Bandit's Banter

The occasion of reaching my 1000th comic strip was not quite as happy as I would have liked it to be.  In fact, it was something of a somber event for me, as I look back and realize I haven't accomplished quite what I set out to do, when I first put Bruno the Bandit on the Internet.  As a result, I'm beginning to wonder if it's worth my while to continue to work on the strip... at least, at my present rate.

I had hoped by now to be earning a modest living working on my strip.  So much so, that I made a pretty big gamble:  I turned my back on what you might call "real" work, a regular day job, in order to see if I couldn't make my dream of earning a living by drawing my comic strip a reality. Believe me, if I could work a full-time job, and do the strip at the same time, I would.  However, the strip takes up a lot of my time each week, meaning I can't do both.  I have earned some money from my strip, but not nearly enough to support myself with.  And at the rate I'm going, it may be a very long time before I ever actually do achieve said goal: time I don't feel I have.  Which is why it's time to put it all on the line.

I was so depressed upon reaching my 1000th strip that I had originally intended this to be my "farewell" Banter.  I now realize that may be a little premature.  For one thing, I don't want to give up on this strip just yet.  For another, I realized that maybe some (hopefully a lot) of you the readers might be willing to help me out once you realized I've been considering putting Bruno aside, in order to look for "real" work.  And indeed, there is a way that you can help me out, if you'd like.

What I'd like to know is, how many of you would be willing to sponsor Bruno the Bandit, for, as the saying goes, pennies a day?  Every second Wednesday, starting with this Wednesday (October 17th), I'll put up a reminder in the space above that day's comic strip.  On that day, I'd ask anyone interested in sponsoring me to contribute a dollar to my Paypal account.  A buck every two weeks: is that really too much to ask, to keep this strip going?  If it is, I understand... that it'll be time for me to give this up, and look for a 9-to-5 job.

However, to sweeten the deal for you, each person who contributes will automatically be entered in a contest for that week to win either a Bruno the Bandit book or a T-shirt (winner's choice).  And yes, I fully intend to honor this, even if the number of people who decide to sponsor me can be counted on the fingers of one hand.  Each dollar you contribute for that week counts as a chance to win, so if you send me 10 bucks, that's 10 chances for you in the draw.  (Of course, if you really want a book or a T-shirt that badly, you can always buy a book by going here, or a T by going here).  And for those of you who've already donated some money to me, your names will go into the hat for the first draw on the 17th, again, with a chance per each buck you sent me.  BTW, if you're not already a member of PayPal, click here to learn more about joining.  It's easy to join, but as always, read the rules before you do.

If these sponsor days turn out to be a success, then I promise you, there will be more prizes, giveaways, and ways to win cool Bruno stuff than you can shake the proverbial stick at.  The more money I receive, the more goodies I'll give away!  But for now, I want to start modestly, with a book or T-shirt to the first lucky entrants.

Here's the deal: I'm going to have two trial "sponsor" days, on the 17th and 31st of October.  If they're even a modest success, the strip continues as is.  If they're not, then Bruno the Bandit ceases as a daily strip.  Don't get me wrong: I am not planning to quit the strip, necessarily.  However, I will seek out a regular job, which means that production on the strip will become sporadic at best.  I will work on the strip in my spare time, for my own enjoyment, whenever I feel like it.  That might mean only a few stories per year, if that.  "But you'll lose readers", I can hear some people say.  Well yes, I suppose I will, but the thing is, if I'm only drawing the strip as a hobby, what difference does it make, whether I have 10 readers, or 10,000 readers?

So there's the scenario, folks!  I really want to be able to continue bringing Bruno the Bandit to you on a daily basis, but the reality of the situation is starting to close in on me, you might say.  Will the strip continue as a daily part of your web-surfing experience, or merely as an occasional hobby for me, only you can say.  Either way, I know that whatever choice you make will be the right one. The marketplace will have spoken.

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