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I've just launched a new Kickstarter to produce a book collecting my 24 Hour Modest Medusa comics (with a special stretch goal to create a brand new 24 Hour comic). This Kickstarter lasts just 3 days and ends on Friday night. If the Kickstarter is successful my plan is to produce and ship these books within 24 days! Check it out here!

24 Hour Kickstarter Image by JakeRichmond
  • Listening to: Justice
  • Reading: Genshiken
  • Watching: Wayward Pines
  • Playing: Destiny
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water

 Last week I said I’d be announcing a new project today, and I hope you’ll humor me for a few minutes while I talk about it. Combine is a new sci-fi comic magazine that I’ll be publishing with Jaymz Bernard and Micah Berkoff. Each issue of this print magazine will feature new chapters of Ghost Kiss (by me), Shutter Valley Record by Micah and Devil Spy by Jaymz. This is a full color large format print magazine. Think Heavy Metal, but with less boobs. Or Shonen Jump, but in color (and with less boobs). The goal is to do a new issue every other month (which means I’ll be producing new Ghost Kiss comics a lot more frequently).  I’ve been wanting to do a regular print comic for years, so I’m really excited about this project.

We’ve set up a Patreon to act as a subscription service. Here’s how it works. You sign up to receive either a digital or physical subscription to Combine. Each time we release a new issue (about once every two months) you’ll be charged your pledge amounts. In other words, we’ll be release 6 issues a year so you’ll be charged 6 times each year. Once your pledge is processed we’ll send you the new issue of Combine. Shipping costs are included in your pledge!

Just to be super clear, Ghost Kiss will still be available to read for free online. New chapters will appear online about the sometime new issues of Combine are released. Likewise, my current Patreon is still the place to go if you want to help fund Ghost Kiss, Modest Medusa or any of my other projects. The Combine Patreon is a completely separate deal. It’s a subscription service designed to allow us to produce and distribute a bimonthly magazine. We make a little money off it, but not much. This is mostly just a “for fun” project for people who like to hold physical comics in their hand and might enjoy having comics show up in their mail.  I’ll still rely on your generosity through my Patreonfor most of my income.

We plan to release the first issue of Combine at the beginning of October. It will feature the first chapters of Ghost Kiss, Devil Spy and Shutter Valley Record. I’m more excited for the second issue though, which will have an all new Ghost Kiss story. I’m excited to be able to share a magazine with Jaymz and Micah too. They’re both doing great work and I think you’ll really dig Devil Spy and SVR!

Anyway, that’s the big announcement! I’m super excited about Combine and I hope you’ll check it out! Here’s the Patreon link.

Ghost kiss page


  • Listening to: Justice
  • Reading: Genshiken
  • Watching: Wayward Pines
  • Playing: Destiny
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water

 Artist Alley Comic Fest is this Sunday! This is a brand new comics fest in SE Portland put on by my friends Hunyh and Addam of Spritely Bean (Portland’s only comic cafe). Artist Alley is a small show focusing on local and small press comics. It’s an outdoor show, located in the Spritley Bean parking lot. Admission is free and there are over 50 exhibitors! Please come check out the show and support it in it’s first year. I’ll be there with a cool new thing! Here’s the site!

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  • Listening to: Justice
  • Reading: Genshiken
  • Watching: Wayward Pines
  • Playing: Destiny
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water
Fig,eggplant,womens,ffffff.u1 by JakeRichmond

I made a new Korrasami t-shirt! It’s available in a bunch of different styles and colors. You can get it here!

Asami Loves Korra shirt by JakeRichmond

It’s also available as a pillow, in case you like pillows.



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  • Listening to: Justice
  • Reading: Genshiken
  • Watching: Wayward Pines
  • Playing: Destiny
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water

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This summer you can see some of my Modest Medusa art at the Portland Art Museum as part of the Mythos Challenge. I was invited by my friend Wolfie who is a member of the Mythos Youth Council to contribute two pieces of art that represent my modern take on classic myths.

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I chose to summit both a print of “The Kingdom Strikes Back, part 11″ and a hand drawn and colored recreation of “Sneaky Snake”, which was one of the earliest Modest Medusa strips (above).

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The exhibit also includes an audio interview which isn’t too awful (I always hate how I sound when recorded) and some nice photographs by the museum staff. And of course I’m just one of several artists featured in this gallery. There’s some really fantastic stuff on display. Please check it out!

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  • Listening to: Justice
  • Reading: Genshiken
  • Watching: Wayward Pines
  • Playing: Destiny
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water
MM Patreon 2015 2-1 by JakeRichmond

February is Modest Medusa Patreon Month! Patreon is a way that fans and readers can support the artists who produce work that they enjoy by contributing a small amount of money each month. If you like reading Modest Medusa please consider supporting me through Patreon. Your support through Patreon helps me pay my bills and lets me spend more time making comics. I appreciate all the support!

My goal this month is to see my Patreon campaign reach the $1100/month mark. That would be huge for me, since it would mean Patreon would be paying for all my basic bills and monthly medical expenses. It would also allow me to start saving up for a new computer, which I desperately need. The most important thing is it would allow me to spend less time looking for freelance illustration work and instead focus on making more comics and art for you to enjoy. Like the new 4-page comic I’ll be posting either later this week or early next week!

So if you enjoy Modest Medusa and want to see more comics from me please consider contributing to my Patreon. Even just $1 a month really helps! You can check out my Patreon page here.

  • Listening to: Charisma.com
  • Reading: Thieves at Heart
  • Watching: Workaholics
  • Playing: Dragon's Crown
  • Eating: a gross muffin
  • Drinking: Hi*Ball Energy
kORRASAMI+SHIRTS by JakeRichmond

I've been rooting for Korra and Asami to get together since Book 2, so after watching the Legend of Korra finale and seeing Korrasami happen for real I decided I had to have a shirt. So I made one. Well, I made two. These were supposed to be just for me, but a few friends asked for them too, so I decided to make them available to anyone who wants one. You can get them here in lots of different sizes and styles.
  • Listening to: Nikki Minaj
  • Reading: Drowned Cities
  • Watching: Legend of Korra (over and over)
  • Playing: Destiny
  • Eating: Christmas cookies
  • Drinking: Iced Tea
Commissions! by JakeRichmond


Hey! I'm now taking commissions. if you're interested please send me a note describing what you'd like. the rates listed below are are only estimates. Some commissions will cost more or less depending on what you'd like me to draw for you.

Rates:

$40: Black and white line art illustration featuring a single character.

+$15: Color

+15: Each extra character.

Complicated backgrounds and stuff may cost more!

Send me a note for more details!

- Jake
  • Listening to: Charisma.com
  • Reading: Ready Player One
  • Watching: Blue Exorsist
  • Playing: Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeros
  • Eating: pork tacos
  • Drinking: Ariba

A bunch of people have been saying that they're excited to see me at Kumoricon again this year. I've been doing the Kumoricon artist alley since before Modest Medusa, and I love the show, the attendees, the volunteers and several members of the staff. But...

I won't be at Kumoricon this year. Artist alley was so horrible last year that I won't be returning until they move it back to a proper room instead of a 90 degree parking garage with no restroom, air circulation, or water fountain. We were buried in the back of the garage, hundreds of feet from the nearest entrance. To find the artist alley you had to go to the parking garage (and why would you ever do that?), go past registration, go past the dealers area. Artist alley itself was split into two parts, the more visible section and the section hidden back behind a staircase. That's where I was. We had to bring our own fans for air circulation. It was so hot that my clothes were soaked through with sweat each day, which isn't ideal when you're trying to sell your artwork. A friend of mine passed out and had to be taken away by ambulance. The volunteers were very helpful and understanding though. They always do a great job.

I sent an email and a facebook message to Kumoricon staff expressing my concerns, but I never heard back. That's fine though. They don't need to respond to every complaint, as long as they hear it. Back during the winter I had a chance to speak directly to one of the organizers when I ran into him at Red Castle games. I told him everything I mentioned above, and he said that he didn't really think it was a problem. Artist alley wasn't a priority, and it would be in the same spot this year., although it might change next year. I repeated that the heat was pretty unbearable, and that my friend had been taken away by ambulance. He said that this wasn't true. I think he meant that he hadn't heard about the indecent, but saying that it wasn't true made it feel like he was calling me a liar. I don't think that's what he meant, but I was pretty astounded by that. When I said that I didn't think I'd be coming back to pay for a table until artist alley was moved to a better location he said that there's always someone else who would pay for the table instead

So I won't be back until conditions improve. If you like Kumoricon you should really demand better conditions for artist alley.

Here's some photos from the con of my booth and the area right in front of it. You can see that everyone is sweating, right? you can see how crappy the garage is?

Kumoricon 1 by JakeRichmond

Kumoricon 2 by JakeRichmond
  • Listening to: Charisma.com
  • Reading: Ready Player One
  • Watching: Blue Exorsist
  • Playing: Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeros
  • Eating: pork tacos
  • Drinking: Ariba

This month I’m trying hard to get m yPatreon campaign to the next Milestone Goal, which is $800. Right now we’re at about $540, which isn’t close, but also isn’t that far. Your Patreon contributions help me make a living doing Modest Medusa and allow me to focus on making comics instead of having to spend most of my time doing other work to pay the bills. I really, really appreciate the support! You can check out my Patreon page here.

And here’s a handy graphic to help track our progress! See, we’re already $41 closer than before!
MM Patreon chart 7-5 by JakeRichmond

  • Listening to: Charisma.com
  • Reading: Ready Player One
  • Watching: Blue Exorsist
  • Playing: Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeros
  • Eating: pork tacos
  • Drinking: Ariba
MM Die 1 Full by JakeRichmond

So my friends at Tinderbox Entertainment made some cool Modest Medusa dice. You can get them as part of the Modest Medusa Season 3 Kickstarter. The Kickstarter is going well, but we could still use support to reach our stretch goals. Check out the Kickstarter page here:kck.st/1e8hLR1

  • Reading: Digger
  • Watching: True Detective
  • Playing: Bravely Default
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Iced Tea
So I'm doing a Kickstarter for my third Modest Medusa book! The book will collect the entire Season 3 story (over 200 pages) in a single hardcover volume. Should be pretty great! I hope. Anyway, you can check out the kickstarter here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/2…

Also, I made a comic:
Modest Medusa Season 3 Kickstarter comic by JakeRichmond
  • Listening to: Muse
  • Reading: Sailor Moon
  • Watching: Daily Show
  • Playing: Pokemon X
  • Eating: liver sausage (eww!)
  • Drinking: Zevia Lemon Lime Twist

I’m launching a Patreon page today. I’ve been thinking about Patreon since I was in the hospital last month and I think this is the right direction for both myself and Modest Medusa. I’ve created a comic to explain what this is all about, but first I want to say that Modest Medusa will always be free to read. That won’t ever change. Here’s the comic:

Patreon comic

 

Okay, so what is Patreon? Patreon is a way for my readers, friends and fans to give me direct financial support by becoming a Patron. As a Patron you’ll choose an amount to give for every month of comics that I make. You’ll get billed at the end of the month, and I’ll get that money (minus a very small amount that goes to Patreon).

Do I have to contribute? Nope! Patreon is there for people who want to support my comic work and can afford to give a little money every month. It’s absolutely not mandatory and you shouldn’t feel like you have to give. I know that some of you like to support my work by buying my books. Some of you click on my ads, share my facebook posts and tweets, vote for Modest Medusa on Top Web Comics or recommend the comic to your friends. Patreon is another option for people looking for ways to support Modest Medusa.

Why do you need the money? I’m pretty poor. That’s not a secret. My recent medical problems and hospital stay have introduced new expenses to my life. I’m finding that I’m spending more time than I want to working to pay the bills and far less time than I’d like making comics. Patreon will help me pay some of my bills, giving me more free time to make more comics for you all to enjoy!

What is a “Month of comics”? I’m doing a monthly Patreon campaign, which means I’m asking for contributions for every month of comics I make. You all know that some months I make more comics than others. My goal is to be making at least 10 comics a month, with an average of 12-15.  These will mostly be Modest Medusa comics, but I’m hoping to also start posting Ghost Kiss comics every now and then, plus some other cool stuff! If I don’t produce at least 10 pages in a month my Patrons won’t be charged for that month!

What do we get out of it? The big benefit of this Patreon campaign is that I’ll be able to make more comics. That’s a benefit for everyone, whether you choose to give or not. I’ve also introduced several Milestone goals. If we reach certain amounts of monthly giving I can afford to do some cool stuff like get rid of the ads on this site, do a regular live drawing thing or even a monthly 24 hour comic.

I’m also offering some Rewards for people who want to give generous amounts each month. These aren’t extravagant gifts, but small things to let you know that I appreciate your support. I want to focus on making neat comics for everyone instead of providing exclusive content for just a few people. You can find out more about Milestone Goals and Rewards on my Patreon page.

Will there be special “Patron only” stuff? Not really. The Milestone goals are set up to provide new content for everyone. Some of the Rewards include stuff like wallpapers and stickers, but I’ll be posting that art for everyone to see. So don’t feel like you’ll be missing comics if you decide not to become a Patron.

How much should I give? Any amount of money is appreciated, really. Even 50 cents or a dollar a month will help out. You can pay by card or paypal. You can also cancel your monthly payments at any time if you need to.

I want to help out but I can’t afford to be a Patron! That’s okay. Patreon isn’t for everyone, and that’s fine. Please don’t contribute if you can’t afford to. Recommending Modest Medusa to a friend is a great way to show your support for free!

Will you still use Kickstarter? Yes I will! Kickstarter and Patreon are very different things. I’ll continue to use Kickstarter to raise money to print books and do other large projects.

Anything else? Patreon will be a part of this comic from now on. I’ll be talking about it from time to time and there will be a small ad on this site directing people to the Patreon page. Please feel free to ask questions and make suggestions!

  • Listening to: Black Keys
  • Reading: Empowered
  • Watching: Bob's Burgers
  • Playing: Corpse Party
  • Eating: Not much
  • Drinking: Iced Tea
Do you know what Patreon is?Here's a link. Take a sec to check it out. Okay?www.patreon.com/

Okay. So I'd like to use Patreon. I think it's idea for someone who does what I do, which is make web comics a few times a week. There's two models that I see other web comic people using. One is the "per month" model. That's where I ask for support for each month worth of comics that I make (and when I say "comics", I mean pages or strips. And I make about 10-12 of those a month right now). I like this because it means I'm providing one big lump of content every month, and asking people to contribute for that. 12 pages has value. 12 pages a month is a package that is attractive to a lot of people.

The other model that I see is "per comic" model. I'm asking people to give for each comic I post. A lot of people like this model, and a lot of people feel like they can contribute 50 cents or a dollar or whatever per comic.

Okay, so I'm trying to decide which is better for me and my readers. Of course, different people will have different preferences. The "Per Month" method is nice and easy, and presents an attractive package of work that I think a lot of people will be willing to support. Giving a little bit of money every month to support the production of 10, 12 or 15 comics is pretty reasonable, I think. On the other hand, most people are recommending a "Per Comic" approach. But... most of the people recommending this don't make comics (although they have used Patreon). I also worry that people will be less interested in giving 10 or 12 or 15 times a month then just giving once a month. Even if it ends up being the same amount of money.

Anyway... thoughts? 
  • Listening to: Justice
  • Reading: Nusicaa of the Valley of the Wind
  • Watching: Bob's Burgers
  • Playing: Code of Princess
  • Eating: Waffles
  • Drinking: Water
I'll be at Fanime in San Jose all week! Find both me and Ben Hsu (of Dubious Company) at the "TagalongDT" table near the middle of the artist alley. I'll have Modest Medusa books, mini comic, prints, stickers and other odds and ends for sale. I'll also be doing sketches for anyone who wants one!

www.fanime.com/artist-alley-ma…
  • Listening to: Justice
  • Reading: Nusicaa of the Valley of the Wind
  • Watching: Bob's Burgers
  • Playing: Code of Princess
  • Eating: Waffles
  • Drinking: Water
Modest Medusa has been nominated in the Best Webcomic category for the 2013 Stumptown Comics Arts awards. The Stumptown Comics Fest is my hometown convention. i attend every year. I'd REALLY like to win this award. Voting is open to the public, so please consider voting for Modest Medusa. Also, Adrian Wallace for Best Lettering! Here's the link: www.stumptowncomics.com/awards…

Thanks guys!

Jake
  • Listening to: Justice
  • Reading: Nusicaa of the Valley of the Wind
  • Watching: Bob's Burgers
  • Playing: Code of Princess
  • Eating: Waffles
  • Drinking: Water
I'll be at Emerald City comic Con in Seattle all weekend long! Find me at booth Q-10 in the artist alley with Ben Hsu of Dubious Company!
  • Listening to: Justice
  • Reading: Nusicaa of the Valley of the Wind
  • Watching: Bob's Burgers
  • Playing: Code of Princess
  • Eating: Waffles
  • Drinking: Water
Hey! The Modest Medusa Season 2 hardcover book has finally arrived from the printer! It looks great and includes two enormous fold out pages. I'm really happy with it! You can order a copy from my store for just $17: celstyle.com/ocart/index.php?r…

Also, convention season is getting started. I'll be appearing at Wizard World Portland this month, Emerald City Comic Con and Sakuracon in March, Stumptown Comics Fest in April and Fanime in May. Lots of cons! Very busy!
  • Listening to: Justice
  • Reading: Nusicaa of the Valley of the Wind
  • Watching: Bob's Burgers
  • Playing: Code of Princess
  • Eating: Waffles
  • Drinking: Water
I'll be at NewCon PDX on Dec 29th and 30th. Find me in the artist alley! I'll also be hosting a webcomics panel at the con on Sunday afternoon!
  • Listening to: Aquabats
  • Reading: Genshiken
  • Watching: Batman Year One
  • Playing: Tera
  • Eating: Chicken Pizza
  • Drinking: Water
Starting this weekend you can now read Modest Medusa on Crunchyroll! The entire Modest Medusa series is now available in Crunchyroll's new Artist Alley, and new strips will be added three days a week! Check it out here: www.crunchyroll.com/comics/man…
  • Listening to: The Glitch Mob
  • Reading: Hobby Japan
  • Watching: The Thick of it
  • Playing: Code of Princess
  • Eating: Lamb Gyro
  • Drinking: Coke