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The paywalled content is not a glitch, I am trying to sell you things on purpose!

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A belated FAQ for the Leif & Thorn: Off-Shoots bonus comics.

The current bonus arc involves paint swatches, overzealous fans, and a couple of familiar-looking home-wreckers. The next one will explore modified magic Roombas and the perils of United Islands ice cream sales.

After that? Haven’t decided yet. But I’m going to have fun with it.

Q. Why does Leif & Thorn have bonus comics that are only for paying supporters?

A. Capitalism.

Seriously, your artist has to cover the bills. That’s why I have ads on the site, why I sell books and other merchandise, and why I post exclusive content for supporters on Patreon.

None of these make a ton of profit! Which is why I’m always working on new things to sell, hoping to tempt readers who haven’t bought anything before, but who are interested in the new thing.

Leif & Thorn: Off-Shoots is the latest New Thing.

Q. Are you paywalling the entire comic/site/archive?

A. No. The only paywalled comics are the bonus comics that were exclusive when I posted them.

The main Leif & Thorn comic is still completely free to read, and I don’t plan on ever changing that.

Q. When do the Off-Shoots comics get posted?

A. Every other Wednesday! Since the start of 2022.

Off-Shoots comics are scheduled to go up at 10 PM (US Eastern time), which puts them on the front page of the site for 2 hours, before getting replaced by the regular Thursday comic.

Q. So the bonus comics are supposed to show up on the front page?

A. Well, yeah.

Look, I want readers to be excited and intrigued by the Off-Shoots comics. Kinda defeats the purpose if I don’t show you that they exist, you know?

Q. When a bonus comic is up, how do I find the regular comics?

A. Every Off-Shoots comic has links for “First in Regular Archives” and “Latest in Regular Archives” in the navigation!

You can also browse the main (free) comic archives on the Storyline Archive page, which is always linked in the main menu.

Q. If I only read regular Leif & Thorn, am I going to be missing essential plot stuff in the Off-Shoots comics?

A. No. I wouldn’t be that mean.

You’re going to be missing fun bonus storylines, with a spotlight on characters and settings that I don’t get to showcase in the main comic as much as I’d like to.

They have more of the same humor, worldbuilding, and fun character moments you already like in the regular Leif & Thorn comics! But they’re not plot-essential.

Q. What if I don’t pay to see the bonus comics online…but I do pay to get the Leif & Thorn books?

A. The Off-Shoots comics will be collected in the print volumes!

You’ll have to be patient, though. They won’t start appearing until at least Volume 6, and we haven’t even crowdfunded Volume 5 yet. ETA: The first print Off-Shoots arc will actually appear in Volume 5!

If you don’t want to wait, $5-and-up Patreon supporters get immediate access to the full archive of bonus comics, including the new ones as soon as they get posted.

The Brandon Sanderson crowdfunding campaign…

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…is bringing the wildest takes out of the woodwork, I swear.

“Why does he need a million dollars?” Buddy, making each book costs money, and he knew a lot of people like his books. If one book is $10 to print and ship, and his readers preorder 100,000, there’s $1 million already. That’s just math.

As of this writing, he has almost 150,000 backers. Lots of them are getting multiple books! Some are getting merch! All of that has production costs.

“Why doesn’t he use a publishing company?” He’s been using publishing companies for 20 years. Now he OWNS a publishing company. That’s…probably how he knows how much books cost.

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Find Your Heartsword Type: the official quiz!

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If you lived in the Leif & Thorn universe, what kind of heartsword would your soul manifest as?

Take this extremely scientific quiz and find out!

Then come back and share your results. Let’s see if my worldbuilding about “which types are common” and “which types are possible but rare” pans out IRL.

Five Recs: Webcomic Omnibuses (Omnibi?) with Female Protagonists

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Check it out, it’s a new front for my “encouraging people to read more webcomics” campaign: I signed up as an affiliate with Bookshop.org!

One of my curated lists of webcomic print collections is supposed to be featured on their front page this month. There’s also a “storefront” where you can see all my reclists, any time, as I make them.

A cut of Bookshop’s profits goes to local bookstores — you can even pick a specific favorite store to support. If you buy through one of these links, I get a cut as the referrer, so it supports this comic too. And none of the money goes through Amazon. It’s a win-win-win.

I’m going to try to post a handful of recs here every month. Since this is Women’s History Month, let’s go with:

Complete Collections of Webcomics Starring Women

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Wordpress Child Themes, Made Simple

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A guide for how to turn your WP site layout from “bland default” to “branded va-va-voom.”

(This is technically part of the “how do I webcomic?” series, but it’s not a webcomic-specific walkthrough! The same process works for any kind of Wordpress site.)

Note: I won’t go into detail about writing and editing CSS code, but it’s a skill you’ll need in the Making A Child Theme process. If you’re already familiar with it, awesome. If not, check out last week’s intro post about basic CSS troubleshooting and editing.

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“Help, I don’t like how my webcomic site looks, how do I change it?”

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One cool thing about having an independent site for your webcomic (as opposed to using a platform like Webtoon or Tapas) is, you can do whatever you want with the layout!

One less-cool thing about having an independent site for your webcomic is…nobody else is responsible for handling the layout.

(Unless you personally shell out the cash to hire a web developer — and, well, not a lot of us have that kind of money to spare. Especially when we’re already paying for the independent hosting.)

But, honestly? It’s free and surprisingly-easy to handle it yourself.

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Volume 4 cover mockup

Thanks to all the backers who supported Leif & Thorn Volume 4

Thanks to all the backers who supported Leif & Thorn Volume 4 published on 1 Comment on Thanks to all the backers who supported Leif & Thorn Volume 4

The ebook version is out, the print books are in production, and it’s high time I thanked everyone who helped make Volume 4 a reality.

Extra-special tips of the hat to:

  • Hela and gladdecease, who caught a couple of mixed-up strips in the ebook version, just in time for me to correct them in the version that went to the printer
  • The staff of Kickstarter, who were not consulted or even informed about the changes the board (?) is trying to make, all they’ve ever tried to do is make a good platform that works for their users

At this point, I don’t know where I’ll run the campaign to print Volume 5. But through the course of Volumes 1-4, Kickstarter provided functional code and valuable features for the creators who used it, and I appreciate everyone whose time and effort made that possible.

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Kickstarter, blockchain, NFTs, trust, and what the fork is up with Bitcoin

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So the Kickstarter site has made An Announcement, and the reaction from the creative community has been, uh…bad.

Just look at that ratio. Whoo boy.

Listen, I fully expect their plans to get some revision. But it brings home a broader point that Blockchain Stuff In General is getting more interest outside the crypto-insider community.

Which means Comics Fans In General should try to have some informed opinions about them, you know?

As a casual rubbernecker of crypto-community scandals, I’ve been picking up that information for a while now. Mostly in random chunks, based on what’s relevant to the latest scam.

For those of you who are not thirsty benches that live for drama, I’m going to try to organize the useful parts into a single post, which you can read and digest in one sitting.

(There will be lots of links. Reading all of those might take longer.)

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Webcomics you can offer/request in the Yuletide 2021 exchange

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Yuletide, the annual small-fandoms fanfiction exchange, is open for sign-ups again!

I collected all the webcomic fandoms in the tag set (plus all the characters you can request for each one), and added links to where you can read them online. Fandom tags are in the order/format AO3 puts them, which is why they’re not totally consistent, but all the actual titles seem to be right.

If you feel like getting involved, Yuletide sign-up instructions are here.

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