I feel like I didn't properly communicate my last status post (it was a lot to take in, looking over it), so I just want a couple things to be clear:
-I'm not disappearing from DA; regular drawings (including some from the AuTalkz cast) will still be uploaded.
-It's just $1 a month to see the AuTalkz comics (which I might start doing weekly since I'll be charging for them) on Patreon.
Only specials (special issues, character profiles which I intend to do, sketches, and sneak-peeks will require a larger pledge).
-The current issues will be staying up on DA; I'm not taking them down due to this.
-I'm not doing this out of greed, and had been thinking about this decision for a long time.
I'm grateful for the couple people who understand why I'm doing this.
SSI pays at poverty level. Like I said, I'm getting $530 a month...I can't even afford my own apartment with that (even on food stamps for food). My car insurance costs about $150 a month, so once that's subtracted, I'm only earning $380 a month on SSI. That gives me just enough money to maybe get a haircut every couple of months (about $30), pay my credit card bill from groceries and art supplies (about $100), and leaves me with around $250...oh, right. Cellphone bill is about $60 for a flat rate (I rarely use my phone), and then the cost of pet supplies ($50-80 or so a month). That leaves me with just over $100 saying that I don't have any extra expenses that month. I can put in the tiny amount I'm earning on Patreon so far, but there's that pesky limit on how much I can save up...so, every month, that tiny amount goes to help paying bills.
See what I'm dealing with?
Understand yet why I need to push Patreon?
I'm literally living on a poverty level, and if I wasn't still living with my dad, I'd be out on the street because I can't afford housing. Then, there wouldn't be ANY comics or drawings. I'm terrified of what's going to happen in the future since my father isn't going to be around forever.
Okay? I'm not doing this to be greedy or "lock people out behind paywalls". I'm doing it because I'm an adult and I need to survive. AuTalkz has been running for TWO YEARS (three, if you count the first season). I've gotten a little monetary support, but I sadly can't keep doing something on a regular basis which earns me no money.
I wish I could, but I literally can't afford to. I knew some people would be upset, and I apologize.
Again, I'm not leaving DA...I'll still be uploading drawings here, as well as autism awareness and anti-bullying artwork (perhaps with Kairy and some of the AuTalkz crew, but not in comic format like AuTalkz is).
I wish I could keep doing this for free, especially since autism awareness is important and I wanted it to be free. That's why I'll maybe make a couple unrelated drawings and artwork and keep them here, but actual AuTalkz issues will be moving to Patreon for $1 a month (if I go weekly, you're getting 3-4 issues for $1. If I stay monthly, you're getting 2 for $1. Frankly, I think that's a good/reasonable deal and I'm actually getting the short end of the stick with that pricing).
I do feel that I've covered many important topics already in AuTalkz; I might occasionally post something here if I feel it's super important and should be free for everyone to see.
I've been at war with that for a while; I want it to be free, but I want to get off of SSI and get off of the poverty-level amount they pay me and the possibility of being kicked off the program for no specified reason (I have to go for yearly reviews and interviews with psychologists they choose to question me). I've had to stop advertising to petsit for people so I don't wind up earning just enough that they'll kick me off of SSI, but less than the amount I'd get on SSI.
It's a balancing game which suxxors, and my life is on the line.
I'm sorry that some of you are angry; I knew that would happen. If you're not an adult, you'll understand when you get into the working world...especially if you fall into the category of being unable to work (combined with no college degree). I'd like to be able to get good insurance, because America is freaking DEAD LAST when it comes to medical care and if I want to know I'm getting good care, I have to pay out of pocket because my meager insurance (Medicaid) doesn't cover it.
Hell, Medicare covers more than Medicaid does. There are a lot of doctors I've had to stop seeing because though they take Medicare patients, they don't take Medicaid patients...and I don't qualify for Medicare.
Not to mention that the government is trying to cut/gut the entire thing and probably always will be looking to do so (especially the Republicans for some reason I don't understand).
I'm turning 35 years old this month. Most people I know are working successful jobs, are married...some even have kids! They can afford to have multiple pets, their own apartment (and even their own HOUSE), ect.
Meanwhile, I'm like the epitome of the "still living in mom's basement" (only it's my dad's house).
If I don't do this, I'll wind up like the Giving Tree when she first became a stump. Give and give for free until there's nothing left...sadly, life can't work like that in the adult world.
I hate it.
I honestly hate that.
I hate how much value is on money, but it's necessary to live and survive.
I want to keep doing all this stuff for free, but I can't unless I plan to wind up in a gutter somewhere.
This is reality. I want to make people happy and help folks...and it'd be really awesome if I could find a way to do that and get paid for it. Right now, this is the only thing which comes close.
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