Patreon, A Crash Course

Posted by Ben at 2014-06-16 08:39:51 UTC

The heck is Patreon?

Patreon is a service that allows for fans of webcomics to directly support their comics (okay, really it’s any web based work, including videos, podcasts, Let’s Plays, etc. But we do webcomics). In turn, through the Patreon site we can reward our fans for their support.

Does this mean you’re now a pay site?

We are not a pay site. We will never be a pay site. Patreon is totally voluntary and Elaine and I refuse to deny people our entertainment because money happens to be a little tight from month to month.

So what do we get out of it?

Besides the joy in your heart that comes from helping support the folk making the comics you love? Well, we’ve got a wide variety of rewards for our supports. Plus if we reach certain milestones, we’ll go ahead and open up some options that benefit the whole fan community!

Sounds great! Where do I start? Just go to our patreon and become our patron! You can also mention both our comics and the Patreon to all your friends!

Thanks so much for making these comics possible. Ben “TagalongDT” Hsu

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You Like Us, Right?

Posted by Ben at 2014-02-03 13:46:02 UTC

I mean, really really like Elaine and I, not just like, like our comics right? Cause we have another comic called Licensed Heroes that we’re really proud of, I’m sure most of you have heard of it. Anyway, we’re just started the kickstarter for Licensed Heroes and we’d really like your support.

Licensed Heroes, for those of you who haven’t checked it out is a slice-of-life comedy mixed in with a high fantasy adventure, and has all the quality that you’d expect from Elaine and I (more actually, since we can apply all the practice we had with Dubious Company). So, read the comic and I know you’ll want to back our kickstarter

Thanks again,

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Things Got Complicated

Posted by Ben at 2013-07-17 00:12:27 UTC

Well, not really complicated, but it’s a catchy title right? The long and short of it is that we’re exhausted. I know Tria has been working over time trying to maintain 4 comics + whatever side jobs she’s picked up to make ends meet. Meanwhile, I’ve been running two webcomics and hitting between 6 to 8 cons a year. It’s fun, it’s worthwhile, but it’s super draining, and the whole process is starting to take its toll on us.

In all honesty, I didn’t even realize how tired I was until I ran into a couple of really stressful conventions. Those conventions, coupled with the fact that Kickstarter 2 is actually costing us quite a bit of money to finish (the cost of shipping jumped between when we closed the Kickstarter and now, it’s not really anyone’s fault) had me draw on emotional and mental reserves that…just weren’t there. Yeah, little mini-Tagalong breakdown, unpleasant. Anyway, at that point I realized that I needed a break, at least a short one, and Tria, who does like a million and one things each day, agreed.

So here we are, taking a month off, we’ll be back on Aug. 20th. I want to make it clear that we’re not doing the “haitus” I’ve seen many older webcomics take, where the creators say they’ll take a short break, and be back as soon as life settles down, and they get their creative gears back in place and what have you. I’ve lost many a good webcomic to that attitude. No, we’re setting ourselves a very clear schedule, and we’re sticking to it. If I break this schedule, you all may go ahead and punch me in the gut (but I won’t pay for travel or lodging).

Additionally, ONLY Dubious Company will be on hiatus, the rest of our projects over at Tiny Blue Dragon Studio will continue as normal, especially Licensed Heroes. Regardless, we will see you all August 20, and thank you all for being so understanding.

-Ben (TagalongDT) Hsu

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