Art or commerce? The eternal question
Hey folks, I’m just giving you a heads up letting you know that there will be a few design tweaks to the site in the upcoming weeks to accommodate some ad banners. It won’t be anything drastic, probably a horizontal ad in the main header and some smaller ones on the sidebar. I won’t be compromising the comic size at all.
As some of you are aware, I’m trying to turn this website into my sole source of income and as much as I didn’t want to use advertising it would be stupid of me not to. The original idea for this site was for it to act like a promotional tool for my freelance career. People would dig my illustration style and want to hire me for freelance work. However, this site has taken on a life of its own. I’ve gotten hundreds of email from readers telling me how much this site means to them, that the comics really brighten up their days and if I ever stopped making them they would punch me in the face. Seeing as I would like my face to remain unpunched, combined with the huge amount of joy that creating these cartoon quotes have brought me has made me realise I want to devote all of my time to Zen Pencils. It’s made me realise I don’t want to do freelance work! I just want to keep making these comics for as long as possible. So much so that I’ve regrettably had to turn down some freelance offers because there’s not enough time to do both.
Anyway, that’s a long-winded reason on why I’ve decided to experiment with ads. We’ll see how it goes. I’m also working on selling some t-shirts and other merchandise in the near future. I’ve had a few generous readers offer me donations but that’s not something I’m ok with.
As always, I appreciate all your comments/emails/tweets/fb messages of support.