katastrophe is creating Sunset Grill, a webcomic.
22
patrons
$79
per month
Hi there! My name is Kat, and I have three jobs. I work full-time as office manager, code monkey, accountant, and general cat-wrangler for a small business; I have a young daughter; and I make the webcomic Sunset Grill, a science fiction ramble about gangsters, corrupt government, social inequality, and the people who drink beer and complain about all of it.

I love all my jobs. Lately, though, I've been having issues with all of them, struggling and frequently failing to meet my obligations and then suffering through the inevitable emotional backlash. After a particularly bad meltdown, in a desperate attempt to find and diagnose the problem, I sat down and did some math. I estimate that between the day job (35-40 hours), the kidlet (30-35 hours), and the comic (25-30 hours), ever since my daughter was born, I have been spending 100 hours a week -- 14 hours, 7 days a week -- working.

The good news is, I may have found my problem.

The bad news is I can't keep this up. I can't quit, because each of those jobs is doing something very necessary and vital for me. But some reorganization will have to happen. And, realistically, since the comic neither keeps me from starving nor runs around the house demanding food, attention, and/or pants at ear-splitting volumes, the comic is the most likely thing to suffer.

This is where you come in. 

At the moment I am between the proverbial rock and hard place. But if the comic is doing its bit -- even a small bit -- towards that goal of "not starving", then I get some wiggle room. I can talk to my bosses about cutting my hours or possibly even going down to four days a week. I can return the comic to the two updates a week I've been only haphazardly delivering for some time now. I can follow up on other stuff (like print collections or side stories) that I keep looking at and then helplessly putting away as too much time and energy that I don't have for no promised gain. I get options.

The great thing about Patreon is it lets a lot of people donate a small amount, every month, at the level they can afford... but from my end that small amount adds up. 

No matter what, I will keep making this comic -- but I would deeply appreciate making it at the pace I want without going completely insane. Thank you in advance for helping that happen.
Tiers
Why No Comic?!
$1 or more per month

The beautiful, warming glow of altruism, and stick figures explaining why I am not doing my job.

Art Blog
$2 or more per month
As above, plus access to the art blog (panel previews, character design, set work, and the occasional bit of non-comic art).
Writing Blog
$5 or more per month

Warm glow, art blog, and:

  • Progress reports, most likely including rambling about writing and art
  • Writing samples (no spoilers). Aside from the comic, may include stuff from my other writing projects, most notably the novel I am diddling along at.
  • Book reviews -- at least one per month. 
  • Weekly entries from my silly side project, The Tough Guide to the Space Lanes.
  •  Worldbuilding snippets, random neepery.
Above and Beyond
$10 or more per month

Warm glow, art blog, writing blog, and anything special I can think of to offer you lovely people!

Goals
$79 of $100 per month
Take one day off the day job every month. Spend it working on the comic.
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Hi there! My name is Kat, and I have three jobs. I work full-time as office manager, code monkey, accountant, and general cat-wrangler for a small business; I have a young daughter; and I make the webcomic Sunset Grill, a science fiction ramble about gangsters, corrupt government, social inequality, and the people who drink beer and complain about all of it.

I love all my jobs. Lately, though, I've been having issues with all of them, struggling and frequently failing to meet my obligations and then suffering through the inevitable emotional backlash. After a particularly bad meltdown, in a desperate attempt to find and diagnose the problem, I sat down and did some math. I estimate that between the day job (35-40 hours), the kidlet (30-35 hours), and the comic (25-30 hours), ever since my daughter was born, I have been spending 100 hours a week -- 14 hours, 7 days a week -- working.

The good news is, I may have found my problem.

The bad news is I can't keep this up. I can't quit, because each of those jobs is doing something very necessary and vital for me. But some reorganization will have to happen. And, realistically, since the comic neither keeps me from starving nor runs around the house demanding food, attention, and/or pants at ear-splitting volumes, the comic is the most likely thing to suffer.

This is where you come in. 

At the moment I am between the proverbial rock and hard place. But if the comic is doing its bit -- even a small bit -- towards that goal of "not starving", then I get some wiggle room. I can talk to my bosses about cutting my hours or possibly even going down to four days a week. I can return the comic to the two updates a week I've been only haphazardly delivering for some time now. I can follow up on other stuff (like print collections or side stories) that I keep looking at and then helplessly putting away as too much time and energy that I don't have for no promised gain. I get options.

The great thing about Patreon is it lets a lot of people donate a small amount, every month, at the level they can afford... but from my end that small amount adds up. 

No matter what, I will keep making this comic -- but I would deeply appreciate making it at the pace I want without going completely insane. Thank you in advance for helping that happen.

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Tiers
Why No Comic?!
$1 or more per month

The beautiful, warming glow of altruism, and stick figures explaining why I am not doing my job.

Art Blog
$2 or more per month
As above, plus access to the art blog (panel previews, character design, set work, and the occasional bit of non-comic art).
Writing Blog
$5 or more per month

Warm glow, art blog, and:

  • Progress reports, most likely including rambling about writing and art
  • Writing samples (no spoilers). Aside from the comic, may include stuff from my other writing projects, most notably the novel I am diddling along at.
  • Book reviews -- at least one per month. 
  • Weekly entries from my silly side project, The Tough Guide to the Space Lanes.
  •  Worldbuilding snippets, random neepery.
Above and Beyond
$10 or more per month

Warm glow, art blog, writing blog, and anything special I can think of to offer you lovely people!