Do not mistake this post for the Weekly Pointless Rant; that’s below. Instead, this post just repeats the list of incentives for contributing to the Clarion Write-a-Thon. Why have I dreamed up all these incentives? Insanity may have something to do with it.
The message (also available via the comic’s index page):
The Clarion Write-a-Thon is starting soon, and I shall be participating. Please take a look at my profile page on the Clarion site, and consider sponsoring me. For every $200 raised, you guys will get seven extra comics. $1,000 will get you a comic-book-style story about Marie’s past. Beating last year’s total of $1,212.66 will get you a comic-book-style story about Casey. Perhaps I’ll even print hard copies of these stories and send them to donors. There will also be some sort of extra if we hit $666.66 again.
In addition, I’m going to do a draw every Sunday night. All you need to do to have your name entered in the draw is to donate something to Clarion that week. It can be as much or as little as you like (I would suggest $1 as a minimum, but there’s no maximum). If you decide to pledge instead of contributing a lump-sum donation, your name will be entered in the draw every week until the end of the Write-a-Thon. The winner will be announced when Monday’s comic is put up. (I don’t think the Clarion people process donations on the weekend–at least, they’re not doing so at the moment–so weekend donations will probably count towards the next week’s draw.)
If you win, you will receive either this WoB tile coaster or this other WoB tile coaster (your choice), though likely not until August (I’ll order all the coasters together, then sign them and write little messages on the backs). Winners will be responsible for e-mailing me their contact information. If they want to opt out, they can do so, and a secondary draw will be held. Those who win more than once will receive more than one coaster. Okay, yes, you can also just order a coaster for six and a half bucks, but where’s the fun in that? As well, there’ll be a bigger prize later. Thus:
In the final week of the Write-a-Thon, I’ll hold an extra draw in which everybody who has contributed thus far will be entered; those who have contributed more than once will be entered more than once (to a maximum of ten tickets per entrant, just in case you are mulling over a cunning plan to contribute 50 cents a day for a month and a half), and those who have gone with the pledge option will get one ticket per week of participation. The prize will be a framed print of the black-and-white WoB comic of your choice (the black-and-white comics just fit the frame better). You may choose any WoB newspaper-strip-style comic published in the course of the past six years. Here’s an example of what it will look like (except with a different comic unless, of course, that’s the one you want).
Incidentally, I’m also happy just to sell you a print. Tell me what you want, and I’ll make it up for you; it’ll take about two minutes.