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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

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!

“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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Let’s talk about the possibility of trans Thorn

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I’ve been going in circles on this for a long while now, and finally decided to toss it out in public and see what shakes out.

For casual readers, all the backstory: it’s established very early in the comic that Thorn has two biological moms. Readers almost immediately jumped on the fact that two cis women (XX + XX) can’t easily have a cis son (XY). So is gamete-bending a bonus feature of the reproductive magitech…or is someone in this equation trans?

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The mini pin Kickstarter is funded!

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Thanks to all these backers, the Tiernan pins are in production, and the Patrick pins have already arrived!

Unlike with the books, the pins aren’t going up online for general sale. If you missed getting a preorder, they’ll be available on Patreon eventually. And they’ll be used as extra rewards in future Kickstarters.

…such as the Leif & Thorn Volume 2 campaign, coming up this September. Hope to see you there!

Patreon Pin Poll Mark 2, starring Tiernan

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Tiernan pins

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!)

Last week of fundraising for Yemen (and first week with a new cat)

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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.

Fundraiser preview

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:

Fluffy

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!