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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:

If (when) Holly moves on from the team, what kind of mage should replace her?
  • Fire 36%, 38 votes
    38 votes 36%
    38 votes - 36% of all votes
  • Nature 29%, 30 votes
    30 votes 29%
    30 votes - 29% of all votes
  • Water 21%, 22 votes
    22 votes 21%
    22 votes - 21% of all votes
  • Stars (again) 14%, 15 votes
    15 votes 14%
    15 votes - 14% of all votes
Total Votes: 105
28 March, 2019 - 24 September, 2019
Voting is closed

And since the Kickstarter for Leif & Thorn Volume 2 ends in just over two weeks, let’s talk about which bonus features made it in!

What kind of bonus material do you think would be coolest for Leif & Thorn Volume 2? [Check as many as you want, and/or add your own!]
  • Guide to heartsword types 21%, 72 votes
    72 votes 21%
    72 votes - 21% of all votes
  • Guide to countries/languages 19%, 63 votes
    63 votes 19%
    63 votes - 19% of all votes
  • Character profiles 15%, 50 votes
    50 votes 15%
    50 votes - 15% of all votes
  • Themed recipes* 11%, 38 votes
    38 votes 11%
    38 votes - 11% of all votes
  • Exclusive Q&A comics 10%, 35 votes
    35 votes 10%
    35 votes - 10% of all votes
  • Bonus art by the creator 10%, 33 votes
    33 votes 10%
    33 votes - 10% of all votes
  • Bonus art by guest artists 4%, 14 votes
    14 votes 4%
    14 votes - 4% of all votes
  • Filksong* 4%, 14 votes
    14 votes 4%
    14 votes - 4% of all votes
  • Puzzles, riddles, mazes, and activities* 3%, 11 votes
    11 votes 3%
    11 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Coloring pages* 2%, 8 votes
    8 votes 2%
    8 votes - 2% of all votes
Total Votes: 338
Voters: 106
16 August, 2019 - 24 September, 2019
* - added by visitor
Voting is closed

In order of popularity:

  1. Guide to heartsword types — done! It uses the art from the heartsword wallpapers used in 2018 Patreon rewards.
  2. Guide to countries/languages — done! I even made some new flags — get a sneak preview on the “countries” Crystalpedia entry.
  3. Character profiles – done! Let’s be honest, this one was never in doubt. I didn’t know which storylines would open Volume 2 when I was drawing them, so there’s no special effort to re-introduce anyone.
  4. Themed recipes – not in this volume. Partly for lack of space, partly because I didn’t have any bright ideas. (It’s not like there’s much that gets cooked in Volume 2.) Might bring it up again, and ask readers what specific recipes they want to see…
  5. Exclusive Q&A comics – not in this volume, entirely for lack of space. Will definitely be offered again.
  6. Bonus art by the creator – well, I already promised this as a reward for Kickstarter backers, so it’s on the to-do list. Besides, it’s the best way to fill the smaller blank spaces on certain pages.
  7. Bonus art by guest artists – heh, this wasn’t even half as popular. Not in this volume.
  8. Filksong – not in Volume 2, but almost definitely going to be arranged for Volume 3, which is The One With The Musical.
  9. Puzzles, riddles, mazes, and activities / Coloring pages (I’m putting these in one broad “back-of-the-placemat activities” category) – not in this volume, and I don’t know if I ever want to put them in books, but “printing them on regular paper and tucking them into the reward shipments” is a definite possibility. Did a test run on making a maze — let me know what you think.

Speaking of “things that get tucked into the book,” I’m getting ready to do a poll for the mini-print that’ll ship with the Volume 2 Kickstarter.

There are a few illustrations I already know I’ll offer…but do readers have any requests? Almost anything in the Saturday Sketchbook category is eligible! (If it’s not in a nice 5×7 rectangular format already, I can almost certainly tinker with it to get a version that works.)

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Avocado toast is definitely a sandwich the way *I* eat it… mostly because it’s “mashed-up avocado between two slices of toast”. Although I do eat it open-faced too sometimes, for a better avocado:toast ratio. (For avocados on a budget, check if your grocery store has a reduced-price produce shelf/cart/thing. The avocados there are often actually ripe. Pop them in the fridge and they’ll stay at the good stage longer.)

And to be pedantically historical, the Earl of Sandwich’s food-that-got-named-after-him was “food on single slice of bread”, AKA an open-faced sandwich.

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