October 24, 2014 at 10:46AM

October 24, 2014 by  
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How does the relationship with your readers change when you make your webcomic explicitly a part-time job?

When taking on a new job, there's an explicit contract. I agree to show up for X amount of hours and produce X amount of work, and you agree to pay me X amount of money for doing so.

But the contract in webcomics has been historically implicit. You may be clear about delivering a certain amount of content on a certain schedule, but the responsibility of the audience was less defined. They may be "eyeballs" for advertising, they may be your "street team," or they may be customers who buy products based on your webcomic. Or they may be all of the above!

The advent of monetization services like +Patreon and Tapastic's Support Program (, introduces us to a kind of middle ground where the creator is explicit about the job they are ready to perform and its monetary value, but the audience has a lot of choice in honoring that contract–even the choice of determining the value of the product or service.

I had a terrific conversation about navigating these tensions with +Brandon Dayton, who has been running his own Patreon campaign for his comic, Green Monk ( Together we discuss how the structure of Patreon invites a creator to clarify the project's goals and how he's explored his commitments to his audience, himself, and his work.

Listen to the show here:

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