…below the comments section of every strip. Refreshing and/or clicking to another page will get you a new one, in no particular order. Collect ’em all!
I’ll put them up in a more systematic way later, but for now I’m just having fun with it.
Speaking of polls, here’s the now-closed Favorite Character Poll results! (To be used for the scaling of some kind of full-cast portrait…eventually.)
I’m so proud of Tiernan for being more popular than any of the main characters. Weird how nobody came in 3rd place, though. Must be a bug in the code…Continue reading I’ve made about 10 new polls, and all the active ones are in rotation
Comics history nerd interlude ahead.
There’s a thing newspaper comics do for the Sunday paper, where they’re designed to be modular. Every individual paper’s layout artist can crop and rearrange them in various ways.
The lowest-effort way to do it is to have an optional row that’s just the logo — it can be the same logo panel every week, even — followed by two rows of comic. Like this Foxtrot:Continue reading That ol’ newspaper Sunday rhythm
That’s right, the next step of Book Progress has been made.
To save time and money, this company ships their proofs unbound. Which means it’s less “a book” and more “a stack of loose paper.” But gosh, it’s some good-looking paper.
(Any blurriness in these photos is a failure of my photography skills, not the printer!)
After all that stress, I’m really happy with how the cover came out.
Colors are vivid, artwork is at a pleasant scale, finish is shiny but not too shiny.
And all the work I put into the fine details of layout and placement has paid off — the interior pages look great. Nice clean spacing, margins that don’t look amateurish. That bonus art came out pretty snazzy too.
I’m going to sit with this for a few more days before pulling the trigger on full production, just to be sure I don’t miss anything.
(One change I’m dithering over: brightening some of the colors. I was a little worried the nighttime strips would print so dark they’d be hard to read — turns out they’re not! But maybe it’s worth brightening them anyway, just for the aesthetic? Choices, choices.)
And then, at long last, your books will go into Actual Print!
A handy guide for anyone who can use it, from someone who’s been doing this for a while.
If you don’t need all the step-by-step explanations or nitty-gritty details, here, I’ll put the takeaway right at the top:
If you do want a detailed explanation of each step, though, keep reading.
This is mostly directed at people who are familiar with the Tumblr blogging system, but the same process will work for anyone. I’m gonna try to make it as dead-simple 101-level as possible, so feel free to skip the sections you already know.
Had to work out a ton of stuff to make the ebook for Leif & Thorn Volume 1…so I figured it was worth writing it up and sharing.
Related: there is an ebook for Leif & Thorn Volume 1!
Not only that: now through Christmas, buy it using this link, or enter the code “roses” at checkout, for 20% off!Continue reading How to make an ebook out of your webcomic, using Adobe InDesign
There’s a new poll under the comments section, and it’s not in rotation with any of the previous ones — so I figured I’d better put those in a post where you can see the results.
First, some general statistics about reading habits:
- Creator-owned sites (like Leif & Thorn) 31%, 134 votes134 votes 31%134 votes - 31% of all votes
- Other 14%, 61 vote61 vote 14%61 vote - 14% of all votes
- Tapas/Tapastic 13%, 54 votes54 votes 13%54 votes - 13% of all votes
- Smackjeeves 12%, 51 vote51 vote 12%51 vote - 12% of all votes
- Tumblr 12%, 50 votes50 votes 12%50 votes - 12% of all votes
- LINE Webtoon 11%, 45 votes45 votes 11%45 votes - 11% of all votes
- Not sure 7%, 31 vote31 vote 7%31 vote - 7% of all votes
- On a desktop/laptop 61%, 87 votes87 votes 61%87 votes - 61% of all votes
- A combination of places 20%, 28 votes28 votes 20%28 votes - 20% of all votes
- On mobile 15%, 22 votes22 votes 15%22 votes - 15% of all votes
- Somewhere else 4%, 6 votes6 votes 4%6 votes - 4% of all votes
Next, a poll about pins, which I just might come back to once Volume 1 is printed:
Finally, the Kale poll!
This is closed as of November 7, so nobody gets to change their vote based on the current storyline. Maybe I’ll run a new version in a couple months to see if things have changed….
- 5 46%, 46 votes46 votes 46%46 votes - 46% of all votes
- 4 (average amount of sympathy, equally valid arguments on both sides) 25%, 25 votes25 votes 25%25 votes - 25% of all votes
- 6 16%, 16 votes16 votes 16%16 votes - 16% of all votes
- 3 7%, 7 votes7 votes 7%7 votes - 7% of all votes
- 2 3%, 3 votes3 votes 3%3 votes - 3% of all votes
- 7 (all the sympathy, pure innocent cinnamon roll, did nothing wrong) 2%, 2 votes2 votes 2%2 votes - 2% of all votes
- 1 (no sympathy, irredeemable, lock him up and throw away the key) 0%, 0 votes0 votes0 votes - 0% of all votes
This is the post where I credit people who backed Leif & Thorn Volume 1! Browse the list, click some links, shower them with appreciation.
Only backer at this level was…my parents! They’re half a vampire each, I guess.
Secret Order of Monster Hunters
Knights of Ceannis
Liz the Lucky
Lenora Rose Patrick
Lori & Maurice Forrester
ETA: Campaign is over! And we gave 110%! I mean literally, the final take is 110% of the goal.
There will be a generic “reserve a copy of the book” button around here soonish, for people who missed the Kickstarter but want the paperback. Watch this space.
Look at this beautiful book. Who wouldn’t want to get their hands on that?
I’m too tired to come up with a witty closing statement here. I just promise it’s gonna be a fun, funny, pretty book, and you will enjoy having it on your shelves.
The tag set for this year’s Yuletide, the small-fandom fic exchange, is out!
To help you start planning your requests ahead of time, I’ve compiled all the options for webcomics and their characters. Pick from your long-time favorites, or take the opportunity to fall in love with something new!Continue reading All the webcomic fandoms in #Yuletide 2018!
Good news: Leif & Thorn is accepting guest strips again!
I didn’t get enough to fill a week in March, but I did get a few…and those will definitely be posted at the end of October. It’ll be a nice breather after the ends of the Volume I Kickstarter and the six-month (!!) Leachtric storyline.
I’d love to stretch out that break by adding a few more strips to the ones I’ve been saving. So if you have a great Leif & Thorn bonus idea, now’s the time!
Submissions will be open until September 30.
You can use any AU, explore any era, include any headcanons.
When you submit the strip, include whatever name you want to be credited by. And, if you like, a link to your gallery/blog/fanfiction account/webcomic/Etsy store.
Format: PNG, GIF, or JPG
Size: up to 825×825 pixels
Rating: up to PG-13 (basically, match the tone of the strip)
Characters: whoever you want!