March has turned out to be pretty stressful. "Self-isolate and finish that dream project!" everyone yelled. Instead, I haven't done anything and my back hurts from too much stress. Things are scary everywhere, but I'm more or less safe where I am, and I hope you all are staying safe too.
But what I want to talk about is.. Patreon. Some things have been happening over the past half a year with Patreon, and I realised that I'm not very happy with them and their actions as a company. We'll see how this goes, but I won't be posting anything Patreon-exclusive in the foreseeable future. There are a few reasons for that.
One reason is that I feel like this website tries to make me push my brand, and do some marketing, and a lot of promotion, and so, ironically, I spend less and less time making art and sharing it with the world, and worry more about how to sell it, because Patreon wants me to do so as a creator. While all I ever wanted was to give people an opportunity to support me.
There is another reason. Nothing gives me more energy than sharing art and seeing how it gets some love and attention, but I feel like it's simply collecting dust if I lock it in my Patreon. I posted all of the previously hidden drawings in my DeviantArt and, surprisingly people still fav a very simple sketch, which would've gotten no attention had it stayed here. I'm super impatient with making art, but most importantly keeping ANYTHING to myself is never fun (looks sideways at a friend who once told me "just do it for yourself").
But there's more! When I started my Patreon, I shared some posts under the lock because I didn't want to post dreamDB spoilers publicly. But I realised everyone would have forgotten it all by the time I could post the actual bit in the story. And for me it's so much more fun when I can actually reference The Spoiler later. "Look, remember that art I posted back then?", and you look and it's been posted in the same month as in the story, and y'all already FORGOT. Nowadays, I'd rather let those spoilers help spark some interest rather than treat them as some super-exclusive content (it doesn't work as an incentive anyway).
SO, I'm going to try to repost previously hidden content from 2019 to other websites. To keep track of all the art you can always follow me on DA https://www.deviantart.com/ajcrwl. If you haven't yet, join the discord too https://discord.gg/8pxhMUp.
I will keep posting all the comic updates and everything else as usual, just out in the open. The work on the comic doesn't stop, even though it has slowed down this month.
UPD. I've also removed Patreon integration on the website for now. Maybe I'll bring it back in the future. Let's set a goal for it instead ;)
Also, I'm incredibly sorry for the lack of updates, but I'm not feeling all that well, and I'm taking my time trying to relax and not panic about things. Normal consciousness will be resumed very soon.