Some time ago, Gisèle and I set up a donation drive. The goal? To give us a "war chest" so that Gisèle could leave her job and start cartooning full-time. The incentives were many:
$5,000: Gift card PDFs (with passwords) for all donors. Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas, guy's birthday, gal's birthday, anniversary. For the special occasions that just sneak up on you.
$10,000: Gisèle and I work with others to finish the unfinished conclusion to Cool Cat Studio.
$15,000: Donors get access to a special page with 10 printable pieces of Gisèle artwork, based on the requests of the top 10 donors, who'll receive originals.
$20,000: Gisèle and I work with musicians (Gisèle used to be a musician, in case you didn't know) to produce a nine-song set based on Penny and Aggie, available in mp3, free for a limited time, sent to all donors.
$25,000: Jason Waltrip and I start presenting Fans: The Survivors Swarm, a 160-page, paperback-format webcomic featuring characters from my first series in an all-new suspenseful tale that's been nagging at me for months. (Jason needs a page rate, so a portion of this money will go straight to him.)
$30,000: Gisèle quits. Penny and Aggie moves to five days a week.
$35,000: Penny and Aggie starts running "fanstuff weekends:" bonus material from Gisèle and me and/or P&A fans, every Saturday...
$40,000: ...and Sunday, with one bonus guaranteed to be by me and Gisèle each week.
Thanks to some good fortune in other areas, Gisele has already been able to quit! We are as good as our word and will continue to offer these things on schedule with the donation totals... or ahead of schedule. We've started the Cool Cat Studio story and Jason and I are hard at work on Fans: The Swarm. But after a strong start, donations have slowed to a point where we don't need to track them on a day-to-day basis anymore. Instead, we'll post the donation total on a month-to-month basis here. On this day, November 14, 2007, the donation total is: $5125.
You can also send checks (no cash, please) to:
1600 Granby St
Norfolk, VA 23510
Checks should be made out to me to allow us to track donation totals accurately. Many, many thanks, for every cent... and thanks for reading.