In March I’ll be turning 50. Nobody knows what 2021 is going to look like. But I’m an optimist and I think it’s going to be great, so I’ve already started planning my mid-life crisis. I'm making some changes to the way I produce my work, and shifting focus between some of the projects I'm working on. PvP is going to be moving to a 3 day a week schedule. We’ll be posting new strips every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the foreseeable future.
Online content is consumed so much different now than it was in the late 90s and early aughts. People consume most of their content via social media and when they do visit a website it’s usually once a week to catch up on what they missed with adblockers (understandably) running. Our readership is as high as it’s ever been, but ad revenue is almost non-existent. Which frankly I don’t mind. Ads were always a necessary evil and nobody likes them even when they’re done well (ourselves included). It costs money to make new merchandise and conventions are canceled until the 30th of vaccine, in the year of our lord twenty-twenty-something.
RIGHT NOW the best way to support this strip is by backing the PvP Patreon. Cory crunched the numbers and each reader currently generates 2.8 cents per month. That’s 36 cents a year. If you think PvP is worth more than that, you could become a patron and help us pay our bills. It’s the simplest and most direct way to help us keep making PvP. Hands down. And we appreciate every one of you.
Meanwhile, I’m working on a middle-grade graphic novel. It’s about a young girl named Val who uses her love of Dungeons & Dragons to make friends and survive Middle School. It’s a project very dear to me and one I plan to see through to the end. I really want to expand my work to younger audiences and introduce them to the power of roleplaying and shared storytelling. Working on this story, preparing pitch-packets for publishers, and honing my craft has been essential in lifting my spirits and keeping my creativity sparking these last few difficult months.
I know that things are uncertain right now. Everyone is exhausted and frightened. Now more than ever, we need people to make things that uplift, inspire, and offer an escape. I plan to work hard, rest well, and wake brave. I hope you’ll do the same. As always, thank you for reading. Thank you for all the love and support you’ve given us over two decades. Thank you for this life.