NanQuest is the spiritual successor to RubyQuest, which many of you may know. It’s a horror-themed quest with suspense, mystery, and intrigue. It’s currently ongoing, at 6 chapters.
INTRODUCING THE TGWEAVER QUEST DRIVE
Ladies and Gentlemen, to all my dedicated fans and supporters, I present to you the fever dream of a wild man. It’s a shot in the dark, a grab at the moon, but damn it, it’s time I stuck my neck out for something. So without further ado, the QUEST DRIVE:
WHAT: As proposed by my readers, I’ve opened up a fundraiser attempt such that I can focus all my time and effort purely on Questing, Comics, and other art and doodles. What commissions I’ve received already have largely been for Quest-related materials, or for continued content on works I have been lax on updating. That in part spurred this idea. Without getting into the kind of self-pitying details that have consumed much of this blog in the past, I can summarize by saying the premise is simple: Depression, exhaustion, and preoccupation concerning continued search for employment and scrounging for sustenance while living below the poverty line has cramped my quests and other artistic attempts. I’ve received many messages asking when they’ll pick back up, and the truth is these are serious projects and in-depth endeavors I want to be able to fully commit to. I don’t want to simply churn out content when my mind is elsewhere. I don’t want to produce a NanQuest chapter, for instance, that’s rushed, stressed, or poorly composed simply because I wasn’t in the right place to write for it. That’s where the Quest Drive comes in.
WHAT?: The Quest Drive is a collaborative fundraiser that allows me to cover my barest needs in order to survive, clear my mind, and focus on Quests. Think of it as hiring me to be your full-time quest-runner. Or a community commission by all donators for more - more of everything. If you, the readers, think it’s a worthwhile investment to chip in and sponsor me, I will do everything to make you, the patrons proud of that investment.
It’s a tall order, and I’m not sure it can succeed, but I want to believe that it’s possible, and I know that I want to put everything I can into this. I know people want more, and I’d love to get back to giving you all what you want.
For what: For as long as I’m sponsored, I’ll be able to put all my creative efforts and mental focus on the creation of art. Not just sketches and doodles like I post here, but full quests and comics, the means and depths of which I have not had the wherewithal for for many months. For specifics, I’ve listed milestones below.
How Much: I live as frugally as possible, rent cheap, and stretched my savings for years. Currently I live on roughly $10,000 USD a year, all expenses told - that’s food, bills, everything - and am working hard to tighten the belt even more. That means to sponsor me for one full month, I have to raise about $800 USD. It’s a lot to ask, and a lot to hope for, but I hope to do everything I can to make that steep price worth it.
So, what could be worth that kind of investment?
Well, in addition to allowing me to focus on my art, producing more of the sketches, concepts, and art you’ve come to expect from me, but there are also milestones. I’m setting this up on a small scale first, to give the idea a test run. If it doesn’t work, I’ll keep looking. If it does? More milestones will follow!
- One Month in One Week: Return of the Quest
The source of it all!
The initial test run is one week, the last open day being August 1st. If an entire month has been successfully raised by August 1st, both DiveQuest and NanQuest will resume updating immediately, both at least once per weekday, as of August 2nd. The Quests will return and keep a regular schedule of updates, guaranteed, for as long as sponsoring lasts. The quest drive will be considered viable and extended another month.
- Two Months: The Sad Sack Surprise
That’s right: If two full months are raised, Boxdog is officially back. The depressing mish-mash returns to her webcomic, which obligations have caused me to set aside for many months now. I promised Boxdog wasn’t abandoned, that it would be back one day. Well if this Milestone is hit, that day is now! Boxdog will update a minimum of 3 times a week (on no specific day schedule as yet), and will continue as long as the project allows. The first update will be within 3 days of the milestone being reached, andnot at the end of the second month, in the event the milestone is hit sooner.
- Three Months: The Mystery Box
It’s a secret. If three months of sponsorship are raised, you get art every day, all the previous milestones, plus I’ll unveil this super-secret, never-before-announced project right here, which will be available for public consumption. It will begin September 1st, if the milestone is met by then! If not, a delay may or may not be necessary.
If the drive goes well, more milestones can be added subsequently. If not — well, sometimes things don’t work out the way we hoped. But at the least I’ll have tried.
So that’s the long and short of it. If you don’t want to, you’re under no obligation or expectation. But if you feel this is a cause worth donating to, I’ll do everything I can by giving you all, in return, the kinds of things that made you a fan to begin with. Your help is appreciated more than you can know, and I’ll try my best to make that donation one you can feel good about.
Thank you to everyone who encouraged me and believed in me enough to push me to pursue this, and thanks in advance to every fan who feels so generous as to make a donation.
I won’t let you down.
You can use the ChipIn widget on the sidebar of this very blog to pitch in towards this effort.
DiveQuest is currently updating! (May 17th)
RubyQuest and NanQuest are getting something of a resurgence here on Tumblr, but what about DiveQuest?
While NanQuest is a spiritual successor to RubyQuest, DiveQuest is a wholly different beast. It’s ongoing, somewhat episodic with an overarching plot, and focuses more on interpersonal interaction than RQ. It’s also adventure themed rather than horror, with a much bigger emphasis on humor. I’ve worked hard to try and make a memorable and unique cast, and the characters in it are some of those I’m most proud of.
It’s very enjoyable to write and honestly of all my works, it’s probably the quest I enjoy writing the most.
Since it’s an overarching story, I really recommend newcomers to the quest start from the start. You can find a list of chapters here.
If you liked Ruby and Nan, why not give it a shot?