Dave Van Etten

is creating Happiness and the art of Depression

6

patrons

$46

per month
What is "Happiness and the art of Depression?"
It’s kind of a webcomic, kind of a portfolio, kind of a repository of thought built upon the therapy of drawing. Because of a progressive spinal injury, I am about 90% homebound. (It's a fact of life, I'm not whining. Everybody's got something. It's all good.) I create daily doodles to balance my sanity. This means I draw and paint a lot. I mean... like crazy amounts. I post my works in progress, and finished works on my Instagram feed (vanettda). Patreon is where I give access to the wizard behind the curtain. 

Why I need your patronage:
Let’s face it. I’m going to draw and paint regardless. It’s not like if you don’t contribute to the effort I’m going to stop. I spent a period of time unable to walk, or draw, or even write my own name. Having this gift back gives new meaning to the phrase, "Savor every creative moment." I work 100% digital. This means I can do it from bed, or in a chair, or in inverted traction. (Heck, I could probably do it from space.) However, running around the comic convention (comiccon) circuit is out of the question.

Your patronage provides a means for me to feed my family, and provide a roof over our head. Its one of the few things I  can still do that keeps me engaged everyday. Your patronage makes a significant difference.



Isn't a comic about depression kind of... depressing?
Depression isn't fun. In fact, sometimes it's crippling. I publish a formal webcomic (on Instagram: vanettda) three days a week. (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.) When I started it, I had two goals: keep it real, and make it helpful/hopeful, oh, and sometimes it's actually funny. This along with my other random drawing and painting is a kind of therapy. I'm grateful that I've found this outlet to medicate my life. I'm also grateful to those who've told me they feel less alone because of what I share. 

How does this work:
I continue to do what I do. (The proof is on my Instagram feed. I post something almost daily. Sometimes a few times a day.) You commit to a small cup-of-coffee type payment that hits your credit card once a month, and then get access to warm fuzzy feelings, stickers, process videos, and my wandering discourse on being a “crazy’ creative.

Oh yeah... and I have rewards for Patreon only people. It's a win-win
Tiers
Order of the Odd
$1 or more per month
If you think my drawings are odd, and enjoy them, then this reward will be like sipping raw happyness from an Arkansas mason jar.


You get:


  • A warm feeling inside
  • Access to my almost daily posts about life the universe and everything. 
  • Access to WIPs screen shots
The Fellowship of the Thing
$5 or more per month

You are one of a chosen few; a Thing bearer. The masses will sing of your contributions in dark hallowed halls, and raise intoxicating drinks while cheering your name.


You get everything from the Order of the Odd and: 


  •  A limited edition, super special, HATAOD Sticker.
  • Access to my Patreon only feed, where I wax poetic, show Process videos, talk about the life of a creative, and generally invite you behind the curtain. 
Grand Poo Bah Padawans
$10 or more per month only 8 left

An "I'm not Crazy, I am Creative." Sticker.


I used to be a college instructor, and I loved mentoring students. This tier gives you personal IM access to ask questions about my process, to receive honest critiques of your work, get advice on how to run a creative business or chose educational pathways. 

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$46 of $500 per month
This is validation, pure and simple. I would love to point to this and say, “somebody besides my Mom and Dad enjoys what I do and appreciates the effort. 
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What is "Happiness and the art of Depression?"
It’s kind of a webcomic, kind of a portfolio, kind of a repository of thought built upon the therapy of drawing. Because of a progressive spinal injury, I am about 90% homebound. (It's a fact of life, I'm not whining. Everybody's got something. It's all good.) I create daily doodles to balance my sanity. This means I draw and paint a lot. I mean... like crazy amounts. I post my works in progress, and finished works on my Instagram feed (vanettda). Patreon is where I give access to the wizard behind the curtain. 

Why I need your patronage:
Let’s face it. I’m going to draw and paint regardless. It’s not like if you don’t contribute to the effort I’m going to stop. I spent a period of time unable to walk, or draw, or even write my own name. Having this gift back gives new meaning to the phrase, "Savor every creative moment." I work 100% digital. This means I can do it from bed, or in a chair, or in inverted traction. (Heck, I could probably do it from space.) However, running around the comic convention (comiccon) circuit is out of the question.

Your patronage provides a means for me to feed my family, and provide a roof over our head. Its one of the few things I  can still do that keeps me engaged everyday. Your patronage makes a significant difference.



Isn't a comic about depression kind of... depressing?
Depression isn't fun. In fact, sometimes it's crippling. I publish a formal webcomic (on Instagram: vanettda) three days a week. (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.) When I started it, I had two goals: keep it real, and make it helpful/hopeful, oh, and sometimes it's actually funny. This along with my other random drawing and painting is a kind of therapy. I'm grateful that I've found this outlet to medicate my life. I'm also grateful to those who've told me they feel less alone because of what I share. 

How does this work:
I continue to do what I do. (The proof is on my Instagram feed. I post something almost daily. Sometimes a few times a day.) You commit to a small cup-of-coffee type payment that hits your credit card once a month, and then get access to warm fuzzy feelings, stickers, process videos, and my wandering discourse on being a “crazy’ creative.

Oh yeah... and I have rewards for Patreon only people. It's a win-win

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Tiers
Order of the Odd
$1 or more per month
If you think my drawings are odd, and enjoy them, then this reward will be like sipping raw happyness from an Arkansas mason jar.


You get:


  • A warm feeling inside
  • Access to my almost daily posts about life the universe and everything. 
  • Access to WIPs screen shots
The Fellowship of the Thing
$5 or more per month

You are one of a chosen few; a Thing bearer. The masses will sing of your contributions in dark hallowed halls, and raise intoxicating drinks while cheering your name.


You get everything from the Order of the Odd and: 


  •  A limited edition, super special, HATAOD Sticker.
  • Access to my Patreon only feed, where I wax poetic, show Process videos, talk about the life of a creative, and generally invite you behind the curtain. 
Grand Poo Bah Padawans
$10 or more per month only 8 left

An "I'm not Crazy, I am Creative." Sticker.


I used to be a college instructor, and I loved mentoring students. This tier gives you personal IM access to ask questions about my process, to receive honest critiques of your work, get advice on how to run a creative business or chose educational pathways. 

Includes Discord rewards