Hi readers! Let's take a little break to talk about how you can contribute to the comic. First of all, hi! My name's Faith April. I'm 27 and a breast cancer survivor (inflammatory breast cancer to be specific). I began this comic as a way to express my feelings about my experience with cancer ("The Calamity is Cancer" is the bluntest way to explain what this comic means to me.) Since beginning this comic a few readers have come forth to tell me what Linke, as a cancer survivor, means to them. They find strength in her, they see themselves or family members in her... some were even inspired to create their own characters that share the burden of their chronic illness. (Self-insert characters are a form of mindfulness meditation, and can be so helpful for healing and coping.) Knowing that I'm helping readers with my art is incredibly inspiring and it drives me to keep drawing. But I also draw this comic out of a curiosity to know what happens next! With my style of writing, I don't know what's going to happen beyond the end of the chapter. I'd like to spend the rest of my life drawing comics! Though, to do that, I need to be able to pay for rent, student loans, this website, the ever-present bunch of bananas on my kitchen table... So I am usually able to sustain myself because of a few contract jobs online and in real life, but much of the time I'm not able to pay for one thing or another-- like groceries, or student loans, or lymphedema sleeves (medically necessary compression garments for my left arm, which had to have cancerous lymph nodes removed). This month, my Patrons over on Patreon were able to help me get new lymphedema sleeves. (They prevent lymphedema effectively but aren't covered by insurance yet.) Patrons also keep this site ad-free by helping me cover the payments to my host site. I make, on average, ten pages a month of A New Calamity. I love drawing it that much, and I want to spend all my time on it. So if you want to help the comic, see some pages early, and help me to keep chugging along, become a patron. You can pay as little as $1 a month, and you get to see all the patrons-only things I post. For $2 a month you can get ahold of some Yiga Clan talismans for your printer. If you pay $5 a month you can request a hand-drawn or digital art piece from me every month you're a Patron. I'm going to be adding more tiers eventually; I'm hoping to add a treasure box of A New Calamity merch, soon. Or, buy me a coffee on Ko-Fi. Coffee helps too. <3 Thanks for reading!