comic to life, yet during that time I’ve been piling guilt on myself.  I’ve only been employed part-time during those years, intermittently looking for full-time employment at any games company that was hiring.  Still, I felt I wasn’t looking for “real” jobs as hard as I thought I should.  I was under a cloud, and that cloud prevented me from seeing the opportunity I’d been building every day for nearly two years.

I want to keep making this comic at the same pace.  To do that, I need to earn a living at it.  I need to make Nwain my job, and treat it like a “real” job.  I need to tackle the many-headed hydra of finances head-on.

To further that end, I recently registered Nwain as a business in Washington State.  I’m now officially a small business owner!  I can officially sell things online and at conventions! (and I have to pay back taxes! hooray?)

What this means for you, readers, is that I will create more merchandise and other rewards while continuing to bring you the same animated comic.  I will also hold a “pledge drive” every few months in an effort to invite more people into the Nwain family.

The first pledge drive starts today!

 

New Patreon Pledge Goal: $100 by October 31!

As my Patreon currently sits at $65, this is a modest increase of $35 in 35 days.

Please tell your friends about Nwain, especially if they like fantasy stories, comics, and/or animation.  If you considered putting up the Nwain fliers, now’s a good time to go do it!

Here’s what I can bring you if we reach certain goals…

 

$75: Free Monthly Digital Sketchbook.  This is a pdf that will release in the middle of the month.  It will contain sketches and other art I’m working on.  It will be free for anyone to download and share, covered under a Creative Commons share-alike non-commercial license.  Producing these will help me compile an artbook later.

$100: Free Music For Every Chapter.  Each chapter, I will work with musically-inclined friends to create an original soundtrack for Nwain.  The music will be freely available online.

Stretch Goals:

$125: Design & Print Posters.  Getting posters printed requires an upfront cost that I can afford more easily when we reach this goal.

$150: Handsome Tote Bag.  Like posters, tote bags also cost money.  When we reach this level, I will quest for the best of the totes.

$200: Improve Website.  I want to improve usability and access for the site, which will require time and possibly hiring web development help.  As one example, I want to make text transcripts for every page, so international readers can use Google translate to read the comic, and low vision readers can use text-to-speech programs to hear the story.

Thank you for bearing with me through this long letter.  Have a nice week!

-Terrana

P.S.: Two new pages go up this Tuesday!