It begins again

It begins again

Wednesday, January 7, 2004 | 02:49 AM | by
And that time of the year approaches once again. You didn't think I'd forget about it, did you?

This is going to be a busy month for me. I've got a big move coming up in a few weeks. It's a big life change, and it's one that I'm excited about. But I'll admit that it also makes me a little bit nervous.

For the last four months, thanks to your consistent support, I've been able to make a living from this comic strip, something that I love. It's a dream come true. This move and this new apartment is going to be a real test to that dream.

That being said, if you were considering donating in support of Ctrl+Alt+Del, now would be an excellent time to do so. There are a lot of expenses involved with a move like this. Just the rental of the truck and gas alone is going to cost me about $900.

So, with the server fees for this month already taken care of, I'm going to dedicate all of January's donations towards cushioning the financial weight of this move. And for the first time ever, I'm going to let you all see the progress of your donations towards a goal.

Do I expect to reach the goal? Not really. It would be nice, but in reality, any amount of money will help put a dent in the expenses. Nobody has to donate. I want to make that very clear. Even if you can only donate a dollar, it still helps.

And as always, donators will receive CAD Exclusives!, which for December and January combined will consist of a set of Ctrl+Alt+Del Desktop Icons featuring all of the characters and more, as well as a new wallpaper. This is the only time this icon set will be offered.

I'll be leaving this progress bar up until the end of the month, and will be updating it daily.

Progress Bar

Fanart Update

Wednesday, January 7, 2004 | 03:15 AM | by
I went ahead and updated the Fan Art Page. There's some pretty cool stuff in there. Check it out.

And if you want to do some Ctrl+Alt+Del fan art, go ahead and mail it to me. I'll get it in the fan art section sooner or later, I promise.

Wow...

Wednesday, January 7, 2004 | 11:06 AM | by
You guys are incredible. I woke up this morning to a flood of donations, words of encouragement, good luck wishes and even some offers to help me move my stuff into my new place.

I'll be honest with you. I've always been a rather independance minded person. It has never sat completely well with me that a significant portion of my income, and thus my ability buy food and pay bills, relied on donations.

It's why I started CAD Exclusives!, because I needed to feel like I was giving something in fair trade (and I don't count the comic, even though all of you do) for the donations in order to be comfortable with receiving them.

But let me tell you. You guys have never failed to knock me off my feet with the sheer impact of your support. I don't think I can even explain the feeling I get when I ask a question in the news post, and suddenly my inbox is flooded with people offering answers and help. Or when donations come in, or come in in force like today, and it really hits me. Someone I don't even know has said "hey.. I like what you do. I think it's worth some of my hard earned money".

It's a pretty powerful thing.

And so sitting here now, with all of this community support that for the last four months has continued to keep my head above water, financially, so that I can continue to draw this comic for everyone, I can't help but try to think of what else I can do for you to show my thanks. Because with this level of support, the CAD Exclusives! don't feel like enough.

So I'm going to give something to everyone. I don't know what it is yet... perhaps a short mini-series worth of extra comics in February, after I get settled. I haven't decided yet. But there will definitely be something available to all, as a thank you for the support of so many. Donators will still receive their exclusive content, and that will only be for donators, but with their generosity they have bought some extra goodies for the entire community.

Until then, however, allow me to express a very sincere 'Thank You'.