Skip to content

Voting on the exclusive mini-prints for Volume 3

Voting on the exclusive mini-prints for Volume 3 published on No Comments on Voting on the exclusive mini-prints for Volume 3

The Kickstarter to print Volume 3 is off to a great start, so here’s the part where you get to vote on “which art should be used for the exclusive mini-print that goes in every book.”

You have four options this year — the Leachtric one, the “magical girls out-of-training” one, the whole-team-having-fun one, and the classic Leif/Thorn one:

Note: even when there’s text on the preview, the print will be a textless version!

Don’t worry about the different sizes — they’re all high-res enough for these prints, and I’ll adjust them to look good at the right dimensions. Just follow your heart.

The poll will remain open until the Kickstarter fundraising deadline (October 16), and you can vote for your top 2 choices. So, without further ado:

Which illustration do you want on the mini-print with Leif & Thorn Volume 3?

Advertising Your Webcomic On Twitter (a how-to and a case study)

Advertising Your Webcomic On Twitter (a how-to and a case study) published on 5 Comments on Advertising Your Webcomic On Twitter (a how-to and a case study)

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.

Continue reading Advertising Your Webcomic On Twitter (a how-to and a case study)

Volume 3 cover reveal!

Volume 3 cover reveal! published on 3 Comments on Volume 3 cover reveal!

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…

A wave of low-key website upgrades

A wave of low-key website upgrades published on 7 Comments on A wave of low-key website upgrades

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

If you got to make a live-action adaptation of Leif & Thorn, who would you cast?

If you got to make a live-action adaptation of Leif & Thorn, who would you cast? published on 6 Comments on If you got to make a live-action adaptation of Leif & Thorn, who would you cast?

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?

The Leif & Thorn wiki is back up, and sparklier than ever

The Leif & Thorn wiki is back up, and sparklier than ever published on No Comments on The Leif & Thorn wiki is back up, and sparklier than ever

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.

Continue reading The Leif & Thorn wiki is back up, and sparklier than ever

Help me test the WordPress Patreon plugin – updated May 14, any success now?

Help me test the WordPress Patreon plugin – updated May 14, any success now? published on 32 Comments on Help me test the WordPress Patreon plugin – updated May 14, any success now?
To view this content, you must be a member of Erin Ptah's Patreon
Already a qualifying Patreon member? Refresh to access this content.

Books, books, beautiful books

Books, books, beautiful books published on No Comments on Books, books, beautiful books

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.

Closed polls of 2019 (sandwiches, Scooby-Doo, surprise party guests, and more)

Closed polls of 2019 (sandwiches, Scooby-Doo, surprise party guests, and more) published on 6 Comments on Closed polls of 2019 (sandwiches, Scooby-Doo, surprise party guests, and more)

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…

Best surprise guest to crash Thorn's Kolpovision-watching party?
  • MAGICAL BRAM and his ADORABLE CHILDREN 26%, 35 votes
    35 votes 26%
    35 votes - 26% of all votes
  • Future Thorn, pretending he's cosplaying 20%, 27 votes
    27 votes 20%
    27 votes - 20% of all votes
  • President Romarin, having ditched her security detail 17%, 23 votes
    23 votes 17%
    23 votes - 17% of all votes
  • All of the above? I honestly can't pick just one.* 8%, 11 votes
    11 votes 8%
    11 votes - 8% of all votes
  • Holly and Cedar, for a magical intermission 7%, 9 votes
    9 votes 7%
    9 votes - 7% of all votes
  • Geirölul Lilblomma, trying to explore Ceannic culture.* 7%, 9 votes
    9 votes 7%
    9 votes - 7% of all votes
  • Agent Delphinium and the Woman in Black on a secret mission 5%, 7 votes
    7 votes 5%
    7 votes - 5% of all votes
  • Kudzu's dog* 4%, 6 votes
    6 votes 4%
    6 votes - 4% of all votes
  • Holly, Cedar and Ivy, due to a misreading of the situation.* 3%, 4 votes
    4 votes 3%
    4 votes - 3% of all votes
  • President Romarin with her full security detail 3%, 4 votes
    4 votes 3%
    4 votes - 3% of all votes
Total Votes: 135
15 November, 2019 - 1 January, 2020
Voting is closed

Continue reading Closed polls of 2019 (sandwiches, Scooby-Doo, surprise party guests, and more)