If you don't follow me on Twitter or Patreon you may have missed this week's saga, which is mostly scope creep on a bathroom tearout (rotten subfloor, cracked lead drain pipes & more!) and the tablet I've had for 8 years finally kicking the bucket Friday night. Replacement tablet's on the way (and yesterday I rigged a sort of silly stopgap), but I put this week's comic off until the last second -- said Friday night (due to bathroom, finally getting PWS files to the printer, etc..) and the tablet situation sunk me. No page this week (generous Patrons got a page of their exclusive story I've been saving for just such an occasion, though) -- which is super sad because a PWS superbacker was going to make their NTO debut in this one!
Next Town Over fans have done a ton of the heavy lifting on this Kickstarter. I have noticed, and deeply appreciate. You guys are the best. You've gotten us (oh good grief I have to say it....) OVER 9000!!! We're at 72%! If our remaining days are all as good as yesterday we can still smash our goal! If you haven't pledged yet, I still have some specialty tiers available, including one remaining artist's edition, an NTO cameo (!!!!) and a full color painted illustration commission.
There's also one more way you can help: pledge to participate in a last-minute Thunderclap to get the word out Saturday morning about the last day of the PWS Kickstarter! Share, share, share, but most importantly, don't forget to visit the link yourself and hit all those shiny buttons for Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr! Thunderclap can greatly amplify our message when we'll need it most!
Erin, Jon, Gus, Laura, Dani, Rose, Robyn, Caroline & Graham
My very good friend and PWS collaborator Jon Cairns, creator of Alpha Flag, which I know many of you read, recently wrote this essay about his short in the anthology. Give it a read if you haven't, and if you haven't backed or shared the project, please consider doing that as well. I'm recommitting myself to doing everything I can to get more voices in comics, and this inclusive, genre-bending anthology is part of that. It's in its homestretch: I'd be very much obliged if you could do anything in your power to help me make it happen.
Since it was now a full year ago, I'm going to let the rest of you in on this super secret coloring process video I did for Patrons way back in 2014 (I polled gracious contributors with a survey as to what kind of tutorial they'd like to see and they overwhelmingly requested a coloring process video), and remind everyone that if my Patreon gets over $500 I'll do these monthly (or more!) along with some other cool bonuses. Thanks, guys! See you in Diamondback Ridge!
EDIT: It was brought to my attention that my selection of jams in the original video made it unviewable in some countries. This is a bummer, since the tracklist was my favorite bit of an otherwise long, dry video, but if you're in Germany, etc., and want to check it out sans offending audio, here's that link.
The Specialists is a WWII-era comic, so I had some fun picturing functionally-attired, sensible Kate/Lightning Lass (pictured) as a nose art/pinup girl.
Lightning Lass (©Al Fukalek & Shawn Gustafson)
Not-for-profit MCBA's Fall con is coming up in October, and I'll be attending this year, so if you're going to be in the greater MN area October 10, please come say hi!
If you miss me there but are still in the frozen north in October I might be at Mighty Con in Madison on the 25th (unconfirmed).
Investigating tabling at Wizard World Madison again in 2016, as well as C2E2, but the latter may not be in the budget. I'll keep you posted. As my little guy gets older I expect my con attendance to grow proportionately. Let me know if there's a show you'd like to see me at!
Early in the week my cousin finished 4 years' service in the Navy; I figured I was good to throw over my comicking for a few days to see him and celebrate since I still had the rest of the week ... but then I spent all of Thursday in the ER with my husband. He'll be fine, now, but he hasn't been in any shape to help with the toddler, and so here we are. Sorry for the gap, folks, especially on Father's Day, but I'm sure you understand.
By this point almost everyone plays some amount of Minecraft, including my sister, who just made some great player skins of NTO's principals.
Download them, favorite them, comment on them, etc., at Planet Minecraft. I'm sure it'd really help encourage my sister to continue with reskinned horses, NPCs, and more.
UPDATE: Since originally posting this Traildust has been handily unlocked, and all Patrons past, present and future can get their mitts on 74 pages of additional NTO sketches, doodles and conceptual materials, some possibly insightful, many probably hilarious.
If you haven't been paying attention to the Patreon, you might not have noticed it's now at $210/month (at the time of this writing, anyway). That's just $40 shy of the next milestone goal, which is pretty sweet. At $250/month all patrons (including you, if you kick in!) will receive Traildust, a new and pretty exhaustive (but spoiler-free) collection of NTO sketches and conceptual materials, 90% of which no one's ever seen. This is a pretty swole tome, too: I haven't even scanned half of what I aim to include in it and I'm over 40 pages of material already. Help me continue wedging the comic in alongside my hectic mom-life and get something nice for you and your fellow readers.
Support from people like you is the reason I'm able to keep doing this, and it is deeply appreciated.
Hey, when's the last time you visited the StoreEnvy shop? I know my parent preoccupation has made me less than forthcoming with new merch, but new things do get cycled in occasionally. I just added a few for pre-order, too, that are debuting at Madison Comic Con. Speaking of which, come and see me if you can on February 6, 7 or 8 (or all three)! I'm a weird shut-in but I'd seriously love to meet you anyway.