I took some time this weekend to sit down and design a Patreon page for the Doctor Necromantic web site. I can now accept small subscription payments from fans and readers who are looking to help support my efforts to continue creating the comic.
Since launching Doctor Necromantic earlier this year I've been getting plugged into the whole Webcomics scene. I've been reading blogs, watching online videos and listening to podcasts by other creators offering all sorts of useful advice about how to keep things going. When I was running my previous online comic, Hermit Hill, nearly ten years ago, the primary way everyone was trying to monetize their comic was through dynamic and targeted advertising on their sites. These days that seems to have fallen out of favor. Overly aggressive ad technology has pushed more and more people to include ad blockers in their browser effectively killing the business model. Crowd funding through services like Kickstarter and Patreon seems to be the way to go at the moment.
I am still working to build my audience. I may be years away from seeing any kind of return on monetizing my strip, but I wanted to put down a foundation, have something up and running that I can build on as I progress. I have ideas for the future if things go well. There are ideas for some merchandising, putting the strip into print and eventually tackling convention appearances. I don't have any illusions about how long it may take to build up to all that, but you gotta start somewhere.