The Patreon account is now live! If you have input for me about what you see here, feel free to comment here, or email me at humanalien at gmail dot com.
You’re all great fans, and I appreciate that you like “Abby and Norma,” but as I’m sure you all realize, it’s not as great a comic as it could be.
See, I work full time in retail to support myself and my husband John, who’s a full-time student. I also have side jobs, like public speaking, writing books, making jewelry, and drawing on commission… yes, I CAN draw, I just don’t have time to do it every week for the comic.
I get paid for those things. I put less work into “Abby and Norma,” by necessity, because it doesn’t pay.
But that could change. If I got some support through Patreon, I could justify devoting more effort to this weird little comic.
I could spend less time on stuff I do to make money, and more time on “Abby and Norma.” I could buy things to help make the strip better, like digital drawing programs and maybe even a new computer someday.
I could increase the number of strips per week.
I could post more actual hand-drawn artwork.
I could put more time into the characters, making some of the simpler ones more complex and realistic instead of the two-dimensional straw men they often seem to be, and perhaps adding more characters and a wider range of diversity.
I could design better T-shirts, print collections and other merchandise.
I might even be able to travel to a comic con outside my home state, once in a while.
So, if that interests you, please go to Patreon.com and support me and “Abby and Norma”!
If pledges reach $50.00 a month, I’ll be able to buy Astropad, a program that lets me use an iPad as a drawing tablet connected to my computer. It should make it easier for me to draw original art for strips instead of copying and pasting everything. If this goal is met, I’ll draw at least one comic from scratch every month.
If pledges reach $70.00 a month, I’ll be able to buy an Adonit stylus, which will be lots easier to use than the rubber-ball-on-a-stick stylus I have for my iPad, and will most likely result in better art. If this goal is met, I’ll draw at least two comics from scratch every month.
If pledges reach $100.00 a month, I can afford to work one less day every month, giving me more time for comics. If this goal is met, I’ll post three strips a week instead of two!
If pledges reach $200.00 a month, I will revamp the merchandise page, partnering with some actual graphic design experts to make T-shirts, bags and other goodies that actually look cool!
If pledges reach $300.00 and stay there for a few months, I’ll be able to attend CAKE, the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. I will actually be able to have a table there, so I can sell stuff and sign stuff and everything!
If pledges reach $500.00 and stay there for a few months, I’ll be able to attend one of the major comic cons. It might be Toronto Comic Con, it might be Emerald City Comic Con, it might be San Diego Comic Con. I’ll decide based on feedback from you. I won’t be able to afford a table there, but I’ll be able to go, so you might get a chance to meet me, and I’ll gladly sign books if you want. Maybe if the pledges stay at this level long enough, I can afford a table someday!
If pledges reach $1000.00 a month, I can basically afford to devote as much time to the comic as I want. 5 strips a week, hand-drawn from scratch, the whole enchilada. Yay!
Thanks for donating $1 a month! You get a one-time gift: a copy of the special Abby and Norma computer wallpaper that I’ve digitally drawn by hand. You also get to have your name and a link to your website on my Supporters page, if you wish. And if you are one of the first 60 people to send me a special original quote you made up, I will include it in a speech balloon in the “Abby and Norma” Poster, of which you will ALSO get a digital copy, when it’s complete!
Thanks for donating $2 a month! In addition to all the aforementioned perks, you get a free PDF copy of the Abby and Norma collection “Everything Happens for a Reason (but nothing happens for a GOOD reason)” …complete with all the extras it contains, like bloopers, extra story arcs and printable paper dolls!
Thanks for donating $5 a month! In addition to all the aforementioned perks, you get to see the NEXT strip of “Abby and Norma” as soon as the CURRENT strip goes public— every time! Just go to www.abbyandnorma.com/FUTURE and enter the password I give you!
Thanks for donating $10 a month! In addition to all the aforementioned perks, you get a printed copy of the Abby and Norma Poster when it is finished. PLUS, every 3 months you may choose to have me create one “Abby and Norma” strip on commission for you! Give me a phrase, like “vampire vacuum cleaner” or “tree-dwelling robots”– even if it makes no sense, I will do my best to make it into a strip that’s funny!
Thanks for donating $20 a month! In addition to all the aforementioned perks, I will mail you a signed print copy of the collection “Everything Happens for a Reason (but nothing happens for a GOOD reason)” I will personalize my autograph to suit your whims, including drawing something for you!
Thanks for donating $50 a month! In addition to all the aforementioned perks, I will mail you signed print copies of ALL ELEVEN Abby and Norma Mini-Books! I will personalize my autographs to suit your whims, including drawing something for you!