Guys! Guys! Look what I made! It’s a Patreon page for Half-Man!
I’m sooooooo excited about this. I love the whole idea of crowd funding. It just makes sense to me.
I remember back when I was a teen and people would get up in arms about things like Napster (yes, I’m that old) and later torrenting. I always felt like the people who got all scared by the idea of people downloading stuff for free just didn’t get it. I would totally download something to check it out, just like I would borrow a book or a CD or a movie from a friend and watch it without paying for it. Then if I liked it, I would go buy it for myself.
People (and by people I mean people who just don’t get it) would be all like “but if you can get it for free, then why would anyone pay for it?” Because they care about it, that’s why. People do care about things, you know.
With art (and comics are totally art. If you say differently then you and I are going to have words) I always felt like I was voting with my dollars. If I liked something, then I had to put my money where my passion was, if you know what I mean. Buying something was my way of saying to the world, “hey, I like this, make more stuff like this!”
But I’m not going to vote for something sight unseen. That’s not responsible consumerism. That sort of thing is why terrible summer blockbuster movies keep getting made. If we refused to pay for anything that’s crap, then people would have to make better movies. Think about it.
Anyway, my point is that when things like Kickstarter and Subbable (RIP) and Patreon started happening, it made TOTAL SENSE to me. I was like, finally, a way to support creators I love without buying a poster or a T-shirt I don’t want!
So I’m pretty excited to be a part of this whole thing. I really think we’re revolutionizing the way that people think about supporting the arts, and that it is a very very good (and long overdue) change. It’s still sort of an experiment at this point, since this stuff has only really been around for a few years, but I think it seems to be working. And I’m jazzed to be part of the experiment.
So yeah, if you think Half-Man is cool and would like there to keep being more of it, now there’s a way for you to help make that happen. And of course if you love Half-Man but you aren’t in a position to be able to support us, that is totally cool too. We’ve all been there. Half-Man is going to keep being free, because accessible art is also something I believe in.
So rock on Patreon! We’re going to change the world together!