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!
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:
- Glamorous Agents 26%, 23 votes23 votes 26%23 votes - 26% of all votes
- GothPrideProblems 24%, 21 vote21 vote 24%21 vote - 24% of all votes
- Stripes and Blades 16%, 14 votes14 votes 16%14 votes - 16% of all votes
- Plant Anniversary 14%, 12 votes12 votes 14%12 votes - 14% of all votes
- Gone Floating 10%, 9 votes9 votes 10%9 votes - 10% of all votes
- Garden Parry 9%, 8 votes8 votes 9%8 votes - 9% of all votes
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:
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.
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:
See you there!
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!
Here’s what that looks like…so far:Continue reading Say something nice about Leif & Thorn
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…