Hey folks, new stuff just got added to the General Store (as well as to the new Gumroad, if you prefer!), notably a digital version of Poor Wayfaring Strangers, the Patron-funded Traildust (which gracious Patrons still get, along with exclusive, periodic supplements, for free), and a new pack of HD wallpaper-sized images from the comic! All these additions are $5, so if you were looking for a way to make a one-time donation to the comic and give a little something back to me while getting a little something extra in return, these are perf.
It's that time again! Book 8 is nearing its end, after which I need awhile to regroup for mighty #9 ... and start pulling together a Kickstarter for NTO Volume 2! As I did with Genevieve once upon a time, I aim to accomplish this running a less time-consuming interim comic. Genevieve was a full 24 pages though; this will probably (hopefully?) be an 8-12 page short. It occurred to me I could possibly run the early pages of the Patron-only Cutter & Ironwood, but I've ultimately decided to keep that reserved for Patrons for now. So, let me know!
7/17 EDIT: We've picked a winner! Congratulations @
Guys! I'm giving away a free copy of Poor Wayfaring Strangers to one lucky reader! All you have to do is follow me on Twitter (@squidbunny) and RT this tweet between now and 7/17/16 for a chance to win!
No purchase necessary. Must be a US resident to win.
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.