Sasquatch has clearly only been raising Lil K for the occasional delicious snack. Well, that’s one mystery solved.

It’s been such a long time since we saw Sasquatch last, I just felt like I had to get him into a strip. Did you know he only appeared in six strips last year? That’s just sad. I’ll have to make more efforts to get our furry father figure into the comic more often in 2012. This will be the year of the Sasquatch for Happle Tea.

This comic doesn’t really have any big message or wild mythology behind it so let’s take some time to talk about the site instead. If you’re not into that sort of thing, don’t worry about it, you can stop reading now.

First off, I’d like to say thanks to everyone sharing links on Reddit, Stumbleupon, and the like. Because of you folks, I’ve had to do very little in terms of advertising and have been able to focus on just doing comics, for which I thank you all very much. It is absolutely marvelous. There has been a very steady upward trend in traffic since day one, which seems to suggest that people generally enjoy the strip. This is good, because I intend to keep doing it anyway.

The problem, right now, is that I’m between jobs and more or less done with school, which means student loan payments. The site, largely due to my own inability to create and market merchandise, doesn’t make any money despite decent traffic and yet I pay every month for some significant server hosting to keep it running and to make sure it doesn’t keep crashing (as has happened in the past on our less awesome server). So what does all this mean?

Unfortunately, it means I need your help. I can’t afford to keep paying server costs every month so I’m asking you, if you enjoy the comic and you can throw a few dollars to see the strip continue, please do so. Happle Tea will either be free or it will not exist, but when I don’t make enough from ads and donations to cover the server costs, it leans toward disappearing and that kind of sucks.

I have some plans in the works to help alleviate this sort of thing, but it takes time and it takes money. I’ll be posting some shirt designs up soon and hopefully that will help, and I’m currently working on putting together the first Happle Tea book which, as I’ve stated on Twitter, will probably be funded by kickstarter.

Anyway, if you want to help, you can donate here or you can use the tip jar on the side of the comic. If you don’t have the means or just don’t feel like it, don’t worry. This isn’t a guilt trip thing, it’s just asking for a little support.

Any extra money donated will go toward covering future server costs or developing cool shirts and whatnot.

Thanks!
-Scott

EDIT: There is a response to some of your comments about merch down below! Thanks everyone that has donated so far, I really appreciate it! <3