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“Why don’t you launch a Kickstarter campaign?”
“Have you heard of Patreon?”
“Why doesn’t your site have a Donate button?”

Put simply, I have this (evidently archaic) opinion that; if you want to make money, you have to do the work first. I don’t like the idea of taking money off people unless they get something for it immediately, not [insert timeframe here] down the line. It feels like a scam. That’s why I produce all those cheap digital comics: to finance my larger projects (and which is why I get pissed off when I find them being distributed freely online, because it slows everything down).

Even for large projects, like video-games that only have a niche audience and which big publishers won’t ever assist: I don’t see crowd funding as a particularly good way to go about getting production capital. I prefer the early release approach, such as that Mojang took with Minecraft.
No complete product? Give the people something else. A little booklet of concept art, for example. Little products to finance big ones.

I always keep in mind the approach that a company called Mastertronic took back in the C64 days: they made lots of little games and sold them at pocket money prices. It worked brilliantly.
Make something small, sell it cheaply and reinvest the money in a slightly bigger endeavour. That’s how it’s done.

Obviously I’m very, very thankful toward people offering to throw a little coin my way, but I’m only going to accept your cash if you’re buying something from me, otherwise I’ve no right to take it.
Likewise, if you do have a burning desire to support an artist or a team, I don’t want to dissuade you. But I just feel that Kickstarter and its like are part of this growing sense of self-entitlement that seems to be settling over the world, and it’s not a good thing.

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the-third-guy Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
Couldn't agree more!
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riwini Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Writer
Yeah, buying something but not getting anything doesn't feel right. Kind of like gambling, but in reverse. That makes sense, lol.
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penrethro Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
I find myself going out of my way to read all your journal entries anytime i go through the 300+ submissions i go through every week or so, and this is why- every time there is one it was/is worth reading, you have a concise point and stick to the subject matter, it's brilliant and great to see something with substance rather than "hey guys, i've had a headache lol!" Thanks for being a bloody great all round chap, JJ.
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CorgiBurgre111 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student General Artist
I do the same thing. Most of the news I get, I get from jollyjack's journals or word-of-mouth.
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jollyjack Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Glad you enjoy 'em. I have fun writing this stuff :D
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gemmillw Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Well said penrethro; Always love your journal entries jollyjack, deviant art is a great pace to kill time, it is gratifying to gain some insight while meandering through these pages.  Cheers brother and happy Saint Pattie's Day to boot!
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PhantomFraggmentor Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
The United States president promised "change", did he not?
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Nova225 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
CHANGE!!! YOU GOT CHANGE?!! AW, COME ON! HELP A GUY OUT, WILL YA?! C'MON, CHANGE!
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cyrad Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Mr. Jack, successful crowdfunding often require working products.

I've done research about crowdfunding for my game projects. Launching a successful Kickstarter campaign requires an incredible amount of work. In order for the success of your Kickstarter, you have to generate a huge following for your project. To do that, you need something to show and give to the public. On top of it, you have to do this before your Kickstarter campaign, which is why many campaigns fail. Many people believe that simply putting the project on Kickstarter will magically generate publicity and funding. This is not how it works. If you don't do the work ahead of time, your campaign will fail.

There's exceptions, of course. If you already have a huge following or a reputation, then you can get your Kickstarter funded. I agree there's people abusing their fanbase. It's one of the reasons I despise almost anything from Katbox. I wish I could be paid 80 bucks to draw a crappy reference of my own character.
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jojo-again Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow jack,
I didn't know you had such strong view on that matter.
I have a new found respect for you.................. not that I didn't respect you before, just more now
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