Alternative to Patreon

Alternative to Patreon

Published on by Caytlin Vilbrandt.

There's been a big kerfuffle about Patreon's new fee structure, which I wrote about here. As a result of all this, I've been looking for a good, simple alternative for my lower tiers and I've come up with a good stopgap solution!

You can now find ways to support Tamberlane here, including recurring PayPal payments!

Unfortunately, the problem of it charging on the anniversary of your payment is still there, but at least the fees are better! 

I haven't tested the system yet so expect that it'll be kind of in Beta for a bit while we work out the kinks. It won't replace Patreon entirely because there are a lot of perks Patreon offers in functionality. However, it's a good option for the meantime and maybe it'll grow into something over time!

If it works well and there's enough demand (and if I can figure out reward distribution), I'll expand it to the higher tiers as well.

Have a good one, you guys!

Comments are Changing + Health Update

Comments are Changing + Health Update

Published on by Caytlin Vilbrandt.

Bah! I hate to have to do this, but unfortunately, the time has come.

Disqus, the platform I use for comments, is integrating ads into their free version. While I'm not necessarily opposed to ads, they have a really terrible batch they use -- autoplay videos, "one weird trick!" ads, things like that. And especially ads that aren't appropriate for Tamberlane's audience. I know there's some control on the back end, but frankly, it's not enough.

I had two options:

I could pay Disqus $10/month to stay ad free, but then I'd be sticking with what is, frankly, a lackluster service. The front page never shows the number of comments available, my ability to keep track of and reply to threads is abysmal, and I've really never been happy with the service.

Alternatively, I could switch to Squarespace's native comment system, which gives me more fine-tuning control. I can access comment moderation more easily and there's even a count on the front page for how many comments a post has! Unfortunately, this has one giant downside:

There is no way to import comments from another service.

After weighing my options for a few months, I've decided I'm going to go to Squarespace. I still have access to all the comments on Disqus, but unfortunately, I will not be able to bring them over. I'm sincerely sorry for any trouble this causes, but hopefully it won't have to happen again. 

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In the meantime, thank you guys for your patience and enthusiasm during this Guest Comic period! I know it's gone on a while, and regrettably, it'll be going on for probably another month or so before the main comic is back.

My health has been abysmal lately, and since just about everything going on with me is undiagnosable, it's difficult to move forward. My last month can be summarized as two weeks of a stomach bug, an increase in my usual chronic joint pain, and some truly heinous other pains. I'm hanging in there though! I have another doctor's appointment today, and I'm trying more medications and altering my diet to see if we can find a solution. 

In the meantime, I am so incredibly, amazingly grateful for all the people who have stepped up like fucking heroes and made (or wrote and commissioned!) amazing, beautiful, wonderful guest work. Thanks to you, Tamberlane is not on hiatus while I'm too sick to sit at my work computer. 

That said, I have managed to do a little bit of work. I've got 2 pages of Chapter 3 done so far. If you want to keep abreast of new pages as they're made, I upload them for my $10+ patrons. Most of my efforts lately have gone toward catching up on $50+ patron work. But soon I'll be able to focus on Tamberlane again and do a little bit a day.

Anyway. Thanks for your patience and I look forward to doing more! Enjoy all the amazing guest content!

Adopt a Tamberlane Character!

Adopt a Tamberlane Character!

Published on by Caytlin Vilbrandt.

Ever wanted to have a cameo in Tamberlane? Couldn't think of a character design? I've got a deal for you! I've had some character designs in mind for a long time but not a lot of ideas of what to do with them, so I'm offering them to people for purchase to use and love as their very own!

For more information, see Twitter, where I'm holding the auction!

https://twitter.com/pixel_prism/status/878037484554170368

Support Tamberlane on Patreon!

Published on by Caytlin Vilbrandt.

Hey guys! Did you know that there are some AMAZING behind-the-scenes rewards you can get for supporting Tamberlane on Patreon? It's a great deal at any value, if I do say so myself!

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What is Patreon? Patreon, like Kickstarter, is a way to fund your favorite creator! Unlike Kickstarter, though, it's not limited to a single project but instead a (in my case) monthly commitment to support them with donations. In return, depending on the amount you donate, you get rewards!

And, if that wasn't cool enough, no matter what tier you donate at, you get all the perks of the tiers below yours as well!

For example, let me show you what you can get donating to the Tamberlane Patreon:

 

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For only $1 a month, you get access to comic updates over a week early! All $1 patrons are already three (3!) pages ahead of the public. When the comic goes on planning breaks, $1 patrons get to come back sooner! Plus, you get thanked publicly on my Twitter and your name is put on the Tamberlane website and any book you helped fund!

For only $5 a month, you get 5% off of all of my merch, including rad Tamberlane goods, from MyDreamyStar.com! You also get to see time-lapse videos before the public (when they're done in time to be released before the public), and you get to vote in polls!

For only $10 a month, you get 10% off of all of my merch from MyDreamyStar.com! You also get to see EVERY SINGLE COMIC PAGE the same day it's made. There's no buffer for you! Just pure, unadulterated TAMBERLANE, injected straight into your brain-veins. The $10 patrons are currently 10 pages ahead of the public. It's like they're a secret club or something!!

In addition, $10 patrons get access to the behind-the-scenes WIP twitter! I post drawings, scripts, musings about the worldbuilding and characters, and all sorts of other things here that may not filter out to the public!

 

For only $25 a month, the price of a single dinner at Red Robin's for 2, you get to have your character (or you!) immortalized in the comic FOREVER! You get to become a resident of Treehollow and hang out in the town in the comic! Whenever I need a background cameo, I'll pull from the $25 list. The longer you support the Patreon, the more likely you are to come up again and again!

Not only that, but every month you get a beautiful postcard in the mail with a truly awful specimen of a joke. I am told it's the highlight of my patrons' months!

For only $50 a month, your cameo gets to SPEAK in the comic! They may be around for a few panels or even a few pages depending on what situation I put them in! And just like with the $25 tier, the longer you pledge, the more likely your character is to show up again!

PLUS, you get a single-character sketch commission every single month!

 

And finally, for $100 a month, your cameo now gets to play a CRUCIAL ROLE in the comic! Everyone will know their name! People will have feelings about them! They will help to move the story along! Terra, for example, is a $100 Patreon cameo!

In addition, your 1-character sketch commission is actually a 2-character sketch commission every single month!

And finally, grab the popcorn: you get to come to the monthly MOVIE NIGHT where we watch fun animated movies together through Rabb.it and chat it up and hang out!

So sign up today to support Tamberlane and get awesome rewards while helping out an independent creator!

If that's not enough to sway you, I'm LESS THAN $50 AWAY from reaching my Ask Blog goal, where once a month I'll sketch some answers to questions my Patrons ask the characters of Treehollow and upload them to this Tumblr! I'm really excited about that goal, and we're SO CLOSE!

If you can't donate through Patreon, or you just don't want to, that is totally fine! You know what the next best method of support is? Sharing! Share this post with your friends, reblog, talk up the comic, get more people to read it! Leave a nice comment! Draw some fanart(!!)!Hug an imaginary fluffbat! It all helps!

And if you're looking for other ways to support me monetarily, check out:

My Dreamy Star - get fun Tamberlane merch and other great things

Gumroad - download art tutorials, comics, and art compilations

Ko-Fi - buy me a cup of coffee

YouTube - watch my time-lapse videos

I think that's all the marketing I've got in me for today; thank you sincerely for reading this comic! I hope you all are enjoying it so far -- and I appreciate your support!

Get a Kid Character Cameo in Tamberlane!

Get a Kid Character Cameo in Tamberlane!

Published on by Caytlin Vilbrandt.

EDIT: The spot has been bought at the autobuy price! If there is still interest, I will look for more opportunities in the future to do YCH auctions!

I'm auctioning off a "Your Character Here" cameo in Tamberlane! Ordinarily I'd fill this spot with one of my Patreon cameos, but no one has opted yet for a kid-aged character. So the opportunity is now available to folks who don't necessarily donate to my Patreon!

For more information on how to bid, see this link! I'm conducting it over Twitter because that seemed the most sensible option for me at the time. (Be gentle; I've never done this before!)

Auction ends at 12pm PST on March 2nd!

Missed the Kickstarter? You're in LUCK!

Missed the Kickstarter? You're in LUCK!

Published on by Caytlin Vilbrandt.

Until December 31st, you'll be able to back the Kickstarter through our BackerKit preorder store

Using the preorder store, you will be able to order any of the Kickstarter tiers, including all the rewards! This means this is your only chance to get the Kickstarter-exclusive charm, sticker sheet, and cards. It's also your last chance to get the book at the Kickstarter discounted price!

So quick, run like a bunny and get over to the preorder store!

Kickstarter Ends SOON!

Kickstarter Ends SOON!

Published on by Caytlin Vilbrandt.

4 days remain to back the Tamberlane kickstarter! We're a little over $2500 away from the next stretch goal: a TSSSF mini-pack, made by Horrible People!

Since my link editor isn't working right now, have a link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cvilbrandt/tamberlane-chapter-1-comic-print-run

And if that doesn't tempt you, I have reorganized my Patreon slightly and you can now read ahead a whole week for only $1 a month! And you get the WHOLE BUFFER for $10 a month: that's usually 8+ comics ahead of the site! I adore every $1 contribution: help me pay bills so I can keep making Tamberlane! :D

You can back my Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/pixelprism

Be a Part of Tamberlane History!

Be a Part of Tamberlane History!

Published on by Caytlin Vilbrandt.

The Print Run Kickstarter for Chapter 1 is continuing apace, cruising right along! Since we first opened up, we have Stretch GoalsMore Merch, and a More Beautiful Book! For those of you familiar with my previous projects, there's an Intriguing stretch goal at $10,000 that I think many of you would be psyched about.

If you want to be a part of Tamberlane History and have your name permanently etched within the Chapter 1 Book, get crackin' and support the Kickstarter now!

The Chapter 1 Print Run Kickstarter is LIVE!

The Chapter 1 Print Run Kickstarter is LIVE!

Published on by Caytlin Vilbrandt.

It's been two days and the Kickstarter is still kicking merrily along. We're nearing 3x our goal!! It's been an incredible time for me watching this happen. I may have teared up a few times. You GUYS. <3

The most popular tier, the $100 tier, is NEARLY GONE. So if you want in on sketched books, exclusive charms, and awesome stickers, I suggest you get in on this business quick! I MAY add a few additional slots down the line, but it depends on health concerns on my end. (Arthritis + sketching in a lot of books = a probably bad combination!)

Either way, I appreciate every share, RT, blog, and post about this comic, and even moreso I appreciate everyone who takes their time to read it. Thank you thank you!

And for posterity: here's the kickstarter link again!

Kickstarter Ahoy!

Published on by Caytlin Vilbrandt.

I'm aiming to also do a small kickstarter to fund a short print run of Chapter 1 to have available for conventions and in the My Dreamy Star store! It should go live November 1st. Keep an eye out! I'll make a post or two here throughout the campaign. 

The kickstarted version will involve concept art, a 7-page collaboration comic between Christina "LeekFish" Cornford and I, and some characters answering Q&A. If you have any questions to ask the characters, feel free to drop me a line in the comments!

There will also be a few minor edits to art and words to make the comic the best it can possibly be. After the kickstarter is over, I will eventually go back and upload those changed pages to the website, but right now this is my priority.