Happy Holidays, gang!
Also, I wrote a little something today for the Honey Dill Tapas account because Tapas is having some sort of tipping event to encourage readers to give content creators a form of digital currency by way of these themed coin thingies. In retrospect, I think it applies to the entire Honey Dill audience and beyond:
Hey you (yes YOU),
You’ve probably already heard, but Tapas is holding a tipping event that starts today.
I’ve been making Honey Dill comics for about two and a half years now but I only started this Tapas account two months ago. So far the response on this platform has been has been really encouraging and, although the audience overall is still a small group, those who are following have made this into a fun little community of dedicated fans. That’s awesome.
In the giving spirit of the holidays, yes, I would absolutely appreciate if any of you decided to tip Honey Dill but just as important for the ongoing health of the comic is the simple act of seeking + sharing. Not just my comic, but any comic you follow and really love.
Find the authors, share their work with others, add them to your other social media platforms, and let them know that the work they are doing is being appreciated. It can be a lonely process at times making comics, but what makes the whole experience that much more meaningful is actually seeing a response from someone who has read your material.
An old smart person once said that language (a word, a concept, etc.) doesn’t actually exist in society unless it is co-signed with a response from someone who hears it and gives it life in reply. Otherwise we’re all just spouting nonsense into a void of nothing with no one around to signify that what we’re saying is legitimate content. In other words, without a response from the audience none of this is legit real.
In a way, the audience has an honest-to-goodness role in the content they consume. The more you respond (literally and figuratively) to the creative stuff you enjoy, the more you signify to society at large that this thing you enjoy is important, that it’s part of our shared experience. For me, that is most important thing.
You can help support my comic monetarily and if you do I thank you – really! But just know that you can also make an equal impact by adding your voice to the community built around the creativity you consume, whether it’s a comic, a show, a podcast, whatever. You just BEING THERE, in a vocal sense, helps to make things real.
And at the very least you could be helping a comic artist feel a little less lonely over the holiday season.