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First look at the Volume 2 proof

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The proof copy of Volume 2 has arrived!

To keep creator expenses down, Whitlock sends these unbound, so what I got in the mail was a big stack of loose pages and an un-cropped cover. Check them out:

All this is well ahead of schedule — last year’s Volume 1 proof came on December 15.

As usual, I’m going to take a couple days and look through it, make sure everything came out okay. It’s hard to tell in this photo, but the cover printed a little dark — I’ll probably adjust the values and send the printer a new source file.

And then we go to press!

Behind-the-scenes on making Leif & Thorn Volume 2

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The Volume 2 Kickstarter has passed its fundraising goal!
 
Now, if we can also pass Volume 1’s record ($3,211) before the deadline on Friday, I’ll start handing out extra prints.
 
In the meantime, as we head into the final 48 hours, I wanted to share some backstory about how this volume came together.
 
Going back to the very beginning…

2011

…okay, maybe we don’t have to go quite this far back.
 
But 2011 is when I drew the first sketches for what would eventually become the Leif & Thorn cast, and I did put those in Volume 1, so technically it counts.
 

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Choose your own mini-print adventure

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With two weeks left in the Volume 2 Kickstarter, it’s time for a poll!

Every paperback Leif & Thorn book includes a campaign-exclusive postcard print, right? But I don’t have a top favorite “gotta print this one!” illustration. So I’m leaving the choice to you.

Don’t worry about the size of the images here — they’re all high-res enough for these prints, and I can tinker with them if necessary to make the dimensions fit. Just follow your heart.

Here are the options:

And here’s the poll! You can vote for up to 2 choices:

Which illustration do you want as a mini-print with Leif & Thorn Volume 2?
  • Glamorous Agents 26%, 23 votes
    23 votes 26%
    23 votes - 26% of all votes
  • GothPrideProblems 24%, 21 vote
    21 vote 24%
    21 vote - 24% of all votes
  • Stripes and Blades 16%, 14 votes
    14 votes 16%
    14 votes - 16% of all votes
  • Plant Anniversary 14%, 12 votes
    12 votes 14%
    12 votes - 14% of all votes
  • Gone Floating 10%, 9 votes
    9 votes 10%
    9 votes - 10% of all votes
  • Garden Parry 9%, 8 votes
    8 votes 9%
    8 votes - 9% of all votes
Total Votes: 87
Voters: 52
27 September, 2019 - 12 October, 2019
Voting is closed
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Closed polls: Holly’s replacement, Volume 2’s bonuses

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The comments-section polls are back on random rotation for a while. A couple of them have been retired because the answers were time-sensitive — and here are the results.

I’d been planning for a while now that the team’s new mage would be Tamaputian, because it’s been too long since I’ve had a regular excuse to draw Tamaputians. But this is the reason why Atarangi is a fire mage:

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Tech support update (the detailed version)

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The short version is: it’s fixed!

If you have any currently-cached Leif & Thorn pages from the past week, you’ll still have a stuck version. But once you reload them — or if you clear your whole cache one more time — it should be smooth sailing from here on out.

And if you’re on Reddit, please go give some upvotes/awards to this comment, which provided the pivotal clue that helped catch the culprit.

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Leif & Thorn at Flaming River Con 2019

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Your artist will be a vendor at this year’s Flaming River Con, a one-day convention for LGBTQ geek culture!

It’s September 21, 2019, from 10 AM to 6 PM, hosted at the Cleveland Public Library.

I’ll be doing on-the-spot sketch commissions, and selling Volumes 1 of both BICP and Leif & Thorn, along with mini-prints, pins, and a whole heap of fanart.

Here’s a quick preview of the panel schedule:

Follow Flaming River Con on Facebook or on Instagram for vendor details, volunteer opportunities, and anything else you want to know.

See you there!

Say something nice about Leif & Thorn

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The Kickstarter to print Volume 2 launches in just a few weeks!

It’s going to look something like this:

(Patreon supporters have already seen the unblurred version. The rest of you, hang tight.)

I also finished the giant full-cast portrait, as dictated by the Favorite Character Poll!

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“Help, I want to make a new webcomic, how do I start?”

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I keep seeing people ask this question. Or ask more-specific questions in this overall category. Finally decided, hey, maybe instead of giving scattershot individual answers…I should write a whole post about it.

This isn’t a general “how do I art?” post. I’m gonna assume you have all of the following figured out, or at least, you’re exploring them in your own time:

  • Materials: whatever you like drawing with
  • Programs: whichever ones have the features you want
  • What To Make A Comic About: idk, you do you
  • How To Draw Whatever The Comic Is About: references, tutorials, practice

So you have an idea, you have the motivation, you just want some technical advice. Such as…

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