If you're following the latest comics news, you may have seen that several very high profile creators, the likes of Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Saladin Ahmed, and Nick Spencer, have all accepted a deal with newsletter platform Substack to produce comics. The way it seems to work is, Substack has given them grants to make some dream projects, no strings attached, which will be available to people who subscribe to a paid version of their newsletter.
Now, I am not a high profile creator, lol, so nobody is backing a dump truck of money up to my door for me to make comics with, but I am planning to try the platform out with this newsletter for a couple of reasons, which I will outline here.
Comics-business implications aside, Substack seems quite a bit easier to use than Mailchimp. I don't necessarily find Mailchimp TOO complicated, but there's a whole process every time I want to send one of these out, and if Substack will let me streamline that process, it will make my life easier, and maybe let me get these out to you more frequently.
Speaking of simplicity, I set up my profile over there and have already attracted a few new signups - with a blank profile! I'm interested to see what will happen when I actually have content there, and if it will get out to more people who want to keep up with my work.
3) A bright future?
As I said, I'm not high profile. But maybe I will be some day! And maybe as this pilot program evolves with the bigger names, there will be more opportunities for creators like myself. I'd rather be familiar with, and have a presence on the platform when that happens than have to start from scratch.
4) No real change on your end
I don't think substack is a perfect platform, so hey, it might not work out. I might decide to come back to Mailchimp, or I might find another option that works even better! It's more important to me who I'm sending this list to, than who I am sending it with - so lets give the service a try and worst case, we're right back with Mailchimp.
So, what all of this is to say is, I don't want you to be confused or concerned when you see this newsletter coming from a different address next time. You don't need to do anything different on your end, and there shouldn't be any noticeable difference other than the links at the bottom will point to Substack instead of Mailchimp.
I am not planning on offering any paid tiers at this time. This newsletter will remain 100% free, and even if in the future, there's some sort of paid content I decide to deliver over substack, there will always be a free tier much like the newsletters you've already been getting.
As always, I am eager to hear from you folks - if you have any questions or concerns about this move, please reply and reach out!
See you on the other side!