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.
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.
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!