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The Way Back Home 085

  • Caption: Shortly before.
  • Dyson Caillean: Greendew.
  • Sandril: We can’t get any closer or we run the risk of running into guards or cultists.
  • Dyson Caillean: That means we camp here?
  • Sandril: Yes, for the time being.
  • Sandril: We need to find a hideout that–
  • Sandril: Run!
  • Cultist: They’re here!!
  • Dyson Caillean: Ow!
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notes from the resistance…

Patreon increases its fees – Join the resistance!

May I have your attention, please?!

As you know, Powree receives a large part of her monthly income from our Patreon campaign. However, Patreon announced a new fee structure yesterday. And the change can only be called a giant slap in the face of creators like us who rely heavily on people contributing small amounts of money each month. We really appreciate the support of all of our backers, but Patreon itself doesn’t seem to care about the little guy anymore. Their new fee structure comes with a minimal fee of $0.35 for every pledge, even $1 pledges!

You can find a detailed description of the change at:
https://www.pretty-terrible.com/funny-money-patreon-style/
There is also this handy graph that shows the proposed change for a $1 pledge:
https://www.sandraandwoo.com/images/patreon/patreon-new-fee.jpg

However, there is already an enormous backlash on the web, e.g. on Patreon’s Twitter account, in response to this callous move that came completely out of the blue. Creators and backers alike are furious about the change. The notification email about it was particularly jarring. It was written in the typical business doublespeak of a company that tries to make bad news for almost all its “customers” sound like a big boon. In reality, only some selected creators relying on high pledge tiers and Patreon itself will profit from this backhanded cash grab. I guess this is just another example of a self-proclaimed “progessive” company that doesn’t practice what it preaches!

I’m positive that there is still a chance to prevent this change, but only if as many people as possible join the protest and write complaint letters to Patreon.

For example, you can contact Patreon using the form at:
https://patreon.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

But it’s probably better to send polite but firm complaint emails directly to Patreon employees. Here are a couple of public email addresses of Patreon employees who are in some way responsible for the platform and its operation:
heather@patreon.com (Heather, Creator Care Lead)
dave@patreon.com (Dave Hunt, Creator Care)
elliem@patreon.com (Ellie MacBride, Community Manager)
darby@patreon.com (Darby Thomas, Experience Researcher)
jamiec@patreon.com (Jamie Shroff, Patreon Researcher)
jessica@patreon.com (Jessica Crabb, Designer & Researcher)
tpalmer@patreon.com (Tyler Palmer, VP Operations)

There is also Patreon’s Twitter account at:
https://twitter.com/Patreon
and it’s Facebook account at:
https://www.facebook.com/patreon/

There is also a Change.org petition with almost 2,500 signatures already:
https://www.change.org/p/patreon-patreon-drop-the-external-service-charge

Thank you for your support!


Question about comic printing companies

I’m currently looking for (comic) printing companies located in the United States that also ship to end customers as part of their service. So far, I’ve contacted Ka-Blam, TopatoCo and 4th Dimension. I already eliminated the Print-on-Demand companies Lulu and CreateSpace from my consideration.

If anyone of you knows another potentially interesting printing company, please write a comment in the comment section below. Your input is very appreciated!


Results of the artwork contest 2017 – Top 12

It’s time! Time for the top 12 of the Sandra and Woo and Gaia artwork contest 2017! The contests of the last years were often dominated by submissions related to Sandra and Woo. For example, Woo was present in 9 of 10 submissions of the top 10 in 2015. However, this year, the top 3 are all related to Gaia!

The submissions are ordered from place 12 to 1. As you can see, we’ve received some elaborate and innovative pieces of art this year again. I found it particularly difficult to determine the positions of this year’s entries. Therefore, our next year’s contest will probably involve some kind of voting to make things a little easier for me. Please show your support by visiting the artists’ websites and/or by writing a comment in the comment section of this blog post!

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Results of the artwork contest 2017 – Places 13 to 25

It’s finally time to present the submissions placed between the positions 13 and 25 of the Sandra and Woo and Gaia artwork contest 2017. I would like to thank all artists who have submitted a drawing or other piece of art. For each submission, I will give a short explanation what I liked most about it. But I will also mention what I didn’t like about it, preventing the submission from making it into the top 10.

Please show your support by visiting the artists’ websites and writing a comment in the comment section of this blog post!

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Results of the artwork contest 2017 – Places 26+

Our yearly Sandra and Woo and Gaia artwork contest ended last week. Today, I’m showing you all the entries that didn’t make it into the top 25. There are some really nice drawings among them, so you should definitely check them out as well. I will create two additional news posts for the places 11 to 25 and the top 10 in the coming days.

The following list of submissions is ordered alphabetically. Show your support by visiting the artists’ websites and/or writing a comment in the comment section of this blog post!

To our gold and diamond patrons: I will offer a convenient download archive containing all submissions in their original size next month.

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