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With the Support of Readers Like You

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A post to showcase the kinds of cool stuff you can get by supporting Leif & Thorn on Patreon.

Note: Almost all the posts are worksafe! There are a handful of 18+ posts, and there’s no way to just mark those posts (it’s a big feature gap on Patreon’s part), so you’ll get generic “this account is 18+” messages on everything. I’ll give you a real warning if I link to anything actually NSFW, don’t worry.

Patrons get exclusive wallpapers, of course — a new one every month, so I get to talk about those regularly. Most months I alternate between BICP and Leif & Thorn.

But Did You Know(TM), there are also…

Deleted scenes and process posts

Any Leif & Thorn strip that gets a lot of rearranging, I might make a post about the process. Like in the “Thorn tells Leif about his dragon injuries” Sunday arc:

There’s also a lot to say about thumbnailing some of the larger Sunday strips.

And about the art and the new coloring techniques used in the Kolpovision party splash panel:

Alt versions of strips, like these from 2020, that were completely finished before I decided to change something:

There’s a group of alts that are all just from Plus Ones. Some storylines are like that.

And a whole cut strip from Training Wreck:

So many roundups of deleted scenes! I’m not posting the previews for all of them, they’re such a regular thing. Sketches that start with pre-launch stuff from 2015, and sketches and deleted scenes from 2016,and unfinished illustrations from 2017-2018, and sketches plus deleted panels of 2019, and unfinished sketches through the start of 2020

Most recently, a bunch of deleted scenes and alternate strips came out of Borrowing Trouble:

Development notes for characters

Backstory! Progress sketches! Notes that might or might not make it to canon, in the final reckoning. Here’s the one about creating Atarangi:

A follow-up on Atarangi in the post revealing Thorn’s new knights, Kokum and Senna.

There’s also this whole post about the Woman in Black.

The one about Kudzu has early design sketches and a bonus strip (it’s not in the online archive, but it will be printed in Volume 4):

The post about Marula got so long…

…that I had to make it a 2-parter.

Other times, a range of bonuses get bundled together. The post with development notes about the Quarantine With The Vampire servants also has deleted scenes of 2020.

Development notes for…not characters

Sometimes the architecture needs love too, you know? Which is why there’s a whole post about [finally] creating a consistent floor plan for Tansy and Larch’s house:

And that kinda leads into the post about plotting the end of the Kolpovision party (with bonus notes about Hermosa, Dr. Glazier, and Pascentia).

There’s also a layout post for Hermosa’s medical room — although I didn’t tell readers exactly where it was yet. (I try to keep these posts light on Actual Spoilers.)

Exclusive and first-look bonus art

Some of the Patreon-exclusive art posts are Fanservice with a capital F. I’m not sharing any of those previews here; have a link to the whole NSFW tag, and (assuming you’re at least 18) enjoy.

Other times the bonus art is just cute.

Some posts aren’t exclusive forever; patrons just get the first look. Like this timelapse of the 2020 Christmas special.

Or this Tamaputian height chart, which patrons got to see back in May. It’ll be on the site…probably in September? But as of this writing, you can’t see it anywhere else:

If you’re really lucky, once in a while, you’ll get some bonus fiction. Like this flashfic about Tiernan’s daily routine. (Maybe I’ll put that in a book one day.)

Book news and updates

Sometimes the update is just “check out the Kickstarter that just launched,” but there’s meatier stuff too. In the middle of the Volume 2 Kickstarter, I did a post with behind-the-scenes details of the process.

There’s another about the re-coloring I did in Volume 3.

Patrons also got the Volume 3 cover reveal first.

And since we’re only a few months away (!!) from the launch of Leif & Thorn Volume 4, the next Cover Art Preview is coming up soon. Like, within the next couple of weeks, soon.

If that sounds like the kind of thing you don’t want to miss…new subscribers are always welcome.

cast

Well, as long as I’m updating the cast page…

Well, as long as I’m updating the cast page… published on 16 Comments on Well, as long as I’m updating the cast page…

Edit, June 22: Wrote a batch of updated mini-profiles, now on the cast page. Currently there are no spoiler-cuts, but the length is a bit longer than Style 2, shorter than Style 3.

…for the main and secondary characters, anyway. Tertiary characters are probably going to get the “half-dozen words, max” treatment. (Anyone more background than that just doesn’t appear on the cast page.)

Also! These descriptions are built into the character tags themselves, so if you follow a tag to get all of a character’s appearances, you’ll see the mini-profile at the top. Is that useful, or what?

Backstory behind the readmore:

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Layout

Making Your Webcomic Accessible: a grab-bag of tips & tricks

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There are So Many different components of “accessibility,” no webcomic site built by a single person is going to hit them all. And, well, if you’re using a hosting service like Tapas or Webtoon, you won’t even be able to hit a lot of them.

But if you’re looking for ways to improve — or you aren’t even sure where to start? — here’s a list of some of the things I do. Both here on Leif & Thorn, and on But I’m A Cat Person.

(This is part of the “how do I webcomic?” series, with useful information on all kinds of comicking-related topics.)

Originally written for this Twitter thread; I’ve added/expanded some points here. Also, arranged them in a couple of loose categories…

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Font tests for a new(ish) language

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Leif & Thorn is going to have some characters speaking Tamaputian in the next few months. It’s come up before in the comic, but never in long-ish conversations…so I’m thinking, this is the time to get decisive about fonts.

Way back when Mata and Pato first appeared, they got the occasional line of dialogue in Tamaputian, which was typed in Comfortaa. Very plain, not a lot of character…easy to read, but probably hard to distinguish at a glance from some other fonts.

In the Kolpovision storyline, I gave the singers from Tamapoa a few of their own lines in Tamaputian, and typed those in a version of Ænigma Scrawl. Definitely has its own distinct vibe! …Not sure I actually like how it looks in wordier speech bubbles.

So I’m thinking about switching it again. But to what?

This post has tests of half-a-dozen finalists. Click through, scroll around, tell me which one(s) you like best.

Light spoilers, in the sense of “new background characters will exist, here are some of their faces.”

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Spontaneous webcomic recs

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Question went up on a discord channel, asking for webcomic recs “that you think has something really standout about them and worth checking out. I’m mainly looking for comics that you feel do a particular thing exceptionally well, particularly with the artwork. Genre doesn’t matter, but please explain why I should read them.”

…so I immediately threw in a bunch, and then figured, hey, these comics deserve more exposure than “transient links in a chat that’ll be washed away once the next conversation happens.”

No special theme to this, just a bunch of comics + a particular thing I think they do well.

Shattered Starlight

Shattered Starlight: mostly greyscale with striking spot-colors, does really good things with texture, makes a world that feels gritty and lived-in while adding some of the stylistic flair of a magical-girl series

Kochab

Kochab: pretty characters explore a mysterious fantastical setting, all done in delicate lineart and amazing vivid color palettes, with a touch of animation

The Stoop-Gallants

The Stoop-Gallants: great comic timing, not just in the dialogue + punchlines but in the art + background details (also: lovable characters and an engaging plot)

Shiloh

Shiloh: vivid lighting that really captures every scene’s weather and time of day, detailed and stylish city settings (I’ve saved a bunch of them in my inspiration folder), great with dramatic angles, still don’t know where the plot is going but it sure is fun to look at while I find out

Lady of the Shard

Lady of the Shard: does amazing things with monochrome pixel art — the artist can convey a stunning amount of expressiveness and atmosphere with a minimal amount of lines (also: fun sci-fi story, heartwarming romance)

Apricot Cookie(s)

Apricot Cookie(s)!: cute anime style that perfectly suits all the tropes and references it builds on/gleefully subverts/makes canny self-referential jokes about

Lore Olympus

Lore Olympus: hardly needs recs since it has literally millions of followers, but here I am anyway, lovely art where the different theme colors for each character are used in a way that enhances the style rather than simplifying it

Bite Me!

Bite Me!: wacky historical vampire farce, another one with great comic timing and delightfully expressive characters, I can’t tell how much the art is traditional and how much it’s really crisp digital doing a lovely impression of traditional when it wants to

broken

broken: accidental friendship + rescue from a dystopia, really gets across the eldritch horror with a combination of on-point designs, shifting colors, well-placed animation, and medium-breaking tricks like “this reality shift is so big it overwrote the page layout”

Schlock Mercenary

Schlock Mercenary: great job of sci-fi worldbuilding, slowly escalating the problems that are caused just by having to work on a galactic scale, along with the problems caused by the tech to solve the previous problems (also: fun interspecies mostly-lighthearted comedy)

Updated layout

Still tinkering with the layout CSS

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Updates on my ongoing effort to go through the basic Leif & Thorn layout CSS, make light updates, and generally clean it up.

AKA, the long-awaited (?) sequel to February/March’s “making the Leif & Thorn layout more responsive” post.

For readers, the most visible New Thing lately is the fonts. Decided I wanted the “auto-generated/informative/metadata” text to have its own look, instead of being “the fancy title font (Merienda) but smaller” or “the main-text font (Montaga) but more italic.”

So now you’ll see a bunch of Fira Sans. Sans-serif, lightweight, gentle slant. I’m into it.

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Did you know there is also news about But I’m A Cat Person?

Did you know there is also news about But I’m A Cat Person? published on 3 Comments on Did you know there is also news about But I’m A Cat Person?

Never made a full-on post about this on Leif & Thorn, and I should probably put it front-and-center, at least for the next 2 weeks…

First: BICP is getting an annotated re-release! In the vein of Guilded Age or Narbonic, pages are re-posted with author commentary, 5 days a week, starting from chapter 1.

With almost 1000 pages, this means I have enough material to keep going for the next few years. It’s the longest buffer BICP’s ever had.

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Fluid layout

All layouts are responsive, but some are more responsive than others

All layouts are responsive, but some are more responsive than others published on 22 Comments on All layouts are responsive, but some are more responsive than others

Update, Tuesday (3/2) just after midnight: Okay, now I’m just playing with zooms. There’s a new row of buttons above every comic — toggle between sizes (only affects the mobile layout) and let me know what you think.

Also, open the main stylesheet CSS and refresh, to make sure you have the latest version of that! (It’s the “everything but the color scheme” CSS, and cached versions may be glitchy.)

Note: all the variants are in the Northern Lights theme, because “color scheme + page size pick-your-own combo platter” is too much to code for a first-run test. Switching to a different site theme will return you to the current default zoom.

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Leif & Thorn shipping news (no, the other kind of shipping)

Leif & Thorn shipping news (no, the other kind of shipping) published on 3 Comments on Leif & Thorn shipping news (no, the other kind of shipping)

The Volume 3 packing station is in full swing. Featuring large boxes of books, and small piles of Stuff What Goes With The Books:

Packing supplies
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Volume 3 hits the digital shelves, complete with new Cool Fantasy Map

Volume 3 hits the digital shelves, complete with new Cool Fantasy Map published on 2 Comments on Volume 3 hits the digital shelves, complete with new Cool Fantasy Map

The ebook of Leif & Thorn Volume 3: Creeping Vines is now available! Readers who preordered it through Kickstarter got the first crack, but anyone who missed the campaign can finally buy it on Gumroad.

Volume 3 cover

The ebooks of Volumes 1 and 2 are available in the same store — along with the paperback versions, if you’re into those. (The printing of Volume 3 is in progress as we speak.)

Along with song lyrics, fancy recolored strips, and a bunch of exclusive bonus sketches, this is the volume where I had a new map done.

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