Long-running webcomic Cat and Girl added a feature yesterday that blew my little mind: a chart that tracks the creator’s income, broken down by source, month to month. Suddenly your indie IRS role playing adventures just got dead simple.
I absolutely love this idea. There’s the voyeuristic fascination with how someone else makes their living but also the bare honesty involved. It’s almost like a little life meter glimmering there, letting you know when to start jamming on the PayPal donate button to keep this invisible friend you don’t actually know alive.
I asked Dorothy Gambrell, Cat and Girl’s creator, what her inspiration was for putting her income out there. She said:
Transparency. Or – personal curiosity, mostly. I think the ways people in so-called creative professions make a living is a pretty interesting topic.