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Each month I produce extra content for my supporters on Patreon, from Q&A videos, to comic strips and wallpapers. And next month we’re about to launch a big new fantasy comic series for all of my Patrons, where everyone gets to help influence the story, so there’s never been a better time to jump aboard!

Rewards at verious tiers include access to a Patron-only comic series, videos, early access to the comics before I post them on the website here, and a monthly Analog and D-Pad One-Shot like the one above. The Analog and D-Pad One Shots are not part of any ongoing storyline, and not required to understand or enjoy the ongoing plot on the website here.


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Ven
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Ven

Guessing the ad revenue wasn’t enough to make ends meet, huh?

Bryan Porter
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Bryan Porter

I’d much rather throw a couple bucks a month at him via Patreon than give up my ad blocker. I haven’t signed up for his yet, but it’s on the list. I hope this really takes off for him. One of my favorite writers (Seanan McGuire aka Mira Grant) does something similar with her patreon. She puts out one short story a month on hers that is available at the $1 level. Some are standalone, some are part of her existing book series. They aren’t required to enjoy the series but they add neat stuff. She’s now up to where… Read more »

Eshmael
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Eshmael

I never visit sites that try to make me disable my adblocker. Ads are a serious security issue (more specific loading of external elements). As far as there are options to donate money I do it (patroen since month 2 or so).
Easy as that.

GooeyWizard
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I removed adblocker for your site for a while, but I kept getting video ads that auto-play. Sorry, I draw the line at auto-play video ads. If you got rid of those types of ads, I’d remove adblocker.

I did just sign up to support you on patreon though. I’ve enjoyed your work since near the beginning, and it is past time I gave back for all the enjoyment you’ve given me. Thanks, and keep up the great work!

pyrodice
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pyrodice

same here. 🙁

Brunch
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Brunch

Hey Tim! I’ve never installed any ad blockers but I have tracking protection enabled and I block all cookies. I do this for the same reason the EU created GDPR. I honestly wouldn’t mind seeing the website enveloped in ads. I would even click them. But we’ve come to a time in which ads aren’t used to announce products but rather track users with the side effect of making websites load awfully slow. It’s not the pictures of the ads nor the ads themselves. It’s Google Analytics. It’s the poison of the internet and I feel it’s a crusade well… Read more »

James Rye
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James Rye

Welph, time to allow ads in. FOR MONEY! FOR COMICS! BUT ESPECIALLY FOR MONEY! xD

Patrick
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Patrick

Would it be possible to label the comic itself as an ad? At least in cases like this one where the intent appears to be to remind people the you need to pay bills? If they’re on Patreon they can access it that way, if they’ve whitelisted the site then the comic will come through. If they haven’t whitelisted or are not on patreon then no comic. Granted I suspect that a single patreon subscriber is worth quite a bit more than a whitelist so they’ll probably always get more than whitelisters.

Vedrit
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Vedrit

I wish you well on Patreon. Personally, I will never use Patreon on principal, but if you have no qualms with them then by all means.

MacLeod
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MacLeod

…. FUCK *goes to white list your comic* sorry..

I don't know how to register
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I don't know how to register

I honestly thought the Pokemon Go fad was over, and nobody played these kinds of games anymore. I had no idea they were being played and no idea they were even making new ones (I see in the Twitter feed to the right that there’s a Harry Potter one now?). I suppose I learned something today.

Tumbleweed
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Tumbleweed

So I have to pay $5 a month if I want to see the comic for today?

Jsn
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Jsn

Well not all of us can afford patreon. You know we live on a budget, so it feels like if you cant contribute you will hold the comics hostage till we do contribute.

Thats jus my opinion.

Tumbleweed
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Tumbleweed

I’m in this situation. I can’t afford $5 usd plus the exchange rate, plus whatever patreon adds on top. I have been reading since near the beginning. If there isn’t a cheaper option, waiting (hopefully not forever) or $1 usd, I guess Tim will have lost another loyal reader…

Nekopanzer
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Nekopanzer

OK, fine! I became a patron!

B-but don’t m-misunderstand! I-it’s not that I like y-your art that much or anything! D-dummy!

Barry
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Barry

Throw me in the camp of blocking ads, sorry but ads are an evil that I don’t accept (I’ve had high server costs in the past myself – but still didn’t restort to ads), and like others I won’t do Patreon out of principal (I dislike how people use it these days) – I’m on a fixed income and if I was to support everyone I like I’d be beyond broke. I’ve supported you in other ways (brought the digital copy of the CAD book set – then the physical set when I could afford it). sorry if this wasn’t… Read more »

Ketsueki
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Ketsueki

Guess I’m sol and i don’t even use ad blockers. I only check on my iPod, no need for blockers. Sucks.

Chris Kemp
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Chris Kemp

Bit a double dip for those who have patreon for the StarCaster Chronicles but can package it all up in one thing..

Timothy
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Timothy

I don’t use Adblock on anything but my email (which really doesn’t work anyway) and some of my more, er, private sites, I’ll check later since I’m typing this on my phone, but I’ll whitelist you if I haven’t already

Brian Glenn
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First, I want to say thank you. for the past 8ish years iv read your comic and yours over that time has been the only dependable strip that I read that’s up 3 times a week every week. I think you have missed like twice. and I don’t think the birth of your kids even caused delays you go above and beyond. Second, while I can understand some peoples distaste at whats above I understand the need to advertise as this is a capitalist country and your well past the “doing it as a hobby” stage gotta pay the bills.… Read more »

Justin D Page
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Justin D Page

So no friday comic without Patreon? Just wondering, your site your rules. Long time reader, bought some of the earlier collections, love your work.

Paul
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Paul

Is the Ethan and Lucas comic that the $5 level a D-pad and Analog or a continuation of the 2012 strips?

Pulse
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Pulse

left my adblocker off on twitch, anti-virus stopped an ad from trying to hijack my browser. more then enough reason to keep them on. you can watch over ads alot, but there will be bad apples. and it only takes one getting through to do serious damage. ive had my previous computers infected multiple times while visiting only what should have been safe sites. until that danger is gone, adblocker stays up

Shadowfury
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Shadowfury

Some people are getting mad because you didn’t make it clear enough that you aren’t going to stop posting your usual comics for free. Hell, it took me more than 5 minutes to understand it (by going back and forth from the description to the comments…)

Tumbleweed
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Tumbleweed

Exactly.

Thomas
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Thomas

I understand why you need to protect your income, but would argue that people would continue to support you even without the bribe- Dwarf Fortress has proven this quite effectively. With you creating quality content and hiding it from the public at large, you reduce the amount of people willing to fund you by them not being exposed to it to begin with. It’s also frustrating to people like me (disabled vet on a fixed income here) who can’t afford to pay extra to see what our favorite characters are up to- as you pointed out, you reminding us that… Read more »

David Jones
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David Jones

And with this, you have lost a long time reader. I don’t know the exact length as it was, at least 5 years before your reboot of the comic.

Atros
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Atros

So I get that it’s legit, no biggie, gotta keep the lights on and make your money somehow I gotchu. Real talk though, with EA shenanigans lately I really thought this comic was a joke about DLC and content passes until I got down to the comments.

Spoot
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Spoot

So just a heads up, but I came here at 1:00 am Monday morning and saw this half comic and instantly assumed this was Monday’s post. I took the time to look through the comments to see what was going on and I saw you said this was posted Saturday. Before I realized what was going on I was a little taken aback. Maybe consider putting Monday’s comic up a little earlier if you ever do this again just to avoid confusion. I’m certain there are less reasonable readers out there who have no idea whats going on.

Tim
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Tim

Wow. Reading the comments after reading the Patreon bump, I really don’t understand the butthurt. It’s not complicated, folks. The man’s running a business, and between merch, ads and Patreon he’s trying to keep the lights on and the family provided for. The same thing all the other webcartoonists we follow are doing. This Saturday post was nothing but a gentle reminder that he does offer extra content for those willing and able to throw a few dollars his way, and is a great way to offset ad revenue losses from adblock (intentional or no). It’s not a paywall, it’s… Read more »

Erik B
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Erik B

Wow. I did not realise how thick lots of your readers are. Several things indicate this is not a regular Mon/Wed/Fri comic. 1: Posted on a Saturday (forgiveable if people don’t check the friday comic on friday, but maybe you are not as serious a reader if you don’t check each comic the day if comes out. I dunno. 2. Really obvious italics at the end that say “…NOT PART OF ANY ONGOING STORYLINE…” 3. Rest of the news post that says “…extra content for supporters on Patreon…” 4. Newspost headline that says “Support us on patreon for EXTRA comics”… Read more »

Travis
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Travis

Now if only I had money to donate. I’m living paycheck to paycheck here xD Seriously though, I really would if I could. Been following this series since highschool back in 2008 or 2007. That first comic with Ethan suggesting a watermelon be the 3rd character 🙂

nope
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nope

one problem: even on your website, there appear adverts that highjack the browser and take it to a different site. usually one that tries to install malware.
as long as those are still around, blocking indiscriminately is necessary to keep your computer safe.

i’ve whitelisted your site, but when i open it i’m regularly greeted by malicious external content.