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. You’ve seen the original one, in the comic and on Crystalpedia:
Thanks to the outpouring of support for the Volume 3 campaign, I was able to commission a new one from Robert Altbauer, over at fantasy-map.net. Custom details! Old-timey textures! Accurate biomes! Good times.
Here’s a time-lapse of how the new one came together:
The very last shot involves some changes I made myself — mostly updating the fonts. (There are fonts I use in the comic that I have the license to, but the artist might not.)
I’ll post a larger version of that one on the website eventually. For now, that sight is one of the perks of getting the book.
…And since the deal I made included commercial use in general, maybe I’ll put it on some other merchandise too. Anybody want a Leif & Thorn Map mousepad? A phone case? A canvas bag? Toss some ideas out there, I’ll see what I can do.
You’ve set a backer record, a funding record, and the wheels in motion for me to print a whole new book. Thanks to every single one of you.
A Hero and a Scholar
Izzy “Strontium” Hall
Long-Runner Print of the Narrative
Richard W. Gombert
Brittany Kelly (TheGoodDrawer)
Tory S. Morgan
Kyle Albert Anderson
The Book Where It Happens
A Print Of The Narrative
Liz the Lucky
Simone Pietro Spinozzi
Julie L Spradley
Victoria Linnea Conner
Long-Runner Scrappy & Digital-Only
Lenore Jean Jones
Young, Scrappy, & Digital-Only
Jens Bejer Pedersen
I’m not taking prompts for blood relatives, but other than that, feel free to pick any 2 characters in the strip. (Or any 3+ characters…) Whether their in-universe status is established couple, budding romance, just friends, just enemies, or total strangers — as long as you think a sketch of the romance would be fun, go for it.
Honestly, the canon romances are going to get plenty of art anyway. So if you have an off-the-wall crack ship that’s probably never going to get drawn otherwise? Now would be the time to ask.
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.
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…
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?
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.