Long time to wait for such a decompressed couple of pages, but here you are.
Thanks, all, for your continued good wishes and support, and an extra thanks to Patrons ($150!) and donors.
I never like getting overly personal in the comic blog, and I’m going to try my best to hedge any oversharing in this post, but the fact is you’re all owed an explanation of why I’ve been slipping this past month — and why I’ve missed another update so soon — and the only way to do that is via some personal detail.
A month ago we found out we were expecting a second child — very much against the odds and ahead of any schedule. Early pregnancy really takes it out of you, especially when also chasing around an 18 month old. The timing was sort of not great in terms of getting the comic done, too, as I was trying to finish up some paid work in the blocks of time I usually squeak in the comic. Then, the toddler took a trip to the emergency room. Then to some specialists.
And then this week I had a miscarriage.
I don’t like the drama inherent in announcing this, and it is a topic both icky and uncomfortable, but there you go. It included a lot of doctor’s visits and a trip to the ER of my own, and it has been incredibly hard on me and my family physically and emotionally. I don’t feel up to drawing comics this week, I feel pretty justified in this, and I’ll leave it at that.
Thanks much for your support and understanding.
Only Tuesday but Next Town Over is already having a swell week. I got this terrific piece of fanart (right) from NTO super supporter Mauricio Eiji, who was also a generous Kickstarter backer. Check out his dA here.
ALSO! The Patreon reached its initial goal, and you have those upstanding supporters to thank for the removal of the footer leaderboard ad, which ought to make the page load a millisecond faster and look just a smidge less gross. Those folks will also be getting a tutorial or a process walkthrough or an instructional PSD or something of that kind as soon as we jointly figure out what they’d most like to see. Thank you all so much; people like you keep me going.
I thought it would be cool to introduce you to each of the creators involved with Poor Wayfaring Strangers. The logical first choice was Gustav Carlson, whose contribution The Grinning God ran here between books 5 and 6.
Born and raised on a goat farm on top a mountain, Gustav Carlson spent his days naming an increasing number of goats Gruff. Partially in fear of bridge trolls that run rampant in the hills, but mostly because it adequately described most the goats he knew. Since then the trolls have gone extinct, and the goats Gruff are in his past. To fill that constant void, he now draws comics.
Eventually he plans to retire to Goat Island, a very real place.
The Patreon has begun the slightest bit of payout for supporters: revisited and slightly revamped, there are now the first of many Patron exclusives in the stream (art walkthroughs and worldbuilding extras). There is also something I think people want at the very doable $250 milestone. Check it out, and infinite thanks to early adopters.