GOAL REACHED! Donation Drive: Help Me Buy a New Tablet!on July 14, 2012 at 1:33 am
Edit: I’m leaving this here for posterity, but I wanted to let everyone know that I reached my goal earlier today and my new tablet is on the way! I really can’t believe I collected $400 in just 39 hours. Thanks so much to everyone who donated. If you wanted to donate but the drive ended too quickly, donations are always open and both the minicomic and commission offers still stand!
As for the upcoming minicomic discussed at the end of the post, you can still donate $10 or more to be put on the preorder list, which will make you one of the first to receive it as soon as it’s finished. It will be offered for $10 when it’s up for sale, as well. The poll to vote on whom it will feature is still open!
Again, I’m blown away by the generosity of my readers, friends, and fellow artists and could never have imagined reaching my goal so quickly. Thank you so much for reading my comic, and even if you didn’t donate, know that I appreciate everyone in my audience. I’m so lucky to be able to share my story with such a fantastic community.
So, you may have noticed that updates have been slightly harrowed lately. In part, it’s because of holidays, in part it’s because I’m really buckling down on finding a job, and a lot of it is because my 10-year-old tablet is about to bite the dust.
Meet my Wacom tablet:
Yeah. So. I take really good care of my things, which is why I’ve had the same tablet for ten years (also because Wacom makes amazing products). But after ten years, even the best things wear out or become obsolete, or get dropped off a really high bed along with your MacBook with the USB plugged in and have their USB dongles totally mangled. You know, the usual wear and tear.
So, I really need a new tablet and the one I really want is this one:
Nothing crazy, not a Cintiq, just an Intuos4 Wireless. (There’s a cord there, I know, it’s for charging.) It’s the same size as my current tablet, but it’s bluetooth, so I won’t have to deal with cables all up in my grill and cramping one of my two USB ports. It’ll be nice and new with twice as many levels of pressure and zero times as many frustrated cryings.
They range in price from $300 – $400 depending on how eBay and Amazon are feeling (this is the model before the new one, the Intuos5, which I don’t think I’m a fan of; anyone with personal experience with one, please let me know). That’s where you guys come in. Because I’m unemployed right now, things have been really really tight at my house, bills-wise. We pretty much have nothing to spare, but my tablet situation is getting ever more dire. I make due with it, but when the eraser stopped working, it started becoming a big issue, because I erase more than the average artist. Not because I make a lot of mistakes, but I shade by erasing the highlights out of the shadows — whatever, it’s weird, just trust me, it sucks for me that the eraser doesn’t work. I know I could probably buy a new pen, but at this point I don’t want to invest any more in a tablet that isn’t really working for me anymore.
So if you have anything at all to spare, I would appreciate it more than anything. If you donate more than $10, I’ll take down your name and when I draw the upcoming mini-comic that I’m going to be offering for sale, you’ll be the first ones to get it automatically.
Speaking of that mini-comic, it’s going to be an adult mini-comic, and I want to let my readers choose which couple it’s going to feature. So, if you could, please vote in this poll:
Again, when this vote is done and after I make the mini-comic, if you’ve already donated at least $10 in this donation drive, you’ll be one of the first to get a copy. If you donate more than $50, I’ll email you and offer you a pinup-style picture of your choice, basically a color comission.
Please consider supporting me so I can do the comic more easily and faster and more reliably! I love you guys! Donate button and tracker is in the sidebar!