Fellow indy creators, we all would love to make our full time livelihoods out of creating entertaining and exciting comics. Unfortunately, without the support of a safety net, i.e. suppose, full time job, or trust fund we are left to our own devices. I'm part of an organization that helps us with the real-world problems.
Wonder Funders is an international nonprofit endeavor that seeks to provide valuable benefits through free membership to the independent comics, graphic novel, and English language manga producing community. We seek to provide these benefits by offering an internet portal to foment collaboration, stabilize business transactions, provide a platform for members to seek crowdfunding in support of their projects, provide education and certification in the industry professions, establish and maintain an industy directory of individuals and other entities engaged in the business of the production of these works, establishing a rating system, provide third party mediation in the event of dispute between members or between members and nonmebers as it relates to the industry, and to provide various features that promote community interaction such as forums, galleries, chat, newsletters and other features that serve this end. Basic membership is free, but donations are encouraged if the members utilize some of the services, and the escrow service is subject to the fees of the 3rd party business with which Wonderfunders is affiliated. Wonder Funders hopes to derive it's operating budget through advertizing, grants, and member donations.