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   Tracy Butler of Lackadaisy has started a Patreon!  

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If you're unfamiliar with the Eisner-nominated Lackadaisy, click this and enjoy one of the finest comics ever committed to paper:  

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This is a momentous occasion to me for a couple reasons.

First, of course, Lackadaisy is among my favorite comics of all time. Tracy's art and wit has been a colossal inspiration, a monument to what a spark and a pencil can bring to the world.

And secondly, I see this as a milestone on the way towards a better future for all of comics.

The past few decades mainstream comics have been, by and large, more of the same.  More capes, more spandex, more reboots.

Now I like Professor X as much as anyone.  It's not bad that this stuff continues- what IS bad is that it has continued to the deliberate exclusion of originality in the marketplace.

Diamond's zero-sum monopoly has a chokehold on distribution, with exclusive back-room hookups for Marvel and DC.  They've done a crackerjack job of intentionally snuffing out independent upstarts- for way too much info, see my old articles: (… )

The short version is that middle-men got in the way and stayed there- carving out more room for themselves by pushing out readers and creators alike.

But then internet.

The answer to industry stagnation has been the explosion of glimmering gems that is webcomics.  No middlemen or gatekeepers here- anyone can create, and everyone can read.  Heretofore unimagined stories, unthinkable concepts, are coming to life.

But the big missing link for this new market has always been funding.  Creators can create- but only if they can eat.  The best work requires huge commitments of time, and if our finest talents have to spend their time at a Joe Job, then that work doesn't happen.  But how can an artist make a living in a market flooded with free content?  

Recent years have revealed an answer.

Crowdfunding.  Kickstarter, Patreon- these sites are permanent game-changers.

They are the comic shops of tomorrow- offering opportunity to every creator, and producing exactly what readers value, with near total freedom.

But that's the thing about freedom, isn't it?  It carries that rider, responsibility.

Now it's on us.

Storytellers galore will be presenting their best- but it's up to you, the reader, to choose the gems that must endure.  If they do- if the finest work rises to the top- it will be a beacon of inspiration for generations of creators to come.

So if there's work out there you love, a unique comic that merits success- the creator can only make the work.  It's up to you to make it succeed.  

For me, Lackadaisy is one of those comics.  Tracy has made a bold move, walking away from a gaming industry job to pour her heart into her work.  And I want to live in the kind of world where a creator of her caliber is rewarded for that kind of risk.  

So as a reader, I'm pulling out all the stops, and trying out this thing called a 'Thunderclap.'    

Basically it's like tweeting on steroids- people can sign up to participate, and then the message goes out amplified by hundreds of voices.

So if you feel the same way about Lackadaisy that I do, please help out with this Thunderclap- and let's move forward to a future of unfettered creation!…


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Dave and Liz Lillie
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Zoophobia- Model Citizens by Dreamkeepers
Zoophobia- Model Citizens
Sometimes, when red and yellow clay are sitting there staring you down, one just can't resist.  These are characters Fabian the fox and Zechariah the cheetah from the dynamically energetic comic Zoophobia , by Vivienne… 
Sprylee Sculpture by Dreamkeepers
Sprylee Sculpture
A sculpture one of superflat's characters:  superflatpsychosis.deviantart.…  Created by Liz as part of an art trade.  Sprylee is a character from a graphic novel story currently in development.
Saarthos by Dreamkeepers
More fabulous Liz artwork.  Since the color blocking is done on V4, and it's just waiting on me to finish shading it, she's freed up to make some smashing stuff just for fun.  Because the world has a critical need for more blue horned wolves in it.  Saarthos belongs to its owner, Fhujeth.  This was intended to be a badge.
Fenway Model Sheet by Dreamkeepers
Fenway Model Sheet
One of Liz's personal characters- Fenway finally strutting his stuff in a nice model sheet.  Created when she was 11 and these drawings were sketched in college, she found the name 'Fenway' in a dog magazine, not realizing it had other locations.
Prelude 289- It's Chitty Tyme by Dreamkeepers
Prelude 289- It's Chitty Tyme
Dave: I almost- *almost*- feel for the Viscount here. He really thought he was handing down a grand experience from on high. If only he had taken a minimal amount of time to understand Namah’s interests… But it does seem that certain adults can get a fixed notion about what kids like, and apply it like a fire extinguisher in hell. I think this approximates those results.

Liz: Mr. Chitters is to marketing what Spongebob or Frozen is to today’s shopping experience. He’s that void of life cartoony face of joy that stampedes over the memories of childhood. If there’s an object for sale, say a rectal thermometer, his face is there to make you feel better. He has countless movies, shows, product placements, a theme song (yes, we wrote a theme song) and even a Loudhouse to ‘get your chit out’.


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StreakyTheTiger Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
hey... I feel a little weird about asking this... but... how did you guys start dream keepers? I have a story that I think would do great as a comic or something... but I have no clue where to start so... I guess I'm just asking for some advice... if that's alright...
GeneralAsura Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
I know this is none of my business, and you don't do requests, but, I have a little thing that I want ask.
Can you do a high resolution version of Prelude page 262…
This's my favourite Prelude page and I wanted to use it as my desktop background, but the version I've have is a little small, so when I put it in full screen it gets kinda "pixelated".
Soooo... Can you  do this for a humble fan?Please 
R-Star97 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so very much for Watching Dave! =) I was so surprised when I looked at my Inbox to see that the guy who made me restarting Art gives me this great support! I just asked my myself why thou?
StefjustheWolf Featured By Owner Edited Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello David when can we buy the Cast in Shadow poster again I really want to buy one. Have a wonderful day.
Dreamkeepers Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
Hi and thanks for your interest!  They're out of print right now but we'll announce when they're back, hopefully later this summer.
StefjustheWolf Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the answer
I hope I won't miss it again^^
whatisinaname777 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
OMG i love how a full grown ryuu-nekos looks like! I. MUST. HAVE. ONE!
GeneralAsura Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Last week I've be doing some thinking, and I think I have a theory about the powers of some of the characters of the comic. They are a reflection of the character itself.
Take Bast for example: the things that he suffered, all that wrath accumulated, it manifest itself in the most in the most dangerous way possible, Fire.
Lilith: The kind nature that she is, she values the life of her friends more than her own life, is like she see the flow of life, Life's Channeling.
Ravat: he is a one sadistic son of a bitch, a sociopath, he enjoys the death and suffering of others, the way that he killed Paige and tells Mace about it while laughing. And what is more painful than have your own flesh rotting piece by piece, Decay.
P.S.: I have theories of the rest of the cast too but nothing too conclusive, I like to do more research before posting. Okay :)
DarkKnightWolf2011 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
I just wanted to stop by and say how amazing I think your art style is! I love it! :)

The design, the colors, the story, they're all beautiful done!
Also, I wanted to say how awesome Harmony is, I really love her design and personality. I really hope you draw more of her in the future! :)

Keep up the amazing job!
ok this is going to be strange...but you know the evil character that attacks lilith in the elevator? the bird woman, what species of bird did you base her off of,or did you just make it all up. She is one of my FAVORITE character designs. very well done!

just a thought
you should make one of those personality quizzes where people can see (or a description) of what their dream-keeper would look like. just for giggles. 
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