After what’s been an extended, unplanned break from Messenger, we’re planning to be back on July 2!
I’ve started work on the next chapter a couple of times over, and just haven’t been happy with the script. So Delade and I are currently working through it to improve it. I’d rather take the time to do it right than deliver a comic I’m not happy with, so I hope you’ll understand the minor delay.
We’ve also been hard at work with a number of other updates, including the new site design you’re looking at right now! Hopefully it feels more unified with Follower and the rest of the Radio Chio galaxy. We’ve also built a new and improved store page, where you can find all of our comic works and other stuff for sale, no matter where it is online.
Just this week, we released a new digital comic, which includes both of the minicomic extras from the first print issue of Messenger. Since I’m not entirely certain if I’m going to print Messenger in stand-alone issues again in the future, I decided it’s time to make these available to everyone! The comic is a downloadable PDF with 20 pages of comics that have never been seen outside of print. Download “Defend the Hill” from Gumroad for $1.50 (or more, if you think it’s worth it!) Although Messenger might not see individual print issues again, I’m currently investigating compiling chapters 1-10 into a “volume 1” of some kind, if it can be done economically. Maybe through a print on demand service, I’m not sure yet!
Thanks for reading and your continued support, and we’ll see you back here on July 2!
Long time no comic. :X I’ve been working pretty steadily along on the Follower book lately, interrupted briefly by running a half marathon a couple of weeks ago and attending a Nine Inch Nails concert earlier this week, but that’s how it goes.
I’ve decided to try out posting the archives of Messenger on Tapastic, with updates three times a week starting from the beginning of the comic. Tapastic is sort of a comics aggregator thing, but they also have a handy mobile app thing for your smartdevice of choice. I’m hoping to pick up at least a few new readers there, but we’ll see what happens. If you do use the service, would you mind giving Messenger a few stars so others know about it? Thanks!
That’s all for now, catch you next Saturday! Now, time to pick up Pokemon X&Y!
2010 has been an amazing year for Messenger. In total, 80 new pages were added to the online archive, which doesn’t include the 30 or so revision pages I did for Chapter Two and the minicomic extras for the second book. Regardless, it’s substantially more than an ordinary year’s worth of pages due to the fact that I started doing twice weekly updates in the fall. Messenger also hit the printer twice, with a re-issue of book 1 and the entirely new release of book 2. Webcomics are usually a one-man show, and Messenger is no exception, so I’m pretty pleased to have successfully kept up with regular updates as well as produce two whole books of approximately 100 pages each.
This year felt like a huge advancement in the things I’ve learned about making comics; from writing and art, all the way down to promotion and running advertising on the site. 2010 has been the first time I’ve truly had a chance to sit down and work through an entire chapter of the comic at once instead of working on it when I can, and I feel that the quality of it has improved overall as a result. This is kind of a bittersweet thing, since I’ve spent most of the year aggressively job-hunting – but I’ve also learned a lot about advertising, and have managed to make enough of a profit via advertising to pay (at least) for groceries in addition to the upkeep of comic-making supplies. I may be a broke artist, but at least I’m not starving! While I know that I’ll never be able to turn this comic into a full-time job, it’s an exciting and satisfying feeling to know that I’ve been able to do as much as I have just in the span of this past year and it feels worthwhile to have spent all this (unfortunate) free time I’ve had working on it.
Statistics-wise, 2010 has brought a huge jump in readership – up 66% on average, with about 200-300 more views daily over the same time last year. I’ve put a little bit of effort into finding new readers and getting the comic out there this year, so it’s really cool to see this pay off. That said, if you’re reading this out there (and I know you are) don’t be afraid to chime in on the comments or on the forum! I don’t bite, and your feedback is a huge motivating factor for me. My fanart section has almost tripled in size from what it used to be, and it’s still super humbling every time I get a piece of art from a reader. Knowing that I’ve produced something that people enjoy enough to say so or even to draw or write something based on it is such a cool feeling, and I don’t think it will ever get old. 🙂
All things considered, 2010 was fantastic. For once I really feel like I’ve made massive steps from where I started when I first put the comic online in 2004. If all goes according to plan, 2011 will be even better. My next steps include starting work on book 3 as soon as possible, getting through the rest of Part 1 of the main comic, and possibly doing some side stories from the Messenger universe.
But most of all, none of this would be possible without you – the readers. So, a huge thanks to you for all your support! I hope you’ll stick with me for whatever is to come. Happy 2011! ♥