Crowdfunding is this new-fangled invention where people go directly to their fan-base, the people who are going to seek after their product, and asking for money to fund their projects. There are several sites in which to do this, and each has their own specific way of raising money. Here is a website with the top ten crowdfunding websites. Sites like kickstarter will help kick start your business endeavors while Patreon provides a platform for performers to receive monthly payments.
I want to speak today on Patreon.
Patreon has swept the webcomic scene by storm like a bees swarming an enemy. Everyone wants to find a way to make their dreams come true – to get paid for doing what they love most. They feel like they deserve payment for their sacrifices. This is a sentiment I can relate to. And Patreon allows them to do that. Artists who use Patreon offer rewards to their audience for every money milestone they reach. One webcomic artist might offer that when their fans agree to paying $2k a month then they will produce 3 comics a week, at $3k they will write 4 comics a week, etc. The milestone motivators are individual, each artists decides what they will offer. The artists will also offer individual patrons who support the artists endeavors.
If a patron pays $1 a month they will get a thank you. At $2 they might receive early access to webcomics, at $5 a commission, at $50 a thank you in the printed book and a cameo. It all depends on what the author wants to offer and what the patrons are willing to pay.
So if 500 Patrons pay $2 the artist will earn $1k. It may seem insignificant to pay just two bucks for your favorite author or artist to continue their valued work but all the little bricks will someday make a nice house.
If you are looking to get money for your webcomic, consider using Patreon, consider doing more research on the subject. Their is no middle man, and your audience can tell you how they really feel. I just hope this is a permanent program for these artists seeking patrons, not a temporary ripple in giant pond that is the internet.