Bob – February 26, 2020

RE-VAMPING PATREON for 2020

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PATREON UNLEASHED

Long-time subscribers know that I’ve had a Patreon page set up for Bob the Squirrel and Squirrelosophy for some time.  Those that join the Bob the Squirrel Patreon Community get some pretty decent perks: sneak peeks at art before anyone else, discounts, etc.

Yesterday, I introduced Lens to the Bob Patreon.  It’s like a private Bob channel for the community. Short 30 second videos of me, Bob and the world around us.  See the process of creation.  See the creation of process. See some other stuff… it’s all there.  I will update as much as I can during the day… bearing in mind that I’m very, very, very, VERY new to video snippets (I may get my daughter to help me… if she wants)

All contributors at the $5.00 tier and higher have access to Lens video.

I want to make sure my appreciation is conveyed to my current and hopefully future supporters.

If you send $1.00 a month, I want to make sure you get at least $1.50 to $2.00 in value back.

I am well aware that budgets are stretched to the limit and beyond… I don’t want this to come off as my looking for charity… it’s not that at all.
In the coming weeks, I will be re-vamping pretty much everything in the Bob Patreon to better server the community.

I’ll keep you in the loop!  And as always, thanks for your past, present and future support.

Who knew a smart-ass squirrel could be so much?

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Speaking of…

I can’t hear you.

Today’s strip hits more closer to home than usual.

Back in the old days ( the early/mid 1990s) when I truly figured out what I wanted to do with my life, art school was a much different animal. Marketing yourself as an artist was lightly touched upon, but it wasn’t really stressed. I mean, we were students still learning our craft… why learn how to market something you’re not exactly sure you’re good at?

So.  I suck at marketing myself. I said it. I finished my undergrad in 1997. In the 23 years since that cold day in May, I’ve gotten about 10% better at it. Which explains a lot.

It doesn’t matter how great something is if no one knows it exists. That much I do know.

I’ve never had a huge problem with public speaking. Give me a room with 1,000 people in it and I’ll talk with no problem. Some butterflies of course, but nothing that would paralyze me. I actually prefer that to one-on-one speaking. I never shook my childhood shyness.  I’ve gotten much better of course… because it was necessary. But, if I have an opportunity to avoid it, 96.432% of the time I will.

Bob is not, or will ever be as big as even the dot on the letter ‘i’ in “GARFIELD”. Some of that could be from the art. Some of that could be from the writing. But I would bet that MOST of it is from my inability overcome that crippling fear of nothing. The inability to be bold. The inability to… insert your own idea.

It’s all me. The work speaks for itself… but no one hears it in an empty room.

 

 

 

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