12-26

Little delays, little news, and a big new year

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It’s been a hiccupy kind of year for Messenger.

I’ve thrown myself at trying new ideas, most of which were successful, but still very trying at times. It’s been an interesting and worthy experience creating Messenger alongside Follower; I find myself learning from both mediums as I work, and then applying new ideas to each comic. It’s kind of thrilling, as a creator. I love the feeling of learning and doing new things. The downside to this is, of course, balancing time. I’m having way too much fun working on Follower, and Messenger has definitely slipped as a result. My plans for this upcoming year include sticking to a better schedule, for sure.

As I mentioned previously, Delade and I are in the middle of moving to a new apartment. All’s going well, but definitely taking a lot longer than planned. Right now, my comic-making tools and other supplies are scattered in boxes, between two houses. We’re hoping to be done with all that this week, and then I can get back to work. So, the delay continues, but only just a bit longer. I’ll hunt down a public wifi spot if it comes to that.

We also were incredibly thankful for <a href=”http://www.patreon.com/bugbyte”>our Patreon supporters</a> these past few months. You’ve helped enable us to keep making comics, and even eat sometimes! That’s pretty awesome, and it’s so encouraging to keep doing what we do. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

Thanks for your patience with our little unplanned delays, and we wish you all the best in 2015!

Patreon First Milestone Reward – for everyone!

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The Messenger & Follower Patreon is doing stupendously well so far! In a little over a month, we’ve managed to break through three milestone goals, which will enable me to do more with the comics! As a reward for accomplishing the first goal, I’ve created a brand new Chio-themed wallpaper that’s available for everyone, not just patrons! Thanks so much to everyone who’s supported us, whether it’s by supporting our Patreon, sharing a link to our comics with friends, or simply reading the comic each week. It really means a lot. Please feel free to download this wallpaper, and enjoy some desktop Chios!

If you want to help support Messenger and Follower, but are unable to back our Patreon campaign, that’s ok! There are still some other ways you can help support the comics for free:

  • Click the little “Follow” button on the top of our Patreon page to follow our updates. Apparently this also helps our rankings on Patreon and boosts our posts and updates a little higher in the list, so people are more likely to see them!
  • Retweet our comic updates and links on Twitter! (Or reblog our updates on Tumblr!)
  • Read Follower using Comic Chameleon, a free iOS app!
  • Or just share the comic with your friends!

As always, we appreciate your continued readership, and look forward to creating more new stuff for you to enjoy. Thank you!

Messenger is now on Patreon!

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Messenger & Follower are now on Patreon!That’s right, Messenger (and Follower!) are now on Patreon! After a lot of thinking, I decided it was time to try and find a way to be able to devote more time to making comics, and if I can offset my time spent at work by making the comics self-supporting endeavors, then that might be more viable. For more information, check out this special message from Eldora:


So what’s Patreon? If you’re familiar with Kickstarter or crowdfunding in general, it’s kind of like that – except on a rolling basis instead of one big funding project for one goal. Patreon enables you to pledge a monthly amount of your choosing towards the goal, which in my case, is producing Messenger and Follower. This way, I can essentially be paid for making comics, and supporters will receive rewards for their help! Additionally, there are a bunch of milestone goals which will help unlock new content for everyone to see – not just patrons – as I’m able to spend more time making comics.

There are rewards available for as little as $1 a month, like viewing an exclusive content stream just for backers, a new wallpaper every month, and more!

Patreon Rewards

 

Thanks for your continued readership and support, and we hope you’ll consider becoming a patron of Messenger and Follower!

Collecting Chios

First off, thanks to SJRM for the Canyon Chio art I’m featuring this week. I am just sorry it took me as long to get it posted.

Although Messenger has been on an unplanned break for some time, I am planning to begin posting pages again on the week of July 16th, along with the start of Chapter 2 of Follower! Things have been sort of challenging in real life with my job — it’s really hard most days to work on creative work all day, and then come home and have any energy left to put into comics, so that’s part of the reason I’m taking this break. I am doing my best, though! Working on Messenger and Follower is really important to me personally, so I have no intention of giving up until the end. It’s time for me to collect my Chios and get rolling on new comics again.

If you’re not caught up on Follower, the next two weeks would be a great time to check out the archive!

Thanks for reading, and as always, thanks for your continued support!