While in Vienna I received the email below about the shutdown of DRIP. Due to the sale of Drip to XoXo falling through Kickstarter are not continuing with the platform. The details of the last time you will be charged etc are in that mail and it’s copied at the bottom of this message.
Please strap in this as goes on a bit but please read it as it’s VERY IMPORTANT about what lies ahead.
Obviously like all comic endeavours the money is the least important aspect of the process to me. What matters to me the most is your support and comments and enjoyment. MANifestation definitely would not exist in its current form without you and the promise of weekly pages has grown it into the project I never thought I would have time to create. Originally it was a one-shot 24page comic but you enabled me to develop it into the graphic novel I wanted it to be. We are in the final act now but there will not be enough weeks to complete it on the current platform. I WILL COMPLETE IT THOUGH and when I do it will probably go on Kickstarter and all subscribers will get a copy free- digital for digital subscribers,print for print subscribers. This was always the plan once it was finished. I want to complete the next Human Beings first but MANifestation will hopefully hit KS around Christmas.
As for print subscribers your new Reality Paper and THBS are either already out or going out. There will be another of each for you regardless of the shutdown. I will also send free pdfs to you when I complete another section of the Beekersville Flats story.
That is where we stand now. Where we stand in the future is up to you. I have always had issues with the way Patreon is run and after several earlier attempts I gave up on the process before I launched simply because of the idiocy of their management at the time. That being said if you want me to launch a Patreon and continue the work we began with Drip the past year please let me know. The work is obviously very time consuming so to make this kind of move viable I would need as the bare minimum 10 £12 print subscribers and 10 £2 digital. There is also the option too of only being charged when a post is made or a book printed. THESE DECISIONS ARE NOW COMPLETELY IN YOUR HANDS. If you want this continued that is how we could do it but I need everyone to let me know how they sit in the comments below.
Also leave anything else in the comments - what you’ve liked and disliked about the Drip, about the books, about the content. Readers are amazing but all of you on here have gone the extra mile for me and I can never fully communicate to you how much that means to me. Reality Paper in particular was such an amazing outlet and you facilitated it. It was awesome to get a collection of it made too.
There’s much more I could go on to say but I’d rather hear what you have to say so please comment or email me any thoughts you have.
COPY OF THE EMAIL
An important update on the Drip shutdown
Travis Brace <email@example.com>
Wed, Aug 14, 10:03 PM (3 days ago)
to bcc: me
Hope this message finds you well. Today I wanted to reach out with an update on the Drip shutdown process. We will shut down Drip in a few phases, the first of which is outlined below. Don’t worry, I’ll be in touch with you every step of the way to ensure that each phase is clearly outlined, and, as a creator, you will know what to expect. Please give this email a careful read!
On Friday, September 13 2019, we will begin the process of shutting down Drip.
- We will stop collecting funds from your subscribers on Friday, September 13th. Any subscribers with pledge collections scheduled after this date will not be charged.
- After this date, payouts to your bank account will continue as scheduled (automatically, weekly on Wednesdays). Accordingly, expect to receive your final payout from Drip by Wednesday, September 25.
- After September 13, subscribing will be disabled on all Drips. No new subscribers will be able to join your Drip.
- You will, however, still be able to publish posts, and subscribers will still be able to comment on them, until at least Thursday, November 14, 2019. I’ll be following up again well before November with more specifics on what functionality you can expect as a creator after that date.
At the beginning of next week, we’ll be sending a similar message to all Drip subscribers with relevant details about the shutdown. This allows you a bit of time to communicate with your subscribers directly, should you wish to do so before they hear from us here at Drip. (As a reminder, please note that your subscribers remain able to cancel their subscriptions at any time, including at any moment during this shutdown process.)
After September 13, I will be following up with next steps. We appreciate your continued patience as we work to ensure that this process is as smooth and easy as possible for you.
Please feel free to reply to this email with any unanswered questions you have. I’m available to connect via phone or email to further discuss plans for your subscriptions moving forward, or to shed any additional light on the shutdown process. As always, I’m here to help with anything I can.
Trav + Team Drip