Supporting AoST Why Donate?
Why indeed. We offer the comic free. It costs you nothing more than the time it takes to link here and read it twice a week. So long as we're willing to offer it for free, why not take advantage of it? Besides, others will donate money, making sure the comic continues. But there's the rub. We'd like many of our readers to be those "others". In many ways, we need it. It costs us money every month to maintain the web site, to advertise, to create the comic itself. Donations off-set those expenses. Generous donations compensate the team and reward them for their skills, time and efforts they use to bring you a story you are hopefully enjoying.

One of the best things that donations get you are the "extras"; things that non-donors won't get.

Effecitve immediately:

Monthly Individual Bonuses

  • A donation of $5 or more in one month gets you a full color Angel of St. Thomas wallpaper.
  • A donation of $10 or more in one month gets you the Angel Family Tree bio of the month, emailed in full size, should there be one.
  • A donation of $25 or more in one month gets you a high definition page from the comic of your choice. A glossy print will be mailed to you, as well as a CD containing the image in TIFF format.
  • A donation of $50 or more gets you a drawing of Carlita by Steve Bennett, the original to be mailed to you. PLUS a second high-def glossy page print.
  • A donation of $100 or more in one month gets you a cameo in the Angel of St. Thomas comic. You will also be sent a glossy print of the page, as well as a CD containing the image in TIFF format. (This is in addition to the comic page you've already selected.)
PLEASE NOTE: The Monthly Individual Bonuses are NOT variables. As the comic increases in popularity and average monthly donations rise, the individual monthly goals will remain unchanged, barring any fine-tuning we may do. What you will get may change, but if they do, they will be either an improvement or an equal value change. (Pins, t-shirts, original artwork, etc.)


Monthly Site Bonuses
Individual donors can win more than one type of drawing per month. First donor selected at random gets choice of prize, with second donor selected picking from remainder, etc.
  • When monthly donations reach $50 or more, a new Angel bio and image will be added to the Angel Family Tree Page.
  • When monthly donations reach $100 or more, a drawing will be held for an original sketch of Carlita. Donors for that month get one chance per dollar donated, no limit.
  • When monthly donations reach $200 or more, Angel of St. Thomas will go to a three times a week posting schedule - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - for the following month.
  • When monthly donations reach $300 or more, a drawing will be held for a cameo appearance in Angel of St. Thomas. Donors for that month get one chance per dollar donated, no limit.
  • When monthly donations reach $500 or more, Angel of St. Thomas will go to a four times a week posting schedule - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday & Sunday - for the following month.
  • When monthly donations reach $500 or more, a drawing will be held for a full page, full color original artwork by Steve Bennett. Donors for that month get one chance per dollar donated, no limit.
PLEASE NOTE: The Monthly Site Bonuses ARE variables, subject to change on the first of the month. As the comic increases in popularity and average monthly donations rise, so will the monthly goals and the associated perks. This means that EARLY donations will get the site perks quicker. It also means that reaching the montly goals early on in the life of the comic - 2008 and 2009 - will mean those who donate will have a much better chance of winning a drawing.



Lifetime Donation Perks

This is a pretty new idea, one that I hope catches on. While all donoations of all sizes are welcome; and while we gratefully acknowledge the one-time donor, we also feel we whould provide a package of perks for the patron; that generous donor who gives multiple times. In the past - I've been told - it was difficult to keep track of total donations given by a single person. But with the new features PayPal has added, we will now be able to do just that. Starting immediately - meaning January 1, 2008 - we will be keeping track of all donations made to AoST. Any donation equal to or greater than one dollar will go toward that donors annual and lifetime totals. We will be offering special annual and lifetime perks and recognitions throughout the life of the AoST web comic, and they will be given out as specific levels are reached, not as redeemable perks. (That means that when you get the $1000 lifetime thank you gift, your total stays where it's at and is not reset to zero.) Donations received in the calendar year are counted toward both that calendar year's total and the donor's lifetime total.

At this point, donations cannot be credited to other readers (meaning "on behalf of") since we still need to work out the actual mechanics, not to mention the what it is we'll be giving out. Once we figure it out, though, we'll see if we can provide that service.

UPDATE: We're still figuring out what Lifetime Donation Perks we'll be offering. We are, however, keeping track of all donations, and they DO count. So whatever you've donated since January 1, 2008 has been recorded and will apply to the LDP when we announce them.




If needed in the future, we will post a mailing address for those wishing to donate off line.
Thank you all for your support by reading this comic and telling others, and a SPECIAL thanks to those who read, tell and donate.

Pete, Steve, BattleAngel & Lily

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NEWS

News entry for Friday, September 17th, 2010
NOTICE!!

UNSCHEDULED WEEK OFF
Sorry guys, but Celeste is taking this week off. Our favorite time-traveling pirate is ready and rarin' to go, but the fact is the creator/writer is just plain bummed out. I'm sure I don't have to go into reasons why.

Anyway, just let me get my batteries and enthusiasm for the project recharged and we'll pick it up next week, okay?


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