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Thanks to all the Kickstarter backers!

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This is the post where I credit people who backed Leif & Thorn Volume 1! Browse the list, click some links, shower them with appreciation.

Vampire Royalty

Only backer at this level was…my parents! They’re half a vampire each, I guess.

Embassy Diplomats

Grandpa L
Dan Michael Fielding
Lindsey Hampton

Secret Order of Monster Hunters

Kendall PB
Paul y cod asyn Jarman
Fir McGrevy-Gilmore
Thomas B.
Izzy Hall

Knights of Ceannis

Makenzie C-J
Liz the Lucky
Meghan McCusker
Judith Owens
Lenora Rose Patrick
Lori & Maurice Forrester
Eva S
Jay Cristata
Steph Haeg
John Albinsson
j9 vaughn
Sydney Savoy
Hannah M
Joce K.
Julie Spradley
David Toccafondi
Zaza D
Rebecca Rodgers
El Gilday
Crystal Thurber
Olivia M.
Clara Danao

Knightly Trainees

Kat Ware
Naomi Butcher
John Robinson IV
Simone Spinozzi
Tessa Silberbauer
Michael “Chaostraveler” Cencarik
Lauren Hoffman
Erin Subramanian

Embassy Gardener

Big Tim Stiles

Omnibus 1 Campaign Finale

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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.

All the webcomic fandoms in #Yuletide 2018!

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The tag set for this year’s Yuletide, the small-fandom fic exchange, is out!

Signups open October 10. (Here’s the full schedule, and here’s how signups work.)

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!

Guest Strip Week 2018 open for submissions

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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!

Safest way to get the strips to me is by email (sailorptah at gmail dot com). You can also PM me on Deviantart, or submit them via Tumblr.

Happy stripping!

LAUNCH DAY: Leif & Thorn Volume 1, on Kickstarter now!

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If you didn’t catch it in today’s strip, or even if you did, here’s a whole post about Leif & Thorn Volume 1!

Leif & Thorn Volume 1

It’s 180 pages. It’s oversized. It’s full color. It’s already drawn!

…it’s not already printed. This is Only A Model.

Which is why I’m raising the funds to do a print run on Kickstarter. Back this project, and you can get your very own copy of Leif & Thorn Volume 1, plus all kinds of other cool rewards. You can get wallpapers. You can get postcards. You can get custom art. You can get yourself drawn into the strip!

(Not in this book. In a future book.)

I kept the budget modest, so if we get funded, I get to print a short run of books. And if we get OVER-funded, I get to print a LONG run of books.

Visit the campaign page to learn more, and get involved by sharing, following, and backing!

A merchandise question, and a book-related favor

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First, the favor: Anyone have a recent version of Photoshop (at least CS4, ideally later) who would be willing to make some Leif & Thorn graphics for me?

I have the art, I have the template…but the template has Smart Objects, and all I have is CS2, which is not smart enough.

Shoot me an email (sailorptah at yahoo dot com) with “Photoshop Graphics help offer” in the subject line, and I’ll send you the source art to put together!

Next, a question about pins. In the form of a poll, because the people, they love polls.

Pick as many answers as you want. I pre-populated it with a scattershot subset of characters, but you can also add your own:

Which Leif & Thorn character(s) would you want on a pin?
  • Add your answer
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Sign up to get Leif & Thorn updates

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In the process of planning the Leif & Thorn Volume 1 Kickstarter, I’m starting an email list for announcements and updates. Because as much as it helps to be on Twitter and Tumblr and Facebook and so on…the first thing most people check in the morning is their email.

Obviously things will get posted on the website too — but maybe you don’t check the site every day. Or maybe you want the latest Leif & Thorn (and But I’m A Cat Person) news delivered straight to your inbox with no delay.

Well, this is for you!

I don’t actually like cold-sending emails, so I can promise you won’t get spammed with random trivia. Just the big updates, like book releases and Kickstarter kickoffs.

Add yourself to the list:

* only this one is mandatory

New polls: How many webcomics do you read? + How do you follow this comic?

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If you scroll down to read the comments on any strip, you might notice there’s now a polling widget underneath!

It randomly cycles through all our active polls. Right now that means (a) the shipping poll from the previous post and (b) the two you can find right here.

Shoutout to the Comic Tea Party indie-comic reader-habits survey, which got me thinking about all the cool data I might want to track.

First off, a simple question of numbers:

How many ongoing webcomics do you keep up with?
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Second, a question for Leif & Thorn fans, showcasing DemocracyPoll‘s “if the answer isn’t there already, you can add it yourself” feature:

How do you follow Leif & Thorn?
  • Add your answer
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This particular poll widget allows the website admin to mess with almost anything through the back end. So if any user abuses this to add a troll answer, it can be deleted.

(The admin also has the power to rewrite answers or change point totals completely. For me, the actual reader data here is too valuable to mess with…but if I ever try to prove Leif & Thorn has high traffic by showing you a poll that got 30,000 votes overnight, you’ll know I’ve gone to the dark side.)

Check it out, the site has polls now!

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Help me test them out by voting on something I know a lot of you have feelings about:

Favorite ship in Leif & Thorn? (Choose up to 3!)
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If one of your choices is “Other”, leave a comment to tell us who you meant! (Then if I do another version of the poll later, I’ll know who to include.)

Learning and helping each other for webcomic artists (a #WebcomicChat compilation)

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Some topics that are more about dealing with practical Life Concerns, outside of the art itself.

April 15: Art Education

Lots of influences, sure — discussed more on the inspiration post — but they’re all artists (comics, illustrators, writers) rather than educators.

Favorite story-writing influences: L. Frank Baum, Octavia Butler. For comedy-writing specifically, Stephen Colbert.

Visual-art-wise, Alphonse Mucha. Comic creators that I’ve gotten the most from: Naoko Takeuchi, Kohta Hirano.

I’ve gone to a bunch of local figure-drawing sessions (most of the results are NSFW) not affiliated with any school or class. Those can be great.

Went to an art high school, buuuut I was there for the literature program. Did get into one of the art courses — as a junior without the full background of the art-track juniors, I got placed with a sophomore class.

When deciding whether to place me at all, the teacher opened with “draw an eye.” (I asked if they wouldn’t mind me staring into their face as a reference.) When I had a passable drawing, they said with relief, “Oh, good, you didn’t draw one of those anime eyes.”

Like…c’mon, I was/am a huge anime nerd, but I did know that wasn’t the point of the class.

The value of an actual art degree is so unreliable that it’s a punchline, but I do wish I’d taken more art classes in college. My BS degrees have been, uh, of limited use, and at least the art would’ve been fun.

See Resources for Making Webcomics!

I avoid Pinterest because of its reputation for being bad at sourcing, and for making it hard to find an artist’s original post. At least on Deviantart, and sometimes on Tumblr, you usually get tutorials posted by the artist who made them.

Auto-Bio Comics

Slice-of-life is about fictional characters, autobio is about yourself (and might not actually fall under slice-of-life, depending on how exciting your life is).

I run out of interesting autobio material pretty quickly. It’s why Webcomic Woes doesn’t have a fixed update schedule, so I can draw it based on when something funny happens.

June 3: Helping Each Other

Recommend each other’s work, draw fanart, do exchanges, share advice & resources, support each other’s Kickstarters and Patreons when possible, follow on blogs & social media, promote with likes & reblogs.

“Be excellent to each other” is always a good star to steer by.

Personally, I make a bunch of stock backgrounds & repeating tiled patterns that are free to use. And I have a standing offer to do guest-art swaps with other webcomic artists! If you want some cross-promotional energy with an audience that’s into LGBTQ+ fantasy/comedy, hit me up.

Gloomverse fanart. (Not part of a swap; this one was spontaneous.)

Con stuff. I really wish I had a con buddy – either someone full of experience who can give lots of advice, or just someone I could split the cost of a table with and look out for each other’s merchandise while the other makes a bathroom run.

In the meantime, I do a fair amount of looking up other people’s “how I did this cool thing” tutorials, or “the brushes I use for this effect” freebies.

July 8: Spam

Seems like I was the only person on Twitter who’s never gotten “please read my comic, here’s an unsolicited link” spam. Even when I’m actually doing rec posts, I barely get solicited links.

Most of the spam I get is on my websites, but WordPress filters it so effectively that I never have to deal with 99.9% of it. As a result, most of the spam I encounter is via email.

…really, I’m mostly adding this here so you get a link to some choice excerpts from my Akismet spam filter.

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