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:
Tell Your Own Story Magical Trio Anniversary Team Shelter From The Storm
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:
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)
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
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:
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?
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. Continue reading
The Leif & Thorn wiki is back up, and sparklier than ever
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…
Best surprise guest to crash Thorn's Kolpovision-watching party?
MAGICAL BRAM and his ADORABLE CHILDREN
26%, 35 votes
35 votes - 26% of all votes
Future Thorn, pretending he's cosplaying
20%, 27 votes
27 votes - 20% of all votes
President Romarin, having ditched her security detail
17%, 23 votes
23 votes - 17% of all votes
All of the above? I honestly can't pick just one.
* 8%, 11 votes
11 votes - 8% of all votes
Holly and Cedar, for a magical intermission
7%, 9 votes
9 votes - 7% of all votes
Geirölul Lilblomma, trying to explore Ceannic culture.
* 7%, 9 votes
9 votes - 7% of all votes
Agent Delphinium and the Woman in Black on a secret mission
5%, 7 votes
7 votes - 5% of all votes
* 4%, 6 votes
6 votes - 4% of all votes
Holly, Cedar and Ivy, due to a misreading of the situation.
* 3%, 4 votes
4 votes - 3% of all votes
President Romarin with her full security detail
3%, 4 votes
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)