We set up a Redbubble account in order to sell T-Shirts and other merch based on the comic. Redbubble takes a rather large percentage of the money that you gain by selling an item, but they do print the designs into shirts/mugs etc for you, so it seems fair. Also, I have purchased products from Redbubble before, and they are all very high quality.
These are some of the prints that we currently have available:
Since we presented this slideshow, many more pages have been released, and the comic has received hundreds of more views. The figures are steadily climbing, and we have made over £150 between the two of us since we first started.
I posted both of these speedpaints on my YouTube channel, which has over 56,000 subscribers, in order to promote the comic.
Though we both shared the duty of building this fantasy world, it was Callum that was in charge of writing the comic, as he is much more skilled at writing than I am.
I was in charge of designing the visuals of the world, and doing most of the comic pages.
Callum also runs the Studio’s social media accounts, and is in charge of interacting with the audience. I made a cute little print for anyone who subscribes to the comic or pledges to the Patreon:
As incentives for people to pledge money to our project, we would allow anyone pledgers to view not only the finished pages almost a week earlier than everyone else, but also the chance to view unfinished pages and concept art.
There are also exclusive Character Dossiers which detail a little more about the characters you meet.
We planned to upload a page of the comic every week on the sites Tapastic and Webtoon. These are the two most popular platforms to upload comics and stories, and they also provide financial benefits to creators if their comic gains enough views. These are done through monetisation of the comic so that advertisers may promit their material on the same page, and if a comic gets popular enough, Webtoon itself will donate to the comic’s Patreon if there is one.
We created an uploading schedule that we felt was frequent enough that the audience would not lose interest, but also long enough so that we could draw the pages and maintain a certain level of quality.
We also set up a Patreon for Small Bean Studios where we could upload high definition versions of the comic pages (uploading to Tapastic and Webtoon requires you to lower the quality so you can upload multiple pages) as well as exclusive content for paying supporters.
We created three tiers of Patreon rewards for anyone wishing to support us financially:
These are the three tiers of Beans. Each tier will allow a supporter to view the comic 5 days before anyone else, and in high definition. They will also get to see concept art of locations and characters, and even scrapped story ideas. For the £20 pledgers, they will get to submit a character of their own creation, and we will work it into the story! As the minor details of the story are certain to change depending on future events, it is possible to work in new characters.