Seerow wrote:Wasn't there a blog post like a year ago wher Rob said he was quitting his day job to focus on Erfworld? I'm pretty sure that this IS his primary source of income, however the problem remains is yes, it does seem like Rob puts in about 2 hours worth of work on the comic a week.
Seerow wrote:Even if Rob isn't getting rich off what he makes from Erfworld, I can hardly believe he's working full time. Or if he is, it's working on stuff like scheduling convention appearances to live his dream rather than focusing on what gives him the ability to do that in the first place: This comic. The pacing has been terrible for years now. How long in real time has it been since Parson announced he was going to run through that tunnel? It's frankly absurd. I find it hard to put any faith into a product when it feels alarmingly like the product is an afterthought.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:Seerow wrote:Wasn't there a blog post like a year ago wher Rob said he was quitting his day job to focus on Erfworld? I'm pretty sure that this IS his primary source of income, however the problem remains is yes, it does seem like Rob puts in about 2 hours worth of work on the comic a week.
This is getting a bit off-topic, but I remember vaguely that Rob once hosted/just plain was on a panel about how to monetize creative ventures like webcomics.
OTOH, I commented once in the Tool forum that the Tool subscriptions mean diddly-squat. Uninformed wanna-be accounting rant following.
At the time of that comment, there were close to 1000 registered Tools. That makes 3000$ pouring in monthly. Which needs to be shared at least among 3 people (2 are obvious, but I'm not sure who among harknell, Mal and President_Allosaurus has a finger in that pie; of course there's also Jamie to think of, as he's the artist for Book 1).
Still sounds good? Where I live, yeah, 1000 bucks a month is decent. But I know countries where you could barely afford rent on that money. Even if one of the "3" takes 2000$, that's still, as far as I can tell, just about making a living in the USA.
Plus there's the fact that Tool subscriptions can be converted to merch. Which is probably sold to us more expensively than Erfworld buys it (duh), but still some of the Tool money gets lost on making the merch in the first place.
Then there's taxes.
Oh yeah, advertising. I remember seeing something from "harkavagrant": "your add here for 0.8$ a day". Or some sum like that, close to a dollar. It fluctuated around that amount. Harkavagrant is by no means the most popular thing out there but it beat mfing xkcd in a popularity contest and came second to mfing Penny Arcade. (Then again, Erfworld implausibly beat all other webcomics in some roundup a while ago so anyway.)
The point is, advertising would cover the site's upkeep, and nothing else.
Selling merch (and especially books) is a likely source of income, but my guess, it's not that huge either.
Bottom line, it's obvious that Rob and Xin (and some mysterious 3rd person) can make a living off this venture, but my guess is they're not getting that rich to host their own convention any time soon.
Swodaems wrote:(Fun forum facts: Tools make up about 2/9ths of the whole forum. Of those 1300 tools, only 429 have at least a single post to their name. BLAND, you have more than 3 times the number of posts of any other tool.)
But hmm indeed, forgot about PayPal. You sure they charge both parties? I'm not sure which option makes more sense, but I kinda lean to "donor pays Paypal tax" (even if I'm the donor here).
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