I couldn’t find anyone to talk with about webcomic advertising on Twitter…so I went out and did my own. Here’s how it went.
(This is part of the “how do I webcomic?” series, with useful information on all kinds of comicking-related topics.)
Done a couple months before the Leif & Thorn Volume 3 Kickstarter, because I wanted to see if it was a promising way to advertise the book.
Not going to describe all the step-by-step setup, because there are a lot of generic “how to run a Twitter ad campaign” guides out there already. But I’ll start with some general notes about Stuff I Did, then move on to Useful Tips I Learned.
The one where I finally get to make a “do it for the Vines” joke. And only, uh, 4 years after it stopped being culturally relevant.
Here’s the new cover, along with the two that go before it:
Just think how pretty those would look all in a row on your bookshelf. Sign up on the Kickstarter pre-launch page to get notified when Volume 3 goes live.
There’s also an unlocked “making of” post on Patreon, which takes you from the original sketch to the final color decisions. (Here’s a preview for next time: Volume 4, at this point, is planned to be the red one.)
And if you like original hand-drawn lineart, pay close attention to this Kickstarter, because it just might be showing up as an offer…
I’ve been rolling out a bunch of small-but-useful updates to the Leif & Thorn site lately, and wanted to show them off a bit!
Sorted by volume
As the print volumes build up, I got to thinking there should be an obvious way to jump between them in the digital archives.
…yes, you can do it on the Archive page, but I wanted something even more obvious. For the potential reader who picked up a paperback first, and is visiting the URL on the back for the first time.
So now those jumps are in the row of links above each comic!
Because servers would rather have browsers ask for “one large image” than “lots and lots of tiny images”, the base image looks like this:Continue reading A wave of low-key website upgrades
Pretend for a minute that your budget is unlimited, the reach of your casting call is global, anyone you pick will have no trouble learning whatever language(s) we film in…oh, and the set/crew will magically stay COVID-19-free. It’s a fantasy, okay, we do what we want.
Which actors would you cast to play the Leif & Thorn characters?
Who plays Leif? How about Thorn? The knights? The servants? The magical girls? Your favorite secondary character?Continue reading If you got to make a live-action adaptation of Leif & Thorn, who would you cast?
After some serious code finagling, Crystalpedia is functional again!
In some ways it’s more functional than before. I decided to roll up my sleeves and edit the main template PHP — I’d been nervous about touching it, so I kept relying on plugins that splice in bits of code you have to upload in separate little files. Pretty sure an outdated plugin was part of why the site broke in the first place.
Check out the lineup of packages that went in the mail this morning:
I piled them up according to the backers’ requested mini-prints. Hmm, wonder if there’s a trend.
The latest Kickstarter update has more details!
The print copies of Leif & Thorn Volume 2 have arrived!
(Seen here under the glow of my new rose-tree lamp. Turns out that’s a thing, so obviously I had to have one.)
The post on the Kickstarter campaign has more info for all the backers who preordered Volume 2 then.
If you missed it, now is finally your chance to order Volume 2 via Gumroad (those books will be shipped once all the Kickstarter rewards are fulfilled), or get the Volume 2 ebook (those are instantly available to download!).
For that last one, you might want to join the mailing list first — I’m gonna be sending them a coupon.
Just closed a bunch of the polls that have done their time below the Leif & Thorn comment sections. For posterity, here are the answers.
The poll about readers’ preferences for the Kolpovision-party storyline. Will any of you get your narrative wishes? Time will tell…
- MAGICAL BRAM and his ADORABLE CHILDREN 26%, 35 votes35 votes 26%35 votes - 26% of all votes
- Future Thorn, pretending he's cosplaying 20%, 27 votes27 votes 20%27 votes - 20% of all votes
- President Romarin, having ditched her security detail 17%, 23 votes23 votes 17%23 votes - 17% of all votes
- All of the above? I honestly can't pick just one.* 8%, 11 votes11 votes 8%11 votes - 8% of all votes
- Geirölul Lilblomma, trying to explore Ceannic culture.* 7%, 9 votes9 votes 7%9 votes - 7% of all votes
- Holly and Cedar, for a magical intermission 7%, 9 votes9 votes 7%9 votes - 7% of all votes
- Agent Delphinium and the Woman in Black on a secret mission 5%, 7 votes7 votes 5%7 votes - 5% of all votes
- Kudzu's dog* 4%, 6 votes6 votes 4%6 votes - 4% of all votes
- Holly, Cedar and Ivy, due to a misreading of the situation.* 3%, 4 votes4 votes 3%4 votes - 3% of all votes
- President Romarin with her full security detail 3%, 4 votes4 votes 3%4 votes - 3% of all votes
It’s finally time to reveal why I’ve been breaking the Leif & Thorn layout all weekend!
I’ve been pulling the CSS for colors and images into a separate stylesheet from the rest of the CSS (i.e. the fonts, the arrangement of sections, the padding…so much padding), so I could have multiple color/image themes and give everyone the option to toggle between them.
Starting with a seasonal Northern Lights theme. (And only halfway through December!)
Settling on the palette was the easy part. (And the fun part.) The hard parts were:
- divvying up the properties correctly between the “Inkblot child theme” stylesheet and the color-scheme stylesheets, so nothing got duplicated, or accidentally dropped
- updating a whole bunch of non-transparent images that only worked on a theme with a white background
- combing through error-spawning code for the missing period/semicolon/curly-brace
- learning how to keep stylesheets from getting flagged as “insecure content”
- realizing the After Dark pages were going to try to load the default color-scheme stylesheet, so I needed a style that wouldn’t override it
- realizing that, while keeping the default scheme from overriding the After Dark scheme, I had prevented it on loading from a bunch of other pages at all
- giving the Firefox Code Inspector a workout
- giving the W3C’s exhaustive guide to CSS properties a workout
- giving Notepad++’s side-by-side document view a workout
- truly appreciating the WordPress Header and Footer and Real-Time Find and Replace plugins
- testing how it looks when you move an element 5 pixels to the left…then putting it back…then trying it 5 pixels to the right…
- sitting back and waiting for the server-side cache to update so I could finally see if the live results matched the previews
…and now, finally, it’s in a state where I feel ready to show it off.
There’s a couple of new buttons in the left-hand sidebar that will let you switch between Northern Lights and the original theme, Blue Castle. Check them out.
The buttons are supposed to set a cookie in your browser that remembers your chosen theme when you visit different pages…but I can’t seem to get that part working. If anybody can take a look at the source code and figure out what’s missing, it would be much appreciated!
And in general, if you run into any new problems while browsing the site, comment here and let me know. Gotta tackle them while my debugging mojo is still flowing.