In case you missed it – I announced a few days ago that we’re now using Flattr – a new way for creators like us to get support for their work. You can find out more about that here!
In addition to adding Flattr support to our comics, we’re also pleased to announce something new – The Chio Club!
The Chio Club is a new way to support Messenger, Follower, and our other creative projects through a monthly subscription membership. You’ll get early access to comics and other works in progress, discounted commissions, and membership to our private supporters-only Discord group. You can pick and choose what kinds of rewards you’d like and “pledge” the amount of your choice in monthly or yearly increments.
Yes, this news does come on the heels of Patreon’s new fee changes. We polled our existing patron base and got mixed feedback – some people didn’t mind the change, and some were ready to move on from Patreon – so rather than make a drastic change all at once we’ve decided to simply offer more ways to support us, so you can still get access to the same rewards at the same price, just using a different method.
The Chio Club is still a bit of a work in progress, and we are planning to offer more rewards in time, so keep an eye on our shiny new Support page or subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with the latest!
As the headline says, Follower is now part of Flattr! What on earth does that mean? Well, Flattr is a new way for creators like me to get support for their work, from the people who enjoy my content the most. It’s essentially a subscription account that automatically rewards sites you use frequently on a monthly basis, giving them support in an amount proportional to your usage. There’s an entire network of sites connected to Flattr, and now Follower is one of them.
Find out more and subscribe to Flattr here!
Meanwhile, we are also working on some additional new support options while we wait for the dust to settle on Patreon’s newly announced fee structure. We’ll be adding more to our Gumroad shop, and introducing some new subscription goodies. Watch for another news post here in the near future, or sign up for our newsletter to be notified when we’re ready to launch!
It’s been sort of an unpredictable summer for us so far, so I thought it would be time for a minor schedule update. Follower is postponed-ish for this week, as I’m currently going between some extra freelance work and a bunch of comics-related, but not Follower comics-related projects with upcoming deadlines. Thankfully, all of that will be out of the way within the next few weeks. Follower will return on its regular day next week, and I’m planning to make up the missing page as soon as possible.
That said, Patreon backers will get the first look at new Follower material as it’s made. Our Patreon has converted to immediate charge, so you can pay immediately and gain access to our back catalog of rewards like wallpapers and other extras. $1 goes a long way to helping us keep making comics and is always appreciated if you like what we do!
Starting in August, I’m also going to be posting weekly #ThrowbackThursday wallpapers featuring Chios and Messenger characters. These wallpapers were originally PayPal donation rewards circa 2010, and there are at least a few that I know no one downloaded at the time, so that’s a bonus! I’ve already queued these up, and they run from the first week of August to the first week of November, and unlike regular monthly wallpapers, these will be available to all patrons pledging at least $1!
August is always a tight month for us because web hosting for the year is due, so if you enjoy Follower, Messenger, or our other comics, please consider chipping in via Patreon or Ko-Fi, or purchasing something from our shop.