This morning, I did not have a sandwich. The universe had a sandwich, paired perfectly with the smooth jazz on the sound system at the downtown LA place this occurred in. I vanished for a moment, and there was only the bliss of this really good sandwich being consumed, a beautiful harmony of music and ambience and tastes.
The second half was just a good sandwich. I may have been really hungry and a bit stressed out from this weekend.
Holy shit I just looked at the Do Not Distirb sign at this hotel Patreon put me up in
Also hi Ethan 😇
We found these in the Horror Vault at LA’s “Last Bookstore”. Which is hella whimsical.
“Trying to make friends with [redacted] is like trying to make friends with a Superfund site.”
hahaha I met ONE last comics person at the #patrecon afterparty tonight just as we were about to leave, and they KNEW MY WORK holy crap. I may have failed a social roll but we both had the excuse of "tired after long con" and "tizzly" and "hollering over very loud music" soooo
glad i'm staying an extra day, we're gonna love having a day of no obligations before flying back.
Jack Conte, at the end of his closing speech for Patrecon: Ask me hard questions!
First question: is your band gonna play at the closing party *applause*
Me: Just how much does Patreon owe to VC, and what’s your plans for profits after you pay them off?
Jack: oh god that is a super hard question that keeps me up at night *manages to convince me that he’s pretty goddamn passionate about keeping Patreon all about Paying Creators*
So um hey all you folks using Patreon as a paywall who hate folks leeching the whole atchive? Jeremy Bernal has been working on some tech to fight that that sounds pretty cool. Further news once it hits prime time.
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i mean i guess there's people talking about "creating community" around their work and maybe that's what I'm doing with this here mastodon instance - but I'm also quite pointedly keeping it separate from my Art Work and really trying to *not* have dragon.style be About Me. I dunno, it's 2am and I should be going to sleep but now there is a *party* with loud music going on outside in downtown LA.
Need to take 4~5 commissions to be safe, but I'm rubberbanding back away from being social so streaming isn't helping anymore. So if you're interested: here is a form to stick your name in a hat!
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So I am sitting here in my hotel room failing to sleep and turning over thoughts about Patrecon in my head.
One thing that has always bugged me about Patreon's advice is how much it's aimed at people with different goals from mine. "Get on Youtube," their advice emails would always say. "Start streaming on Twitch". Make video, whatever you do. Sell *yourself*, not your work. Sell your personality, make yourself a star. I unsubscribed from them after a while because I just got tired of them banging that drum; when I started a second Patreon for the Mastodon instance, I unsubscribed from them on that account pretty fast, too.
Which I guess is good advice if your goal is "make music and music videos" like it is for Patreon's founder. And it's good advice if you're a kid who grew up dreaming of being a Famous Youtuber. Or maybe it isn't given that one of those just gave a presentation on how completely burnt out becoming a Famous Youtuber left her. And maybe it isn't given how it recently came out that Facebook's video view numbers were drastically inflated over the past decade, creating a whole industry of "pivoting to video" on numbers that turned out to be bullshit and lies.
I mean, selling myself was *never* my goal. I don't want to be recognized on the street by anyone but a superfan. I'm a *cartoonist*. I sit somewhere quiet and draw goofy pictures that tell stories. Before that I wanted to be an animator, which is pretty much the same thing, really. My core skillset has absolutely zero live performance skills in it.
And... there's this wall here at Patrecon, with a bunch of pens next to it, and a suggestion to "tell your creator story" on it. There's two people on it whose story involves comics, and both of them mention that the combination of Patreon and adult comics is what's been paying their bills lately. I think about that and I think about the fact that I sure know a hell of a lot of people whose Patreon campaign centers around them drawing goofy cartoon porn. And that just feels completely swept under the rug at this con. What works for them? What's different from the video makers? I'll never find out here at Patrecon. Not from the official speakers, at least; there's a 'sex-positive creators' meetup that got floated for during the closing party tonight on the #patrecon hashtag and I plan to be around for that even though my current project is PG.
And I'm just sitting in these sessions where, like, people talk about how if someone drops off their Patreon they record a fucking *personalized video* of them saying 'hey if this was just your card breaking here's how to go fix that' and, just, that's a fucking nightmare to me. This whole online video economy is a nightmare machine that I have never wanted any part of. But Patreon loves it. Just about all the speakers at their con are "video creators" and "podcasters". Or "people who work for Patreon and are gonna talk about what they've been working on", which *is* interesting.
There's a panel tomorrow morning - early today I guess - with Keith Knight, a cartoonist who weathered the death of the Alternative Weekly Newspapers and is now doing well enough on Patreon that he feels he should hide just how many dollars he's making. He might have something to say that's more applicable to me. The workflow of a weekly comic is pretty different from longform graphic novels but at least he's not yet another video creator or podcaster. You know who I'd *love* to see at this? I wanna hear what Abbadon is doing on his Patreon for Kill Six Billion Demons, I wanna know what kind of goofy stuff that's not the huge task of cranking out regular pages of that dense, long comic works for him, and fits easily around the time that takes, I wanna know what gave *him* big jumps in membership. I wanna know what some of the top fiction writers on Patreon are doing. I wanna know what works for all the other people who hate the idea of being on camera, ever. And I wanna hear from some of the top people turning out freaky, freaky cartoon porn. Instead I hear from a burnt-out YouTuber who's been on Patreon all of two weeks now.
Ah well. I'm not paying for the hotel or the con. And I'm in LA getting some sun and being able to walk around outside with bare arms and legs. And maybe some interesting connections will come of this con. Or of doing lunch with some of my LA friends.
I really need to get around to updating MAMP. It bugs me about being an old version every time I boot it up to fool around with web stuff. And I always have to force quit it nowadays when I want to stop.
I just never feel like updating it when I want to try working...
actually hell I am thinking this while closing it down because I do not have the energy to update, I'm just gonna do it now. Ooh they have added an app to easily preview my local dev stuff on iThings, too. And a whole bunch of other interesting features.
Sign found on the ground next to an LA signpole. Sounds like a wonderful opportunity!
Panel title: You Can’t Please Everyone. Moderator (white guy) takes a lady panelist to task for not wanting to connect with alt right dudes online. Yep.