Joel Watson, the mind behind HijinksEnsue.com, a terrific geeky webcomic, has a special section of his site called “The Vault“. To see this section, filled with lots of extras, you only have to pay a small subscription fee. For your fee you’ll have unlimited access to behind-the-scenes type items, extra podcasts and more. If you just want to dip your toe in the waters for a month, you can make a one-time donation. Right now, Joel’s monthly subscriptions are getting him over 700 dollars a month. And that doesn’t include one-time donations. Not bad.
Many webcomic artists and other online artists are hopping on the Assetbar.com band wagon, starting “fan clubs”, including Starslip, PVP Online, and Octopus Pie. For anywhere from 99 cents to maybe 2.99 a month, you get access to a similar conglomeration of behind-the-scenes material as HijinksEnsue.com offers.
I am looking at what I have here and I’m thinking, Hmmmm… I have celebrity caricatures that I can’t sell, and I have a lot of other stuff that I’m sure people would love to have as screen savers, etc. And maybe people would be curious about this other old art sitting around.
And I’ve always wanted to do a membership/investor type thing where people who support me and my art get special discounts and maybe limited edition collectors prints, etc. Discounts that would apply to stuff here on the site and stuff that I have elsewhere on the web, like at my Etsy.com store.
And in addition, Patti Serrano of Talkshoe, among others, has put a bug in my ear to create subscription video art classes. Which alone would be cool because it gives previous students a place to go for advanced classes.
So, anyway, I’m thinking about starting up a club, investor, or membership thing where you if you pay a fee, you get access to lots more stuff. Stuff like my podcast Open Mike, Insert Foot and my upcoming webcomic would be free, but I would have more stuff only available to subscribers.
Mind you, this isn’t a new idea. I’ve been thinking about some of this for over a year now. With the advent of Assetbar.com and the availability of certain Word Press plugins, I can make it happen on my shoestring budget.
Thoughts? Leave a comment or email me.