The milestone reward, when Leif & Thorn hits 50 Patreon supporters, is that I’m making pins. We’re up to 47, so I’m doing prep!
These are the design concepts for a Tiernan pin, and there’s a poll to vote for your favorite. It’s only open for the next week-and-a-half, so if you’re not already a patron and you want to vote, don’t miss your chance.
(I’m already getting quotes from different enamel-pin companies, but if you have any favorites — as a pin-maker or a customer — feel free to comment!)
As mentioned a few strips ago, a bunch of us in the webcomic community are doing a fundraiser to support the World Food Program, working to feed starving children and families during the famine in Yemen.
Donate any amount before April 15, and you’ll get a PDF full of exclusive, never-before-seen illustrations from over 50 different comics — Leif & Thorn included.
The theme was “draw your characters as children having fun,” so I drew adorable kid versions of all the main knights — and most of their siblings. (Only leaving out Birch’s, because he has, ah, too many.)
I’m not posting the full art for general viewing when the fundraiser is over, either! It’ll only show up on Patreon, eventually. For non-patrons, or anyone who wants early access plus dozens of other webcomic illustrations, donate to the World Food Program through this link to get your zine
…you might want to become a patron anyway, though. Only 5 more (at any level!) and I’m gonna make Tiernan pins.
And speaking of cats:
Snagged this little guy from Cleveland’s new AffoGATO Cat Cafe. (Can you pick him out? That’s his left eye, topped by one black ear, watching you from the crack in the door.)
His nickname, via the shelter, is Fluffy. Full name TBD. I won’t go into all the details here, but there are photos and ongoing status updates in this Twitter thread, for anyone who wants more!
Updates, in no particular order!
I just realized the top book-post on the front page here is still “the proofs have arrived!” So let’s fix that: the books have arrived!
And check out all the posts from happy backers, who are not my secret sockpuppet army, but Actual Human Beings who have gotten their copies in the actual post.
I’ve also managed to sell one in an Actual Bookstore. Me and Plushie Niamh celebrated with pie.Continue reading Books, extra comics, NSFW bonus art, and behind-the-scenes miscellaney
…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!)
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.Continue reading Webcomic site stats polls (plus the Kale predictions!)
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